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Kimberly M. Aquilina

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Fire in Greenwich Village causes injuries; Rages on

A fire in Greenwich Village tore through a six-story apartment building on Wednesday evening and led to a firefighter being treated for minor injuries and two subway station closures as crews battled the blaze. A spokesman for the FDNY said the blaze at 60 E. 9th St. in Manhattan started...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:10 PM

Which cities are the most gay-friendly in 2017?

Which city is the most LGBT-friendly? New York City and Boston ranked (albeit not very high), but Philadelphia didn't make the list. (Read on before you start calling us jabronis.) Nestpick, “an aggregator for furnished apartments across Europe,” asked more than 2,500 people in 40...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:33 PM

Donald Trump's Time cover is #FakeNews

Update, June 28: Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold is continuing to pursue the fake Times Magazine cover trail and he has uncovered a total of eight clubs where the framed fake cover is or was hanging. The covers were removed from the clubs in Ireland and Scotland. The clubs in the...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:20 PM

Summer jobs for vulnerable youth tripled: Mayor's office

While one study shows that those in New York City’s LGBTQ community still face employment discrimination despite “big strides,” Mayor Bill de Blasio is celebrating the number of summer jobs for the city’s “most vulnerable children.” The Center for Youth...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 4:50 PM

Everything you need to know about Barron Trump

Barron Trump is the youngest President Trump’s children and the only child he has with FLOTUS Melania Trump. Since his father won the election in 2016, we’ve been seeing more of the 11-year-old mini-Donald. The youngest Trump and his mother have joined POTUS in the White House after...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:44 PM

What happens when you threaten the president?

What happens when you threaten the life of the president of the United States? For Johnny Depp, we still aren’t sure. For Kathy Griffin, it cost her sweet New Year’s gig with Anderson Cooper. After Ted Nugent invited then-President Obama to “suck on my machine gun,” he...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:23 PM

Parole hearing for OJ Simpson's robbery sentence set for July 20

A parole hearing for former football star O.J. Simpson, serving time in a Nevada prison for a 2008 robbery and kidnapping conviction, has been set for July 20, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners announced on Tuesday. Simpson, famously acquitted in a sensational double-murder trial that...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 8:15 PM

Bill Cosby town halls are 'not about sexual assault,' publicist says

Update June 26, 2017: Publicists for Bill Cosby announced on “Good Morning Alabama” last week that the fallen TV dad would host town halls this summer to teach young men, particularly athletes, how to avoid sexual assault allegations. “The town-hall meetings are not about sexual...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:33 PM

Confession coerced, federal judges rule in 'Making a Murderer' case

The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was coerced, and Brandan Dassey should be freed from prison, federal court judges ruled. In a 2-1 decision issued Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld the August 2016...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:33 PM

Tiffany Trump’s net worth is peanuts compared to others with her last name

The Tiffany Trump net worth might not be as much as you'd think. The more we know about Tiffany Trump — or TT, as we like to call her — the more we sort of like her. She grew up in relative obscurity for a Trump, isn’t involved in politics and is dating a registered...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:01 PM

Cyberbullying tackled by new student film, town hall initiative

In the New York City metro area, nearly 50 percent of teens said they have been the target of cyberbullying while eight in 10 teens know someone who has been a victim of a cyberbully, according to city data. City officials and their partners announced a joint initiative on Thursday to remind...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:30 AM

Building the 'perfect' GMO baby

Many people shun GMOs – food that has been genetically modified – but what about GMO babies? A recent survey asked 500 American and 500 European parents or those who planned to be parents some day if they would genetically alter their offspring and how much money they would pay for the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

More rainbows! LGBT Center to make Pride-themed churros

The celebration doesn’t stop, with rainbow churros now added to the list of Pride- and unicorn-themed foods offered in the city. Boqueria, in the Gotham Market at The Ashland in Brooklyn, is fancying up their usual churros by creating rainbow churros and giving 100 percent of the proceeds to...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:54 PM

A walk through the bromance garden between Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un

Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman recently returned from his fifth visit in four years to North Korea, the country led by his BFF Kim Jong-un. Called "one of the most ferocious rebounders in NBA history” by Metro New York’s sports editor Joe Pantorno, Rodman’s fifth trip...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:13 PM

What you need to know about Tiffany Trump's BF, Ross Mechanic

Tiffany Trump, President Donald Trump’s only child with ex-wife Marla Maples, is dating her college sweetheart Ross Mechanic. Who is Ross Mechanic, 22, and is he good enough for our girl, the underdog Trump daughter? Even compared to POTUS, Ross Mechanic’s father is no slouch. If you...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Most Americans believe a third party is necessary: Poll

The 2016 election caused a rift between Democrats. Some remained with “Her;” others stayed loyally “Bernie Bros” (particularly after the DNC hack showed an apparent bias against Sen. Bernie Sanders) and third-party candidates like Dr. Jill Stein won votes that could have...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:08 PM

Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy dies at 42

Prodigy, half of the New York City hip-hop crew Mobb Deep, died Tuesday at the age of 42. "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep," Mobb Deep's...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 2:59 PM

19-year-olds are as inactive as 60-year-olds, study finds

The millennial generation has a sedentary lifestyle. Not really a shocking statement. Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2004, have a rep for thinking they are entitled to everything, but guys… get it together. A new study found that you’re as inactive as senior citizens. Well,...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 8:35 PM

On this day in 1865, slaves in Texas found out they were free

On this day in 1965, the news that slavery had been abolished reached Texas two years after President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. “Juneteenth,” a combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. With slavery abolished...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:15 PM

Alleged Brooklyn threesome killer: ‘I threw my life away for a f—ing lie’

Update, June 26: The man accused of the grisly murder of a participant in a Brooklyn threesome “was stunned” when he learned the tryst involving his girlfriend was consensual. Christopher Membreno said his girlfriend called him alleging that she had been raped in Park Slope on...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 5:11 PM