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Filmmaker Neil Barsky’s Intimate Documentary Portrait of Mayor Ed Koch

New York City mayors tend to get a lot of attention beyond the city limits, but perhaps no mayor managed to dominate the national and international stage as ed Koch did during his 12 tumultuous years in office.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, speaks at a news conference in front of police headquarters in New York on  March 5. King was present with dozens of activists to demonstrate support for the NYPD and their surveillance of Muslim communities. AP/Seth Wenig
John Farley  |  March 6, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 6, 2012 10:08 AM | 1 Comment
Geographical allegiance, rather than party alliances, appears to be influencing whether pols support or oppose the NYPD's surveillance operations of Muslim communities.VIDEO
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Richard Zacks  |  March 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
In 1895, Theodore Roosevelt was appointed NYC police commissioner, and set off to clean up the decidedly sin-loving town. But sin wasn't going down without a fight.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, greets Ruben Diaz Jr. as he arrives to deliver his State of the City address, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at the Morris High School Campus in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
City & State  |  March 2, 2012 9:57 AM | Comments
While most would agree Comptroller John Liu had the worst week ever, we looked beyond the headlines for the true winners and losers.
A contractor closes a valve at a fracking facility in Claysville, P.A. Recent studies on the impact of fracking on human health have offered mixed results, but two Congressmembers have asked the EPA to examine the most recent report out of Colorado. AP/Keith Srakocic
John Farley  |  February 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
Two court rulings upheld local bans on hydraulic fracking in New York State. MetroFocus looks at which towns might be next in the ongoing judicial battle.
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February 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
As an executive producer for a show set in New York, a very important part of my job is helping to decide where we shoot. Here's my advice on how to scout a good location in New York City.VIDEO
Photo courtesy of 50 Eggs Films.
Georgia Kral and Annie Rose Ramos  |  February 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
"The Apple Pushers" tells the story of five immigrant green cart vendors -- and New York City's fight to tackle obesity. VIDEO
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City & State  |  February 24, 2012 10:07 AM | Comments
Elected officials had a holiday this week, but there are always winners and losers. One of New York's biggest religious leaders got a promotion and the investigation into NYPD spying continues.
Photo courtesy of Milk Not Jails.
Brenden Beck  |  February 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
With fewer people incarcerated upstate and New York’s farms showing signs of a resurgence, dairy is an economic alternative to the prison industry.VIDEO
The East River Ferry has been in operation since June, 2011. Average daily ridership has dropped 50 percent. Photo courtesy of NY Waterway’s East River Ferry.
Georgia Kral  |  February 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
MetroFocus spoke to the operator of the ferries about what's being floated for riders...Can we expect a tasty post-work cocktail on our commute home?
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February 22, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
I jog in the morning. Forty years ago I had an experience on the streets of New York that inspired me to write a song -- my jaw dropped when I found out it had been co-opted by Occupy Wall Street.VIDEO
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