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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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.

City Limits is an Independent Nonprofit ... Again

After more than four years as a program of the Community Service Society, we are out on our own. But we're not completely alone: We've got readers like you!


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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.
The New York Times

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