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National Tap Day Marked

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sunday was National Tap Day, so tap dancers and their admirers gathered around the US to celebrate the American dance form.

Here in New York, top-hat wearing tappers in sequins remembered tap dancer Jimmy Slyde. Slyde’s career spanned almost six decades. He was known for his trademark tap technique where ...

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NYPD Consults on Nat'l Conventions

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WNYC has learned that the Police Department has been consulting with the two cities slated to host this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Organizers for this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions are studying how police and protesters handled the 2004 RNC here in New York, as well as ...

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Council Members Vow to Oppose Bloomberg School Budget Cuts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More than 20 council members say they will oppose the Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget if he does not restore more than $400 million in school cuts.

At yet another large rally at City Hall, elected officials came together with education activists and parents to protest the cuts. Brooklyn Councilman Bill ...

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Crowds Gather For "Sex and the City" Premiere

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time to break out your martini shaker, eat a Magnolia cupcake and slip on your Manolo Blahnick's - the "Sex and the City" movie has finally hit the theaters.

Though Manhattan residents have been tripping over the film set for months, an international crowd packed the streets surrounding Radio City ...

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Customs Officers Arrested in Drug Probe

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two New York-based Customs and Border Protection officers are among seven people charged in a federal drug probe.

Prosecutors say the group imported hashish and other drugs and contraband into the US through JFK. Those arrested include a Customs supervisor who allegedly accepted and solicited bribes to permit contraband to pass ...

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Ikea Comes to Red Hook

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In three weeks time, the Swedish furniture giant Ikea will open its first store ever in New York City. Though millions of New Yorkers know Ikea from trips to outlets in the suburbs outside of New York, WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports that this store will be different.

REPORTER: Every Ikea ever ...

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Local Lawmakers Campaign in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

As the Democratic presidential nominating contest enters its final days, a group of New York City lawmakers are traveling to Puerto Rico to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Though the delegate math makes it all but impossible for Senator Clinton to win the nomination, Congresswoman Nydia Velezquez, Assemblyman Jose Rivera and ...

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Verizon's TV Service Comes to NYC

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Watch out Time Warner and Cablevision, millions of customers will soon have a new option for cable TV in New York.

A city board unanimously approved Verizon's bid to get in the game. The phone giant will soon begin a massive project to make cable and high-speed Internet available to all ...

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Board Approves Verizon Plan to Expand Network Citywide

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It'll take years and cost billions, but Verizon plans to make cable TV available to every city household by 2014.

A city board unanimously approved an agreement with the telecommunications giant allowing it to extend its fiber optic network throughout New York.

The city will collect a 5 percent fee on Verizon's ...

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Klein Faces Tough Budget Questions

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was grilled over proposed school budget cuts at a fractious City Council hearing, where at one point dozens of audience members were escorted out for interrupting the meeting.

Many of the council members criticized Klein for lobbying Albany to change the law to lift restrictions that regulates ...

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Report: More Checks Needed on Imports

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In a report released today, the Government Accountability Office concludes that there are not sufficient guarantees that importers are meeting voluntary security standards.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security launched a Customs Trade partnership that has enrolled 8,000 companies from around the world. By joining ...

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Environmental Control Board Set for Overhaul

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The city's Environmental Control Board is set to get an overhaul.

The ECB deals with quality of life infractions in the five boroughs — some 700,000 cases a year.

A bill introduced today aims to streamline and modernize operations.

Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, says ...

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Construction Group Reaches Out to Veterans

Monday, May 26, 2008

Just in time for Memorial Day, a national organization is reaching out to New York's veterans.

The group "Helmets to Hardhats" connects National Guard Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with careers in the construction industry. Since its creation 26 states, including New York, have established programs that make it easier ...

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Water Main Break Fixed After 22 Hours

Monday, May 26, 2008

After 22 hours spewing water, a water main break in the West Village was fixed by 10pm Sunday night.

The city spends $300 million a year to restore water mains. Still, Department of Environmental Protection First Deputy Commissioner Steven Lawitts says it's challenging to maintain the aging system.

LAWITTS: Many of the ...

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NJ's National Guard Prepares for Iraq

Monday, May 26, 2008

This Memorial Day, the region and the nation honor those killed in combat. For thousands of New Jersey families, this year's holiday is especially poignant.

Next month, half of New Jersey's National Guard will head to Fort Bliss Texas and then, two months later, on to Iraq. The deployment of 4,000 ...

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument Renovated

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive got a fresh look today.

New benches, lighting and fresh landscaping were part of the $1 million renovation of the monument's plaza. The makeover started last October with funding from Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Mayor Bloomberg.

To mark Memorial Day, a group marched from ...

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Queens Politicians Want Increased Police Presence

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Elected officials from Queens are asking for help from the NYPD after five people on a busy neighborhood thoroughfare were shot in broad daylight Saturday afternoon. The five were gunned down on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. Apparently one person was the intended target, and the other four victims were ...

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Dept. of Ed Releases List of School Cuts

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Department of Education has released a list of the projected budget cuts for all New York city public schools. In the past week, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has requested that state legislators lift restrictions that limit how the city distributes state education funding.

Klein says he wants to have an ...

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Four Manhattan Buildings Bring Record Price

Sunday, May 25, 2008

In one of the biggest deals ever for New York City office space, a real estate investment group has agreed to pay $3.95 billion for four Manhattan office towers, including the landmark General Motors building on Fifth Avenue.

The deal was announced Saturday by Boston Properties, a publicly traded company led ...

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Cruise Ship Hits West Side Pier

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A cruise ship hit and damaged a Manhattan pier Sunday morning, but no one was hurt. The city Buildings Department says the accident damaged beams supporting upper-level parking lots at Pier 90 on the Hudson River. But the agency says there's no danger of a collapse. Officials say the ship ...

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