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Exercise Push Amid Obesity Crisis in Bronx

With 65 percent of the borough's adults overweight, there are growing calls to increase physical education in schools and elsewhere.

EPA Approves Gowanus Cleanup Plan

The agency's decision—which backtracked on a proposal to store some contaminated material in Red Hook—clears the way for a $506 million cleanup to begin.

Fracking Accusation Angers Bronx State Pols

A Common Cause report says donations imply support, but lawmakers insist they're for moratorium.

Bushwick Sweating Out its Battle vs. Obesity

Six years after a health department report identified the neighborhood as a hotspot for obesity and diabetes, it's easier to get healthy food. But it's still not easy to get a good workout.

Hurricanes Shaped East River Waterfront Plan

There's no question that the Blueway Plan will provide that direct access to the water. What can't be known yet is whether it will also provide protection from it.

Free Meal Sites in Brooklyn Struggle to Draw Kids

Participation has always been a problem for the summer meals program. This year the city and allied nonprofits are pushing to get more mouths to the table.

Diagnosing Brooklyn's Hospital Crisis

Brooklyn hospitals are collapsing in a dog-eat-dog maelstrom of plunging Medicaid reimbursements, failed action plans and exhausting rounds of recriminations.

Why One City Project Went $1.7B Over Budget

Built in a public park over loud opposition, the Croton Filtration Plant will cost at least twice what the Bloomberg administration budgeted. Are there lessons there for the next mayor?

How to Report Child Abuse

Reporting abuse and neglected is a legal responsibility for some and a weighty task for anyone. Here's how the system works.

Why Do Some Parks Suffer? It’s Complicated

Inequities in city green space result from more than just outer-borough bias. A tight budget that affects everybody and private donations that benefit some areas over others are part of the picture.

Sheridan Foes Hope to Fix Road They Couldn't Kill

Residents and advocates were disappointed the city didn't just shut down the short, troublesome highway. Now they're backing a city plan to at least improve it.

Court Battle Over Brooklyn Compost Site

As the city targets wider food-waste composting, an earlier yard-waste collection program has two city departments squaring off against some East New York residents.

Brooklyn Pantries Brace for Food-Aid Cuts

Federal budget cutters have targeted the food stamp program, which puts dinner on 1.9 million plates in New York City each day.

Red Cross Defends Sandy Record, Gives to Brooklyn Recovery

Under fire for slow spending of the millions it raised after the superstorm, the organization unveiled grants to rebuild places like Canarsie and Sheepshead Bay.

Interfaith Hospital Running Out of Cash as Merger Stalls

Struggling to stay afloat, Interfaith plots restructuring – and closure – while waiting for a lifeline from the state Department of Health.

Bushwick's Struggles With Asthma: What's Poverty's Role?

In a neighborhood with high asthma rates, it's not hard to identify risk factors for the condition. The trick is determining which factor is most important.

FreshDirect Job Vows: At Odds with Environmental Claims?

The grocery deliverer says it will create thousands of jobs in the South Bronx, but that expansion disappears when the firm analyzes its environmental impact.

Report Sees Widespread Mold After Sandy

Community groups say a survey of households affected by the superstorm found that 60 percent report visible mold.

City Aims for Better Dental Health, Without a Dentist

A new ad campaign aims to get to kids to brush and avoid sugary drinks, but doesn't emphasize visiting the dentist—because access to affordable dental care is so spotty.

Deadline Nears For Superstorm Victims

Local centers for disaster aid will close on April 30.

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Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Public Advocate Sounds Call: School Lunch for All - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates hope to end the stigma around – and resulting lack of participation in – school lunch by making everyone eligible,

The Letters: One Family After the Superstorm - Jarrett Murphy

A year ago, filmmaker Karla Ann Cote met John and Veronica Petersen amid the ruins of the their home on the south shore of Staten Island. A year later, she went back to see what life is like a year after Sandy.

Deadline Looms for Food Stamp Families - Jarrett Murphy

Beyond the shutdown, and besides the debt-ceiling deadline, another date approaches for cuts to the Food Stamp program on which some 1.9 million New Yorkers depend.

What's the Next Stop for CitiBike? - Oliver Morrison

The project plans to target neighborhoods next to the areas it's already serving. Some would rather it target a clientele that's more diverse, and less affluent, than the current ridership.

Group Wants More in Mayor's Post-Sandy Plan - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of community and labor groups responded to Mayor Bloomberg's infrastructure plan.

Wheelchairs in the Subway: One Woman's Journey - Jarrett Murphy

There are 468 stations in the New York City subway system. Only 78 are wheelchair accessible.

Panel to Quiz Mayoral Hopefuls on Aging Policy - Jarrett Murphy

New York is graying. What should the next mayor do about it?

Rockaway Businesses Still Treading Water Post-Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Some 60 percent were still closed four or five months after the storm, thanks to long-standing challenges of economics and geography that hampered an already difficult recovery.

City Limits Honored for Sandy, Hospitals Coverage - Jarrett Murphy

Congratulations to our two Ippies honorees, Ruth Ford and Batya Ungar-Sargon.

A Grassroots Plan for Surviving Superstorms - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of environmental and community groups has put together their wish-list for how New York City, the Empire and Garden states and the federal government should implement the lessons of Sandy.

Sandy Surge Covered A Sixth of the City - Jarrett Murphy

And it affected more renters than homeowners, and a disproportionately high number of low-income people.

New York City Eyeing Wider Use of Biodiesel - Jack Curran

If you're in New York City as you read this, chances are you're being heated by oil that includes biodiesel. Soon, all city vehicles—and maybe private ones, too—might be mandated to use the same fuel.

Who Voted Against Sandy Funding? - Jarrett Murphy

One hundred seventy-nine Republicans and a lone Democrat did.

Reporter's Notebook: Red Hook - Candace Amos

Just minutes before we arrived, an elderly woman living on the second floor tumbled down the stairs, back first, after tripping over her cane while bringing groceries into her apartment.

City Closes Parks, Beaches Ahead of Storm - Jarrett Murphy

Not much rain is expected, but high winds will hit hurricane-weakened trees and push seawater toward areas eroded by Sandy.

Post-Sandy Housing Crisis: 4 Years Ago, NYC Asked 'What If?' - Jarrett Murphy

In 2008 the city solicited designs for temporary housing for 38,000 households uprooted from a coastal neighborhood by hurricane flooding. Now New York may confront a very similar, and very real, scenario.

Find Your Post-Sandy Voting Site - Jarrett Murphy

Dozens of polling sites across the boroughs have been relocated.

Photo Call: Sandy, Through Your Eyes - Jarrett Murphy

Send us your pictures of how the aftermath of Sandy looked in your neighborhood.

Why NYC Is So Vulnerable to Hurricanes - Jarrett Murphy

When you think cities and hurricanes, Miami gets the college football team and New Orleans the mixed drink, but New York City is considered unusually vulnerable.



Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

By Sen. Rubén Diaz

Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

A state senator says a simple law could bring New York City a step closer to the mayor's Vision Zero.

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

By Denise Scott & Rick Luftglass

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

A new initiative will couple efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with community development that strengthens residents' ability to afford a more nutritious lifestyle.

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

By Gavin J. Donohue

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

In a response to an assemblyman's call for stricter regulation of the electricity marketplace, an industry official says deregulation is not to blame for high prices.

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

By Assemblyman James Brennan

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

An assemblyman reveals the results of an investigation into how our current electricity rates compare to those we'd have paid before the Pataki administration's deregulation of the power market.

Concerned About Hunger? Don't Just Donate. Lobby!

By Liz Accles, Kathy Goldman and Agnes Molnar

Concerned About Hunger? Don't Just Donate. Lobby!

It's that time of year again: The period when many of us make donations to help the hungry. This year, with food programs slashed and more reductions on the way, New Yorkers need to get more active in the fight against hunger.



Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations

Report says NYPD tactics and attitudes unjustly target blacks, Latinos, gays, transgender people, vendors and sex workers.

Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."