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Inside the New Times Square: A Look at Prostitution on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens

Monday, August 15, 2011

For decades, prostitution has plagued the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Corona in western Queens – with some authorities dubbing the area the new Times Square.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weprin for NY-9

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Democratic candidate David Weprin discusses his campaign to replace Anthony Weiner for the congressional seat representing NY-9 and what he would do if elected to Congress.

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Long Island City Bakery Receives $1.1 Million in IDA Tax Breaks

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Long Island City, Queens wholesale bakery Pain D'Avignon will now have a lot more dough on its hands — and not just the kind it uses for its famous artisanal bread.

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City Heatwave Causes Air Conditioner Shortage at Retail Stores

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An air conditioning unit has lately been the hottest -- or coolest -- commodity around town. But to the dismay of many overheated residents looking to buy or replace a broken AC unit, they've all but sold out in area retail stores.

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Latino Cultural Festival Celebrates Diversity in Queens

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Chase Latino Cultural Festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Now in its 15th year, the festival will have spoken word, music, dance, theater and film tailored to celebrate the city's most diverse borough.

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Features

Queens College Acquires Online Islamic Art

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Queens college recently announced it would take ownership of an online Islamic art online museum, thanks to donations from the London-based shopping mall magnate Nasser Khalili and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

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Features

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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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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Features

Oldest Synagogue in Queens Gets a Much-Needed Restoration

Monday, June 27, 2011

The oldest surviving synagogue in Queens is about to get a major facelift. Work has begun on the restoration of the 100-year-old Tifereth Israel temple in Corona thanks to a major grant from the city and the efforts of preservation groups around the city.

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Features

Concession Confessions: Eating Like a King at Rockaway Beach in Queens

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's time to disregard your mother's advice about waiting 30 minutes between eating and swimming. Because at that rate, you may never take a dip in the ocean at Rockaway Beach in Queens. This summer, the boardwalk offers a new all-star lineup of gourmet eats for beach-going epicures. Check out a slideshow of new eats here.

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WNYC News

Weiner's Constituents Mull Congressman's Next Steps

Monday, June 13, 2011

Democratic party leaders are calling on congressman Anthony Weiner to resign, and many of his constituents are beginning to think that's the inevitable outcome of his sexting scandal. 

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WNYC News

Should He Stay Or Go? Weiner Constituents Mixed

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Protesters gathered in front of Congressman Anthony Weiner's Kew Gardens office on Sunday called for his resignation in the wake of the sexting scandal in which the Congressman is currently embroiled. But as they chanted, Weiner supporters quickly came to his defense, calling on the seven-term Congressman to complete his term.

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Features

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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Features

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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Features

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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Features

Mark di Suvero Sculptures Loom Large on Governors Island

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Starting Friday, 11 monumental steel works by the New York Abstract Expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero will be up on the former military base grounds — some of which have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit is the largest outdoor show of di Suvero's work to be in shown in New York City since 1975.

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At Mexican Sonidero Parties, It's About the Music and the Message

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recent census data reveals that the Mexican population in New York City has increased by 71 percent in the last decade. That means a lot more cumbia sonidero parties will be happening in community centers and banquet halls across the city's boroughs.

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In Astoria, Museum of the Moving Image Hosts Late-Night Party

Monday, May 09, 2011

WNYC

This past Saturday, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens transformed its space into a playground of audiovisual stimulation. Check out what the party looked like here.

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Transportation Nation

NY's MTA Votes to Cut Ties With Long Island Bus

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) After running Long Island Bus for nearly 40 years, the MTA voted Wednesday to end its contract with Nassau County to provide the service.

The agency said it made the move because it has had to cover an increasingly large share of the costs, and it will cease responsibility for the bus service by the end of the calendar year.

The MTA and Nassau County had been negotiating for months about how much the county should contribute to the MTA. On Wednesday, the MTA board said it wanted to give Nassau County as much lead time as possible — in this case, eight months — to prepare to assume responsibility for Long Island Bus.

"To take care of the riders of Nassau County, the MTA has provided $140 million, which has not been provided to the riders of Suffolk County, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Orange County, Putnam County and the City of New York for the bus systems that we took over," said board member and Suffolk County resident Mitchell Pally.

"I think it's clear to say that the only people who have been protecting the riders for the last 10 years in Nassau County is this board, not Nassau County."

But Nassau County executive Edward Mangano took issue with the MTA's decision — as well as with who owes whom.

"It's a sad day in America when a government agency such as the MTA chooses to maintain its bloated bureaucracy over the services it is charged to provide its residents," he said in a statement released Wednesday. "Because the MTA has failed taxpayers time and time again, Nassau County will move forward with a public-private partnership that maintains bus service without demanding an additional $26 million from taxpayers. ... The MTA's monopoly over transportation in Nassau County ends now."

A spokesperson from Mangano's office said that plans for privatization of Long Island Bus are underway. A committee is reviewing bids from three private companies and is expected to provide a recommendation to the county executive by May 15.

Any recommendation would then have to be approved by the state legislature. The spokesman said that a new operator will be in place by January first.

Long Island Bus carries about 95,720 383,000 riders each weekday and serves 48 routes.

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Features

Tribeca Film Festival: 'Roadie'

Friday, April 22, 2011

WNYC

The WNYC Culture team asked five New York filmmakers showing their work at this year's Tribeca Film Festival five questions about their life and work. Click here to see our interview with Manhattan director Michael Cuesta, director of "Roadie."

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