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Anchor Rafael Pi Roman Remembers Ed Koch

Anchor Rafael Pi Roman reflects on New York's former mayor and MetroFocus curates thoughts and tweets from the social media world.

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
MetroFocus/Karen Brazell. Composite image, clockwise from left: Mister Chase, YouTube/MisterChase; JR Sport Brief, YouTube/JRSportBrief; Maangchi, YouTube/Maangchi; Rachel's English, YouTube/Rachel's English
Georgia Kral  |  February 6, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Want to make money off your hobby? MetroFocus profiles several New Yorkers who have taken their talents to YouTube and say they are making a living at it -- from cooking Korean food to performing Britney Spears in sign language. VIDEO
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Christopher Bram  |  February 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
What drew the likes of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and James Baldwin here? A look at the intellectual -- and physical -- pursuits that attracted these literary giants.
"The Hundred Story House" is part public sculpture, part book lending library. Photo courtesy of Leon Reid IV.
Daniel T. Allen  |  February 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
NYC has an abundance of almost everything (except cheap rent) but often that "you can get anything here" feeling can be overwhelming. This week's Kickstarter projects are about making urban life just a little bit more manageable.VIDEO
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February 2, 2012 4:06 PM | Comments
I was there for a party ages ago and I just remember saying to my wife: "Wow, what a weird place."
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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 2, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Bagel or baguette? Shake or kiss? Amélie or Carrie Bradshaw? A visual take on the differences -- and similarities -- between two of the world's greatest cities...
The members of Mice at Play also play dress up. At a recent event, they dressed in 20s garb and posed for photos. Photo courtesy of Mice at Play.
Georgia Kral  |  February 1, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Women’s social clubs are popping up all over New York City. But unlike the days of yore, the emphasis is on fun rather than social causes. What is it about the feminine mystique these days?VIDEO
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John Farley  |  February 1, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Foodies, gourmands, and those who hate wings with ranch dressing: take a bite out of MetroFocus' guide to Super Bowl specials at NYC's best restaurants.
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Erin Barker  |  January 31, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
From tales of unearthing environmental scandal to participating in a medical study gone too far, the science-based stories spun in the creative collective The Story Collider are seriously weird -- but true.
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