New York City

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Accused in $2M Theft, NYC's 'Hottest Vegan' Felled by Pizza

She's now in Riker's, accused of stealing millions from her own restaurant

(Newser) - It's a dizzying downfall: Sarma Melngailis went from the Ivy League and French Culinary Institute to near-instant fame and success in the Big Apple when she opened the vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, frequented by the likes of Alec Baldwin. Hailed as the city's "hottest vegan"... More »

Cops: Man Strangled Wife, Wheeled Her Down Street

NYC suspect fled when off-duty cop spotted him

(Newser) - Neighbors describe Anthony Lopez as a mentally disturbed crack addict, which would go some way toward explaining his alleged crime. Police say the 31-year-old strangled his wife to death and pushed her body on a metal dolly down a street in Staten Island Friday morning, reports the New York Daily ... 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 »

Section of Central Park Closed for 80 Years Just Reopened

It was closed as a bird sanctuary in the 1930s

(Newser) - Four of Central Park's 843 acres that have remained largely hidden for 80 years are finally open to the public once again, the New York Times reports. According to Curbed New York , the Hallett Nature Sanctuary—originally known as the Promontory—is adjacent to the Pond in the southeast... More »

NYC Bars Must Serve Pregnant Women

It's discrimination not to, say new guidelines

(Newser) - A pregnant woman walks into a bar and orders a glass of wine. The bartender serves it up, she drinks it, end of story. Uncomfortable, contentious, debatable or not, the bartender is now required to serve her in New York City, according to new guidelines from the city's Human... More »

Body in 'Cement Shoes' Identified Thanks to Tattoo

Peter Martinez's girlfriend says he owed a lot of money

(Newser) - Peter Martinez "owed a lot of money," his girlfriend says—and he evidently owed it to some very dangerous people. The 28-year-old ex-con from Brooklyn has been identified as the dead man who washed ashore in the borough on Monday with his hands tied behind his back and... 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 »

Gay Rights Could Get First National Monument

Obama expected to approve Stonewall Inn as national park

(Newser) - The first national monument to the gay rights movement could be on its way. For years, advocates have been calling for the creation of a national park in the vicinity of Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 police raid sparked a protest by gay men, now considered the start... More »

Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses

(Newser) - Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters , the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers,... More »

Ninja Burglar Linked to 200 Crimes Gets 25 Years

'His reign of terror is officially over'

(Newser) - A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Thursday, the AP reports. Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, according to Staten Island District Attorney... More »

NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter Gets House Arrest

He also had his crime reduced to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Facing 15 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction, NYPD officer Peter Liang will avoid jail, instead getting six months of house arrest and five years of probation, NPR reports. Liang, 28, was convicted of killing Akai Gurley in 2014 when he was startled by a noise while patrolling a... More »

Trump Calls Voting for Himself a 'Great Honor for New York'

He's expected to win easily in Tuesday's New York primary

(Newser) - At a synagogue just a few blocks from the tower that bears his name, Donald Trump cast a vote for himself for president of the United States of America, calling it an "easy decision," CNN reports. According to Politico , he also called voting for himself in Tuesday's... More »

Indian Eatery Pays Rival $700K in Trademark Tiff

NJ's Kati Rolls & Platters had to change its name, signage

(Newser) - The less fortunate party in a battle of Indian restaurants in New York and New Jersey has agreed to fork over $700,000, apparently just to get his rival off his back. The Kati Roll Company—whose owner claims it was the first restaurant of its kind in the US... More »

New Yorker Sets World Record for Binge Watching

'I would not recommend it'

(Newser) - Binged a full season of True Detective? Amateur. Took in all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad in one sitting? Not impressed. That's because 25-year-old Brooklyn resident Alejandro Fragoso just set the Guinness World Record for binge-watching when he wrapped up a full 94 hours of TV-watching, CNBC reports. "... More »

Hillary's New Opponent: NYC Subway Turnstile

It took her 5 tries to swipe her way through

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton's going to win over New Yorkers before the state's April 19 primary, first she's got to prove she can master the NYC subway system. And she had a little trouble Thursday in the Bronx when, just like nearly every other Big Apple commuter has... More »

NYPD Brass May Have Exchanged Expensive Trips for Favors

20 high-ranking NYPD members have been implicated

(Newser) - Approximately 20 members of NYPD brass, including a number of chiefs, are being implicated in a corruption investigation by the FBI, the New York Times reports. They're suspected of accepting expensive gifts, including tickets to the Super Bowl, according to the New York Daily News . The New York Post... More »

Starbucks to Open Its Largest Store Ever

'The Willy Wonka of coffee' to open in NYC in 2018

(Newser) - Starbucks may be heading "home" to Italy , but its largest store ever will be stateside. The coffee company is planning a 20,000-square-foot location in Manhattan dubbed the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, per the Seattle Times . CEO Howard Schultz describes it as "the Willy Wonka of... More »

These NYC Apartments Offer Little Privacy, Free Beer

WeLive communal spaces available for $1,375 monthly

(Newser) - Sleeping behind a curtain in Manhattan is now as affordable as $1,375 per month. The WeWork team known for communal work spaces has just launched a building of communal living spaces in New York City's Financial District where rent starts at $1,375 monthly. That price will get... More »

Kitty Genovese Killer Dies in Prison

Winston Moseley served 52 years for shocking NYC murder

(Newser) - Winston Moseley has died in prison, 52 years after he was sentenced to death for a New York City murder that shocked the nation. In 1964, Moseley raped and murdered 28-year-old bar manager Kitty Genovese while neighbors ignored her cries, the New York Time s reports. He had spotted his... More »

Diddy's New Gig: Charter School Founder

He founds school in Harlem

(Newser) - He's been a rapper, actor, singer, entrepreneur, record producer, and clothing designer. Now Sean "Diddy" Combs has taken on a new job as the founder of a charter school in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Combs announced Monday that the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open... More »

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