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Bloomberg defends mosques

NEW YORK. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be un-American to investigate a Muslim group that seeks to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.“I’ve said that the government should never — never — be in the business of telling people how they should pray or where they can pray,” said...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:55 AM

Report: MTA knew of problem

NYC Transit knew the aging brick ceiling at the 181st Street was unstable for 10 years before it eventually collapsed in 2009, an MTA inspector general report revealed yesterday.During a 1999 rehab, Transit found the ceiling was unstable. A temporary wooden shield was put up, but no permanent fix...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 9:13 AM

One night only:?Elvis tribute

The Glada Hudik-theatre, a Swedish theater ensemble composed of actors with developmental disabilities, is performing “A Tribute to Elvis” this Saturday, June 5, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The one-night only musical, a hit in Sweden where more than 120,000 people have seen it, tells the...

Friday, June 4, 2010, 12:19 PM

Mourners pay respects to good Samaritan

BUSHWICK. Hugo Tale-Yax died alone, but many New Yorkers will remember him as a hero — not a police officer or a firefighter, but a man who simply did the right thing.A wake for the homeless Guatemalan immigrant was held yesterday in Brooklyn. Tale-Yax, 31, was stabbed after trying to protect a...

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 10:52 AM

Is Espada at end of the road?

The meteoric rise of Pedro Espada, Jr. may be coming to an end as swiftly as his ascension from no-name Bronx pol to state Senate majority leader.Federal agents raided the government-funded Bronx health clinic he runs yesterday, after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a civil suit against Espada...

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 2:47 PM

Earth Day celebrates birthday

Times Square will be transformed into a green playground next week as it hosts a massive Earth Day party on April 22.The event, which will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musical performers, celebrities, environmental activists and Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:53 AM

Doorman strike looming

Get ready –- a strike may come. That’s the message the Realty Advisory Board sent building owners and managers this week, warning them to prepare for a possible strike by doormen later this month.“I cannot stress enough the importance of preparing for the possibility of a strike,” said Realty...

Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:57 PM

St. Vincent teetering on the brink of existence

A proposal to take over financially troubled St. Vincent’s Medical Center may leave a huge swath of Manhattan’s West Side without a hospital.Continuum Health Partners, a hospital system that includes Beth Israel and St. Luke’s, offered to take over the Greenwich Village hospital — and convert it to...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:27 AM

Close call in debris fall

Flying debris from the Bruce Ratner-owned, Frank Gehry-designed Beekman Tower damaged more than one car during Monday’s wind and rainstorm.James Chmiel said he was in his Ford Expedition at Nassau and Beekman street just before 7 a.m. when “I heard a loud smack. The car shook and it felt like...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:07 AM

Forget the schedule, trains later this year

It’s not just your imagination, heavily traveled lines like the 6, B, D, A and C are all running later compared to last year, according to data released by the MTA.Former MTA board member Andrew Albert warned that longer wait times may get worse as the MTA mulls cuts.“The fact that you have to wait...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 7:31 AM

Marriage made in Metro

For every jaded New Yorker who doesn’t believe in true love, here’s the story of Marco Fernandez and Silvia Cortegana.Fernandez, 36, proposed to Cortegana on Wednesday night with an advertisement in Metro.“I wanted to do something different,” said Fernandez, who reads Metro every day on his way to...

Friday, January 15, 2010, 10:19 AM

Report rebukes senator

A special committee urged the New York state Senate to vote on expelling Sen. Hiram Monserrate, the embattled Queens pol found guilty in November of third-degree assault against his girlfriend.Monserrate was caught on tape dragging Karla Giraldo through a hallway after they’d had an argument. He...

Friday, January 15, 2010, 10:06 AM

Guilt by a Twitter post?

Be careful what you tweet.Twitter posts could be used as evidence in an upcoming murder trial.Jameg Blake, 22, is accused of shooting Kwame Dancy, 22, outside Gov. David Paterson’s Harlem home in November, after the two exchanged barbs on Twitter. Prosecutors may use the tweets as evidence of an...

Monday, January 11, 2010, 9:28 AM

City clears Hudson Rail Yards western half for mixed use

The City Council voted to rezone the western half of Hudson Rail Yards yesterday, but the dream of a new neighborhood on Manhattan’s far west side is still years away.The plan to build 12 million square feet of commercial and residential space at 30th Street and 11th Avenue, over the tracks where...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 9:33 AM

Senate rejects gay marriage

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was deeply disappointed by the state Senate’s 38-to-24 defeat of the same-sex marriage bill yesterday.In a serious setback for its proponents, all 30 Republicans and 8 Democrats voted against the bill. Tom Duane, the first openly gay state senator, who represents...

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 1:49 PM

Drinking past dawn deadline extended

NEW YORK. Don’t fear, revelers. After a low turnout for the second year in a row, the deadline has been extended for New York City bars to apply for special permits to stay open until 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, instead of closing at 4 a.m.After only 165 bars managed to meet last week’s deadline to...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 1:30 PM

Nets arena jumps legal hurdle

Developer Bruce Ratner’s Nets arena in Brooklyn can move forward after the state’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the use of eminent domain at the embattled $5 billion Atlantic Yards project.The state Court of Appeals ruled that the state could seize homes and businesses standing in the way of...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 12:27 PM

Mayor riled by subway stabbing question

Mayor Michael Bloomberg angrily defended the NYPD’s decision to lock the doors of an uptown D train Saturday so police could arrest Jerry Sanchez, the alleged subway stabber.“If you open all the doors and let everyone run in every direction, you would have the murderer back on the street and I don’...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 1:50 PM

British agents led U.S. to plot: Report

It was the British who first uncovered suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi’s alleged plot to blow up New York City landmarks and subways in September, according to a British report.The counterterrorism branch of Scotland Yard intercepted an e-mail allegedly sent to Zazi by a senior member of al-...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 11:21 AM

Worst buses in city win awards

An Amtrak ride to Philly is faster than the M4 bus from Penn Station to the northern tip of Manhattan.“I’d believe it,” said Valerie Ponti, 60, who rides the M4 twice a day. Her commute from Madison Avenue and 98th Street to Penn Station takes an hour. “It’s like they drive slowly on purpose.”“It’s...

Friday, November 6, 2009, 1:58 PM