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President of the New York Public Library Discusses Past, Present and Future

Jack Ford talks to New York Public Library President and CEO Tony Marx about the past, present and future of the nation's largest library system.

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Christina Knight for NYC ARTS  |  November 11, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: November 14, 2011 10:59 AM | Comments
One big fat wedding of art and politics arrived in New York this weekend with the premiere of "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays."VIDEO
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Sam Lewis  |  November 9, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The story of how two strangers conspired to save an abandoned rail in the late '90s and transform it into a vital urban park.VIDEO
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November 8, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
It’s a place where regardless of the time of day, there is always a gathering of extremely interesting and friendly people.
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Jessica Cronstein for Urban Omnibus  |  November 3, 2011 3:06 PM | Comments
The films at DOC NYC cross disciplines and generations in order to introduce a new audience to documentary films. Here are a selection of films that feature the city in a starring role.VIDEO
“A photograph is as personal as a name, a fingerprint, a kiss. It concerns me intimately and passionately.” – Sid Grossman. "Coney Island," c. 1947, by Sid Grossman courtesy of The Jewish Museum.
Sam Lewis  |  November 3, 2011 1:35 PM | 4 Comments
A new exhibition examines the legacy of the New York Photo League. MetroFocus looked into their contentious past and influence on current art and politics. VIDEO
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November 3, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
A film about coming to New York City that I must have watched about a hundred times. VIDEO
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Jem Cohen  |  November 3, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Filmmaker Jem Cohen explains how the purely lyrical film he intended to make became political after his footage was confiscated by the authorities.VIDEO
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November 1, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
My neighborhood in Brooklyn has quirky houses from another era.
Mediterranean lamb balls are one of the many varieties of meatballs available at The Meatball Shop. Photo courtesy of Ballantine Books.
Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow  |  November 1, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The guys behind the incredibly popular restaurant The Meatball Shop write about their journey from 13-year-old delivery boys for a vegan restaurant in New York City to building a business out of meatballs.
New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow. Photo courtesy of Judd Ehrlich.
Michelle Michalos  |  October 31, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A filmmaker chronicles the life of Fred Lebow, the ambitious founder of the New York City Marathon. VIDEO
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