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9/11 Museum launching digital badge program

Visitors enter the 9/11 Memorial Sunday. (Charles Eckert)

(Credit: Visitors enter the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. (Charles Eckert))

Anyone who plans to lend a hand to the development of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, or pay it a visit, will now have a way to show their support online.

The museum’s organizers are launching a program that allows visitors, volunteers and employees to get a digital badge that they can post on their social media accounts or websites.

Michael Frazier, SVP of Communications...

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Mayor promises concentrated pothole repairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance crew on Thursday. (Charles Eckert))

Vowing “weekly pothole blitzes,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that roadway crews would be out in force in the coming weeks and months to repair city streets pockmarked by the worst winter in years.

Already this year, the city’s transportation department has filled a record 113,131 potholes — not including the one de Blasio personally helped fix Thursday in Maspeth, Queens.

He said...

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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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Kim Kardashian denies butt implant rumors

Kim Kardashian arrives at the Tao Nightclub at

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Kim Kardashian took to social media to denounce accusations she’d gotten butt implants or injections.

She criticized “nonsense tabloids,” who she says print photos of her pre-baby body — when she weighed 15 pounds less — and compare them to pics of her now. She told them to “get a life.”

“Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight (especially the last bit of weight)...

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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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Editorial: Tough love on the way for hospitals

People march over the Brooklyn Bridge during a

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Everyone's a winner in yesterday's agreement to keep Long Island College Hospital open to provide -- in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's carefully measured words -- "long-term viable health care."

The state can offload a huge money-loser. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was marched off in plastic handcuffs last July to protest the possibility of closure, can now claim victory -- even if that's a stretch. And...

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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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Theater review: 'The Bridges of Madison County' -- 2 stars

Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara star in this

(Credit: Joan Marcus)

There probably is a way to make “The Bridges of Madison County” work as an unashamedly sentimental musical. This isn’t it.

As devised by its creators, this slow, static and quiet adaptation of Robert James Waller’s bestselling romance novel, which was previously adapted into a hit film with no less than Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, is a snooze and a misfire.  It revolves around an...

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