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Students go to NYU because it’s in New York City," Eisenhood says. "When I applied, they had a question on their application: ‘Other than living in New York, why do you want to attend NYU?’ And I was like, wow, that’s actually really hard. I forget what I said—’Great research opportunities,’ or something, but I didn’t really believe it.

The Village Voice tries to answer a question undoubtedly asked by current and former NYU students all the time: Is NYU really worth all the money? The student quoted above said what many people believe — it’s not the top-ranked programs that attracts students, it’s the location. And students end up paying a lot of money for that big-city feel. The average student owes $35,000 when they graduate, which is $11,000 higher than the national average. Any alums out there want to chime in?

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[Village Voice

Those who served alongside him recalled that his one big gripe was how murderers would kill their victims elsewhere in the city, but dump the bodies within Pelham Bay Park — making the homicide cases Larkin’s to solve. “We knew what the rules of engagement are…I never really took it personal.”

Those are the words of Billy Larkin, a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant who passed away this week of a heart attack and was memorialized in today’s Daily News (available only in print, for some reason, but here’s the story from when he originally retired from the PD.) Above Larkin, the paper honored Susan Noreika, a civic leader and member of Community Board 13 in eastern Queens. The obituaries page of the city’s hometown paper stays true to the people who truly make this city a hometown — the cops, teachers, bar owners, and housewives who lived full lives within the five boroughs.  

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[Daily News]

Casting Robert Moses. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive news that HBO is developing a film based on Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Power Broker”, the story of how “master builder” Robert Moses shaped and changed New York City. Oliver Stone will direct, and Nicholas Meyer (“Collateral Damage”, “The Prince of Egypt”) will adapt the massive book for the small-screen.
But here is the most important question: Who will play the star? I think Robert Moses looks a little bit like Alan Alda; who do you think can play him? Post your suggestions below!
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[THR, Wikipedia]
Photo: Brooklyn College Dept. of Sociology

Casting Robert Moses. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive news that HBO is developing a film based on Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Power Broker”, the story of how “master builder” Robert Moses shaped and changed New York City. Oliver Stone will direct, and Nicholas Meyer (“Collateral Damage”, “The Prince of Egypt) will adapt the massive book for the small-screen.

But here is the most important question: Who will play the star? I think Robert Moses looks a little bit like Alan Alda; who do you think can play him? Post your suggestions below!

-KH

[THR, Wikipedia]

Photo: Brooklyn College Dept. of Sociology

The school could, and should, work more on their academic programs. I mean, all we really focus on is violin and dance, as the name says.

That’s Einasia Smith, 14, a student at the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx, reacting to the recent high school progress reports released by the city. Despite receiving an A, her school has only a 77 percent graduation rate — and only 32 percent of students go on to college. These kids better be, like, Johann Sebastian Bach and Martha Graham.

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[NY Daily News, NBC New York]

Hipster Cop, Exposed. The short mystery of “Hipster Cop”, aka Det. Rick Lee, flooded the internet last week. I suppose the stereotype of cops as sloppy, donut-eating, mace-spraying types prevented some folksfrom imagining that someone living in New York City who also likes fashion and ties would want a job in the NYPD. GQ is the latest to interview Lee, who told the magazine he prefers to define his style as “Country Gentleman.” Also, his best friend works at Ralph Lauren, which explains a lot of RL in his wardrobe. Is he getting a discount on these rags? Possible NYPD kickbacks from a store? There’s the story, everybody. Not his fancy glasses!
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[GQ, Buzzfeed, NYT]
photo: GQ

Hipster Cop, Exposed. The short mystery of “Hipster Cop”, aka Det. Rick Lee, flooded the internet last week. I suppose the stereotype of cops as sloppy, donut-eating, mace-spraying types prevented some folksfrom imagining that someone living in New York City who also likes fashion and ties would want a job in the NYPD. GQ is the latest to interview Lee, who told the magazine he prefers to define his style as “Country Gentleman.” Also, his best friend works at Ralph Lauren, which explains a lot of RL in his wardrobe. Is he getting a discount on these rags? Possible NYPD kickbacks from a store? There’s the story, everybody. Not his fancy glasses!

-KH

[GQ, Buzzfeed, NYT]

photo: GQ

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Farewell, Walder. Ben Kabak, from 2nd Avenue Sagas, sat down with Chuck Scarborough to discuss the new MTA Chairman, Joseph Lhota.

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[NBC New York]