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Tracking Poverty in New York City

While the federal definition of poverty is most often based solely on income, here in the most expensive city in America, there is a growing concern that poverty needs to be redefined.

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.
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.
Break-out discussion for audience during the April 11 Access Restricted panel, "At the Intersection: Art, Money and Politics."  Photo by Whitney Browne
Brian Goldberg  |  May 5, 2012 8:59 PM | Comments
"At the Intersection: Art, Money and Politics," was the subject of a recent discussion in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Access Restricted series.
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Georgia Kral  |  May 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 7 Comments
A new coalition has formed to bring Cornell and residents together to chart a co-existent future.VIDEO
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
Mobile DevCamp brings technology enthusiasts together to create new applications and software. This year's conference will focus on developing new functions for cloud technology. Photo by Gillis Cone.
Doris Martinez  |  April 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Cloud computing is projected to create 60,000 jobs in New York in 2012 and a hackathon weekend lets developers play with cloud technology.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
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
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