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6th Driver Suicide in Months Shakes NYC Taxi Industry

'Something has to change'

(Newser) - After driving a taxi in New York City for 30 years, 59-year-old Abdul Saleh ended up hanging himself in his rented room after finding himself $300 short of his car lease payment. Saleh is the sixth taxi driver to kill himself in the city in recent months, CBS News reports,... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Fight Club Author Learns Why He's Going Broke, Apologizes

Chuck Palahniuk was going broke, but not for the reasons he suspected

(Newser) - Strange as it sounds, novelist Chuck Palahniuk apologized and expressed gratitude after learning he's been cheated. The Fight Club author blogged this week that his dwindling income can be attributed to an alleged embezzler at his literary agency who's accused of stealing millions, TorrentFreak reports. "I apologize... More »

A Family Didn't Feel Well. Then They Found More Silver Droplets

AC installer charged after mercury found in Queens home

(Newser) - Silver droplets on the floor of a Queens home provided the first sign that something was amiss. A further probe into Roman Pinkhasov's air-conditioning vents, where more of the silver material was found, led to the guy who had installed the units—and now that guy, 48-year-old Yuriy Kruk,... More »

Yankees Fans Not Thrilled With Giuliani's Birthday

Former mayor gets booed at the stadium as he turns 74

(Newser) - Ouch. New York City's famous former mayor did not receive the warmest of birthday greetings from fans at Yankee Stadium on Monday. Rudy Giuliani turned 74 on Memorial Day, and sites including Sports Illustrated and the Daily News took note of the hearty boos that rang out when the... More »

With a 'Smirk,' Weinstein Turns Himself In to NYPD

Disgraced film producer will reportedly be brought up on charges of rape, forced oral sex

(Newser) - "Today a man whose actions were so egregious that they spawned a global reckoning has been taken into custody." That man, described in a tweet by the Time's Up organization, is Harvey Weinstein, who USA Today says turned himself in to the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney'... 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 »

In Manhattan, Gas Reaches $5 a Gallon

Price at Hell's Kitchen station is way higher than the national average, however

(Newser) - $5 gas? It was a reality at at least one station in the US on Tuesday, specifically at a Mobil station in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, reports Fox5NY . Technically, the price hit $4.999. That's higher than the $3.18 average in New York City overall, according to... More »

How New Yorkers Dealt With Ranting Lawyer: Mariachi Party

Protesters gathered outside Aaron Schlossberg's apartment Friday evening

(Newser) - If Aaron Schlossberg really is bothered by people speaking in different languages, he maybe got an earful Friday night. A party of sorts, complete with music and maracas, erupted outside of the Upper West Side apartment of the New York City lawyer caught on video berating restaurant workers for conversing... 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 »

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 »

Neighbor's Text Saves Wife, Daughter as Professor Murdered

She spotted intruder enter Brooklyn home

(Newser) - A professor in Brooklyn was murdered by an intruder on Monday, police say—and his wife and daughter may have been saved by a sharp-eyed neighbor. Doreen Giuliano says she noticed a man apparently casing the home for hours and then saw him enter through a side door. Giuliano tells... More »

Trump, Critic of Gov't Housing, to Get $36M From Sale

President owned 4% of NYC subsidized housing development that just sold for hundreds of millions

(Newser) - The nation's largest subsidized affordable housing complex was just sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, with some of the money going to a prominent critic of government housing programs: President Trump. Trump and other investors in Starrett City in Brooklyn have sold the 46-building complex to two real... More »

Doc Who Says He's Done 40K Abortions Pleads Guilty for One

Prosecutors say Robert Rho botched 30-year-old woman's abortion, leading to her death

(Newser) - A doctor's attorney says a death under his client's watch was tragic but not criminal; an assistant DA calls it a case of "greed and arrogance." Either way, Dr. Robert Rho, who says he's done at least 40,000 abortions, has pleaded guilty to criminally... More »

Judge Rules on Trump Supporter Booted From NYC Bar

Greg Piatek's lawsuit gets dismissed

(Newser) - A New York bar can apparently toss out a customer for wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap—which Greg Piatek found out the hard way, CNN reports. The Philadelphia man says he went to The Happiest Hour bar in the West Village last January and couldn't get... More »

'Killing Me Softly' Singer Falls Ill at Apollo Theater

Roberta Flack rushed to hospital after feeling 'extremely dizzy'

(Newser) - One minute she was getting ready to take the stage at the Apollo; the next she was on her way to the hospital. TMZ reports that Roberta Flack was in attendance at a Jazz Foundation of America charity event at the famous Harlem theater Friday night when she suddenly fell... More »

'Fearless Girl' Is Moving

Sculpture will leave spot near 'Charging Bull' and move a few blocks away, outside the NYSE

(Newser) - "Fearless Girl" is getting a new home. The statue near Wall Street that has become a global symbol of female can-do business spirit will be moved from her spot facing the "Charging Bull," per the AP . She won't be going far, however: CNN reports the statue... More »

A 'Hole' May Have Led to Fatal Shooting of NYC Man

Beat cops knew Saheed Vassell was mentally ill, but the officers who responded may not have

(Newser) - More details in the case of Saheed Vassell , an unarmed, mentally ill 34-year-old man shot and killed by NYC police. Four cops opened fire on Vassell in Brooklyn on Wednesday after 911 calls came in saying a man was pointing a silver firearm at people; after Vassell was shot, it... More »

NYPD Officers Mistake Pipe for Gun, Fatally Shoot Man

'This shouldn't have happened,' witness says

(Newser) - NYPD officers responding to reports of a man threatening people with a gun on Wednesday fatally shot a black man carrying a metal pipe, mistaking it for a firearm, police say. It happened just before 5pm in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after three 911 callers said a "... More »

An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce... More »

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