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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.

The New York Times building and Jayson Blair.
John Farley  |  January 18, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
A playwright tries to make sense of the enigmatic plagiarist in an Off-Broadway production.
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James Helmsworth  |  January 17, 2012 4:50 PM | 3 Comments
Planning a ski trip can be a chore but getting to the slopes doesn't have to be. Several ski destinations are reachable by bus or train from New York City. VIDEO
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John Farley  |  January 17, 2012 1:37 PM | 1 Comment
An expert who teaches classes to help seniors keep up with technology talks to MetroFocus about how you -- or your grandma-- can learn to use social media effectively.
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Georgia Kral  |  January 12, 2012 4:16 PM | Updated: Jan. 12, 2012 | 7 Comments
UPDATE: Patti Smith canceled her Thursday night concert at the Hotel Chelsea after one group of residents threatened a die-in and the Tenants Association said they planned to boycott the event entirely.
The Chelsea Hotel, home to artists and writers and the fodder for many gossip columns. Flickr/ WilliamNYC.
Zoe Pappas  |  January 12, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
As tenants and the landlord do battle over the Hotel Chelsea, one 17-year resident muses on its mythology.VIDEO
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Henry Alford  |  January 10, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Are New Yorkers ruder than the rest? Read an excerpt from humor writer Henry Alford's new book on the rules of modern etiquette to find out.VIDEO
Alex Gilvarry's debut novel tells the story of Boyet Hernandez, the "Fashion Terrorist." Photo by Beowulf Sheehan
Georgia Kral  |  January 9, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments

Gilvarry’s debut book, “From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant: A Novel,” is set in the post-9/11 New York fashion world. MetroFocus spoke to the author about why he chose Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as a setting for his novel, and about his views on the intersection of fashion and politics.

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Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg  |  January 6, 2012 4:00 AM | 21 Comments
Two documentarians explore the lasting comedic and cultural legacy of the Catskills resort Kutsher's, where the likes of Sid Caesar and Jerry Seinfeld launched their careers... VIDEO
Bloomberg is predicted to tout his aggressive - and successful- public health agenda in his State of the City address. Flickr/yourdon.
Samantha Riddell  |  December 28, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, MetroFocus looks back on what we've bid adieu to and what's coming our way in the new year.
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December 27, 2011 10:30 AM | Comments
Tucked away in a seedy corner of the theater district is a place I go to hear Lizst and Russian folksongs played on a white grand piano.
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