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The New York Times Living City Series: A Billion Gallons a Day

The New York City watershed was assembled during the 20th century, and the system’s underground aqueducts are considered an engineering marvel.

Protesters warmed up their voices outside the Bronx Supreme Courthouse at 1118 Grand Concourse on Monday. The group, O4O, was attempting to shut down a foreclosure auction before 14 people were arrested. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley with additional reporting by Nat Rudarakanchana for The New York World  |  April 17, 2012 12:09 PM | 1 Comment
Most of the 100,000 pending foreclosures in New York State will eventually end up at an auction. A group of activists are trying to halt some of these auctions through song.VIDEO
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Yolanne Almanzar and Michael Keller for The New York World  |  April 13, 2012 8:32 PM | Comments
The battle for Zuccotti Park brought unprecedented attention to privately owned public spaces, property whose developers committed to making them open to the public, in exchange for a boost in the scale of the building they could construct. But it also overshadowed a basic question. Who is getting the better end of the deal for these spaces, property owners or the public?
An abandoned nursing home rots at 2300 Cropsey Ave. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The organization Picture the Homeless advocates for abandoned properties to be rehabbed and used to house the city's homeless population, but due to a New York Post article, the group's funding is now in question. FlickrJMazzolaa/
John Farley  |  April 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
A New York Post article resulted in City Council putting a hold on Picture the Homeless' funding. Did a member of the group teach people how to squat vacant buildings?VIDEO
Two women sit on a jetty near Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.. The casino-resort opened April 2, and New Jersey officials hope it will help Atlantic City compete with gambling industries in neighboring states. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
With an ambitious new resort in Atlantic City, struggling Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, and a deal to bring table games to Queens, big wins and losses loom.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
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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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Daniel T. Allen  |  March 7, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
For those who always wanted to know more about the design of the buildings in their own backyard, a new book, "How to Read New York," offers a crash course. Sketches and blueprints give you x-ray vision into the details of some of New York's most iconic -- and most overlooked -- buildings.VIDEO
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February 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
As an executive producer for a show set in New York, a very important part of my job is helping to decide where we shoot. Here's my advice on how to scout a good location in New York City.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  February 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On Feb. 23, government, business and nonprofit leaders gathered to discuss the city's infrastructure, quality of life and higher education challenges, and possible solutions.VIDEO
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