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Are fireworks legal in New York?

As Americans get set to celebrate the Fourth of July, the anniversary of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, families stock up on hot dogs, hamburgers and macaroni salad. Other big Independence Day purchases often include fireworks, but pyrotechnics aren’...

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:42am

Unique tattoo helps NYPD identify headless body found in Brooklyn

A distinct tattoo helped police tentatively identify a headless body found in Brooklyn’s Red Hook Channel earlier this week. The mother of the woman told officers in the 76th Precinct that she recognized the tattoo after the NYPD released a photo of the Sanskrit tattoo asking the public for...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 3:50pm

Animal Planet show debuts with story of chimp 'Raised Human' in NYC

A pet pig turned into a pet cause for New York City politicians when Wilbur, a potbelly pig living in a home on Staten Island, was ratted out and had to leave his family. But so-called exotic animals weren’t always illegal in the city and, on Saturday, Animal Planet will tell the story of one...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:05am

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 - 10:03pm

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...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:19am

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...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:57pm

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 26, 2017 - 9:53pm

New York celebrates Pride: Photos

Rainbows, tutus and colorful flags took over Fifth Avenue on Sunday for New York City’s annual Pride March; this year, the LGBT march carried a distinct air of protest in addition to celebration. New York City is home to one of the oldest and largest LGBT pride demonstrations in the world....

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 6:51pm

Arrest made in last week's shooting near Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Update, June 23, 11:23 a.m.: Police have arrested a man in connection to last week’s shooting near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Brooklyn resident Jonathan Cordoba, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault, attempted assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, criminal possession...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:33am

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 - 9:32am

CEO of 'Safr' ride-hailing service for women arrested on embezzlement charges

The CEO of Boston-based Safr, a ride-hailing app that provides a “safer” alternative for women riders, was arrested last week on charges he embezzled $2 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Government. Syed Zain Gilani, 43, was arrested at the company’s Harrison Avenue...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 12:32pm

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 - 3:58pm

Boston's beloved Keytar Bear attacked, robbed near Faneuil Hall

Boston’s beloved Keytar Bear was attacked by three New Hampshire teens near Faneuil Hall on Saturday, Boston police confirmed. Police said the young men were charged with assault and battery, affray (public fighting) and disorderly conduct for allegedly beating up the well-known street...

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:46pm

Jared Kushner slips through loophole to sell discounted visas to foreign investors: Report

Jared Kushner — and other developers — use gerrymandering to supply visa to foreigners at a big discount, according to a new report. “It stands before you like a beacon. This is Jersey City like you’ve never seen it before. This is Trump Bay Street,” the website reads...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 3:23pm

If MTA can't handle it, the city will take over the subway: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio is just like us. He rode the subway on Wednesday (his first ride in two months) and he is ready to fight for the common man: If the MTA can’t fix the subway system, the city will. Them's fightin’ words. “I’d say if the MTA can fix the problem, that...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:06pm

Overdose deaths spike by almost 50 percent in New York City

Fentanyl has hit New York City streets, and it’s leaving behind a death toll to prove it — overdose deaths jumped by almost 50 percent last year, and city officials said opioids are to blame. 2016 was the deadliest year on record for fatal drug overdoses, and illicit opioids like...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:16pm

21-year-old severely burned after falling into Yellowstone hot spring

Yellowstone’s majestic beauty makes it a popular tourist spot for nearly 3.5 million visitors every year. Yet, like all national parks, it’s not without its risks. Now there is another sad story to add to the list of national park injuries. On Tuesday evening, a 21-year-old visiting the...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:45pm

Cuomo says Amtrak should pay for Penn Station disruption

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that Amtrak should pay for changes the state must make to accommodate repairs this summer at Pennsylvania Station, the country's busiest train hub. Amtrak's push to repair its Penn Station infrastructure from July 10 through Sept. 1 will take...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:52pm

If you earn more than $1 million in Massachusetts, you're taxes could be going up

For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion by raising taxes on the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot question campaign, a legal dispute in the state's highest court, or both. Rep....

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:21am

Simulated urban warfare drill shocks residents who awake to sound of guns, grenades

It’s 10 p.m. and outside your window you hear the blades from military helicopters scraping the tops of the trees outside your home as machine gun rounds echo in the distance. Then, there’s a loud boom. That’s the nightmare scenario some Rhode Islanders awoke to Friday night, but...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 7:06pm