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Young straphangers board the B61 bus in Red Hook. Residents say that since the B77 was cut in 2010, the rerouted B61 is constantly overcrowded and doesn't effectively serve their community. Flickr/Samantha Grace Lewis
John Farley  |  June 1, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Since the B77 bus was cut, residents say they're cut off from the city, and drivers say frustrated passengers are taking their anger out on them.
The Family Court building located at 60 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. An investigation by City Limits found the family court system to be severely overburdened. Flickr/Paul Lowry
Helen Zelon for City Limits  |  May 31, 2012 5:02 PM | Comments
In its investigation, City Limits found an overburdened system where delays were endemic, legal help was scarce and the approach to solving family problems was divided.
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.
In this March 23, 2012, photo, Ron Gilleo, left, flies a kite on an Ocean City, N.J. beach. Memorial Day Weekend got off to an anxious start in New Jersey's beaches, with many stakeholders hoping tourism numbers will continue to improve in 2012, as gambling revenues in Atlantic City continue to decline. AP/Wayne Parry
John Farley  |  May 30, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Can an aggressive plan to revitalize Atlantic City -- the state's summer tourism hub -- bring more cash to the beaches this season?VIDEO
Packaged marijuana seized by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers. The New Jersey State Assembly will vote on a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in June. AP/Port Authority
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 11 Comments
New Jersey could decriminalize marijuana. Yet, marijuana has been decriminalized in New York for over three decades, and arrests are higher than they've been since 2000.VIDEO
Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses the responsible banking ordinance at a press conference on May 15. The legislation is based on a law passed in Cleveland in 1990. Photo courtesy of New York City Council
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Will NYC's new responsible banking ordinance improve support for local communities and prevent foreclosures? MetroFocus asked Cleveland, which led the way in 1990.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
John Farley  |  May 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Gov. Cuomo says raising the minimum wage to $8.50 is "out of the realm of possibility." Do you think it's time for a wage hike?
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John Farley  |  May 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
As the debate over medical marijuana in New York State heats up, MetroFocus looked at who the power players are.
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.
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