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Schumer calls for ban on fast food bread chemical

Charles Schumer

(Credit: Sen. Charles Schumer wants restaurants to ban a harmful chemical in their bread. (Charles Eckert))

Sen. Charles Schumer Sundaycalled on the FDA to ban a chemical that's added into the bread at most fast-food chains.

"In a day where cancer rates are rising ... you have to be careful," he said outside a McDonald's yesterday on the West Side.

Many restaurants, grocery stores and fast-food chains, like McDonald's, use azodicarbonamide to condition dough and make the bread last longer,...

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Now you can check when the next L train will arrive on your phone

Subway Time

(Credit: Real-time L train arrival information is available on apps, web.)

Real-time arrival information for the L train is now available on smartphone apps, the MTA said yesterday.

The L train is the first of the lettered lines to have its arrival information available for third-party app developers. The information can also be found on the MTA's Subway Time app for the iPhone and on the web. Subway Time launched December 2012 with arrival times for the Nos. 1,...

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Blind man who survived subway fall can keep guide dog thanks to donor

orlando dog

(Credit: Cecil Williams with Officer Anthony Duncan, partner Cynthie, and dog, Orlando (Bruce Gilbert))

A blind man who fainted and fell onto the New York City subway tracks with his guide dog will be able to keep his canine companion even after the black Labrador retriever retires next year — thanks to an anonymous donor.

In an emotional news conference Wednesday, Cecil Williams told reporters at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan that the donor will pay for his guide dog Orlando's lifelong upkeep...

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Five ideas to change the subway experience

subway entrance

(Credit: Getty)

As the MTA aims to bring subway service into the 21st century with wireless service in stations and countdown clocks, ideas abound about improving the riding experience. While the ideas can range from fantastical to common sense, amNY picked five of the most intriguing ideas for changing the riding experience.

1: Music turnstiles

Forget buskers — musician and former LCD Soundsystem frontman...

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Glimpse of future Second Avenue subway

mta tunnel

(Credit: MTA)

The MTA this week offered a view, from down below the Upper East Side, of the Second Avenue subway’s progress. The photo is a shot of the tunnels at the future 86th Street station. Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman, said the excavation and lining contract is almost 65% complete.

Progress has also been made at the future 96th Street station. The contract for main site work there — relocating utilities,...

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