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'Boardwalk Empire' to end with season five

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(Credit: "Boardwalk Empire")

Nucky Thompson's small screen days are numbered.

HBO announced Thursday that "Boardwalk Empire" will end after its fifth season, which will premiere in the fall. The show's creator, Terence Winter, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and studio agreed that the story was coming to a close.

"After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we've decided to wrap up the...

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'Girls' star Lena Dunham surprised at show's success

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(Credit: Lena Dunham (Getty))

Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s “Girls,” is shocked that her raunchy comedy is still on the air.

“I kept thinking, after the pilot, ‘OK, we’ll make a pilot and then that’ll be a great story in my life when I’m a mail woman,’ ” the Emmy Award winner told David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” on Monday night.

Despite 27-year-old Dunham’s doubts, “Girls” returns for a third season...

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East Harlem gets spotlight in city's tourism campaign

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(Credit: La Casa Azul Bookstore will be featured in the city's East Harlem tourism campaign. ( NYC& Company))

Move over Rockefeller Center: The city says El Barrio is the place to visit this holiday season.

NYC & Company, the city's tourism wing, is touting East Harlem as part of its Neighborhood x Neighborhood campaign to spotlight less-visited communities in the five boroughs.

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin said there will be several major events in the area this season for visitors...

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DOT announces grant for public plazas

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(Credit: Talking Heads frontman and bicycling enthusiast David Byrne celebrates plaza in Corona (Dan Rivoli))

Pedestrian plazas will soon no longer cater merely to the midtown work crowd thanks to an $800,000 grant aimed at maintaining public space on streets in far-flung outerborough neighborhoods.

City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined Queens elected officials and musician David Byrne at Corona Plaza on Tuesday to announce the two-year grant from JPMorgan Chase.

"We...

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John Oliver to leave 'Daily Show' for new HBO series

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John Oliver's temporary stint behind "The Daily Show" desk has paid off.

HBO announced Thursday that Oliver will be the host of a similar satirical news show starting in 2014. "I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," the 36-year-old British comedian told Deadline.com.

Oliver subbed during the summer for Jon Stewart, who took...

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City touts the Bronx's diamonds in the rough to tourists

Arthur Avenue Market

(Credit: Arthur Avenue Market (NYC & company))

It's November, so there are no Yankees games and the cold weather isn't welcoming to New York Botanical Garden visitors.

But the city's tourism wing and Bronx leaders say the borough is a huge diamond in the rough for tourists from around the world. They are making a push to show off its hot spots.

Visitors, however, say they already have begun to discover and enjoy the borough's community...

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