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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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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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Dunham: Critics won't determine 'Girls'' future

Lena Dunham arrives on the red carpet for

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Lena Dunham is no stranger to criticism. The "Girls" star and creator told Grantland's Bill Simmons on Thursday that the backlash her HBO show receives from both the public and choice media outlets -- yes, Gawker, she's talking to you -- won't affect her choices, at least not in the way they'd hope.

Dunham scoffs at negative feedback, from accusations that the cast is coasting off their parents'...

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Movie review: 'In Secret' -- 3 stars

'In Secret', directed by Charlie Stratton.

Émile Zola's "Thérèse Raquin" gets its first major big screen English language treatment in Charlie Stratton's "In Secret," which is technically also an adaptation of Neal Bell's play based on the Zola novel but retains the pinpoint exploration of human nature that made the original work so influential.

It's a tragedy captured in hushed tones and muted colors, a story in which everyone and...

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City opera's talent holding concert Friday

Placido Domingo

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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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U.S. men's hockey is 2 wins from Olympic gold

Phil Kessel

(Credit: Phil Kessel and Zach Parise have led the U.S. to a perfect record in Sochi. (MCT/Chuck Myers))

The U.S. men's hockey team is just two wins away from its first Olympic gold medal since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980 and will look to continue its winning ways Friday morning. After Russia's surprising elimination in Wednesday's quarterfinals, the semifinals will get underway with two excellent matchups, the United States vs. Canada and Finland vs. Sweden.

Here's a look at the semis, along...

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Deal reached on future of LICH

People march over the Brooklyn Bridge during a

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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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Driver arrested after fatally running over 73-year-old woman

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A Queens man was arrested for fleeing the scene after fatally mowing down a 73-year-old woman who fell while walking in the middle of Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill Thursday morning, police said.

The victim, Kaneez Hussein, also of Queens, was walking near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 131st Street at about 6:30 a.m. when she fell. Police said the driver Bladimer Alvarez Sorto, 27,...

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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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Beauty through painter Jeremy Penn's eyes

JEREMY PENN ARCHIVES

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Artist Jeremy Penn was born in 1979 in New York City and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and received honors from curators at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2009, Penn was honored as the “Featured Artist” for New York City’s Freedom Week.

In...

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