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ESPO Paints 'Love Letter to Brooklyn' on Vintage Macy's Garage

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The renowned Philadelphia artist and sign painter Stephen Powers, who many know by his old tag name ESPO, is putting the finishing touches on a piece of monumental street art on the outside of an old Macy's parking garage in downtown Brooklyn.

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Activists Demand Gulnara Karimova's Fashion Show Be Shut Down

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

After Fashion Week cancelled Gulnara Karimova's show, there's word that the oldest daughter of the controversial leader of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, will relocate the catwalk to Cipriani restaurant. Activists plan to gather there on Thursday to protest Uzbek policies on child labor in the cotton industry.

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A Tour of NYC's Coolest and Oldest Graffiti

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Richard Hambleton retrospective at Phillips de Pury & Company is only on view through Tuesday. But there's still plenty of historic graffiti around town to cast your eye over. With the help of graffiti aficionada Katherine Lorimer (who snaps shots of street art as Luna Park), WNYC has created a tour of five of the coolest and oldest pieces of graffiti around town.

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Ben & Jerry's Unveils Newest Flavor: Schweddy Balls

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The name of the dessert is a reference to the irreverent Saturday Night Live sketch starring Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as hosts of the (fake) public radio show "The Delicious Dish." Alec Baldwin plays Pete Schweddy, the owner of Season’s Eatings Bakery. (Check out a video of the sketch here.)

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Museum of City of New York to Acquire Seaport Museum

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has given the Museum of the City of New York a $2 million grant for the acquisition.

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Look | Designers Trick Out Bikes for Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

On Wednesday, 30 designers showed off bicycles they made for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off on Thursday. Check out a slideshow of the blinged out wheels here.

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Beloved Cow Aggie Dies at Prospect Park Zoo

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

"Aggie will be greatly missed,” said Denise McClean, the director of the Prospect Park Zoo. “People grew up visiting her and came back to the zoo to see her through the years. She had a big personality and loved the attention."

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Look | Brooklyn's West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade

Monday, September 05, 2011

The 2011 West Indian American Day Carnival parade made its way up Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on Monday. The carnival, which is the city's annual celebration of Caribbean culture, brought about 2 million people to the borough. Check out photos of the parade here.

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New Lamb 'Irene Hope' Born at Central Park Zoo

Friday, September 02, 2011

While Tropical Storm Irene was churning up the East Coast, a surprising thing happened. A new lamb was born in a stable in the Central Park Zoo. According to the zoo, it is rare for a lamb to be born at this time of year.

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Farms Struggle to Assess Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene officially left the area on Sunday. But farmers, like Cheryl Rogowski, who owns a 150-acre farm in Orange County, are just beginning to assess the damage that the storm has wrought on their crops.

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Something Sweet for Eid ul-Fitr

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Muslims begin celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, on Tuesday. Traditionally, that means eating something sweet as soon as you wake up to acknowledge that the month of fasting is over. To commemorate this festive three-day holiday, here's a slideshow of sweet foods to eat during Eid.

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Broadway, Museums, Parks, Casinos Re-Open After Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Broadway theaters, museums and parks in New York are back open on Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced them to shut down over the weekend. The U.S. Open started on Monday, as planned. Casinos are also back open in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Top 5 Flicks to Watch During Hurricane Irene

Saturday, August 27, 2011

This weekend's hurricane is a great time to get cozy on the couch with some hot chocolate (or a hurricane cocktail) and your remote control. But rather than watch old "Law and Order" reruns, why not check out one of our favorite stormy weather movies? Here's a shortlist.

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Museums, Markets, Broadway Shut Down by Hurricane Irene

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hundreds of public events — including street fairs, concerts, block parties, farmers' markets, sporting events and museum shows — that were planned for this weekend in the Tri-State Area have been cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. Here's our list of cancellations.

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The Dark and Stormy Mixtape

Friday, August 26, 2011

East Coast residents are battening down the hatches to prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here are some songs to pass the time if the rain doesn't wash you (and your laptop) away this weekend.

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Cyndi Lauper Opens Housing for LGBT Youth

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Next month, Cyndi Lauper's 1986 hit "True Colors" takes on new meaning when the True Colors Residence for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) youth opens in Harlem on September 1. The shelter will be the first permanent housing facility in New York for homeless L.G.B.T. youth.

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Remembering Motown Songwriter and R&B Artist Nick Ashford

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford, who wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman" and "Solid" with his wife Valerie Simpson, died on Monday after a battle with throat cancer, according to his publicist. He was 70 years old. Watch classic Ashford & Simpson videos here.

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As Racial Tensions Fade, Memory of Crown Heights Riots Lives on 20 Years Later

Friday, August 19, 2011

Menachem Shagalow was just a thirtysomething recent immigrant from Israel when he stumbled home bloodied from the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago Friday, a violent event that is seared into his memory and ripped at the fabric of race relations in the city.

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New Brooklyn Writers Join Old Hands at Fort Greene Park Lit Fest

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On Saturday, some 30 young writers will read poetry and fiction alongside well-known Brooklyn writers at Fort Greene Park's monument. The younger set, aged 7 to 17, has worked with the New York Writers Coalition on honing their creative writing chops this summer. Listen to their poems here.

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Celebrities Get in on the Game at the US Open

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Will Ferrell, Taio Cruz and Carmelo Anthony are among the stars who will participate in this year's U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The grand slam will also include 9/11 tributes from Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper.

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