CASSANDRA GARRISON

Cuba: People-to-people tours provide legal gateway for American travelers

“Que hora es?”This simple, frequently asked question often serves as a window into the heart and soul of Cuba’s culture, as seen by Americans who find themselves within its borders.The question — "What time is it?" — was a common segue during our visit, used by many of the Cubans we met when they...

Monday, October 7, 2013, 4:02 PM

Our picks for the best lobster rolls in NYC

In our opinion, nothing says summer like Luke's.Credit: Cassandra Garrison/MetroNothing says summer like the sweet, succulent taste of lobster. If you haven’t yet indulged in the decadent, seasonal rite of passage East Coasters fondly know as the lobster roll, there is no time like the present:...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11:40 PM

Things got naked at the 14th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant

Things got wild and whacky at the 14th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Thursday night. Metro went inside the one-of-a-kind event, hosted at Cake Shop on Ludlow Street. The contestants participated in a 1-minute talent competition, a swimsuit competition, evening-wear and question and answer...

Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:09 PM

San Juan: Your ‘something blue’

You’ve got plenty of time to stress about flowers, colors and dresses — first and foremost, let’s get the location of your wedding nailed down. If you’re torn between choosing a local venue to accommodate your guests and jetting off to someplace warmer and more exotic for your upcoming nuptials, it...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 3:31 AM

Hasbro swaps iron for cat as new Monopoly piece

The new version of Monopoly will have a cat piece instead of the iconic iron.Credit: Getty ImagesMeow! Game maker Hasbro is ironing out an updated version of Monopoly, the company announced Wednesday.The board game's iconic iron is being swapped out with a cat piece at the request of Monopoly...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 10:02 PM

We Never Look Up: New Tumblr illustrates our tech-dependent society

How often are you checking your phone while you're out in public?Have you ever been honked at by an angry cab driver after you started crossing the street against the signal because you were sending a text?Do you automatically pull up your emails when your date excuses herself to the restroom — or...

Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:37 PM

Drunk passenger restrained after becoming unruly on flight from Iceland to JFK

A man was escorted from a plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday night after reports that other passengers were forced to restrain him when he became drunk and disruptive.A picture of a man duct-taped to his plane seat, with even a strip of tape covering his mouth, was...

Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:54 PM

Councilman calls for moratorium after film crews invade Brooklyn Heights

One councilman has had it with dodging film crews that have infiltrated the scenic streets of Brooklyn Heights.Councilman Stephen Levin has asked the mayor's office to issue a moratorium on filming in the iconic Brooklyn neighborhood after 14 different productions had cameras rolling on its...

Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:18 PM

Rihanna and Chris Brown appear officially back together in Instagram pic

It may not be Facebook official, but it is at least Instagram official — Rihanna and Chris Brown have reunited.Rihanna posted a photo of the couple sharing an intimate embrace to Instagram with the caption "i dont wanna leave!!! Killed it tonight baby!!!"The young pop stars, who were embroiled in a...

Friday, November 30, 2012, 4:53 PM

VIDEO: Cops search for thief targeting Midtown retail stores

Police are on the trail of a man suspected of robbing three Midtown stores, smashing glass windows to break into two of them.According to the NYPD, the suspect first hit the Duane Reade at 184 5th Ave. on November 15. He was captured on surveillance video stealing several items, including...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:16 PM

Mona Duggal: Third NYPD cop arrested this week busted for allegedly keying car

An NYPD officer was arrested for allegedly digging a key into the side of a man's car, making her the third cop busted this week.Officer Mona Duggal, 28, was charged with criminal mischief Wednesday after she keyed the man's car on Tenth Avenue after an argument, causing $250 in damage, according...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 8:13 PM

MTA: Full restoration will cost $4.75 billion, won't pass cost to riders

The MTA is promising riders they won't have to shell out any of the $4.75 billion it will take to fully restore the subway, but straphangers aren't holding their breath.That staggering price tag is the MTA's estimate for repairing infrastructure damage and getting the subway system in the same...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:14 PM

Photo of NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo giving shoes to homeless man goes viral

It was a simple act of kindness on a cold New York night, but it warmed the hearts of thousands of people across the country.A photo of NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo offering boots and socks to a homeless man in Midtown has gone viral, with nearly 80,000 shares from the department's Facebook page.The...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 3:06 PM

Undocumented immigrants left behind in Sandy recovery

While thousands have tapped into $703 million in federal aid after Hurricane Sandy, the city's undocumented immigrants find themselves empty-handed.FEMA reports 236,000 New Yorkers have requested relief in the wake of the storm, but cash assistance for things like home repairs are only available to...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:18 PM

Yoselyn Ortega: Nanny pleads not guilty to murdering kids, Facebook supporter speaks out

The nanny suspected of murdering two children in cold blood pleaded not guilty from her hospital bed Wednesday, prosecutors said.Yoselyn Ortega, 50, is facing charges of first- and second-degree murder after 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim were brutally stabbed to death in their...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 5:25 PM

MTA: Subway conductor sprayed with chemicals, attacks against workers up in 2012

Police are hunting for a man wanted for spraying chemicals at an MTA conductor.According to the NYPD, the incident happened Oct. 21 at 3:50 p.m.Police said Enrique Tirado exited the 4 train at Brooklyn's Sterling Street subway station just before he sprayed a female MTA conductor with some kind of...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 3:39 PM

PHOTOS: Times Square drug raid yields $5 million worth of cocaine

Six drug traffickers were indicted today after cops seized more than 100 pounds of cocaine in a drug bust near Times Square.According to the city's special narcotics prosecutor and state police, two of the defendants were observed leaving the Crowne Plaza Hotel with suitcases and getting into cars...

Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:48 PM

Yan Krainert: Limo driver charged after passenger dragged, killed

The driver of a limousine is facing vehicular homicide charges after a passenger was brutally dragged beneath the vehicle to his death.According to police, 53-year-old Viktor Avadyayev had gotten out of the limousine when it arrived at his home near Kings Highway and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn...

Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:42 PM

Angel Morales: Man charged with shooting 5-year-old girl

Police arrested a teenager and charged him with shooting a 5-year-old girl.Angel Morales, 18, was charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon after the NYPD said he shot the little girl in the torso just after 1 a.m. Sunday outside of 1997 Hughes Avenue in the Bronx.The child...

Monday, November 26, 2012, 2:47 PM

Anna Gristina: 'Upper East Side Madam' sentenced to time served

The so-called Upper East Side Madam Anna Gristina reported Tuesday morning to serve her sentence — but only spent about 45 minutes in custody.Gristina pleaded guilty in September to a felony, promoting prostitution, after a sting operation revealed an elaborate brothel run out of an East 78th...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7:17 PM