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NYC Libraries by the Numbers

Data - June 2015

NYC Libraries by the Numbers

Despite declining funds and limited hours of service, New York City’s public libraries are seeing a surge in users and uses. Below we show where the growth is happening and how funding cuts in recent years have affected performance, and provide the city’s first branch-by-branch accounting of book circulation, program attendance and visits.

Following CUF recommendation, Mayor de Blasio takes action to reduce infrastructure costs

Impact - June 2015

Following CUF recommendation, Mayor de Blasio takes action to reduce infrastructure costs

The administration’s recent deal on public labor agreements implements a recommendation from our 2014 Caution Ahead report and will save the city over $347 million on construction projects.

Make Commercial Spaces Affordable Too

Publications - May 2015

Make Commercial Spaces Affordable Too

In this City & State op-ed, CUF executive director Jonathan Bowles analyzes the growing demand for commercial spaces in New York. He argues that as Mayor de Blasio develops innovative proposals to address the city's affordable housing crisis, the administration should also move to unleash the potential of commercial spaces that have long gone vacant or underutilized.

Seeking a State Workforce Strategy

Publications - May 2015

Seeking a State Workforce Strategy

As New York’s economy continues to grow, the state needs a workforce development strategy that prepares and connects New Yorkers to careers.

NYS Workforce Funding Streams

Data - May 2015

NYS Workforce Funding Streams

These three tables from our Seeking a State Workforce Strategy report track public workforce development funds by program and relate these programs to three larger categories for investment: 1) adult education funding 2) workforce development funding and 3) college access and workforce services in higher education. The tables also indicate where programs receive their funding, what agency or department oversees them and how their funding has changed in the past five years.

The Next 10 Years: Mayor de Blasio's Capital Priorities

Data - May 2015

The Next 10 Years: Mayor de Blasio's Capital Priorities

In this data brief, we compare Mayor de Blasio’s 10-year capital projections to actual capital expenditures in the final decade of the Bloomberg Administration (FY2005-FY2014). The numbers offer a clear insight into Mayor de Blasio’s priorities and how they contrast with the previous administration’s.

CUF Report Spurs City Programs to Support Low Income Entrepreneurs

Impact - April 2015

CUF Report Spurs City Programs to Support Low Income Entrepreneurs

Our work has sparked new city policies to train and launch low-income entrepreneurs in New York City's underserved communities.

CUF Influences City Council Response to 2016 Budget

Impact - April 2015

CUF Influences City Council Response to 2016 Budget

Earlier this week, the City Council issued its response to Mayor de Blasio's preliminary budget. We are heartened that many of the proposals outlined in the response—from opening libraries six days a week to creating a year-round youth employment program—follow a number of our reports' recommendations.

Library Funding is Behind the Times

Data - April 2015

Library Funding is Behind the Times

Though visits, book circulation and program attendance are on the rise, New York City’s public libraries are open fewer hours than the state’s largest counties and trail behind cities throughout the nation.

Video - Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable

Event - March 2015

Video - Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable, a symposium on how wage reporting data can help the state measure the success of its workforce development system.

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