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60 seconds with Talib Kweli

Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli is a hip-hop legend; with a career spanning back 20 years, he’s remained an insanely prolific artist and influencer. Jay-Z paid his respects when he famously rapped “If skills sold, truth be told, I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli” on ...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:06am

Bedford Green House encourages affordable green living with rooftop fish and produce garden

Like many new buildings being built in New York City, Bedford Green House in the Bronx will be energy efficient with an environmentally friendly design. But thanks to a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse, it will also encourage its residents to try their hand at urban farming. Breaking ground today,...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:06am

8 tips for renting an apartment in New York City

Renting in New York City can be the absolute worst. There’s the stress of finding The Perfect Place in your budget and preferred neighborhood, not only signing but understanding the mountain of paperwork that is your lease and the physical act of moving. It’s enough to make you want to...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:06am

Avocado Rat living best life; Hails from Brooklyn... obvs

There was Pizza Rat.   LINK IN BIO - Master Splinter headed off to feed #TMNT A post shared by Matt Little (@mattlittle) on Sep 21, 2015 at 10:03am PDT And Mail Rat. And now, just as millennials have come in and taken over brunch with their avocado toast and...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Retired FDNY lieutenant dies from 9/11-related cancer

A retired FDNY lieutenant and first responder died Sunday from a 9/11-related cancer, becoming the 20th firefighter this year to succumb to an illness linked to the 2001 terror attack. Lt. Edward McDonagh, a 49-year-old father of five from Rockland County, battled stage 4 colon cancer for the past...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:21pm

These are the worst landlords in New York City

Living in New York City isn’t always glamorous, and for some tenants at the mercy of bad landlords, living conditions can be downright dangerous and disgusting. Public Advocate Letitia James released her 2017 Worst Landlords Watchlist, an annual database of the worst landlords in New York...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:17pm

NYC spent 'all-time high' on jails in 2017, despite drop in inmates

The budget for New York City’s Department of Correction has hit an “all-time high” in the 2017 fiscal year, despite one of the lowest inmate populations on record in more than 30 years, according to a new report. An analysis released by city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:06pm

Feast your eyes: NYC cabbies get cheeky in charity calendar

New Yorkers likely only see the city’s tens of thousands of cab drivers from behind the partition, but they are about to get an eyeful now that the 2018 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar has arrived. While the fifth annual cabbie calendar is a tongue-in-cheek hoot, it’s all for a good cause. A...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 4:41pm

Google Maps releases data to help you avoid Thanksgiving traffic

Thanksgiving is almost here, but before you can sit down at the dinner table and enjoy tons of turkey and wine, you have to head home during one of the year’s busiest travel times. Last year, AAA predicted that nearly 49 million Americans would travel at least 50 miles in order to make it to...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:09pm

NYU launches tech hub to support veteran entrepreneurs

New York University has launched a new lab to support entrepreneurial Unites States military veterans and their startup ventures, the school announced this week. Called the Veterans Future Lab, the technology hub will be located in Industry City, along the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:42am

Hockey stick-wielding man claims self-defense in fatal Uber driver attack

The man charged with using a hockey stick to attack a New York City Uber driver, who later died, did so as an act of self-defense, his attorney said.  Kohji Kosugi, 39, of Manhattan, was arrested Sunday after getting into an altercation with 68-year-old Uber driver Randolph Tolk of West New...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:35am

Amtrak winter work at Penn Station is coming

Commuters survived the “summer of hell” Amtrak repairs at New York’s Penn Station, but are they headed for a winter of discontent as the agency announced Phase II of its infrastructure renewal work at the nation’s busiest rail hub? “After a successful summer, it is...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:37am

This NYC startup is fighting the stigma of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction isn’t just an issue that befalls older men. The condition, defined by the National Institutes of Health as the inability to “get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse,” affects 30 million men every year. And while the prevalence...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:03pm

Why NYC's rat whisperer is looking forward to winter

After a literally freezing cold weekend, New Yorkers are preparing for the onslaught of winter. Though some residents may already be complaining about the upcoming cold, Rick Simeone, director of the pest control services within the city’s health department, looks forward to the season....

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 4:06pm

Advocates unveil what BQX light rail could look like

Advocates hoping the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector, or BQX, becomes a reality along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront unveiled the first glimpse at what it might look like on Monday. The nonprofit Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector revealed a life-size prototype of the streetcar at the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 3:53pm

Your guide to the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting 2017

You might still have a bowl of leftover Halloween candy stashed in a cabinet. You probably don’t have a final guest list for Thanksgiving dinner. But winter is coming, sweet summer children, and with it comes Christmas in the city. Aside from Santa rounding up the Macy’s Thanksgiving...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

New York nation's top spot for cigarette smuggling: Report

Despite its best efforts to deter New Yorkers from smoking, the city still has plenty of smokers — many of which appear to be sidestepping New York’s high cigarette tax, a new report found. The state’s Tax Foundation found that New York “is the highest net importer of...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:16pm

Uber driver dies after attack by hockey-stick wielding pedestrian: Police

An Uber driver who was attacked with a hockey stick by a pedestrian over the weekend died early Sunday from his injuries, the NYPD said. Randolph Tolk of West New York, New Jersey, got into an altercation with Kohji Kosugi, 39, of Manhattan late Saturday night in the vicinity of Chelsea Piers....

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:57am

East River Tunnel repair delays impact new Penn Station services

Proposals by Amtrak to delay the overdue major repairs to the four East Rive tunnels until after the LIRR begins service into Grand Central Terminal in December 2023 is bad news for both riders and taxpayers. Remember only one of four East River Tunnels can be worked on at a time. It will take...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:00am

K9 officer hot car deaths at a record high: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told Metro exclusively that at least 13 K9 officers died as a result of being left in a hot car so far this year, already surpassing 2016’s K9 officer fatality numbers. Of the 13 K9 officer deaths, two resulted in criminal charges, four...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:32pm