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Back To (Public and Private) School

Sep 08, 2003

The back-to-school experience in New York City depends on who you are and where you live. The most obvious distinction is between public and private school. Public schools educate about


Counting Drop-Outs

Aug 14, 2003

For at least 50 years, business leaders, politicians and parents berated students to “Stay In School.” Dropping out of high school condemned one to a life of economic uncertainty, welfare


The Vanishing Jews

Jul 08, 2003

The number of Jews in New York City fell below one million by 2002, according to the 2002 Community Study by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York. But the


The Affluent Of Manhattan

Jun 11, 2003

The top fifth of Manhattan households received more than 50 times as much income in 1999 as the bottom fifth, according to analyses based upon Census 2000 data.  Those in


The Poor In New York City

Apr 15, 2003

There are more than a million and a half people in New York City who are living “below the poverty line,” according to official statistics. The poverty line for a


Eight Million New Yorkers? Don't Count On It

Mar 18, 2003

New York City officially had a population of eight million in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But is this an accurate number? Can we know what the actual


Does Archie Bunker Still Live in Queens?

Feb 11, 2003

The image of Queens shared by many Americans, especially those old enough to remember, begins with the character of Archie Bunker, who debuted in All in the Family in January


Is There Still A New York Metropolis?

Jan 13, 2003

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently introduced the idea of imposing a large tax on commuters, one of his advisors made an argument for the tax that people in New York


Can The US Live Without Race?

Nov 01, 2002

After nearly 10 years of controversy, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) determined before Census 2000 that each United States resident must be classified as a member of