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Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave is a policy that allows workers to recover from illnesses without jeopardizing their salary or job. The service industry is most affected by a lack of paid sick days as employees are e... READ MORE»

Park Slope

Park Slope is a residential neighborhood located in central Brooklyn. As of a 2006 census, the neighborhood is home to over 60,000 residents. The neighborhood is generally recognized as a model of com... READ MORE»


Despite being known as a major urban center, New York City has a rich history of well-informed policies and advocacy around public and private park spaces. The city's parks serve as tourist attraction... READ MORE»

Participatory Budgeting

Borrowing an experiment in direct democracy from Brazil, constituents in four City Council districts are getting a direct say in how $1 million of discretionary capital funding is spent.

Payday Loans

New York State has one of the nation's toughest bans on payday lending, which involves small loans that come with high interest rates. But the ban hasn't stopped online lenders from operating in the E... READ MORE»



New York City is home to hundreds of advocacy and charitable organizations. It serves as a global headquarters for disease research, social reform, and resources for those in need.


New York City has a history of attracting a wide array of photojournalists and narrative photographers. The city is home to a number of visual arts colleges, museums, and institutions that offer progr... READ MORE»

Placing Our Bets: Gambling in New York

New York is on the verge of deciding whether to allow casino gambling. But the state has long been in the business of drawing revenue from games of chance. This series looks at the winners and losers ... READ MORE»


Brief takes on policy issues confronting New York City and its neighborhoods.

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Port Authority

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a bi-state transportation organization that operates bridges, tunnels, seaports, and airports along the Hudson River. The organization controls all thr... READ MORE»


The complex and amorphous nature of poverty in New York City has lent itself to a wide array of uniquely designed programs and organizations focused on alleviating the conditions that classify a perso... READ MORE»

Prison Rape Elimination Act

Private Contractors

City Limits special investigation "Beyond City Time" reports that the past 10 years have seen a profound change not just in the amount New York City spends on outside contractors, but what they are b... READ MORE»

Private Equity

Public Art

Public Art in New York City ranges from officially sanctioned works like the 29 sculptures in Central Park to other forms of creative artistic expression, such as graffiti, street art, and public perf... READ MORE»

Public Education

1.1 million students attend over 1,700 New York City public schools every year. While all institutions fall under one system, some schools have less resources and more demands for ensuring the proper ... READ MORE»

Public Housing (Last Stand)

City Limits' 2009 investigation on the complicated past, troubled present, and uncertain future of the nation's oldest and largest public housing system. This project was funded by the Independence 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