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Safety and Standards

Scott Stringer

As the 26th Manhattan Borough President, Stringer advocated for stronger community boards and more pow... READ MORE»

Searching for El Primero: Latinos & the Mayoralty

In the 43 years since the first serious mayoral candidacy by a Latino, the community's numbers in New York have only grown. But to break the ethnic barrier in 2013 or beyond, a Latino candidate must c... READ MORE»

September 11th (9/11)

City Limits coverage of New York City's recovery following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection works with the city's wastewater treatment system to purify enough water for more than 8 million residents. The precise and extensive process h... READ MORE»

Sexual Abuse of Female Inmates

Behind Bars: Female Inmates, Male Guards, and Sex Crimes in New York's Prisons is a special investigation funded by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Shaun Donovan

Shaun Donovan is New York City's former head of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and is currently the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Barack Obama's cabin... READ MORE»

Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver is New York’s longest-serving Democratic speaker. For many years he held a great deal of power in Albany. ... READ MORE»

Slice of Life

Small Business

With over 25 million small businesses in the United States, these privately owned, independent businesses make up a large percentage of our nation’s workforce and economy. Due to the recent recession,... READ MORE»

Social Services

Because of its diversity, New York has one of the most extensive social service systems in the world. Social workers in New York tend to be committed to social change and social justice. Working to ke... READ MORE»

Socially Responsible

Standardized Tests

In New York City's education system, standardized testing has become an increasingly common practice for assessing student ability in reading, writing, mathematics, class promotion, and college prepar... READ MORE»

Staten Island

Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs of New York City. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects it to Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry offers free rides between the two boroughs... READ MORE»

Stop and Frisk Policy

No precinct saw more police stops in 2011 than the 75th Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn. Within that sprawling district, one seven-by-nine block area was the site of more police encounters than an... READ MORE»

Straphangers Speak

Providing 5.3 million rides a day, the New York City subway system is a city underground. We sent a team of student reporters to ask commuters how they felt about schedules, crowds, crime and their fe... READ MORE»

Superfund New York

In the past five years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has designated three sites in New York City to be part of the Superfund program, which goes after past polluters for financial penal... 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