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NYC Mayor: Official Residence Is Haunted

Eric Adams says he sees things moving 'all the time'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams is afraid of ghosts. Questioned Tuesday about why he doesn't live in the mayor's official residence—the 223-year-old Gracie Mansion—Adams denied that the place was too cool for him. "I don't care what anyone says, there are ghosts in...

World's Skinniest Skyscraper Now Towers Over Manhattan

The Steinway Tower is completed, stands at 1,427 feet

(Newser) - Construction is now complete on New York City's Steinway Tower, which might be a ho-hum update save for one detail: It's the skinniest skyscraper in the world, with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. (The next closest looks to have a ratio of 20:1 .) The tower...

Accused of Punching Women, He Now Faces Hate Crime Charges

Steven Zajonc, 28, was arrested last month in NYC for apparently unprovoked attacks

(Newser) - A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York City over three hours. Steven Zajonc, 28, who was arrested last month, is charged with six felony counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and seven counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor...

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror Admits 'Mistake' in Screening
Judge Rejects New Trial
for Ghislaine Maxwell

Judge Rejects New Trial for Ghislaine Maxwell

Defense argued the guilty verdict was tainted by the presence of a juror who had been abused

(Newser) - Update: Ghislaine Maxwell's bid for a new trial was rejected Friday, when a federal judge ruled that a juror she argued tainted the conviction was not biased. The juror said he hurried through a questionnaire, giving the wrong answer on whether he had ever been sexually abused. "Even...

16-Year-Old Sentenced in Slaying of Tessa Majors

Rashaun Weaver tells court he wishes he could 'go back in time'

(Newser) - Update: Another teenager has been sentenced to prison in the slaying of Tessa Majors, a college student stabbed in a New York City park in 2019. Rashaun Weaver, 16, received 14 years to life Wednesday, after pleading guilty last month to murder, the AP reports. He read a statement in...

At the 'Pinnacle of Luxury,' a Lawsuit and a Response

CIM Group responds to $125M lawsuit over 432 Park Avenue

(Newser) - Complaints from wealthy residents of the 432 Park Avenue luxury condominium tower on Manhattan's Billionaires' Row have been "vastly exaggerated," a developer says in response to a $125 million lawsuit from the building's condo board. The suit, filed in September , painted the megatower erected in 2015,...

Rep Suggests Ghislaine Maxwell 'Too Fragile' to Testify
Defense Rests
Without Testimony
From Maxwell

Defense Rests Without Testimony From Maxwell

Defendant tells judge prosecution hasn't proven its case

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the defense resting its case. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers wrapped up their case Friday in her New York trial on charges that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls. The jury did not hear from the defendant, the AP reports....

Epstein Employee Testifies About What He Saw

Juan Alessi recalls Ghislaine Maxwell's meeting with Victoria Giuffre

(Newser) - The house manager of Jeffery Epstein's Palm Beach estate testified Thursday that he saw "many, many, many females" pass through during his tenure from 1991 to 2002, including at least two who looked to be 14 or 15: the accuser known as Jane and Virginia Giuffre, who claims...

George Floyd Statue Defaced, Again
George Floyd Statue
Defaced, Again

George Floyd Statue Defaced, Again

Paint thrown on it in NYC

(Newser) - A statue honoring George Floyd in New York City’s Union Square Park was vandalized on Sunday, police said. According to police, a video showed an unidentified man on a skateboard throwing paint on the statue at approximately 10am then fleeing, the AP reports. Nearby statues of late Congressman John...

A Lawsuit at One of World's 'Wealthiest Addresses'

432 Park Avenue residents describe floods, elevator breakdowns, excessive noise

(Newser) - Update: Residents of one of the most expensive addresses in the world are suing the developers for $250 million. The complaint filed Thursday by the condo board at 432 Park Avenue in New York City claims the funds are needed to repair some 1,500 construction and design defects in...

City's New Oasis Puts Art in the Park

Little Island appears to rise from the Hudson

(Newser) - New York City bills its new park as an oasis, and there are many reasons for that. The spot is a redeveloped Pier 54 in the Hudson River, and 132 concrete "tulips" provide the foundation, making it appear as if the park rises from the river, WABC reports. Pedestrians...

Random Stabbing Adds to NYC Subway's Woes
Subway Hero Stops 
Latest Random Attack

Subway Hero Stops Latest Random Attack

Sean Conaboy pulls assailant with knife off woman in New York City

(Newser) - Without warning, a man with a knife stabbed a stranger standing on a Manhattan subway platform on Wednesday. Reports suggest the victim could've easily died—if not for the heroic actions of a bystander, who immediately sprinted into action. More:
  • Surveillance video from 14th Street-Union Square station shows a

3-Star Restaurant Known for Meat Ditching the Meat

Eleven Madison Park will be almost entirely vegan upon reopening

(Newser) - A Manhattan restaurant once considered the best in the world will no longer serve meat. David Humm's Eleven Madison Park, which topped the World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017 but failed to land a place in 2019 , plans to serve "an eight to ten course menu...

'Chilling Message' Remains After Attack on Filipino Woman

Longer video shows workers helping victim, but NYC locals still anxious over 'inaction'

(Newser) - The outpouring of outrage prompted by a vicious attack earlier this week on an elderly Asian American woman outside a New York City condo complex was directed not only at the perpetrator of the attack, but also at three men inside the building who appeared to not help the Filipino...

Man Arrested in Vicious Attack on Asian-American Woman

Witnesses who did nothing while older NYC woman was beaten have been suspended

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the heinous attack on an older Asian-American woman in New York City, the latest amid an increasing wave of violence against Asian Americans. A surveillance video that circulated earlier this week showed the Monday assault on the 65-year-old, who was walking along West 43rd...

Buyer of Epstein's $51M NYC Mansion Revealed

Retired Goldman Sachs exec Michael Daffey will move in

(Newser) - A veteran Goldman Sachs trader gave himself quite the retirement present, partly courtesy of an early investment in Bitcoin. Michael Daffey, who worked at the firm for 28 years before retiring this month as chairman of the global markets division, has been revealed as the mystery buyer who paid $51...

$51M Sale of Epstein Mansion Replenishes Victims Fund

Florida deal also goes through, for another $18.5M

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's New York townhouse has been sold, generating milions for the fund set up to help his sexual abuse victims. The seven-story, 40-room townhouse brought about $51 million, the Guardian reports, after once being valued as high as $88 million. It's one of the largest private homes...

Cyrus Vance, DA Investigating Trump, Has Big Personal News

Manhattan district attorney won't seek reelection, will retire on Dec. 31

(Newser) - Cyrus Vance Jr.—the Manhattan district attorney who prosecuted Harvey Weinstein and is now leading a criminal investigation of Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on potential bank, insurance, and tax fraud—has just set in motion the hourglass on his remaining time in office. In an interview published...

She Said Black Teen Took Her Phone. Now She's Arrested

Miya Ponsetto allegedly assaulted Black teen she wrongly accused of theft

(Newser) - A woman accused of attacking a Black teenager whom she falsely accused of theft in New York has been arrested across the country in California. Miya Ponsetto, 22—whom some are calling the new Amy Cooper or the "SoHo Karen"—was seized in her home state days after...

As Carolers Sing in NYC, Gunman Opens Fire

He was shot and killed by police at Manhattan cathedral

(Newser) - As carolers sang on the steps of a New York City cathedral Sunday afternoon, a gunman allegedly opened fire near the doors of the church. Police who were already on the scene shot and killed the man, ABC News reports. None of the singers or other bystanders were injured; the...

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