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Real-Life 'Marnie Michaels' Starts All-Girls Club

Feminist social club The Wing boasts 200 members

(Newser) - "The mission was to create a destination where women can build relationships, hatch plans and, you know, run the world," says 29-year-old Audrey Gelman, Lena Dunham's bestie and the inspiration behind Girls' character Marnie Michaels. That destination is now The Wing , a women-only social club—with members... More »

Engagement Broken, Couple Battles Over $125K Ring

Former fiance sues after former fiancee won't return ring

(Newser) - One minute you're registering for monogrammed guest towels and a $1,090 vase ; the next, you're embroiled in a lawsuit over a $125,000 engagement ring. Such is the sad story of former Manhattan couple Bradley Moss and Amy Bzura , who were engaged to be married Oct. 29.... More »

Beyonce's Dancer Leaves Odd Message, Disappears

Shirlene Quigley told friend to 'sub for me'

(Newser) - A professional dancer who's busted moves with Beyonce and Rihanna is missing after making an odd comment to a friend. According to her landlord, Shirlene Quigley, 32, seemed unwell while leaving her New Jersey home around 3pm Saturday, reports NBC New York . She was last seen boarding a bus... More »

Clinton, Trump to Dine Together Thursday Night

No one's really sure how the Alfred E. Smith dinner/roast is going to go

(Newser) - Fact-checkers held both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over the fire for their remarks during Wednesday night's presidential debate, but on Thursday night, the candidates will get to roast each other free of the facts, CBS New York reports. It should prove to be an interesting evening at the... More »

NPR Editor's Scary Find: 'Hey, There's a Pressure Cooker'

Petra Mayer saw unexploded device in Chelsea

(Newser) - NPR editor Petra Mayer was visiting a friend in New York City on Saturday night and found herself in an unusual place: as part of a news story. As she explains in an essay , they were heading back to her friend's place when the radio reports began talking about... More »

Famous FAO Schwarz Building Gets a New Tenant

Under Armour will put a flagship location there

(Newser) - The iconic storefront that used to house FAO Schwarz in New York City is getting a new tenant after being vacant since last July: Under Armour. "The approximately 53,000-square-foot space is one of the most-recognized and high-traffic areas in all of New York, and our plan is to... More »

Manhattan May Get World's First Underground Park

Remote skylight solar tech could allow enough natural sunlight for photosynthesis

(Newser) - In 2009, right around the time the first section of the much-lauded High Line project opened to the public, offering New Yorkers access to an unused section of elevated railroad tracks in Manhattan that had been transformed into a green space, a couple of guys chatted one night over "... More »

'Disturbed' Man Detained Near Taylor Swift's Home

Sources say 25-year-old stopped in NYC had also shown up near singer's RI residence

(Newser) - A "disheveled" man who sources say had previously been caught lurking near Taylor Swift's home in Rhode Island was detained Tuesday while hanging around outside of her Tribeca apartment in New York City and ringing her doorbell, police say, per Page Six . He's been identified as 25-year-old... More »

Futuristic Central Park Design Proposes a 'Sidescraper'

Design calls for excavating the park

(Newser) - A headline at CityLab calls it the "worst idea in history," but a design that includes digging up Manhattan's Central Park 1,000 feet to the bedrock and then erecting a reflective glass building around it has won this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition . The project called... More »

1 Dead in NYC Crane Collapse

It fell onto parked cars in TriBeCa neighborhood

(Newser) - One person is dead and two others seriously injured after a construction crane collapsed in Manhattan Friday morning, reports WABC-TV . The crane crashed onto parked cars in the TriBeCa neighborhood about 8:30am, and the person who was killed was inside one of those vehicles. "I could see it... More »

Wife: Husband Secretly Divorced Me 20 Years Ago

Cristina Carta Villa, 59, files suit against her husband

(Newser) - While some marriages end in divorce, this one apparently essentially started with it. New York wife Cristina Carta Villa, 59, claims that husband Gabriel Villa secretly divorced her right after they married 20 years ago in an effort to retain his assets, the New York Post reports. Now she's... More »

Feds Rein in Shell Games With Ritzy Real Estate

Feds to start IDing, tracking secret buyers of high-end homes

(Newser) - Those planning on scooping up a high-end property on the sly—i.e., paying cash via a shell company—may soon have to come up with a new game plan. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will start making title insurance companies ID secret buyers of property going for more... More »

How a Gang of Strippers Robbed From the Rich

By drugging them, says suspect Rosie Keo

(Newser) - Rosie Keo is due in court next month for her alleged involvement in a scam involving strippers who robbed male clients of at least $200,000. But in her telling, Keo alone made much more. Makes sense, if her story is true about strippers drugging doctors and Wall Street executives... More »

Cops: Modern-Day Samurai Busted at Apple Store

The incident was posted to social media, of course

(Newser) - Authorities say a man was taken into custody after swinging a samurai sword inside an Apple store Friday in Manhattan. It happened shortly after 4pm local time at a store on Fifth Avenue. A police spokesperson says the man appeared to be emotionally disturbed. Officials say there were no reported... More »

Cabbie's Attempt to Report Drunken Fare Ends Poorly

Real estate agent stole taxi while cabby was talking to police about her unruly behavior

(Newser) - Sometimes it’s tough to know when to say when. But if you find yourself drunkenly vomiting out of the window of a stolen taxi in Manhattan, it's safe to say you've crossed that line. That was allegedly the case of Kinga Tabares. The New York Post reports... More »

For an NYC Alligator, Fame Then Death

3-foot-creature found in the Inwood section of Manhattan yesterday

(Newser) - A mysterious story from its start to brief finish: a 3-foot-long alligator was found crossing Ninth Avenue at 205th Street in Manhattan Thursday. What happened next is what you'd expect these days: The Police Department's 34th Precinct tweeted about it, bestowing fame upon the creature—and showing a... More »

Team USA Revels in a Rare American Honor

Lloyd, Wambach, and Co. celebrated in New York City's Canyon of Heroes

(Newser) - Throngs of young girls and other fans of the US women's soccer team filled lower Manhattan this morning for a ticker-tape parade celebrating its Women's World Cup victory. The parade-goers started gathering at 3:30am along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation's... More »

10 Hurt as NYC Crane's Payload Plunges 28 Stories

But no injuries thought to be life-threatening

(Newser) - A crane accident injured 10 people in Manhattan late this morning after a giant HVAC unit broke free as it was being raised, and plunged some 28 stories to the sidewalk below, reports WABC , bashing the facade at 261 Madison Ave. along the way. "It sounded like a freight... More »

Toddler Hit By Crumbling NYC Windowsill Dies

Greta Greene was hit by brick while sitting with grandmother Sunday

(Newser) - The 2-year-old girl struck by a falling piece of Manhattan windowsill from eight stories above while sitting on a bench with her grandmother died yesterday after hours of surgeons' efforts, reports the New York Times . Greta Greene sustained a head injury on Sunday while outside the Esplanade Luxury Senior Residences... More »

Falling Bricks Leave NYC Toddler Brain Dead

Greta Greene, 2, hit in head by crumbling facade in Manhattan

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was hit in the head by falling bricks on Manhattan's Upper West Side yesterday. Greta Greene was on a bench outside the Esplanade Manhattan senior living home with her grandmother, Susan Frierson, when debris fell from the building's eighth-floor... More »

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