The Big Idea: Making Headlines

The influential Citizens Budget Commission declares that New Yorkers are the most heavily taxed residents in the country. The finding made headlines–and it’s also not exactly the case.

City Lit: Inside and Out

Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
By Jennifer Gonnerman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 342 pages, $24
Reviewed by Kai Wright.

Police Line–Do Cross

One Police Plaza brass don’t track the neighborhood drug trade. Anti-terror efforts are taking detectives off local cases. In the Bronx’s 52nd Precinct, it all adds up to one conclusion: Cops and the community have to find some way to work together.

Kicking the Habit

Four out of five kids in foster care have a parent with a drug problem. There is an alternative: a once-controversial program that keeps mothers and children together during treatment. But how far can New York City expand the work Mayor Giuliani tried to destroy?

On the Rocks

On the street, virtually everything about the crack experience has changed. Most importantly: Consumers don’t buy it, and dealers don’t carry it.