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A Chinatown Church Carries the Flame For a Forgotten Greek Community

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

Greek Orthodox worshippers gathered on Dec. 3 to hear Archbishop Demetrios of America speak for the Feast Day of Saint Barbara at the eponymous St. Barbara Greek Orthodox church. The church was named for a martyr whose faith was seen to be unparalleled. Saint Barbara is said to have been tortured through the night for her Christian beliefs, and to honor this the visitors and parishioners at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox church chanted in unison until the candles lit by the idols at the doors of the sanctuary had all burnt out and the sun cast its first wan fingers of light against the window panes.

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A Jane Jacobs Theater Festival, Machine Learning Comedy, and More Shows To See

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Internet Explorers
Wednesday, December 19 at Caveat, 9 pm: $10

The internet can be a scary place, so that’s why this show has comedians to help you navigate the tangled mess that is the World Wide Web. If only it was a Mr. World Wide Web, and Pitbull was the sole creator and moderator of the online world. How different things might be… But they aren’t, so come to Caveat and see Mark Vigeant, a custom-made Twitter bot, and a merry band of assorted jokesters (including Botnik Studios, an “entertainment group” that uses machine learning) serve up their best material about artificial intelligence, the force that may one day replace humanity. Keep Reading »

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Is New York Really America’s 2nd Kindest City Or Is This Study Total Friggin Bull?

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Grumpy, miserable, fast-moving, money-driven: Everyone has their idea about New Yorkers. But, a new study is busting every one of those stereotypes faster than you can say kindness.

According to the study, conducted by WalletHub, New York City is the second most caring city in America, behind Madison, Wisconsin. Using statistics from federal government agencies and various other sources, the finance website ranked the largest 100 cities in the world according to 38 factors indicating a “compassionate spirit.”

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Watch Gov. Cuomo Sample the L-Train Tunnel’s ‘Toxic Cocktail’

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Just four months ahead of the planned L-train shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo and a team of experts toured a section of the Canarsie Tunnel in order to determine whether the MTA’s repair plan is up to snuff. Cuomo got up close and personal this morning with what he described as the “toxic cocktail” that was created when salt water from Hurricane Sandy mixed with the 94-year-old tunnel’s electrical equipment.

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Shop (or Drink) Till You Drop at These DIY-Driven Holiday Markets

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The holiday season doesn’t have to mean fighting tourists as they try to pry the last soy candle out of your freezing fingers at the Union Square Holiday Market. Below, we’ve singled out some of the chiller (and less chilly) gatherings of local independent vendors and makers. Most of them will be serving up booze, to quell your anxiety about what to get the thankless grumps in your life. Happy holidays!

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Where to Stuff Your Face On National Cupcake Day

Cupcakes at Butter Lane (Photo: Corinne Durand for NY Mag)

Prepare yourselves, the most important snack-related day of December is quickly approaching. December 15 marks National Cupcake Day, better known in some circles as the best day ever, and New Yorkers everywhere should be celebrating. Now that cupcakes are making a comeback(?), this is a holiday that knows no divide except whether or not you like jelly in the middle of your cupcakes and, really, everybody wins either way. We’ve rounded up some of the east side’s best places to celebrate.

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