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Cloudy Views On Broken-Windows Policing

There's a lot of debate over whether New York should still be doing "broken-windows" policing. But there are also questions about exactly what that theory is, whether it's worked, and to what extent the NYPD implements it.

Report: Housing Construction Could Tamp Down City Rents

A real-estate industry report indicates that rents are rising right now but believes new supply coming on line over the next two years could slow or reverse the cost of a place to live.

Several Members of Queens Library Board Forced Out

The library system, which has been under scrutiny over perks given to its director, wouldn't say which ones.

Some Police Agencies Revive Restraints Involving Neck

Chatter on law-enforcement message boards suggests that what was applied to Eric Garner was not a chokehold but a “carotid restraint," a police tactic gaining new acceptance nationwide despite past controversy.

Mayor's Trip Raises the Question: Who Does No. 2 Work For?

Vacancies at City Hall are exceedingly rare. That hasn't stopped recent mayors from thinking about what would happen if one occurred.

NYC Pols React, Unevenly, to Mideast Violence

There was widespread outrage over the horrific murders of three Israeli teens. Fewer public statements were made over the alleged revenge slaying of a Palestinian boy.

In Quest for Art Supplies, Teachers Get Creative

Today, reused chains and recycled plastic lids sit in a warehouse in Queens. Next fall they'll be used for school art projects in an improving—but still tight—funding environment.

The Bigger Picture on School Crowding

A report by the city comptroller highlights deficiencies in how the city responds to space squeezes. What's the long-term outlook for the scarcity of school seats?

Race, Fear and the Risk of Drowning

A new focus on water safety in the wake of several fatal accidents raises questions about the large number of all races—but larger number of blacks and Latinos—who cannot swim.

Firefighter's Death Will Trigger Search for Answers

It likely won't be until the period of public mourning is over that we'll learn what caused the demise of Lt. Gordon Ambelas.


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New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

A commentary from Nation Magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel highlights the foreclosure problem in New York City.
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