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City Council is due to vote on the Flushing Waterfront rezoning plan—which would create a 29-acre waterfront special dis...
11/11/2020

City Council is due to vote on the Flushing Waterfront rezoning plan—which would create a 29-acre waterfront special district with nine new buildings, including 1,725 apartments and other facilities—despite local dissent. Our latest: https://bit.ly/3kqGJEZ

Ha pasado casi un mes desde que Nueva York comenzó su “Iniciativa de Acción de Grupo” (“Cluster Action Initiative) para ...
11/11/2020
La estrategia de contención en la serie de casos de COVID-19 en Nueva York

Ha pasado casi un mes desde que Nueva York comenzó su “Iniciativa de Acción de Grupo” (“Cluster Action Initiative) para contener la propagación del coronavirus instituyendo restricciones en vecindarios específicos. ¿Mantendrá a raya una segunda ola?

Ha pasado casi un mes desde que Nueva York comenzó su 'Iniciativa de Acción de Grupo' (“Cluster Action Initiative) para contener la propagación del coronavirus instituyendo restricciones en vecindarios específicos. ¿Mantendrá a raya una segunda ola?.

Despite all the present challenges, City Limits remains committed to producing investigative and explanatory journalism ...
11/11/2020

Despite all the present challenges, City Limits remains committed to producing investigative and explanatory journalism that elevates the voices of marginalized communities in the city for as long as we can. It’s what we have been doing since 1976. And you play a key role in helping us continue our mission.

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It is called “to go on a pilgrimage.” The expression is well known to Spanish speakers as well as some English speakers ...
11/11/2020
Same Old Crisis: In Bushwick, Hunger and Joblessness Hold Steady in a Bad Place

It is called “to go on a pilgrimage.” The expression is well known to Spanish speakers as well as some English speakers who use it to describe the way people in search of food go from one pantry to another.

A look at the pandemic in Bushwick: https://bit.ly/2IoFWaC

From local pols to community leaders, volunteers to residents, no one believes things are getting much better in the neighborhood now, months into the pandemic.

On this Veterans Day, a statistical look at the city's residents who've served: New York was home to 138,000 veterans in...
11/11/2020
A Statistical Snapshot of NYC's Veterans

On this Veterans Day, a statistical look at the city's residents who've served: New York was home to 138,000 veterans in 2019, a little over 2 percent of the population. Most served in the Gulf War or thereafter, but some from WWII remain.

https://bit.ly/2IlsrIB

The city was home to 138,000 veterans in 2019, a little over 2 percent of the population. Most served in the Gulf War or thereafter, but some from WWII remain.

‘Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in America, and yet, we are told to ‘go back,’ and that we don’t belong,’—A...
11/10/2020

‘Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in America, and yet, we are told to ‘go back,’ and that we don’t belong,’—A new public art campaign is tackling anti-Asian bias during COVID-19. https://bit.ly/32vKJhw

In the 59 executive and legislative races where a single candidate was on the ballot, the outcome was never in doubt— bu...
11/10/2020
An Inordinately Detailed Look at the Most Boring Elections of 2020

In the 59 executive and legislative races where a single candidate was on the ballot, the outcome was never in doubt— but blips of resistance did appear in several contests

Read our latest on the NYC 2020 Elections.

In the 59 executive and legislative races where a single candidate was on the ballot, the outcome was never in doubt. But blips of resistance did appear in several contests.

The HPD’s 200+ page ‘Where We Live’ report released late last month specifies how it will address the decades-long legac...
11/09/2020
A Look at the City’s ‘Blueprint’ Plan to Address Decades of Housing Inequities

The HPD’s 200+ page ‘Where We Live’ report released late last month specifies how it will address the decades-long legacy of inequities which have impacted housing, education and job opportunities across the city.

The “Where We Live” report, released by HPD, outlines the city’s plans to create more equitable housing and capital investments by the year 2050 and further its Fair Housing goals.

It’s been more than 7 months since New York started COVID-19 lockdown measures, and just as the crisis itself has shifte...
11/09/2020
Months into Pandemic, City’s Mutual Aid Networks Evolve to Meet New Need

It’s been more than 7 months since New York started COVID-19 lockdown measures, and just as the crisis itself has shifted and evolved over time, so too have the informal networks of volunteers and neighbors working to help one another endure it.

It’s been more than seven months since New York started coronavirus lockdown measures, and just as the crisis itself has shifted and evolved over time, so too have the informal networks of volunteers and neighbors working to help one another endure it.

Election 2020 not over. This morning at 10 a.m., the New York City Board of Elections began the canvas of absentee and a...
11/09/2020
Election Update: Where the Ballot Counts Stand in NYC's Races

Election 2020 not over. This morning at 10 a.m., the New York City Board of Elections began the canvas of absentee and affidavit ballots—at least 668,000 of which have been received.

Check out our latest on where NYC ballot counts stand.

Election 2020 not over: Its final chapter opens Monday at 10 a.m., when the New York City Board of Elections begins the canvas of absentee and affidavit ballots—at least 668,000 of which have been received.

Fed-up with anti-Chinese racism, the majority of Chinatown voters supported Joe Biden in the 2020 Election, read more he...
11/06/2020

Fed-up with anti-Chinese racism, the majority of Chinatown voters supported Joe Biden in the 2020 Election, read more here: https://bit.ly/367TNu8

🚨 City Limits has a new podcast!🚨On The Check In, our reporters & editors will break down the week’s biggest NYC stories...
11/06/2020
The Check In: Election 2020 Aftermath

🚨 City Limits has a new podcast!🚨

On The Check In, our reporters & editors will break down the week’s biggest NYC stories, & the reporting behind them. In Episode 1, managing editor Jeanmarie Evelly and executive editor Jarrett Murphy discuss the local impact of the 2020 elections and the big stories facing NYC in months to come.

Listen here:

In the first episode of City Limits' new newsroom podcast, managing editor Jeanmarie Evelly talks with executive editor Jarrett Murphy about the local impact of the 2020 elections and the big stories facing New York City in months to come.

It’s been nearly a month since New York started its “Cluster Action Initiative” to contain the spread of COVID-19 by ins...
11/05/2020
Checking in on New York’s COVID-19 ‘Cluster’ Containment Strategy

It’s been nearly a month since New York started its “Cluster Action Initiative” to contain the spread of COVID-19 by instituting restrictions in specific hotspot neighborhoods, but will it keep a second wave at bay?

It’s been nearly a month since New York started its 'Cluster Action Initiative' to contain the spread of coronavirus by instituting restrictions in specific hotspot neighborhoods. Will it keep a second wave at bay?

Local journalism has never been more important, & we rely on support from readers like you to help us continue to bring ...
11/05/2020

Local journalism has never been more important, & we rely on support from readers like you to help us continue to bring you in-depth reporting on NYC's most pressing issues!

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Desde los senadores estatales, pasando por los políticos locales, líderes comunitarios, voluntarios y residentes de Bush...
11/05/2020
La necesidad por comida parece no haber cambiado en Bushwick

Desde los senadores estatales, pasando por los políticos locales, líderes comunitarios, voluntarios y residentes de Bushwick, ninguno de ellos ve que las cosas estén mejorando en Bushwick.

Desde los senadores estatales, pasando por los políticos locales, líderes comunitarios, voluntarios y residentes de Bushwick, ninguno de ellos ve que las cosas estén mejorando en Bushwick.

Yesterday, we visited poll sites on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn—here are some scenes from throughout the day.
11/04/2020
Election Day Photos: At the Polls in a Pandemic

Yesterday, we visited poll sites on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn—here are some scenes from throughout the day.

Photos from the 2018 midterm elections just two years ago contain scenes glaringly missing from Tuesday: crowded poll sites, tightly packed voter lines and candidates hugging at celebration parties, to name a few. In 2020, voting meant a lot more hand sanitizer, face masks and waiting outside.

‘I found it so fascinating that the concept of microfinance has gotten so many people out of poverty.’—Since its foundin...
11/04/2020
Youth Activists From Queens Fight Child Poverty in Bangladesh

‘I found it so fascinating that the concept of microfinance has gotten so many people out of poverty.’—Since its founding two years ago, Efforts in Youth Development in Bangladesh (EYDB) has raised approximately $20,000 to fight poverty and child labor.

Since its founding two years ago, Efforts in Youth Development in Bangladesh (EYDB) has raised approximately $5,000 to fight poverty and child labor.

From Nicole Malliotakis and Max Rose to Andrew Gounardes and Vito Bruno—we’ve got you covered. Here are the 2020 Electio...
11/04/2020
Breaking Down the 2020 Election Results for NYC (So Far)

From Nicole Malliotakis and Max Rose to Andrew Gounardes and Vito Bruno—we’ve got you covered. Here are the 2020 Election results for NYC…so far.

On Staten Island, Nicole Malliotakis claimed victory late Tuesday but incumbent Max Rose refused to concede. In the State Senate, Democrat Andrew Gounardes is trailing Republican Vito Bruno by about 6,000 votes. Plus more updates.

‘It’s an important election, I wanted to do something more than what I was doing before.’ — We spoke with first-time vot...
11/03/2020

‘It’s an important election, I wanted to do something more than what I was doing before.’ — We spoke with first-time voters, party switchers, and New Yorkers newly volunteering at the polls, and this is what they had to say: https://bit.ly/3jP8VBi

NYC residents speak more than 200 languages, and nearly 23% of the city’s population is limited in their English languag...
11/03/2020

NYC residents speak more than 200 languages, and nearly 23% of the city’s population is limited in their English language proficiency. This year, voters can get assistance in more languages than ever at the polls.

Find out more here, and follow along with us as Election Day continues to unfold: https://bit.ly/3mHrHMK

‘We will be following up on ways to reform the Board of Elections post-Election Day, because New Yorkers deserve better....
11/03/2020
Election Day 2020: Updates from the Polls in NYC

‘We will be following up on ways to reform the Board of Elections post-Election Day, because New Yorkers deserve better.’— With Election Day underway, NYC polling sites have been experiencing some hiccups along the way, like long lines, late openings, and troubling layouts. Find out more here & follow along with us as the rest of the day unfolds:

Poll sites in New York City opened at 6 a.m. Thursday, where residents were already lining up to cast ballots in an historic presidential election amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The next president of the United States could face a daunting 30 to 40 million households at risk for evictions, so wher...
11/03/2020
Trump and Biden are in Different Worlds on Housing

The next president of the United States could face a daunting 30 to 40 million households at risk for evictions, so where do Joe Biden and Donald Trump stand on housing?

The president has emphasized protecting suburbs from low-income intrusion. The Democratic nominee wants to spend billions to ease the housing crunch.

‘I’ve had a few people come in with their Trump hats or T-shirts, I tell them, you’ve got to take it off.’ — Poll site s...
11/03/2020
Poll-Site Steering Means Battling Electioneering at SI Voting Site

‘I’ve had a few people come in with their Trump hats or T-shirts, I tell them, you’ve got to take it off.’ — Poll site supervisors battle electioneering at a Staten Island voting site.

“I've had a few people come in with their Trump hats or T-shirts,” one poll worker said, of trying to enforce rules that forbid electioneering from within 100 feet of a poll site. “I tell them, you've got to take it off.”

Wondering where Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand on healthcare? Here’s an overview of both presidential candidates’ heat...
11/03/2020
Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Healthcare

Wondering where Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand on healthcare? Here’s an overview of both presidential candidates’ heath policy platforms.

We know Donald Trump hates Obamacare. We know Joe Biden loves it. What else have the two presidential contenders said about the healthcare system?

The Trump administration’s fixation with immigration has been monumental and unprecedented, and so has the impact it has...
11/03/2020
Trump Administration's Obsession on Immigration: More Than 400 Policy Changes So Far

The Trump administration’s fixation with immigration has been monumental and unprecedented, and so has the impact it has had on immigrants’ lives and on institutions that work on immigration issues.

During the pandemic, the Trump administration has advanced 63 immigration 'reforms,' including some of the boldest actions to date.

Voters lined up early in Staten Island where Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat, is trying to hold on to the seat he won in 2018 ...
11/03/2020
Voters Line Up Early in Competitive Staten Island District

Voters lined up early in Staten Island where Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat, is trying to hold on to the seat he won in 2018 against a strong challenge by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

The island occupies the bulk of the 11th Congressional district, where Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat, is trying to hold on to the seat he won in 2018 against a strong challenge by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

Election Day is here! Follow along with us today as we bring you the latest updates from across the city. https://bit.ly...
11/03/2020

Election Day is here! Follow along with us today as we bring you the latest updates from across the city. https://bit.ly/3mHrHMK

‘Part of what makes schools like South Brooklyn so special are the tight partnerships they have with community-based org...
11/02/2020
Opinion: ‘Learning to Work’ Program Cuts Threaten the Futures of Students Like Me

‘Part of what makes schools like South Brooklyn so special are the tight partnerships they have with community-based organizations.’ | Opinion

'While students face different kinds of obstacles in their previous schools, from mental health to family obligations or just a lack of support, they found trusting relationships and a new sense of purpose at their transfer schools.'

'I think a lot of the traditional ways that people might otherwise be reminded [to vote] are not always as accessible to...
11/02/2020
More Than Long Lines: Barriers Homeless NYers Face When Voting

'I think a lot of the traditional ways that people might otherwise be reminded [to vote] are not always as accessible to a person without a permanent home.' — People experiencing homelessness face additional hurdles when it comes to voting, so these groups are stepping up to help.

Advocacy groups are dispensing information, answering questions and offering rides to help unhoused New Yorkers exercise their rights.

‘The pandemic has shown us this gap and we had the opportunity to fill it.’ — While New York City has kept COVID-19’s vi...
11/02/2020
Months into Pandemic, City’s Mutual Aid Networks Evolve to Meet New Need

‘The pandemic has shown us this gap and we had the opportunity to fill it.’ — While New York City has kept COVID-19’s viral impact at bay for the past few months, the economic symptoms are as present as ever, and mutual aid groups across the city are working hard to fill the gaps.

It’s been more than seven months since New York started coronavirus lockdown measures, and just as the crisis itself has shifted and evolved over time, so too have the informal networks of volunteers and neighbors working to help one another endure it.

We are excited to share we have been selected to participate in #NewsMatch — a national matching-gift campaign that driv...
11/02/2020
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