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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.

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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Gregory Wessner  |  December 9, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Manhattan's street grid, architects were asked to imagine the future of the city's master plan. Read about the competition and watch Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham's video tour of the project's exhibition. VIDEO
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December 8, 2011 12:27 PM | Comments
Chefs are at their happiest when they go to a restaurant and know someone in charge is cooking well. That explains why so many of us are kooky for sushi.
Erik Baard, along with a coalition of green groups, planted 50 endangered apple trees on Randall's Island on Wednesday. Baard has
Erik Baard  |  December 8, 2011 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Did you know that all the varieties of apples on our store shelves can be traced back to Kazakhstan? Take a bite out of the history of the Big Apple's apples.
Traditional canning jars hold varieties of marijuana in a cabinet at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Despite a federal crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry, the restrictive nature of New Jersey's pot program means its probably safe from federal threat. AP/Reed Saxon.
John Farley  |  December 5, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: January 30, 2012 1:15 PM | 19 Comments
Since federal prosecutors went after medical marijuana dispensaries in California, what makes New Jersey think it will escape the same fate?
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November 30, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
When I'm doing bridal designs, I sometimes use floral motifs. Being in this environment really puts me into my element.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks during a ceremony to promote police officer Feris Jones to detective Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010  in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Alice Brennan for The New York World  |  November 29, 2011 5:11 PM | 2 Comments
So far this year, police officers have stopped and frisked more than 1,500 New Yorkers a day on average, a statistic that may rise by the end of 2011.
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November 29, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
A great way to learn about Italian opera from a real enthusiast and the performers themselves.
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Harvey Wang  |  November 29, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
A new exhibit features the Lower East Side's transformation over three decades.
A police officer rides along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. According Flickr/Tatiana Shebelova
Jillian Sederholm, Sean Easter, and Teresa Mahoney for The New York World  |  November 28, 2011 12:30 PM | 1 Comment
The one-day cost for NYPD overtime during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade outstripped average overtime costs for Occupy Wall Street, The New York World reports.
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