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Hipsters Are Healing Their Souls With 'Grandmother' Drug

Amazon's ayahuasca is said to offer therapeutic benefits—though not without a cost

(Newser) - A psychedelic concoction known as yage, or ayahuasca, has been brewed in indigenous communities in the Amazon region for centuries. But now it's found a relatively new audience: Americans immersed in what Ariel Levy, writing for the New Yorker , calls "the Age of Kale," who are tapping... More »

Wahlbergs' Company Sued Over Alleged Wage Theft

Ex-Wahlburgers employees say they weren't paid minimum wage

(Newser) - Five former employees of the burger chain founded by Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are suing the company over what they call "rampant" violations of labor laws, reports the AP . The ex-employees who filed the class-action suit in New York federal court Thursday previously worked at a Wahlburgers location in... More »

Dad Shot Dead Standing Up for His Son

Incident arose over a stolen baseball cap

(Newser) - Gerald Cummings confronted a group of young men about his son's stolen baseball cap, and wound up losing his life as a result, police say. The 38-year-old father of two was shot twice in the head near a basketball court outside a Brooklyn elementary school around 10:15pm Wednesday,... More »

Woman Selling Breakup Blender on Craigslist

It's a reconditioned Vitamix

(Newser) - "Who buys someone they're dumping a Vitamix?" That's the question of a Brooklyn woman selling a certified reconditioned 5200 series Vitamix online, Daily Dot reports. The appliance—asking price just $400—indeed was a break-up gift of sorts. "He clearly wants to break up, but makes... More »

33 Sickened in NYC Mass Overdose

Authorities issue fresh warning on synthetic pot

(Newser) - More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. Calls started coming in Tuesday morning that numerous people appeared to be... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

Thieves Tunnel Through Bank Roof, Steal $280K

And they didn't even trigger an alarm

(Newser) - Thieves stole $280,000 in cash and valuables from a Brooklyn bank over the weekend. The most impressive part: They didn't even trigger an alarm. Police were only tipped off to the robbery at the HSBC branch in Borough Park when employees arrived on Monday and found a tunnel... More »

Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum

Awesome Kickstarter is looking to fund one

(Newser) - If a Kickstarter campaign raises enough money—and it's already more than a third of the way there with 13 days to go—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be getting their own museum. Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are behind the campaign, Racked reports; last year, Harkins... More »

NYC Woman Recants Rape Allegations Against 5 Teens

Charges against the boys will likely be dropped

(Newser) - A young woman who accused five teenage boys of chasing away her father and gang-raping her on a playground has recanted her story and prosecutors are dropping criminal charges, the AP reports. The boys had been charged with rape and other crimes following the Jan. 7 encounter in a quiet... More »

10th Victim Knifed on NYC Subway This Year

NYPD commissioner is telling folks not to overreact

(Newser) - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton took to the city's subways last week (with a cop by his side ) in an attempt to show NYC residents that the transit system is perfectly safe and that recent stabbings and slashings were nothing more than an "aberration." But just an... More »

Family: NYC Man Died in Car Buried by Plow

Carbon monoxide likely killed Angel Ginel in Brooklyn

(Newser) - The winter storm that rocked the East Coast over the weekend has claimed another victim: a 44-year-old dad. Angel Ginel was found dead inside his snowed-in Lexus on a Brooklyn street on Monday, reports PIX11 . Family members say Ginel went out on Sunday to earn some extra cash shoveling snow.... More »

Snowpocalypse Spawns $200-per-Night Igloo

Airbnb quickly shut down the listing on Sunday

(Newser) - Those stranded in Brooklyn over the weekend had the option to build an igloo—or stay in a pre-built model for just $200 per night. Patrick Horton and some friends built an igloo in his backyard, then decided to list the chilly abode as a "Boutique Winter Igloo for... More »

'Something Does Not Add Up' in NYC Rape

Suspects are telling a very different story, questions surround woman's father

(Newser) - Police have charged four teens with first-degree rape after an assault on an 18-year-old woman in a Brooklyn playground—but "something does not seem to add up," says Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, citing "several unanswered questions as it relates to the behavior of the father." Police say... More »

Cops: Men Rape Teen in NYC After Ordering Dad Away

18-year-old assaulted in Brooklyn playground, cops say

(Newser) - A group of five men raped a teenager one-at-a-time in a Brooklyn playground on Thursday night after ordering her father to flee at gunpoint, police say. The 18-year-old survivor, unnamed in media reports, was with her dad in Osborn Playground at about 11:15pm when the suspects allegedly came up,... More »

Ex-Rikers Inmate Killed on Eve of Huge Payout

Robert Hinton had just eaten Thanksgiving dinner with his family

(Newser) - Robert Hinton had a chance to move on with his life. But the former inmate of Riker's Island—whose savage beating there by guards spawned a pending $450,000 settlement—was shot and killed Thursday night outside a housing project in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports. Hinton had just... More »

Cops: Pregnant Woman Is Killed, Baby Removed

Baby survives, and suspect is in custody

(Newser) - A brutal murder out of the Bronx: Authorities say a woman killed a 22-year-old who was nearly nine months pregnant and then "surgically removed" her baby, reports the Daily News . Incredibly, the baby survived and is now hospitalized, and a suspect is in custody, reports NBC New York . The... More »

Eat This 30-Pound Burrito, Own 10% of NYC Eatery

Brooklyn's Don Chingon will put its money where your mouth is—if you succeed

(Newser) - Entrepreneurs, listen up. There's a business opportunity in Brooklyn, and all you have to do is chow down 30 pounds of meat, rice, cheese, and various salsas to take part. Don Chingon, a recently opened Mexican restaurant in Park Slope, is offering a 10% ownership stake in the eatery... More »

Brooklyn Deli Puts Its Window Display on Airbnb

The owner is facing a proposed rent hike from $4K to $10K

(Newser) - Fed up with the disappearance of many mom-and-pop shops on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, two regular customers of Jesse's Deli, a bodega run by Jesse Itayim, are trying to help this one stay. After learning that the shop might have to move now that the landlord is trying to... More »

3 Nabbed for 'Treasure Hunt' in NYC's Putrid Sewers

'God knows what they were looking for': NY police commissioner

(Newser) - It helps to have friends in high places to get you into low places—in this case, the fetid NYC sewer system. A worker for the city's Department of Environmental Protection and two fellow treasure-hunters were arrested on trespassing and other charges early Thursday after residents in a quiet... More »

Guy Named 'God' Finally Settles Lawsuit

Equifax had refused to acknowledge God Gazarov

(Newser) - A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms... More »

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