Editorial: Flushing Meadows-Carona Park needs private stewards, too

The Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion

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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, one of the city's most celebrated civic expanses, has seen better days. Lawns are frayed. Athletic equipment is rusted. Fountains stand dry.

The most heavily used greensward in the city's largest borough, it deserves a better fate.

The park was reclaimed from the 1920s dump that F. Scott Fitzgerald described in "The Great Gatsby" as a "fantastic farm where...

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Ryan: Ensure housing to protect kids from sex traffickers

Tribune Media Services / M. Ryder

Street outreach and crisis counselors see it every day -- the degradation homeless youth in New York City suffer at the hands of the pimps, traffickers, and johns who buy and sell them for profit.

At Covenant House, working with Fordham University, we've just completed one of the largest human trafficking studies among homeless teens in New York history, and my worst fears have been confirmed....

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Quinn lays out agenda for New York's tech future

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she wants to make the city a virtual Mecca if elected mayor.

Quinn laid out her agenda at a talk at the midtown tech company General Assembly Wednesday, offering a set of ideas that she said enhances the Big Apple's tech industry. One proposal is the creation of a new tech campus at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Quinn's other proposals include building...

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Bachmann won't run again for Congress

Michele Bachmann

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Michele Bachmann, the firebrand conservative 2012 presidential contender, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives when her term ends but did not rule out another run for the White House.

Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, faced a House challenge from Democrat Jim Graves, who came within 1 point of beating her in 2012. But fear of a difficult race in 2014...

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'The Wake' an underwater epic

"The Wake"

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One of the biggest action epics of the summer won’t be on the big screen — it’s on the pages of “The Wake,” a new comic series from Vertigo, created by writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy.

The first issue, which came out yesterday, focuses on marine biologist Lee Archer, who is brought in by the Department of Homeland Security to investigate an underwater mystery.

“She’s one of...

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Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this weekend

Katz's Delicatessen

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DayLife Festival & Katz’s Pastrami-Eating Contest Mmm, pastrami. Come out Sunday to help celebrate 125 years of New York staple Katz’s Delicatessen in its home hood of the Lower East Side with a pastrami-eating contest, put on by Major League Eating. And if you’re not into stuffing your face, there will be plenty of other activities in the Orchard Street DayLife festival, including pushcarts...

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Hot 97 Summer Jam 2013: A look at the lineup's highlights

Miguel

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Radio station concerts often act as sampler sets, with an overcrowded bill trying to represent the breadth of a music genre in one afternoon.

For 20 years, Hot 97 Summer Jam has been one of the premiere shows in the country to take the temperature of hip-hop, to see who’s hot at that moment.

Jay-Z, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G. and Nas have headlined in the past.

For the 20th edition,...

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Adam Levine gets 'serious' with model Nina Agdal

Nina Agdal and Adam Levine

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Things are really heating up between Adam Levine and model Nina Agdal.

The relationship between the Maroon 5 frontman and the Sports Illustrated beauty is “getting serious,” an industry source dished to us Wednesday.

Levine, 34, and Agdal, 21, have been seeing each other for at least a few months, and have recently been spotted out and about together.

“He’s been flaunting her around...

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Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson to present at Tonys

Scarlett Johansson

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Some very famous faces will present theater’s top prizes at next month’s Tony Awards.

Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Jesse Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jon Cryer are just some of the stars scheduled to present at the June 9 ceremony, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced Wednesday.

Hanks was nominated for his starring role in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy,” though...

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Spotted around NYC: Emma Stone, Paul Wesley

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone filming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in front of the Financial District’s Stone Street Tavern

Paul Wesley walking around SoHo

Spotted a celeb around town? Email the details to Julie.Gordon@am-ny.com.  ...

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