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Today and tomorrow, low-flying helicopters will be buzzing the city for a movie shoot. Among the locations in which the choppers will be hovering: the Manhattan Bridge.

Governor Patterson comes to the city today for a meeting with legislative leaders, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Issue #1: what to do about the state's ballooning deficit. 

City Hall News: Now that it appears Council Speaker Christine Quinn's job is safe, the focus shifts to the committee chairmanships. There's a lot of speculation about the impact on the Council's agenda of a dozen freshman members, many of them representing ethnic communities.

Rep. Nydia Valazquez was among those handing out flyers in Bushwick, pleading for information about the brutal beating of Mario Vera. Vera was on his way home from a food pantry run by the Primitive Christian Church on East Broadway when the incident happened. 

WNYC takes a look at the controversial Grand Street bike lanes. The story concludes that, while they are obviously popular among bicyclists, many people downtown see the reconfigured thoroughfare as a symbol of Mike Bloomberg's arrogance. 

The Times looks at Mike Bloomberg's "stalled vision" to remake the city, in part, by building large residential and commercial projects and changing zoning laws. 

Professional boxer and Olympian Roberto Benitez, who grew up in the Jacob Riis Houses on the LES, tells his inspiring story to Knightnews.com.

The Tenement Museum details the history of 103 Orchard, soon to become their new Visitor Center.

MSNBC.com has a nice slide show on Steampunk, the cutting edge haunted house at the Abrons Arts Center.

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