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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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John Farley  |  September 23, 2011 5:25 PM | 1 Comment
A new report details an ethnicity-based NYPD surveillance probe into the city's Moroccan community. On the sunny side, the probed businesses may receive added business thanks to the leaked documents.
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City Hall News  |  September 23, 2011 10:51 AM | Comments
Gov. Cuomo’s poll numbers soared while the world’s leaders converged on Midtown to decide foreign policy and aggravate commuters. And, as always, the weeks winners and losers came into focus.
Council chambers at City Hall. City Council caucuses will be pushing their priority issues in the coming months for the 2011-2012 legislative year. Flickr/ambersandyslexyia
John Farley  |  September 23, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
Now that New York City's legislative body is back in action, MetroFocus spoke to the various City Council caucuses about the bills most important to them this session.
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David Howard King for Gotham Gazette's  |  September 22, 2011 10:18 AM | 2 Comments
On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new website designed to open the executive branch to the public by providing unprecedented access to his schedule, travel and more. Gotham Gazette reports.
Rosario Lucero, center, stands near the site where her son Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008, in Patchogue, N.Y., Monday, April 19, 2010, after his killer, Jeffrey Conroy, was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime but acquitted of murder. At left is Lucero's brother Joselo Lucero, and at right is sister Isabel Lucero. The family went to the site of the incident after they left the Suffolk County courthouse Monday. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sam Lewis  |  September 21, 2011 2:39 PM | Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 1:00 PM | 4 Comments
Three years ago, the racially charged killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island made national headlines. MetroFocus looks at where the players involved are today.VIDEO
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Laura Nahmias for City Hall News  |  September 20, 2011 3:55 PM | Comments
One of the principal activists in the coalition that helped legalize same-sex marriage is considering running for Manhattan borough president in 2013.
A crowd held a candelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi on Oct. 3, 2011. Clementi's death played a considerable role in the discourse about bullying over the past year. AP/Reen Rose Sibayan.
John Farley  |  September 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Updated: Sept. 23, 2011 11:13 AM | 5 Comments
On the one year anniversary of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide and the It Gets Better campaign, MetroFocus looks at what's changed. For some, like 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who struggled with bullying before killing himself this past weekend, the answer is not enough. For others, there is new hope.VIDEO
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Sam Lewis and John Farley  |  September 19, 2011 6:23 PM | Updated: October 3, 2011 10:26 AM | 1 Comment
On Oct. 1, 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. On Oct. 5, a collective of worker's unions will march with the protesters, signaling the movement's growth.
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Sam Lewis  |  September 16, 2011 6:00 AM | 4 Comments
To mark a new 50th anniversary edition of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," MetroFocus looked at who's shaping NYC today through the lens of the late activist and writer.VIDEO
New York State Senator Greg Ball. Ball and several Republican Senators are opposing health exchange legislation. Photo courtesy of nysenate.gov.
John Farley  |  September 15, 2011 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
New York State was on the fast-track to implementing health care reform, but now key legislation is stalling in the State Senate.VIDEO
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