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A Sad Ending to Life of Man Who 'Had It All'

'NYT' explores the life and suicide of Geoffrey Weglarz

(Newser) - After police in Manhattan found a 61-year-old man dead in a parked car in late August, they identified him as Geoffrey Corbis and said it appeared he died of natural causes. Turns out, his name was actually Geoffrey Weglarz, and he died by suicide after ingesting poison he bought on... More »

Tragic End for Man Accused of Stealing Goldman Sachs Exec's Wine

Former personal assistant to David Solomon jumped to his death same day he was due in court

(Newser) - The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal... More »

2 Words Uttered in NYC Classroom Caused a Firestorm

Friends Seminary terminated Ben Frisch over the incident

(Newser) - It costs nearly $50,000 a year to send your kid to Friends Seminary, a private Quaker school in Manhattan founded in 1786. Two words uttered there cost Ben Frisch much more. While teaching a Feb. 14 pre-calculus class, he lifted his right arm up and down during a demonstration... More »

Party Takes Tragic Turn as Teen Tries to Get Phone

Imogen Roche fell 5 stories off a Manhattan fire escape

(Newser) - A party in Manhattan turned tragic Sunday night when a 15-year-old girl fell five stories to her death from a fire escape. Authorities say Imogen Roche was trying to get into a locked room through a window of a Tribeca apartment to retrieve her cellphone around 11pm when she slipped... More »

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish Speakers Apologizes

'What the video did not convey is the real me,' says Aaron Schlossberg

(Newser) - A lawyer whose rant against Spanish speakers in a New York City eatery went viral posted an apology online on Tuesday, saying that how he expressed himself was "unacceptable." "To the people I insulted, I apologize," Aaron Schlossberg said in a post to his Twitter and... More »

Once Worth Billions, 'Catwoman' Is Bankrupt

'I often turn to friends and family in order to pay my ongoing expenses'

(Newser) - Jocelyn Wildenstein—better known as "Catwoman," the "Lion Woman of New York," and the "Bride of Wildenstein" for her surgically created cat-like countenance—has filed for bankruptcy. At one time Wildenstein spent at least $1 million a month on a lifestyle that included Gulfstream jets,... More »

Payback Is Swift for Lawyer in 'Racist Rant'

Lawmakers have filed an official complaint

(Newser) - Manhattan attorney Aaron Schlossberg had a lot more to worry about than restaurant workers speaking Spanish on Thursday. After his rant against the workers for not speaking English went viral, two Democratic lawmakers filed a complaint against him with a disciplinary committee, the AP reports. "The audacity to profile... More »

Rant About Spanish-Speaking Restaurant Workers Goes Viral

Video is from Manhattan eatery

(Newser) - Another customer's tirade about foreigners is going viral, this one in New York City. A man in Manhattan is caught berating the manager of Fresh Kitchen because employees there were speaking Spanish, reports CNN . The video first caught fire on Facebook here . "My guess is they're not... More »

She Died at 84. Then People Found Out About Her NYC Rent

Late actress Patricia O'Grady was forking over $28.43 a month for Greenwich Village apartment

(Newser) - The subject of rent control has prompted some big headlines over the past few years, but one out of Manhattan will likely cause fellow city dwellers' jaws to drop. A New York Times obituary notes that in March, 84-year-old Patricia O'Grady was hit by a car near her Greenwich... More »

1 Dead in Blaze at Trump Tower

(Newser) - A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday's blaze is not yet known but... More »

Bar Takes a Stand Against Word 'Literally'

The Continental in New York City posts a tongue-in-cheek warning that causes a stir

(Newser) - A Manhattan bar that previously made waves for banning people in saggy pants will now figuratively kick you out for saying the word "literally." A sign posted this week at The Continental tells patrons that "literally" is "the most overused, annoying word in the English language... More »

Trumps to Ditch Their 'Epically Mismanaged' NYC Hotel

The Trump SoHo has had troubles from the start

(Newser) - A posh New York City hotel bears the Trump name—but the Trumps have apparently had it with the property, the New York Times reports. The Trump Organization has penned a deal that lets it out of its ties to Trump SoHo by the end of the year, bringing to... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

Rapper Accused of Murder Thought He Was Being Hit On

Kidd Creole reportedly went to work immediately after alleged stabbing

(Newser) - A New York prosecutor says a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death in Manhattan after he became enraged because he thought the man believed he was gay and was hitting on him, and he feared he would be robbed, reports the... More »

Hip-Hop Legend Charged With Murder

Kidd Creole accused of stabbing homeless man in Manhattan

(Newser) - One of the founding members of the 1980s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was arrested in New York City in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, police say. Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges, reports... More »

Dozens Hurt in New York Subway Derailment

2 cars went off the track and into a wall

(Newser) - Dozens of people were hurt Tuesday morning in New York when a subway derailed in Manhattan. The emergency brake was activated—it's not clear why—which caused two cars to veer off the tracks and into a wall, the New York Times reports. There was extensive damage, including to... More »

Newest Statue on Wall Street: 'Pissing Pug'

It's a response to 'Fearless Girl,' which was a response to 'Charging Bull'

(Newser) - For months, "Fearless Girl" has stood in defiance of a famous 11-foot bull statue in Manhattan. But its message of female empowerment was a bit dampened Monday. In protest of the 4-foot statue of a young girl, artist Alex Gardega erected a small statue of a dog urinating next... More »

Subway Rider Allegedly Picks Wrong Person to Rub Against

Osa Ayanru allegedly pushed privates onto plainclothes cop

(Newser) - NYPD Detective Jennifer Rosario was on the job, keeping an eye out for crime while riding a Harlem-bound subway in Manhattan on Wednesday, reports the New York Daily News . She just probably didn't imagine she'd be the victim. Police say the plainclothes officer felt something repeatedly touch her... More »

He Fell 47 Stories and Lived—and He Still Isn't Sure How

Alcides Moreno says he survived to raise his new son

(Newser) - Some say the window washing platform surfed the air. Others, including a rep for the New York City Fire Department, suspect "a higher hand was in control." Even Alcides Moreno isn't sure how he survived a 47-story fall from Manhattan's Solow Building on Dec. 7, 2007.... More »

Couple Together for 6 Decades Carry Out Suicide Pact: Cops

NYC musician Joyce Hope Suskind, photographer Olaf Ringdahl found by friend

(Newser) - They swore they'd never be apart, and after nearly 60 years together, a Manhattan couple kept that promise in the most heartbreaking way. A friend of 88-year-old Joyce Hope Suskind and her 86-year-old husband, Olaf Ringdahl, found the artistic pair dead Sunday in their Upper West Side apartment, the... More »

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