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Subway performers have a chance to play to an audience of millions around the world thanks to a concert series hosted by the real-time broadcasting app Live.meLive.me has more than 35 million users across the globe, according to Claudie Chen, content and operations manager for the app — that’s about four times the population of all five boroughs.

This week, performers will set up in five different subway stations throughout the city, streaming their shows live through the app for what Chen and her team say is a unique opportunity to reach a large, global audience.

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NYC pedestrian deaths hit an an all-time low in 2017

By Metro New York, Tue, January 9, 2018

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As traffic fatalities across the country have increased more than 13 percent in recent years, New York City has bucked the trend four years running, with a 32 percent drop in 2017, the lowest number in more than 100 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

Under the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative, fatalities have dropped 28 percent since 2013, with pedestrian deaths seeing a 45 percent decline, the lowest numbers since the city began tracking such data in 1910.

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Round two of Penn Station track work begins today

By Metro New York, Fri, January 5, 2018

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Amtrak workers setting concrete on track 10 at Penn Station this summer, image via Amtrak

The winter round of repair work at Penn Station is slated to begin as scheduled on Friday, which means that changes are coming Monday for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit passengers, though most of the work will be done on weekends.

This round is expected to end May 28 and will focus on Tracks 15 and 18. Work includes concrete demolition, rail renewal and replacing three turnouts that direct Amtrak and LIRR trains heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

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New York City’s most popular museum The Met will charge its longtime pay-what-you-wish admission policy for some visitors. Beginning March 1, visitors from outside New York state will have to pay the full $25 admission price to get into any of the three Metropolitan Museum of Art locations. That includes its main Museum Mile building, the modern art-focused Met Breuer and the medieval Met Cloisters in Washington Heights.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City’s Security Infrastructure Working Group making the announcement at the Times Square pedestrian plaza. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

In an effort to better prevent vehicular terror attacks in New York City, officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to add 1,500 permanent bollards, or barriers, in high-profile areas. “These bollards will make sure vehicles can never come into places where pedestrians are,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference in Times Square.

The $50 million initiative unveiled Tuesday will initially provide temporary bollards to high-profile areas such as Times Square, with the installation of permanent fixtures starting in March. The full citywide installation is slated to be completed “over the next few years,” city officials said.

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NYC to stay below-freezing until at least Monday

By Metro New York, Tue, January 2, 2018

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If you’re already over the bitterly cold weather that accompanied the dawn of 2018, you may want to brace yourself. It’s going to be here for at least the next seven days.

According to the National Weather Service, below-freezing temperatures are expected to remain throughout the New York City region until Monday, when we should see a high near 40, which will likely feel downright balmy after what’s expected for the rest of this week.

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The #MeToo “silence breakers” have the designation of being Time magazine’s most influential “person” of 2017, and now, the movement’s founder, Tarana Burke, will usher in the new year live from Times Square.

Burke, who began the Me Too movement a decade ago, will push the ceremonial Waterford crystal button to signal the ball drop, which officially begins the 60-second countdown to 2018, Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, announced Monday.

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The New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room, via ponafotkas/Flickr

New York City, you’re a woke town according to the public library’s year-end tally of popular books. “Between the World and Me,” the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was the most checked-out book of 2017 after debuting at No. 2 last year.

The social justice theme holds for several more entries on the list. At No. 2 was Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” while “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance landed at No. 3. More than 30 years after its original release, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” climbed the charts up to No. 9, while another older book that saw a surge was George Orwell’s “1984,” which was also adapted for Broadway this year.

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When you’re hungry in New York City, there’s no short supply of eateries, from the corner bodega for a quick sandwich to the Michelin-rated restaurants revered worldwide.

Unfortunately, those options may not actually be accessible to everybody living here, whether high-end restaurants just aren’t in your budget or if you’re one of the 1.3 million New York City residents struggling with food insecurity. But now, one New York City-based company has a solution.

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New York City added a record number of protected bike lanes this year, breaking the previous record of 18 miles set in 2016 and nearly doubling the number installed in 2015, the Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. This year saw a 25-mile expansion of the bike network that runs throughout the city for nearly 1,200 miles. Two-thirds of the new mileage was in the outer boroughs.

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