Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services
The city's library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers' circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems' ability to reach potential.
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.
Serious Questions Greet Speaker Candidates in Bronx
At a forum featuring councilmembers hoping to be the city's next speaker, tough issues were discussed, different styles were displayed and the crowd was anything but silent.
Update: Election Board Defends Poll-Site Notifications
Voters complained of not being informed that their voting site had changed. But the BOE says at least a few of the confused voters were told well in advance.
Hopes for De Blasio: High and Low, Specific vs. Sweeping
Bill de Blasio's promise of progress has raised expectations. In Brownsville on Election Day, voters' hopes ranged from a vague desire for change to specific, ambitious goals.
Bronx Voters Skip Ballot Questions in Big Numbers
One in three voters who cast a ballot in the mayoral race didn't weigh in on the ballot questions. In some cases, poll workers may have failed to remind voters to flip their ballots.
High Hopes for De Blasio from Bronx Muslims
Muslim voters in the Bronx were confident on Election Day that the Democrat will address issues of security, surveillance, and Islamic holidays
Losing an Election 195 to 1, But Ready to Run Again
You see their names on every ballot—candidates you've not heard of from parties you may not have known existed. They run facing certain defeat. Ever wonder why?
An Election Day Saga at P.S. 6
Self-interest and civic spirit, friendship and suspicion, crisis and calm—all were on display at one polling place during the long day that was Election 2013.
Campaign 2013, Seen from Brownsville
We wanted to hear a little of what people in one somewhat forgotten piece of Brooklyn thought about the candidates, the campaign and the city.
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