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Two city homeless shelters will no longer house kids

Public Advocate Letitia James, left, and Dasani Coates.

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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.

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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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NYC's Ukrainian community mobilizing on behalf of their countrymen

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20: Prayers are held

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The city's Ukrainian community is praying, protesting and politicking in anguished attempts to help their former countrymen, as the crisis in Kiev spins into a horrifying bloodbath, with the death toll there hitting 75 Thursday, according to Reuters.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, located in the East Village, announced a protest in front of the Consulate General of Ukraine, 240...

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City opera's talent holding concert Friday

Placido Domingo

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Less than five months into bankruptcy, the New York City Opera's orchestral musicians and singers, dubbed the "City Opera Family," are coming together Friday to hold a concert to celebrate the company's 70th anniversary.

"The company means the world to them," said K.C. Boyle, a spokesman for the event. "We see this as a continuation of the legacy."

The concert, titled "70 Years of the...

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Deal reached on future of LICH

People march over the Brooklyn Bridge during a

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday announced a settlement over Long Island College Hospital that will allow a new health care provider to take over the money-losing facility.

SUNY wanted to cut loose the Cobble Hill hospital, run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. A state Supreme Court judge, however, had barred SUNY from going forward with plans to close LICH. SUNY reopened...

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Driver arrested after fatally running over 73-year-old woman

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A Queens man was arrested for fleeing the scene after fatally mowing down a 73-year-old woman who fell while walking in the middle of Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill Thursday morning, police said.

The victim, Kaneez Hussein, also of Queens, was walking near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 131st Street at about 6:30 a.m. when she fell. Police said the driver Bladimer Alvarez Sorto, 27,...

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Mumps outbreak continues at Fordham University

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The apparent mumps outbreak at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham has expanded to the Lincoln Center campus, with one case reported there, bringing the number of cases university wide to 13, officials said Thursday.

"All the students with suspected mumps infections have either returned home or have been isolated from other residents during the infectious phase," of their illness, Fordham said...

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Column: Galaxy S5 Release is moment of truth for Samsung story

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Samsung Electronics is widely expected to debut its new Galaxy smartphone on Monday, February 24, and so far the buzz has been kept to a minimum. The Galaxy S4 failed to live up to its hype, and even before its release the S5 has become something of a disappointment. Features that were once rumored for inclusion -- a 64-bit processor, full-screen fingerprint recognition, and an eye scanner -- are...

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