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Same-Sex Marriages, Death and Taxes

Mar 14, 2008

"In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes," Benjamin Franklin famously said. But for committed same-sex couples in New York, these are two areas of law, along with


New Year's Show Sparks Controversy

Mar 10, 2008

Photo courtesy of Best Chinese Shows. A Chinese New Year show at the Radio City Music Hall has stirred up some controversies after the New York Times ran a critical review


Trouble on the "Immigrant Express"

Feb 05, 2008

After three weekends of disrupted service between Woodside and Flushing because of installation of new signaling and track switches, the 7 train resumed local service in February, to the huge


Race Matters in New York

Jan 11, 2008

Most New Yorkers think of racism as yesterday's news. They prefer to think we have moved beyond not just the city's dependence on slavery, its attempts to remain neutral in


What Three Million Immigrants Do

Dec 03, 2007

A college graduate from Beijing who studies hotel management and culinary art, Zhen Zhang moved to New York in 1993 with dreams of opening his own hotel. Although that idea


Latest License Plan Angers Almost Everyone

Nov 05, 2007

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been in the national spotlight since his controversial announcement in September that he would grant undocumented immigrants driver's licenses. In the face of strong


Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented

Oct 10, 2007

Jola Z. wishes she could drive her kids to Six Flags one day. But with an expired U.S. tourist visa, the Polish native is not eligible to apply for a


A City ID Card for All

Sep 10, 2007

M. Zywicka started working as a hostess in an Italian restaurant in Murray Hill just a month after she arrived in New York. A native of Krakow, Poland, Zywicka (who