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Family Court

For children stuck in New York State's child welfare system, New York has one of the worst outcomes for re-uniting families, placing children in safer adoptive homes, and trying 16- and 17-year-old of... READ MORE»


The New York Fire Department is the first response squad to the city's medical, biological, chemical, and fire-related emergencies.

Film and Television

New York City serves as the backdrop for both Hollywood blockbusters and smaller independent movies. The city's diverse population and well-known landmarks attract filmmakers from the college level to... READ MORE»

Firefighter Fatalities

Ten years after September 11th, City Limits revisits the day's very costly lessons and what the New York City Fire Department has learned them. This investigation was supported generously by the Fund ... READ MORE»

Five-Borough Ballot

The city faces an important election in 2013. Instead of only covering the candidates, why not cover the voters? In cooperation with City & State and WNET, we'll be following groups of residents in fi... READ MORE»


Flatbush is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is generally recognized for having a large community of citizens of African-American and West Indian descent. The area is the home of Brooklyn College and t... READ MORE»


Flushing is located in the northern central part of Queens and is one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. The area is home to residents from a myriad of backgrounds but in ... READ MORE»


New York City cuisine covers dining options from around the world. Everything from street vendors to larger gourmet restaurants can be found within the five boroughs of the city.

Food Stamps

Food stamps aid low-income people in buying groceries. The program, which started during the Great Depression, recently changed names to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In additi... READ MORE»


A foreclosure is the process of taking possession of mortgaged property when the owner has failed to make mortgage payments. The recent crash of the housing market took place when banks gave out mortg... READ MORE»

Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center)

The Freedom Tower, now known as One World Trade Center, is currently under construction adjacent to the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero. Once it is completed, the Freedom Tower will earn the title of the... 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