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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.

Residents Demand City Build Bridge to Reconnect Van Cortlandt Park

Activists and pols say it’s the least DEP can do in light of the over-budget billions they're spending on the filtration plant.

For Clients Sick or Not, Hospitals Serve as Safe Havens

One aspect of the hospital crisis is that city hospitals exist not just to treat illness, but to protect vulnerable people from violence, homelessness and other threats.

Only Two Electric-Cab Drivers On the Road in NYC

Five of the seven electric cars in the city's taxi and for-hire fleet are idle, but Luis Castro is still making battery-powered stops in the Bronx.

Brownsville Board Says Home Runs Threaten Motorists

The local community board wants a higher fence at the Brownsville Rec Center to prevent softballs from striking cars on Linden Boulevard. But the center has a long list of other needs.

Report Sees Long-List of Post-Sandy Needs

A report from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund makes neighborhood-specific and borough-wide recommendations—both for action needed now, and for planning that's necessary before the next storm.

New York Braces for Private Investment in Hospitals

In a state where all hospitals are either public or non-profit, Gov. Cuomo's bid to permit private investment in health facilities stirs cheer among fans and fears among opponents of the for-profit hospital model.

Initiative to 'End AIDS' Looks for Traction in Albany

Advocates will be listening closely to the governor's budget address to see if the administration responds to their push for a comprehensive effort to effectively end new infections.

EPA Wants Site on Brooklyn-Queens Border in Superfund

The Wolff-Alpert Chemical Company imported sand containing thorium from the Belgian Congo in the 1940s. Now the feds believe lingering radioactivity warrant making the former factory the third active New York City Superfund site.

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.

Bronxites Confused On Status of Childbirth Services

North Central Bronx hospital gave little notice when it closed its labor & delivery service in August. Now there are signs the service may return, but community members haven’t been given a due date.

Push on to Replace Stolen Statue in Changing Bed-Stuy

In 2000, a war memorial in Saratoga Park was stolen off its pedestal. Amid a complicated mix of changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, there's an effort to restore it.

Bronx Green With Envy Over Park Officers

Concerns about unruly teenagers taking over Starlight Park reflect broader resentment about the borough's share of the Parks Enforcement Patrol force.

Brooklyn Hospitals Retool in Face of Cost Crisis

Quietly, three Brooklyn hospitals are revamping their operations to increase efficiency and reduce ER visits—hoping to avoid the fate that has befallen LICH and Interfaith.

Broken Park Path Points to Bigger Budget Problem

A walkway at Jerome Slope needs repair, but—under a system that park advocates hope to change—the Parks Department must find an elected official to fund the fix.

Rising Deaths from Hepatitis C Spur City Action

Deadlier than HIV, the disease can appear years after infection, and testing and treatment are complicated. The city's Action Plan draws praise, but advocates want more resources applied.

Homes, Firms and Psyches on Bk. Coast Show Sandy's Scars

In Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, the storm's impact can still be seen in houses, apartments, storefronts and the people attempting to rebuild.

Red Hook Needs No Reminder of Sandy's Impact

At an event celebrating local businesses, there were signs of recovery and a reminders of fragility a year after the superstorm inundated the neighborhood, flooding stores and darkening public housing.

Many in Coney Island Still Feel Post-Storm Needs

The tourism attractions have come back strong, but some residents say they still have trouble getting basic needs met.

Report Will Present Sandy Lessons to Next Mayor

A year—almost to the minute—after a tropical storm named Sandy became a hurricane, Brooklyn officials and organizations launched an effort to take stock of where coastal recovery stands.

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Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Public Advocate Sounds Call: School Lunch for All - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates hope to end the stigma around – and resulting lack of participation in – school lunch by making everyone eligible,

The Letters: One Family After the Superstorm - Jarrett Murphy

A year ago, filmmaker Karla Ann Cote met John and Veronica Petersen amid the ruins of the their home on the south shore of Staten Island. A year later, she went back to see what life is like a year after Sandy.

Deadline Looms for Food Stamp Families - Jarrett Murphy

Beyond the shutdown, and besides the debt-ceiling deadline, another date approaches for cuts to the Food Stamp program on which some 1.9 million New Yorkers depend.

What's the Next Stop for CitiBike? - Oliver Morrison

The project plans to target neighborhoods next to the areas it's already serving. Some would rather it target a clientele that's more diverse, and less affluent, than the current ridership.

Group Wants More in Mayor's Post-Sandy Plan - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of community and labor groups responded to Mayor Bloomberg's infrastructure plan.

Wheelchairs in the Subway: One Woman's Journey - Jarrett Murphy

There are 468 stations in the New York City subway system. Only 78 are wheelchair accessible.

Panel to Quiz Mayoral Hopefuls on Aging Policy - Jarrett Murphy

New York is graying. What should the next mayor do about it?

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.

City Limits Honored for Sandy, Hospitals Coverage - Jarrett Murphy

Congratulations to our two Ippies honorees, Ruth Ford and Batya Ungar-Sargon.

A Grassroots Plan for Surviving Superstorms - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of environmental and community groups has put together their wish-list for how New York City, the Empire and Garden states and the federal government should implement the lessons of Sandy.

Sandy Surge Covered A Sixth of the City - Jarrett Murphy

And it affected more renters than homeowners, and a disproportionately high number of low-income people.

New York City Eyeing Wider Use of Biodiesel - Jack Curran

If you're in New York City as you read this, chances are you're being heated by oil that includes biodiesel. Soon, all city vehicles—and maybe private ones, too—might be mandated to use the same fuel.

Who Voted Against Sandy Funding? - Jarrett Murphy

One hundred seventy-nine Republicans and a lone Democrat did.

Reporter's Notebook: Red Hook - Candace Amos

Just minutes before we arrived, an elderly woman living on the second floor tumbled down the stairs, back first, after tripping over her cane while bringing groceries into her apartment.

City Closes Parks, Beaches Ahead of Storm - Jarrett Murphy

Not much rain is expected, but high winds will hit hurricane-weakened trees and push seawater toward areas eroded by Sandy.

Post-Sandy Housing Crisis: 4 Years Ago, NYC Asked 'What If?' - Jarrett Murphy

In 2008 the city solicited designs for temporary housing for 38,000 households uprooted from a coastal neighborhood by hurricane flooding. Now New York may confront a very similar, and very real, scenario.

Find Your Post-Sandy Voting Site - Jarrett Murphy

Dozens of polling sites across the boroughs have been relocated.

Photo Call: Sandy, Through Your Eyes - Jarrett Murphy

Send us your pictures of how the aftermath of Sandy looked in your neighborhood.

Why NYC Is So Vulnerable to Hurricanes - Jarrett Murphy

When you think cities and hurricanes, Miami gets the college football team and New Orleans the mixed drink, but New York City is considered unusually vulnerable.



Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

By Sen. Rubén Diaz

Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

A state senator says a simple law could bring New York City a step closer to the mayor's Vision Zero.

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

By Denise Scott & Rick Luftglass

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

A new initiative will couple efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with community development that strengthens residents' ability to afford a more nutritious lifestyle.

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

By Gavin J. Donohue

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

In a response to an assemblyman's call for stricter regulation of the electricity marketplace, an industry official says deregulation is not to blame for high prices.

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

By Assemblyman James Brennan

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

An assemblyman reveals the results of an investigation into how our current electricity rates compare to those we'd have paid before the Pataki administration's deregulation of the power market.

Concerned About Hunger? Don't Just Donate. Lobby!

By Liz Accles, Kathy Goldman and Agnes Molnar

Concerned About Hunger? Don't Just Donate. Lobby!

It's that time of year again: The period when many of us make donations to help the hungry. This year, with food programs slashed and more reductions on the way, New Yorkers need to get more active in the fight against hunger.



Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations

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

Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."