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50 small ways to make NYC a better place

From supporting local businesses and getting to know your neighbors to joining your local community board, here’s how you can make a difference in your neighborhood, borough, and the greater city.

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How to join your New York City community board

One of the best ways to make a difference in your neighborhood is by joining your local community board. Every NYC neighborhood has one—and here’s what you need to know before you get involved.

How to do good in New York City this holiday season

In New York City, there are literally thousands of ways to give—time or money—to those in need. These are just a few starting points for giving back.

Know your legislators: a guide to NYC’s elected officials

Wondering who your representatives are—from the state to the city level? Here’s a primer, complete with quick and easy ways to get in touch with them.

Vote now for NYC community proposals you think should receive funding

The city’s Participatory Budgeting process is now underway, and you can vote on proposals until April 15.

8 ways to help the homeless in NYC

The scope of New York’s homeless crisis can feel overwhelming, but there are concrete ways to help—find out how.

Soho gets an all-volunteer ‘neighborhood improvement district’ to clean its streets

Neighborhood activists raised over $100,000 to create the nonprofit

Everything you need to know about Election Day in New York City

From where to vote to which races are happening, here’s your guide to Election Day in New York.

NYC mayoral election 2017: How to vote in the primaries

Everything you need to know about voting in the September 12 mayoral primaries.

New York pols push to remove Confederate street names in Brooklyn (updated)

New York City lawmakers renew their push to rename two streets in Bay Ridge that are currently named for Confederate generals Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

How to get involved with New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission

You don’t have to be an architect or an urban planner to get involved in preserving New York City buildings or streetscapes; here’s how to make your voice heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

5 community organizations making big changes in NYC

Looking to rally behind a cause? When it comes to effecting local change—from police reform in Brooklyn to immigrant rights in Queens—these are some of the best groups to follow.

NYC activists on how to make change in your community

Wondering how you can actually make yourself useful as an activist? Here are some good starting points to help you figure out what matters to you—and how to get stuff done once you do.

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How to make New York City a better place

In New York City, there are literally thousands of ways to get involved—here, we've gathered a few starting points, from joining a community board to places to donate your time (or money).