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According to gardener Kristen Bonardi Rapp, the lot at 462 Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy has probably been vacant since the 1970s. Until recently, it looked like this. Photo by Meg Watcher/megwatcherphotos.com
John Farley  |  May 16, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Brooklynites, working with the group 596 Acres, explain why and how they're transforming formerly vacant city-owned lots into green spaces for everyone.VIDEO
Washington Irving High School, near Union Square, is one of 22 schools scheduled to be phased out between now and when the remaining students graduate in 2013. In five of these phase-out schools, only the middle schools will be closed, while the attached high schools or elementary schools will remain open. Flickr/eden pictures
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:31 AM | Comments
MetroFocus maps what's coming and going: 24 turnarounds schools; 22 phase-outs; 54 new schools, 24 of which are charters; 4 closures.
In April 17, after walking 150 miles from New York City, a group of 15 undocumented students arrived in Albany to advocate for the passage of the New York State DREAM Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no taken a position on the bill. Photo courtesy of the New York State Leadership Council.
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:25 AM | Updated: June 15, 2012 3:02 PM | 58 Comments

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a radical policy shift on immigration, which in many ways works around congressional resistance to the federal DREAM Act.

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Rolling chair operators walk past Revel, the newest casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, May 10, 2012, the same day that that New Jersey casino regulators released figures showing that the $13.4 million Revel won in its first month of operation ranked it 8th among Atlantic City's 12 casinos. AP/Wayne Perry
John Farley  |  May 11, 2012 3:36 PM | Comments
As revenues fall and competition increases, can experimental revitalization models save the declining boardwalk empire?VIDEO
Artist Bernard Safran shot this photo, "Subway Riders," in the '60s, which shows a group of New Yorkers headed to work. Looking at a diverse array of data, MetroFocus looked at the kinds of jobs New York City is really creating. Photo by Bernard Safran.
John Farley  |  May 11, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
MetroFocus compared a slew of recent data on job creation to see what kinds of jobs we're really creating and who's getting them.
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John Farley  |  May 9, 2012 2:36 PM | Comments
Research suggests bilingualism is a cognitive asset, but are schools doing enough to promote education in the plurality of languages spoken?VIDEO
ew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his proposed executive 2013 New York City budget at City Hall in New York, Thursday, May 3, 2012. The total proposed city budget exceeds $68.7 billion this year and Bloomberg has until the end of June to negotiate a final version with the City Council. AP/Lucas Jackson, Pool
John Farley  |  May 7, 2012 12:37 PM | Comments
The full schedule of City Council's hearings on the executive budget for 2013 is now available.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was particularly embarrassed by a 2008 scandal over innapropriate use of City Council's discretionary budget. Even though reforms were put in place since then, a new report says more improvements should be made. Flickr/Ennui Poet
John Farley  |  May 7, 2012 12:20 PM | Comments
A new report indicates that improvements are still needed in the City Council's budget process.
On May 1, unionized workers at the Strand Bookstore formed a picket line in front of their workplace, and were joined by participants from Occupy Wall Street. The Strand's unionized employees' contract expired last September, and they say they're preparing to authorize a strike vote.
John Farley  |  May 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On May Day, workers at the Strand Bookstore picketed their workplace and said they're planning to vote whether to authorize a strike. VIDEO
Loosecubes' users can share office space in the company's headquarters in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The company, which connects people in need of space to those who have it, was one of TimeInc.'s top 10 NYC startups to watch in 2012.
John Farley  |  April 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Time Inc. has released its second annual list of top start-ups in NYC. Their diverse offerings range from free online coding lessons to ways to create one's own custom beauty product.VIDEO
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