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Battle on Many Fronts to Get NYC Wired

Utilities jousting with pols, questions about who owns fiber infrastructure and a mix of efforts to bridge the digital divide: The push to get more New Yorkers on the web is a web of its own.

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.

How Sweet Was It? Marty Markowitz's Boro Hall Legacy

The borough president famously erected signs declaring "How Sweet It Is!" to be in Brooklyn. Was there substance—and success—behind the shtick?

Upstate Cities See New Growth Amid Fiscal Crisis

Dented by population loss and industrial decline, cities like Rochester and Buffalo see a future in higher-ed and high-tech. But fiscal woes could hamstring those hopes.

Brooklyn's Income Inequality: Global Causes, Local Effects

Income inequality is rising around the globe, around the country and statewide. And despite its blue-collar rep, Brooklyn is one of the most polarized counties. Why is that? And why does it matter?

Bike Plan Aims to Get Bronx Armory on Track

In 2009 a controversy over wages scuttled a plan to build a mall in the long-empty Kingsbridge Armory. Now there's a plan to host bike races there. Is a renovation project finally getting in gear?

Can Job Training Reduce Unemployment?

Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?

In A Bad Economy, Even Opera Vocalists Sing The Blues

The soft labor market is a challenge for all job seekers. But young people who have trained for artistic careers—who help make New York a cultural capital—face unique obstacles. Do they also possess special tools to survive?

For Low-Income Immigrants, Status Complicates Survival

C is like many students at Hunter College. She balances work and school, struggles to pay her tuition bill, wonders what the future will hold. Secretly, she also carries the burden of being an undocumented immigrant.

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.

Quitting Time: A Factory's Fall, A Neighborhood's Fallout

The 2007 closure of a Pfizer factory in Brooklyn was a milestone in manufacturing's retreat from the borough. Chapter three of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" looks at what it's meant for a neighborhood and its residents.

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?

Small Businesses On The Edge In Bay Ridge

In an excerpt from the City Limits magazine investigation of small businesses in New York, a look at the holdouts along increasingly chain-ganged 86th Street.

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.

The Holdouts

"If it doesn't start doing something soon, I'm going to be out of business after 26 years."

Medical Mystery: Why A Booming Health Sector Pays Low Wages

Home health aides are seeing some of the best growth of any sector in New York. But the growing demand for their services hasn't improved wages that leave many in or near poverty.

Violent Crime Wave: Is It The Heat? Is It A Wave?

The murder rate went up this summer. What's behind the increase in violence?


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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York controls the city's economic policies and bridges the gap between finance and government. The city is considered one of the three command centers for economics since it consists of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.

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NY Pols Tout Bill Targeting Jobless Youth - Kiera Feldman

The Urban Jobs Act would provide $20 million for services to unemployed young people. Amid partisan rancor, will the idea survive Congress? Against record youth unemployment, will it make a difference if it does?

Recession's Pain Revealed For Hispanics, Artists - Jarrett Murphy

As new research shows alarming decreases in minority household wealth, City Limits' Arturo Conde discusses his reporting on how opera singers, poets and other creative workers have weathered the Great Recession.

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EVENTS

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
:p - 9:00p

Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

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

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund - Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
:p - 9:30a

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

By Benjamin Mandel and Joe Seydl

Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

The overall employment picture is improving. But the economy is still plagued by trouble for young workers, a lack of middle-skill jobs and lingering effects from the years of deep unemployment.

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

By Michelle Holder

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

'It hurts the young. It helps too little. It boosts unemployment.' There are plenty of myths about the minimum wage. The reality is, more and more workers are working at a pay rate that puts them in poverty.

New U.S. Reality: A Permanent Class of Underemployed?

By David R. Jones

New U.S. Reality: A Permanent Class of Underemployed?

Optimistic statistics on job growth haven't erased growing worries that a large segment of the American population is going to be cut off from steady employment.

Supporting Businesses, Strengthening Neighborhoods

By Robert Walsh

Supporting Businesses, Strengthening Neighborhoods

The city's commissioner of small business services says New York's efforts to bolster Business Improvement Districts will help to preserve the mom-and-pop character of neighborhood retail.

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PHOTO SLIDESHOWS

Beyond CityTime

An Investigation of Private Consultants in the Bloomberg Administration

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