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Nikki M. Mascali

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Wanted: Wolves and warriors to defend old Kosciuszko Bridge from its ill fate

If you have very strong feelings about the looming demolition of the old Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens — and a pet wolf — there’s a happening for you coming up. A Facebook event created by Brian Hersey is looking for “a band of dedicated warriors” to...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:49 PM

Find a feline friend at ‘Kitty Hall’ adoption event

Depending on your political bent, you might be inclined to say that City Hall has gone to the dogs — but on Thursday, it’ll be all about the felines for the first-ever adoption event put on by a New York City mayor. To commemorate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, “Kitty Hall”...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 3:59 PM

Mad as hell, straphangers to protest outside Cuomo’s NYC office

New York City straphangers have reached their breaking point. After Tuesday’s A train derailment in Harlem caused 24 hours of hellish commuting for thousands of riders on the A, B, C and D trains, New Yorkers are set to air their grievances to the man officially in charge of the MTA: Gov....

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 12:48 PM

Two MTA supervisors suspended following A train derailment in Harlem

Updated, 2:15 p.m.: Two MTA maintenance supervisors have been suspended in the wake of Tuesday’s A train derailment in Harlem, an agency official said.  The two were in charge of a rail replacement near 125th Street in which unused rail was placed in the center of the subway track....

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:52 AM

City rent freeze hangs in balance as final vote looms

The 1 million New Yorkers living in rent-stabilized apartments will find out tonight just how much their rent will increase. The Rent Guidelines Board will hold its final vote on the 2017 Apartment & Loft Order No. 49 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Baruch College’s Mason Hall on the corner of...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 12:43 PM

Commuter confusion ends as South Ferry subway station reopens

The South Ferry subway station in the Financial District is back, almost five years after Hurricane Sandy pretty much destroyed it. The rehabilitated # 1 South Ferry Terminal station, devastated by Super Storm Sandy 5yrs ago, will return to service later today. — NYCT Subway (@...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 12:22 PM

A train derails at 125th Street, mass service changes ensue

Updated, 12:49 p.m.: There are additional subway changes now in effect due to this morning’s A train derailment at 125th Street in Harlem. There are no A trains between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 168th Street in both directions. An A train shuttle is in service between 168th Street and...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:18 AM

With 'Secret Garden,' female artists use erotica to break barriers, reclaimsexuality

Since the election, female-identifying artists have joined forces at the Untitled Space gallery in Tribeca to use their medium of choice to rise up and resist, focus on positivity and now, address the double standards and restrictions they face when it comes to their own sexuality. It’s...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

Resigning DOC head to get about $20K in unused vacation time: Payroll records

Days before Joseph Ponte is set to leave New York City’s Department of Correction, records show that the embattled commissioner worked from his vacation home in Maine for nearly 30 days last year. Ponte claimed to have worked 11 1/2 hours each day on many of the 29 days he said he was...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 1:00 PM

Cuomo reveals state’s first official monument to LGBTQ community

On the day that tens of thousands marched in or cheered on the 48th annual NYC Pride March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his plans for the state’s first official LGBTQ monument. Artist Anthony Goicolea will create the memorial, which will be located in Hudson River Park. It aims to...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 10:59 AM

Richard Branson’s Run on Less to highlight US trucking industry's fuel, environmental efficiency

With the transportation sector as one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, the trucking industry might be the last place you’d check for innovations moving toward clean energy. That’s why Sir Richard Branson, his Carbon War Room nonprofit and the North American Council for...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

Do you have what it takes to be a US Open ballperson?

If you are looking for more than courtside seats when the U.S. Open returns to Flushing in mid-August, you’re in luck as the U.S. Tennis Association is looking for a more than a few good ballpersons. That’s right, one of the 80 paid openings to retrieve balls and dote on some of the...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

2 fatally shot while sitting in SUV in Brooklyn: Police

A man and women were fatally shot early Friday morning as they sat in a vehicle in Brooklyn, police said. According to the police report, the shooting occurred around 4:45 a.m. across from 865 Cleveland St. near Linden Boulevard in East New York. The victims were Devon Hannibal, a 27-year-old...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:37 AM

For this NYC Pride March grand marshal, 'the work is not done'

Krishna Stone loves parades and rallies – so much so that she named her now-22-year-old daughter Parade. “It’s all about those magnificent demonstrations of love and creativity in activism, the diversity of human beings that show up, the pain, the sorrow – it takes a lot of...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:00 AM

A storm named Cindy could disrupt your Saturday

If you were looking forward to spending some time outside on Saturday, you might want to make alternate plans for the early part of the day as tropical depression Cindy is expected to cause thunderstorms across the New York metro region, forecasters said. Before being downgraded to a depression,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 3:44 PM

Who is Joseph Lhota, and why can he save the MTA?

The embattled MTA is an agency in crisis, but it’s going to have a very familiar face helping it figure out how to stop the cycle. Just hours after acting Executive Director Ronnie Hakim called for a “top to bottom” review of the entire subway system during an MTA board meeting...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 1:10 PM

‘Me the People’ brings satire of Trump’s America to the stage

The last time Nancy Holson, Jay Falzone and Jim Russek joined forces to bring the presidency of a sitting commander-in-chief to the stage, it was George W. Bush. “We didn’t realize how good we had it back then,” Holson said. Fast forward 11 years, and Holson, riding the swell of...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

With far-right movement rising, one New Yorker hopes education can change tide

While the presidency of Donald Trump has inspired a resistance of marches and art exhibits and plays, it’s also stirred another movement that isn’t grabbing as many headlines. “I went to an Ethiopian restaurant in Bushwick on Monday and had to pull a neo-Nazi sticker off the wall...

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Chelsea bombing suspect denies terrorism ties: Lawyers

Accused Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi was not acting on behalf of ties to any terrorist organization when he set detonated bombs in New York and New Jersey last September, his legal team said Tuesday. Rahimi, his lawyers said, has not been charged with being a terrorist or having a connection...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10:44 AM

Discrimination still alive and well for many LGBTQ New Yorkers: Survey

New York City may be the epicenter of the Gay Pride movement, but that doesn’t exactly mean that discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community is nonexistent. In fact, it's more common than many might think, according to a new survey from City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 4:15 PM