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The cleanup of the Cornell-Dubilier Superfund site in South Plainfield, NJ continues. The site is one of the most contaminated in the nation. AP/Mike Derer.
John Farley  |  July 21, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: July 27, 03:27 PM | 1 Comment
While the Garden State is sometimes dubbed the "armpit of America" in jest -- a reference to the state's legacy of industry and pollution -- the deadly consequences of decades worth of illegal dumping and unhealthy manufacturing practices have prompted few chuckles.
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John Farley  |  July 21, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
A free exhibition series explores the development of cartography throughout the city's history, and looks at new mapping technologies.
Little Thailand
Bridget Leahy  |  July 20, 2011 6:33 PM | Comments
WNYC's Brian Lehrer hosted a weekly series, "The New Littles," to highlight the city's diverse and evolving neighborhoods. The show solicited artistic representations of ethnic enclaves including "Little Thailand" and "Little Mexico."
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Mahalet Dejene  |  July 20, 2011 4:19 PM | 5 Comments
Out late and in need of a bathroom? There's an app for that! Can't seem to figure what kind of tree you're looking at? There's an app! Need restaurant reservations? Yes, app!
The current plan for St. Vincent's hospital calls for putting a freestanding emergency treatment center in the landmark O'Toole building on Seventh Avenue. Some in the community would like a full-fledged hospital there instead. Flickr/Mementosis
Vicky Plestis for Gotham Gazette  |  July 20, 2011 10:49 AM | Comments
St. Vincent's was one of New York City's most prominent safety-net hospitals, serving mostly those either on Medicaid or Medicare or without insurance. It has principally been these patients who have been hit the hardest by St. Vincent's closing. Gotham Gazette reports.
Jeanette Cooper (left) and Kawane Harris (right) will have a second wedding ceremony at Foley Square July 24, 2011. DNAinfo/Kawana Harris
Meredith Hoffman and Jill Colvin for DNAinfo  |  July 20, 2011 10:37 AM | Comments
Officials are limiting vows to 764 couples, whose names will be chose via lottery, but even without an official marriage couple say they will celebrate their wedding. DNAinfo reports.
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts, a staple of the international comedy and performance scene, is featured in season two episode three. Courtesy of MADE HERE
Sam Lewis  |  July 20, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments
MADE HERE, an ongoing documentary project, examines the lives of 68 performing artists in New York -- how do they pay rent? What other jobs to they work to survive?VIDEO
Construction on Barclay's Center. State documents predicted there would be 1,620 construction jobs this summer. There are 543. Flickr/m_dougherty.
John Farley  |  July 19, 2011 9:00 AM | Updated: August 24, 2011 9:40 AM | 2 Comments
Many construction workers -- long-standing supporters of the controversial Atlantic Yards project -- are becoming disillusioned and angry as promised jobs fail to appear.VIDEO
Walmart, traditionally situated in rural and suburban locales, is pushing for an urban location in New York City. Flickr/Walmart Stores.
Kira Cohen  |  July 19, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: November 14, 2011 3:03 PM | 1 Comment
On Monday, Wal-Mart announced its annual holiday season donations -- none of which are going to New York City. Is the retail giant backing out of its plan move into the five boroughs?
Leon Reid IV's "Tourist-in-Chief" would transform Union Square's George Washington statue into a stereotypical tourist. Photo courtesy of Leon Reid IV.
Daniel T. Allen  |  July 19, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
A "scratch-n-sniff" children's adventure book; a make-over for Union Square Park's George Washington statue; and an animated New Yorker cover. VIDEO
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