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Call It Splitsville, N.Y.: Hasidic Enclave to Get Its Own Town

KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — For some longtime combatants, it had nearly the sweep and significance of an announcement that a hard-won peace agreement was finally at hand.<p>Kiryas Joel, a village in a corner of Orange County that is home to more 20,000 Hasidic Jews, gained its independence from the Town of …


How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways

After a drumbeat of transit disasters this year, it became impossible to ignore the failures of the New York City subway system.<p>A rush-hour Q train careened off the rails in southern Brooklyn. A track fire on the A line in Upper Manhattan sent nine riders to the hospital. A crowded F train stalled …