Dominican candidates Marisol Alcantara (r.) and Carmen de la Rosa (m.) are presented by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

What the Race to Replace Espaillat Could Mean for the Senate

Dominican, Elections 2016, Manhattan, New York, Politics August 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Marisol Alcantara has the support of Adriano Espaillat, the state senator – and likely soon-to-be member of Congress – whose seat she is looking to take over. However, her affiliation with the Senate Independent Democratic Conference has some concerned, including two of her opponents, reports Gotham Gazette.

The August issue of "Riverdale Record." (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

A New ‘Paper’ in Riverdale?

Bronx, Media, Politics September 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Bronx politicans and media react to state Sen. Jeff Klein’s new publication, “Riverdale Record,” in a story in Gotham Gazette.

Council Member Levine speaking outside an evicted business (Photo courtesy of @MarkLevineNYC via Gotham Gazette)

Commercial Tenants’ Rights for Small Biz?

Business, New York, Real Estate July 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Small businesses in NYC have no recourse when their rents are raised, and now tenant advocates and local politicians are trying to change that, reports Gotham Gazette.

Adam Fujita finishing up his mural at Bushwick Open Studios in 2014 (Photo by Michael Tapp, Creative Commons license)

A Cultural ‘Plan’ for NYC

Culture, Government, New York May 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

New York City has adopted a cultural plan that will evaluate the city’s cultural assets and explore collaborations and other ways to promote culture in various communities, Gotham Gazette reports.

Raymond Orlando, NYC Dept. of Education's chief financial officer, with NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña testifying earlier this year in Albany on Cuomo's budget. (Photo by Geoff Decker via Chalkbeat)

Evaluating New York’s Teachers

Education, New York March 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Gov. Cuomo wants to toughen teacher evaluations, and his budget includes a $1.1 billion increase in education spending that is contingent on those changes. Chalkbeat and Gotham Gazette explore the issue.

Melissa Mark-Viverito giving her first State of the City address.

Mark-Viverito, the State of the City, and Immigrant Rights

Immigration, New York, Politics February 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

A progressive agenda, including a focus on immigrant rights, has characterized Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s first year, Gotham Gazette reports.

City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito applied Jan. 15 for her IDNYC (Photo by William Alatriste via Gotham Gazette)

Applying for IDNYC

Government, New York January 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Gotham Gazette’s Samir Khurshid tells of his experiences trying to apply for IDNYC on the second day of its rollout.

Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez speaking at a community event (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Opinion: Take Care with Sale of NYCHA Stake

Housing, New York, Opinion, Real Estate January 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez writes in Gotham Gazette that the city should carefully vet plans to sell off a 50 percent stake in six developments.

Protestors against the Eric Garner grand jury decision on Dec. 3 (Photo by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

Veto Police Discipline Bill, Activists Tell Cuomo

Criminal Justice, New York December 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Activists are urging NYS Gov. Cuomo to veto a bill permitting police unions to discipline their members, Gotham Gazette reports.

A recent rally on the steps of Tweed Hall, where the Dept. of Education's offices are located. (Photo: @UYC_YouthPower via Gotham Gazette)

Rallying to Reform the School Disciplinary Code

Education, New York, Youth November 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Members of the Urban Youth Collaborative rallied recently for revisions in the school disciplinary code, urging the elimination of infraction B21, Gotham Gazette reports.

(Photo by Orin Hassan, Creative Commons license)

How New York’s Specialized High Schools Compare

Asian, Black, Education, Latino November 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Gotham Gazette takes a look at how entrance requirements and demographics compare for specialized high schools in New York, Chicago and Boston.

State Sen. Jose Peralta is one of many uncontested incumbents (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

On Nov. 4, One-Third of NY’s Seats Uncontested

Bronx, New York, Politics, Queens October 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Fully one-third of the races for the NYS legislature feature uncontested candidates. Gotham Gazette and City Limits explore the phenomenon in a joint report.

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Photo by William Alatriste via Gotham Gazette)

Boosting the City’s Age-Friendliness

Government, New York, Seniors October 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says the city’s Age-Friendly Neighborhood Initiative will be expanded to new neighborhoods, and new partners will help connect seniors with services and benefits, Gotham Gazette reports.

Cop Watch training (Photo by Alex-Quan Pham via Gotham Gazette)

How to Cop Watch

Manhattan, Police October 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Mindful of recent high-profile cases of police brutality, workshops train residents on how to monitor police conduct by “holding smartphones, not guns,” reports Gotham Gazette. 

Mayor de Blasio announces cultural benefits to municipal ID at the Bronx Zoo (Photo from mayor's office via

Muni ID Plans Receive Public Comment

Immigration, New York October 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

New York’s muni ID program, slated to begin in January, is beginning to receive public comments, with a number revolving around privacy concerns, Gotham Gazette reports.