Government & Politics

Filmmaker Neil Barsky’s Intimate Documentary Portrait of Mayor Ed Koch

New York City mayors tend to get a lot of attention beyond the city limits, but perhaps no mayor managed to dominate the national and international stage as ed Koch did during his 12 tumultuous years in office.

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.
The Kingsbridge Armory, located at, is tktk. Flickr/Shan 213
Doris Martinez  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Visions of film studios, churches, ice rinks, chess museums and more for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
Photo courtesy of Participatory Budgeting NYC.
Georgia Kral  |  March 21, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Residents in four City Council districts prepare to vote on $1 million in capital spending.VIDEO
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Andrea Vasquez and Ally Gimbel  |  March 21, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The Upper East Side townhouse that once belonged to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become a modern center for public policy and education.VIDEO
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says there's no connection between a $2 million contribution from the Gaming Association and his casino plan. The plan itself has hit major snags. AP/Hans Pennink
John Farley  |  March 15, 2012 8:21 AM | Updated: March 15, 2012 1:20 PM | 28 Comments
An abridged version of the long and complex 2011-2012 New York redistricting story could read, "quite a mess." But it could be messier.
Dharun Ravi listens to testimony during  Ravi's trial at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, March 12, 2012. Ravi, 20, is accused of using a webcam for the central crime, then using Twitter, instant messages and texts to tell friends about it. He's charged with 15 criminal counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, just days after the alleged spying. AP/The Star-Ledger, John O'Boyle, Pool
John Farley  |  March 14, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 21, 2012 3:39 PM | 2 Comments
A nation learns from a landmark case on privacy, technology and bias intimidation.VIDEO
New York City only recycles plastic bottles and jugs, though that is slated to change by 2013. Flickr/ kfisto
Georgia Kral  |  March 13, 2012 4:00 AM | 5 Comments
MetroFocus took to the streets armed with a camera to talk with New Yorkers about what they know -- or don't know, as seems to be the case -- about recycling. VIDEO
NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley defended the city's restaurant grading system this week, after a drop in salmonella. AP/Richard Drew
City and State  |  March 9, 2012 10:37 AM | 2 Comments
Federal Magistrate Roanne Mann surprised us all by releasing her Congressional maps a week early, and promptly sent New York’s political world into a frenzy. But who wins and loses the week?
The 9th Avenue Bike Lane was partially paid for with federal funds awarded through the Transportation Enhancements program. Flickr/ K_Gradinger
Georgia Kral  |  March 8, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
With the transportation bill stalled in Washington, the future of funds for non-motorized transportation is unclear.
This horse is one of many from the B&B Carousell that is being restored by the city's Economic Development Corporation. Photo courtesy of the NYC EDC.
Georgia Kral  |  March 7, 2012 4:00 AM | 7 Comments
New Yorkers yearning for a magical ride on a painted horse will soon have three times as many opportunities to fulfill their dreams. Some might say we're a city obsessed.VIDEO
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