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FedEx pays $35.4 million to end NY lawsuit over illegal cigarettes

(Reuters) - FedEx Corp will pay $35.4 million to settle three lawsuits in which New York state and New York City accused the company of shipping millions of untaxed cigarettes to residents over a decade. The settlement announced on Monday came after a judge ruled last Oct. 15 that FedEx had...

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:50pm

Tenants saved $26 million in rent because of the L shutdown shutdown

Since the L shutdown was first announced in April 2016, Brooklyn tenants in Williamsburg and Greenpoint saw their rents fall substantially. Now that New York Gov. Cuomo has called a mulligan, they're getting the best of both worlds, StreetEasy reports. "We conservatively estimate that...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 5:11pm

MTA warns against walking between subway cars after 7 deaths in 2018

Seven people died while walking or riding between New York City subway cars in 2018, according to the MTA, including four people in December alone — a jump from five total deaths in 2017. There were also five deaths from passengers going between subway cars in 2016. After 2018’s deadly...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:10pm

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2018: Street closures, weather

The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to take place on Wednesday, November 28 at the world-famous Rockefeller Center. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. EST. Aside from the lighting of the 72-foot-tall Norway spruce to officially start the holiday season New...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 3:32pm

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: Start time, route, street closures

The 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place in a few days and if you’re going to be in New York City for the holiday, you’re either making plans to get to the best spot to see the annual parade or making sure you avoid navigating the city on Thanksgiving Day. More than...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 4:35pm

Boston Veterans Day Parade 2018: start time, street closures and Veterans for Peace parade details

This weekend, the country honors those who served in the military with Veterans Day celebrations, like the Boston Veterans Day Parade 2018. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, celebrating the signing of the armistice between the German and Allied forces during World War I on the eleventh...

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:50pm

The Feast of San Gennaro 2018: Dates, street closures, how to get there

The Feast of San Gennaro 2018 kicks off this week and if you love Italian food and more specifically, cannoli, you need to make sure you don’t miss this street fair. Now in its 92nd year, the Feast of San Gennaro street fair is the oldest NYC street fair and will take place for 11 days this...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:46pm

Take a moment to appreciate these two goats on the NYC subway

New Yorkers have seen a lot on the NYC public transportation system, but now there's something particularly adorable to add to the list — MTA goats.  Two urban goats were spotted trespassing along the N line in Brooklyn. The MTA shared a photo of the black and white...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 4:40pm

Pakistan Independence Day Parade 2018: Start time, street closures

The 2018 Pakistan Independence Day Parade and Festival will take place this weekend to celebrate Pakistani culture and the nation's independence. Now in its 34th year, the Pakistan Independence Day Parade has grown to become the largest celebration of Pakistan in the country. Independence Day...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2:18pm

NYC subway closes N train tunnel for 5 months with no notice

The last place anyone wants to be surprised is during your Monday commute. But that's just what happened to NYC subway commuters, who found out about a five-month service change after a problem-filled Monday morning rush hour. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 6:34pm

How chefs in public housing are launching their own businesses

The ideas, skills and aspirations of up-and-coming chefs are never in short supply. But when they’re already struggling to make ends meet in New York City public housing, they need something more to make their small business dreams a reality. That’s where the free Food Business Pathways...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:23am

Call 911 on dogs riding NYC subway, MTA tells commuters

The world is a terrible place right now, and sharing videos of urban wildlife — whether it’s an avocado squirrel, a pizza rat or just a dog trying to get a break from the heat on an air-conditioned subway car — is one of the few joys we have left. But the MTA, the transit agency...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:45pm

Launch your NYC food dreams with the Citi Urbanspace Challenge

Opening a restaurant in New York City is a terrible idea — any chef will tell you that. But that’s not the only way for chefs to get their food into people’s hands thanks to the rise of outdoor food markets, and the largest player in the al fresco food business Urbanspace is...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:42pm

City Winery to close after Disney buys an entire SoHo block

The west side of Manhattan is being reshaped by Hudson Square, a massive new development complex that’s already brought trendy restaurants and new hotels — just a fraction of what’s to come — to a rare underused part of New York City. The newest arrival is Disney, which...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 3:18pm

Statue of Liberty Museum looks to crowdfunding for $10 million

When the Statue of Liberty needed a boost in 1885, the American people stepped in. Now, a new Statue of Liberty museum showcasing her history and legacy is turning to the world for a little help. The Statue of Liberty Museum, coming to Liberty Island in 2019, is looking to raise the final $10...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:48am

New Yorkers can get cheap Lyft rides this week for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is among one of the deadliest times for drunk driving. According to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, an average of 118 people die in car crashes on July 4 — and alcohol is a big factor. To discourage drinking and driving this holiday week, New Yorkers can get...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:26pm

Daily Grumble: Styrofoam is bad, but so are its alternatives

The ocean is in trouble, and we can all agree that more needs to be done to save a natural resource responsible for recycling our air and providing our food. New York politicians and activists have been fighting to ban one of the worst pollutants, single-use styrofoam containers, since the...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:24pm

New York's styrofoam ban is back on, effective immeditately

Hide your takeout containers and coffee cups — New York's ban on styrofoam has been resurrected. In a brief tweet late Friday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that a judge had upheld the ban on single-use styrofoam products championed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Judging by...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 5:57pm

Mean Girls cast go from bullies to mentors in NYC schools

The girls of Broadway’s Mean Girls have learned their lesson so well, they’re ready to teach other girls how to be excellent too. After tackling bullying among high school girls and the pressures they face in school onstage, the cast of the Mean Girls musical are stepping into the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:05pm

The 8 essential things to do during Fleet Week in New York

White caps, sailor uniforms and a sudden uptick in nautical search terms on Google — it must be Fleet Week. The 2018 edition of Fleet Week starts on Wednesday, May 23, through Memorial Day (May 28), bringing some 2,500 service members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:25am