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Transforming Manhattan, from the East Side

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We’ve all seen the sooty pictures of 19th century Manhattan. Much of that smog came from the elevated trains that dotted the city — steam-powered monoliths that churned out smoke, cinders and soot. That era ended in 1902, with the opening of the 74th Street Powerhouse, a critical step in helping the city transition from [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 24 Fridays at Noon: The Legacy of Jean Leon Destine 92nd Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St 12 p.m., $5 Considered the father of Haitian professional dance, Jean-Léon Destiné died earlier this year. Starting in the 1940s, he brought the traditional, folk and religious dances from his native Haiti to stages all over [&hellip
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Debating the Central Park Horses

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Last week’s coverage of the proposed ending of horse carriage rides sparked an avalanche of commentary Since their livelihoods depend on their horses, why would the drivers “mistreat” their horses? The horse-carriages are one of the icons that ARE New York. Who would take a carriage ride in Chicago, Peoria or Cleveland? There is a big [&hellip
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UN leader addresses East Side synagogue following trip to Auschwitz

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who recently returned from a trip to Auschwitz, joined Rabbi Arthur Schneier at Park East Synagogue’s annual U.N. Holocaust Commemoration Shabbat service on Jan. 18. The Secretary General spoke to the E. 67th Street congregation about his recent trip. “I stood on the ramp where the transport trains unloaded [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 17 Invitation to a Beheading Art Exhibition 118 East 64th Street 10 a.m., Free Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov’s 1935 novel and the inspiration for this exhibition, presents the bizarre tale of Cincinnatus C., who awaits the day of his execution for the crime of “gnostical turpitude,” a euphemistic term that refers [&hellip
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The Year Ahead

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Our editors gaze into the future of 2014 and discuss the major issues, for your neighborhood and for the city, in the year ahead. The De-Manhattanization of Politics De Blasio has vowed to turn his attention to the outer boroughs Up and Away Urban sprawl goes vertical, sparking new fights over air rights Rethinking the [&hellip
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Making your New Year’s resolutions stick

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Small, attainable goals are the key to success Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late [&hellip
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Best TV Narrative of 2013

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Why Blue’s webisodes rule Countering hipster perversity, Blue is not the warmest color in Rodrigo Garcia’s series on the women-centered YouTube channel WIGS. “Blue” is the moniker Julia Stiles’ Francine—single-mother accountant by day/escort by night—demands that family, coworkers and clients use to address her. Indeed, the name signifies her detachment in the sex trade and [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, Janaury 10 MexiBBQ Brings Blues Jam to the Upper East Side 1633 Second Avenue, at the corner of 85th Street 8:30 p.m., Free Hosted by John Putnam and Used Blues, a veteran band that has opened for legendary acts like John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt. In addition to watching the band, folks can [&hellip
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