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Restaurateur and Chinese food aficionado Ed Schoenfeld and chef Joe Ng fight like brothers and eat like kings in their popular neo-Chinese place Red Farm in Manhattan's West Village. They are planning special delicacies in honor of Chinese New Year, which starts Jan. 23.  Photo courtesy of Clay Williams.
Laura van Straaten  |  January 20, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In honor of the Chinese New Year, MetroFocus talked dumplings with the unlikely duo behind the much-lauded, farm-to-table, neo-Chinese restaurant RedFarm.
Occupy Wall Street protester Ann Shirazi appeared in court on disorderly conduct charges on Nov. 3. Shirazi, along with 53 others refused a dismissal offer that would have limited their ability to protest in the future. AP/Steven Hirsch.
Laura van Straaten  |  November 3, 2011 3:20 PM | 10 Comments
On Nov. 3, the first batch of Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in the first wave of mass arrests appeared in court. The majority refused a deal offered by prosecutors and opted instead to proceed to trial.VIDEO
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Mark Katz  |  September 20, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: Oct. 24, 2011 | 1 Comment
With news that Ray's Pizza on Prince Street will close this Sunday, humorist Mark Katz remembers creating a fraught meeting of sorts between Famous Ray and Original Ray.
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September 9, 2011 2:15 PM | Comments
An eye doctor recalls a 9/11 waiting for patients that never came at Ground Zero.
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Laura van Straaten  |  August 25, 2011 5:52 PM | 5 Comments
Is there an image, place or object that instantly brings back your experience on or after 9/11? The MetroFocus staff shares their stories and images and asks for yours.
Sir Ken Robinson spoke with MetroFocus about what he believes should be the Education Dept.'s top priorities. He is seen here at the closing plenary session of the National Governors Association Convention in Charleston, S.C. Aug. 7, 2006. AP Photo/Alice Keeney
Laura van Straaten  |  July 22, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
Mr. Smith, Sir Ken and Me: MetroFocus Editor in Chief Laura van Straaten interviews one of the world's top experts in education and creativity.
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June 23, 2011 3:33 PM | Comments
The Morgan may be best known for its library, but the music collection is the real gem.
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