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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A New Yorker, Terrified of ISIS

City Limits often hears from New Yorkers we've met over the years. This week we got a note from a person worried that their family might be killed 6,000 miles away.

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Poverty Stats Set Mark for De Blasio's Effort vs. Inequality

Poverty's reach in New York City didn't substantially change in 2013. But the political urgency of doing something about it did.

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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.


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Calculating Poverty in New York: More by City Standard, and Less by Federal One

A new measure of poverty taken by the mayor's office that accounts for the high cost of housing in New York City shows that the number of people who fully classify as poor has risen by close to 300,000.
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