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Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

Veteran journalist and Columbia School of Journalism professor Mirta Ojito investigates Marcelo Lucero's murder—and the community in which it happened—in her new book.

Gustavo Rivera handily beat scandal-plagued State Senator Pedro Espada in 2010. Photo by Adi Talwar.
Georgia Kral  |  January 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The start of State Sen. Gustavo Rivera's legislative career coincided with the apparent beginning of Albany's clean-up, following years of corruption. MetroFocus spoke with Rivera after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday.
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John Farley  |  January 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 26 Comments
Mario Batali has joined a coalition of chefs and restaurateurs united against hydraulic fracking, which they say could make New York's restaurants less tasty -- and less safe.
Theodore Roosevelt was the 33rd governor of New York. Photo by the Pach Brothers. This image is in the public domain.
Georgia Kral  |  January 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo preps for the delivery of his State of the State speech on Wednesday afternoon, MetroFocus took a look at what the Empire State governors of yesteryear had to say in their annual addresses.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  January 3, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Despite how little most people know about the process, nothing has played as dramatic a role in shaping the city as zoning regulations -- particularly under Bloomberg.
I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York
Georgia Kral  |  December 30, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Set aside some time, sit back and visit the MetroFocus vault with us. Here are a few of the stories we ran in 2011 that show off the many fabulous facets of our beloved city.VIDEO
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Ernie Palladino  |  December 29, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
As the Giants gear up for this season's final showdown against the Dallas Cowboys, sportswriter Ernie Palladino remembers two legendary NFL coaches.
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December 29, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The "city that never sleeps" does indeed have some residents that take a rest on New Year's Day, so check out our list of what's open on Jan. 1, 2012. Happy new year!
Bloomberg is predicted to tout his aggressive - and successful- public health agenda in his State of the City address. Flickr/yourdon.
Samantha Riddell  |  December 28, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, MetroFocus looks back on what we've bid adieu to and what's coming our way in the new year.
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December 27, 2011 10:30 AM | Comments
Tucked away in a seedy corner of the theater district is a place I go to hear Lizst and Russian folksongs played on a white grand piano.
Jamie Scott and Daniel Madoff in Merce Cunningham's "Duets," 2011. Photo by Anna Finke.
Georgia Kral  |  December 27, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Two years after Merce Cunningham's death, the company will take one final bow. Five-year veteran Jamie Scott shares her feelings about the end of an era. VIDEO
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