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Is the Bronx as Progressive as De Blasio Says?

The mayor lauds the borough's "progressive values," but the buzzword's application to Bronx politics is uneven at best—a fact that may complicate the mayor's ability to execute his agenda.

Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals

Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.

Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law

In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.

NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead

As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.

MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny

Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.

Vote, Donate, Complain: Some Brooklyn Nabes Stand Out

A report on civic engagement found that Borough Park's residents donate the most to charity, East Flatbush is tops when it comes to voting and East New York has 311 on speed dial.

As City Plants Trees, Benefits—and Some Burdens—Grow

The city’s MillionTrees program fights asthma and global warming. But tightening maintenance budgets, increasingly severe weather and decades-old planting decisions complicate trees’ contribution.

Bloomberg Housing Plan Hits Milestones, Obstacles

The mayor's ambitious affordable housing initiative is three-quarters to completion. But reshaped by fiscal woes, complicated by other city policies and often outgunned by the private market, what will the plan's long-term impact be?

This Memorial Day, A Lost World at Cedar Grove Beach

After the city removed them last year, residents of the Staten Island community won't be celebrating the holiday with burgers and beers outside their beachside bungalows. As this unique way of NYC life fades, a look at its complex—and charming—history.

Behind-The-Scenes Ethics Board Seeks New Power

In a time of growing concern over government ethics, the Conflict of Interest Board wants more investigative authority—but not more publicity. Much of its work is confidential.

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.

As AIDS Threat Changes, Push For Housing Renews

Advocates, hoping Gov. Cuomo will back a cap on rent for people in AIDS housing, say research shows that shelter saves lives and reduces government expenditures.

Moses, Jacobs And You: The Battle For Gotham

A history of the philosophical battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, told by an author who, wisely, took it personally.

Missing Moses' Muscle

The politics of parks.

Waking the Dead

Lomex. Robert Moses. Westway. Jane Jacobs. What New York's planning past tells us about its future.

Five Boroughs. One City. No Plan.

Is the city's failure to plan a plan for failure?

The Election's Over. So Let's Talk Issues

A look at the policy questions that campaign 2010 didn't answer

Student Safety Act Passes City Council

Third time’s the charm for the bill, which requires detailed reporting on school crime, arrests, suspensions and expulsions.

The Klein Era: Eight Years, One Legacy

The New York City schools chancellor is stepping down. Here's a look at some of the battles he stepped into during his time at Tweed.

Election 2010: Polls Closed, Policy Awaits

Election night confirmed what polls had predicted for weeks: Andrew Cuomo will be New York's next governor. Here's a look at what that means for the state's economy, schools, power plants and housing market.


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Being the place where the mayor of New York plans for the future of the city, City Hall has seen its fair share of historic moments. The decisions made within these walls have a tremendous effect on life in New York, and while the work that is done in this building is aimed at the advancement of the city, some decisions do not have the profound effect desired by citizens.

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How Will Council Reforms Affect Progressives' Power? - Jarrett Murphy

The progressives who lifted Melissa Mark-Viverito into the speaker's chair have called for reforms to reduce the speaker's authority. What will that mean for the de Blasio agenda?

Nation-City Limits Blog: De Blasio Facing Diversity Questions - Jarrett Murphy

On Sunday Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named a black man to be his corporation counsel. Will that quell concerns about the diversity of the incoming administration?

Reefer, Rezoning and Recycling on Bloomberg Agenda - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor's final state of the city speech was a tribute to his past accomplishments as well as a to-do list for the final 320 days of his tenure.

More Jobs, More Unemployment: NYC's Labor-Market Mystery - Jarrett Murphy

New York City is creating jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the country, but also seeing its unemployment rate rise—and not because new job seekers are flooding the market. What explains the disconnect?

What Budget Crisis? Unions Say City Sits On Funds - Johann Hamilton

Hundreds gathered around City Hall on Tuesday to argue that Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts don't add up—because there's already ample money in the city's coffers to close this year's funding gap, and there could be even more.

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Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

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

2014 Development Finance Conference

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
8:00a - 6:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Making NYC's Machinery Work

By Aaron Roller

Making NYC's Machinery Work

As a new team prepares to take over the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations, a former staffer there offers some words of advice.

NYC Needs Paid Sick Days, Not Lame Excuses

By Apurva Mehrotra

NYC Needs Paid Sick Days, Not Lame Excuses

Thousands of New Yorkers face an impossible choice when they get sick: Go to work and get yourself and others sicker, or stay home and risk losing pay or your post.

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MULTIMEDIA

Falling Off The Fiscal Cliff

Race, Opportunity and Sequestration: This report examines ten marquee programs for Americans struggling to make it into the middle-class.

2012 National Democratic Platform

The 2012 National Democratic Party's platform.

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