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City Limits is looking among Bronx high-school and college students for the next generation of investigative, public-interest reporters.

Analyzing the 2014 Primaries

A quick look at the Cuomo-Hochul vs. Teachout-Wu aftermath, the future of the IDC, the legislative agenda and Mayor de Blasio a year after the 2013 primary.

Advocates: NYS Must Simplify Laws Barring Felons from Voting

Right now, New York prevents prisoners and parolees from voting. Civil rights watchdogs say the system is so confusing it deprives legally eligible people from actually casting ballots.

Gowanus Developer Agrees to Superfund Cleanup Role

The project in question is one that was initially abandoned after the Superfund project was declared, but is now underway under different leadership.

Report Sees Crisis in NYCHA Conditions, Hope in Density

A city comptroller's study of housing conditions also detected a distinct racial skew—independent of income or rent-level—to which New Yorkers are most likely to live amid housing deficiencies.

Primary Day Reading List: What's Your Favorite Campaign '14 Storyline?

As voters across the state head to the polls to weigh in on races for statewide and legislative offices, here's a guide to the stories we've been following through the campaign season.

NYCHA Points to Progress on Maintenance Issues

In light of a report about the deterioration of conditions during the Bloomberg years, the authority says the picture has changed under Mayor de Blasio.

Cuomo's Right (Sort Of): Debates Can Be Bad for Democracy

But not because we have too many. Only because we have too few of the good ones.

Take a Video Visit to the Superfund Site Near You!

Beauty and toxins, industry and wildlife mix in Newtown Creek, along the Gowanus Canal and near the old Wolff-Alport Chemical Company on the Brooklyn-Queens border.

Striking Disparities in Neighborhood Violence

Focusing on the rise in shootings citywide masks deep differences across precincts. Most have seen neither no increase or a decline in shooting victims.


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New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

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