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Celebrating Potter on the Eve of the Final Film's Premiere

Thursday, July 07, 2011

From books to the big screen, J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' franchise has permeated popular culture and transcended the boundaries of traditional entertainment. As American audiences prepare for the final Harry Potter film to open, we’ve compiled a short list of events around New York that celebrate the world of Harry Potter.

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Cooper-Hewitt Sets Record with Van Cleef Exhibition, Closes Doors for Renovations

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Diamonds may be forever, but this past weekend, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum ended its 20-week run of “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels.” Over 172,000 visitors passed through the exhibition, breaking the museum's record for previous attendance.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC with Pig Roasts, Urban Foraging, and Improv

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pig roasts, improv marathons, Revolutionary War tours and urban foraging. There's no shortage of things to do in the city this Independence Day weekend. Here's our shortlist of happenings around NYC.

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Investigators Question Credibility of Strauss-Kahn's Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is possibly on the verge of collapse this morning, according to an article from our partner The New York Times. The Times reports that the maid—who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her at a Manhattan hotel in May—may have lied about her asylum application, and may have been involved in drug dealing and money laundering. Strauss-Kahn is headed to court this morning, where his legal team is expected to ask for his bail conditions to be relaxed. 

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James Joyce Fans: Here's How To Celebrate Bloomsday in New York

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On Thursday, Joyce enthusiasts around the world will convene for Bloomsday, an annual celebration of the novelist and "Ulysses." Take a peek at a marathon at Symphony Space’s reading featuring more than 100 actors and all 18 episodes of Joyce's classic novel.

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Museum for African Art Postpones Opening to 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Museum for African Art announced on Tuesday it would delay the opening of its new building at Fifth Ave. and 110th St. to late 2012. The museum was scheduled to open this September.

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American Crafts Festival Celebrates 35 Years of Artistry

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tents have ben pitched at Lincoln Center Plaza for the American Crafts Festival, celebrating its 35 anniversary this weekend and next. Over 200,000 guests are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, which features the original, hand-crafted creations of 400 master artisans.

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Thousands Queue Up for BBQ at Barbecue Block Party

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This weekend, pitmasters from across the country will take on New York one grill at a time for the ninth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The event is intended to bring New Yorkers the best barbecue bites from across the country.

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Free for All: A Guide to Outdoor Summer Music Festivals in NYC

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Although some city slickers head for the hills during the summer — to the Hamptons, to Fire Island, to the Shore or to the Catskills — most music fans agree that New York City's outdoor summer concert fare can not be beat. Here are some of the myriad musical happenings we'll be at this summer.

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Met Museum Extends Hours for Alexander McQueen Exhibition

Thursday, June 02, 2011

McQueen fans will now have till Aug. 7 to check out the show. Visitors can also buy $50 tickets to see the exhibition on Mondays, when the museum is usually closed.

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NYC Parks: Picnics, Birdwatching and Biking in All the Five Boroughs

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The solstice may not officially ring in summer till June 21, but that's no reason to hold off on celebrating this week's warm weather with family and friends (and a nice pair of white pants, perhaps) in one of the city's free public parks. Here's our shortlist to the best.

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Where to Hit the Beach in New York City

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's time to stash the sleds and snowgear and dust off the boogie board: There's a beach in your borough in which you can lounge, slather on some sunblock and enjoy a good read. Don't forget to leave the cigarettes at home — city beaches are now smoke-free.

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WNYC's Guide to Outdoor Summer Film Festivals

Friday, May 27, 2011

“Top Gun” on the roof of the Intrepid. "The Brother from Another Planet" on the banks of the East River. "Ghostbusters" in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Nothing says summer like outdoor movies — and this year the city has a rich, diverse offering of free and low-cost flicks. Choose one from WNYC's interactive map here, then grab a friend, pack a picnic dinner and check out a film under the city stars.

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Comedy, Poems and Puppets at the Lower East Side Arts Festival

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Lower East Side returns to its swinging 1960's roots on Friday by hosting its 16th annual festival of music, poetry, puppets and dance. More than 100 artists will show work at the festival from Friday through Sunday. Check out images of festivals past here.

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Getting the Most Out of New York Book Week

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bookstores may be host to more handshaking than page-turning this week. That's because bigwigs from the publishing industry are in town this week for the BookExpo America trade show. For bookworms, that's good news -- it means free readings and events citywide. Here's a short list of New York Book Week events where you can show off your most impressive literary airs.

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Manhattan Rental Market: Prices Up, Vacancies Down

Friday, May 13, 2011

If you are out this weekend looking for an apartment to rent in Manhattan, your options could be limited. A recent report from Citi Habitats, the New York residential real estate agency, finds that the "tenant's market" of the last few years is fast disappearing.

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The Bicentennial of the Manhattan Street Grid

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Two hundred years ago, the island of Manhattan was a thriving port city with a rapidly growing population and scattered farms dotting much of the northern part of the island. But even then, city planners knew Manhattan could become one of the great cities in the world. And a great city deserves a great street grid. Today marks the 200th anniversary of that initiative.

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Transportation Nation

On The Grid -- For 200 Years

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Manhattan in 1847 (via Wikimedia Commons)

On this morning's Brian Lehrer Show: Happy 200th anniversary, Manhattan street grid! Tune in around 11:40am to hear Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, talk about the anniversary of the grid layout of streets in Manhattan. (For the NYC area, that's AM820 and FM 93.9. For everyone else, the show streams online at wnyc.org.)

For more on how the grid was built -- way back when Houston Street was called North Street -- listen here to a WNYC interview with New York University professor Hilary Ballon, who's curating an upcoming exhibit on the street design.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Happy Birthday Grid!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, talks about the anniversary of the grid layout of streets in Manhattan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Manhattan: Place of Inebriation

Monday, March 07, 2011

The origins of the name Manhattan are a murky business. Today, Leonard spoke to James and Karla Murray, who have set about documenting the varied store fronts of New York's rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop stores. As part of their book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, they include historical descriptions of New York's neighborhoods. In addition to the interesting tidbits and trivia (who knew that the Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery was still making yogurt with a culture brought over from Romania in the 1890s?), I was surprised to find out that the origins of present-day Manhattan could be traced to so many different words. Here's a sample of the few the Murrays named:

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