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A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.

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Solomon Northup's story was largely forgotten until '12 Years A Slave' — except by his family

At the Academy Awards tonight, the British-American film "12 Years A Slave" is up for nine Oscars. It is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black violinist in New York who was sold into slavery in the 1800s. His great-great-great-grandson says the story gave his family a rare gift among African Americans —the ability to trace their ancestry.

Arts, Culture & Media

A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.