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April 2017

At 10:45 p.m. on Tax Day, Mary McDonald stood at a desk at the James A. Farley Post Office Building on 31st Street and frowned through red acrylic glasses at her mounting pile of envelopes. Each was addressed in the same looping cursive:  ‘Department of the Treasury.’ “I wasn’t sure where to post these, but one of these policemen showed me,” she said, gesturing behind her to one of the men in uniform. “Very convenient.” McDonald was one of many stragglers across the country descending on the post offices open late on Tuesday night to make sure their tax returns were post marked

[gallery columns="1" size="full" ids="18290,18291,18292,18293,18294,18295,18296,18297,18298,18299,18300"] The annual New York City Easter Parade on 5th Avenue draws hundreds of attendees each year. Some come to see and others come to be seen, crafting whimsical hats and brightly colored get-ups for the occasion. There was no shortage of costumes to be seen this year, as crowds of parade-goers gathered outside of St. Patrick’s Church on 5th Avenue, which was blocked off for the occasion, on an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday. Onlookers came from around the world, and many could be heard speaking in French, German, and Spanish, likely tourists taking advantage of the occasion to

                        Speakers lined the length of the Brooklyn Bridge projecting gospel hymns sung by a walking choir while hundreds of people, with colorful rosaries dangling from their wrists, processed slowly towards Manhattan in the early afternoon sunlight on Good Friday. At intermittent locations across the bridge, priests leading the surging crowd stopped and read gospel verses with short reflections before moving to the next stop. The annual event – Way of the Cross Over the Brooklyn Bridge – began at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Brooklyn and ended at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan and is a Catholic celebration of the 14 Stations