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Mayoral Hopeful Yang Catches Flak for Video Reaction to 'Joke'

NYC contender is seen laughing in clip after man asks him, 'Do you choke b----es?'

(Newser) - Running for office in the Big Apple is tough business, and Andrew Yang is quickly finding out just how tough. The front-runner mayoral candidate is taking heat after he was seen in a now-viral video, interacting and laughing with a group of men after one made misogynistic remarks. In the...

Cops: Woman Shouted Slurs at Undercover Chinatown Cop

Woman also threatened nail salon workers, NYPD says

(Newser) - Police in New York City say a woman shouted anti-Asian slurs at a succession of Asian-Americans Tuesday. The last one was an undercover cop. Sharon Williams, 50, was arrested and charged with harassment as a hate crime after the officer called for backup, the Washington Post reports. Police say Williams...

Doormen Who Stood by During Racist Attack Fired

They failed to intervene during anti-Asian attack outside Manhattan building

(Newser) - Two New York City doormen who stood by while a Filipino-American woman was brutally attacked outside their building are out of a job. The Brodsky Organization, which owns the luxury Manhattan apartment building, told residents in an email Tuesday that its investigation has concluded and the men's "employment...

'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...

Workers That Stood by During Anti-Asian Attack Suspended

NYC mayor says it's unacceptable that nobody tried to help 65-year-old woman

(Newser) - Staff members at a New York City building who witnessed a brutal attack on an Asian woman and did nothing to help the victim have been suspended. The Brodsky Organization, which manages the building in midtown Manhattan, says the workers have been suspended "pending an investigation in conjunction with...

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...

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...

Police Left 12 Minutes After Responding to Call. A Child Died

Ayden Wolfe, 10, was beaten to death inside his New York City apartment the following day

(Newser) - Someone at a public-housing complex in Harlem called 911 on Friday afternoon, reporting banging, thuds, and screaming somewhere on the fourth floor. Police responded and checked out the hall and stairwell, listening at doors, for 12 minutes; they tried calling the number that made the 911 call, to no avail....

In America's Battle of the Bagels, a Shocking Admission

California bagels are the best, concedes Tejal Rao of the 'NYT'

(Newser) - The New York Times has just published one of its most controversial articles ever, one that identifies the country's best bagels as coming from—gasp!—California. "Sorry, New York," reads a portion of the headline for Monday's article by Tejal Rao, which describes a "...

Woman's Creepy Find Behind Bathroom Mirror: an Apartment

Samantha Hartsoe discovers secret 3-bedroom abode behind her own in NYC

(Newser) - It was the strong draft in her bathroom that first caught her attention, with a frigid breeze strong enough to blow her hair. That's how Samantha Hartsoe, a resident of NYC's Roosevelt Island, begins her story in a creepy TikTok tale that's got the internet buzzing. The...

The US Cities That Remote Workers May Soon Ditch

There are also metro areas that could benefit from the telecommuting trend

(Newser) - With much of America now intimately familiar with telecommuting, a necessity born of the pandemic, USA Today sees a "titanic shift" in the direction of remote work, even once all of the virus-related lockdowns are over and we head back into the office. And as people realize they can...

In Massive Boost to Movie Industry, NYC Theaters Reopen
NYC's Move May Ripple
Through Movie Industry

NYC's Move May Ripple Through Movie Industry

Nation's No. 2 market allows theaters to reopen, with restrictions

(Newser) - After almost a year, moviegoers are being allowed to return to theaters in New York City—and the Friday reopening is expected to have implications far beyond the Big Apple. The city, America's second-biggest movie market after Los Angeles, where cinemas are still closed, is allowing theaters to reopen...

New York Is No Longer an 'Anarchist' City

New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, have designation rescinded

(Newser) - New York City is no longer an "anarchist" place in the eyes of the federal government after President Biden rescinded an order from his predecessor. The September order from former President Trump directed federal agencies to review grants and funds for Democratic-run cities "permitting anarchy, violence and destruction"...

Waitress Who Refused Vaccine Over Fertility Fears Is Fired

Bonnie Jacobson, who's trying to get pregnant, says Brooklyn eatery let her go over her concerns

(Newser) - Though it says the COVID vaccine is "unlikely to pose a specific risk" to pregnant women, even the CDC doesn't know for sure yet about the actual risks. That's why waitress Bonnie Jacobson, who's been trying to start a family with her husband of 16 months,...

New York Sues Amazon Over Alleged COVID Shortcomings
New York Sues Amazon Over
'Deficient' COVID Response
the rundown

New York Sues Amazon Over 'Deficient' COVID Response

Suit filed by AG Letitia James also alleges it retaliated against an NYC worker

(Newser) - "Amazon's extreme profits and exponential growth rate came at the expense of the lives, health, and safety of its frontline workers." So claims a lawsuit filed against the company by the state of New York, which alleges Amazon both failed to put in place COVID safeguards for...

Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper
Charges Dismissed
Against Amy Cooper

Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper

Woman in Central Park called police on a Black birdwatcher

(Newser) - Amy Cooper, the white woman arrested last spring for calling 911 during a dispute with a Black man in New York's Central Park, had her criminal case dismissed Tuesday after completing a counseling program meant to educate her on the harm of her actions. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon...

Suspected 'Subway Slasher' Arrested in New York City

One outlet reports that the man has confessed

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in connection to a spate of subway stabbings in New York City over the weekend that left two people dead, CNN reports. Rigoberto Lopez, a 21-year-old Brooklyn man, was taken into custody on Saturday night and charged Sunday with murder and attempted murder related to...

Fake Heiress Anna Sorokin Released From Prison
Fake Heiress
Gets Out of Prison

Fake Heiress Gets Out of Prison

Anna Sorokin used Netflix money to repay victims

(Newser) - Anna Sorokin, convicted in 2019 of scamming banks, hotels, and friends by pretending to be a wealthy heiress, is a free woman again. The German con artist was released from an upstate New York prison Thursday after having her sentence shortened for good behavior, Insider reports. In May 2019, she...

New York Philharmonic Adds On-Demand Service

Large concerts were stopped last March

(Newser) - The New York Philharmonic launched an on-demand video and audio streaming service Monday called NYPhil+ that is available for $50 annually or $4.99 monthly. Initial selections include David Lang’s "Prisoner of the State" and Julia Wolfe’s "Fire in My Mouth," both with music director...

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