Anna Sanders

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Metro Q&A: Metro distributor Velma Barnharzt

For a decade, Velma Barnharzt's smiling face has greeted New Yorkers eager for a fix of morning news. Credit: Bess Adler/MetroFor a decade, Velma Barnharzt’s smiling face has greeted New Yorkers eager for a fix of morning news. One of the newspaper’s longest-serving promoters, the 52-year-old East...

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 10:37 PM

Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm indicted on tax fraud charges

Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm was taken into FBI custody Monday morning.Credit: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesStaten Island Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges that he defrauded the government of taxes on his former health food restaurant. Prosecutors allege Grimm...

Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:05 PM

Filmmakers to capture 'One Day in NYC'

A meet up last week in Brooklyn for One Day in NYC.Credit: Miles Dixon/Metro"What are your city's biggest challenges?"Hundreds of people will attempt to answer that and other questions about New York City's future this Saturday as part of a national 24-hour film collaboration.During One Day in NYC...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:44 AM

Bird 'cousin' of famous parrot from 'America’s Got Talent' goes missing in Brooklyn

Caption for picture: Truman, a Cape Parrot, went missing in Brooklyn Monday.Credit: Courtesy of Michael SazhinA green parrot with a devoted internet following who has been backstage on "America's Got Talent" has gone missing in Brooklyn and his owner is offering a $1,000 reward for his safe return...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:24 AM

11 unanswered questions from Mayor de Blasio's Google+ Hangout

Mayor Bill de Blasio took questions from New Yorkers during a Google+ Hangout on Friday morning.Credit: ScreenshotNew Yorkers took to Google+ on Friday morning to ask Mayor Bill de Blasio some questions on his 101st day in office. Questions during the Google+ Hangout touched on many subjects,...

Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:03 PM

(Update) Mother charged after baby is found abandoned in Harlem park

The child was found in a park Sunday night. Credit: Metro File PhotoThe mother of an abandoned baby boy was arrested Monday after the infant was found inside a stroller in a Harlem park on Sunday night. Police said 18-year-old Kenyetta Rowell of Staten Island was charged with reckless endangerment...

Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:11 PM

(Update) MTA bus driver dies in crash with stolen truck in Greenwich Village

Credit: Twitter/@EPMcNeilA city bus driver died and several more were injured after a collision with a stolen box truck in Greenwich Village on Wednesday morning, authorities said. The truck slammed into an eastbound M14D bus about 5:40 a.m. near the corner of Seventh Avenue and 14th Street,...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 1:06 PM

De Blasio outlines sweeping progressive agenda in inaugural State of the City

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his inaugural State of the City address in Queens Monday.Credit: Getty ImagesStanding below a banner calling for "One New York Rising Together," Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined a sweeping progressive agenda in his inaugural State of the City address Monday."We demand a...

Monday, February 10, 2014, 6:03 PM

(UPDATE) Four arrested in connection with drugs in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment

Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman's body is removed from his apartment building on Sunday.Credit: Getty ImagesUpdate:Police arrested four people on drug charges Tuesday night.Robert Vineberg, 57, and Thomas Cushman, 48, were charged with felony drug possession of a controlled substance. Vineberg was...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:22 AM

City moves toward agreement in stop-and-frisk lawsuit

Mayor Bill de Blasio moved Thursday to withdraw the city's appeal of a federal ruling declaring the police department's use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.Credit: GettyMayor Bill de Blasio moved Thursday to withdraw the city's appeal of a federal ruling that declared the police department's...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:55 PM

De Blasio moves forward with expansion of paid sick leave bill

Members of Make the Road New York after the passage of the paid sick leave law last year. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an expansion of the law to businesses with five or more employees. Credit: William AlatristeMayor Bill de Blasio announced an expansion of the city's paid sick leave law Friday...

Friday, January 17, 2014, 1:39 PM

Police investigate whether Avonte Oquendo's remains have been found in Queens

Police are investigating whether human remains found near a Queens shoreline on Thursday night are those of missing Autistic teen Avonte Oquendo.Credit: Bess AdlerPolice are investigating whether human remains found near a Queens shoreline on Thursday night are those of missing autistic teen...

Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:34 PM

(Update) Melissa Mark-Viverito elected New York City Council Speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito is the first Latina City Council Speaker. Credit: William AlatristeCouncilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected the next City CouncilSpeaker in a unanimous vote Wednesday.Mark-Viverito, who represents parts of Harlem and the Bronx, is the firstLatina to hold citywide public...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:37 PM

At a seance in the Financial District, a Brooklyn psychic connects with loved ones

Therese Relucio, a certified psychic medium with spiky, short black hair, paced in a dim room of a nondescript building just a block from Wall Street."It feels like he did die doing some kind of rebellion or some kind of protesting," she said, describing a spirit behind Joe Brahimi, 34, one of nine...

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 2:12 AM

Plaza Hotel sues Citi Bike for 'eyesore' bike rack

The Plaza Hotel is suing Citibank and the city, saying the bike rack in front of the landmark building is causing traffic jams. Credit: Metro file photoThe Plaza Hotel says the Citi Bike rack in front of its building is an "eyesore" and has filed a lawsuit to have it removed.The block-long bike...

Monday, October 14, 2013, 1:50 PM

Bill de Blasio holds wide lead before primary in last polls

Credit: Bill de Blasio for MayorPublic Advocate Bill de Blasio continues to hold a commanding lead over his opponents in the latest polls released a day before the Democratic mayoral primary. De Blasio leads with 39 percent of 782 likely Democratic primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac...

Monday, September 9, 2013, 1:25 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorses Scott Stringer for comptroller

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Scott Stringer will be a champion of the middle class. Credit: Getty ImagesNew York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for city comptroller Monday, his campaign spokesman announced. "Scott will fight hard for middle class...

Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:11 PM

Rising local gay DJ Luis Perez gears up for Pride's Dance on the Pier

DJ Luis Perez.Luis Perez almost exclusively deejays at gay clubs or for gay events — partially because the up-and-coming Hells Kitchen artist is gay himself.“It’s my community, it’s the people that I identify with,” says Perez, 33. “When I play music, I like to see their reaction.”Perez moved to...

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:41 PM

This year, the New York City Gay Pride Parade has new meaning

The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty ImagesGiving LGBT New Yorkers even more cause for celebration at the annual Gay Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court this week struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that barred married...

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:34 PM

Sandy victims still struggle with emotional recovery

A woman sifts through her mother's damaged home for items to save.Credit: Getty ImagesSeven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the first floor of her Hamilton Beach home, Jean Ferrara-Rodriquez is still rebuilding her life.The downstairs’ plumbing needs work, mold in the hallway has to be...

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:48 AM