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Gingerbread Lane

Photo via Anne Ruthmann/Flickr

Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science in Queens holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for largest gingerbread village in the world, and creator Jon Lovitch keeps breaking his own best every year. The number of houses is up to 1,320 this year, from 1,251 last year, spread over more than 500 square feet (about the size of a New York City studio apartment).

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Here’s what you need to know to prepare for Santacon 2017

By Metro New York, Fri, December 1, 2017

Photo via Anthony Quintano/Flickr

Whether you would put the unofficial New York City holiday decidedly in the naughty or nice category, SantaCon 2017 is almost upon us and city residents should get prepared.

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With other bikeshares champing at the bit to get their wheels on the ground in Citi Bike’s exclusive territory in New York City, the Department of Transportation appears open to adding dockless options for cyclists. “DOT is evaluating the viability of the newest bike-sharing technology in order to expand the system,” the agency said in a statement. “This includes meeting with the industry, though our immediate focus remains on the continued expansion of (Citi Bike’s) Phase II, which is ongoing.”

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A guide to 2017’s holiday window displays in NYC

By Metro New York, Tue, November 28, 2017

Last year’s window display at Saks Fifth Avenue, photo by Matt Kieffer/Flickr

One of New York City’s best-loved holiday traditions is the over-the-top holiday windows that glitter like larger-than-life ornaments. Department stores spend up to 10 months crafting, decorating and adding high-tech magic to displays that celebrate the city, bring beloved holiday stories to life or find enchanting ways to showcase their seasonal collections.

Most of the windows are located along Fifth Avenue from 38th to 58th streets, except for Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and the two Barneys stores. Most are on view through Jan. 1, 2018, and we’ve got your guide to the best displays.

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Macy’s is requiring reservations to visit Santa

By Metro New York, Mon, November 27, 2017

Photo via Macy’s

For years, kids (and adults) of all ages have looked forward to telling their Christmas wishes to Santa at Macy’s Santaland. But starting Monday, they’ll need to make a reservation to see Jolly Old Saint Nick on the eighth floor. “Santa’s a popular guy, so the wait times to meet him have been quite long in previous years, especially on our busiest days,” Macy’s wrote on its Santaland website. “The new reservation system is designed to minimize this by scheduling visitors to join the line at a time of your choice, allowing for the best possible holiday experience.”

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Mayor de Blasio releases four-year financial plan

By Metro New York, Wed, November 22, 2017

Photo via Office of the Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio released New York City’s November Financial Plan Update for fiscal year 2018 and an updated four-year financial plan on Tuesday. City spending, which increased by $47 million in fiscal year 2018 and $59 million in fiscal year 2019, is entirely offset by $234 million in new savings this fiscal year and $238 million of new savings and $123 million in pension savings next. New savings include debt service savings, health care savings, and agency adjustments. The vast majority of growth in the budget, which is now $85.99 billion in fiscal year 2018, is due to increases in federal funding for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and homeland security grants.

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Just about every New Yorker has been there, stranded on a subway platform or train with their anger mounting at yet another delay. Now, Riders Alliance is encouraging those straphangers to make their frustrated voices heard all the way to Albany.

The grassroots transit advocacy group on Monday began distributing thousands of its Subway Delay Action Kits to show New Yorkers how they, too, can become transit activists.

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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo’s office

Is Queens NYC Council member Eric Ulrich’s idea of extending the Second Avenue subway via the Atlantic Brooklyn Long Island Rail Road branch connecting with the abandoned Queens LIRR Rockaway Beach line, on to the Rockaways unrealistic?

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Mayor Bill de Blasio officially began the process of shuttering Rikers Island on Thursday by issuing a request for proposal to develop an action plan to close the controversial jail complex and find alternate solutions.

“We have a moral obligation to close down Rikers Island and transition to a smaller, safer and fairer jail system,” the mayor said. “To make that a reality, we’ll be looking at where we can create more off-island space by expanding existing buildings or finding new sites and maintaining an honest dialogue with communities and elected officials.

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Your guide to this year’s Macy’s Christmas Windows

By Metro New York, Thu, November 16, 2017

Photo via Macy’s

On Thursday, November 16, get ready to be wowed by Macy’s Christmas windows at Herald Square. Each year, Macy’s kicks off the holiday season by unveiling its iconic and magical Christmas window display for everyone to enjoy. During peak hours, the Herald Square location can have more than 10,000 people pass the windows.

The theme this year is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together” and each window will focus on the joy of sharing holiday festivities with friends and family.

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