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The legacy of Robert Moses

Moses, in the totality of his reign as ‘Master Builder,’ “built 13 bridges, 416 miles of parkways, 658 playgrounds, and 150,000 housing units, spending $150 billion in today’s dollars” across the City of New York.

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Law protecting gay students lacks enforcement mechanism

For years, Sade Singh, a Brooklyn-born, self-proclaimed “activist” teenager who lives in Hollis, Queens, watched from afar as individuals around her who identified as gay, lesbian and transgender were harassed — by overt displays of bigotry in her community and occasional incidents of intolerance at her school, Queens Collegiate High School in Jamaica. “I know [...]

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  The people’s choice

An interesting power-to-the-people experiment is taking place in New York City, with some taxpayers getting a much bigger say about how their tax dollars are being spent. It’s called participatory budgeting.

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Photo: Smoke from above

On this day in 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 Mitchell bomber en route to Newark Airport in New Jersey crashed into the upper floors of the Empire State Building.

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Photo: What lies beneath

Just what IS hiding underneath those nasty piles of city snow?

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Oh, and Happy Evacuation Day

A day, now forgotten, when the British beat their retreat from New York, leaving the new nation to finally get down to the business of becoming its bratty self.

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iSpy New York City

Recently, we stumbled across Greg Schmigel’s beautiful collection of NYC-based black-and-white photos taken with his humble iPhone. These photos work precisely because their charming insouciance is the ultimate expression of “point and shoot.”

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Photo: Happy Birthday John!

On Saturday, John Lennon would have turned 70 years old.

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The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

A new report has found that, in spite of the recession, cities are investing in urban parks. Alison Stewart tours one such park — an old elevated rail line in New York City.

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