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Police officers outside the federal building at 201 Varick Street in Manhattan, where a New Jersey man killed a guard on Friday.
Joshua Bright for The New York Times
Gunman Kills Guard Then Himself at a Federal Building in Manhattan
The gunman, a man in his late 60s from Fort Lee, N.J., fatally shot a security guard in a building housing several federal agency offices.


Workers outside John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill on Friday, near debris left by a gas explosion there on Thursday.
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Match Lit at Manhattan School Exploded a Laboratory in Renovation

A match struck to test a Bunsen burner sparked a gas explosion on Thursday in Marble Hill that injured three construction workers, the authorities said.


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The plazas of Times Square lacked nearly nude women on Friday afternoon, a day after there was official talk of limiting them.
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The plazas, which replaced portions of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, are under new scrutiny.

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Costumed characters and visitors said the pedestrian plazas in Times Square were a great place to relax and people watch. Removing them would be sad, they said.
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Arts
A view from atop 1 Times Square.
Richard Perry/The New York Times

Challenging Mayor de Blasio Over Times Square Plazas

The idea of ripping up the pedestrian spaces and forcing people to dodge traffic again runs headlong into a policy to improve safety.

Lynne Meadow
Evan Sung for The New York Times

Amid Internet Outcry, Manhattan Theater Club Adds to Season Lineup

The company’s announcement of productions solely by white male playwrights led to protests on social media, followed by a change.

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