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Mayor de Blasio Requests Education, Housing Funding on Annual Tin Cup Day

After greeting legislators he hit on a familiar theme right off the bat: inequality.

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
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio speaking at a protest against public transit in 2010. He is a winner because. Flickr/Digi Art 2011_Jason.Kuffer
City & State  |  February 17, 2012 9:42 AM | 2 Comments
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio helped score a win for 9/11 responders who suffered from cancer and the New York Times revealed unsavory details of Congressman Michael Grimm's past.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 17, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In Manhattan, one in two households are occupied by singletons. Have Carrie and her "Sex and the City" girl gang taken over? Or is some other social meme at work...
Stephen Ritz, who teaches in the South Bronx, has transformed the lives of his students with the "edible wall" of produce he built in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Green Bronx Machine.
Stephen Ritz  |  February 16, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A South Bronx high school teacher explains how building an "edible wall" of produce transformed his students from "super-sized and under-credited" to healthy graduates.VIDEO
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