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.

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
Mahalet Dejene  |  July 19, 2011 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
In an effort to upgrade my New York City lifestyle, I got a job as a singing waitress on a river cruise. It's hot, exhausting -- and exhilarating.
Walking down the streets if Manhattan's Chinatown. Recent Census findings show that Brooklyn is now home to more Asians than Chinatown. Flickr/janoma.cl.
John Farley  |  July 18, 2011 5:06 PM | Comments
The Asian-American Federation analyzed recent Census data, finding that for the first time ever Sunset Park, Brooklyn has a larger Asian populations than Manhattan's Chinatown.
Fiddleheads are a sure sign of spring. A young fern that has yet to unfurl, fiddleheads are foraged from riverbanks. AP/ Craig Line
Julio Sharp-Wasserman  |  July 18, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: March 22, 2012 4:40PM | 3 Comments
It's spring, and these goodies are in season: herbs; parsnips; pea greens; garlic scapes and green garlic, green onions and spring onions; radishes; new potatoes; rhubarb; scallions; spinach; lettuce; fiddleheads and ramps.
Kenneth L. Davis, M.D.  |  July 15, 2011 10:52 AM | Comments
Recommendations to reduce Federal funding for teaching hospitals would undermine the health and well-being of our citizens.
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Daniella Greenbaum  |  July 15, 2011 6:00 AM | 17 Comments
In a city where trends change daily and cars zoom by at probably illegal speeds, consistency is the one thing that keeps me sane. Now, after 17 years of Saturdays (that's 884 Saturdays), countless Yom Kippurs and Rosh Hashanas, one corner of normalcy has quite literally gone up in smoke. VIDEO
Victor Lozano, 31, works for a woodworking company in one of The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center's re-purposed manufacturing buildings. More than 100 businesses, that together employ about 500 people, occupy their spaces. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Sam Lewis  |  July 15, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
Factories traditionally conjure images of black smoke and polluted water, but many cities are pursuing a new kind of urban manufacturing movement that promotes tall, environmentally sustainable mixed-use factory spaces.
Trish Harnetiaux  |  July 14, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
While critics and audiences alike have deified the "Book of Mormon" on the stage, it looks like the team could use some divine intervention on the field.
John Farley  |  July 13, 2011 6:00 AM | 11 Comments
Urban officials and nonprofits are taking rapid steps to prepare for what the Associated Press dubbed the "silver tsunami." Is New York City ready?VIDEO
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