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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.

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Georgia Kral  |  January 11, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
City educators and advocates share their predictions -- and their hopes -- for what makes it into Bloomberg's State of the City address.
An artist's rendering of the planned convention center's interior. At 3.8 million square feet, the convention center would be the largest in the country. Genting.
Steve Malanga for City Journal  |  January 6, 2012 1:25 PM | 5 Comments
City Journal's Steve Malanga critiques Cuomo's plan to build a convention center in Queens, a tactic he says has failed to grow business in other cities and ultimately leaves taxpayers on the hook for ballooning costs.
Theodore Roosevelt was the 33rd governor of New York. Photo by the Pach Brothers. This image is in the public domain.
Georgia Kral  |  January 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo preps for the delivery of his State of the State speech on Wednesday afternoon, MetroFocus took a look at what the Empire State governors of yesteryear had to say in their annual addresses.VIDEO
williamsburg waterfront after rezoning (1)
John Farley  |  January 3, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Despite how little most people know about the process, nothing has played as dramatic a role in shaping the city as zoning regulations -- particularly under Bloomberg.
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.
Speaking Ill Of The Dead: Jerks in New York History. Kara Hughes.
Kara Hughes  |  December 23, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Looking back at some of NYC's residents of yore, it's clear that Ebenezer Scrooge is not lacking for company when it comes to misanthropic miscreants.
Senator Carl Kruger will discuss a possible plea deal with a judge on Tuesday. AP/Mike Groll.
Matt Draper  |  December 20, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: Dec. 21, 2011 7:00AM | Comments
As State Sen. Carl Kruger resigned amid bribery charges, MetroFocus took a look back at New York's naughtiest pols of 2011. There was no dearth of eligible candidates...
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn believes the Republican Party's opposition to gay rights will hurt them in the next election season.Flickr/Ennui Poet
City Hall News  |  December 16, 2011 9:36 AM | Comments
Another banner week for "Cuomo the Barbarian." Christine Quinn, David Grandeau, and Eva Moskowitz are among the winners and Ravi Batra, Carl Paladino and Cyrus Vance Jr. are among the losers.
Workers display the product at Greyston bakery in Yonkers, NY. Greyston plans to become a benefit corporation once the new law goes into effect in 60 days. Photo courtesy of B Lab.
John Farley  |  December 14, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
On Monday, New York became the seventh state to create benefit corporations, which are legally obligated to create benefits for both society and their shareholders. What does that mean for the city?
Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, after the Occupy protesters were evicted. Reinhold Martin believes the removal of the protesters exposed a hidden reality in New York City -- that public spaces are public because they're contested. Flickr/shankbone.
Reinhold Martin  |  December 13, 2011 2:55 PM | Comments
Occupy Wall Street has revealed that the concept of "privately owned public spaces" is at odds with itself.
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