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Borough's Community Boards Push for Greater Impact

Training members and securing funds to hire city planning advisers is critical, officials say.

Lessons of Willets Point: Will A New Mayor Do Development Differently?

Perhaps no project embodied the Bloomberg administration's development style better than Willets Point. Will Joe Lhota or Bill de Blasio change that approach?

Plan to Build on Vacant Lots Stirs Displacement Fears

A plan to build housing on property once part of the Rheingold brewery in Bushwick has aroused concern about the project's impact on housing prices across the neighborhood.

Pols Aggressively Shaping Bronx Community Boards

The sway that the borough president and councilmembers have over the boards isn't new. But the past year has seen several high-profile instances of officials using that power.

How the M-train is Gentrifying Bushwick

A shift in transit routes has triggered a wave of social change south of Myrtle Avenue, spurring a familiar mix of optimism and fear among residents.

Bike Lane Battle: Role Of Senator's Wife, Ex-DOT Boss, Unclear

Iris Weinshall is not the only critic of the city's bike lane on Prospect Park West. She's just the only who used to build bike lanes and happens to be married to a U.S. senator.

No Vacancy: Why Empty Condos Aren't Becoming Affordable Housing

Boom-time overbuilding left thousands of units vacant. But a city program to convert them to affordable housing has found the market uncooperative.

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?

Whose Dreams Will Decide?

The push for neighborhoods to have more than a voice.

The Strip

"If you're the manager of a chain, a clean sidewalk doesn't change the numbers on the register."

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.

Bodega Barometer: In East Harlem, The Recession Isn’t Over

Officially, the city and national economies are out of recession. But in New York's bodegas, the evidence—in lottery tickets, food stamps and reduced sales—suggests otherwise.

Espada & Rivera Square Off In Tuesday's Primary

Despite the coalescence of an anti-Espada movement around Rivera, Rivera says the race is not just about dislodging Espada. He says it’s about bringing to the community much needed resources such as jobs and housing.

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.

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.

Term Limits, Fair Share To Be On November Ballot

The Charter Revision Commission green-lighted several questions for voters to decide this fall, including whether to return to a two-term limit. But the push for nonpartisan elections died with a whimper.

MTA's Bus Cuts: The Hardest Hit

Transit service reductions will inconvenience millions of commuters. But for thousands of people in a few neighborhoods, the cuts will be more deeply felt.

City Agencies Uneven On Voter Registration Push

An impromptu survey finds that about half of a sample of city offices participate in a 20-year-old program to distribute voter registration forms.

Charter Panel Wrestles With Agenda

Some members of the Charter Revision Commission disagreed pointedly with the panel's own staff over what changes to city government are worth contemplating before a November vote.


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As local representative bodies, community boards decide on issues mostly focused on land zoning and land use. Each community board meets at least once each month. The borough president and city hall appoint members. There are over 59 community boards in New York City alone.

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