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Class in the Classroom: The Income Gap and NYC's Schools

It's well known that wealthy kids outperform poor kids in school, but now the rich are also pulling away from middle-class students. Why? And is class or race the key factor in how NYC school kids perform?

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?

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.

Why Do Some Parks Suffer? It’s Complicated

Inequities in city green space result from more than just outer-borough bias. A tight budget that affects everybody and private donations that benefit some areas over others are part of the picture.

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?


In 1980, the richest 1 percent of New Yorkers received about 12 percent of income in the city. In 2007, they received 43 percent. As income inequality has grown nationwide and across New York State, the city has led the way—exposing its strengths and weaknesses, raising questions about fairness and social cohesion. This series explores the complex effects income inequality has on day to day life the five boroughs, the challenges it causes and the choices it poses for the next mayor of New York.

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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?

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EVENTS

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

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

Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00p - 9:00p

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund - Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
:p - 9:30a

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

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.

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."

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