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Brooklyn Celebrates Ten Years of AFROPUNK

The AFROPUNK Festival returns to Brooklyn for the 10th year for a weekend of live music, vibrant art and good vibes.

The all black NYC by way of D.C. band, Bad Brains, fused hardcore with reggae in the 1980s, helping pave the way for the afro-punk movement. Photo courtesy of Midnight Raver
John Farley  |  August 20, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
From black punks to Erykah Badu to skateboarding, the term "Afro-Punk" and the festival that celebrates it continues to evolve.VIDEO
On Aug. 6, Mayor Bloomberg and Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe opened the renovated Rockaway Park in Queens. Photo courtesy of the mayor's office
John Farley  |  August 15, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The wealth or poverty of a neighborhood is not the determining factor in how nice or well maintained a city park is.
Broadway’s financial contribution to New York City has been increasing, primarily because of the growth in its audience from outside the New York metropolitan area. Flickr/ Broadway Tour.
Georgia Kral  |  August 15, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Record-breaking numbers of tourists add to the coffers of some arts groups and ignore some that New Yorkers flock to.
More than 1.8 million city residents received foods stamps in December, 2010. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Need to Know  |  August 3, 2012 11:50 AM | Comments
Need to Know shines a human light on families in need.VIDEO
The original off-Broadway cast of "Altar Boyz" which premiered at New World Stages in 2005 after a 2004 debut at NYMF. Pictured (l-r): Scott Porter, David Josefsberg, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Carol Rosegg
Michelle Michalos  |  August 1, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
New York Musical Theatre Festival, FringeNYC and others provide a launching pad for producers to move new plays and musicals to Broadway and beyond. VIDEO
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Menglin Huang  |  July 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Hit these paddling sites in New York City before heading into the wilds beyond -- but nearby -- New York City. Our list also includes the best waterparks in the region.
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Lindsay Armstrong  |  July 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments

After a year of negotiations and lease extensions, the volunteer-run community bookstore in Washington Heights must find a new home by August 31.

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Menglin Huang  |  July 11, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
First get your camera ready for views like these.Then look through the lens of urban history and science at two museum events that mark Manhattanhenge.
John Paravalos paints at the Queens Museum ArtAccess program. Photo by Jessica Paravalos.
Georgia Kral  |  July 4, 2012 9:15 AM | Comments
The arts play a crucial role in educating the youth in the city, and are particularly valuable to children and teens with special needs. MetroFocus and NYC-ARTS look at some of the arts programming across the boroughs.VIDEO
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Menglin Huang  |  July 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
A gift from the people of France, the Statue of Liberty was not immediately embraced by Americans for either its aesthetics or ideals.
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