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Harlem is a neighborhood in Northern Manhattan. One of the main destination points of the Great Migration of African Americans from the south and the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance arts movement... READ MORE»

Harlem Children's Zone

Founded by a committed advocate for low-income children, nurtured by the politically powerful and Wall Street titans, and lauded by media around the world, the Harlem Children's Zone has raised a nati... READ MORE»

hate crimes

Health and Environment

Health Care Reform

After decades of failed attempts and a year of debate, a new health care bill finally passed in 2010. The Republican Party was strongly opposed to the bill. Some of the bill’s highlights included: ins... READ MORE»

Health Disparities


According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 14 percent of New York State's population remains uninsured, compared to 17 percent of the country's population as a whole. But New York State, and New York ... READ MORE»

Heat Wave

The New York City Office of Emergency Management operates cooling centers when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is a neighborhood in Manhattan known for its lower buildings and rich Irish history. The area was formerly a major Irish-American industrial hub before recent renovations turned it into... READ MORE»

High Schools

Over one million public school students attend one of the 1,700 high schools scattered throughout New York City's five neighborhoods. In a city as diverse as New York, it is common to see economic pro... READ MORE»

Hillary Clinton

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a form of music that originated in the 1970s in the Bronx, New York City.


New York City has a rich history of events, conflicts, and people that have played a major part in American history as a whole.


Over 3,000 New Yorkers live on the streets or in the subways and nearly 40,000 reside in shelters. These numbers have soared in recent years reportedly due to the economic recession. With thousands of... READ MORE»


Housing and Development

Housing Policy

New York City's distinctive housing policies set it apart from other major American cities. Rent regulation, funds to stop homelessness, and the preservation of affordable housing stock are one of sev... READ MORE»

How To NYC

New York City is the greatest place in the world. But it's not the simplest. Being an engaged citizen and taking advantage of all the benefits the city has to offer requires a little know-how. In this... READ MORE»

Human Resources Administration

The goal of the Human Resources Administration is to help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency. In recent years, the agency has provided citizens with READ MORE»


Three million New Yorkers struggle to put food on the table. Though some manage, many are forced to look for further assistance. Soup kitchens and food pantries in New York serve over 60 million meals... READ MORE»

Hurricane Sandy

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy made a direct hit on the New Jersey coastline. Its storm surge hit New York City, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city and causi... READ MORE»


Hurricane Irene formed in the Atlantic Ocean in August 2011, affecting the East Coast states. Just before Halloween 2012, Hurricane Sandy made a direct hit on the New Jersey coastline, combining the p... 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