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Sandy Stewart: Singing the Song and Telling the Story

Sandy Stewart: Singing the Song and Telling the Story
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“Just sing the song and tell the story.” For singer Sandy Stewart, that is the task. “I’ve been doing this for 70 years. I know what works,” Stewart said, sitting on the red sofa bed in her one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side. On Oct. 31, Stewart will receive the Mabel Mercer Award at […]


The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating 40 years of musical activism

The NYC Gay Men's Chorus is celebrating 40 years of musical activism
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As the New York City Gay Men’s chorus (NYCGMC) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary season the first new artistic director in 12 years, Gavin Thrasher, has begun his work.


NYPD Still To Deliver On Supreme Court’s Order

NYPD Still To Deliver On Supreme Court's Order
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has yet to release the data on arrests and summonses issued to New Yorkers for subway fare evasion across its over 300 stations.


One Day at the Midtown Community Court

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In the heavy, Thursday-morning quiet of the Midtown Community courtroom, screens mounted high on the walls played an informational slideshow. “One of the country’s first problem-solving courts,” a slide read. “If you are mandated to community service or social services sessions, go to the 6th floor: Alternative Sanctions Department.” The first United States Community Court […]


“Freestyle Love Supreme”: The latest iteration of Broadway meeting hip-hop

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Should the urge to see Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda drop his pants to show off a pair of He-Man-patterned boxers ever strike, Broadway’s “Freestyle Love Supreme” is the place to be.  The show, which debuted Oct. 2 at the Booth Theatre, is an improvisational hip-hop musical where audience members share stories and suggestions with performers […]


State proposed e-cig ban creates confusion for NYC retailers

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A statewide ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarette products and nicotine e-liquids has stalled in court, creating confusion among New York City retailers uncertain about how to adapt their business to a pending regulatory change. There are nearly 1,000 active e-cigarette retail licenses in New York City, according to the NYC Department of […]


NYC soccer leagues struggle for field space

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As they grow, recreational soccer leagues request more field space in New York City parks. But the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation can’t seem to meet their demands.


IKEA shoppers fed up with company’s customer service

IKEA shoppers fed up with company's customer service
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Thousands of IKEA shoppers have fallen victim to the company’s troubled customer service.


Midtown comedy clubs weigh in on Trump bump

Midtown comedy clubs weigh in on Trump bump
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Making fun of Trump may no longer be lucrative.


Case of missing student worries Chinese tourists visiting NYC

Case of missing student worries Chinese tourists visiting NYC
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After a visiting Chinese student went missing in June, Chinese tourists in New York have mixed feelings about safety in the U.S.


Artists create safe community through spoken word

Artists create safe community through spoken word
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In difficult political times, artists from marginalized groups take to the stage.


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.


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.


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.


Theater community raises funds to combat HIV/AIDS

Theater community raises funds to combat HIV/AIDS
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Every year, the historic theater district transforms into a flea market to raise funds against HIV/AIDS.


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.


Anti-gay assaults rise in 2013

Anti-gay assaults rise in 2013
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Reports of anti-gay attacks in New York have already surpassed 2012 figures, a trend that prompted a state senator to review the State Hate Crime Law.


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.


Teens make design statement on the High Line

Teens make design statement on the High Line
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Fourteen local teens participated in a fashion show on the High Line, marking the end of a two-month long apprenticeship program.


Room service change at Hilton leads a new industry trend

Room service change at Hilton leads a new industry trend
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The New York Hilton Midtown hotel ceased traditional room service and replaced it with Herb N’ Kitchen, a grab-n-go cafeteria. Some other major New York City hotels are reducing room service hours, suggesting a new trend.


Election Night in New York City

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Follow The Midtown Gazette on Storify to see our election night coverage, updated throughout the evening.


First day of school in Midtown West

First day of school in Midtown West
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Thousands of children filled Midtown West classrooms for New York City’s first day of school. The Midtown Gazette staff hit the streets to catch first-day moments with students, parents and administrators at the neighborhood’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools.


Luxe Hotels Up the Ante with Amenities

Luxe Hotels Up the Ante with Amenities
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Be it a legendary skyscraper or a new, edgy, avant garde hotel, the lodging industry is spending more and more on extras.