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Pierre Francillon NYC graffiti

He’s going to spell it out for you: art feeds young minds.

Pierre Francillon has a dream to fill the outer walls of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with building-sized flashcards to catch the eyes of the area’s fastest growing population: kids under 10. And with the help of a team of emerging and established artists, he hopes to have all 26 letters of the alphabet, each linked to a landmark or idea associated with the surroundings, glinting in the sunlight by mid-summer.

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City’s PoetweetNYC poetry contest begins today

By Metro New York, Mon, April 17, 2017

This one is for the subway writers. The city’s annual PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest, celebrating National Poetry Month, is open for submissions today at 9 a.m. through April 27 at 5 p.m. Contest winners and their poems, selected by mayoral first lady Chirlane McCray and a panel of four other judges, will appear here in Metro New York on Poem in Your Pocket Day—April 27.

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Black and white photos of Passover in Coney Island

By Metro New York, Fri, April 14, 2017

Hasidic Jews took to Coney Island beach and amusement park for part of the Passover holiday, which extends from April 10 to 18. The warm weather brought out many families with schools being closed and adults taking off from work for the religious observance. Coney Island has two amusement parks—Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park—as well as several rides that are not incorporated into either theme park.

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On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-in-the-nation program that provides free tuition to full-time college students whose families earn up to $125,000 a year, passed the state budget vote and will be phased in as early as fall of 2017. Although Cuomo had originally tried to include undocumented immigrants in the legislation, the program that passed the vote requires eligible students to be U.S. citizens, a permanent resident, or have refugee status. As such, the vote has disappointed some, including undocumented immigrants, part-time students, and experts concerned about how public and private universities will accommodate a new dynamic in admissions and financial aid.

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Open up that kitchen drawer stuffed with orange envelopes because New York City says its new parking ticket app will make it easier for motorists to pay their fines or dispute their violations. Called the NYC Parking Ticket Pay or Dispute app, it’s free to download. The app is expected to reduce fines from unpaid tickets while making it more likely people will pay, according to city officials.

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Yankee Stadium

Watching the Bronx Bombers play will be a totally new experience when Yankee Stadium reopens April 10 for the team’s first home game of 2017. After listening to feedback from fans, the ballpark has created new social areas to watch the game, less-expensive ticket options and a first-ever family zone. “Part of our intention was not just to cater to families but also all generations,” says Kevin Dart, vice president of ticket sales services and operations. “We wanted to make sure to cover all our bases.”

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Hitting the campaign trail with his dad might have Donald Trump Jr. eyeing the New York governor’s office. On Tuesday, Trump told members of the F6 Labs gun club in Hicksville, New York, that he “is interested in running for office, such as governor of New York,” an anonymous guest told Page Six. In July, Trump expressed interest in running against current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is up for reelection this year. But the source said, “the position of mayor of New York would be less interesting to him.”

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On any given Sunday, Jamila Hooker will be in her Harlem apartment with a magic marker in hand, making black swooping marks on postcards that she will mail to dozens, hundreds, thousands of people across the globe. All she wants in return is a photo of the recipient holding the postcard on which she scribed their name in a mysterious script—Arabic.

“Foreign Postcards” is Hooker’s ongoing artwork and social experiment that she conceived on a creative retreat in 2013. People sign up on her website, and when they email her their photo she adds it to her mosaics of participants demonstrating peace with a language that many people associate with fear, hate and danger.

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“Admit it you want to pet me” reads a sign hanging above a rather luxurious-looking cat-lounge. “I leap tall buildings in a single bound,” adorns a topmost cubby, garnished with a black and white cat.  If you want to kick it with some Instagram-worthy cuties this weekend, go no further than Manhattan’s new Pet Adoption Center that opened on Tuesday at 307 West Broadway. The state-of-the-art facility showcases adoptable animals from nine local and regional organizations, including the Animal Cares Centers of NYC (ACC) “in a gallery style setting.” They get the full treatment until they get new homes.

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Initial results from new testing for lead in New York City school water show potentially toxic contamination at dozens of schools. However, city officials insist that all unsafe water is taken off-line.

As a response to the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, the city announced in December that it would test and continue testing lead levels in all city schools. Since the city began releasing data on lead levels in city school’s drinking water in early March, parents have been receiving letters about tests results for their specific schools.

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De Blasio announces Rikers Island will close

By Metro New York, Mon, April 3, 2017

The Rikers Island jail complex will be closed, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday afternoon.

“New York City has always been better than Rikers Island. I am proud to chart a course for our city that lives up to this reality,” de Blasio said. “Our success in reducing crime and reforming our criminal justice system has paved a path off Rikers Island and toward community-based facilities capable of meeting our criminal justice goals.”

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Step right up to the Macy’s Flower Show! The 43rd annual event, open now through April 9, has created a literal carnival atmosphere inside the Herald Square department store. The classic Coney Island-style decor has 5,000 flowers blooming out of a giant carousel, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and even a mermaid horse from an undersea carousel.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping on trampolines among the treetops, get ready to face your fantasy. New York-based design firm Dror has unveiled its master plan for a new city park six miles north of Istanbul’s center that will bend the forest landscape with the world of your dreams. Featuring elevated walkways, art installations, aerial swings, hammocks, lush lounge areas and (of course) treetop trampolines—to name a few—Parkorman Istanbul promises to deliver a park experience like no other.

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7 things you need to keep your kitchen organized

By Metro New York, Wed, March 29, 2017

With spring cleaning in full swing, now is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen. If you’re stuck with crowded cupboards and messy countertops these items are inexpensive must-haves to take back control of your kitchen.

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The drumbeat for making the statue of Fearless Girl a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan continues. Over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bronze statue of the little girl staring down the Wall Street bull, which had been installed to celebrate International Women’s Day, will remain through February 2018. But that hasn’t satisfied several female elected officials, who have continued to insist the empowering symbol should remain forever.

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