Emily Anne Epstein

Select Bus Service gets 'D' grade for broken ticket machines

The pay-before-boarding bus system is already in use on Manhattan’s East Side and elsewhere, and the MTA wants to expand it citywide. Except there’s one glaring problem: The ticket machines are often broken, riders say.In a survey by Upper East Side Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, SBS M15 riders...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:32 AM

'Pink slime' still on the menu for lunch

Even though Taco Bell and McDonald's have banished "pink slime" from their menus, New York City public schools will continue to serve it to students until the fall.The product, nicknamed "pink slime," is a low-cost meat filler made from fatty scraps of beef that are treated with ammonia to kill...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:21 AM

Israeli 'Bomb Shelter Museum' seeks to re-open in New York

The group Artists for Israel is trying to secure a spot for their controversial "Bomb Shelter Museum" -- an immersive, multimedia installation exhibit that simulates a terror attack in Israel -- after a failed attempt to house the art piece at Columbia University.Students would walk into the...

Monday, March 19, 2012, 4:44 PM

Wine wars rage anew as report is released

The long-simmering battle to sell wine in New York grocery stores has been freshly uncorked.A bill that would allow supermarkets to sell wine is currently stalled in Albany, but the New York Wine Industry Association and other groups are hoping a new study will force Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change his...

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3:32 PM

Letter grades are coming for buses now too

Bus companies may have to learn their ABCs.The U.S. Senate passed Sen. Charles Schumer's bus bill on Wednesday, which would require curbside buses to display safety letter grades, among other new provisions.The legislation would affect all bus companies in the nation, like Greyhound, Megabus and...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:23 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo demands investigation after Aqueduct horse deaths

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a formal inquiry into the recent rash of fatal horse breakdowns at the Aqueduct that he called “disturbing.”Since racing began on the inner-dirt track on Nov. 30, 16 horses have died, including one on Wednesday.Cuomo has asked for the New York Racing...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 8:38 AM

Cops: Man molested 11-year-old at Dunkin' Donuts

Police are hunting for a man who groped an 11-year-old girl at a Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts last week.The man sauntered into the shop on East 21st Street at 11:30 a.m. on March 7, grabbed the girl inappropriately and fled, police said.Police released a sketch of the culprit, describing him as a man...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 8:31 AM

PHOTOS: Marine Megan Leavey wants to adopt, save Sergeant Rex

An upstate New York Marine is on a mission to save the dog that served alongside her in Iraq.Marine Corporal Megan Leavey of Rockland County, NY, is desperately trying to adopt Sergeant Rex, a German Shepherd military working dog. When Leavey served two tours in Iraq, the two were a team tasked...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:38 PM

Muslim advocates: NYPD spying will be judged by history

A poll released yesterday indicates that most New Yorkers think the NYPD was right to spy on Muslims, but others say only time will tell how the police's actions will be judged.According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Big Apple residents approve of the way New York police are doing their job by a...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 3:07 PM

Aiming to diversify, FDNY administers new entrance exam

Decades of discrimination and litigation regarding the FDNY’s hiring practices will be tested this week when the department administers their new entrance exam.The road to the new exam has been long and bitter, starting with a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice in 2007 that alleged the...

Monday, March 12, 2012, 5:40 PM

NYPD seizes 3,000 books in Greenwich Village

Police are cracking down on vendors that sell books on Sixth Avenue illegally, according to DNAInfo.Officers from the 6th Precinct confiscated more than 3,000 books between Waverly Place and Washington Place last month because they say vendors broke city regulations, according to the site.Sellers...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 10:40 AM

Brooklyn DA probes death of baby who died of herpes

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is investigating the death of a 2-week-old baby boy following a complication with his circumcision, according to the New York Post.The baby died on Sept. 28 of 2011 at Maimonides Hospital after it contracted herpes during an ultra-Orthadox bris, in which a...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 8:53 AM

Service may end for last five stops on G train

Save the G! That’s the rallying cry heard in Brooklyn these days, as hundreds of straphangers are pressuring the MTA to keep service at the last five southbound G train stops in Brooklyn.The MTA extended the G more than two years ago, in 2009, to the following stops: Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street,...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 10:21 AM

City pays EMT during investigation of pregnant death

A medic charged with misconduct after she watched a pregnant woman die in 2009 is still on the city payroll.Melisa Jackson, 25, has earned $39,000 annually for the past two years since the death of Eutisha Rennix, according to the New York Post.Witnesses say that Jackson, along with fellow FDNY EMT...

Sunday, February 5, 2012, 9:27 AM

PHOTOS: The new brew and you

When Metro learned of the new pour-over coffee method gaining steam, we thought, what the cup?Our first instinct was to find a regular Joe (get it?) to take a blind taste test, comparing a pour-over cup and deli java. Would they be able to tell the difference? For completely unscientific purposes,...

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 8:15 AM

MTA reveals new nighttime map

The MTA released its first-ever map depicting scheduled overnight service of the subway system today.The map reflects how the subway runs from roughly midnight to 6 a.m. That's when three subway lines are suspended (the B, C and Z and the 42nd Street Shuttle), three lines become shuttles, six...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:56 PM

The Adventures of Pete & Pete New York City reunion sells out in 5 minutes

Hey blowholes!The entire cast and crew of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Nickelodeon’s 90's masterpiece, will reunite for the first time ever in New York City on Feb. 24 at the Bowery Ballroom.Tickets went on sale today at noon, and guess what? It’s already too late to get tickets.The show,...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 11:09 PM

PHOTOS: No one is trying to save the East Village's secret theater

Above East Village Farms on Avenue A lies a hidden theater — soon to be demolished.The bodega, located between 6th and 7th Street, has been open for the past ten years, said worker Young Han, but it will close its doors on Feb. 5.The owner of the building plans to demolish the entire structure,...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 8:52 PM

Obama taps NYAG to run Financial Crimes Unit

President Barack Obama gave New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a plumb assignment: wrangling in the nation’s maligned mortgage industry.In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new Financial Crimes Unit to be headed by Schneiderman.“...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:55 PM

Photoshopped amputee causes Department of Health ad controversy

This anti-soda advertisement from the Department of Health is stirring up quite the controversy.The ad relates soda portion sizes to type 2 diabetes, and consequently, amputations.One can infer that the depicted amputation was caused by a diabetic complication, but the New York Times published the...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:23 PM