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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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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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Petition started to force Melania Trump out of NYC

By Metro New York, Mon, March 27, 2017

Fed up with the price of protecting the first lady in her ritzy Manhattan high-rise, taxpayers are urging members of the Senate to force Melania Trump to relocate. Security for Trump and 10-year-old Barron, who currently reside in the president’s Trump Tower, costs an average about   $136,000 daily, according to the NYPD. By June—when mother and son are rumored to join President Donald Trump in the White House once Barron finishes his school year—security expenditures could total around $18.2 million. If they don’t move to D.C., which has been rumored, taxpayers will have paid $46.9 million by the end of the year. As a result, there is a petition is gaining steam on Change.org to give them the boot now. As of Monday morning, more than 44,000 individuals have shown support.

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Amtrak will soon offer more weekend service options between Boston and New York, the railroad company announced Thursday. Those who take Amtrak’s Acela Express service will have more departure times to choose from on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, beginning April 8. For Saturdays, the first Amtrak Acela train will leave Boston’s South Station at 6:10 a.m., reaching New York at 9:45 a.m., according to Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert.

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Signed into law Tuesday, the program dedicates 600 vehicle spaces—300 on-street and 300 off-street—throughout the five boroughs to companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go and Hertz. It is intended to encourage car-sharing in order to reduce the number of privately-owned vehicles in the city, thereby easing pollution and traffic.

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Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday, a family spokesman said. He was 101.

One of the few remaining links to the “gilded” era of robber barons, he was the son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., who developed New York’s Rockefeller Center, and was the last living grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the family dynasty. He also embodied an era when globe-trotting bank chiefs worked with the world’s most powerful politicians.

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There is a movement afoot to make permanent a bronze statue of a little girl staring down a bronze statue of a very large charging bull in the Financial District. In addition to two online petitions, local elected officials are also pushing to keep the work in place. The 50-inch “Fearless Girl,” which now has its own Twitter page and hashtag, was installed on March 7, to coincide with International Women’s Day. It was commissioned by asset management company State Street Global Advisors in an effort to address the need for more women on corporate boards.

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We all have our favorite neighborhood bars, after-work bars and fancy bars. But when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, it’s all about finding a proper Irish bar and the right crowd to celebrate with. Ride-sharing company Lyft just released their driver data (based on pick-ups and drop-offs) on where the action is on St. Patty’s. The busiest neighborhoods are no surprise—Murray Hill, Lower East Side, East Village and Williamsburg—while the most popular bars are a mix of well-known tourist spots and neighborhood gems.

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Even on the sunniest day, a dark cloud lingers. It is the veil of exhaust and stench of garbage that hovers over northern Bushwick. Osiris Arias and his wife, Marina, have endured it since they moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood in 1995, and it has only gotten worse, they say. The source of their problem stands a few hundred feet from their home: a waste transfer station.

Three neighborhoods in three boroughs take in nearly 80 percent of the city’s trash, about 40,000 tons a day. They are located in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and North Brooklyn. There are no waste transfer stations in Manhattan, despite the fact that the borough produces 40 percent of the city’s garbage.

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Brooklyn’s own restaurant week is back to help you make budget-friendly discoveries of new hidden gems or try a popular hotspot. Dine in Brooklyn returns Monday, March 20, through Thursday, March 30, with three ways to save on meals. Take a leisurely two-course lunch that’ll set you back just $15, or seem like a high roller by treating bae to a three-course dinner for $28 (per person), and make a date for weekend brunch for only $12.

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Foreclosure prevention programs face budget crisis

By Metro New York, Tue, March 14, 2017

Leon Keith nearly lost his three-family home in the Bronx in 2012, after becoming ensnared in a high-profile Ponzi scheme. He credits the foreclosure prevention services operated by the Legal Aid Society helping him in court and in obtaining a loan modification that enabled him to pay his mortgage. “They [Legal Aid] stuck to a plan and never gave up,” said Keith a 72-year-old retired postal worker. “They said they wouldn’t abandon me if I wanted to keep fighting…and, eventually, we all came to an amiable agreement.” But now the network of foreclosure prevention programs that helped Keith faces a financial crisis of its own. Funding for the services will end on September 30.

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Think you could’ve helped unite the United States? You can try your hand at informal diplomacy by taking a seat at first lady Dolley Madison’s dinner table — which has gotten some 21st-century updates. The interactive table is the showpiece of Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibit of the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming Center for Women’s History, a first-ever museum and educational center dedicated exclusively to women’s role and contributions.

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Fine arts require fine drinks, and The Met now has a tea house worthy of sharing its historic halls. Tea Drunk at The Met, an outpost of the East Village’s popular Chinese teahouse, is now open on the balcony overlooking the museum’s Great Hall. Surrounded by antique Asian ceramics (a preview of the new exhibit Age of Empires coming next month), you can take part in an authentic Gong Fu-style tea ceremony, a delicate ritual that emerged in medieval China over 1,000 years ago.

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When master chocolatier Jacques Torres announced he was bringing a chocolate museum to Manhattan, we had our doubts. Last summer’s Museum of Ice Cream was an interactive art gallery rather than a historic exploration of the frozen treat, while the Museum of Feelings was little more than a pine-scented Instagram funhouse. Turns out you can be educational and delicious. Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience is now open inside Torres’ 350 Hudson Street shop in Soho. Six months in the making, the museum takes visitors through the origins of chocolate and how it’s made.

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A Japanese zen garden is coming to Grand Central

By Metro New York, Wed, March 8, 2017

Whenever there’s a chance for a moment of peace in this city, New Yorkers know to take it. This week, Grand Central is making your commute a little less stressful with a pop-up Japanese zen garden in Vanderbilt Hall, part of the station’s annual Japan Week taking place March 8-10.

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When art meets science and technology, kids do more than just learn—they’re inspired to think in new ways. That’s the premise of ARTech, a free indoor science and technology-themed playground open now through April 29 at 451-459 West 14th Street. Created in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and New York Hall of Science, the two month-long pop-up of interactive activities, installations and workshops aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers and engineers ages four and up.

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NYC Food Truck Fest hits the streets March 12

By Metro New York, Fri, March 3, 2017

It’s not even officially spring yet (that’ll be March 20) but the food trucks are already circling. NYC Food Truck Festival will be first out of the gate on March 12, organized by the Upper West Side’s excellent weekend flea market Grand Bazaar NYC. Eighteen food trucks including Gorilla Cheese, Neapolitan Pizza and Big D’s Grub Truck will join more than 100 vendors at 100 W. 77th St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the menu are lobster sandwiches, empanadas, stuffed French toast and barbecue.

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