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A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick in Photos

MetroFocus reporter Jenna Flanagan retraces teacher and photographer Meryl Meisler's walk from the subway to work in a formerly decimated part of the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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John Farley  |  July 25, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
"DAMN!" documents the gubernatorial campaign of Jimmy McMillan -- perhaps New York City's zaniest political candidate since Norman Mailer -- and illuminates larger questions about contemporary media and celebrity along the way. The film has a sneak preview this week.VIDEO
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Bridget Leahy  |  July 22, 2011 1:56 PM | Comments
Ex-Scrubs star Zach Braff's play "All New People" makes it's premiere at Second Stage Theatre on July 25, 2011.
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Christina Knight for NYC ARTS  |  July 22, 2011 1:34 PM | Updated: July 25, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
Brownsville, Brooklyn has a reputation for being a rough neighborhood. For Elaine Del Valle it's inspiration for an autobiographical one-woman show.
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July 22, 2011 12:05 PM | 1 Comment
Night court: free, fun, evening entertainment.
Actors perform "Resist the Grid," a song about the city's decision to create Manhattan's famous grid pattern in 1811. Photo Courtesy of Doug Silver
Sam Lewis  |  July 22, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments

The lights dimmed and a hooded character emerged from the aisle. “Ya wanna buy some weed?” he asked an audience member. Three other actors crept on stage, “smoke, smoke?” they probed.”The Greenwich Village Follies” offers an 80-minute lesson on the history of the Village.

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Daniel T. Allen  |  July 21, 2011 3:20 PM | Comments
The Alloy Orchestra will perform an original live score to the 1927 classic films 'Metropolis' on Aug. 4 as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.VIDEO
The cleanup of the Cornell-Dubilier Superfund site in South Plainfield, NJ continues. The site is one of the most contaminated in the nation. AP/Mike Derer.
John Farley  |  July 21, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: July 27, 03:27 PM | 1 Comment
While the Garden State is sometimes dubbed the "armpit of America" in jest -- a reference to the state's legacy of industry and pollution -- the deadly consequences of decades worth of illegal dumping and unhealthy manufacturing practices have prompted few chuckles.
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John Farley  |  July 21, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
A free exhibition series explores the development of cartography throughout the city's history, and looks at new mapping technologies.
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Bridget Leahy  |  July 20, 2011 6:33 PM | Comments
WNYC's Brian Lehrer hosted a weekly series, "The New Littles," to highlight the city's diverse and evolving neighborhoods. The show solicited artistic representations of ethnic enclaves including "Little Thailand" and "Little Mexico."
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Mahalet Dejene  |  July 20, 2011 4:19 PM | 5 Comments
Out late and in need of a bathroom? There's an app for that! Can't seem to figure what kind of tree you're looking at? There's an app! Need restaurant reservations? Yes, app!
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