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Protecting Trump Tower Is Cheaper Than Expected

Cost was $24M from Election to Inauguration Day

(Newser) - Good news for taxpayers: Though the NYPD initially said it would need $35 million to protect then-President-elect Trump, his family, and Trump Tower between Election Day and Inauguration Day, it actually managed the feat for $24 million, according to a letter from police commissioner James P. O'Neill asking Congress... More »

Russia's Ambassador to UN Dies in NYC

Vitaly Churkin was 64; cause of death unknown

(Newser) - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told the AP that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's UN mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where... More »

Woman Falls to Death at World Trade Center Oculus

Jenny Santos was reaching for sister's hat when she fell off escalator

(Newser) - A 29-year-old women fell from an escalator to her death while reaching for a hat early Saturday morning inside the World Trade Center Oculus, NBC New York reports. According to the New York Daily News , Santos and her twin sister were just reaching the upper level of the transit hub... More »

Whole Foods Introduces a 'Produce Butcher'

Slicing your own fruits and veggies is now a thing of the past

(Newser) - We put a man on the moon, yet somehow we're still cutting our own carrot sticks? Well not anymore! Fortune reports a new Whole Foods location in New York City's Bryant Park has a "produce butcher" on staff. The produce butcher will "cut, slice, dice, julienne,... More »

Hundreds of Yemenis Close NYC Stores in Trump Protest

Some of them have family stranded by travel ban

(Newser) - Ethnic Yemeni business owners who operate New York City corner bodegas and neighborhood delis closed shop in more than 1,000 locations Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries. The shops were locked at noon and remained shuttered... More »

The 10 Best Cities for Football Fans

Green Bay is No. 1: WalletHub

(Newser) - Come Sunday, the best US city for football fans will undoubtedly be Houston. But that's not the case during the rest of the year, according to WalletHub . The site checked out 244 cities with at least one college or professional team to determine the best places for football fans... More »

Shia LaBeouf Confronts White Supremacist on Livestream

Man yelled '1488' before LaBeouf shouted him down

(Newser) - "He will not divide us" isn't the only phrase recorded on Shia LeBeouf's livestream outside New York's Museum of the Moving Image. As a crowd chanted the phrase to the webcam on Sunday, a man came into view yelling "1488," which the Anti-Defamation League... More »

More Than 100 Hurt After Brooklyn Train Derails: Reports

No life-threatening injuries, though, in LIRR commuter train crash

(Newser) - The Wednesday morning commute left several people shook up but mostly OK on the Long Island Rail Road when a train derailed, ABC News reports. The train was slowly entering Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal at around 8:30am when it crashed either into the platform or a bumper, leading at... More »

$6M in Jewelry Stolen in New Year's Eve Heist

While 7,000 police officers were blocks away in Times Square

(Newser) - While 7,000 police officers kept a watchful eye on revelers ringing in the new year in Times Square, three men pulled off a major jewelry heist just blocks away, WGO reports. According to USA Today , police say three men entered a Manhattan building around 10pm New Year's Eve.... More »

NYC Subway Line Envisioned in 1919 Finally Opens

Ground was broken for 2nd Avenue Subway in 1972

(Newser) - New Yorkers' 98-year wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public. The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who... More »

NYPD Cops Get OK to Sport Turbans, Beards for Religion

Both Sikh and Muslim officers have pushed for policy change

(Newser) - The NYPD announced Wednesday it has revised policy so that police officers can now sport beards and turbans if called for by their religion, the New York Times reports. Per NBC New York , officers must get the green light before showing up for work with either, but once they get... More »

Student-Teacher Affair Allegedly Ends in Double Murder

Former lover charged with murders of ex-teacher Felicia Barahona and their son

(Newser) - A man who as a teenager had an affair and subsequent child with his high school science teacher is now accused of killing them both. A building superintendent alerted to a foul smell found Felicia Barahona, 36, strangled with an electrical cord in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, while Barahona'... More »

Bag of Toys Prompts Chaotic Evacuation at Trump Tower

The president-elect wasn't there when suspicious package call came in

(Newser) - A stray backpack prompted the partial evacuation of Trump Tower on Tuesday, though bomb squad technicians quickly determined the unattended bag contained children's toys and was harmless, the AP reports. Video posted online showed people running through the Manhattan skyscraper's public lobby as uniformed police officers waved them... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

NYC Needed Water, but 4 Little Towns Were in the Way

They're not in the way anymore: Atlas Obscura looks back

(Newser) - A handful of picturesque villages in New York's Catskills region had bleak Christmases 63 years ago—residents were well aware that their homes were about to be deliberately sent underwater for good. It was all in the name of progress, explains a feature at Atlas Obscura . In this case,... More »

Muslim Woman Fabricated Story About Trump Supporters Attacking Her

She'll be charged with filing a false report

(Newser) - A Muslim college student who claimed she had been attacked by apparent Trump supporters on a Manhattan subway platform on Dec. 1 has now admitted she made the whole thing up. Yasmin Seweid claimed three young white men shouted "Donald Trump!" and called her a terrorist, followed her,... More »

Lawyer Sues to Stop Christmas Tunes Playing 16 Hours a Day

NYC attorney Nick Wilder says he can't take socialite Lisa Maria Falcone's display anymore

(Newser) - Nick Wilder says he enjoys a rousing rendition of holiday songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" as much as the next guy—but maybe just one rendition at a time, not around the clock every single day. That's the gist of the New York City attorney's suit he'... More »

After Hate Crime, Muslim Cop Wants to Talk to Trump

She and other Muslim-American officers want reassurance from Trump

(Newser) - The Muslim police officer who was the victim of an alleged hate crime this month is seeking a meeting with Donald Trump, Yahoo reports. Last Saturday, NYPD officer Aml Elsokary was off-duty when she says she saw a man pushing her teenage son. She says the man called her a... More »

Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

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 »

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