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Quality of Life

The Rise and Fall of a Party in the Park

For years, the Heatwave barbecue in Prospect Park was a huge event for young black professionals. Then it disappeared. Why?

Where Does the Gowanus Cleanup Stand?

Two years after the EPA designated the Gowanus Canal a Superfund Site, Brooklyn College reporter Rene Askew and producer Christina Asencio take a look at progress on the project and how the residents feel about it.

Defeated In Court, Waste Station's Foes Take To The Streets

Opponents of a planned East 91st Street waste transfer station say the city should reconsider alternatives. But advocates from other neighborhoods believe the site is right for establishing a fairer sanitation system.

Living Wage Law The Next Council Battleground?

Following the defeat of paid sick leave, unions and business group prepare to face off over tying wages to city development subsidies.

Diagnosing A Defeat: Why The Sick Leave Bill Failed

A measure to ensure all workers have paid sick leave had enough votes to pass the City Council. So why did Speaker Quinn kill it?

NYC's Fake Grass Gamble: A $300M Mistake?

In 1998, New York City began installing synthetic turf fields in parks and playgrounds, saying the artificial material would be more durable than grass. But a City Limits investigation finds that many turf fields are falling apart, including this one at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Neighborhood Advocates See Push For Power Blocked

This fall, voters will decide on a minor change to rules governing the location of sewage plants and garbage stations. But environmental advocates and community planners wanted more.

City Begins Gowanus Canal Cleanup

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection reached its first milestone in its efforts to clean up the Gowanus Canal Monday, when it shut down for repairs the 100-year-old tunnel designed to aerate and deodorize the smelly, polluted waterway.

A Score Of Companies Could Share Bill For Gowanus Cleanup

The Brooklyn canal's Superfund designation has triggered a hunt for the corporations responsible for more than a century of pollution.

Can Industry Save A Staten Island Marsh?

In the second of our three-part series about environmental worries on Staten Island, we look at the pros and cons of sacrificing marshland to create jobs and a new park.

The North Shore Traces A Toxic Legacy

Industrial pollution from the roaring twenties and the Manhattan Project lingers on Staten Island, and is attracting new attention from the EPA.

Hey New York! We're Number ... 49?

A worldwide ranking of cities for quality of life suggests that New York is not even the second best locale on the East Coast.

Hazards Of Eating NYC Fish

The contaminants in Hudson River waters include PCBs, mercury, cadmium, various insecticides, and dioxins and furans – which can come from incinerator smoke and car exhaust.

Asthma In New York: Old News, New Battles

Fights over congestion pricing and the city's sanitation strategy have receded from the headlines. But in North Brooklyn, worry is still in the air.

NYC Greener Now Than 3 Years Ago?

An advocate says too many new Yorkers are still living in toxic housing and too many environmental laws are still being broken without consequence.

WELFARE SIDE EFFECTS

The bad news: Moms who leave welfare for work often cannot take as much time to care for their sick kids. The worse news: Their children are more likely to have health problems.


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Water Rate Hike Lower, But Not Enough for Critics - Jarrett Murphy

Some background on the “rental payment" that has the mayor and a councilman facing off.

Water Rate Hike Reflects EPA Mandates, Fiscal Crisis Finance - Michele Narov

For the first time in five years, the city's water rate will not undergo a double-digit increase. But some say even the 7.5 percent boost is too high for struggling homeowners.

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EVENTS

Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00p - 9:00p

Lancôme’s 5th Annual Génifique Day

Friday, October 24, 2014
12:00p - 5:00p

Fit For All 5K / Boofest

Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:30a - 10:30a

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

A Liquid Asset: Why NYC Must Invest In Its Harbor

By Alexander Brash

A Liquid Asset: Why NYC Must Invest In Its Harbor

Many cities have realized that natural resources are economic advantages, especially in attracting and retaining young professionals. For New York to compete, this op-ed argues, we must put more of our money where our water is.

City Should Be Cautious About Synthetic Turf

By Melissa Mark-Viverito

City Should Be Cautious About Synthetic Turf

Our athletic fields must be safe and must not adversely impact the health of those using them, says the City Councilmember who chairs the Council's Parks and Recreation Committee.

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MULTIMEDIA

CityTime indictments

Statement from the U.S. Attorney's office on the first indictments in the CityTime scandal

IBO Report On City's New Housing Enforcement Program

Three years ago the city set up the Alternative Enforcement Program to tackle housing code violations at some of New York's most troubled buildings. This report finds that landlords have repaid only $4 million of the $23 million owed to the city for repairs and fees.

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