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City opera's talent holding concert Friday

Placido Domingo

(Credit: (EPA / ROLAND SCHLAGER))

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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Shuttle service to help Greenpoint ferry riders

The East River Ferry ramp in Greenpoint collapsed

(Credit: The East River Ferry ramp in Greenpoint collapsed on Feb. 13, 2014. (Lindsay Lief/Twitter))

East River Ferry riders in Greenpoint whose nearby landing collapsed during last Thursday's snowstorm will still be able to ride the waves thanks to a ride on a shuttle bus.

The free service will bring Greenpoint residents from the East River Ferry stop at India Street to the N. 6th Street stop in Williamsburg, starting Tuesday, for at least two weeks, the New York City Economic Development...

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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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Scorsese, DiCaprio retrospective at Ziegfeld Theater

Martin Scorsese, right, on the set of "The

(Credit: Paramount Pictures/Mary Cybulski)

Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and cheese. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some things just go well together.

Help celebrate a fruitful cinematic collaboration at a film retrospective of the works of Scorsese and DiCaprio with screenings Thursday and Friday, as well as a Q&A Thursday with DiCaprio, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and writer Terence Winter before a screening of "The...

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De Blasio appoints First Lady to lead nonprofit fund

Chirlane McCray

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Osborne Association Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014. by Charles Eckert)

Mayor Bill de Blasio picked his wife Chirlane McCray to be chairwoman of The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, giving the city's first lady a formal position in his administration alongside her unofficial role as a top adviser.

De Blasio said he chose McCray, 59, for the unsalaried post because of her experience in city government -- they met while both serving in the Dinkins administration...

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Empire State Building gears up for 37th annual Run-Up

Empire State RunUP

(Credit: Runners participate in the Empire State Building Run-Up (Courtesy of NYRR))

With the streets covered in ice and snow today, where do city runners go? How about up?

Wednesday marks the 37th year of the Empire State Building Run-Up and 500 people will compete to see who can scale the iconic midtown building's 86 floors and 1,576 stairs in the fastest time.

The New York Road Runners organization, which has organized the race since its inception, said the event...

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Graffiti focus of Museum of the City of New York exhibition

John Naar, Redbird, 1973

(Credit: John Naar, Redbird, 1973 (Courtesy Museum of the City of New York))

From Banksy’s October stint in the city to the recent whitewashing of Long Island City’s 5Pointz, graffiti has been a hot topic in New York over the past several months.

The Museum of the City of New York is continuing the trend: The museum Tuesday is debuting “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection,” featuring graffiti paintings and sketches from the 1970s and ’80s.

Wong,...

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Man nabbed in midtown attack of journalist

Randy Gener

(Credit: Friends and family held a vigil for Randy Gener, who was attacked last week. (Credit: Dan Rivoli))

A 24-year-old Queens man was awaiting arraignment last night in the midtown attack of a journalist who was left with severe head trauma.

Leighton Jennings was arrested at the Midtown North Precinct Tuesday night after being picked up in Queens, and charged with second degree assault for punching Randy Gener, 46, a gay, Filipino journalist and artist, police said.

Evidence did not support...

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Football players soak in the city while in town for the Super Bowl

People walk past "Super Bowl Boulevard," which runs

(Credit: People walk past Super Bowl Boulevard on Jan. 28, 2014. (Getty))

They love New York.

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have been having a blast since arriving on Sunday for this weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Some grew up in the area, some have come here before, and a few are experiencing the city for the first time.

amNewYork spoke with members of both teams at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Prudential...

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In snowstorm, MTA avoids mistakes of 2010 blizzard

mta snow

(Credit: Bloomberg)

The MTA's preparation for this week's snowstorm was informed by its failures of a 2010 blizzard that trapped hundreds of A train riders in a car for hours through the night.

Since then, the MTA has changed its methods for handling snowstorms, such as pulling back service to avoid cars getting stuck and staffing up its Incident Command Center with about 15 people representing a host of divisions...

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