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City Topics is one of New York City's best resources for coverage of issues that define the fabric of urban affairs, which includes City Limits current stories and coverage, and archival history. Discover more about public policy issues in New York City and utilize the tools we provide to inform citizens to learn more about what's happening that affects the five boroughs.


Campaign 2013

Campaign Consultants

A handful of influential firms in New York State lobby elected officials while also serving as consultants for political campaigns, a practice that is perfectly legal but raises several ethical questi... READ MORE»

campaign finance

Cathleen Black

In November 2010, Mayor Bloomberg chose Cathie Black to replace Joel Klein as Chancellor of New York City schools. As a longtime magazine executive, Black had no experience in education. Black resigne... READ MORE»

Center for an Urban Future

The Center for an Urban Future is a think tank organization that focuses on civic issues, criminal justice, and local New York politics. It is spearheaded by director Jonathan Bowles and consists of a... READ MORE»

Center for Economic Opportunity

The Center for Economic Opportunity was founded in December of 2006 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The organization is devoted to devise a solution to the poverty crisis in New York City. The CEO often p... READ MORE»

Chancellor Joel Klein

Joel Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from August 2002 until January 2011. He was replaced by publishing executive Cathie Black. After his run as Chancellor, Klein too... READ MORE»

Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel was recently re-elected to represent the area of Harlem and parts of the Southern Bronx in Congress. The results of the election were disputed upon when runner-up Adriano Espaillat chal... READ MORE»

Charles Schumer

As a United States Senator, Schumer is one of the most powerful and influential politic... READ MORE»

Charter Revision

New York City’s government is structured and organized under the City Charter. Although this document contains many rules and regulations that the city abides by, does it include enough to ensure opti... READ MORE»

Charter Schools

A Charter school is a non-religious, publicly funded, public school of choice. There is no admission screening or testing. Each charter school must have a charter, which details the school’s program a... READ MORE»


Chelsea is a neighborhood located on the west side of Manhattan directly underneath Hell's Kitchen. The area is primarily residential, composed of tenements, apartment blocks, city housing projects, a... READ MORE»

Child Welfare

More than 70,000 children enter New York City’s child protective network or juvenile justice system in a typical year. From family court to foster care, secure detention facilities to adoption, child ... READ MORE»


Children represent the future of our nation; therefore caring for them now is of utmost importance. Day care centers and public education are crucial in the development of a child, and yet it is the s... READ MORE»

Chris Christie

In January 2010, Chris Christie became New Jersey’s 55th governor. His and his administration’s priorities are centered on energy, higher education, budget control, property taxes, reformation of the ... READ MORE»

Christine Quinn

Democrat Christine C. Quinn was a City Councilmember from Manhattan and the first female and first gay person to serve as Council speaker. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013.

City Conversations

All around the city there are civic issues that warrant concern. Discover what those issues are and what New Yorkers are saying about them.

City Council

The city council’s responsibility is to address problems faced by communities throughout the city. Sometimes they enact changes to better the city, sometimes they have to fight to make those changes a... READ MORE»

City Hall

Being the place where the mayor of New York plans for the future of the city, City Hall has seen its fair share of historic moments. The decisions made within these walls have a tremendous effect on l... READ MORE»

City Hall


City Limits' reporting on the Bloomberg Administration's controversial employee time tracking system CityTime.

Civil Liberties

City Limits' 2008 investigation into the shift in residents' civic liberties and essential freedoms in New York City, following the 9/11 attacks.

Co-op City

Co-op City is a neighborhood located in the northern Bronx. The area was once a swamp and formerly home to the Freedomland amusement park. Now, it is internationally recognized as one of the largest c... READ MORE»

Commission on Human Rights

The New York Commission on Human Rights protects the city's residents from bias sentiments regarding religion, race, or sexual orientation. The agency helps combat resentment towards groups in the eco... READ MORE»

Community Boards

As local representative bodies, community boards decide on issues mostly focused on land zoning and land use. Each community board meets at least once each month. The borough president and city hall a... READ MORE»

Community Development

Throughout New York City's history, its neighborhoods and communities have been shaped by a number of forces ranging from municipal rules and resident-led efforts to demographic change.

Community Service Society of New York

The Community Service Society of New York uses research and advocacy programs to fight poverty in New York City. CSS helps families in need by investigating their economic situations and proposing fea... READ MORE»

Con Edison

Consolidated Edison is a major electricity and power provider in New York City. On June 30th 2012, over eight thousand unionized workers were locked out of the company due to a failure in contract ren... READ MORE»

Coney Island

Coney Island is a popular summertime destination for tourists and locals alike. It is home to famous amusement rides like the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone roller coaster. Recently, longtime residents,... READ MORE»

Criminal Justice

In New York, the criminal justice system’s goal is to protect citizens by preventing and stopping crime. However, more recently officers’ intentions have been questioned. Many feel that officers make ... READ MORE»


The City University of New York has multiple campuses spread throughout New York City. Some campuses are more specialized while others offer a broader education. They include the John Jay College of C... READ MORE»



A key factor in the city's history, but largely left out of today's discussions of crime, arson has seen a dramatic decline in New York. But changes in investigative techniques and cuts to the city's ... READ MORE

Reading Room

Far from obsolete in the digital age, New York City's libraries are filling critical gaps: offering technology to low-income neighborhoods, a lifeline to immigrants, a safe space for after school. Usa... READ MORE

The MWBE Program

In 2005 New York City set out to reverse historic patterns of discrimination in contracting by adopting goals for the share of city procurement spending received by minority- and women-led businesses.... READ MORE



Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee for United States President in 2012.

Raymond W. Kelly

Raymond W. Kelly is the current police commissioner for the New York Police Department. Kelly was appointed in 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve once again after representing the organization u... READ MORE


New York City is home to a number of veterans who served in several wars throughout history. The New York Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs strives to find housing and jobs for veterans once they retu... READ MORE