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Abby Arauz was a Rockette for ten years, and when she started working in the family feather business, the Rockettes were one of her first clients. Photo courtesy of Abby Arauz.
Georgia Kral  |  February 15, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Feathers aren't just for costuming and fly fisherman anymore. The owner of The Feather Place in Midtown discusses her shop's success as the feather trend continues...
Fashion from the Spring 2012 collection of Nanette Lepore is modeled on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Nanette Lepore  |  February 9, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
As Fashion Week kicks off in New York City, local designer Nanette Lepore tells us why Manhattan's garment district is crucial to her success. VIDEO
Julie Geary scoops ice cream 50-60 hours a week for $7.25 an hour at Holey Cream in Hell's Kitchen. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | 17 Comments
Who makes minimum wage? The coffee guy? Your buddy at the gym? MetroFocus recently spent a day talking to New Yorkers about the proposed wage increase.
MetroFocus/Karen Brazell. Composite image, clockwise from left: Mister Chase, YouTube/MisterChase; JR Sport Brief, YouTube/JRSportBrief; Maangchi, YouTube/Maangchi; Rachel's English, YouTube/Rachel's English
Georgia Kral  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Want to make money off your hobby? MetroFocus profiles several New Yorkers who have taken their talents to YouTube and say they are making a living at it -- from cooking Korean food to performing Britney Spears in sign language. VIDEO
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
City & State  |  February 3, 2012 10:27 AM | 1 Comment
As the redistricting charade continued, the race to replace south Brooklyn's Carl Kruger got a little "racy" and Professor Cuomo continued to give lessons in "Expanding Executive Powers 101."
Assemblyman George Amedore, of the 105 Assembly district reads a Bills Calendar before voting during a New York state Assembly session at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Daniel T. Allen  |  January 27, 2012 10:22 AM | 1 Comment
New redistricting maps made losers out of a handful of Senate Democrats, and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is taking heat for his appearance in an anti-Muslim video. City & State reports.
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio speaking at a protest against public transit in 2010. He is a winner because. Flickr/Digi Art 2011_Jason.Kuffer
City and State  |  January 20, 2012 10:14 AM | Comments
Between the governor’s budget address and a new round of campaign finance reports this week, the New York political scene was even more packed than usual with winners and losers.
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Adam Lisberg for City & State with additional reporting by Andrew J. Hawkins  |  January 13, 2012 10:50 AM | 2 Comments
In his State of the City Mayor Bloomberg proposed a merit pay boost for highly effective teachers and announced that the city could eliminate up to half of the teachers at 33 struggling schools.
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Georgia Kral  |  January 11, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
City educators and advocates share their predictions -- and their hopes -- for what makes it into Bloomberg's State of the City address.
An artist's rendering of the planned convention center's interior. At 3.8 million square feet, the convention center would be the largest in the country. Genting.
Steve Malanga for City Journal  |  January 6, 2012 1:25 PM | 5 Comments
City Journal's Steve Malanga critiques Cuomo's plan to build a convention center in Queens, a tactic he says has failed to grow business in other cities and ultimately leaves taxpayers on the hook for ballooning costs.
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