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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.

When Delays Dominate, Kids Lose

Chapter two of our Family Court investigation focuses on the courtrooms that handle custody and child support, where many people try to navigate complex legal lingo without a lawyer, and where running out the clock can be a weapon in warfare between parents.

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The complex and amorphous nature of poverty in New York City has lent itself to a wide array of uniquely designed programs and organizations focused on alleviating the conditions that classify a person as poor. City Limits has never failed to shy away from examining the holes in the city’s safety net, and our coverage often highlights the effect of government practices and other trends on many different subsets of the city’s poor.

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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.

Rising Poverty Means More Use of the Safety Net - Jarrett Murphy

Census data says the city's poverty rate rose again last year. From the city's welfare offices to its homeless shelters, the rising need is reflected in more New Yorkers getting help.

Poverty Numbers Steady, Income Dips - Jarrett Murphy

The Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate has held steady and the number of Americans without health insurance dropped. But median income also fell and income inequality rose.

Remember Poverty? Anyone? Anyone? - Neil deMause

Watch a video interview with Neil deMause, author of our July issue looking at the complex stories behind alarming statistics on poverty in New York City and the United States.

Ex-IMF Chief Bailed Out. Thousands Aren't. - Jarrett Murphy

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is off Rikers Island. Most of the inmates he left behind haven't been convicted of anything. They're awaiting trial. And most are waiting behind bars because they can't afford to be free.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

By Jeff Foreman

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

Everyone knows the federal poverty measure is inaccurate. But change would create winners and losers among the states, so Congress is unlikely to demand a better one.

Improvement in Child Poverty Figures Demands More Action

By Jennifer March

Improvement in Child Poverty Figures Demands More Action

Child poverty decreased in New York City in 2013, but that was only a start toward rolling back the devastating effects of the Great Recession.

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

By Joel Berg

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

After two mayors who saw declining welfare rolls as an indication of policy success, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks is making progress restoring common sense and compassion. There's still much to do.

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."

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

By Bich Ha Pham

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

Reducing income inequality depends on a sound, fair social safety net—something the city has not had in 20 years.



Poverty in the Bronx

This infographic chart, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness highlights the poverty rates in the Bronx, a borough in New York City.

Falling Off The Fiscal Cliff

Race, Opportunity and Sequestration: This report examines ten marquee programs for Americans struggling to make it into the middle-class.



Beyond CityTime

An Investigation of Private Consultants in the Bloomberg Administration

Poverty, Frozen in Time

Poverty, Frozen in Time

An exhibition of photographs by Jacob Riis and contemporaries, including some images not seen in public for nearly 100 years.