Adi Talwar

A clean-up on Jamaica Bay in July. The future of the bay depends on sizable numbers of New Yorkers visiting it to become stakeholders in its protection. But larger numbers of visitors will present a new ecological challenge.

Sometimes old stories are big news. New York City’s 20-year struggle to comply with the Clean Water Act and make its waterways accessible to people who want to fish, boat or even swim in them is one example. The ongoing quest for affordable housing in the city is another. In both cases, the story has changed dramatically in recent years, with new challenges, players and policy initiatives. And City Limits has an especially strong commitment, among the many other things it covers in New York, to following those threads.

On Thursday night, we were rewarded for those efforts with two Ippies awards from the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Reporter and videographer Guglielmo Mattioli and photographer Adi Talwar won first prize in the multimedia category for their story last summer about how public access to the water has sometimes been an afterthought in the efforts to clean places like Jamaica Bay and Flushing Creek.

Reporter Abigail Savitch-Lew took second place in the Social Issues category for her ongoing coverage of housing and zoning in the city.

This follows Wednesday’s win at the Society of the Silurians awards for our green-jobs reporting.

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