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What Dr. Levitan did was bold and straightforward: He threw out the federal poverty measure used by the Census Bureau in favor of a new one that takes into account the high cost of living in this city, quantifying for the first time the toll of expenses like housing, medical costs and child care.
What emerged was a new landscape of hardship. Poverty dipped in places like the South Bronx and hardscrabble corners of Brooklyn, where subsidized housing and government assistance cushion the poorest of the poor. But it rose in places like Queens and Staten Island, where low-wage workers struggle to pay market-rate rents, earning too much to qualify for most benefits, but too little to get by." "With New Formula, an Official Helped Unmask the Face of Poverty in New York," by Rachel L. Swarns, NYT, Dec. 8, 2013