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    The Embattled Women of the FDNYThe FDNY’s first woman commissioner puts its gender gap in relief.
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    The New Worker-Owners of Astor Wines & SpiritsAstor’s employees will be even more integrated with a store that was already an anchor of the neighborhood.
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    The Elite Gymnasts of GowanusHow a husband-and-wife team turned New York into an unlikely source of sporting talent.
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    Among the Van Lifers in BrooklynIn a dead-end waterfront street known as Van Alley, a makeshift neighborhood grows.
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    Shark SpottersLooking for what lurks off New York’s beaches.
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    The Weed Merchants of Washington Square Park“We try to keep this very professional, seven days a week, as a business.”
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    The Talented Security Guards of the MetThey’re enforcers, tour guides, artists.
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    The Back-to-the-Office GangHow Henry Kravis and other New York chief executives are urging employees back to their desks.
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    Amazon Labor Union’s Next Big TestOrganizers are angling for a second historic victory.
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    A Basquiat Family ReunionThe artist’s sisters have put on an exhibition of his work to remind the world where he came from — and have a party.
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    The Bike Brigade on Three-Borough Sunday ‘Ride Out’“People see us two ways. Either Oh, wow, these talented guys wheelie-ing! Or Come on, get out of the way!”
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    Plunging Into the Atlantic With Coney Island’s Ice PatrolThese winter bathers have been swimming (and shivering) for decades. They swear they enjoy it.
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    Inside an Accidental Trans Enclave in East Williamsburg“Here was a chaotic set of trans people who could model how to live a happy life in a terrible world.”
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    For the First Time, New York City Has a Majority-Women City Council“We’re going to do things that the city hasn’t seen before.”
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    Yeshiva University’s Basketball Team Can’t Stop WinningHow the Maccabees became the hottest squad in the NCAA.
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    What the NYC Taxi Drivers on a Hunger Strike Won“It’s a beautiful victory — both the destination and the journey.”
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    The Nation’s Best High-School DebatersThe Bronx Science Speech & Debate Team’s varsity captains are helping defend its No. 1 title.
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    The New York Real-Estate Agents Turned TikTok StarsViral dances have nothing on apartment walk-throughs and neighborhood in-jokes.
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    P.S. 705’s Welcome CommitteeThe teachers who turned the school-drop-off line into a shindig.
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    The U.S. Open’s Longest-Tenured Ball BoysAt court with the most senior ball-lobbers and towel-profferers in tennis.
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    New York Public Library’s Human Search Engines“One thing that historians learned this year is that digitization can never replace the archives.”
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    The Lower East Side Seniors Who Organized Their Own T’ai Chi Class“T’ai chi helps with memory,” one says. “It’s important, at our age, to keep our minds alert.”
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    How the Oldest Family-Run Business in Chinatown Keeps the Lights On“Throughout the COVID year, we had a half a dozen family members here every day. It’s our family living room.”
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    Los Deliveristas Unidos, the Essential Workers of TakeoutOrganizing the delivery workers who keep much of the city fed.
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    The Remaining Rockettes on Their Spectacular-less Christmas“Our kick lines look the same, but we are doing them socially distanced.”