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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 9, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Watch out Spike Lee -- the young directors featured in the New Voices in Black Cinema festival bring tales of love, loss and hope back to Brooklyn.VIDEO
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Sasha Chavkin for New York World  |  February 7, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The redistricting maps for the New York State Legislature have been called "the most gerrymandered" in recent New York history. How exactly do districts get gerrymandered, and where is it happening?
Julie Geary scoops ice cream 50-60 hours a week for $7.25 an hour at Holey Cream in Hell's Kitchen. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | 17 Comments
Who makes minimum wage? The coffee guy? Your buddy at the gym? MetroFocus recently spent a day talking to New Yorkers about the proposed wage increase.
Bronx criminal defense lawyer Elliot Shapiro write songs inspired by his 42-year legal career. Photo courtesy of Elliot Shapiro.
George Bodarky  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A lot of songs have been written over the years about work, from Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" to Rose Royce's "Car Wash." Elliot Shapiro works in a field that does not exactly lend itself to song -- he's a criminal defense lawyer in the Bronx -- but that sure hasn't stopped him. VIDEO
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
City & State  |  February 3, 2012 10:27 AM | 1 Comment
As the redistricting charade continued, the race to replace south Brooklyn's Carl Kruger got a little "racy" and Professor Cuomo continued to give lessons in "Expanding Executive Powers 101."
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John Farley  |  February 3, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Does NYC need an independent agency to oversee the scandal-scarred NYPD? MetroFocus looked at the effects these watchdogs have had on other cities.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  January 31, 2012 4:00 AM | 37 Comments
For 72 weeks, two NYC graffiti artists curated one of the best art exhibits in recent years that no one will ever see.
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John Farley  |  January 30, 2012 2:59 PM | Comments
What are five religious leaders in Flushing, Queens -- perhaps the most theologically diverse neighborhood in America -- thinking, preaching and teaching about climate change?VIDEO
Assemblyman George Amedore, of the 105 Assembly district reads a Bills Calendar before voting during a New York state Assembly session at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Daniel T. Allen  |  January 27, 2012 10:22 AM | 1 Comment
New redistricting maps made losers out of a handful of Senate Democrats, and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is taking heat for his appearance in an anti-Muslim video. City & State reports.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  January 26, 2012 4:00 AM | 35 Comments

After another bout of anti-Semitic incidents in the Tri-State area, an encounter with a white supremacist made MetroFocus’ Dan Allen realize just how common intolerance can be.

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