Schindler: Soul of the Folk Art Museum lives on

The decision by the Museum of Modern Art to demolish the former site of the American Folk Art Museum -- a contemporary architectural masterpiece -- at first feels disloyal to the repurposing spirit of the very outsider art the building was erected to honor.

But to focus solely on the fate of the building, however creative its design, overshadows the true heart and soul of any museum: the work...

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MTA finally gives safety its props

The MTA seems to get it now.

In the wake of December's deadly Metro-North derailment in the Bronx, the MTA has installed new speed control technology on 10 treacherous curves in the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road systems.

And it has drawn up a new executive flow chart.

Don't laugh -- this matters.

The MTA has added the position of chief safety officer to its senior...

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Big brother is getting bigger every day

I went to bed earlier this week a semi-rational person. I awoke the next day a raving paranoid. It happens once in a while.

It wasn't a single thing that put me over the edge; it was the accumulation of stories about expanding police technologies, the ones to which we, as citizens, routinely succumb. Call it a Keyser Söze moment -- if you've seen the 1995 film "The Usual Suspects" you'll...

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City police still keeping Ray Kelly safe

Nearly a dozen detectives have been assigned to protect ex-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly since he left office Dec. 31.

The security detail is composed of first- and second-grade detectives, police sources say, at a cost to New Yorkers of $1 million to $1.5 million a year.

There's a silver lining: Kelly has fewer detectives on his 10-person security detail than did Rudy Giuliani when...

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Bill de Blasio makes news, but 'no big deal' to Commissioner Bill Bratton

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said last week that he "was not overly concerned" by what he saw after Mayor Bill de Blasio pointed to his NYPD security detail when it was caught speeding and blowing through a couple of stop signs in Queens by a WCBS-TV camera crew.

It was the second embarrassing incident involving de Blasio and the NYPD this month. Two weeks ago, de Blasio contacted a deputy...

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Two city homeless shelters will no longer house kids

Public Advocate Letitia James, left, and Dasani Coates.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Two of the city’s largest homeless shelters will be converted to adults-only facilities, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services announced on Friday.

Auburn Family Shelter in Fort Greene and the Catherine Street in lower Manhattan will relocate the families to either permanent housing or smaller facilities. The change is set to take effect by the end of the school year.

According...

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9/11 Museum launching digital badge program

Visitors enter the 9/11 Memorial Sunday. (Charles Eckert)

(Credit: Visitors enter the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. (Charles Eckert))

Anyone who plans to lend a hand to the development of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, or pay it a visit, will now have a way to show their support online.

The museum’s organizers are launching a program that allows visitors, volunteers and employees to get a digital badge that they can post on their social media accounts or websites.

Michael Frazier, SVP of Communications...

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Mayor promises concentrated pothole repairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance crew on Thursday. (Charles Eckert))

Vowing “weekly pothole blitzes,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that roadway crews would be out in force in the coming weeks and months to repair city streets pockmarked by the worst winter in years.

Already this year, the city’s transportation department has filled a record 113,131 potholes — not including the one de Blasio personally helped fix Thursday in Maspeth, Queens.

He said...

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Central Park advocates battle skyscrapers over shadows

Central Park Shadows

(Credit: Central Park advocates say new skyscrapers hurt its quality of life. (Warren St. John))

A couple of new skyscrapers have already cast huge shadows on Central Park, and the greenspace's advocates say they are worried that this vertical trend will drive people away.

Hundreds packed a meeting held by Manhattan's Community Board 5 on Wednesday night to speak out against the developers of One57, which is set to be the tallest residential building in the city at 75 floors when it opens...

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Kim Kardashian denies butt implant rumors

Kim Kardashian arrives at the Tao Nightclub at

(Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian took to social media to denounce accusations she’d gotten butt implants or injections.

She criticized “nonsense tabloids,” who she says print photos of her pre-baby body — when she weighed 15 pounds less — and compare them to pics of her now. She told them to “get a life.”

“Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight (especially the last bit of weight)...

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