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Barnard College nabs Barack Obama for commencement

Barnard students better pay attention to this year’s commencement speech — it’s going to be presidential.President Barack Obama will be speaking on Columbia University’s South Lawn at Barnard College’s commencement, the school announced on Saturday.Barnard, an independent liberal arts women’s...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 2:38 PM

Charles Schumer: Smartphone apps need investigation

New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make sure no one is taking private photos from New Yorkers’ phones.Schumer called on the Federal Trade Commission yesterday to investigate whether smartphone applications sold for Apple and Android gadgets are stealing private photos and address books.His...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 1:18 PM

More blacks, Latinos accepted to elite schools

The number of black and Latino students accepted to eight of New York City’s highly selective high schools increased 14 percent from last year, according to newly released data from the Department of Education.Admission to one of the specialized schools, like The Bronx High School of Science,...

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:31 PM

Underground crimes rise steadily on the subway

The subway crooks simply can’t be stopped: New statistics revealed by the MTA show that the number of major felonies committed every day underground jumped 29 percent since last year.On average, eight major felonies were committed daily in January of this year, up from six average per day in...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 5:13 PM

One World Trade Center goes red for Dolan after Empire State Building rejection

After the Empire State Building rejected a request to light up in honor of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent promotion, One World Trade Center has taken up the cause.After being made a Cardinal, Dolan said of his red biretta: “This hat is really for New York. I want to put it on the Empire State...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:01 PM

Every loose cigarette sold at clubs could cost bathroom attendants $1,000

A bottle of vodka may cost $500 at a New York nightclub, but bathroom attendants risk $1,000 fines every time they sell a cigarette.Bathroom attendants in several posh drinking spots are selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, for a buck a piece. It's a misdemeanor under city and state law, but...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 10:00 PM

Divorce expo for soon-to-be singles

As millions of people get ready for a romantic evening tonight, two Manhattan women are preparing for the worst.Mother-daughter duo Francine Baras and Nicole Baras Feuer are hard at work, planning New York City’s very first divorce expo, slated for a March 31 debut at the Metropolitan Pavilion.“...

Monday, February 13, 2012, 3:41 PM

Giants quarterback Eli Manning king of New York City today

Thousands of New York Giants fans turned Broadway into a river of Big Blue for the Super Bowl XLVI celebration this morning. As quarterback Eli Manning's float went by, crowds shouted "MVP, MVP!"Anthony Crisostomo of West Babylon, 48, was wearing three layers of Giants jerseys to keep warm.“It...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 9:28 AM

Possible federal funding cuts could result in MTA fare hike

If a bill being mulled right now in Congress becomes law, the head of the MTA warned yesterday it may result in additional fare increases down the line.MTA Chairman Joe Lhota joined union representatives, transit advocates and politicians at Grand Central Station to decry proposed federal cuts to...

Monday, February 6, 2012, 4:03 PM

Straphangers: Clean our stations

Subway stations win points for having garbage cans, but too many are plagued by graffiti, rats and water damage, a rider advocacy group found.From July to September of last year, members of the New York City Straphangers’ Campaign monitored platforms at 120 randomly selected subway stations, 230...

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 3:11 PM

PHOTOS: It’s bare-ly winter in New York

Don’t tell Mother Nature it is February, Metro is loving this weather.New York City reached a high of 63 degrees on Wednesday, according to Weather.com, just 4 degrees short of the record high.New Yorkers took advantage in Central Park, reading and picnicking in the park.Thursday won’t be as balmy...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:41 PM

Indian Point: Nuclear power plant too close for comfort?

New concerns were raised yesterday about a nuclear power plant just a few miles north of Manhattan, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly said he wants to shut down.According to a report released yesterday by Environment New York, an environmental advocacy organization, a radiation leak at Indian...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:12 AM

Realities of the runway: Models organize against abuse

New York models are banding together to become comrades in couture.With Fashion Week around the corner, model Sara Ziff is launching the Model Alliance next Monday, a non-profit organization that will advocate for models’ rights.“The modeling industry is essentially an unregulated industry,” said...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 3:22 AM

MTA riders agree it’s gotten worse

Ridership on the New York City subway system has increased 30 percent since 1998. But the happiness of straphangers hasn’t kept pace, a new report released yesterday found.Transportation Alternatives, a rider advocacy group, surveyed subway and bus riders on the quality of their public travel...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:56 AM

Dalisha Adams charged with abandoning daughters

A Canarsie mom was charged by police yesterday with abandoning her two toddler girls on the sidewalk Sunday.Dalisha Adams, 26, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly dumped her daughters, Diani, 3, and Dominae, 2, out in the cold on Sunday afternoon....

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:57 AM

Some eateries serving up the flu with lunch

How about that burger... with a side of snot?A new study published today by the Community Service Society, an advocacy group that fights against economic disparity, reveals a startling statistic: More than half the people who prepare, handle or serve food in New York City do not have any paid sick...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:12 AM

MTA beefs up security

The NYPD and the MTA are combating skyrocketing subway crime with a surge of new recruits.NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox announced yesterday that 243 rookie cops from the Police Academy’s January graduating class have been assigned to the Transit Bureau. Those recruits bring the total number of...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 3:46 AM

Report: Tech, media companies will rule New York in 2012

Look to Google instead of Wall Street to provide jobs in 2012, New Yorkers.A new report by Cresa, a corporate real estate advisory firm, revealed a downward trend in financial industry office rentals in its fourth quarter 2011 report for Manhattan.By analyzing office rental trends citywide, Cresa...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:58 AM

SOPA & PIPA: NYC thinks they're 'SOPAthetic'

New York City’s tech community went offline and into the streets yesterday to protest the increasingly unpopular anti-piracy bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), currently being mulled by members of Congress.Nearly 200 protesters rallied in front...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:43 PM

NYPD announces body scanning technology testing

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that the NYPD is pursuing a controversial new technology in the war against illegal guns: body-scanning devices.“There are still far too many guns in New York, too many murders, and too many shootings,” Kelly said in his annual State of the NYPD address...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:30 PM