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NYC's Ukrainian community mobilizing on behalf of their countrymen

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20: Prayers are held

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The city's Ukrainian community is praying, protesting and politicking in anguished attempts to help their former countrymen, as the crisis in Kiev spins into a horrifying bloodbath, with the death toll there hitting 75 Thursday, according to Reuters.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, located in the East Village, announced a protest in front of the Consulate General of Ukraine, 240...

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Pregnant mother dies, baby saved following accident with snow plow

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A pregnant woman was killed Thursday morning in Bay Ridge by a private snow plow, but doctors were able to deliver her baby, officials said.

Doctors at Maimonides Medical Center performed an emergency C-section on Min Lin, 36, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The boy, who was "nearly full term" weighs six pounds, six ounces and was listed in critical condition, Eileen Tynion, Maimonides's...

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New York State leads nation with domestic migration: Study

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New York State leads the nation when it came to losing residents, a new report finds.

Between July 2012 and July 2013, the state saw a net domestic migration of 104,470 residents while several states like Florida, North Carolina and Texas saw hundreds of thousands of newcomers during the same period, according to the report by nonprofit think-tank The Empire Center.

Although the study...

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MTA to test a trash can ban at 29 subway stations

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(Credit: MTA will remove trash cans at 29 stations on the J and M lines. (Charles Eckert))

The MTA will be taking out the trash cans in 29 stations along the J and M lines after a pilot program at 10 locations resulted in less garbage getting hauled out, MTA officials said Monday.

The report on a pilot that started at two stations in October 2011 and grew to 10 in September 2012 showed that 66% fewer trash bags were being removed andthe appearance of moderate-to-heavy amounts of...

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City Council speaker hits 7 inaugurations in 1 day

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City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito crisscrossed three boroughs yesterday to attend the inaugurations of seven council colleagues — a display of support after a battle for her leadership post ended earlier this month.

“I am the speaker of the City Council, and my colleagues are important to me,” she said outside Council Member Corey Johnson’s Chelsea swearing-in.

“It’s important...

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Van Bramer chosen to be Council's majority leader

Jimmy Van Bramer

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City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be the representative of the Democrats at City Hall.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito chose the Sunnyside representative to be the majority leader Wednesday during the council's meeting where committee memberships were doled out. Van Bramer, 44, said he was honored to be second in command on the council.

"It has always been my goal to play...

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Ask an Expert: Which sells better -- a new kitchen or bathroom?

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For financial reasons, I need to choose between renovating my bathroom or the galley kitchen of my one-bedroom co-op.  There's a good chance that I will sell within the next two or three years.  

Does a renovated kitchen or renovated bath matter more to buyers?  Which is a better investment?

 If you have to choose, your best investment is the kitchen, hands down,...

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2014 politics preview: The biggest stories to follow in NYC next year

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This year provided its fair share of fun political stories.

From the fight over Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban of large sugary drinks to the return of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, to Bill de Blasio winning the mayoral election, the city's political players and events riveted New Yorkers throughout 2013.

Although no one can predict everything that's in store for 2014 when it comes...

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NYC's 12-year club: Pols reflect on a dozen years in office as terms end

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg always jokes about his inner countdown clock and the days he has left in his twelve-year run. However, he isn't the only New York City elected official leaving office on Dec. 31 after three terms.

There are 17 City Council members and borough presidents who have been on the job since 2002 and will have to vacate their offices due to term limits. Many of those leaders...

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City approves landmarking for south Village neighborhood

NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, which is in the South

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The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a 13-block section of Greenwich Village for landmarking.

Preservationists and residents have pushed for the South Village Historic District since 2006 to protect long standing businesses and residences from overdevelopment. The landmarked zone includes blocks just south of Washington Square Park between La Guardia Place and Sixth Avenue...

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