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A Teenager's Photos of 1970s Brooklyn NYC

  Anthony Catalano’s photographs of Brooklyn, New York City, in the mid-1970s were mostly developed in his darkroom in Boro Park darkroom in the 70s. “Remember the snow storm of ’78?” he asks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anthony died on March 1st, 2014.

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Mayhem at Penn Station shows how far NYC has sunk

In May, Farrakhan Muhammad, a CD hustler and career criminal, allegedly got into a dispute with his brother in Times Square, took out a gun, and started shooting. He hit three tourists, including a 4-year-old girl.

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NYC stores and restaurants board up for Election Day turmoil

The lights went down, and the plywood continued to go up Saturday on old 'Board'way -- and across Manhattan in anticipation of Election Day unrest.

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NYC Is Dead Forever. Here’s Why

"But NYC always always bounces back." No. Not this time.

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Outdoor seating impossible for some eateries thanks to wild NYC streets

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been touting his restaurant-reopening program as a "huge hit" -- but that's not the case on a Queens street overrun with druggies, drunks and vagrants.

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Vandals Tear Down 9/11 Memorial Flagpole in New York

Police in New York are looking for vandals who cut down a flagpole at a memorial honoring five firefighters who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Dozens shot, at least three killed on violent July 4th weekend in NYC

Nearly 40 people were shot across New York City from the Fourth of July into early Sunday — including several fatalities, police sources said.

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WATCH: Older Woman Told To Check Her ‘Privilege’ By Protester Who Wants Statue Pulled Down: ‘That’s The Best You Got, Little Boy?’

On Sunday, counter-protesters gathered outside a statue of Teddy Roosevelt in New York City, defending the monument of the 26th president of the United States from protesters advocating its removal. During the clash between the two groups, an older woman

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Fresh signs of NYC spiraling out of control

"Complete lawlessness,” one cop termed the incident in Harlem in the early hours Sunday — and it’s fast becoming an apt description of much of the city.

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Fireworks protesters honk horns near Gracie Mansion to wake up de Blasio

Scores of drivers honked their car horns near Gracie Mansion Monday night to disrupt the mayor's slumber in protest of the recent uptick in illegal fireworks shooting off across the city.

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R.I.P. Teddy Roosevelt statue, 1940-2020

"It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue"

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Molotov cocktail-tossing lawyers tried to pass out firebombs to protesters

The two attorneys busted for throwing a Molotov cocktail through a police car window during protests in Brooklyn early Saturday were trying to pass out the incendiary devices to demonstrators in th…

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Here's How Much New York City Is Skewing America's Coronavirus Numbers

Not only does New York skew the country's numbers - it's the source of the majority of the whole country's coronavirus caseload.

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De Blasio and Wife Caught Taking Non-Essential Stroll Through Brooklyn Park…11 Miles From Home

...even as he continues to scold New Yorkers for being outside and congregating in playgrounds

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With Cheers, New York Nurses Greet Reinforcements From Across the U.S.

US News is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.

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Cops arrest Bronx mother and son for operating underground speakeasy during coronavirus lockdown

A mother and son duo were busted in the basement of a Bronx restaurant Friday night when cops found about two-dozen people partying in an underground bottle club, police and a restaurant employee said.

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Major crimes up 12 percent in NYC despite COVID-19 outbreak

Five of the seven major index crimes — robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and car theft —  showed a marked increase this year compared to last year.

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Cuomo Says Trump Is Sending Navy ‘Hospital Ship’ to Aid N.Y. Coronavirus Effort

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the U.S. Navy would be sending its 1,000-bed USNS Comfort floating hospital ship to New York

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Return of squeegee men a sign of the decline of de Blasio's New York

What goes around, comes around — including that venerable symbol of pre-Giuliani municipal disorder, the squeegee man.

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Latest Antisemitic Attacks in Borough Park Underline Grim Challenges Facing Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn

Security footage showing a group of men emerging from a car and chasing an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn’s Borough Park …

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NYPD Commish Warns City’s ‘Decarceration Plan’ Could Put New Yorkers In Danger

New York City’s top police official has warned that looming reforms intended to fundamentally transform the city’s jail system could endanger the well-being of people residing and working in the area. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill recently put the

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New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail

The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to close Rikers Island jail Thursday and open four new borough-based facilities instead.

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$15 minimum wage hike is hitting, hurting NYC restaurants

Big Apple restaurants are feeling the heat from minimum-wage hikes, cutting staff hours and even closing kitchens as they struggle to shoulder the extra payroll costs.

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The History Behind 7 New York City Street Names

Ever wonder how a street got its name? Well New York doesn't only have the common street names like "20th street" as everyone assumes, here are eight NYC street names and their history.

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New York City businesses struggle after minimum wage increase

More than six months after the $15 minimum wage went into effect in New York City, business leaders and owners say the increased labor costs have forced them to cut staff, eliminate work shifts and raise prices.

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Jews are routinely being attacked in the streets of New York City. So why is no one acting like it’s a big deal? – Tablet Magazine

The incidents now pass without much notice, a steady, familiar drumbeat of violence and hate targeting visibly Jewish people in New York City. Early on the morning of June 15, a Saturday, two men in a white Infiniti drove around Borough Park, a vast,  tra

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Progressive pol’s unpleasant surprise: Handcuffing the cops means trouble

Yuh-Line Niou, who represents lower Manhattan in the state Assembly, had an unpleasant experience getting off the subway at Bowling Green the other day. “I was just threatened,” she wrote on Twitte…

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New York Transit Edges Into a Future Without MetroCards | WIRED

Beginning Friday, you can get into select subway stations by waving your phone. By 2023, MetroCards will go the way of the token.

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Reported antisemitic incidents in NYC in Q1 FAR more than all other hate crimes COMBINED. (22x more than anti-Islam incidents.)

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Outrage Follows Announcement That Al Sharpton, Who Helped Incite 1991 Antisemitic Riots, Is Slated to Receive Honorary Degree

Al Sharpton in November 2007. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikicommons. An initiative by a City University of New York school …

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10 fascinating secrets of NYC’s Grand Central Terminal

More than 750,000 people visit Grand Central a daily; some to shop, some to dine, but most to hit the rails. Beyond being a pulsating artery of New York City, t

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12 Old New York Spots That Are Still Amazing Today

Sometimes, newer isn't always better. We're trading in New York's latest restaurant and bar openings for some of the city's most awesome old-school haunts.

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Amazon cancels plans for New York City HQ2

E-commerce giant had faced fierce opposition for a planned New York location projected to cost $3 billion in incentives

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New York City in all its Neon-Lit Glory, 1969 - 1971 - Flashbak

These brilliant photos were taken by Hans Joachim Jacobi and scanned by his son Michael. They travelled to NYC as a stopover on the way to and from Halifax in Nova Scotia to visit relatives. Hans was using a Exakta Varex IIa, an East-German camera, using

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20 Ultimate Things to Do in New York City – Fodors

In the city that never sleeps, it can be tempting to want to do it all. But instead of trying to see, eat, and drink it all, put these 20 musts—from iconic landmarks to local favorites—at the top of your list.

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10 Secrets of Subway Conductors | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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New York Today: Neil Simon’s New York

Tuesday: Remembering the Broadway playwright, and a water park on the city skyline.

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Where to find affordable housing in NYC

Looking for affordable apartments in New York? Look no further: This guide to NYC’s housing lotteries has you covered.

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Your library card now gets you free access to more than 30 NYC museums

NYC's library card just got a Moviepass-sized upgrade. NYC library members can now access 33 cultural bastions throughout the city thanks to the new Culture Pas

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The Preservation Battle of Grand Central

Forty years ago, preservationists—including a former First Lady—fought to maintain the integrity of New York City’s historic railway station

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New York’s lost neighborhoods

All across NYC, the ghosts of old neighborhoods—demolished to make way for newer and flashier developments—can be found.

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The best things to do in NYC according to locals and Time Out Editors!

According to critics and locals, these are the the best things to do in NYC. Discover amazing places to eat and drink, must-see museums and more.

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Rooftop festival to feature NYC’s best subway performers

You know you're a New Yorker when you have your subway regulars: The early-morning troubadour at the 7th Ave Q station, the evening poet on the 2/3 train to Cro

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19 NYC Secrets Most New Yorkers Don't Know

From an abandoned subway station to a colonial African burial ground lost for almost 300 years, we've rounded up the city’s best kept secrets.

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Take a Trip Through New York City in the Year 1911

Back in 1911, the Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern visited New York City during a trip to America and shot footage of various street scenes. The film has survived through the years in mint condition, and YouTuber Guy Jones created this fascinating 8-minute edit after slowing down the footage to a natural rate and adding in ambient sounds.

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8 money saving apps for New Yorkers

Who couldn’t use a little extra moolah? These money saving apps that are helping New Yorkers get just that.

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Best views in NYC to see the city skyline

Take in the most stunning views of NYC from the best rooftops, parks and observation decks in Gotham. While you're at it, learn the history of these buildings.

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Ubers and taxis in NYC are about to get a price hike

Catching a ride in Manhattan is about to get slightly more expensive. On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature approved a $168 billion budg

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What Airbnb Did to New York City - CityLab

Airbnb’s effects on the city’s housing market have been dramatic, a report suggests. And other cities could soon see the same pattern.

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The 25 Best Museums in New York City!

The city's museum scene can be a dizzying one—but our list has you covered.

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Officials Postpone School’s Daddy-Daughter Dance Due To NYC’s Gender-Neutral Policy

Some parents say being politically correct has gone too far. As for the disappointed girls at PS 65, they say they’ve been getting ready for the dance for months.

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A new plan would jack up the cost of ride sharing in Manhattan

New York City is an amazing place to live, but there’s one aspect of life here that undeniably sucks: transportation. Last year, crippling delays on the

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11 great money-saving hacks in NYC

You may have heard the news that New York has now dropped behind San Fransisco and is only the second most expensive city in the U.S. to live in, but don't tell

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If the World Was Mapped Using the Manhattan Grid System

London's Big Ben would be on the corner of 63,709th Street and 10,896th Avenue.

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The Falling Man: An unforgettable story

Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of t

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Why a Tiny New York Island is Off-Limits - Neatorama

If you leave a pile of rocks in place for over a hundred years, it becomes an island with its own ownership papers, history, designation, and controversy. That's what happened to U Thant Island in New York City's East River.[https://youtu.be/wmVJyICw1C8]

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MTA chair unveils extensive, $836M action plan to fix ailing NYC subway - Curbed NY

MTA chairman Joe Lhota unveiled the agency’s action plan to fix the crumbling subway, with short-term fixes that will cost $836 million.

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20 amazing things to do in NYC this week

Mon 12 OutdoorFest at various locations and times; free–$69 OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to

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Listen to the Sounds of New York's Diverse Neighborhoods Without Leaving Home | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Bartunek Hardware in Queens: Where Handymen Step Back in Time

In the window of Bartunek Hardware, an electric train goes around in circles, running alongside the Mets and Yankees caps, which are on a shelf above an electric drill and the neon “locksmith” sign.

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21 excuses that only work in New York

New Yorkers may have a reputation for being rude, but the fact is we follow a completely different set of rules. While we might seem like flakes, there's just a

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See the proposed plans for the Waldorf Astoria's major renovation

The legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel has already closed for 2-3 years of renovations, but we now have our first look at just what those renovations may entail.

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Vibrant Street Photographs of New York City by Henry Kornaros

Henry Kornaros is a talented 17-year-old self-taught photographer and filmmaker from Vermont who currently based in New York City.

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Rikers Island to close, New York Mayor de Blasio says

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio vows to close the Rikers Island jail complex.

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Take a tour of New York’s most beautiful bridges

New York's bridges contribute a sense of historical and aesthetic wonder to our sprawling urban landscape

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Compare New York City’s Past and Present in a New App | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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17 things all New Yorkers can agree on

New Yorkers speak different languages, wear different styles and live in many different kinds of neighborhoods, but there's still some things we all find c

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The best tours of off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in NYC

From Washington Heights to the South Bronx, it’s time to explore the NYC neighborhoods that lie off the beaten path

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There's a secret bar behind a deli freezer now open in Brooklyn

The best kind of bar is a secret bar. And we just unearthed a new one in Williamsburg: La Milagrosa Agave Bar and Listening Room.   New York already has

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See how large New York would be if it had the population density of other cities

It's no secret that New York is a pretty dense city when it comes to population. In fact, approximately 8,550,405 people live within its 302 square miles, givin

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Step back in time with these fascinating historical images of NYC

Photographer Ben Rowland recently put together a website that showcases one thing: very big, very old images of New York. “The Big Picture New York&

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Best & Worst Subways in NYC, According to the Straphangers Campaign - Thrillist

The Straphangers Campaign recently released its annual ranking of the best and worst subway lines of 2016.

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15 reasons why Manhattan is still the best borough

New York's five boroughs are great, but c'mon, Manhattan is the best borough. Why? Attractions like Central Park, the museums and the shopping, duh!

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Tips on Doorman Tipping and Other Holiday Traditions - The New York Times

Yes, please, tip the doorman — and other seasonal advice for apartment-dwellers who tend to ignore their neighbors the rest of the year.

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New York City has a secret subway line with antique cars — here's what it's like to ride it

During a few weeks at the end of the year, the New York City subway system runs an antique subway line that you can ride. So we did!

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15 Years After 9/11, Is America Any Safer?

The United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked?

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New York City rent comparison: What $3,500 gets you

See what $3,500 rents in NYC neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, Williamsburg, Astoria, and more.

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30 things every New Yorker should do this summer

There are tons of things to do in New York City this summer, whether you're new to the scene or have been here forever.

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10 Ways to Drink In New York City History | Mental Floss

Many of the city’s venerable watering holes are veritable museums, with the bonus of booze.

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Eight ways to tell a real New Yorker from a fake New Yorker

NYC is a city of transplants, interns and tourists with a few born-and-bred New Yorkers mixed into the bunch. Regardless of which category you fall into here are eight telltale ways to tell a real New Yorker from a fake New Yorker.

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20 stupendous things to do in NYC this week

Mon 23 Lyrics & Lyricists: I Have Confidence — Rogers After Hammerstein 92nd St Y; 2pm and 7:30pm; $69–$81 The erudite Ted Chapin host

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15 Things You Might Not Know About the Empire State Building | Mental Floss

It may not be New York City’s tallest building, but it’s possibly its most celebrated.

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Slideshow of Vintage Photographs, Drawings and Maps of Union Square over the Past 150 Years

Union Square is one of the oldest public squares in New York City. It has seen many iterations of park layouts and designs, transportation options, and e...

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15 awesome things to do in NYC this weekend

Fri 8 Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show Metropolitan Pavilion; 1pm; $20 at the door, $15This two-day expo is every retro-sifter’s dream, featuring more tha

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The Top 10 Secrets of the Whitney Museum in NYC

The many secrets of The Whitney Museum, famous for its newest location in NYC’s Meatpacking. The history of the Whitney goes back to the end of the 1920s.

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New York's 20 coolest out of town spots

Discover the top travel-worthy destinations this state has to offer barely beyond the city limits

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25 New York hacks to make your life easier

By Time Out contributors, edited by Sophie Harris Anyone who's moved to New York from somewhere else will attest to the fact that for a newbie, this city can be...

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5 Remnants of the Original Penn Station in NYC

As the battle for Penn Station continues, a reminder that you can still find remnants of the original McKim Mead & White station inside today’s station.

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Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in 1950s New York Discovered in Attic 50 Years Later

These vintage photographs capture a timeless energy and diversity that is characteristic of the sleepless streets of New York City. The recently discovered an…

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Franny’s blames Obamacare for rise in pizza price - NY Daily News

President Obama is being blamed for the rising price of Brooklyn pizza.

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Latest Miracle on 34th Street: Macy’s Keeps Wooden Escalators - NYTimes.com

Here’s what you could do in 1920s Manhattan that you can’t do today: Catch what’s playing at the Roxy or who’s playing at the Polo Grounds. Buy a pair of alligator shoes at Franklin Simon or see a pair of alligators at the Aquarium. Meet your spouse — or whomever — under the clock at the Biltmore Hotel.

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All the Places The New York Times is Comparing to Brooklyn - The Atlantic

From Berlin to Beijing, it seems just about anywhere is a bit like New York's hippest borough. I moved to Brooklyn four years ago, so I haven’t quite earned my New Yorker stripes yet. But as my fellow Brooklyn residents have noticed (along with readers across the country), our neck-of-the-woods is compared to different cities domestically and abroad, quite often. Especially by the one we can proudly call our local paper, the Gray Lady.

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The $1 million parking spot may be just around the corner - MarketWatch

At least two new condominium developments in Manhattan are asking $1 million for a single parking spot.

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Check out these awesome images of New York City between the 50's to 70's

Take look of images from former eras of New York, and though a lot has changed, a lot still remains the same