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MTA testing new digital touchscreens at Grand Central Terminal

MTA touchscreen

(Credit: HEATHER SENISON)

Subway riders at Grand Central Terminal will help determine whether the new digital touch screen information kiosks become a feature throughout the system.

After an initial five-machine, five-station pilot in 2011, the MTA partnered with two companies -- Control Group and CBS Outdoor -- to create digital information touchscreens for the expansion of the agency's On The Go digital kiosk program.

"We...

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Super Bowl Week kicks off in New York

Super Bowl boulevard

(Credit: Crews help create the toboggan run on Super Bowl Boulevard. (Charles Eckert))

Whether Mother Nature interferes or not, the Big Apple is ready for some football.

This week, the NFL and the city will kick off the countdown to Sunday’s Super Bowl — being held for the first time in the New York City area, at MetLife Stadium — with a wide array of events, games and promotions throughout Manhattan.

Although the big festivities don’t start until Wednesday, the city began...

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Broadway shows attract record number of foreign tourists

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(Credit: Getty)

Record numbers of foreign tourists and young adults flocked to Broadway shows in the 2012-2013 season, according to a report released on Thursday by The Broadway League.

The national trade association for the Broadway industry said tourists accounted for 66 percent of all ticket sales in the season that ran from May 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013, up 3 percent from the previous season, and nearly...

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Everything you need to know about the Times Square ball

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Every Dec. 31, about a million people fill Times Square to watch the famous, glittering ball drop during the last 30 seconds of the year.

Despite the frequently frigid winter weather, they stand outside for hours from 34th up to 59th streets, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, to experience the dawn of a new year at the "Crossroads of the World."

But Tim Tompkins, president...

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MTA service changes for New Year's events

Times Square

(Credit: Times Square subway station (Getty))

The MTA is altering service on New York City Transit and commuter rail lines for New Year's Eve celebrations.

To get to the annual end-of-year bash at Times Square, the MTA said to avoid taking trains directly to the 42nd Street station, which will have exits closed off during the annual ball drop. The MTA is urging riders to walk from stations at 57th Street or Columbus Circle to Times Square.

There...

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Times Square to end 2013 with a bang

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(Credit: Ian Hardy for Times Square Alliance)

New York will get a New Year's Twerkin' Eve in Times Square.

Before the ball drops, "Wrecking Ball" singer Miley Cyrus will perform on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" along with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Blondie and Icona Pop.

"You've got a sampling of everything that's happened culturally over the last year," said Times Square...

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Bloomberg opens permanent Times Square plaza

Times Square

(Credit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in Times Square (Agaton Strom))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner cemented their legacy on the city's streetscape Tuesday with a ribbon cutting on the first phase of a permanent Times Square plaza.

Bloomberg joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to announce a newly reconstructed 30,000-sqaure-foot section of Times Square on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd streets that...

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