Reporters for NYCity Lens visited sites of struggle - a food pantry in Harlem, a park in Washington Heights, a job center in the Bronx, and others - to meet New Yorkers living through these difficult realities.
New York City's poverty rate has stayed at 21.4 percent for 2011 and 2012, according to the latest report from the Center of Economic Opportunity of New York City, an office that coordinates anti-poverty programs with city and federal agencies. Chronic inequality remains the topic of the moment, in the nation and in the city.
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For years, this southwest Bronx neighborhood has outsourced its middle schoolers to classrooms outside the hilly enclave rising up to the west of the Grand Concourse. After eight years of petitions to the Department of Education for a school of their own, this year a few local parents got the chance to send their kids to nearby Highbridge, the city's first LEED-certified green school.