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The Met Debuts First Opera by Black Composer, Catching Up to New York City Indie Companies

The Met Debuts First Opera by Black Composer, Catching Up to New York City Indie Companies
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“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” opened the Met’s 2021-22 season, marking the first time the 138-year-old cultural institution has staged an Opera by a Black composer. Local opera groups say it’s about time.


Midtown Street Vendors Fight to Survive Amid City’s Reopening

Midtown Street Vendors Fight to Survive Amid City’s Reopening
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When the Covid pandemic forced New York City to lock down last year, street vendors were designated as essential workers. Now, as the city reopens, vendors are facing increased challenges related to licenses and permits.


Senate Bill Looking to Ban Pet Stores From Selling Animals Creates Controversy

Senate Bill Looking to Ban Pet Stores From Selling Animals Creates Controversy
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The New York State Senate approved a bill that looks to prevent pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits. The Assembly is set to vote on the legislation, which has pets stores fearing they will be pushed out of business, later this year.


Helicopter Noise Complaints Up as Commuter Flights Return

Helicopter Noise Complaints Up as Commuter Flights Return
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Commuter flights out of the West 30th Street heliport in Midtown are up so far this year and so are the complaints.


Community Board Fights for Safety Improvements at Crash Prone Intersection

Community Board Fights for Safety Improvements at Crash Prone Intersection
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The intersection at West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue has been the site of ten traffic accidents so far this year.


Complaints About Homeless Population Rise As City Converts Hotels

Complaints About Homeless Population Rise As City Converts Hotels
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Complaints about the City’s homeless population rise as several Midtown hotels are converted into shelters.


City Takes Steps to Accommodate Pets in Homeless Shelters

City Takes Steps to Accommodate Pets in Homeless Shelters
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The City Council approves two bills that aim to make homeless shelters more pet-inclusive.


New York City Council passes bird-safe glass bill

New York City Council passes bird-safe glass bill
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Since the end of the last Ice Age, birds have migrated between the Arctic tundra and the Caribbean along the Atlantic Flyway, a migration route that passes over New York City. Drawn by an evening glow, the birds often fly into the city by night, drop into green spaces to forage, and leave the city […]


Midtown Traditions

Midtown Traditions
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Midtown West is rich in holiday tradition. Here is the Gazette’s wide-ranging list of offerings.


Tis The Season for Hiring: Radio City

Tis The Season for Hiring: Radio City
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As people flock to Radio City Music Hall for the 85th annual Christmas Spectacular, holiday hires look to remain after the season.


Target and Neiman Marcus Pop Up for the Holidays

Target and Neiman Marcus Pop Up for the Holidays
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Target and Neiman Marcus opened up shop in Midtown for one day only to celebrate their holiday gift collection, Holiday24.


A Self-Made Man

A Self-Made Man
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Wrapped in a blue coat, his nose whipped red by the cold wind, Garrett Buhl Robinson sits outside the main branch of the New York Public Library almost every day.  Behind a fold-out TV tray table that serves as his makeshift office, bookstand, and check-out counter, Robinson sells his two self-published novels and a book […]


Tiny Turnout in Midtown for Small Business Saturday

Tiny Turnout in Midtown for Small Business Saturday
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Looking into a cosmetic mirror, Kylie Cobb adjusted and examined the frames, occasionally turning to her parents for opinions, hoping to find a pair she felt was comfortable.  Picking up a pair of Fendi frames, she said “I may get this one,” at Manhattan Eyeworks’ 50 percent discount for Small Business Saturday. Sponsored by American […]


Crowds Get Sneak Peek of the Macy’s Parade Balloons

Crowds Get Sneak Peek of the Macy’s Parade Balloons
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Macy’s began inflating their Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons in the streets around the Museum of Natural History, between 79th and 81st street, at 3 p.m. the day before the parade, drawing huge crowds. Visitors were allowed to enter the enclosure at 79th Street and make their way around the museum before exiting at the same spot. […]


Saks Unveils Holiday Windows

Saks Unveils Holiday Windows
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  Amid much fanfare, Saks Fifth Avenue revealed its legendary Christmas windows to over 100 people lined up along the sidewalk in front of the store. This year’s window theme revolves around the snowflake – with tableaus involving snow globes, snowflakes as kaleidoscopic images and a snowball fight. Earlier in the day, while the windows […]


Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera
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To mark the 225th anniversary of “Don Giovanni,” the Metropolitan Opera is showcasing three Mozart operas including a revival of “La Clemenza di Tito,” which opened Nov. 16. The performance featured a star-studded cast with Elina Garanca, Giuseppe Filianoti, Kate Lindsey, Barbara Frittoli, Lucy Crowe and led by acclaimed early music specialist Harry Bicket.  The other Mozart operas […]


Google’s Up in Chelsea

Google's Up in Chelsea
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It is finally here, the Google logo that prominently tells the world of the company’s presence in Chelsea. Google’s 111 Eighth Avenue office installed a one-story-tall logo facing Chelsea Market on Sunday morning. Although Google opened the Chelsea office in 2008 and signed the contract to buy the building in 2010, its public profile is now […]


Family Day at Citi Pond

Family Day at Citi Pond
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Citi Pond held its third annual family day event at the south west corner of the Bryant Park ice-skating rink, on the sunny Saturday before Thanksgiving. “We want to create a free event family can enjoy together,” said Alexa Harrison, the press relation. Several hundred parents and children came to the park for an afternoon […]


Sweater Tree Brightens Hell’s Kitchen

Sweater Tree Brightens Hell's Kitchen
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Wrapped in whimsical knitted stripes in bright colors and smiley faces, a tree in a sweater stands before the red storefront of Domus, a 10-year-old home décor store on 44th Street near Ninth Avenue.   Many neighborhood residents pass the tree with brief smiles, while visitors stop to look more closely or take pictures. “It’s making me cold,” […]


Twihards Descend on Times Square for ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Opening

 Twihards Descend on Times Square for ‘Breaking Dawn - Part 2’ Opening
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Last night, throngs of teenage girls gathered at the Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 movie theater on West 42nd Street adorned with fangs, white cake make-up and blood pouring down from the corners of their mouths. It was the opening night of “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” the fifth and final installment of The Twilight Saga, […]


Find the “Blps”

Find the "Blps"
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Walking along the High Line in Manhattan, observant New Yorkers and curious art lovers might be lucky enough to spot some black “blps” before their eyes. The High Line Art commission, in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, has installed an art series by modern artist Richard Artschwanger at several spots on the […]


After Sandy: Miracle on 26th Street

After Sandy: Miracle on 26th Street
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Some clinics were left without power for almost a week and others lucked out and continued business as usual right after the storm.


FIT Museum Puts Ivy Style on Display

FIT Museum Puts Ivy Style on Display
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Tweed jackets, blazers, corduroys and plaid neckties are currently on display in “Ivy Style,” a new exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Chelsea. The exhibit, sponsored by Brooks Brothers, is a collection of classic Ivy League staples whose influences date back to the campuses of Princeton, Yale and Harvard in  the […]


Who will be the next U.S. President?

Who will be the next U.S. President?
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Millions of Americans went to polling stations today, as they decided who gets to be the President of the United States for the next four years. As results came in, the race grew closer and thousands of people gathered at Times Square to watch, celebrate or commiserate together. Nora Goldbach and Matthew Barter stood and […]