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The three Rs — plus waste management

The three Rs -- plus waste management
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Starting this year, 100 schools across NYC set up an ambitious goal: To become zero waste facilities within five years.


Foreign journalists feel unsafe in China, report says

Foreign journalists feel unsafe in China, report says
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A report by a New York-based advocacy group finds the working environment for foreign journalists in China has worsened over the past few years.


Bali and Beyond celebrates Indonesian independence

Bali and Beyond celebrates Indonesian independence
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It’s Independence Day in Indonesia and commemorations range from parades to bombing of illegal fish trawlers. We visit the Indonesian Street Festival, New York’s main celebration.


West siders demand a voice in Port Authority bus terminal talks

West siders demand a voice in Port Authority bus terminal talks
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City officials will hold a special meeting with the Port Authority after months of contentious back and forth over a new bus terminal in Hell’s Kitchen.


Project Runway winner launches plus size line at NYFW

Project Runway winner launches plus size line at NYFW
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Ashley Nell Tipton, winner of Project Runway, launched a new plus-size clothing line on the first day of New York Fashion Week.


High Line seeks to become everybody’s park

High Line seeks to become everybody's park
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Carmelita Tropicana performed at the High Line as the elevated park seeks to appeal to the local community through more diverse events.


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.


Local Researchers digitize Holocaust documents

Local Researchers digitize Holocaust documents
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A local archive is working on a historic effort to digitize a cache of pre-war Yiddish documents rescued from the hands of the Nazis.


Topless protesters march for equal rights in Midtown

Topless protesters march for equal rights in Midtown
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Over 100 topless women and men marched in Midtown, and asked this question: If men can go topless in public, why can’t women?


Synagogue holds forum on Jewish LGBT concerns

Synagogue holds forum on Jewish LGBT concerns
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The country’s oldest LGBT Jewish synagogue invites dialogue about the presidential election and its impact on the lives of marginalized communities.


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.


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.


How the West was won, in Chelsea

How the West was won, in Chelsea
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Stores survive despite the impact of the High Line and the Hudson Yards development.


Increased funding for Silicon Alley startups alters Midtown real estate

Increased funding for Silicon Alley startups alters Midtown real estate
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The growth of Silicon Alley from a small group of startups to the country’s second largest startup hub comes with a price: a change in real-estate dynamics in the neighborhood.


New York’s fashion industry fears another shift

New York's fashion industry fears another shift
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With buildings being sold for other uses in the Garment District, fashion companies face a difficult choice: pay higher rent or move to Brooklyn.


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.”


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 […]


People of the Benches: An invisible community hangs on

People of the Benches: An invisible community hangs on
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A group of homeless people and reported drug users found a sense of community around a set of benches that have now been removed.


New York’s working — at least for now

New York's  working -- at least for now
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‘Tis the season to have a job, and maybe a raise, in much of Midtown West.


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.


Startups move to co-shared offices amid high real estate prices

Startups move to co-shared offices amid high real estate prices
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Skyrocketing real estate prices are pushing budding entrepreneurs to seek alternative office space that helps them participate in New York’s booming technology industry.


Following crime and mayhem, facing barriers to reporting

Following crime and mayhem, facing barriers to reporting
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New York may be enjoying record low crime rates, but barriers to crime reporting are not following the same positive trend.


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.


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.