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Affordable Art Fair makes original works accessible

Affordable Art Fair makes original works accessible
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Now in its 16th year the Affordable Art Fair opened its doors at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea from September 28 through October 2 to aspiring and established art enthusiasts and collectors featuring 500 artists.


Manhattan Plaza Block Sale puts community over profit  

Manhattan Plaza Block Sale puts community over profit  
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Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association held its sixth annual Block Sale in Hell’s Kitchen.


New York’s food first responders

New York's food first responders
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The Detectives Endowment Association canteen truck is among the first to respond to a crisis in New York City, helping to support the servicemen and women who support New York City.


City educators face challenges working with New York’s most vulnerable youth

City educators face challenges working with New York's most vulnerable youth
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Educators who work with homeless, trafficked, or exploited youth face daily challenges that extend far beyond the classroom.


Comic Con proves it’s ‘hip to be square’

Comic Con proves it's 'hip to be square'
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This year’s New York Comic Con attracted its largest crowd ever, furthering the evidence that society has become more accepting of “nerds.”


New park to generate revenue, while detractors question cost

New park to generate revenue, while detractors question cost
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The Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District is inching closer to acquiring a sole source license for park commerce, but not everyone in the community is happy.


Local law calls for more information about school safety policies

Local law calls for more information about school safety policies
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A local law requiring the New York Police Department and Department of Education to provide information about school safety policies – including the number of metal detectors in schools – was signed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Oct. 13.


Schools with computer science blaze trail ahead of city’s plan

Schools with computer science blaze trail ahead of city's plan
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In mid-September, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to bring computer science education to all of the city’s public schools within the next 10 years. Computer science, the study of how computers and their programs are created, is a complex subject, but an integral one as the worldwide economy becomes increasingly […]


Chelsea street fair struggles to stay afloat

Chelsea street fair struggles to stay afloat
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The London Terrace, a historic pre-war apartment complex in West Chelsea, hosted its 23rd annual street fair in late September. Although the fair is beloved by the community, it is struggling to stay afloat because of city-mandated fees for street fair organizers.


Elevator upgrades at 57th Street station entrance moved to 55th Street

Elevator upgrades at 57th Street station entrance moved to 55th Street
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The MTA’s long-awaited plans to install elevators at 57th Street station have begun, to the relief of wheelchair-bound passengers.


Justice Center and neighborhood organizations shine light on financial abuse and domestic violence

Justice Center and neighborhood organizations shine light on financial abuse and domestic violence
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Service organizations and Manhattan Family Justice Center work to spread awareness about the prevalence of economic abuse in cases of domestic violence.


Organizations strive to make adult literacy a priority

Organizations strive to make adult literacy a priority
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Although adult literacy has gotten little attention in the past decade, organizations such as the International Center provide a variety of English classes for adults that encourage conversation.


Young entrepreneurs start consulting firm at Fulton Houses

Young entrepreneurs start consulting firm at Fulton Houses
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Acevedo & Associates, founded by young residents of the Robert Fulton Houses public housing project, tries to bridge the gap between the booming affluence of Chelsea and its low-income communities.


Online component of summer reading program shows mixed results

Online component of summer reading program shows mixed results
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The New York Public Library’s summer reading program recently ended for the year. Readers can choose to log their books electronically or on paper.


Muslim group debates future of Islam

Muslim group debates future of Islam
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Muslim group discusses Islamofascism and true faith.


Parents want French dual language program

Parents want French dual language program
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French parents want to expand the French-Language dual language program in public schools in the New York City. With help and lobbying efforts from the French Embassy, non-profit educational organizations and parents who wish to send their children to learn French at public schools, the number of schools offering the program has increased steadily. And the program may soon extend to Chelsea.


$6,000 a year: Why the city budget for after-school sports isn’t enough

$6,000 a year: Why the city budget for after-school sports isn't enough
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As obesity affects almost one-third of the country’s children, school sports teams are passe, city needs more comprehensive physical education programs.


In wake of Sandy firings, hotel and residents disagree on what makes a good neighbor

In wake of Sandy firings, hotel and residents disagree on what makes a good neighbor
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Community Board 4 “punished” the High Line Hotel for reneging on a deal it made to rehire workers, but now hotel management may be willing to follow through.


After peaceful holiday, Jewish leaders unconcerned over hate crimes report

After peaceful holiday, Jewish leaders unconcerned over hate crimes report
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Despite the Anti-Defamation League saying that hate crimes rose across the city and state, catching the attention of state senator Brad Hoylman, reaction among rabbis and academics was mostly muted.


Grassroots theater in turmoil

Grassroots theater in turmoil
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Over the past ten years, 25% of all off-off Broadway spaces have been forced to close their doors or relocate several times due to unaffordable rents and city gentrification.


Smoke-free housing slower to come to buildings that need it most

Smoke-free housing slower to come to buildings that need it most
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Smoke-free housing efforts by the Manhattan Smoke-Free Partnership target low-income developments like the Robert Fulton Houses, where there are higher rates of asthma, but, change in these neighborhoods may come slowly.


Radio City Rockettes teach young dancers to “Shine”

Radio City Rockettes teach young dancers to “Shine”
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Five dance schools were selected to participate in a dance contest hosted by The Radio City Rockettes. After learning choreography from the show’s scene, “Shine,” competing schools recorded their routines and posted them to Radio City’s Facebook page for fans to vote.


Activist seeks improvements on M11 bus, one signature at a time

Activist seeks improvements on M11 bus, one signature at a time
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Ruth Shapiro, 86, is circulating a petition in the latest attempt to spur the Metropolitan Transit Authority into action over slow M11 bus service.


Chelsea LGBT center raises record donations from awareness ride

Chelsea LGBT center raises record donations from awareness ride
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Cyclists pedal 275 miles to raise $606,091 to support Chelsea’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.