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Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy affects three out of every ten girls in New York City. The number of teenage mothers reached its peak in 2006 and early 2007 before beginning a decline after 2008.


With housing so expensive in New York, tenants lease apartments and houses. However, the recent economic recession and real estate market crash has made both tenants’ and landlords’ lives tricky. Tena... READ MORE»

Term Limits

The Bronx Votes

No county in true-blue New York state boasts a higher proportion of Democratic voters than the Bronx. But even though the 2012 vote in the Bronx will largely be taken for granted, hundreds of thousand... READ MORE»

The Class of 2013

Over the current academic year, City Limits will follow a few members of the class of 2013 to see how this group of young people navigates the final hurdles of their public school careers, and to look... READ MORE»

The Disabled

New York City offers a variety of programs and services to help serve over 4,000 disabled citizens. The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the International Center for the Disabled provid... READ MORE»

The Economy

The Federal Poverty Line

The United States defines the poverty line as $18,000 per year for a family of three. By this measure, over 1.5 million New Yorkers, approximately 18 percent, live in poverty. City Limits provides on-... READ MORE»

The First 100 Days

A joint Nation-City Limits blog on the transition and first months of the de Blasio mayoralty.

The Lessons of Willets Point

Queens' Iron Triangle has seen one of the longest-running development disputes of the Bloomberg years and embodied many of the signatures of the mayor's approach to development—particularly a willingn... 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»


Theater is one of the largest cultural exports of New York City due to the wide variety of Broadway musicals, independent plays, and college productions it has to offer. The numerous shows that the ci... READ MORE»

Three-Quarter Homes

Three-quarters houses give people who are homeless, leaving prison or seeking substance-abuse treatment a place to stay, and government agencies indirectly fund them. But critics say the houses are un... READ MORE»

Times Square

Times Square attracts a number of tourists and New Yorkers as a commercial area that has Broadway shows, movie theaters, restaurants, and other shopping options.


With highways, tunnels, bridges, avenues, and public transportation, New York has one of the largest and most complex transportation systems in the world. Recently, the city has used its expenses to i... READ MORE»


Tremont is a relatively low-income neighborhood located in the west Bronx. Social issues such as health disparities, high poverty and crime rates have affected the neighborhood's development in recent... READ MORE»


Whether we're breathing their exhaust or stuck behind one on an exit ramp, most New Yorkers hate trucks. But trucks' imprint on the city is complex: They don't cause most traffic, but they have a bigg... 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