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Ivanka, Jared Billboards Trigger Lawsuit Threat

The power couple's lawyer writes stern letter to the Lincoln Project

(Newser) - Seen the Ivanka and Jared billboards in Times Square? They're causing a bit of a stir, the Hill reports. One of the ads shows Ivanka Trump gesturing with a smile toward coronavirus death tallies of "33,366+ New Yorkers" and "221,247+ Americans." The other shows... More »

For First Time in a Century, No NYE Crowd in Times Square

Ball drop, other festivities in New York City are going virtual

(Newser) - For the first time in more than 100 years, New York City's Times Square will be virtually empty on New Year's Eve—and going virtual. Via a statement to Fox News , organizers of the holiday event say that, with the exception of "an extremely limited group of... More »

After Loud Sound, a 'Sea of People Running' in NYC

People started screaming, thinking it was another shooting

(Newser) - The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in... More »

Flying Wallendas Pull off Dramatic Times Square Stunt

They safely crossed on high wire

(Newser) - Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on Sunday night on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he was nervous, the AP reports. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him for the... More »

Feds: We Foiled Attack on Times Square

Authorities say Ashiqul Alam bought weapons from undercover agent

(Newser) - A New York City man plotted to use guns, grenades, and suicide vests to bring bloodshed to Times Square, federal prosecutors said Friday, per the AP . Ashiqul Alam was arrested Thursday after arranging through an undercover agent to buy a pair of pistols whose serial numbers had been obliterated, prosecutors... More »

Sailor in Iconic Times Square Kiss Photo Dead at 95

George Mendonsa kissed Greta Zimmer Friedman on V-J Day

(Newser) - The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died, the AP reports. George Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. Mendonsa's daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal Mendonsa fell and had a seizure Sunday at the assisted... More »

NYE in Times Square Was a 'Drunken Brawl' Until This

Confetti turned everything around in 1992, says the man who handles it

(Newser) - "Up until that point, it had just been a drunken brawl." That's a description of what the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop was like prior to 1992, coming from a man who turned it around. The secret ingredient: confetti. Treb Heining handles the dispersal... More »

Newly Engaged Couple Overjoyed by NYPD Find

Ring fell down grate hours after proposal

(Newser) - British couple Daniella Anthony and John Drennan are overjoyed that the NYPD has found the engagement ring that fell down a grate in Times Square on Friday night—but there's something Drennan wants to set the record straight about. "I want to clarify that I did not propose... More »

20K Bees Swarm Times Square Hot Dog Stand

NYPD beekeepers respond

(Newser) - Some 20,000 bees swarmed a hot dog cart near Times Square in New York on Tuesday afternoon, the Guardian reports. But the real news may be that the NYPD has its own beekeeping team. And, per the New York Times , it gets a fair amount of action, with one... More »

New Year's Eve in Times Square May Be 2nd Coldest Ever

And Al Roker has some advice for keeping warm

(Newser) - The 1 million revelers expected to flood Times Square on Sunday night are in for a seriously frigid start to 2018. CBS News reports the current forecast of 11 degrees with a wind chill close to zero will tie 2017 with 1962 for New York City's coldest New Year'... More »

Mayor: NYC Pipe Bomb Blast Was Attempted Terror Attack

Man in custody; he and 3 others were injured, but all are expected to survive

(Newser) - A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what... More »

Dad Pens Thank-You Note to NYC in Wake of Deathly Crash

The father of Alyssa Elsman writes, 'we are all one'

(Newser) - The father of Alyssa Elsman, the teen on vacation with her family who was killed in Times Square last week when a driver allegedly plowed into pedestrians in the crowded tourist spot, wrote a thank-you letter to the people of New York for helping him and his family in the... More »

Times Square Driver: I Tried to Get Help From Vet's Center

Richard Rojas says he can't remember mowing down tourists

(Newser) - A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square , killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, says he had been trying to get psychiatric help. In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental health counselor... More »

Prosecutors: Times Square Driver Wanted to 'Kill Them All'

Richard Rojas charged with murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday. Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had... More »

Woman Killed in Times Square Was 18-Year-Old Tourist

Alyssa Elsman and her sister were both hit by a car driving on the sidewalk

(Newser) - The 18-year-old woman killed when a car slammed into Times Square crowds Thursday in New York has been identified as Alyssa Elsman, the New York Post reports. Elsman, a Michigan native, was visiting New York with her family. According to the Detroit Free Press , Elsman graduated from Portage Central High... More »

Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Times Square; 1 Dead

26-year-old driver in custody, terrorism not suspected

(Newser) - One person was killed and 22 more were injured after a speeding car veered onto the sidewalk in New York City's Times Square on Thursday and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians before crashing and appearing to catch fire, reports Reuters . A man behind the wheel of the... More »

Woman in Iconic WWII Times Square Kiss Photograph Dies

Greta Zimmer Friedman was 92

(Newser) - The woman kissed by an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died, the AP reports. Greta Zimmer Friedman's son says his mother died Thursday at a Richmond, Virginia, hospital of what he called complications from old age at 92. She will be... More »

Olive Garden's NYE Dinner Will Cost You $400

Only in New York, kids

(Newser) - Dining in NYC can be expensive, and it's a given that on New Year's Eve, Times Square eateries will be profiting even more from the reveling crowds. That includes the Great White Way's local chain restaurants, set to charge their usual exorbitant prices for the night's... More »

Times Square's Elmos, Batmans May Unionize

They seek better treatment amid boost in police activity

(Newser) - Elmo, Batman, and Hello Kitty joining forces? Sounds like the plot of the next Avengers movie, but it's actually an effort by Times Square's costumed characters to improve their working conditions. The people inside the costumes tell the New York Daily News that things have gotten harder since... More »

Nude Candidate Makes His Case at Times Square

Though George Davis is actually running for office in San Francisco

(Newser) - San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis stripped buck naked in Times Square today to campaign for the right to be nude in public. Davis spoke out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. His basic argument: Nudity is a form of... More »

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