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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
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.
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
Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his preliminary budget for 2013 in February. Cuts to youth services have advocates and elected representatives up in arms. Photo by Edward Reed.
Georgia Kral  |  May 2, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: May 3, 2012 4:20PM | 1 Comment
Cuts to city-subsidized child care slots and after-school programs have advocates and elected officials up in arms.VIDEO
Mayor Bloomberg congratulates winners of the first BigApps competition. Sponsored by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, BigApps awards funds to tech companies that develop web or mobile applications using city data. Flickr/ Steven Rosenbaum
Georgia Kral  |  April 26, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
MetroFocus speaks with digital entrepreneurs about the challenges in the business of start-ups. VIDEO
The G Train speeds by the temporarily defunct Smith St.-9th Street Station. In 2009, five G stops were added to preexisting stations south of the Smith St. station, and while ridership has surged at three of those stations, the MTA is considering closing the G platforms. Flickr/Seth Thomas Rasmussen
John Farley  |  April 26, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Three stations where the G train was extended in 2009 saw a surge in straphanger entry between 2008 and 2011.
Students from across the metropolitan area attended this year's DigiGirlz conference in New York, which featured three break out sessions focused on STEM education, digital branding and careers, and a Microsoft technology showcase. MetroFocus/Michelle Michalos
Michelle Michalos  |  April 25, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Microsoft, the Department of Education and tech leaders encourage high school girls to get involved with technology.VIDEO
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