New York City

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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 »

You Can Now Get a Passport to Antarctica

Either go to New York, or do it online

(Newser) - If you want to get your hands on a passport to Antarctica, you now can, sort of, Hyperallergic reports. But instead of bureaucrats and red tape, you'll head to New York City's Jane Lombard Gallery , where artist Lucy Orta tells the New York Times that you'd best... 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 »

Runaway Cow Roped by NYPD Gets New Home

And a new Queen-inspired name

(Newser) - A cow that was captured by police after fleeing from a New York City slaughterhouse has been taken in by an animal sanctuary and renamed for rock legend Freddie Mercury. Online video showed the brown and white cow trotting past shops and restaurants on Thursday afternoon. Mike Stura, the founder... More »

Woody Guthrie Hated 'Old Man Trump'

When Donald was a toddler, Fred was folk singer's landlord

(Newser) - Trump was a name that Woody Guthrie knew and despised when Donald Trump was a 4-year-old, professor Will Kaufman discovered to his surprise on a trip to the Guthrie archives in Tulsa, Okla. Trump's father, real estate developer Fred Trump, became the folk singer's landlord in 1950 when... More »

Cow Makes Break for Freedom in NYC

Cops corralled it after slaughterhouse escape

(Newser) - A cow destined for the dinner table ran away and enjoyed a brief taste of freedom in New York City before being captured by police and returned to a slaughterhouse. Video posted by the New York Post shows the brown-and-white cow trotting past shops and restaurants in a busy Queens... More »

ER Patient: Mount Sinai Doctor Drugged, Molested Me

2nd woman has also come forward saying David Newman groped her

(Newser) - A renowned "TED-talker" and ER doctor at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital who served in Iraq and who advocates for improved doctor-patient relationships was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing two patients, the New York Times reports. David H. Newman, said to be in his 40s... More »

Giant Snowstorm May Pummel Northeast

Weekend storm may affect more than 50M

(Newser) - Get your shovels ready: The first major snowstorm of 2016 could wreak havoc on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by the end of the week. More than 50 million people may be affected as areas around Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Baltimore; New York City; and Boston could see a foot or more... More »

Cruz 'Apologizes' to New Yorkers

He's sorry about all the liberals they have to deal with

(Newser) - Ted Cruz, facing a huge backlash for his "New York values" comments, issued an "apology" to New Yorkers on Friday—not for anything he said, but for the liberal policies they have to live under. "I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let... More »

Here's What Happens When You Diss NY (cc: Ted Cruz)

Big mistake, Ted. Big. HUGE.

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is eliciting particularly strong reaction this week—especially from people in the Empire State. In a Tuesday radio interview, Cruz railed against Donald Trump, saying the businessman "embodies New York values," BuzzFeed reports. Cruz followed up on Fox News, telling Megyn Kelly, per the Washington Post ... 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 »

On a Cold NYC Night, a Moment of Pure Kindness

Exchange on Brooklyn-bound A train goes viral

(Newser) - A NYC subway rider captured an act of pure human kindness on Friday night, and it's resonating: The Facebook video of the exchange between what the New York Daily News describes as a "do-gooder straphanger known only as 'Jay'" and a shirtless man has been viewed... More »

2 Boys Turned in by Their Moms in NYC Gang Rape

4 teens in custody; 1 suspect still at large

(Newser) - Two teenagers accused of taking part in a gang rape that shocked New York City were turned in by their own mothers, police say. Two other suspects were apprehended and another is still at large, according to police, who say that two of the teens in custody are 15 years... More »

This Tiny Teen Girl Is Already a Giant in the Climbing World

'Somewhere between a ballerina and a longshoreman'

(Newser) - "On the rocks, Ashima moved like a ninja," Pari Dukovic writes in the New Yorker . "When she climbs, it is as if she is merely walking." Ashima is Ashima Shiraishi, a giant in the climbing world despite being a 14-year-old, 90-pound girl from New York, Gear... More »

Trump's Sleep Preference Sets Him Apart on Campaign Trail

He almost always flies home to sleep in his own NYC bed

(Newser) - While other candidates have made Iowa their home away from home, spending the night in hotels and motels before America's first caucus, Donald Trump has taken a different approach. Trump flies home to Manhattan in one of his private planes or copters so he can snooze in his own... More »

Suicide Causes Oxygen Leak at NYC Hospital

Man landed on pressurized line

(Newser) - A man who jumped to his death from a building in Manhattan early Friday almost took some patients at neighboring Mount Sinai West Hospital with him. Police say the 31-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, landed on a pressurized line that carries oxygen to the hospital, causing... More »

Teacher: I Was Fired Over 'Central Park Five' Lesson

NYC educator says school officials feared 'riots'

(Newser) - The Central Park Five were wrongfully convicted of a jogger's brutal rape and beating in a case that shook New York City 25 years ago. Now, a city teacher says she's been fired for creating a lesson plan about the case, reports the New York Daily News . Jeena... More »

NYC's Phone Booths Becoming Something Much More Useful

City unveiling WiFi hotspots today

(Newser) - New York City still has thousands of pay phones on its sidewalks, but many have been gathering dust in the cellphone era. This month, the city will start replacing them with free WiFi hot spots, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ultimately, more than 7,500 phone booths will be turned... More »

Transit Impostor With 30 Arrests: I Can't Get Help

'There's no AA for buses or trains,' laments Darius McCollum

(Newser) - Darius McCollum's addiction isn't booze and pills—it's buses and trains. The New York transit impostor who first commandeered a train at age 15 has been arrested 30 times over the years for transit-related crimes. Most recently, he was nabbed in November behind the wheel of a... More »

After 23 Years, NYC Shooting Becomes Homicide

Attacker has been out of prison for less than a year

(Newser) - A woman who was shot after being sexually assaulted in 1992 became a homicide victim when she died in November, the New York City Medical Examiner’s office has decided. Charlene Thomas, who was 65 when she died, was 41 years old when she was attacked in her home by... More »

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