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America's Top Travel Destination Is ... Queens

Lonely Planet gives the NYC borough No. 1 billing in rankings

(Newser) - The "place where tourists wound up only if they got on the wrong subway in Manhattan," as the New York Times puts it, has now ascended to the opposite end of the spectrum. Queens was anointed the top travel destination in the US in December by travel guide... More »

Subway Rider Asked to Move Bag Freaks Out

Not exactly a typical morning on the F train

(Newser) - There's at least one woman who apparently hasn't read the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority's courtesy rules : The NYPD says a woman pushed, scratched, and bit a subway rider who tried to sit in a seat that had her bag on it. The alleged subway rage occurred aboard... 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 »

Smelly NYC Subway Find: 'Odor'-Able Baby Skunks

Cops rescue little stinkers from subway station, puns ensue

(Newser) - "Skunks are native New Yorkers," says a Parks rep in the wake of a potentially smellier-than-usual subway rescue. "They’re a part of NYC wildlife." Two NYPD cops pulled two baby skunks out of a Bronx subway station, prompting all the stinky puns out there from... More »

'Easily Preventable' Outbreak Kills 4 in NYC

Legionnaires' disease found in 5 cooling towers

(Newser) - These are nervous times in the Bronx: An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed four people and sickened at least 71—and while officials believe the bacteria spread through a building cooling system, they haven't pinpointed which one because so many are infected. Five out of 17 building cooling... More »

Story That 'Haunted' New Yorkers Since 1964 Becomes a Movie

Kitty Genovese's gruesome killing to become feature film

(Newser) - A legendary New York City crime that once inspired soul-searching and public debate is finally coming to the big screen. Spoiler alert: It's called "37," after the number of witnesses who allegedly watched, listened, or did nothing while Queens resident Kitty Genovese was raped and fatally stabbed.... More »

Two Daughters Inherit $20M, Must Follow Some Rules

Real estate magnate Maurice Laboz offers money from the beyond

(Newser) - "Want my money while you're still young? Then you have to play by my rules." That's pretty much what deceased Manhattan real estate landlord Maurice Laboz has posthumously told his two daughters, the New York Post reports. According to his will, 17-year-old Victoria and 21-year-old Marlena... More »

What NYC Mourners Found at Paupers' Graves

After years of fighting, loved ones go to Hart Island

(Newser) - A few dozen mourners made history yesterday by riding a ferry to Hart Island in New York City. Their dead loved ones, buried in paupers' graves, had been legally inaccessible for years until a recent federal class-action lawsuit forced the city's Correction Department to let people visit, the New ... More »

Woman in Viral Catcall Video Sues Director

Shoshana Roberts says she's being victimized again

(Newser) - A woman who was the centerpiece of a video about street harassment in New York City has filed a lawsuit against its director and the organization that put it out. Shoshana Roberts filed her lawsuit in Manhattan, saying her performance and likeness were used for "advertising or trade without... More »

3-Month-Old Dies During First Day at NYC Daycare

Owner of unlicensed facility noticed Karl Towndrow's lips were blue

(Newser) - On Amber Scorah's first day back at work after maternity leave, she dropped her 3-month-old son off at the SoHo daycare that she and Lee Towndrow had chosen for him. Hours later, son Karl was dead. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday performed an autopsy on... More »

Eric Garner's Family Settles With NYC

Garner's family sought $75M and got $5.9M

(Newser) - New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody . The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.... More »

NYC to Do Away With Bail for Non-Violent Suspects

Beginning in 2016, judges can replace bail with supervision

(Newser) - Thousands of New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes won't face the prospect of raising cash for bail under a plan that seeks to keep such suspects out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex. The $18 million city plan, detailed to the AP ahead of the announcement... More »

Whole Foods CEOs: We 'Unintentionally' Overcharged

Mackey, Robb say wrong weights sometimes work in customers' favor

(Newser) - If you're a New York City resident and have found it odd that all the packages of pecan panko you've bought at Whole Foods seem to always be the exact same weight, you're not alone . And the reason why is something the grocery chain has been in... More »

Woman Who Posted Pics From Fire Escape Falls to Her Death

Kasey Jones often posted photos on social media while drinking on fire escape, roof

(Newser) - A Manhattan woman who often posted photos on social media that showed her hanging out and drinking on her fire escape or roof fell to her death from her fire escape early this morning, the New York Daily News reports. Kasey Jones, 26, who witnesses say had been drinking with... More »

NYC Pushing for High-Salt Warnings in Chain Eateries

Would be first US city to make restaurants dish on what meals are high sodium

(Newser) - Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg first took on Big Salt by setting up the National Salt Reduction Initiative , which encourages restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the sodium found in their fare. Now current Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is getting into the act: The city's Department... More »

Innocent Man 'Tortured' at Rikers Kills Self

As a teen, Kalief Browder was beaten, starved during 3 years in prison

(Newser) - A man arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack, then held at Rikers Island for three years—two of which he spent in solitary confinement—until his case was dismissed in 2013, committed suicide on Saturday. He was 22. Kalief Browder was starved and beaten by officers and inmates... More »

See 11 Years of WTC Construction in 2 Minutes

Time-lapse video shows One World Trade Center being built

(Newser) - New York City's One World Observatory opened Friday, and in honor of the occasion, EarthCam has released a time-lapse video showing the 11 years of construction of One World Trade Center—in two minutes. The 1,298-foot building is the world's fourth-tallest and the Western Hemisphere's tallest,... More »

Millionaire Mom Gets 18 Years for Killing Son

Gigi Jordan says she killed 8-year-old Jude Mirra to save him from dad's abuse

(Newser) - Gigi Jordan, a pharmaceutics entrepreneur worth millions, had a variety of options at her disposal in handling her developmentally disabled son, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Matthew Solomon said yesterday at her sentencing. Instead, she drugged 8-year-old Jude Mirra to death with Ambien and Xanax in 2010, leading Solomon to sentence... More »

Holocaust Survivors Live 'Close to Desperation'—in US

30K around NYC are living in poverty

(Newser) - About 30,000 Holocaust survivors living in New York City and three surrounding counties are at or below the poverty line, the Wall Street Journal reports. After enduring Nazi horrors, fleeing their homelands, and struggling to make new lives in America, advocates say the plight of these survivors grows more... More »

Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues NYC for $5M

Dominique Sharpton says she suffered severe injuries in fall

(Newser) - Al Sharpton's daughter is suing New York City for $5 million after apparently taking a spill and suffering severe injuries—a story the New York Post is reporting with some glee. "Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers," the paper says,... More »

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