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  • Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement

    04/13/2014 4:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jon Swaine
    It is the most important question being asked of dozens of New Yorkers lined up as potential jurors for the trial of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer: what do you think of her protest movement? Unfortunately for those keen on the swift procession of justice, a series of Manhattan residents who presented themselves at the criminal courthouse this week declared that they strongly disagreed with it – and could not promise to be impartial about one of its members. “I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not...
  • Anderson Cooper Will Not Receive an Inheritance From Mom Gloria Vanderbilt

    04/02/2014 7:10:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    US Magazine ^ | 04/02/2014 | Esther Lee
    No inheritance for Anderson! CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who comes from the Vanderbilts, one of the wealthiest families in American history, said Monday, March 31, that he will not be receiving any fortune from his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. "My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund," Cooper told Howard Stern on his radio show. "There's none of that." Cooper's mom is the great-great-granddaughter of railroad and shipping mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt. Still stunning at 90 years old, the Manhattan socialite and former denim designer is reportedly worth a whopping $200 million. Gloria's equally-successful son, however, told Stern he...
  • Bob Kerrey Calls Obama a Delusional Liar; Media Mum

    04/01/2014 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if a former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator had called a current Republican president a delusional liar whose programs are wasteful. Would the mainstream media not be all over the story? Such a person would be interviewed at length by Wolf Blitzer on CNN as well as made the rounds of the morning talk shows and the Sunday news programs as well. The media buzz would be red hot on this topic for days extending into weeks. Well, there is such a person but because he is a Democrat saying these things about President Obama, we can expect...
  • Salvation Army Settles Lawsuit on Religious Discrimination

    03/19/2014 12:29:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2014 | Sharon Otterman
    The Salvation Army on Tuesday settled a decade-old lawsuit that charged it with engaging in religious discrimination by requiring its government-funded social service employees to reveal their beliefs and to agree to act in accordance with the Christian gospel. As part of the settlement, approved by a federal judge in Manhattan, the Salvation Army will distribute to its New York employees who work in programs that receive government financing a document stating that they need not adhere to the group’s religious principles while doing their jobs, nor may they be asked about their religious beliefs. The Salvation Army, which is...
  • Trader kills self in finance world’s latest suicide

    03/12/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/12/14 | Michael Gray March 12, 2014 | 5:45pm
    A Manhattan trader was killed Tuesday morning by a speeding Long Island Rail Road commuter train, marking at least the seventh suicide of a financial professional this year. Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station. He was declared dead at the scene. Reilly’s identity was confirmed by Salvatore Arena, an LIRR spokesperson, who said an investigation into the incident was continuing. Passengers on the west-bound express train told MTA investigators they saw a man standing by the tracks before he jumped in...
  • Woman Allegedly Brutally Beat 3-Year-Old Daughter For Microwaving Cell Phone

    03/09/2014 7:47:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    Gothamist ^ | March 8, 2014 | Rebecca Fishbein
    A Manhattan woman was charged with assault this week for allegedly brutally beating her three-year-old daughter after the toddler microwaved her cell phone and destroyed it. The woman had been taking refuge in a Hell's Kitchen shelter for battered women. Officers say that Krystle Reyes, 28, began assaulting her daughter around 5 p.m. on Thursday night. Fellow residents at the West 49th Street shelter say they heard the little girl screaming and called for help; officials found the little girl with a deep cut and bruising on her right eye, bruising to her right arm, red marks on her neck...
  • Liam Neeson chides NYC mayor on horse carriages

    02/28/2014 10:51:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2014 8:34 PM EST
    Liam Neeson says he’s “a little bit pissed off” at Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry in New York City. The actor made the comment during a Wednesday appearance on “The Daily Show”. …
  • Spike Lee explains expletive-filled gentrification rant

    02/27/2014 3:55:52 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 2//27/2014
    His parents still live there. He still keeps an office there. But it's not the same neighborhood he grew up in, and his feelings about newcomers now inhabiting once-blighted parts of America's most-populous city like Fort Greene slapped many people in the face after the famed director went into an expletive-laced rant during an African-American History Month lecture on Tuesday. Spike Lee on gentrification "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," Lee said at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx,...
  • Manhattan man, 84, ticketed for jaywalking to file $5 million lawsuit against city

    01/27/2014 11:16:55 AM PST · by deks · 91 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 27, 2014 | John Marzulli
    “We can have police efforts focused on pedestrian safety without violating the civil rights of our citizens,” said Wong’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, who will file a notice of the lawsuit on Monday, naming the city, NYPD and unidentified officers as defendants. Wong maintains the traffic signal was green when he stepped off the curb at the southeast corner of 96th St. and Broadway to cross, but it may have turned red by the time the octogenarian reached the other side, where an unidentified cop stopped him and demanded to see his identification. Wong speaks only Cantonese and Spanish, but understood...
  • NYPD arrests man in a possible 'knockout' attack in lower Manhattan

    01/17/2014 11:45:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Rocco Parascandola
    A 24-year-old man punched a man in the nose in a possible “knockout” attack in lower Manhattan Wednesday, and was caught minutes later, police said. Laval Woods of Harlem is charged with felony assault in the 2 p.m. incident for allegedly sneaking up behind the victim, who is 74, on Fulton St. and hitting him. A bystander saved the victim from hitting the ground, said witness Misha Erwitt. PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Laval Woods of Harlem is arrested for punching a man in the nose at about 2 p.m. in Lower Manhattan.
  • Black women pushing white babies: Photo series exposes the racial divides in the world of a NY nanny

    01/16/2014 5:12:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    A candid picture series exposing the lives of New York City nannies reveals how a deep-rooted racial divide continues to permeate the industry. Photographer Ellen Jacob, 58, told MailOnline that she was inspired to start the project after noticing how it was often 'black women pushing white babies around' on Manhattan's affluent Upper West Side. After spending four years scouring the streets for willing subjects she discovered the majority of caregivers, aged 23 to 60, were immigrants living on the minimum wage with no sick pay, holidays or health benefits.
  • Life-Size Nativity Scene in New York's Central Park Should Encourage Other Cities, Group Says

    12/21/2009 9:26:22 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 557+ views
    cns ^ | December 21, 2009 | Matt Cover
    A photo of a Nativity Scene the Catholic League erected in New York’s Central Park in December 2009. (Photo courtesy of Catholic League) (CNSNews.com) – The New York City-based Catholic League has erected a life-size Nativity scene at the heart of New York’s Central Park, hoping the display will remind Christians in other cities that such displays are legal.   Placed at the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, the Nativity stands prominently in front of the world’s largest menorah – the eight-armed candelabra used to mark the eight days of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.   First...
  • Judge: No Nativity Scene Displays in NYC Schools

    02/18/2004 4:26:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 797+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | 02.18.04
    <p>A federal judgeon Wednesday backed the city's Department of Education, ruling that the display of the nativity scene, unlike Christmas trees and menorahs, was not secular and has no place in classrooms.</p> <p>Judge Charles Sifton in Brooklyn dismissed the lawsuit brought forth by Andrea Skoros, 34, of College Point, saying the city's holiday displays policy banning non-secular symbols from schools did not violate her right to free exercise of religion.</p>
  • Nativity scene and menorah in Central Park [Catholic League display in NYC on public property]

    12/22/2008 6:10:50 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Spero News ^ | December 18, 2008 | William Donohue
    Take note all ye cultural fascists out to annihilate Christmas: The Catholic League has a nativity scene on public property in New York City, right in Central Park. We deliberately put it on the corner of 59th and 5th so that New Yorkers taking the 5th Avenue bus downtown can’t avoid seeing it. Indeed, it’s impossible to miss. Next to it will be the world’s largest menorah, a religious symbol that some dunce lawyers still think is a secular symbol. “Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our life-sized crčche in Central...
  • NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK (NY)

    12/17/2011 2:43:39 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic League ^ | December 16, 2011
    Leave a Comment Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Today we erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on the corner of 59th and 5th; it will be up until January 3. Moreover, we did not surround it with secular symbols.Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our nativity scene. We choose Central Park because it is a public forum, a place where concerts, marathons and all sorts of festivities take place. We do not seek to display our crèche on public property adjacent to City Hall, because that is...
  • Atheists Use Times Square Billboard for Anti-Christmas Pitch

    12/21/2012 9:57:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 12.14.12 | Dave Bohon
    A group called American Atheists has posted a high-profile billboard in New York City's Times Square depicting Christianity as a “myth,” apparently mocking Jesus Christ on the cross. The group, which first launched its Christmas “myth” campaign in 2010, ramped up its campaign with a giant sign that features an image of Santa Claus, an equally large picture portraying a suffering Jesus on the cross, along with the phrase, “Keep the Merry — Dump the Myth!”David Silverman, president of the atheist club, claimed in a press release that his group thinks “a large population of Christians are actually 'atheists'...
  • 'Subway vigilante' Bernie Goetz arrested for selling marijuana to undercover officer: cops

    11/02/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | november 2, 2013 | Rocco Parascandola AND Thomas Tracy
    He went from tokens to toking. “Subway vigilante” Bernie Goetz has turned to peddling pot, cops say, decades after he pumped five shots into four black teenagers, skyrocketing him to national fame and infamy. The gunman, who divided the city after shooting four black teens in 1984, was arrested in Manhattan after selling a small amount of marijuana to an undercover narcotics cop Friday evening, police said. Goetz, who will be celebrating his 66th birthday next Thursday, reportedly chatted up the undercover female officer at Union Square Park at about 5:30 p.m. and “asked her if she wanted to get...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Drone crash lands in Manhattan

    10/02/2013 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 17 replies
    WABC-TV/DT ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jim Hoffer
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A small helicopter drone flying high above buildings on the East side of Manhattan crash landed just feet away from a businessman during the Monday evening rush hour. Video he recovered from a memory card in the crash debris shows the drone twenty to thirty stories above the busy streets and crowded sidewalks near Grand Central Station. The businessman reached out to Eyewitness News saying he thinks the 3-pound drone could have seriously injured him had he taken a direct hit. He called police who took a look at the drone video, but did no further...
  • Upper Manhattan Residents Say Skunks Are Stinking Up Neighborhood

    09/29/2013 7:36:30 AM PDT · by shove_it · 59 replies
    SeeBSNY ^ | 27 Sep 2013
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Something stinks in upper Manhattan. Residents claim skunks have invaded Inwood and Washington Heights, roaming the streets surrounding Fort Tryon Park and stinking up the neighborhood. “I tell my friends down in midtown or Hells Kitchen that there’s a skunk problem up here and they don’t believe it,” resident Mark Bailey said. “They’re in front of every building…they’re not just in the parks, they’re all over.” [...]
  • Earth Gains A Record Amount Of Sea Ice In 2013

    09/14/2013 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    Climatedepot.com ^ | 9/14/2013 | Marc Morano
    Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was on this date in 2002.
  • Bus rider’s face smashed in during ‘hate attack’

    09/10/2013 2:18:44 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/9/2013
    An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan – marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said. In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye socket, cops said. The victim...
  • 'Empty Sky' lights go up in Manhattan in honor of Sept. 11 anniversary

    09/10/2013 2:45:18 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | September 9, 2013
    The annual "Empty Sky'' lights, symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, went on tonight on the Manhattan skyline.
  • Arrest Made in Wild Drive Around Manhattan

    09/07/2013 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 32 replies
    The NY Slimes ^ | 6SEP2013 | Marc Santora
    The driver, who went by the name Afroduck, was fast and proud of it, using a dashboard camera to capture his wild 26.5-mile journey around Manhattan in 24 minutes.
  • Grandmother, 93, pushed down flight of stairs and robbed (shortened)

    08/23/2013 5:25:49 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Aug. 23, 2013 | Ellie Buchdahl
    A robber attacked an elderly woman after pretending to help her take pictures of her childhood home when she returned with her daughter after 73 years. Marjorie Ramondetta, 93, and her daughter Linda Reynolds, 65, were allegedly shoved down a flight of stairs in the building by a thug when they came back to the house in Washington Heights in Manhattan, New York. The man then stole the women's purses as they lay bruised at the bottom of the stairs, law-enforcement sources said.
  • Manhattan's luckiest renter has paid just $1.00 a month since 2006 for his two bedroom apartment

    08/13/2013 8:22:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/13/2013
    Thanks to a little error on the part of the city of New York and a lot of blind luck, a Manhattan man pays the bargain basement rate of $1 per month in rent for his apartment. David Lieberman moved into the pad on Morningside Boulevard, an in demand section of up-and-coming Harlem, in 2006 and paid $2,100, market rate at the time for the two bedroom apartment. But since learning that the city lowered the rent to a buck for previous tenants while they waited for damages from a fire to be repaired, Lieberman has laid claim to the...
  • Fed Housing Distortion and Manhattan Condos (Hard To Buy In NYC Under $3 Million)

    08/10/2013 10:34:40 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/10/2103 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Reserves zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) and quantitative easing has clearly had an effect on the market. The stock market to be more specific. spxfedfundstraget Manhattan dwellers with budgets that would buy mansions in most of America are discovering it’s tough to find even a two-bedroom apartment in New York as the inventory of homes shrinks. The number of available units for less than $3 million — those generally considered nonluxury — has plunged by the most on record, creating a shortage that’s unlikely to be alleviated any time soon as developers focus on ultra high-end condos that...
  • Spitzer-less forum focuses on issues

    08/08/2013 10:39:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Queens Chronicle ^ | 08/08/2013 | Michael Gannon
    Two of the men seeking to be New York City’s next comptroller touted their different backgrounds and experiences in an Aug. 1 forum in Laurelton, each saying his made him more qualified than the other to be the city’s next top financial officer. Democrat Scott Stringer is the Manhattan borough president and also served 13 years in the state Assembly. Republican John Burnett has spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry, including supervisory and management positions at Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who joined the Democratic campaign just prior to the deadline for...
  • Kevyn Orr: How Detroit Can Rise Again

    08/03/2013 9:18:54 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 2, 2013 | Allysia Finley
    What do northwest Washington, D.C., South Beach Miami and upper Manhattan have in common? Less than 50 years ago, the now vibrant communities didn't look much different from most of Detroit, says emergency manager Kevyn Orr—whom Gov. Rick Snyder tapped in March to revive the broken Motor City. This is what gives him hope that Detroit can stage a comeback. "D.C. in '91 was still burned out from the 1968 riots," recalls the youthful 55-year-old attorney who worked for 22 years in D.C., at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation, Justice Department and Jones Day law firm. "You...
  • Flashback: On His Way Out, Manhattan DA Zings Bloomberg [2009]

    06/02/2013 4:07:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Newser ^ | December 27, 2009 | M. Morris
    In 35 years as Manhattan DA, Robert Morgenthau has gotten along with every mayor of New York -- except the current one. Mike Bloomberg, says Morgenthau, "doesn't want anybody around who doesn't kiss his ring, or other parts of his body." In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, the 90-year-old, who leaves office Thursday, addresses everything from his feud with the mayor to the international crimefighting role his office has played during his tenure. As usual, he pulls no punches: On enforcing economic sanctions against Iran and its business partners: "The president is smoking pot or something if...
  • Attack of the Dunn (the Mao hag is back)

    08/17/2010 12:52:06 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-17-10 | Jon Ward
    Former WH communications director attacks GOP as intolerant over Ground Zero mosque ### Former White House communications director Anita Dunn on Tuesday launched a furious attack against Republicans who have criticized President Obama’s remarks on the Ground Zero mosque, labeling the GOP as the party of intolerance. “The Republican party as solidifying its reputation for intolerance in this year, for almost any kind of difference in American society, is going down a very dangerous long term road,” Dunn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “They might see some short term things although I think the American people are better than that,”...
  • NY officials: ID theft ring stole from victims who used credit cards at Mesquite gas station

    05/02/2013 1:23:14 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 05/02/13 | Kevin Krause
    New York officials said alleged members of an identity theft ring used an electronic encoder and other tools inside a Manhattan hotel room to steal money from nearly 400 people who used credit and debit cards at a Mesquite gas station. The four suspects are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the victims. Garegin Spartalyan, 40, Aram Martirosian, 34, Hayk Dzhandzhapanyan, 40, and Davit Kudugulyan, 42, were charged this week in New York in a 405-count indictment with various offenses including grand larceny and possession of stolen property, officials said.
  • 9/11 plane's landing gear found wedged 'by Ground Zero Mosque'

    04/26/2013 7:09:57 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 27, 2013
    A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the planes destroyed in the Sept 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between the infamous "Ground Zero Mosque" and another New York building. The part includes a clearly visible Boeing identification number, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. The twisted, rusted metal part has cables and levers on it and is about 5 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep. The piece was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting a lower Manhattan Islamic community centre on behalf of the building's owner. The spokesman said the inspectors...
  • Feds Grab Everyone But The Vor

    04/22/2013 6:20:42 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    Nearly two dozen defendants were arraigned last Friday in a Manhattan federal court for their alleged roles in a gambling ring for the fabulous people but missing from the crowd was reputed Russian mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov who remains a fugitive as reported by Richard Behar for Forbes: "The feds call him a 'major figure in international Eurasian Organized Crime' who has been involved in 'drug distribution, illegal arms sales and trafficking in stolen vehicles.' In the current gambling case, he's accused of using his status as a thief-in-law (or vory v zakone) -- a select group of the highest-level criminals...
  • Violent crime spiking in wealthy Manhattan neighborhoods

    04/13/2013 1:17:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/13/13 | JESSICA SIMEONE, KEVIN FASICK and JEANE MacINTOSH
    Some of Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhoods are exploding in a wave of violent crime that hearkens back to the bad old days when people feared going out at night, according to NYPD data obtained by The Post. Chelsea, Gramercy Park, TriBeCa, SoHo and Midtown South all posted a frightening rise in rapes in the first three months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. Felony assaults in the usually peaceful West Village nearly tripled, the new crime statistics show. Greenwich Village’s 6th Precinct tied the Rockaways’ grimy 100th Precinct for the city’s biggest year-to-date overall crime spike. “We are...
  • Detroit's new czar faces deep decay of city's neighborhoods

    03/24/2013 9:59:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2013 | Steve Neavling and Bernie Woodall
    When the state-imposed manager of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, starts the job on Monday he will wade into a city of crumbling neighborhoods where police fail to respond to some calls, arson fires burn out of control and residents scour charred buildings for scrap metal to sell. Except for the business district and a cultural area including a university, museum and some theaters, the city of Detroit, population 700,000, is in bad shape. Orr, a Washington, D.C.-based bankruptcy lawyer, will have the official title of "Emergency Financial Manager." But his remit as an unelected administrator will range far beyond money. His...
  • Millionaire ID thief gets four years for paying waiters to skim AmEx cards from wealthy customers

    02/26/2013 6:45:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 2/26/2013 | LAURA ITALIANO
    A crafty, millionaire identity thief will spend at least four and a half years in prison after admitting today that he paid waiters at some of Manhattan's fanciest restaurants to skim the AmEx cards of wealthy customers. Between 2010 and 2011, some 265 diners had their Black and Platinum AmEx card information stolen by waiters at Smith & Wollenski, Capital Grille, Wolfgang's Steakhouse and JoJo, all thanks to Luis Damian Jacas, who pleaded guilty on the brink of opening statements in his now-scuttled enterprise corruption trial at Manhattan Supreme Court. Jacas, 42, of Manhattan, paid waiters $500 per Black card,...
  • What Is Middle Class in Manhattan?

    01/20/2013 7:55:47 AM PST · by proxy_user · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | AMY O’LEARY
    DRIVE through almost any neighborhood around the country, and class divisions are as clear as the gate around one community or the grittiness of another. From the footprint of the house to the gleam on the car in the driveway, it is not hard to guess the economic status of the people who live there. Even the landscape is carved up by class. From 15,000 feet up, you can stare down at subdivisions and tract houses, and America’s class lines will stare right back up at you. Manhattan, however, is not like most places. Its 1.6 million residents hide in...
  • Investigators looking into 'unanswered questions' about Mary Richardson Kennedy's suicide

    11/25/2012 3:57:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”
  • LulzSec 'Leader' Turns on Fellow Hacktivists: Feds

    03/06/2012 9:02:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | March 6, 2012 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, AARON KATERSKY and PIERRE THOMAS
    Six members of the suspected computer hacking groups affiliated with Anonymous were charged—including the suspected ring leader, who directed the entire operation from a Manhattan apartment complex—after it was revealed one of the group's most high profile members has been working with federal authorities for months. Hector Monsegur, a 28-year-old American believed to use the name "Sabu" on the internet, was arrested by federal agents last year and has been cooperating with law enforcement ever since, officials said. He pleaded guilty last August, a plea unsealed in federal court in Lower Manhattan today. At least four of the five other...
  • Power returns to lower Manhattan, but many waiting

    11/03/2012 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/3/12 | Emily Flitter and Michelle Nichols
    The power restoration came as gasoline supplies headed to coastal zones devastated by the record storm surge and to motorists whose patience has been tested by gasoline rationing during the painstaking effort to rebuild. With the U.S. presidential election just three days away, about 3 million homes and business remained without power in a region choked with storm debris and long gas lines reminiscent of the 1970s-era U.S. fuel shortage. Angry storm victims wondered when their lives would return to normal.
  • Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

    11/01/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 31, 2012 | ABC News
    Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body. ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform. “Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if...
  • Crane Collapses From Building Under Construction In Midtown

    10/29/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    CBS New York ^ | October 29,2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The FDNY is at a high-rise under construction in Midtown where a crane has collapsed. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the building on West 57th Street. The top of the crane, about 75-stories up, could be seen dangling down from the luxury building. WATCH LIVE: CBS 2 | LISTEN NOW: 1010 WINS | WCBS 880 All residents of buildings on West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues have been ordered to move to lower floors. All others have been told to avoid the area. There is no falling debris, but the...
  • Plot to attack Federal Reserve in NYC: Suspect thought he had 1,000-pound bomb, authorities say

    10/17/2012 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/17/12 | Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz, NBCNewYork.com
    Updated at 8 p.m. ET: NEW YORK - A suspected terrorist parked a van packed with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb next to the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan and tried to detonate it Wednesday morning before he was arrested in a terror sting operation, authorities said. The suspect, 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, is a Bangladeshi national who came to the U.S. on a student visa in January for the specific purpose of launching a terror attack here, authorities said. He allegedly told an undercover agent last month that he hoped the attack would disrupt...
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • Tungsten-Filled 10 Oz Gold Bar Found In The Middle Of Manhattan's Jewelry District

    09/18/2012 7:08:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 95 replies
    It is one thing for tungsten-filled gold bars to appear in the UK, or in Germany: after all out of sight, and across the Atlantic, certainly must mean out of mind, and out of the safe. However, when a 10 ounce 999.9 gold bar bearing the stamp of the reputable Swiss Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP, with owner MTP) and a serial number (serial #038892, likely rehypothecated in at least 10 gold ETFs across the world but that's a different story), mysteriously emerges in the heart of the world's jewerly district located on 47th street in Manhattan, things get real...
  • Manhattan man to challenge Obama's appearance on the November ballot (Kansas)

    09/13/2012 4:19:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 101 replies
    The Mercury ^ | 9/13/12
    Manhattan man to challenge Obama's appearance on the November ballotStaff reports September 13, 2012 12:00 AM A Manhattan man was scheduled to argue before state officials Thursday afternoon that President Obama's name should not be allowed on the November general election ballot. The appeal by Joe Montgomery was to be heard by The Kansas Board of Objections, a three-person body that resolves ballot-eligibility issues. The board is comprised of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Atty. Gen. Derek Schmidt. All three are Republicans. In material filed with the Secretary of State's office, Montgomery argues that Obama's...
  • Haunting 1950 images imagine the effects of an atomic bomb attack on the Big Apple

    08/21/2012 8:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It wasn't a movie poster for a monster or disaster film. It was an illustration of America's worst nightmare - that an atomic bomb would strike a major U.S. metropolis. The harrowing image of the New York City skyline marred by a giant mushroom cloud splashed the cover of Collier's magazine on August 5, 1950 - at a time of heightened American anxiety. The Collier's issue was spotlighted recently on Smithsonianmag.com, which ran the same pictures that appeared in the same 1950 issue of the magazine. While recent films like The Avengers, Independence Day and Cloverfield touched on a fictional...
  • New York City to introduce 300 square foot micro apartments

    07/10/2012 6:19:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 96 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    New York City’s diminutive apartments have long been the butt of many a housing joke, but now developers are poised to take the concept of downsizing to a new low. City planners believe that tiny studio units measuring 300 square feet – or six times the size of a standard jail cell at Rikers Island - could be the answer to a growing population of singles and two-person households. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday invited developers to come up with ways to fill 335 East 27 Street with what officials are calling ‘micro-units.’
  • Would You Live in a Meat-Free ‘Utopia?’

    06/11/2012 6:51:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Jun. 11 2012 | Zosia Bielski
    When only macadamia–based cheese will do for that late-night craving, a new luxury condo on New York’s Lower East Side delivers: the Madison Jackson has been “designed to support a vegetarian or vegan organic lifestyle,” offering prospective tenants 24-hour organic vegetarian room service, organic dry cleaning and an on-site juice bar, “for those who get kale cravings at 2 a.m.” The “vegan condo” will also offer in-house nutritional counselling, craniosacral therapy and Jivamukti yoga, which combines hatha yoga with meditation and stresses veganism and environmentalism. “We have many people who are health conscious,” Michael Bolla, the building’s developer, told DNAinfo.com....
  • Mandatory Arabic at NYC Public School

    05/28/2012 4:29:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/5/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said last week. Beginning next semester, all 200 second-through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes, putting it on equal footing with science and music courses, The New York Post reported. Principal Nicky Kram Rosen said that she selected Arabic, as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French, is because it will help the school obtain a more prestigious degree standing. “She proposed this to the...