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Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.

Details Murky in Cuomo's Goal for Minority Contracts

The governor has set an ambitious goal for directing state contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. But why did it take so long? And who is really benefiting?

Many Biz Owners Hurt By Gas Blast Still Waiting for Aid

The governor in August announced a loan program to help small businesses who were still reeling six months after the East Harlem gas explosion. But the money is still not flowing.

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.

Outer Borough BIDs Struggle With Low Budgets, Little Impact

While well-funded business improvement districts are major players in thriving commercial districts, many outer borough BIDs have too few resources to make a difference.

Why Big Newspapers Skip the Bronx

Income levels appear to drive the decision, as surveys indicate the poor consume less news.

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.

Cabrera Rallies Against Armory Plan

The councilman is trying to build pressure against the plan to turn the long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory into an ice sports center.

Bronx Councilman Urges Council to Kill Armory Plan

Fernando Cabrera says he still hopes to support the plan to build an ice sports center in the historic Kingsbridge Armory, but has concerns about traffic and funding.

Young Men's Initiative Shows Promise—and Limits

Mayor Bloomberg gets credit for making young black men a government priority. But there are questions about YMI's scope, scale and future funding.

Wine Country ... in Bed-Stuy?

The Toast of Brooklyn celebrated the history and potential of the neighborhood, where some hope a $20 million revitalization project will spur an economic revival.

The 2013 Mayoral Candidates on Jobs and the Economy

From neighborhood-specific plans to general principles, everyone running has laid out their vision for creating jobs.

What the Campaign's Focus on Inequality Means for New York

How did income inequality become a driving issue in the 2013 race? What do the candidates actually propose to do about it? Would any of their ideas really work?

Many Store Owners Hit By Fire Refuse City Help

Small business assistance has been offered to the 11 Wakefield businesses destroyed by a May fire. But since the aid comes in the form of loans rather than grants, many firms have declined the help.

As Land of Opportunity, New York Is No Denmark

Income mobility in New York compares well to other American cities—but not to our European counterparts.

Congress's War on Food Stamps Could Worsen NYC Inequality

The House votes to strip Food Stamps from a Farm Bill. The Senate looks to tighten eligibility. What will it mean for a city with 1.9 million people receiving that benefit?

Brooklyn Wage Theft Case Grinds On

Authorities found that a Williamsburg construction company owed its workers $500,000, but no one's been paid yet. Advocates blame enforcement delays on overburdened state inspectors.

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Will the State Wage Board Listen to Harvey Keitel? - Jarrett Murphy

A push to address the very low minimum wage of tipped workers recalls the exchange between Mr. White and Mr. Pink.

Poverty Stats Set Mark for De Blasio's Effort vs. Inequality - Jarrett Murphy

Poverty's reach in New York City didn't substantially change in 2013. But the political urgency of doing something about it did.

Help Wanted: 10,000 More Summer Youth Job Slots - Jarrett Murphy

A rally today will call on the de Blasio administration to add money to the budget for summer youth employment, which has shrunk even as teen unemployment remains startling high.

De Blasio Administration Unveils Big Social Service Changes - Jarrett Murphy

The city's welfare agency will change a list of policies that advocates for low-income New Yorkers had criticized for years.

What Will De Blasio's Approach to Welfare Be? - Jarrett Murphy

Some welfare foes fear the progressive mayor will reverse years of declining rolls. Critics of welfare reform hope he does just that.

Report: Richest 1 Percent Pay Less Than Their Share - Jarrett Murphy

New York City's wealthiest pay a disproportionately large share of the city's income taxes. But when property and sales taxes are figured in, the picture changes.

Is NYC's '1 Percent' Overtaxed? - Jarrett Murphy

They pay 46 percent of personal income taxes. That means they're important to funding city services. Does it also mean they're overburdened?

Become a City Limits Member - Jarrett Murphy

It's the time of year when people support the causes that matters to them. Does good journalism matter to you?

Seen Here First: State Cracks Down on Payday Lenders - Jarrett Murphy

The state's financial regulator subpoenaed more than a dozen firms linked to the provision of high-cost loans that the Empire State has banned.

Call for A Wage-Theft Crackdown - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates for low-wage workers say the state isn't doing enough to hunt down scofflaw employers.

De Blasio, Thompson Economic Plans: Poverty vs. Inequality - Jarrett Murphy

The two Democrats unveiled their economic strategy on consecutive days. While their proposals overlapped a lot, de Blasio emphasized the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Rockaway Businesses Still Treading Water Post-Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Some 60 percent were still closed four or five months after the storm, thanks to long-standing challenges of economics and geography that hampered an already difficult recovery.

Report Faults How City Spends Ad Dollars - Jarrett Murphy

From recruiting new cops to discouraging soda consumption, the city spends millions on advertising—and chooses whether to support mainstream media or the ethnic and community press with that money.

Report May Clear Up New York City's Jobs Mystery - Jarrett Murphy

For months, federal statistics have shown far more new jobs in the city that there were newly employed residents. The Independent Budget Office finds that the "good news" version is closer to the truth.

City Limits Magazines’ Archive Now All Digital, Accessible - City Limits

With a grant from the New York Community Trust, our 36-year archive is now digital (and fully accessible for free) online.

Rising Poverty Means More Use of the Safety Net - Jarrett Murphy

Census data says the city's poverty rate rose again last year. From the city's welfare offices to its homeless shelters, the rising need is reflected in more New Yorkers getting help.

Poverty Numbers Steady, Income Dips - Jarrett Murphy

The Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate has held steady and the number of Americans without health insurance dropped. But median income also fell and income inequality rose.

The Platforms on Cities, Poverty - Jarrett Murphy

The Republicans call welfare reform "the most successful anti-poverty policy in memory" and the Democrats claim the stimulus saved 7 million people from poverty. What else do the platforms have to say about cities and poverty?

Recovery Equals Long Unemployment, Especially for Women - Jarrett Murphy

Amid New York's post-recession jobs "miracle" are stunning levels of long-term unemployment. Women have been hit hard, and government layoffs might be to blame, says a new report.

Living Wage as Soviet Plot: Da or Nyet? - Jarrett Murphy

We asked Soviet experts what they thought of the comparisons Mayor Bloomberg has been making between communist wage policy and a local living wage proposal.



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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.

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

By Jeff Foreman

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

Everyone knows the federal poverty measure is inaccurate. But change would create winners and losers among the states, so Congress is unlikely to demand a better one.

Improvement in Child Poverty Figures Demands More Action

By Jennifer March

Improvement in Child Poverty Figures Demands More Action

Child poverty decreased in New York City in 2013, but that was only a start toward rolling back the devastating effects of the Great Recession.

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

By Joel Berg

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

After two mayors who saw declining welfare rolls as an indication of policy success, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks is making progress restoring common sense and compassion. There's still much to do.

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

By Jennifer Jones Austin

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

"It’s not enough to help people meet their basic needs. There must be a full-scale effort to develop policies and programs that materially improve wages and earnings, educational experiences and living conditions."



A Brief History of Latino Politics in New York

From the 1930s to the present, a look at the candidates who have tried--and in some cases succeed--to increase Latino representation in the City Council, the state legislature, Congress, borough hall and beyond.

Source of Crime Guns Recovered in New York State

Source of Crime Guns Recovered in New York State. Research assistance for this project was provided by Arielle Concilio.