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Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx is scheduled for turnaround in 2012. Many teachers and education specialists blame a recent history of budget cuts and overcrowding on the school's performance. Flickr/Claire Lambrecht
John Farley  |  May 31, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Many say that reform strategies are particularly misunderstood and poorly executed in the city's largest, overcrowded public schools.
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
Photo courtesy of Wes Moore
May 15, 2012 5:15 AM | Comments
Author and youth advocate Wes Moore shares his own story of triumph and joins a panel of students to discuss factors contributing to their successes.VIDEO
Council chambers at City Hall. City Council caucuses will be pushing their priority issues in the coming months for the 2011-2012 legislative year. Flickr/ambersandyslexyia
Alexander Hotz for The New York World  |  May 8, 2012 11:02 AM | Comments
Buried deep in New York City’s laws lurk obscure bits of bureaucracy. But these dusty corners of government are about to get a housecleaning.
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.
One of many posters for May Day 2012. This poster, created by artist Rich Black, calls on people to take to the streets on May 1, either in permitted marches or general strike actions. Image courtesy of Occuprint.
John Farley  |  April 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
On May Day, Occupy activists will join forces with labor unions and immigrant rights activists. But there's still some friction between the various groups involved.VIDEO
Valerie Neng, WHEDco's sustainability manager, in front of Urban Horizons, a building the organization made green out of financial necessity. Adi Talwar/City Limits
Patrick Arden for City Limits  |  April 23, 2012 12:39 PM | Comments
If New York is going to meet the mayor's greenhouse goals, its apartment buildings are going to have to get greener. But getting there is difficult.
n a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and deportation program. AP/Bebeto Matthews
John Farley  |  April 20, 2012 2:02 PM | Comments
MetroFocus met four immigrants whose own experiences led to careers fighting for the rights of others.
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
John Farley  |  April 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Christie's overall rating remains positive among New Jersey residents, but he's lost five points since February despite a significant rise in approval from public worker households.VIDEO
Protesters warmed up their voices outside the Bronx Supreme Courthouse at 1118 Grand Concourse on Monday. The group, O4O, was attempting to shut down a foreclosure auction before 14 people were arrested. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley with additional reporting by Nat Rudarakanchana for The New York World  |  April 17, 2012 12:09 PM | 1 Comment
Most of the 100,000 pending foreclosures in New York State will eventually end up at an auction. A group of activists are trying to halt some of these auctions through song.VIDEO
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