Storm clouds gather over Kings County Hospital Center, a public hospital. While the Health & Hospital Corporation that runs New York City's public hospital system faces its own challenges, other nonprofit hospitals are threatened with closure or merger.

Dueling Prescriptions for Brooklyn's Hospitals

The state wants to close and merge hospitals to shore up health-system finances. But front-line health providers say patients shouldn't pay the price for problems caused by government funding schemes.

The city loses money on full-price school lunch. Advocates say the answer is not to charge more, but to charge nothing, arguing that increased enrollment would pay off in healthier kids and better students.

Sandy Triggers a Call: Free Lunch For All

In the immediate post-hurricane period, the school system made all lunches free. Food advocates would like to see the change made permanent—arguing health benefits justify the cost.