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The Top 20 Public High Schools

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In many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application. NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. [&hellip
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Back to School, Not Just For Kids

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In New York, the options for learning are endless, even after you’ve aged out of traditional schools. For those who want to change careers or bolster their resumes without undertaking a full-time degree program, the city’s many prestigious universities offer an array of options. Often, these adult education offerings reflect the changing job market and [&hellip
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OP-ED: Love Means Never Having To Say ‘I’ll Do That For You!’

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by Beth Pereira In one of my favorite versions of a New Yorker-style cartoon by Aaron Bacall, a doctor scans a chest x-ray while a female patient waits patiently for the results. The caption reads some variation of “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart – but that is because you are [&hellip
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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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LETTER: The Menace of Helicopter Traffic

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A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine [&hellip
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OP-ED: People, Not Parties

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By Nick Di Iorio Earlier this summer, I sat on a bench in bustling Madison Square Park next to a big sign that read: “Meet a Republican Who Cares.” I greeted hundreds of passersby. Three people stopped to talk. All three were Republicans. It was discouraging. I wanted to meet Democrats, and I expected at [&hellip
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Tips For Preventing Falls Among Seniors

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The Speaker of the City Council teamed up with a nursing non-profit last week to help seniors prevent falls Last week, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and experts from VNSNY CHOICE, an affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, presented a free community health workshop on Falls Prevention for more than 100 [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

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Groups Propose Park Over the M.T.S. Activists on the Upper East Side have begun to rally behind an idea of transforming the design of the East 91st Street marine waste transfer station to accommodate more neighborhood demands, the Daily News reported. Groups who have fought against the transfer station would like to see the station [&hellip
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LETTER: In Favor of the Frick Expansion

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A reader writes in support of the East Side museum’s proposed plans By Ian Alterman, Upper West Side As a member of the West End Preservation Society, a former co-chair of the Community Board 7 Landmarks Committee, and a huge fan of the Frick, I have been watching with keen interest since news first broke [&hellip
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