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Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment

Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.

Our Top 10 Top 10 Lists About Mayor Bloomberg

We close out every year with a Top 10 list, but a single list just won't do for our outgoing three-term leader.

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.

Grassroots Groups Have Taken Over Sandy Relief

From Gerritsen to Coney, trusted local organizations and ad-hoc operations have stepped into a void left by overstretched city departments and low-profile federal agencies.

In Storm-Battered Coney, a Trickle of Relief Faces a Deluge of Damage

A quick look at Coney Island suggests the neighborhood weathered Sandy well—the Wonder Wheel is still standing, after all. But a look inside businesses or into the eyes of residents tells a different story.

High Times: New York City's War on Drugs

In 1969, President Richard Nixon's Justice Department took the first steps in what he would later declare the "War on Drugs." This timeline outlines the policing, politics, and culture of drugs in New York City and elsewhere.

Fiscal Woes, Long-Held Fears Spur Waste-to-Energy Debate

New York is thinking about diverting garbage from out-of-state landfills and using it to generate electricity locally. The plan pits concerns about city spending and carbon emissions against fears of environmental injustice.

Top Staff Depart Animal Care System Amid Criticism

The executive director and director of operations of New York's Animal Care & Control resigned last week as the city's shelter system faces criticism and a key court fight.

Class of 2013: Bloomberg's Babies Start Senior Year

In the first installment of a year-long series following members of the final graduating class under Michael Bloomberg, we meet two seniors whose high-school careers reflect the impact of the mayor's reforms.

Push for More Crime Data Stalls in Council

While it regularly publishes precinct crime statistics, the NYPD largely refuses to release data on crime at the level of smaller patrol sectors. It's unclear if Council Speaker Christine Quinn will allow action on a bill to require more disclosure.

Beyond Scandal, NYCHA Residents Seek More Power

Amid the controversy over the management of New York's public housing, NYCHA officials are contemplating historic changes to how the agency operates. Tenants are looking for more ways to weigh in on those ideas.

DOE Diaspora: NYC School Vets Spread Reforms Nationwide

The impact of Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms is being felt well beyond New York as former DOE aides have taken top jobs in other cities and states.

Agency, Developer Wrestle Over Atlantic Yards Affordability

Documents reveal tense negotiations between city housing officials and Forest City Ratner over the kind of affordable housing the first Atlantic Yards residential tower will provide. Turns out it's different from what the developer promised.

Beyond the NRA: Pro-gun Groups Aren't in Lock-Step

Are you a liberal who likes guns? Or a conservative who feels the NRA shows too much willingness to compromise? Chances are there's a gun group out there for you.

Are New York City's Gun Laws the Next Target?

After two Supreme Court decisions clarifying the right to bear arms, many thought New York state and city gun restrictions would be the next target. So far, challenges have been few and unsuccessful.

A Tale of Two Brownfields

Even as a city program for cleaning up contaminated sites shows promise, two tainted areas in Brooklyn reflect different challenges that remediation can face – like pricetags and politics.

Legal Questions Emerge About Citi Field Mall

A new version of the Willets Point redevelopment plan envisions a shopping mall in what is now a parking lot—on what is technically parkland. The city and some advocates disagree on whether a Robert Moses-era law paves the way for the project.

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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.

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.

AIDS Program Cuts Stir Protest - Johann Hamilton

Advocates are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs that feed and house people living with HIV/AIDS.

FDNY Closings Will Affect More Than Just 20 Neighborhoods - Jarrett Murphy

Closing fire companies to reduce the city's budget gap could have broad ripple effects as firefighters travel farther to get to emergencies and deal with buildings with which they aren't as familiar.

Mayor's Budget Scolds State, Saves Child-Care Slots - Jarrett Murphy

While announcing the restoration of some child care services that had been targeted for cuts, the mayor's plan projects that many agency budgets will see bigger reductions than earlier predicted.



Can NYCHA Be Saved?

By Julia Vitullo-Martin

Can NYCHA Be Saved?

Yes, says this writer, but it will require vision and renewed drive by the Bloomberg administration: Doing a few things better will not be enough.

Soda Ban: Hate it Now, Love it Later

By Catherine M. Abate

Soda Ban: Hate it Now, Love it Later

Like the smoking ban, the trans-fat ban and requirements to post calorie counts, Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to ban large sodas makes good sense but faces opposition. As with the others, this writer argues, good sense will eventually prevail.

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.

A History Lesson as NYC School Tests Near

By Fred Smith

A History Lesson as NYC School Tests Near

Next month, city students take the standardized tests on which their progress, and perhaps the fates of their teachers and schools, depend—all amid a debate over testing that, this writer observes, is nothing new.

Brooklyn's Got Change. Now It Needs Progress.

By Marilyn Gelber

Brooklyn's Got Change. Now It Needs Progress.

Detailed data confirm that today's Brooklyn is different. An inclusive civic infrastructure is what's needed to turn mere change into real progress.



The Race for Mayor: What's In It for Low Income New Yorkers?

The Community Service Society of New York 11th annual survey as they relate to the mayoral race—findings that could decide the votes of one out of three New Yorkers.

Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations

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



Beyond CityTime

An Investigation of Private Consultants in the Bloomberg Administration

New York's Food Basket

New York's Food Basket

Courtesy MetroFocus

President Obama Visits NYC's Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death

President Obama Visits NYC's Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death

Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama visits the World Trade Center site to pay tribute to victims of 9/11.