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City Living: Bed-Stuy has brownstones, history and diversity

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In recent years, Bedford-Stuyvesant, the sprawling, historic brownstone neighborhood in northern central Brooklyn, has become a sought-after area for real estate.

Residents there say it should be no surprise that it is once again blossoming to be what it was before its downfall in the 1980s. They say its housing stock -- mainly filled with 19th century brownstones and row houses (some...

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Banker sues Paramount over 'Wolf' potrayal

Andrew Greene filed suit over his depiction in

(Credit: Andrew Greene filed suit over his depiction in the Martin Scorsese film, "Wolf of Wall Street.")

An investment banker filed suit over his depiction in the Martin Scorsese film, "Wolf of Wall Street."

Andrew Greene, a former executive at Stratton Oakmont, the now-defunct Long Island brokerage firm, is suing Paramount Pictures and Scorsese for $25 million in a defamation suit.

The firm known for its illegal pump and dump schemes, along with its founder Jordan Belfort, are the subject...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in New York City this weekend

Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography at The

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Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography

The relationship between darkness and light can be witnessed in the works of many photographers. In this new exhibit at Scandinavia House, 10 photogs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden showcase their take on this relationship through more than 30 recent works that range in subject matter from an imaginary journey to...

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Theater review: 'Love and Information' -- 1 star

"Love and Information" is the latest work from

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Imagine that there is something wrong with your television that causes it to switch channels every minute. That, in a nutshell, is "Love and Information," Caryl Churchill's fast-paced, kaleidoscopic and absolutely infuriating new work.

Not only is it an absolutely pointless, puzzling and pretentious bore, it runs two hours long without an intermission, making the play that much more painful.

Churchill,...

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Bette Midler to make her Oscars debut

Bette Midler, the two-time Oscar-nominated actress and Grammy

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The Oscars this year are looking divine.

Bette Midler, the two-time Oscar-nominated actress and Grammy Award-winning singer, will perform at the Oscars for the first time during the March 2 telecast, show producers announced yesterday.

The "Divine Miss M," best known for the songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Rose" as well as her work in the films "Beaches" and "The First Wives Club,"...

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Cee Lo: I'm leaving 'The Voice'

Cee Lo Green is saying "Forget You" to

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After four seasons, Cee Lo Green is saying "Forget You" to "The Voice."

The singer announced on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday that he'll be leaving his post as a judge on the NBC singing competition.

"I don't want to wear out my welcome there," Green, 39, told DeGeneres.

But, he added, he won't be going very far. "I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a...

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4 World Trade Center to host charity run up race

One World Trade Center stands with 4 World

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Runners looking to test their vertical limits can set their sights on 4 World Trade Center.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation began enrollment Tuesday for a charity stair race up the 72-story skyscraper on April 3.

Interested applicants can chose to run to the 72nd or 54th Floor or opt for the virtual climb and take the elevator to the top of the building that opened in November.

Runners...

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Three women appointed to key positions in de Blasio administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands

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Mayor Bill de Blasio filled three key slots in his administration Tuesday with women who have long histories of service in New York City.

Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney who founded public policy group the Center for Social Inclusion in 2002, was named as counsel to the Mayor. Among the issues Wiley will tackle is the expansion of broadband Internet access and making it cheaper, de Blasio...

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Mayor proposes lowering NYC's speed limit to 25 mph

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks at

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Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to lower the speed limit on city streets to 25 mph from 30 mph, use more cameras to catch speeders and red-light evaders and crack down on reckless taxi drivers to make New York safer for pedestrians.

Those are among 63 steps in de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative, a strategy with the goal of eliminating pedestrian deaths over the next decade. The Vision Zero approach...

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This is second snowiest February in NYC history

A woman covers her face while walking through

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Tuesday morning's snowfall officially made this month the second snowiest February recorded in New York City.

The National Weather Service said 28.8 inches of snow has been recorded in Central Park this month, beating 27.9 inches during February 1934. The record for the snowiest February was set in 2010, which saw 36.9 inches of snow.

"We're already good for second, if we just got no...

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