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Early this morning, a little more than a week after we launched an invite-only test site, we took down our password-protection wall. Some of you have been calling for us to do so since Day 1, but there were a few things we needed to do before we went public.

For all of you who came to us early, we're so grateful for your patience, and for your feedback.

We have been testing out and improving some of the tech stuff, so a few of the tweaks we've made won't be particularly noticeable. But you’ll see some small new stuff here based on your requests and observations. Many of you pointed out that the color of our links in our articles were a little too subtle to, you know, see. So from now on, they’ll be in an attractive and easily distinguishable shade of blue. (The hexcode is #00506e. Which totally kicks the butt of #05698f.) But there's more exciting stuff coming in the next few weeks.

We are almost finished making our interactive calendar, which will give you ideas for things to do all over town. (Help us populate it! If you have an event you want to list, write us at tips@capitalnewyork.com.) We’re also working on our first newsletter, which you can now sign up for with a click on the box on the homepage (or in your account page). We won’t make this bi-weekly update a robot-generated link-dump: we'll try our best to make it something subscribers might actually find enjoyable and useful.

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For those of you who are just joining us, look around and catch up on what we’ve been up to during the past week: Josh Benson talked to David Simon about the doomed relationship between cities and their newsrooms, and his complicated feelings about New York.

We unveiled a video interview with drag impresario Charles Busch, the first product of a collaboration between Capital and thirteen.org.

The great Steve Brodner did our first illustrated banner at the top of the page, and we'll be commissioning art from other illustrators on a regular basis. (Want in? Write tmcgeveran[a]capitalnewyork.com.)

D.M. Levine looked behind the curtains of the Public Theater's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and discovered protesting Native Americans complicating its move to Broadway. Betsy Morais wrote about New York's most secretive newspaper, The Epoch Times. AOL "content king" Tim Armstrong, who has recently built the largest newsroom in America, might be in trouble if he doesn't get some cash—fast, according to Meghan Keane.

In Central Park, Eliza Shapiro helped break a world record along with thousands of other New Yorkers by doing a yoga session in the middle of a downpour, and Seth Colter Walls spent an odd afternoon on the lake.

Zach Baron also chewed on the (fry) fat of the debate about M.I.A. and her politics. (Zach also makes a cameo in Joe Pompeo's dive into zines and the "radical new gestures" a group of youngs are making to repel Google's spiders from Mountain View.)

Azi Paybarah got his old-school rap on.

Katharine Jose discovered the nexus of history and pie in Ridgewood, Mark Hay told us maybe more than we wanted to know about what’s actually in the Gowanus Canal, and Zachary Woolfe met up with Bill Clegg at Marquet, who told him all about how his New York narrative fell apart.

And, by popular demand, Tom McGeveran has resumed his breakdown of the daily war between The New York Post and the Daily News in The Front.

There's lots more in our archives. (It’s been a busy week.)

We're set up to integrate and organize content in interesting ways on the homepage. On the upper left is our writers' most recent activity. And on the right is a nifty tool (thanks again, Alley Interactive!) that tracks conversations happening among people we follow on Twitter on topics our readers care about.

I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on new site features we’re rolling out, some of which I’ve already told you about in my previous dispatch. Please don’t be shy about letting me know how you think things are going. (It’s gillian[at]capitalnewyork.com.)