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'Much Ado,' 'King Lear' to headline Shakespeare in the Park

Actor John Lithgow

(Credit: John Lithgow (Ian Gavan/Getty))

While New Yorkers try to find the top of seemingly endless fresh snowdrifts, Shakespeare in the Park is gearing up for summer.

The 2014 summer season lineup, announced yesterday, is headlined by the comic "Much Ado About Nothing," starring Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, which runs from June 3 through July 6.

Next, John Lithgow will hit the stage as "King Lear" in a production running...

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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

(Credit: Al Roker (Slaven Vlasic/Getty))

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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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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Lil' Kim pregnant with first child

Lil' Kim (Getty Images/Chelsea Lauren)

(Credit: Lil' Kim (Getty Images/Chelsea Lauren))

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)

(Credit: Ross Mathews (Getty Images/Angela Weiss))

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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Theater review: 'Dinner with Friends' -- 3.5 stars

Darren Pettie, left, Heather Burns, Jeremy Shamos and

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The new Off-Broadway revival of Donald Margulies' 1999 Pulitzer-winning comedic drama "Dinner with Friends," which is probably the finest production of the play any of us are ever likely to see, also serves as a reminder of Margulies' importance as a sober-minded, psychologically astute and socially observant writer.

Margulies has never achieved the same name recognition as some of his fellow...

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Reyes: Bronx needs to break chain of political corruption

State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson exits the Court for

(Credit: Agaton Strom)

When Assemb. Eric Stevenson was swiftly convicted of bribery and fraud this week, the Bronx Democrat's guilty verdicts became the most recent link in a chain of corruption that has shackled the borough for years.

A jury found that Stevenson, who represented poverty-afflicted Morrisania and East Tremont, took $22,000 in bribes to deliver a monopoly of adult-care centers to Russian businessmen....

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