City Limits is an independent, investigative journalism organization that publishes in-depth reporting about civic affairs in America’s largest city, and about the politics and policies that affect the nation’s urban agenda.  For more than three decades, we have published an award-winning, bimonthly magazine that comes out six times a year and dedicates each edition to comprehensive reporting on a single topic.  We also publish the city’s largest nonprofit news site,


Magazine first published in 1976

Office Location:105 East 22nd Street, Suite 901 New York, NY

501 (c)(3) organization (part of the 160-year-old Community Service Society of New York;


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Executive Director:

Mark Anthony Thomas (director); Jarrett Murphy (editor-in-chief)

Approximate number of full-time staff:

5 (2 newsroom, 3 operations/publishing)

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IRS 990 form posted on website:

Yes (Community Service Society of NY)

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In 2011, City Limits was the Park Center for Independent Media's Izzy Award Winner for Outstanding Journalism. We have also won top awards for the Society of Professional Journalists, Education Writers of America, The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, The Deadline Club, New York Community Media Alliance, and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Awards. We've been nominated for honors by the Journalism Center for Children & Families and the Livingston Award.

Contact: or 212-614-5397

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