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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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Deal reached on future of LICH

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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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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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4 World Trade Center to host charity run up race

One World Trade Center stands with 4 World

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Runners looking to test their vertical limits can set their sights on 4 World Trade Center.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation began enrollment Tuesday for a charity stair race up the 72-story skyscraper on April 3.

Interested applicants can chose to run to the 72nd or 54th Floor or opt for the virtual climb and take the elevator to the top of the building that opened in November.

Runners...

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Ask an Expert: How do I make sure I inherit my parents’ co-op?

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My elderly parents plan to leave everything equally to my brother and me, although the two of us are no longer on speaking terms. Unfortunately, they don’t say anything in their will about who gets their Queens co-op.

I do everything for my parents, and I’d like to inherit the shares -- not to live in the apartment, but to sell the shares and keep the proceeds. Is this possible? If so, how?

Here’s...

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Three women appointed to key positions in de Blasio administration

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Mayor Bill de Blasio filled three key slots in his administration Tuesday with women who have long histories of service in New York City.

Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney who founded public policy group the Center for Social Inclusion in 2002, was named as counsel to the Mayor. Among the issues Wiley will tackle is the expansion of broadband Internet access and making it cheaper, de Blasio...

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Column: Google, Microsoft make peace with their partners

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It was in 2010 that the mobile era first began to take after a soap opera -- the year that Steve Jobs called Android a "stolen product," and pledged to destroy it. That spring, Samsung Electronics released the first Galaxy S smartphone, which would later become the subject of a contentious legal battle with Apple. It was also in 2010 that the smartphone patent war went global, with the number of...

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New Yorkers are burning for legal weed

A majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana.

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New Yorkers say it is high time for the state to legalize medical marijuana and personal possession of weed, according to a poll released Monday.

A Quinnipiac University poll said 88% of New York state voters want medical marijuana legal and 57% support adults being allowed to possess a small amount of weed for recreational use.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters,...

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More New Yorkers side with Cuomo on Pre-K plan: Poll

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(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo meet in Albany. (Philip Kamrass))

When it comes to funding universal pre-K in the Empire State, most New Yorkers are on team Cuomo.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Empire State voters preferred the governor's plan to fund early education with state money over Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative, which would raise taxes on those who make $500,000 or more a year, by a 47% to 37% margin.

More New Yorkers...

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