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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?

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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.

The Holdouts

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

BIDs These Days

The ups and downs of Business Improvement Districts

For Creatives, A Haven's
Becoming A Headache

At a forum last week, self-employed Brooklynites and the experts who value them explored challenges to the growth of their demographic.

ECONOMIC ENGINES FUELED
BY NYC'S NEWER ARRIVALS

A new report shows how the city's immigrant entrepreneurs create jobs and growth, and transform neighborhoods.

THE CITY'S LATEST HIRINGS AND RETIRINGS

Leadership changes and brand-new positions at Civilian Complaint Review Board, The After-School Corporation, NYC Economic Development Corporation and more.

Bloomberg: The People's Mayor?

If being an improvement from the Giuliani era were the only criteria, Michael Bloomberg would have been anointed the People’s Mayor a long time ago.

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? OUR PICKS FOR THE TOP STORIES OF 2004

It was a year of highs and lows. Hits and misses. Wins and losses. Okay, fine, you’ve heard it before. But 2004 will likely be remembered as a major turning point in New York public policy. Here are seven new concepts City Limits and The Center for an Urban Future find most intriguing.

NYC Inc: Model Cities

Data shows New York’s economic pulse has been flatlining for years. What urban wonks can learn from unlikely recovery zones in Los Angeles and Houston.

NYC Inc: Westward, Whoa!

With virtually no public discussion, the plan for Far West Midtown is going full speed ahead.

A Shortchanged City

The money drain from New York to Albany.

RUNNING ON A RIP-OFF

Governor George Pataki loves New York (City), he swears. So why has he spent two terms in office waging economic war on the boroughs? A new report from the Center for an Urban Future counts the cash and finds that when it comes to state funding, New York City is about $2 billion short.

NYC Inc: A Small Opportunity

A recession is the perfect time to take advantage of an opportunity that King Rudy shunned--investing in entrepreneurs.

THE NEW ECONOMY

From apparel manufacturing to printing to air cargo, many of New York City's most important industries suffered deep wounds after the World Trade Center attacks, according to a study released last week by the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank.

Losing Business

What has more than $1 billion in subsidies to major corporations bought for New York City? According to a new study from the Center for an Urban Future, a lot less than it bargained for.

JFK SNAFU

With little official support, New York City's airports are becoming less competitive,costing the city much-needed blue collar jobs.

Fantasy Island

Mariners Harbor was supposed to make Staten Island a manufacturing mecca. But by hunting for headlines instead of plans that create jobs, city officials are squandering the borough's big chance.

SQUEEZING THE APPLE

A new report by the Center for an Urban Future documents how small businesses are hurt by New York City's real estate crunch.


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State of the Chains 2012

The Center for an Urban Future's latest report, State of the Chains, 2012, finds that the number of chain stores in New York City increased for the fifth straight year, underscored by especially strong growth among retailers in the Bronx.

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