There are eight million stories in the Naked City — or 8,175,133, to be more precise, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau figures. NYCity News Service reporters hit the streets to put faces to the numbers in a series of story packages that offer snapshots of who we are, how we live — and where. We found the only thing you can count on in the city is change.


Journey to New York City

Fewer than half of New York City residents were born in New York State. Check out some interviews with New Yorkers who started life outside New York.

By and May 23, 2011

Ugandan Protests Reach New York

Ugandans, in New York and in Africa, are trying to bring attention to the murder of gay activist David Kato.

By , and May 23, 2011

Asians Move Out of Chinatown

The Chinese immigrant stronghold has seen declines in population and the local economy in the decade since 9/11.

By May 23, 2011

Preserving the Fragile Art of the Egg

For the last 20 years, Sofika Zielyk has been making Ukrainian Easter eggs, known as “pysanky,” in her East Village studio, a craft she learned from her mother.

By and May 23, 2011

Celebrating India’s Festival of Colors

Revelers celebrated Holi, India’s festival of colors, by smearing each other with colored powder. The rite is a sign of spring – and of New York’s growing Indian community.

By and May 23, 2011

Dreamers Come Out of the Shadows

A coalition is pushing for passage of the New York Dream Act, which would help undocumented immigrants to get in-state tuition at New York colleges and health care, among other services.

By and May 23, 2011

Island Music Bridges Cultural Barriers

Kalunga, an Afro-Dominican/Haitian music group, draws upon once-forbidden rhythms to bring some New Yorkers closer to their roots.

By May 23, 2011

Finding Hope in Foster Care

The city is required to identify immigrants in foster care eligible to become legal permanent residents. But it can be a race against the clock.

By May 23, 2011

Language Programs Hit By Budget Cuts

The fastest growing student population, English language learners, is falling behind – and funding reductions may derail progress.

Counting People and Taking Names

With the final numbers in, census workers have stories to tell.

By May 21, 2011