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nycminerals7Today, the “Subway Garnet” resides at the American Museum of Natural History

In 1885, a press sensation erupted over the discovery of the “Subway Garnet” or Kunz Garnet, as it is otherwise known, underground at West 35th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue. Eventually owned by the New York Mineralogical Club, the largest perfectly-formed mineral found in the United States was written up in many academic and industry publications. The size of a bowling ball, the Kunz Garnet weighs about 10 pounds with a diameter of roughly 15 inches. The New York Times wrote that it was the “city’s most spectacular mineral specimen.”

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One of the best events of the year is the No Pants Subway Ride, which took place again yesterday afternoon. You can see photographs from previous year’s events here and here, where maybe the press got a little too involved. Here’s this year’s official video from the Improv Everywhere team who produces the event worldwide, and other fantastic pop-up pranks.

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Last year, we showed readers how to get affordable health insurance in New York under the Affordable Care Act. This year, the same legislation introduced the Small Business Options Program (SHOP), known as the Small Business Marketplace in New York State. What this means it that if you’re a small business, you can offer coverage to your employees directly through the marketplace (and yourself as the business owner) with employer tax credits that aren’t offered through the individual exchange. Offering health insurance, especially affordable plans, is a great incentive to attract and retain employees in a competitive market.

For those looking for information, EmblemHealth has partnered with business organizations in New York City on an initiative to educate small business owners on SHOP and how it works. The Health Care Reform Hub, an online platform, offers everything a small business owner needs to know about SHOP. One of the many tools is a Tax Calculator to help business owners to check what tax credits their business might be eligible for.

Some points to keep in mind as you explore the options:

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Monday January 12th

New York City speakeasy, The Back Room, hosts its weekly Lucky’s Lounge Mondays, an evening of free live jazz from the Prohibition era featuring Svetlana and the Delancey Five. Swing dancers usually show up impromptu. Starts at 9pm.

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From NYC to France with Love-Brooklyn Bridge-Je Suis Charlie-NYC

So this is awesome. Two snowmen sitting on the Brooklyn side of the bridge–one American with a tricorner hat, holding a firecracker and American flag. The other with your French stereotypes, yes, but it’s pretty cute nonetheless–baguettes, mustache, striped scarf and French bread. Created by Snowmen of NY, sourced from imgur, the comments on the photo entitled “From NYC to France with Love” are just as priceless as the photo. Our favorite, “That’s a fucking huge baguette.”

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Last night the New Yorker released its cover for next week’s issue in honor of the attacks at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. By Ana Juan, the illusration shows the Eiffel Tower as the symbolic pencil of journalists, tipped in red amidst a sandstorm of blood. Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young notes, “As a New Yorker, and a writer on Paris with a French husband and a French family now, I have to admit that this image really hit home. Maybe it was the similarity to the cloud of dust at Ground Zero–showing the vulnerability of a recognizable landmark as the symbol of a country’s pain emphasize the shared responsibility the global community has.”

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