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City businesses taking major hit during cold snap

Siteseeing bus

(Credit: The city's sightseeing buses are seeing fewer visitors due to the cold. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Frigid temperatures, snowstorm after snowstorm and harsh travel conditions are keeping New Yorkers and tourists away from many of the city's top attractions and hot spots.

From museums and parks to restaurants and entertainment locales, some Big Apple venues' owners and operators say they've seen fewer visitors lately.

One of the spots that's experienced a dip in attendance compared...

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City Living: Ridgewood has tons of fun sandwiched in

Shops along Myrtle Avenue.

(Credit: Shops along Myrtle Avenue. See more photos in the gallery below. (Charles Eckert))

Sitting on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, Ridgewood is packed with the old and new; it is chock full of history and is a popular spot for young people to move today.

Gary Giordano, chairman of Ridgewood’s Community Board 5 moved to the Queens neighborhood nearly three decades ago and said it has maintained a unique charm over the years.

“A lot of the housing was built here between...

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Queens man killed pair he believed were witches, says NYPD

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A Queens man who authorities said called 911 to say he beat his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer because they were “witches” was arrested Wednesday.

Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 44, was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges of first and second degree murder in the deaths of Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, in East Elmhurst.

Amarillo told...

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City Living: Richmond Hill has gorgeous homes and lots of culture

Victorian home in Richmond Hill.

(Credit: See more photos of Richmond Hill in the gallery below. (Uli Seit))

Ethnic eateries serving up dishes like roti and curry or rice and beans with yucca; historic churches mingling in close proximity to Hindu temples and Muslim masjids; bustling retail corridors with sari shops flaunting a colorful array of traditional South Asian attire; and well-kept streets lined with small single-family homes and large Victorians — this is the middle class neighborhood of Richmond...

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City Living: Forest Hills is a gorgeous Queens nabe

station square

(Credit: Forest Hill's Station Square. See more photos of the neighborhood below. (Linda Rosier))

The Central Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills is a prime location for anyone seeking a respite outside Manhattan while staying close enough to return in less than a half hour.

Forest Hills is juxtaposed with quiet streets decorated with well-maintained single-family homes and row houses, and bustling blocks with high-rises and busy restaurants. This diversity of architectural styles matched...

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Competing studies for abandoned Queens rail track

Abandoned Rockaway Beach Line tracks

(Credit: Queens College will study uses for a 3.5-mile abandoned track. (Friends of QueensWay))

The future of 3.5-miles of abandoned rail tracks in southern Queens will be the subject of dueling studies that could settle whether the spot will be used for transit or a High Line-style park.

Assemb. Philip Goldfeder, who backs reactivating the old Rockaways Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road as a new transit option for the area, Monday announced that Queens College's Urban Studies...

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Queens Museum reopens this weekend with new galleries, spaces

"Peter Schumann: The Shatterer" in the newly expanded

(Credit: Dominick Totino)

The Queens Museum -- formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art -- will reopen this weekend, with its size doubled to 105,000 square feet to accommodate new galleries and performance and event spaces.

The renamed museum, which was expanded to include the southern half of the New York City Building, formerly occupied by the World's Fair Ice Skating Rink in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has...

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