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Labor Unions

Of the 150 million American workers, only 16 million are in labor unions. The percentage of unionized workers has decreased dramatically in recent decades as many companies have moved operations overs... READ MORE»


News and coverage of New York City and American Latino population.


New York City's laws and regulations are adjudicated and interpreted by a large legal infrastructure that consists of private law firms, district attorneys, the New York Police Department, and a syste... READ MORE»



Over 500,000 LGBT men and women inhabit New York. While most press attention goes to the city’s vibrant gay pride parades and the legalization of gay marriage approval, our stories have focused on the... READ MORE»


Libraries are commonplace in New York City and are frequently visited by students and adults alike for access to literature and online materials. Due to recent budget cuts, certain institutions are fi... READ MORE»

Living Wage

Local Food Movements

In recent years, New York City has become a catalyst for a number of localized practices on how agriculture is grown and food is produced. The expansion of gourmet food trucks and cuisine on the stree... READ MORE»

Long Island City

Long Island City is the westernmost neighborhood in Queens, New York. The region was formerly a city of its own and is currently connected to Manhattan via the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Long Island C... READ MORE»

Lower East Side

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is located to the right of the financial district. The neighborhood is centered on the southern tip of the island and has a mix of businesses and residential areas. Alphabe... READ MORE»

Lunchtime Tuesday, Hunger in Brooklyn

On Tuesday, September 13, we sent reporters to a dozen food pantries or soup kitchens in Brooklyn to learn what the people who run them are seeing, and what the people who need them are going through.



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