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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.

Bronx Art Groups Share Challenges Seeking Sustenance and Growth

There’s no shortage of creative artists and organizations in the borough, but working on growth, attracting Bronxites, and working together is a persistent push.

SummerStage in the Bronx: Funk, Mambo, Hip-Hop and WAR

SummerStage, which is produced by the City Parks Foundation, is hosting over 100 free performances in 17 parks throughout the five boroughs this summer.

Amid Tests and Tight Budgets, Schools Find Room for Arts

DOE statistics indicate arts instruction is absent from many middle and high schools. But for some principals, arts aren't an extra—they're a priority.

City Downplays Ratner's Role In Carousel Recovery

The developer defrayed the city's costs, helping to save the treasured ride but amplifying questions about whether private donations to favored causes influence policymakers.

Politically Active Bronx Artists Protest Their Own Eviction

The dispute between a South Bronx landlord and a radical arts collective has become a rallying cry for supporters of the group, which combines youth development with political activism.

Our Top 10 Top 5 Lists About Brooklyn

Yes, you could bring your famous asparagus dip to the big New Year's Eve party. Or you could come ready to spur stimulating conversation with our list of Top 5 lists to argue about.

The Rise and Fall of a Party in the Park

For years, the Heatwave barbecue in Prospect Park was a huge event for young black professionals. Then it disappeared. Why?

World's Greatest Novels—Not At Your Local Library?

A trip to six Brooklyn branch libraries in low-income neighborhoods found that many classic novels are not on the shelves. As budgets tighten and many readers go digital, do these missing titles represent A Brave New World or Darkness at Noon?

Brooklyn's Story, In Its Own Words

When Brooklyn residents become poets and storytellers, Brooklyn is a place of elusive magic, summer memories and a world on the doorstep.

BrooklynEdges: A Mosaic Grows as Boerum Hill Changes

For 10 years, as the neighborhood around her Wyckoff Street address has changed, Susan Gardner has been covering her house in color.

Brooklyn Edges: LGBT Youth Relive Life's Drama On Stage

A theater organization has LGBT youth play the roles of people who spurned them, giving the actors a chance to write their own next act.

Amid Wave of Watering Holes, Hell's Kitchen Keeps Tabs on Bars

Community leaders know they can't stop every new bar. But they can try to impose rules—on everything from hours of operation to soundproofing—for watering holes to live by.

The New 911: Emergency Calling Changes

Problems with the performance of the 911 system on Sept. 11 led the Bloomberg administration to undertake a four-pronged emergency communications transformation program

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?

This Memorial Day, A Lost World at Cedar Grove Beach

After the city removed them last year, residents of the Staten Island community won't be celebrating the holiday with burgers and beers outside their beachside bungalows. As this unique way of NYC life fades, a look at its complex—and charming—history.

Deceased, Return To Sender: Writing To The Triangle Victims

As the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire approaches, one artist captured the tragedy's scale by sending letters to the dead.

Staten Island's Black History, Revisited

At a local museum, a community bears witness to the black experience on Staten Island, as some of its last remaining historic structures are landmarked.

Controversy Over Alleged Muslim Radicalization Not New

In 2007, the NYPD released a report about "the homegrown threat" that troubled local Muslim leaders by labeling innocuous behavior, like displaying concern for "the greater good," as possible hallmarks of "jihadization."

Lunch At Junior's: Reputation & Reality In Today’s Brooklyn

What does it mean to be "Brooklyn"—and how has that changed as the borough went from not to hot? Chapter one of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" visits a local icon to find some answers.


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The development of a vibrant and thriving arts community is only natural in a city as diverse as New York. While City Limits is most identified with thorough and hard-hitting social and political reportage, our breadth of arts and culture-based coverage will surprise and enlighten you.






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Testing and Other Reforms Squeeze Schools Arts - Jarrett Murphy

A report by the city comptroller finds steep disparities in arts education throughout the DOE. A City Limits investigation last year reported that many aspects of education reform worked to squeeze out the arts.

WBAI Appeals for Union Support - Jarrett Murphy

The end might be near for the leftist radio station, says a veteran radio journalist who wants organized labor to step up to the plate.

Former City Limits Contributor Wins Presidential Honor - Jarrett Murphy

Camilo José Vergara, who wrote and photographed for us in the 80s and 90s, became the first photographer to win the National Humanities Medal.

Some Nabes Lag In Broadband Access - Jarrett Murphy

Three of New York's boroughs are among the eight least broadband-connected counties in New York State, according to data published Friday.

City Limits Partners With New Civic News Website, TV Show - City Limits

There's a new player in the New York civic news game: MetroFocus, a website run by WNET that will eventually evolve into a regular nighttime television broadcast.

How To Teach 9-11? - Jonathan Camhi

As the 10th anniversary of the tragedy approaches, a look at how one WTC widow has tried to teach children about the attacks.

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Photo Slideshow: Tackling Poverty Brooklyn

Held on Wednesday October 3rd at Galapagos Art Space in downtown Brooklyn, the inaugural series in our Tackling Poverty Conversation & Networking Series brought advocates, researchers, elected officials and ordinary citizens together to discuss strategies for improving New York City's education outcomes.

NYC Study of Waste-to-Energy Technology

A 2006 study looking deeper into potential WTE options for New York City, and into whether a demonstration project was advisable.

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