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De Blasio, Dolan push for Pope Francis to visit the Big Apple

De Blasio and Dolan

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio poses with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the cardinal's residence. (Charles Eckert))

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan said they would love to roll out the red carpet for Pope Francis and help spread his mission of fighting for the poor to New York City.

During their first meeting together Monday at the cardinal's residence, the mayor and the leader of the Archdiocese of New York said they discussed formally inviting Pope Francis for a Big Apple visit as soon...

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Queens politician pushing to get Ed Koch's name off bridge

Ed Koch

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City Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. has introduced legislation to drop the name of the recently deceased former New York Mayor from the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”

The Bridge’s moniker was lengthened in 2011 to honor the three-term mayor, who died in Feb. 1 at the age of 88.

The legislation from the outgoing Queens councilmember calls for Koch’s named to be dropped from the 59th...

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Neighbors want the de Blasios to stay in Park Slope

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(Credit: Bill de Blasio's Park Slope home. (Anthony Lanzilote))

While Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio considers a move to the elegant Gracie Mansion from his Park Slope row house, residents on his block would like to keep the first family as neighbors.

De Blasio said Wednesday that he must consult his family before deciding on a move. He noted that his 16-year-old son, Dante, who attends Brooklyn Tech High School in Fort Greene, is concerned about the commute...

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