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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 »

FAO Schwarz Closing Fifth Avenue Store

But it hopes to find new location in Manhattan

(Newser) - A New York City mainstay is shutting its doors: Toy retailer FAO Schwarz—yes, scene of the Tom Hanks piano scene in Big—is leaving Fifth Avenue in July. When it does, the New York Times notes that it will be the first time since 1870 that city residents won'... More »

NYC Busts 60 in Baltimore Solidarity Protest

Baltimore curfew holds for another night; only 16 arrested

(Newser) - Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities, from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, DC, yesterday to protest the death of Freddie Gray and to demand reforms to police procedures. While the protests were mostly peaceful, there were some arrests, including 16 in... More »

2 Killed After NYC Funeral

Another 4 injured after Brooklyn church attack

(Newser) - A dispute outside a New York City church where a funeral was taking place last night triggered a shooting that left two people dead and four others injured, police say. Authorities say 15 rounds were fired outside Emmanuel Church of God in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood around 8:30pm... More »

Gay Hotel Owner Apologizes for Hosting Ted Cruz

Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass face outrage over event

(Newser) - "I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake." These are the words of gay New York City hotelier Ian Reisner, who's taking no small amount of flak since hosting an unlikely... More »

NYC to Stop Dumping Its Garbage in Other States

Mayor de Blasio plan to slash waste 90%, stop most trash exports

(Newser) - The nation's biggest city is marking Earth Day by announcing an ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90% by 2030. The plan, set to be unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program, incentives to reduce waste, and tacit... More »

Mom, Daughter Who Vanished in NYC Are Found

Iona and Emily Costello were just visiting for a couple of days

(Newser) - A mother and daughter from Long Island who vanished after taking a trip to New York City late last month that was supposed to last just a couple of days have been found, Southhold Local reports. The details are still fuzzy: Iona Costello, 51, and her 14-year-old daughter Emily left... More »

NYC to Finally Recognize It Was Home to a Slave Market

It could hold roughly 50 men at a time

(Newser) - One tends to think of slavery as an evil that gripped the American South, but New York City is getting ready to acknowledge its own past in the human trade: For more than half of the 18th century, the Big Apple was home to a slave market, a fact the... More »

Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'

(Newser) - Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports.... More »

2nd Body Found in NY Gas Explosion

Authorities had been looking for 2 missing men

(Newser) - Emergency workers found a second body today in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police say. The names of the two dead were not immediately released; a medical examiner was to determine the identifications. Authorities had been... More »

Hope Fades for Missing 2 After Blast in NYC

No sign of men in wake of East Village explosion

(Newser) - With two nights passed since an explosion leveled a building in the East Village of Manhattan, the chances of finding two missing men alive are getting slimmer by the hour. Families and friends continue to search for Moises Lucon, 26, who worked as a busboy at the Sushi Park restaurant,... More »

Work Failed Inspection Hour Before NYC Blast

19 injured, 1 missing after building collapse

(Newser) - An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The blast yesterday in the East Village caused the building's collapse and largely destroyed another structure. It... More »

Sheet of Plywood Kills Woman in Manhattan

It was blown from construction site onto pedestrian

(Newser) - A 37-year-old woman walking in Manhattan yesterday was killed when a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood blown from a construction site hit her, reports the New York Daily News . Police say the sheet came off a fence surrounding the construction of a new condo complex on West 12th Street and struck... More »

NYC Homeless Shelters Rife With Rats, Rot

Report outlines deplorable conditions in system that houses 12K families

(Newser) - One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for two days. Another had been without electricity for days. Urine soiled the floor of the only working elevator at yet another. All those buildings were part of a system that costs... More »

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