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Yes, It's Hot In Here: Former New York Mets Mascot AJ Mass

AJ Mass grew up walking distance from Shea Stadium, destined to be a New York Mets fan. What he didn’t expect to happen was eventually fitting into the Mr. Met suit.

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Michelle Michalos  |  April 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
See 45 films and over 50 special guests - including Jersey-connected talent such as Judy Blume, Olympia Dukakis - and works by NJ filmmakers.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  April 26, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Nearly 2.7 million Italian-Americans in the New York area represent a cross-section of identities and periods in Italian history -- fueling the debate of what it means to share that common heritage.VIDEO
Founded by the elf-ear wearing Reverend Jen, whose love for “cute and ugly elemental beings” inspired the collection, the Troll Museum is located on the sixth floor of a walkup on the Lower East Side. Reverend Jen’s living-room-turned-troll-sanctuary includes vintage trolls and memorabilia featuring the mythical creatures. Photo courtesy of Flickr/:::Mat:::
Doris Martinez  |  April 20, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Are you looking for a literal inside view of New York architecture, outlandish thingamajigs from decades past, or unusual settings for art and music, but aren’t quite sure where to begin your search? Then check out our round-up of some of the best resources for hidden gems and insider events. VIDEO
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Perry Santanchote for NYC-ARTS  |  April 19, 2012 11:38 AM | Comments
Arturo O'Farrill leads the Grammy Award-winning Afro-Jazz Latin Orchestra. French guitarist Stephane Wremble plays locally and writes scores for Woody Allen's films. VIDEO
Inexpensive greens at Grand Street market in Chinatown. Photo by Ken Paprocki.
Ken Paprocki  |  April 19, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A photojournalist considers his forays into Chinatown free therapy, with inexpensive groceries as the take-away.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform a remixed version of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, with hip-hop elements, on June 9. Photo by Rahav Segev/Photopass.
Georgia Kral  |  April 17, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments

MetroFocus announces the winner of the classical music remix contest inspired by the County of Kings.

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Monica Alba  |  April 11, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Reading the romance, wit and mystery in the parks' 120-character bench plaques, and seeking their back stories.VIDEO
The different eras of war in the city, recounted by Steven H. Jaffe.
Steven H. Jaffe  |  April 10, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Steven H. Jaffe chronicles four centuries of the city at war and defense in "New York at War."
Craig Shepard leads a silent walk through Vinegar Hill
Bijan Rezvani and Daniel Ross  |  April 9, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Every Sunday, composer Craig Shepard invites the public to join him on a walk to an outdoor performance, where his own music melds with the sounds of the city.
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Doris Martinez  |  April 6, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
With 72 percent of American households playing computer or video games, the gaming industry is booming and New York start-ups are itching to get in on the action.VIDEO
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