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An abandoned nursing home rots at 2300 Cropsey Ave. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The organization Picture the Homeless advocates for abandoned properties to be rehabbed and used to house the city's homeless population, but due to a New York Post article, the group's funding is now in question. FlickrJMazzolaa/
John Farley  |  April 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
A New York Post article resulted in City Council putting a hold on Picture the Homeless' funding. Did a member of the group teach people how to squat vacant buildings?VIDEO
Two women sit on a jetty near Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.. The casino-resort opened April 2, and New Jersey officials hope it will help Atlantic City compete with gambling industries in neighboring states. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
With an ambitious new resort in Atlantic City, struggling Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, and a deal to bring table games to Queens, big wins and losses loom.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
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John Farley  |  April 2, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The massive development project will be exempt from living wage requirements if a City Council bill passes.
This rendering shows how NYU intends to expand in Greenwich Village by 2031. The school says it needs to grow to survive, but many neighbors say the plan will overwhelm their historic neighborhood. Image courtesy of New York University.
John Farley  |  March 29, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 29, 2012 10:56 AM | Comments
Community leaders and urban planners discuss the expansion at a public panel at Municipal Art Society.VIDEO
Waiting for the bus
John Farley  |  March 28, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 29, 2012 1:54 PM | 4 Comments

Will a system that allows New Yorkers to find out how far away the next bus is boost lagging ridership rates? MetroFocus looks at how successful similar programs have been in other cities.

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Medical Marijuana
John Farley  |  March 26, 2012 4:00 AM | 11 Comments
Legislation to legalize medicinal cannabis is making strides in Connecticut. Meanwhile, New Jersey is plagued by NIMBY issues.VIDEO
Chris McCallion stands in front his workplace, the iconic Strand Bookstore near Union Square. Strand employees told MetroFocus that a new contract their being offered would pit new and old employees against one another. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis
John Farley  |  March 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Some employees of the beloved Strand Bookstore say the retailer is becoming a corporate-style environment. A new proposed contract isn't helping the dispute.
The state governments of New York and New Jersey have made strides in improving their online data transparency in recent years. However, two reports suggest both states have major room for improvement in different areas. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene
John Farley  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Two new reports on state government corruption and digital transparency give New York and New Jersey very different scores. What really counts as transparent?VIDEO
Occupy protester Tom Hintze poses with the handcuffs that were used to arresthim at Zuccotti Park on Saturday. On Monday morning, the NYPD seems to have made a blunder, because Hintze discovered the handcuffs in his backpack. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The NYPD sent one jailed Zuccotti protester home without charges, but with the pair of metal handcuffs used during his arrest.
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