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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.

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 march into Zuccotti Park to join the the Occupy Wall Street protest. Alexander Hotz
Alice Brennan and Alexander Hotz for The New York World  |  October 4, 2011 1:50 PM | 5 Comments
As the MTA embarks on the largest borrowing program in its history, the Transit Workers Union has decided to take up its megaphone and question just how much money Wall Street is making off the agency's debt. VIDEO
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John Farley  |  October 4, 2011 11:15 AM | Updated: October 5, 2011 12:48 PM | Comments
After days of indecision, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided not to run for president. Political insiders are speculating about his political future.VIDEO
Education officials have targeted 20 troubled public schools for possible closure next year - but advocates say the city has not done enough to turn them around.  MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Helen Zelon for City Limits  |  October 3, 2011 12:29 PM | Comments
The grades are out, and so is the list of schools that might close because of them. But what's the difference between an A and a B when the Department of Education grades its 1,700 schools? City Limits reports.
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Michael Dorf  |  October 3, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
Nightlife impresario Michael Dorf, the founder of the Knitting Factor and City Winery, reflects on some of the laws governing the city's entertainment scene today.
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John Farley  |  September 29, 2011 6:00 AM | 8 Comments
In opposition to a state law, towns across New York have passed local bans on hydraulic fracking.. Now, the gas industry is suing for the right to drill.VIDEO
Chelsea Elliott, 25, who learned about it Saturday while standing on the sidewalk on East 12th Street....
Ben Fractenberg for DNAinfo  |  September 28, 2011 5:40 PM | 2 Comments
The NYPD has launched an internal investigation into a now-notorious video of a police official pepper spraying a crowd of Wall Street protesters, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday.

DNAinfo reports.

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Adam Lisberg for The Capitol  |  September 28, 2011 3:16 PM | Comments
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is considering backing a City Council plan to use an obscure city commission as a pressure point to force banks with city business to do more for the neighborhoods they serve.City Hall News reports.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  September 27, 2011 9:53 AM | Comments
President Clinton will address the first meeting of statewide Regional Economic Development Councils in Albany this week. The Capitol Report's Susan Arbetter reports.VIDEO
Schools often target students they deem "problematic" and repeatedly suspend them, even for minor infractions. The student then misses school for extended periods of time and falls behind academically. Flickr/Clint McMahon
Emily Shaw, Liz Sullivan and Refat Shoshi Chowdhury for Gotham Gazette  |  September 27, 2011 9:48 AM | Comments
City schools suspend thousands of students a year, sparking a chain of events that compels many teenagers to give up on school. Three advocates argue New York must find a better way. Gotham Gazette Reports.
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John Farley  |  September 27, 2011 6:00 AM | 163 Comments
On Sept. 24, while working on a story about citizen journalism and Occupy Wall Street, I found myself arrested along with many others....VIDEO
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