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This is second snowiest February in NYC history

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

Actor John Lithgow

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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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Janison: Mayor de Blasio's school decision hits rough weather

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(Credit: A child walks to school during a snowstorm on Feb. 13, 2014 in New York. (John Moore/Getty))

Trying to help defend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to open public schools Thursday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña fueled skepticism with an odd weather report of her own.

Standing alongside the mayor during a late- morning snow briefing, she said: “And by the way, just coming down here, it has totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.”

At...

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De Blasio defends decision to keep schools open during snowstorm

Barbara Newsome of Hell's Kitchen, walking with her

(Credit: Barbara Newsome walks with her son Preston, 4, on Feb. 13, 2014. (Agaton Strom))

UPDATED 2/13/14, 7:13 P.M.: Mayor Bill de Blasio came under intense criticism yesterday from parents, the teachers’ union and some of his political allies yesterday over the city’s decision to keep public schools open despite blizzard-like conditions in the morning hours.

Even popular NBC weatherman Al Roker joined the second-guessers’ chorus, prompting de Blasio to retort: “It's a different...

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Another snowstorm sets sights for Big Apple

A stroll through Brooklyn on February 3, 2014.

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Mother Nature will be playing her old winter song for the Big Apple again.

Forecasters predict the latest storm that will hit before midnight Wednesday and last until Thursday night will bring in more snow to the tri-state area. How much more snow we're getting depends on the storm's trajectory, according to the National Weather Service.

"If it is closer to the coast there will be warmer...

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More snow predicted for city this Wednesday

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(Credit: Two men clear snow in East Harlem on Feb. 3, 2014. (Stan Honda/Getty)))

New Yorkers hoping the winter storms are over will have to wait a little longer as meteorologists say another storm Wednesday night could bring at least six inches of snow.

The National Weather Service predicts snowfall beginning Wednesday night around midnight and continuing through about noon Thursday. The Big Apple could see more of a rain-snow mix than consistent snow, depending on how...

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City businesses taking major hit during cold snap

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(Credit: The city's sightseeing buses are seeing fewer visitors due to the cold. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Frigid temperatures, snowstorm after snowstorm and harsh travel conditions are keeping New Yorkers and tourists away from many of the city's top attractions and hot spots.

From museums and parks to restaurants and entertainment locales, some Big Apple venues' owners and operators say they've seen fewer visitors lately.

One of the spots that's experienced a dip in attendance compared...

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Bad weather spoils New Yorkers' plans to flee bad weather

United Airlines jet is de-iced before taking off

(Credit: A plane is de-iced at Newark Liberty International Airport on Feb. 3, 2014. (EPA/Tannen Maury))

Lemme outta here!

Weather weary New Yorkers are eager to escape the relentless lash of winter by booking vacations, but those with current escape plans have some, umm, problems.

Whenever the mercury plunges, customers book trips for warm weather destinations "like the Bahamas and the Caribbean," said Jonathan Garcia, a travel coordinator for First in Service Travel. He estimates business...

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Fifty years ago, The Beatles arrived in New York City

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(Credit: The Beatles make their American debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. (Getty))

On Feb. 7, 1964, thousands of screaming fans greeted John, Paul, George and Ringo as they stepped off of their Pan Am flight at Kennedy Airport.

The Beatles' first New York trip introduced the Fab Four to enthusiastic U.S. audiences, heralding their enormous impact on western culture, which has ranged from music to fashion to hairstyles, according to Bruce Spizer, the author of eight books...

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The Beatles' Top 50 songs

The Beatles perform on Jan., 17, 1964 their

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Feb. 7, 2014, marks half a century since the Beatles first touched down in New York City.

Children have become grandparents in that time, but they can likely still recall seeing four sharp-dressed men turn the Ed Sullivan Theater into the navel of the world for one indelible evening. It's one of our few moments of shared national glee, as opposed to the many tragedies visited since, and that...

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