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Six high schools will favor Manhattanites. What that means for the rest of us

A half-dozen coveted New York City high schools will return to prioritizing admission for Manhattan students, setting aside 75% of their seats when applications open in the fall. The schools are Eleanor Roosevelt, Clinton, NYC Lab, Baruch, NYC Museum School.  In a press conference Thursday, New York City schools Chancellor David Banks announced that it’s…

Rent on the mind

In an annual ritual that features protests, counterprotests, and the odd arrested demonstrators, the Rent Guidelines Board voted this week to increase rents at the city’s roughly 1 million rent-regulated apartments by 2.75% for one-year leases and 5.25% for two-year leases. The body, formed of mayoral appointees representing owner, tenant, and general public interests, is…

Free & low-cost summer fun for NYC teens

Summer is around the corner, and we all know how expensive everything is. If you have a teen who will be looking for free or low-cost things to do this summer with friends, send them this list.  Get Active Movies Concerts and Broadway shows Museums, zoos, and more For more fun summer ideas, check out…

A whimsical garden at Madoo Conservancy in the Hamptons

The secret gardens of the Hamptons are plentiful. We’ve written before about some of them, and are back to report on another must-see: the Madoo Conservancy. “Garden” feels almost too formal a word for the whimsical, expansive canvas that is this two-acre estate in Sagaponack village in the Hamptons. It was established in 1967 by…

Humans vs. machines: How language workers are resisting AI

When Julie Tay first worked as a freelance interpreter in New York in the 1990s, language services didn’t formally exist as an industry, even in our city of immigrants. It was tied to the dominance of an English-speaking, “white-bread” America, she says, one where immigrants were expected to eventually assimilate to survive. The idea was…

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