City Limits (New York magazine)

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Coordinates: 40°43′42″N 73°59′28″W / 40.7283°N 73.9911°W / 40.7283; -73.9911 For the London magazine of the same name, see City Limits (magazine)

City Limits
EditorJarrett Murphy
CategoriesCitizen journalism, non-profit journalism, alternative weekly
PublisherJarrett Murphy
FounderRobert Schur, Ron Shiffman, Philip St. Georges
Year founded1976
Final issueMay/June 2012 (print)
CompanyThe Community Service Society of New York
Based inNew York City

City Limits is a nonprofit media organization based in New York City. For 36 years, City Limits published an investigative journalism magazine on civic issues affecting the city's low- and moderate-income communities, as well as analysis on national urban policy issues. In May 2012, the publication announced that it would become an all-digital operation, launching the online news website Brooklyn Bureau with support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and also acquiring the Bronx News Network to create the Bronx Bureau.[1][2]


City Limits was founded in February 1976[3] as a newsletter and resource for advocates in New York City's housing rehabilitation movement. The publication would expand to become an investigative monthly magazine that covered other major policy issues over the next three decades, establishing the Center for an Urban Future in 1996 as a research institution dedicated to exploring policy solutions that were featured in City Limits' reportage.

In 2009, City Limits was acquired by the Community Service Society of New York and re-launched as a single-issue bi-monthly magazine and weekly news website. Focused exclusively on civic issues related to housing, education, criminal justice, the environment, economic and government policy, City Limits publishes in-depth news and analysis daily.


After re-launching in 2009, City Limits received several journalism awards for its investigations, including two Sigma Delta Chi Awards for the September 2010 report, "Risky Play: Was New York City's Shift to Artificial Grass a $300 Million Mistake", and the May 2011 investigation, "Behind Bars: Male Guards, Female Inmates and Sexual Abuse in New York State Prisons".[4]

City Limits has been recognized for its reporting by the Park Center for Independent Media, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Journalism Center on Children & Families, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists' Association, the National Education Writers' Association, the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, and the New York Community Media Alliance.[citation needed]

In October 2010, City Limits was recognized by the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a "model for New York City and the rest of the nation."[citation needed]

City Limits was cited as an exemplary model by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation[citation needed] and the United States White House.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "City Limits magazine is going all-digital, Wilson Dizard". New York Post. September 1, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  2. ^ (22 November 2011). Knight-Backed Local News Site Brooklyn Bureau Launches, Paid Content
  3. ^ Chris Steins (June 29, 2010). "Do You Read These Planning Magazines?". Planetizen. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Rochester, Lauren. "Announcing Winners of the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Journalism". Retrieved March 11, 2013.