Dramatic Increase in Homeless on Streets of NYC

Mary Brosnahan, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless, discusses the current state of homelessness in New York City with MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman.

A young musician participates in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People program. Courtesy SundayArts.
December 13, 2011 12:46 PM | Comments
Screeching saxophones and overblown trombones...Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis just loves the sound of band class in the morning. For real. Marsalis talks to SundayArts about his participation in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People program. VIDEO
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Gene Russianoff  |  December 13, 2011 11:04 AM | Comments
The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released its list on Tuesday of the top 10 best and top 10 worst New York City public transit events in 2011.
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Phil Kline  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The creator of the Village's annual boombox parade, "Unsilent Night," reflects on how the piece came to be as the project celebrates its 20th holiday season.VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
In light of a new study showing that tweets about politicians are overwhelmingly negative and opinionated, MetroFocus decided to see what Twitter users had to say these days about Tri-State pols. It wasn't pretty.
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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The new autobiography of Lower East Side radical and founder of the Fugs, Ed Sanders, sheds light on a stranger time.
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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Comments
Cuomo's ethics commission was supposed to be fighting corruption and bringing transparency to the capital by now, but we just found out who's on it. And the appointments are raising some eyebrows.VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  December 12, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The four City Council members involved give MetroFocus an update on the project's progress, including their picks for the quirkiest and boldest ideas proposed to date.
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.
Speaker Christine Quinn spoke at Thursday's Council meeting. The Council voted unanimously to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act. Photo courtesy of William Alatriste for Gotham Gazette.
Jane C. Timm for Gotham Gazette  |  December 9, 2011 12:41 PM | 1 Comment
The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override a mayoral veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act on Friday — taking a stand against outsourcing and the mayor, too.
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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