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A Chinese therapy Michael Phelps didn’t use finds followers in midtown Manhattan

A Chinese therapy Michael Phelps didn't use finds followers in midtown Manhattan
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Qigong, a practice of traditional Chinese medicine, had millions of believers in China back in the 1980s. It is gaining followers in NYC since Michael Phelps’ use of cupping, another traditional therapy, during the Olympics.


2016: More grades geared to more graduates

2016: More grades geared to more graduates
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The first day of school is always a big deal, whether you’re starting pre-K or finishing high school. Here’s what happened in Midtown West.


The Ladies’ Mile: property rights vs. preservation

The Ladies' Mile: property rights vs. preservation
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Preservationists are rallying to defeat two bills recently introduced at City Council, both aimed at regulating the Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Victims of domestic violence add to homeless population

Victims of domestic violence add to homeless population
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Additional city resources will help a growing segment of some of the most vulnerable of the city’s homeless population.


Numbers rise as funding for elder employment falls

Numbers rise as funding for elder employment falls
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Older workers face obstacles in entering — or re-entering — the workplace, as services are reduced.


New design guidelines attempt to protect NYC waterfront sites

New design guidelines attempt to protect NYC waterfront sites
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New York’s Waterfront Alliance promotes new design guidelines for environmentally friendly and publicly accessible waterfronts.


The ‘Sisterhood of the Orange Shorts’ goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The ‘Sisterhood of the Orange Shorts’ goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Hooters restaurant chain is raising money to fund breast cancer research.


Open data for all?

Open data for all?
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Tech heavyweights throw their capital behind the annual BigApps competition and the City Council keeps pushing open data legislation. Meanwhile, the city’s 311 hotline receives thousands of service requests a day – all of them, of course, catalogued online.


Seniors face increased difficulty as Almanac predicts blistering winter

Seniors face increased difficulty as Almanac predicts blistering winter
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Seniors and service providers prepare for what the Almanac says will be another tough winter.


English language learners transition in school

English language learners transition in school
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The DOE and outside groups work to improve English-language skills.


Residents wary of new affordable housing plans in Midtown West

Residents wary of new affordable housing plans in Midtown West
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Councilman Corey Johnson, Commissioner Vicki Been, and Community Board 4 leaders discuss affordable housing at the Fashion Industries High School in Chelsea.


As construction increases, new safety initiatives are slow to materialize

As construction increases, new safety initiatives are slow to materialize
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As construction increases in Midtown West, the Department of Building’s safety initiatives are slow to materialize.


City Council considers law easing ID for transgender New Yorkers

City Council considers law easing ID for transgender New Yorkers
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A newly proposed bill to ease the process of changing the sex field on a birth certificate has been introduced in New York City, but some transgender individuals say serious challenges remain for the community.


Bar Association event highlights desire for better women’s networking events

Bar Association event highlights desire for better women's networking events
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A Women in the Court’s Task force event at the New York City Bar Association highlighted a need for better networking events for female in-house attorneys.


Public housing residents concerned about living conditions as winter approaches

Public housing residents concerned about living conditions as winter approaches
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According to a new report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, public housing in New York has deteriorated in recent years, and some residents agree with this assessment.


In Malawi, one of A Million Miracles

In Malawi, one of A Million Miracles
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Sightsavers International launches A Million Miracles campaign.


Critics Academy prepares future critics for changing media landscape

Critics Academy prepares future critics for changing media landscape
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The New York Film Festival Critics Academy prepares aspiring film critics for the changing media landscape by giving them the opportunity to pitch and write professional criticism.


New York Film Festival selection committee undergoes changes under new director

New York Film Festival selection committee undergoes changes under new director
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In the second year of Kent Jones’ tenure as director of New York Film Festival (NYFF), changes to the selection process.


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.


Blind community struggles for increased fitness access

Blind community struggles for increased fitness access
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Fitness accessibility for the blind and visually impaired is problematic around Manhattan.


Seniors feel safer in Midtown West, but more improvements needed

Seniors feel safer in Midtown West, but more improvements needed
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As the Safe Streets for Seniors program ends, senior citizens in Midtown West are concerned about safety along Tenth Avenue.


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.


New Garment District market gives vendors access to NYC culinary scene

New Garment District market gives vendors access to NYC culinary scene
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UrbanSpace’s new market in the Garment District gives vendors access to prime real estate in New York City.