Center for an Urban Future

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and Other Chains Continue Their Insidious Creep Across the City, But Slower Than Before

    From our old spot at Cooper Square, we could see it, looming green and white and weirdly shiny, like an enormous toilet with corndogs swirling inside it: the 7-Eleven, which touched down on St. Marks Place in April 2012 to general dismay and a little window-smashin'. Now that 7-Eleven has disappeare ... More >>

  • News

    September 4, 2013

    WBAI's Death by Democracy

    Warring activists cause a legendary public radio station to implode

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    New York's Broadband Sucks. Is Anything Being Done To Fix It?

    A study came out yesterday claiming that New York has the "fastest-growing" tech industry in the U.S. That research, conducted by the Center for an Urban Future, sure made a lot of people happy . (Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has long said that the Big Apple needs to become less economically depen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    In Documentaries, New York City Trumps Hollywood, Report Finds

    Take that, Hollywood! In the battle for Oscars, New York City is beating Hollywood by a long shot -- at least in one category. A study released today from the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank, shows that half of the films nominated for an Oscar in the documentary-film ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    The East Village Comes in Third for the Most Chain Stores in New York City

    Not a chain.​New Yorkers (most of them, it seems) profess a grand dislike of chain stores, especially when they have to wait in line to get their overpriced lattes from Starbucks! The good news for such people is this: According to the Center for an Urban Future's annual survey on chain stores ... More >>

  • News

    July 20, 2011

    Citizen Bloomberg

    How our mayor has given us the business

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    A New Report Offers New Visions for New York's Street Fairs

    A plague of souvlaki and tube socks.​The folks at Terroir aren't the only ones who have noticed that summer street fairs tend to suck. The Center for an Urban Future has just released "New Visions for New York Street Fairs," a report designed to "kick off a discussion about how these staples o ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 20, 2010

    Bloomberg Roots for Wall Street

    The Mayor remembers the Titans, at any cost

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    New Memo to Bloomberg: New Yorkers Left Behind

    ​In his State of My the City speech yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg quite properly promised to address the ongoing crisis of unemployment among black and Hispanic young men. Out of work rates are no worse here than other large cities, he insisted, but they're still "totally unacceptable ...This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2010

    Atlantic Yards, Bloomberg get national bad press

    The press in other places have​ discovered the Mayor's pet Atlantic Yards project, with a scathing AP piece on the human cost of eminent domain and a firebreathing George Will column on how much the Founding Fathers would have disapproved. Neither mentions the mayor, but both make it far more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    The Bronx May be Up But Its Wages Are the Lowest

    Here's a new study on city salaries that ought to be on top of Mayor Bloomberg's holiday reading pile and which helps explain why Bronx residents and political leaders were pushing so hard to win a living-wage for any new jobs created by the city at the mammoth Kingsbridge Armory: The Bronx has the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Good News: More New York Jobs! Bad News: They Pay $16-$20K

    This morning's Times story on an airline pilot who was busted down from captain to first officer so ExpressJet Airlines could pay him less draws a connection between his sad case and a "steep decline" in total weekly pay for production workers. The numbers are a little abstruse there. But another Ti ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2009

    Will Success Spoil Early-College?

    Rising Cuny enrollment means much-lauded campus high schools could get the boot

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Post Bemoans New Taxes on "Joes," "Well-Offs," and "Single Guy"

    From the department of ICWUDT: the Post howls in outrage at the new state taxes to be suffered by three specific classes of New Yorkers: the "Average Joes," the "Well-Off Family," and the "Single Guy." They make their best case for the Joes, first by putting a picture of black people in their graph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Report: Most Subway Stops More Crowded Since '98, Some Ridiculously So

    Photo (cc) Runs With Scissors. The Center for an Urban Future's latest New York by the Numbers proves with MTA data what you've probably suspected: most subway stations are more crowded than ever -- especially in the boroughs. A quarter of New York's subway stations saw average weekday ridership in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    New York Papers on the Budget: "Christmas," a "Decade of Pain"

    Tax-and-spend Democratic rule is great! says the Daily News, which reckons that the President's recently-announced budget is "Christmas in February for New York." They say aid to "low-income, working families afford child care will effectively double," and so will food stamps, and block grants to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Study: $123,322 to Be Middle Class in NYC

    The Center for an Urban Future confirms our feeling that as New York has grown friendlier to the rich, it has become less friendly to anyone else. Its latest report shows that as of last fall, "10.6 percent of all housing in the New York City region was affordable to people earning the median incom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Urban Futurists Offer Obama Advice

    On the eve of the inauguration, everyone wants the attention of Barack Obama. So do New Yorkers. Yesterday think tank The Center for An Urban Future presented the new administration with a wish list for New York, detailing 51 things the president could do to help us out. The reports notes that some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Coney Ideas include Nudie Bar, Hole to China

    Yesterday's "Imagine Coney" conference at BAM heard a lot of suggestions in the whiteboard session, including a "Nudie Bar" ("remember when adults were allowed to have adult fun?"), "Dig Hole to China," and "Interspecies Friendship." The sponsors, the Municipal Arts Society and the Center for an Urb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Coney Island of the Mind: Big Thinkers Consider Coney, Offer Depressing Ideas

    video polaroidchio, music Lou Reed, h/t Kinetic Carnival The Center for an Urban Future has issued "Coney Island Visions," in which a bunch of local big-brains are interviewed about the future of the ancient seaside playground, which has suffered from the attentions of developers in recent years. ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 23, 2008

    The Backstory of the Financial Collapse

    Call it Gall Street. How else to describe an industry that applauds nearly $500 million in bonuses for executives taking an entire economy down with them?

  • News

    July 23, 2008
  • News

    June 10, 2008

    Want to Work for Mike Bloomberg? What's Your Batting Average?

    Softball, campaign promises, and the miserable minority-contracting record of the Bloomberg administration

  • News

    November 1, 2005

    Grand Theft Jobs

    Millions are missing at a powerful union-backed worker-training group

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Weiner Sets the Pace

    As Ferrer stumbles, the skinny congressman from Brooklyn muscles up

  • News

    June 25, 2002

    Bloomberg's Fragile Budget

    Re-Election Year Politics Dictate Choices

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Bloomy Indicts Pataki

    Budget Blasts State Actions That Cost City Billions