Report - September 2014
Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries
While more New Yorkers than ever are using the city’s public libraries, a significant share of the branches suffer from major physical defects and are poorly configured for how New Yorkers are using libraries today. This report provides a comprehensive blueprint for bringing these vital community institutions into the 21st Century.
Op-Ed - July 2014
Gotham Gazette: Desperately Needed Infrastructure Improvements Must be Given Dedicated Funding
In this op-ed in Gotham Gazette, the Center’s Adam Forman argues that dedicating part of New York State's $4 billion settlement with BNP Paribas will not be enough to meet the city’s infrastructure needs. He urges to identify new dedicated revenue streams and ensure that existing streams are no longer raided for other purposes.
Commentary - July 2014
The Federal Workforce Overhaul: Good News for New York City?
After more than a decade of inaction, Congress has finally passed a new federal workforce law. In this July 2014 commentary, CUF senior fellow David Jason Fischer explains why the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act bodes well for New York City.
Report - March 2014
While Superstorm Sandy focused much-needed attention on key pieces of New York City’s infrastructure, the city faces a number of other infrastructure vulnerabilities that have little to do with storm-preparedness—from aging water mains and deteriorating roads to crumbling public schools. If left unchecked, they could wreak havoc on the city’s economy and quality of life.
Conference - February 2014
Video: Taking NYC’s Design Week to the Next Level
Check out the video from our February 12, 2014 forum examining what can be done to improve and build on NYC’s first-ever design week. NYCxDESIGN, which debuted last May, was a big hit. But as New York moves forward with preparations for the second edition of its design festival this spring, a number of distinguished panelists weighed in on how to make it even better.
Policy Brief - December 2013
A More Accountable Workforce Development System
An important new state law gives workforce development agencies and community colleges access to data allowing them to track the outcomes of their graduates, but more could be done to take advantage of this data to create a more effective human capital system.