Profiles in Public Service

The Immigrant Metropolis: An Interview with Nisha Agarwal

In the latest installment of our Profiles in Public Service series, Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, talks to Urban Omnibus about fraud in the housing market and confidence in librarians.

The Quest for Community-Run Commercial Space

The Real Estate Investment Cooperative wants to support community-oriented commercial development in New York City. How can a grassroots organization compete in the nation's most expensive commercial real estate market?

When John Lindsay Gave New York to the World

How Mayor John Lindsay turned the city into a set, and a set piece.

Why Hasn't Anyone Built on Newark's $1,000 Love Lots?

Ninety-eight couples bought vacant lots at Newark's Valentine's Day sale in 2015 — a year later, they're still empty.

The Journey from Death to Hart Island

John Surico traces the processes and policies that bring bodies to rest in New York City's potter's field and reports on the ongoing debate around how this necessary but controversial burial ground is managed.

Navigating Policy Toward a Good Food New York

Food chain expert Karen Karp weighs in on the complex policies behind school lunches, equity and access to healthy food, and ambitious new initiatives to better connect New York City residents to upstate agricultural wealth.

Room for All: Designing for Special Needs

Tamara Petrovic and Garner Oh discuss how their design of a series of interventions to address special mobility needs fosters independence and well-being for people of all abilities.

"The scythe of progress must move northward”: Urban Renewal on the Upper West Side

Oksana Mironova documents varied approaches to City-led redevelopment in Lincoln Square and the West Side Urban Renewal Area and calls for an evolution of contemporary rezonings to prioritize the preservation of existing communities.