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Waldorf Astoria Losing Up to 75% of Its Hotel Rooms

Owners turning them into private apartments

(Newser) - A classic New York City landmark is about to undergo a radical transformation. China's Anbang Insurance Group plans to close the Waldorf Astoria hotel next spring for a $1 billion renovation—lasting up to three years—that will see roughly two-thirds of its rooms converted into private apartments, reports... More »

NYC Tourists Warned of Fake 'Hostile' Monks

Buddhist leaders say men soliciting money are a real problem

(Newser) - New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks." Men in orange robes claiming to be Buddhist monks are approaching visitors to some of the city's most popular attractions, handing them shiny medallions and offering greetings of peace. They then hit... More »

NYC Is Making Tampons Free for Millions of Women

Millions of women will have access to free tampons in schools, shelters, and jails

(Newser) - New York City is on track to become the nation's first city to require free tampons and sanitary pads in public schools, homeless shelters, and jails after lawmakers approved the idea Tuesday amid a national discussion of the costs of having a period, the AP reports. The proposal marks... More »

Cache of Weapons Found in Van Stopped at NYC Tunnel

Terrorism isn't suspected

(Newser) - Police say a cache of weapons has been found inside a van that was stopped at the Holland Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to New York City, the AP reports. No link to terrorism is suspected. Two men and a woman in the van were taken into custody. It wasn'... More »

Cops: Man's Party Van Simply Too Righteous

'I know it’s illegal, but it’s the weekend'

(Newser) - There's a line where a dope sound system crosses over into the realm of illegality, and it's probably somewhere around speaker number 40. NBC New York reports police received multiple calls complaining about "exorbitantly loud" music coming from a white van a little before 11pm Saturday in... More »

Solar-Powered Plane Makes It to NYC

It soared over the Statute of Liberty

(Newser) - A solar-powered airplane has landed in New York City on the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 soared over the Statue of Liberty and flew into New York City, before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Saturday morning, the AP reports. The plane,... More »

Famous New York Bridge's Name Is Actually 52-Year-Old Typo

And one proud Italian-American is out to change that

(Newser) - We've all been guilty of a typo or two, but usually they don't cost $4 million to fix. CBS New York reports a Brooklyn college student is petitioning to correct the 52-year-old misspelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The bridge, which opened in 1964 and connects Brooklyn and Staten... More »

Surprise Kanye Show in NYC Turns to Chaos

Thousands of fans swarmed venue

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a surprise Kanye West show in New York City quickly turned to chaos as thousands of fans descended on the venue. More than 4,000 people swarmed Webster Hall, which only holds 1,500, early Monday morning for the pop-up show. They climbed on top... More »

Run-DMC Rapper Demands Apology From NYPD Head

Darryl McDaniels takes issue with William Bratton calling rappers 'thugs'

(Newser) - Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels ( not McDonald's ) is demanding an apology after comments made by NYPD commissioner William Bratton following a fatal shooting at a TI concert this week, the Hill reports. Bratton blamed the shooting on "the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are... More »

WWII-Era Plane Crashes in Hudson River

P-47 Thunderbolt's pilot killed

(Newser) - Tragedy on the Hudson: A vintage World War II plane crashed in the river Friday night, killing the pilot. Witnesses say smoke came from the single-seat P-47 Thunderbolt fighter as it made a U-turn before crashing into the water near the George Washington Bridge. It was submerged within seconds. Divers... More »

Rapper Arrested After Deadly Concert Shooting

NYPD commissioner blames 'crazy world of so-called rap artists'

(Newser) - Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert arrested a rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who's from Brooklyn and goes by the stage name Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges, a police... More »

4 Shot, 1 Killed at NYC Rap Concert

TI never took the stage

(Newser) - One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist TI was scheduled to perform Wednesday night, police say. It happened around 10:15pm at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square, the AP reports. Police say a... More »

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 »

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