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In pursuit of open records

Headquarters for New York City’s health and police departments are separated by the East River, but they might as well be worlds apart when it comes to transparency. In December, identical public record reques...

Investing in lobbying pays off

Lobbying can pay off for a company not just on Capitol Hill, but on Wall Street as well. For years, researchers have reported on the market success of companies that invest heavily in lobbying, so a California...
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New York Aquarium inundated; baby walrus safe

The entire 14 acres of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island was underwater after Hurricane Sandy hit on Monday evening — soaking human staff and one very large baby under their care. Aquarium employees ...
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Summer in the city brings dreaded hot subway cars

Another summer has arrived in the city, and New Yorkers are once more gleefully welcoming the many pleasures the season brings———lazy strolls in Central Park, the sound of surf washing ashore at Coney Island Be...
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Housing the Unwanted

For the next three years of J. Mercado’s life, finding a suitable place to live in New York City will depend entirely on how close the building is to area schools, plus the consent of his parole officer. Und...
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Vaccinations for Newborns

Many New York hospitals struggle to ensure that newborns are vaccinated against the hepatitis B virus prior to leaving the hospital, potentially putting those who are not vaccinated at increased risk of contrac...
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How do you solve a problem like Malina?

On the coldest days of winter, at the height of the polar vortex, residents at 95 Clay Street had no heat, no hot water and no cooking gas. Their eight-apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, had the dubiou...
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NYPD Stop and Frisk Court Monitor

With the announcement last week that the city will settle two lawsuits that seek to curb the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, the de Blasio administration has taken on a hefty commitment: it has pledged to follow...
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The New York World 100th anniversary crossword

A century ago this week, on December 21, 1913, The New York World newspaper published the granddaddy of crossword puzzles — a diamond grid of numbered squares accompanied by clues. The occasion clearly calle...
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No escape

In his Bronx courtroom, Judge William Mogulescu stores case files in standard-issue gray cabinets, each drawer labelled with the year the cases within it originated. The oldest, “2008,” is nearly empty, with th...