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Daniel T. Allen

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Daniel T. Allen  |  August 19, 2011 12:06 PM | 1 Comment
While those outside the community chose to reflect with words, some of the those who live in central Brooklyn have chosen art.
Civil Service Employees Association union president Danny Donohue, right, talks about a labor deal with New York state during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. A five-year deal that would freeze wages for three years for 66,000 union members but would avoid hundreds of layoffs was approved Monday night, the union and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced. Also pictured are union treasurer Joe McMullen, left, and secretary Denise Berkley. AP/Mike Groll
City Hall News  |  August 19, 2011 10:12 AM | Comments
August means news is so slow that endless rain is a compelling headline. But fear not! There was still politicking. And where there’s politicking, there are winners, and losers.
Assemblyman David Weprin, running in the special election for Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, is facing a revolt among Orthodox Jews – though he himself is an Orthodox Jew – because he strongly defended same-sex marriage during an Albany debate. Photo courtesy of City Hall News.
Chris Bragg for City Hall News  |  August 18, 2011 11:00 AM | 1 Comment
New York's first politician imperiled by voting for same-sex marriage isn’t an upstate Republican -- it’s a Democratic Assemblyman from New York City scrambling for support in a special election.
Gustavo Rivera won a seat in the northwest Bronx. He says TKTK. Photo courtesy of Gustavo Rivera.
Sarah Laskow  |  August 18, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
While they had a chance to reflect after marathon sessions that dragged into the summer, MetroFocus caught up with some of New York’s newest representatives to find out how they’ve been dealing.
My "Russian Dolls." Babushka watches television as my fiance Olga and future mother-in-law, Elena, sit on the couch. Olga's sister and Irina and father Sasha can be seen in the background. Photo by Daniel T. Allen.
Daniel T. Allen  |  August 15, 2011 5:11 PM | 1 Comment
In September, I'll marry into a Russian-speaking family in Brooklyn. That's why sitting down to watch the premiere of Lifetime's new reality series "Russian Dolls" was a matter close to the heart.VIDEO
Long Island Congressman Steve Israel  Flickr/Third Way.
City Hall News  |  August 12, 2011 10:49 AM | Comments
If ever anyone deserved to be a posthumous winner, it would be the late Gov. Hugh Carey. Judge for yourself whether any of this week’s Winners & Losers can meet that standard.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  August 12, 2011 10:12 AM | 1 Comment
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it known that he's exploring the idea of opening commercial casinos to increase state revenue. Capitol Report's Liz Ayers reports from Albany.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  August 11, 2011 4:58 PM | Comments
High-fashion handbags designed, assembled and distributed by Brooklynites and a video game with an old-school feel for those who seek a virtual taste of the bohemian lifestyle.VIDEO
Photo by Joan Marcus.
Christina Knight and Joe Harrell for NYC ARTS  |  August 11, 2011 2:38 PM | Comments
After a three-year hiatus, "Rent" returns to not-so-far off-Broadway. It's been 15 years since the musical premiered, but its themes of homelessness and AIDS are still very relevant.
The "My NYC Story" series curated by the Fringe Festival organizers is certain to include themes familiar to urban-dwellers. "Sammy Gets Mugged" portrays a robbery from both the perspective . Photo courtesy of NYC ARTS.
Anya Gibian for NYC ARTS  |  August 10, 2011 3:17 PM | 3 Comments
With 194 shows in 18 theaters and an expected audience of 75,000, the New York International Fringe Festival can be tough to navigate. Our guide makes it easy.
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