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Access to Condoms: Partial Win in 2015 Budget

Apr 20, 2015

A rally to promote access to condoms At the conclusion of a highly-contested budget season few advocates are claiming victories. Fair wage activists, ethics watchdogs and DREAMers, among others, are gearing


Time for City to Overhaul Drug Strategy

Apr 17, 2015

Council Member Corey Johnson (photo: William Alatriste) On Thursday, April 16, City Council Member Corey Johnson introduced legislation to create an Office of Drug Strategy to oversee New York City's myriad


Brooklyn Box Browns

Apr 09, 2015

Civil War commemoration in Brooklyn (photo: The Fourteenth Brooklyn Society) Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederacy's final, April 9, 1865 surrender at Appomattox—an occasion that will be celebrated widely.


Property Tax Reform Now!

Apr 02, 2015

Assemblymember Quart (left), the author (photo: @DanQuartNY) New York City's property tax system has been broken for years. It's byzantine at best, full of incomprehensible classifications and a mess of exemptions


Sunset Park Redevelopment Proposal Misses the Mark

Apr 01, 2015

Industry City (photo: Andrew Hawkins for Crain's NY) On a recent Sunday afternoon, an impressive array of leaders from Sunset Park's tenant advocacy, environmental justice, small business, and community-based institutions, and


New York Needs Electronic Health Records

Mar 27, 2015

State Sen. Hoylman gets a flu shot (photo: @bradhoylman) Teenagers aren't the only ones keeping up with the latest technology. Today, nearly three-quarters of Americans over the age of 50 are