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    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 8:53 AM EST2014-01-29 13:53:38 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Late Tuesday night, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that schools will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 and all student after-school programs and PSAL games will resume their normal schedules.

She said in a statement that travel conditions may be difficult, and families should exercise their own judgment when taking their children to school.

Families of students with disabilities who have transportation concerns were told to call 718-392-8855 for assistance starting at 5:30 a.m.

Wednesday afternoon, the Education Department reported that more than half of all students stayed home. The attendance rate of 47.1 percent was comparable to the 49.1 percent rate back on January 12, 2011, the day after a similar snow storm, according to a spokeswoman. Attendance on an average school day is about 90 percent.

Nearly a foot of snow fell on parts of New York City on Tuesday and wind chills on Wednesday were below zero.
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  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:13:34 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:09 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:05:47 GMT
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
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