Nikki M. Mascali

Web Reporter

nikki.mascali@metro.us

For $24.5M, you can live directly below the president in Trump Tower

In New York City, you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to your upstairs neighbor. But the person who moves into 64/65AB in Trump Tower will get to say they live directly below President Donald Trump. The apartment on the 65th floor of Trump Tower at 721 Fifth Avenue has hit...

Friday, August 17, 2018, 10:15 AM

Aretha Franklin, queen of soul, dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, whose epic voice had her lauded as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her Detroit home at age 76. "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,...

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 11:11 AM

At 120 Broadway, the old Equitable Building becomes new again

When it opened in 1915, the Equitable Building at 120 Broadway changed the real estate landscape of New York City — and the country. Bordered by Broadway and Cedar, Nassau and Pine Streets, 120 Broadway occupies an entire city block and was, until 1930, the largest office building in the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

NYPD search for escaped prisoner affecting subway service

An NYPD search for an escaped prisoner in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon is causing service changes on the city’s subway system. The escapee is a 15-year-old male prisoner who fled near Empire Boulevard and New York Avenue in Brooklyn, police said, according to PIX11. It is not known...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 1:54 PM

NYC Ferry welcomes Soundview route

Bronx residents have sailed into a new commute to Manhattan and beyond as the NYC Ferry launched its much-anticipated Soundview route Wednesday morning. The new route offers service from Soundview/Clason Point to East 90th Street, East 34th Street and Pier 11/Wall Street — in about 45...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 10:03 AM

Brooklyn Public Library helps you find that perfect BookMatch

Finding that perfect book to get lost in while you’re on vacation or doing your daily commute can be hard, but if you live in Brooklyn, you can take advantage of BookMatch, a program of the Brooklyn Public Library. Celebrating its fourth anniversary this month, BookMatch is a personalized,...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 4:31 PM

McDonald’s across New York getting $320 million makeover

McDonald's is getting a makeover. The company announced Tuesday that it and its franchisees will invest approximately $320 million this year and next to construct and modernize 360 locations across the state of New York. As part of the company’s national, $6 billion initiative to...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1:07 PM

New York voter registration deadline is Aug. 19 for primary election

With the state primary exactly one month away, you have only a few more days to beat the New York voter registration deadline to ensure your voice will be heard. The state’s primary election will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, and the New York voter registration deadline is this Sunday. To be...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 3:30 PM

Downtown Alliance takes on ticket touters near Statue of Liberty

Ticket touters, those individuals who try to entice you to purchase ticket to the landmark they’re usually found lingering near, are an everyday sight in New York City. But while you can usually, in typical New Yorker fashion, just sidestep them to go about your way, many people do fall prey...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 1:29 PM

Transit officials hosting L train shutdown town hall in Canarsie

The MTA and city’s Department of Transportation will host a town hall meeting Wednesday in Canarsie to update straphangers on next year’s L train shutdown. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Canarsie Ascend Charter School at 9719 Flatlands Ave, and NYC Transit President Andy...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:14 AM

Will bikeshares cause city’s bike rooms to ride into the sunset?

With the arrival of dockless bikes to New York City and Citi Bike’s continual expansion, bikeshares have definitely ridden their way into the lives of countless New Yorkers — and the city's real estate landscape. The vast majority of residential buildings across the five boroughs...

Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:32 AM

What we know about this weekend's white power rally in Washington

The organizer behind last year’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, today had a permit approved for a white power rally in Washington, D.C. this weekend. The National Park Service approved a permit for Jason Kessler to hold Unite the Right 2 demonstration Sunday in Lafayette Park...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 2:44 PM

Iconic FAO Schwarz returns with LaGuardia Airport store

Get ready to make some music on that infamous piano mat: FAO Schwarz is returning to New York City later this year when the iconic toy store sets up shop at LaGuardia Airport. FAO Schwarz, which closed its Fifth Avenue flagship in July 2015, is among the first retailers moving into Terminal B at...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 1:50 PM

Hudson Yards to land 3 acres of new parks

Hudson Yards, one of the city’s most-watched neighborhoods, is about to get a little greener thanks to the addition of three acres of brand-new parkland that is now in the works. The final phase of the city’s master plan for Hudson Yards, which was announced Wednesday, will bring new...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

With Dine in Park Slope, Brooklyn creates own NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week, which wraps up next Friday, is one of the most wonderful times of the year in New York City — specifically in Manhattan as the bulk of the nearly 400 participating restaurants are in that borough alone. To counter the fact that Brooklyn has just 10 establishments...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10:21 AM

This New Yorker might be the worst cook to ever be on Worst Cooks in America

The new season of Worst Cooks in America doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but if contestant Timmy Thok doesn’t make it to the finale, he very well is a frontrunner for the Worst Cook in New York City. When the 30-year-old bartender/underwear model ventures into the kitchen, it’s a...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 10:59 AM

What would you give up to end climate change?

Sure, you may be worried about how climate change is affecting our planet, but what are you willing to sacrifice to save it? According to a new survey from GeekWrapped, many respondents would give up daily showers, Donald Trump’s presidency and pizza before handing over their cellphones....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 4:06 PM

Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Approval and Reproductive Rights

With the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh expected to begin next month, the future of Roe v. Wade and other rights hang in the balance. Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination, one that, if approved...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 1:54 PM

Bronx native Cardi B among lineup for this year’s Global Citizen Festival

It may be called the Global Citizen Festival, but it’s going to welcome locally bred performer Cardi B to its stage on Central Park’s Great Lawn this year. It appears the Sept. 29 show will be the rapper’s first since she gave birth to her daughter last month. Joining Cardi B in...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7:30 AM

Before L train shutdown, weekend L train shutdowns

We all know the L train shutdown will halt service between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 months next year. But between now and then, the L train is going to shutdown for more than a dozen weekends — and that starts this Friday night.  The MTA said these pre-L train shutdown disruptions...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 4:44 PM