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In the Shadow of the Billionaires

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New luxury apartments along Central Park stir old debates Living near Central Park has never been for the weak of wallet. But a gaggle of new, ultra-expensive apartment buildings opening on the south end of the park has rekindled long-simmering debates about the affordability of Manhattan and the role the park plays in the life [&hellip
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The Newcomer on the East Side

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Kallos arrives, with a technology focus Ben Kallos will be sworn in to the City Council this week, taking Jessica Lappin’s seat representing a broad swath of the Upper East Side, Midtown East and Roosevelt Island. His victory in the race was a surprise – he was running against current Assembly Member Micah Kellner, who [&hellip
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Step away from the cheese dip

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Holiday parties are opportunities for healthful eating — if you know where to look Holiday parties and dinners can throw off your healthy lifestyle goals. For many of us, more than half of annual weight gain occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Some studies say the average American puts on up to 5 to 7 [&hellip
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Recycled Christmas Trees Become Mulch, Dunes & Lumber

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Thousands of used trees end up helping the environment It’s one of America’s great recycling success stories: Every year, hundreds of thousands of discarded Christmas trees are collected and reused. New York City’s Department of Sanitation collects about 150,000 trees each year and mulches them in a joint program with the Parks Department. The mulch [&hellip
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Out & About

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Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys & Childhood in the 19th-Century Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street 11-4 p.m., $8; $7 students; Free seniors & children under 12 View popular toys of the 19th century and explore what they can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. [&hellip
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A Call for a National Women’s History Museum

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Currently, in the nation’s Capital, there’s an Air and Space Museum, a Spy Museum, a Textile Museum, a National Postal Museum, even a Crime and Punishment Museum. But there is no national museum that tells the full story of the amazing, brilliant, courageous, innovative and sometimes defiant women who have helped to shape our history [&hellip
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What to Do With Your Tree

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The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees. Collections will take place beginning on Monday, December 30 through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period. DSNY asks residents to remove [&hellip
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Re: Ask Margaret: how do I get an illegal business evicted from a rent-stabilized apartment?

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Margaret, your answer is so Bill De Blasio I can’t believe it. Assuming the rent stabilized tenant’s non-conforming use is actually unknown to the landlord, wouldn’t it be fair for the landlord to be able to earn a proper return on the apartment, rather than subsidizing another undeserving rent stabilized tenant? If he could earn [&hellip
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