New York Today: Bust a Move

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Good morning on this waterlogged Friday.

New Yorkers aren’t shy about much, least of all their dance moves.

There are lots of hideous dancers (hello, Elaine Benes) and people who would do us a favor by not dancing (are you listening, mom and dad?), but the city is otherwise alive with endless forms of creative movement.

From sidewalks to subway cars, you never know where you might happen upon the next impromptu stage.

This weekend is as good a time as any to join the light-footed masses.

You could learn to tap, salsa, or pirouette at classes offered across the city.

Or perhaps you could draw inspiration from New York-based dance movies like “Fame,” “West Side Story,” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

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Only one seminude woman was spotted in Times Square on Thursday evening, having her breasts painted. Other female panhandlers said they were avoiding the area for a while.

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Topless in Times Square: A Legal View
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York wants to rein in the behavior, but if he tries, the city faces many obstacles.

The plazas, which replaced portions of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, have come under new scrutiny after a proliferation of street performers.

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Mayor de Blasio Raises Prospect of Removing Times Square Pedestrian Plazas

The area has come under scrutiny, with some New Yorkers complaining about the proliferation of performers who are said to be accosting pedestrians for tips.

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David Sweat, New York Prison Escapee, Is Arraigned

Mr. Sweat, a convicted killer who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in June, did not enter a plea in his first court appearance since he was returned to custody.

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Gas Line Explodes During Construction at a Manhattan High School

Nail Salon Sweeps Continue as Violations Are Found in Queens

Bronx Legionnaires’ Outbreak Is Over, Health Officials Say

New York Police Sergeant Commits Suicide After Sex-Crime Charges

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Summer Love

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He Carried Her Off the Handball Court, but Didn’t Quite Sweep Her Off Her Feet

It was a slow road to love for Albert Apuzzi and Dori Ten, whose story began with a match that was part first date, part first aid. The relationship evolved on the courts and still revolves around the sport.

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About New York
B&H Dairy in the East Village was not damaged by a gas explosion on the block, but it took months to pass reinvigorated city inspections and reopen.

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

B&H Dairy in the East Village Reopens After Months of Red Tape

B&H Dairy in the East Village was not damaged by a fatal gas explosion on the same block, but it took months to pass reinvigorated city inspections and reopen.

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Big City
Saira Nicole, who poses with tourists for tips wearing body paint and underwear, in Times Square.

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The Painted Ladies of Times Square Are Part of an Old New York Tradition

The nearly naked “desnudas” are just the latest incarnation of the subversive go-getter, an element integral to New York.

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Odell Beckham Jr. making his signature grab in November against the Cowboys.

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On Pro Football
Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch in the end zone last season against the Dallas Cowboys has inspired playful one-handed competition among players at training camps.
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Oday Aboushi, left, a fifth-round pick in 2013 from Virginia, started 10 games last season at left guard.

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Oday Aboushi, a reserve offensive lineman for the Jets, was suspended one game for violating the N.F.L.’s substance-abuse policy and program.


New York

Investigators from a New York State task force went through nail salons checking for health, safety and wage violations.
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The Art of Slow

Cultural critics of The New York Times suggest works that reward long and leisurely contemplation.

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Review: Faile Mines the Dark Depths of Modern Youth With Two Exhibitions

Exhibitions by the duo Faile at the Brooklyn Museum and in Times Square feature appropriation of graphic signifiers from many times and places.

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