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MTA testing new digital touchscreens at Grand Central Terminal

MTA touchscreen

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Subway riders at Grand Central Terminal will help determine whether the new digital touch screen information kiosks become a feature throughout the system.

After an initial five-machine, five-station pilot in 2011, the MTA partnered with two companies -- Control Group and CBS Outdoor -- to create digital information touchscreens for the expansion of the agency's On The Go digital kiosk program.

"We...

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Al Roker bashes mayor's school decision on Twitter

Al Roker hosts NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's

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Al Roker was anything but sunny when it came to Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to keep schools open during the nor'easter Thursday.

The "Today" show weatherman, who is at the Sochi Olympics for NBC, showed his fury against hizzoner on Twitter, criticizing him for his decision not to close schools because of earlier weather predictions.

Roker, whose children attend public schools, argued...

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Five reasons to rent a new apartment right now

NANCY BOROWICK

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New York City real estate experts are encouraging New York City renters who are thinking about relocating to brave the cold and look for a place now.

“Winter, spring, summer, fall, I always think renting a home in [the city] is a wonderful experience,” Citi Habitats president Gary Malin, said. But now is “a great time for a tenant to be out in the market place because you’re more in control...

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Pregnant mother dies, baby saved following accident with snow plow

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A pregnant woman was killed Thursday morning in Bay Ridge by a private snow plow, but doctors were able to deliver her baby, officials said.

Doctors at Maimonides Medical Center performed an emergency C-section on Min Lin, 36, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The boy, who was "nearly full term" weighs six pounds, six ounces and was listed in critical condition, Eileen Tynion, Maimonides's...

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Editorial: Snow misstep sends Mayor Bill de Blasio back to school

A man walking two girls home from P.S.

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Epic fail! Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña got their first major test early Thursday as the proprietors of America's largest school system. And they blew it.

While the city's Sanitation Department was marshaling 1,300 salt spreaders and 1,900 snowplows to counter the massive, well-documented winter blast headed toward the city, de Blasio and Fariña thought it made...

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Brody: The key to romance rests on a good resume

The competition among singles to become couples, especially

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I should have better luck with women.

People tell me I'm handsome, charming, and funny. I look like the boy next door, can easily take command of a room, and know how to leave everyone in stitches.

But I've always attracted the wrong kind of women.

At 14, my first girlfriend threatened to kill herself . . . with a spoon. The next one never said much other than hello and goodbye,...

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Lil' Kim pregnant with first child

Lil' Kim (Getty Images/Chelsea Lauren)

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Whoa, mama (to-be)!

Rapper Lil' Kim made a surprise announcement this week: She is expecting her first child.

The 39-year-old, who has not named the baby's father, shared the news -- and showed off her baby bump in a form-fitting dress -- at The Blonds' Fashion Week bash at Gilded Lily on Wednesday.

Before performing at the M.A.C. Cosmetics-hosted party, she told the crowd that...

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Ross Mathews' love taking flight this Valentine's Day

Ross Mathews (Getty Images/Angela Weiss)

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Ross Mathews' heart will be soaring high this Valentine's Day.

The host of E!'s "Hello Ross!" plans to clink glasses and eat toasted nuts with stylist beau Salvador Camarena as they fly from New York to Los Angeles.

Mathews describes himself as a practical romantic: In his version of the "Pretty Woman" fairy-tale ending, he'd choose convenience over Richard Gere's Romeo-esque climb up...

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Woman pinned beneath B train after slip from platform

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A woman was pinned beneath a B train at the Broadway-Lafayette station Thursday morning after slipping off the platform, according to fire and police officials.

The rider, a woman in her 20s who was texting on her cellphone, fell onto the tracks in the path of an oncoming southbound B train around 10 a.m. Emergency crews removed her from beneath the first train car around 10:30 a.m. and taken...

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Movie review: 'Winter's Tale,' half a star

Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay in "Winter's

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Maybe I'm just a heartless cynic, a contemptible miser here to rain on a cinematic Valentine's Day parade, but Akiva Goldsmith's time-bending, amber-lit romance "Winter's Tale" struck me as perplexing and empty-headed at best and downright unbearable at worst.

The directorial debut of the longtime screenwriter is adapted from a popular 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, but it plays like some sort...

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