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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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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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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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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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Rockaway ferry to stay until May, possibly longer

The Rockaway ferry service, which costs $4 round

(Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The ferry that brings Rockaway and south Brooklyn to Manhattan will continue riding the waves, but at a higher fare for passengers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday said the Rockaway ferry service will cost $3.50 a ride, from $2 previously, and operate until May, with an option to extend it until August. The city's Economic Development Corp. will also solicit proposals from ferry operators to...

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Ferries floated as way to expand NYC transit

East River Ferry

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The latest idea gaining steam to  improve outerborough transit  is a 19th century mode of transportation.

With the two-year-old East River Ferry beating ridership expectations, the New York City Economic Development Corp. identified five promising new routes and stops for commuter ferries in a recent 115-page report on the viability of a citywide ferry network.

Aside from the...

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MTA service changes for New Year's events

Times Square

(Credit: Times Square subway station (Getty))

The MTA is altering service on New York City Transit and commuter rail lines for New Year's Eve celebrations.

To get to the annual end-of-year bash at Times Square, the MTA said to avoid taking trains directly to the 42nd Street station, which will have exits closed off during the annual ball drop. The MTA is urging riders to walk from stations at 57th Street or Columbus Circle to Times Square.

There...

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NY Fed chief: Most of NYC has recovered from Sandy

sandy rockaway

(Credit: The Rockaways on year after Hurricane Sandy. [Getty] )

The New York City economy has largely recovered from Superstorm Sandy except for hard-hit communities in Queens and Staten Island, the region’s top banker said yesterday.

William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, cited “pretty solid job creation through this past summer” led by hiring in education, health care, advertising, computer services, tourism, retail and construction.

However,...

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