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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.

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Joshua M. Bernstein  |  December 20, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Every couple of months, I become a tour guide. I don't take foreigners to the Statue of Liberty or Times Square. That’s not my bag. I’m a journalist and a beer lover, not necessarily in that order. Thus, I lead a homebrewers tour in Brooklyn.
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Dori Fern  |  December 19, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
After a 13-year quest to find the perfect potato pancake, the winner of Edible Brooklyn's best latke contest found inspiration in several unlikely places. Read her story and get her recipe for "double happiness" latkes.
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John Farley  |  December 19, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Meet some of New York City's most interesting and accepting Protestant and Catholic church leaders, and learn where you can find them this Christmas.
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.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  December 15, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
For "Thru-Line," 44 musicians will perform the same snippet of Bach on every subway platform along the F train on Dec. 21. MetroFocus spoke with the composer and musicians making it happen.VIDEO
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?
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December 13, 2011 4:50 PM | Comments
This family-run business has its roots in Taormina, but you only need to travel to Queens to taste it.
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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Avery Monsen  |  December 12, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
While my roommates trim our apartment-sized tree in Queens, I watch “Schindler’s List." While they tape tinsel to our walls, I read articles about lead poisoning. But this is my first Christmas in New York; it’s time to turn some things around.
Dandelion, highlighted by Future Green Studio, on Third Avenue. While dandelions are commonly derided as an invasive species, the weed has many properties that make it useful for city dwellers. Photo courtesy of Future Green Studio.
David Seiter for Urban Omnibus  |  December 9, 2011 10:58 AM | Comments
Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. The environmental benefits of these “weeds” go widely unrecognized when, in fact, this often invisible urban ecology can offer a fresh perspective on how cities perform.
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