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Hopes for De Blasio: High and Low, Specific vs. Sweeping

Bill de Blasio's promise of progress has raised expectations. In Brownsville on Election Day, voters' hopes ranged from a vague desire for change to specific, ambitious goals.

Bronx Voters Skip Ballot Questions in Big Numbers

One in three voters who cast a ballot in the mayoral race didn't weigh in on the ballot questions. In some cases, poll workers may have failed to remind voters to flip their ballots.

The Questions Brownsville Would Ask at Tonight's Debate

If they got the mic, people in and around the Van Dyke Houses would ask about guns, jobs and senior centers.

De Blasio Message Gets Mixed Reception in Mott Haven

In the Democrat's "two cities" narrative, the South Bronx neighborhood ranks among the have-nots. But many voters say they're still deciding whom to support in November.

Candidates Get Mott Haven's Votes, But Not Its Confidence

Around Camaguey restaurant on Primary Day, even people who went to the polls had little faith that the officials they voted for would make good on their campaign promises.

Last-Minute Choices on Primary Day in Brownsville

The latest installment in our Five Borough Ballot series visits a polling center in the Van Dyke Houses as residents—at least, some of them—cast their votes.

Voters Eyeing De Blasio, With Some Doubts

Interviews in Brownsville confirm what the polls say: Bill de Blasio is the candidate of the moment. But with delicate issues like race at play, voters wanted to know more before committing to him.

Cycle of Political Disengagement on One Bronx Corner

Interviews suggest it's unclear what came first: Voters in Mott Haven tuning out the politicians, or candidates writing the area off. But some voters are starting to pay attention to campaign 2013.

Mayor's Race: Brownsville Voters Waiting, Watching, Wary

Many residents say they'll vote, but won’t pick a candidate until September. They're skeptical of promises, concerned about character and doubtful that identity politics will carry Primary Day.

South Bronx Council Races Generate Little Heat

As Campaign 2013's temperature rose, diners at Mott Haven's Camaguey restaurant and voters in Melrose had little interest in their lowest-level officials.

Digging into Voter Disengagement in Brownsville

Many in the Brownsville housing project profess no interest in the mayoral race. But being disengaged from the election doesn't mean they're disengaged from debate about where New York is headed.

Mott Haven Talks Schools: Little Love for Mayor or Critics

Patrons of Camaguey Restaurant hold nuanced views on mayoral control, charter schools and teacher evaluations—and feel the state of the schools is more important than who's mayor.

Carrion, Liu Vie for Votes in Brownsville

The audience knew what the candidates wanted. But what did the people of Van Dyke want in return?

Mott Haven Up For Grabs in Mayor's Race

If patrons of Camaguey restaurant are any indication, voters in Mott Haven are undecided about the mayor's race, but do know what they want in the next mayor: the good of Bloomberg without the bad.

What Brownsville Wants In A Mayor

So far, most residents haven't found what they're looking for—or even done much looking.

Campaigns Skip Mott Haven, Drug Centers and Shelters Don't

Mayoral frontrunners skipped a recent forum in the South Bronx neighborhood, where many residents are upset about the number of drug and mental health facilities in the area.

Top Issue in Brownsville: Fear of the Teens, Fear for the Teens

Ask people on Blake Avenue what's their No. 1 campaign concern, and they'll say "crime." But their worry seems to be less about violence and more about whether young people are on the wrong track.

Violence Dominates Campaign Talk in Mott Haven

Guns trump other concerns among diners at the Camaguey restaurant. Some see more cops—and others more programs—as the answer.

Mott Haven Looks to Activists, Not Pols, For Progress

We open an election-year series with a trip to a restaurant in the South Bronx, where gun violence and wage inequality are what people are talking about—and where there's little confidence that politicians are listening.

Brownsville: As '13 Race Looms, Split Opinion on Bloomberg

In the first installment of our election-year series, a visit with the Bingo players at a senior center in Brownsville, where opinions on the mayor are all over the game board.


The city faces an important election in 2013. Instead of only covering the candidates, why not cover the voters? In cooperation with City & State and WNET, we'll be following groups of residents in five New York City neighborhoods to see whether and how New Yorkers are engaged in the campaigns, and what issues will help them decide not just whom to vote for, but whether to vote at all.

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Watch Us On MetroFocus - Jarrett Murphy

In an interview, City Limits and City & State discuss their 2013 campaign coverage partnership with one another and Channel 13's MetroFocus.

Covering an Election? Why Not Cover the Voters? - Jarrett Murphy

The biggest issue in the race for City Hall in 2013 might not be housing or crime or schools--but simply whether the candidates give voters a reason to care.

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EVENTS

Bronx Library Center's 4th Annual Job Expo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
11:00a - 5:00p

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

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

Personal Democracy Forum 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2104
:p - 06:30p

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Map of Gowanus Canal

State of the Nation's Housing Report

A report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies found 18.6 million American households – renters and homeowners alike – spend more than half their income on housing, up from 13.8 million in 2001.

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