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 (New York magazine)
Editor Jarrett Murphy
Categories Citizen journalism, non-profit journalism, alternative weekly
Publisher Jarrett Murphy
Founder Robert Schur, Ron Shiffman, Philip St. Georges
First issue 1976
Final issue May/June 2012
Company The Community Service Society of New York
Based in New York City
ISSN 0262-2505

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 originally founded in February 1976 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 updates its site weekly with in-depth news and analysis.


After re-launching in 2009, City Limits received several major 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.[3]

Additionally, 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.

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."

Media Coverage[edit]

City Limits' staff are frequently asked to weigh-in on both local and national policy issues, as well as on the future of sustainable journalism, with the organization cited as an exemplary model by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the United States White House.

In August 2011, City Limits' launching of the hyper-local website, The Brooklyn Bureau, was profiled by the media outlets Paid Content, New York Convergence,, the Council on Foundations, and the Foundation Center. City Limits' has also partnered with such organizations and news outlets as the Regional Plan Association, the Guardian Newspaper, WNET and the Institute for Nonprofit News.