Working Riffs

Jobs in New York City aren’t all in Silicon Alley. The people who make the city’s service economy run put up with pests, stress, lost toes and modest wages, all in a day’s work. Six of them tell their stories.

The Manhattan Project

Teachers at city schools are doing anything they can to make sure their students pass tough new tests. But by doing little to offer guidance, the Board of Ed may be setting kids up to fail. Why aren’t school officials listening to the people who wrote the book on education standards?

Help Wanted

The hype holds that working poor is the thing to be these days. But a close look at the resources available to low-paid working families shows that getting people off welfare is a lot more popular than keeping them off.

Remaking the Rent

In March, tenant advocates will face yet another fight to keep rent regulations intact. But thanks to term limits, this time around it’s the politicians who are sweating it out.

Their Own Victims

Even as violence plummets at Rikers Island, suicides may be increasing, and the city agency that oversees jails wants to know why.

Swept Astray

At Bronx Housing Court, a group of janitors who work for their welfare benefits say they were promised more than an orange vest–and they’re wondering where their jobs are.

Contract Sports

In December, the mayor’s office quietly approved almost $500 million worth of sensitive job training and job placement contracts, completely overhauling New York City’s welfare-to-work system.

Union Muscle

Even with Election Day 2001 nearly two years away, individual donors and PACs are already pumping cash into the coffers of pols planning to run for mayor.