Struggle Amid Progress: To Be LGBTQ in Foster Care
New York City is working to build a foster-care system that welcomes gay and trans youth. New training has made gains against still-common cultural and religious hangups among caseworkers and foster parents.
Budgets Cut, But NYC's Libraries Thrive—For Now
Free access to technology, help for immigrants, a safe space for kids. Branch libraries play an increasingly important role. But funding hasn't kept up. Will the lack of support undermine a critical civic resource?
Bronx Pols Get Council Leadership Posts
Six committees will be led by members from the Bronx, including public safety and public housing.
Brooklyn Members Get Key Council Posts
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gave members from the borough control of 15 of the Council's 37 committees, including the powerful Land Use panel.
Initiative to 'End AIDS' Looks for Traction in Albany
Advocates will be listening closely to the governor's budget address to see if the administration responds to their push for a comprehensive effort to effectively end new infections.
Advocates Want Housing Battle Fought on Many Fronts
A new report advocates a multi-pronged approach, and finds the market lost twice as much affordable housing as Bloomberg-era initiatives gained.
Looking After the Welfare of Child Welfare Workers
Burnout among child welfare workers hurts kids in foster care. In 2011, an effort was launched to give New York City caseworkers the support they need to stay on the job.
For Sunset Park, Proposed BRT Routes Could Help Foster Jobs
After a campaign pledge by Mayor de Blasio, a report suggests eight new bus routes around the city that would help fulfill it.
New Brooklyn Beep Adams Offers Continuity and Change
In an interview with the Brooklyn Bureau, he talks about building on predecessor Marty Markowitz's efforts while broadening focus to the vulnerable.
What the Bronx Wants From De Blasio
In Bill de Blasio's inaugural address he told New Yorkers: "Our strength is derived from you." Here's how Bronxites we polled want the new mayor to use the power they've given him.
Our Top 10 Top 10 Lists About Mayor Bloomberg
We close out every year with a Top 10 list, but a single list just won't do for our outgoing three-term leader.
Five Brooklyn Stories to Watch in 2014
Keep your eye on the DA's office, borough hall, NYCHA developments, the coastline and more.
Advocates to de Blasio: Fix Childcare System
The mayor-elect's campaign was focused on pre-K, but some want a focus on day-care for younger kids. The city's current system has empty seats but also faces overwhelming demand.
Advocates Say Armory Fight is Over, But Work Just Beginning
A two-decade debate over how to redevelop the massive Kingsbridge Armory ended with a City Council vote last week. Now promises to the community must be made real.
How Vito Lopez Changed Bushwick
Many think the former assemblyman and powerbroker is a creep. Some hail him as a hero. In Bushwick, his legacy—and the story of his downfall—are more complicated than either label suggests.
Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals
Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.
Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law
In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.
NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead
As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.
MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny
Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.
Cabrera Rallies Against Armory Plan
The councilman is trying to build pressure against the plan to turn the long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory into an ice sports center.
Who Won Brooklyn's Campaign Money Race?
The votes are in. The inauguration looms. It's time to see who from Brooklyn gave, gathered and got the most in 2013 campaign contributions.
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