The city is doubling the fines for landlords who harass tenants and will publicize the names of property owners who get penalized. The only troubles is penalties are rarely imposed by judges.
If you've figured out how to help America's urban places attract talent, create opportunity or get citizens engaged, one foundation has a $5 million pool for you to tap into.
Mass shootings are happening more often in the U.S., but tighter national gun control seems impossible to achieve. An Australian in New York recounts his country's response to a massacre.
Sometimes the fight's over classroom setting, sometimes over a child eating their meals through a straw. Often it involves lawyers, frantic parents and a strained school system.
The borough's melting-pot makeup and authorities' willingness to label crimes as hateful are reasons why Kings County often reports more hate crimes than most states.
Listen to CityLimits.org's latest early morning appearance on WBAI, where we discussed the Rikers Island scandal, the potential tension between community gardeners and affordable housing developers, and more.
Then as now, the credibility of the threat was doubtful. Then as now, security was stepped up anyway. What's different now? There's not a mayoral race on.
The dangers associated with floodwaters and power outages that come with storms like Sandy are magnified when you use a wheelchair or breathe through a ventilator.
A video lays bare the problems with eyewitness testimony: At a recent conference, a robbery was staged, and 83 percent of people in the audience couldn't identify the right guy in a lineup.
The administration sees city-owned vacant lots as potential sites for affordable housing. Communities that use—or hope to use—those parcels for gardens see them as something else.
The developer Forest City Ratner and the construction firm Skanska have had a bitter parting of ways over a stalled construction project. But both say they still believe in the pioneering pre-fab approach it took.
The revelations about systemic brutality in the city's jails point to the critical role that captains—the first layer of leadership over correction officers—play.
The second episode of "Straight Up" features a discussion on race and policing.
In the past five years, three toxic city sites have been enrolled in a federal clean-up program. Early on there were fears the label would inhibit development. Those have proven unfounded.
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.
It might just be a nasty business dispute. But the brouhaha between Forest City and Skanksa over delays and alleged design flaws at a planned modular tower could also affect whether pre-fabricated structures are seen as a viable way to build affordable housing in New York.
Many murders make the front pages. But others don't. When a foreign visitor to the city learns of a killing near his home, he encounters resignation and dark humor.
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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.
Poverty's reach in New York City didn't substantially change in 2013. But the political urgency of doing something about it did.