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Crime Low, But Citizens Still Want to Fight It

A movement in Brownsville to recruit volunteer crime-spotters would be one of several citizen patrols and blockwatch efforts active in New York, despite low crime and a massive police force.

Cops Want Crime Watchers on 34 Bushwick Blocks

The new block associations could address many issues but would emphasize crime prevention. Some neighbors question whether crime is truly a threat.

For Some, Occupy Movement is a Test of Faith

Many in the Occupy Wall Street movement frame their advocacy in religious terms. For one Brooklyn clergyman, that means tension with some churches, and challenges for his own congregation.

A Crisis Beyond The Cuts: Help For New York's Seniors Ebbs

Once again, New York City's senior centers avoided a disastrous budget cut this year. But the passing of that threat masks a subtler one: the gradual erosion of the once-proud array of services New York City offers its elderly.

The Principal Is New. The School Is Closing.

With new boss Dennis Walcott, the city school system gets a new chance to improve relations with parents and teachers. But there'll be no second chance for Robeson High in Bed-Stuy. What does that mean for students?

What Cuts Will Cost: Children's Learning, Parents' Work

As tabloids celebrate an on-time state budget, a look at what one budget cut at the city level will mean: fewer childcare slots, less school prep for kids and a tough choice for their working parents.

Battling Iran's Government … From New York

Activists in New York are playing a role in the democratic surge sweeping the Middle East. While technology's part of the story, local advocates say, human networks are what really matters.

Lunch At Junior's: Reputation & Reality In Today’s Brooklyn

What does it mean to be "Brooklyn"—and how has that changed as the borough went from not to hot? Chapter one of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" visits a local icon to find some answers.

Missing Moses' Muscle

The politics of parks.

Can a Year-Round Coney Island Succeed?

After seven years of legal wrangling, hundreds of millions of dollars in city expense, and the eviction of many of Coney Island's historic amusement operators, the island is still seasonal.

Immigrant Youth Get Politically Active, Spurred By Proposed Law

Even as speculation mounts that Democrats will retrench in the face of historic Republican gains in the House, some immigrant youth plan to continue demanding greater rights.

Bloomberg Deputy's Legacy, From Yankee Stadium To Hudson Yards

Nearly three years after Mayor Bloomberg's powerful deputy mayor and development czar Dan Doctoroff left City Hall, we check in on some of the major—and controversial—projects launched during his tenure.

NYC Continues Efforts To Curtail Art Vending In Public Parks

The city and local artists are battling in court over rules that would reduce by more than 75 percent the number of artists selling their work in Union Square Park, Central Park and other parks.

Bronx Museum Revisits The Civil Rights Movement

Two exhibits at the Bronx Museum of the Arts explore the civil rights movement -- one though iconic and obscure documentary photos, the other through contemporary multi-media produced by artists born after the movement.

Opponents Mobilize Against New Harlem Charter School

Opponents of the Harlem Children's Zone's plans to open a school in the St. Nicholas Houses are organizing a grassroots effort aimed to prevent it.

13 Tenant Activists Arrested During Protest

Thirteen housing activists were arrested Monday afternoon at a sit-in outside the office building of the New York City Housing Authority at 250 Broadway in lower Manhattan.

Video: From Bad Influence to Role Model

In a neighborhood where he was once known as 'Bad News', Dedric Hammond has made the decision to become a positive beacon. Now named Brother Beloved, Hammond works with Street Corner Resources' Iesha Sekou to make a difference.

Why Wait For The State? City Racing To Budget Deal

As the City Council heads toward a budget deal with the mayor by the end of the week, activists hoping to fend off cuts are turning up the pressure on members.

Vandals Deface LGBT Homeless Shelter For Youth

The attack came two days after a New York State Senate bill that would have outlawed discrimination against transgender and gender-bending people was defeated.

Emergency Preparedness Goes Grassroots

Doctors, churches, businesses and other institutions in some community districts are working together to get prepared.

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