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Friday, June 21, 2013
Brooklyn's annual Mermaid Parade draws thousands of wacky, colorfully costumed revelers. The 2013 event was almost canceled after the parade's nonprofit sustained severe damage during Superstorm Sandy. But after a successful fundraising campaign, Coney Island's signature event has its sea legs back.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Six months after the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut is one of a handful of states that have passed tough new gun laws. Firearms manufacturers in at least two of those states are planning to move their operations elsewhere.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The small, highly selective college for artists, engineers and architects had been one of the last remaining tuition-free schools in the country. But in April, Cooper's board decided to begin charging tuition for most undergraduates. A rotating cast of students has now taken up residence in the president's office until the board agrees to reconsider.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has picked the state's attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg earlier this week. Chiesa says he will not seek the seat in a special election set for October. The choice is unlikely to please Republicans in Washington, who would like to hold the seat for more than five months.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
As hurricane season begins, New Yorkers are debating how to protect the city's 520 miles of coastline from major storms and rising sea levels. One camp favors giant offshore barriers to divert storm surge. The other says barriers are too expensive and too risky. They argue New York must learn to live with water by making streets, subways and buildings more resilient to flooding.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday. The decision means the state will have two statewide elections three weeks apart. NPR's Joel Rose reports.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Citi Bike, the country's largest urban bike-sharing system, will soon be rolling in New York City after almost a year of delays. The idea has worked elsewhere, including Paris, Washington, D.C., and Montreal. But critics wonder if it's safe to add tens of thousands of new cyclists to the crowded streets of New York.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A new documentary about writer George Plimpton uses its subject's own voice to tell the story of his career as a path-breaking "participatory journalist" and longtime editor of the Paris Review. The film also uses the voices of Plimpton's friends and colleagues to defend him against the charge of dilettantism that dogged him throughout his career. NPR's Joel Rose reports.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Authorities are revisiting a triple murder in the Boston suburb of Waltham. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev would sometimes spar at the same mixed martial arts gym where the victim worked as an instructor.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It's been one month since the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Prosecutors in New York have announced charges against eight men for their roles in a "massive 21st-century bank heist." The operation stole more than $45 million from ATMs around the world in a matter of hours. Prosecutors declined to comment on who organized the heist, or where the hackers may be located.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed on Tuesday that he secretly underwent weight loss surgery in February. Christie, who has struggled with his weight for 20 years, insists the decision was motivated by his family and not his political future.
Monday, May 06, 2013
While serving as governor of New York, William Seward received a Thomas Cole landscape painting as a gift for his work on the Erie Canal. Since then, its value has exploded and its caretakers are looking to sell. On Tuesday, Seward's great-great-grandson will be in court to try to stop them.
Monday, May 06, 2013
The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report on the Senate's immigration overhaul, and says it will cost the country more than $6 trillion. The influential conservative group issued a similar report that helped scuttle the 2007 immigration bill.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Six months after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of low-income New Yorkers are facing homelessness. They've been living in subsidized hotel rooms since the storm, but that funding is about to run out. Advocates say there isn't enough public and low-income housing to accommodate them all.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Americans love a political comeback. And voters seem increasingly willing to overlook infidelity scandals — at least that's what former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford are hoping as they set their sights on returning to public office. But former Governors Eliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevey are staying out of politics, at least so far.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In the wake of two high profile corruption arrests this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing laws that are supposed to make it easier to catch corrupt politicians. Good government groups say it might also help to take some of the money out of politics in New York — and other states too.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Every day, more than 600,000 thousand rail commuters navigate the crowded maze of tunnels and tracks that is Penn Station. Mass transit advocates would like to replace the aging station with a world-class transportation hub. But there's a big obstacle: Madison Square Garden, the arena that sits directly on top of Penn Station. And the Garden's owners show no signs of moving.