Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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It's Wednesday, Are You Coming Skating Tonight?

The leader of the social skating group Wednesday Night Skate goes by the alter ego Mocha Superman. "Since this is technically an illegal street event," he said, "I try to keep my real name out of it." Last Wednesday evening he arrived in Union Square and ditched his collared shirt in favor of a red WNS tee and added wrist guards and a black bandanna. "It's part of the double life thing," he said. "Call me Clark Kent."

WNS started in May of 1996 as Blade Night Manhattan, and switched to its current name in 2001. Mocha got involved the next year and, "because I'm a control freak" [...]

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When We Pretend We’re Dead: Eight Actors On Their Death Scenes

Down the rabbit hole of online message boards, few topics are ranked and debated with the same intensity as the Greatest Onscreen Deaths (e.g., "Best Film Deaths," "50 Best Movie Deaths,” "Greatest Movie Deaths of All Time," and that’s before we even start talking about the “Best Deaths By ___” categories). The criteria for ranking these scenes vary; some are judged by degree of violence, others by such particulars as the songs accompanying the scenes. But there's one aspect of onscreen death these lists leave out: What's it like on the other side of the camera?

It seems like these scenes would be [...]

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Three Of New York's Odder Patriotic Relics

As much as New York City has its own peculiar history, it's well mixed-up with America's, too: The Battle of Brooklyn was the largest of the Revolutionary War, and there was that one glorious year when the city was the nation's capital. You can visit Lady Liberty, of course, but if you'd prefer something more off-the-beaten track, here are three patriotic, NYC-based relics you could pilgrimage to this weekend For America.

Hair And Dentures Of George Washington, Fraunces Tavern

Walking up to Fraunces Tavern causes a sort of temporal vertigo: You turn the corner of a sleek skyscraper; you push past the financial-district suits; and there's a [...]

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NYC's 'Saved' Libraries Experience Deja Vu

Just after that one significant law passed on Friday night, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn met up downtown to make another important announcement: A balanced, on-time budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Details of that budget are still emerging, but the official press release boasts, “We saved … libraries.” But “saved” is relative. While no sources are sure of actual numbers yet, the agreement should prevent branch closures and lay-offs, though service is still likely to drop from six to five days.

Make no mistake, this was a much better outcome than many library supporters were expecting. But this year's wrangling also represents [...]

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The 20 Largest American Cities, In Order Of The Last Time They Elected A Democratic Mayor

• Dallas: June 18, 2011

• Jacksonville: May 17, 2011

• Chicago: Feb. 22, 2011

• Houston: Dec. 12, 2009

• Charlotte: Nov. 3, 2009

• Memphis: Oct. 15, 2009

• Austin: May 9, 2009

• El Paso: May 9, 2009

• Fort Worth: May 9, 2009

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