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Nikki M. Mascali

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3 killed in Florida school shooting had local ties

Three of the victims killed in the Florida school shooting on Wednesday had ties to New York and New Jersey, reports said. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left 17 dead, including geography teacher Scott Beigel and football coach Aaron Feis, who both died trying to...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:16 AM

NYPD officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of mentally ill Bronx woman

An NYPD sergeant was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, a mentally ill woman, in 2016, a Bronx judge ruled Thursday.  Sgt. Hugh Barry, who had been accused of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, was found not guilty of all charges by Bronx Supreme...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:02 PM

Riders Alliance contest makes winners of straphangers with worst commute

Barely a day goes by without New Yorkers experiencing a snafu on the city’s subway system. Some may even experience their worst commute ever, up until that particular moment. With delays tripling between 2012 and 2017 and major issues continuing to plague the Gov. Cuomo-run MTA, Riders...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:38 PM

NJ town by GWB rethinks non-resident travel ban after dip at local businesses

Less than a month after a New Jersey town near the George Washington Bridge banned non-resident traffic on its streets during rush-hour commutes, officials are rethinking that stance. The move comes after businesses in Leonia began to see a significant decline in non-resident patrons, the New York...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:35 AM

Nonprofit helps kids stay on city tennis courts even in winter

Thanks to the weather and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, winter sports fever has pretty much hit us all. A group of tennis-loving New York City, kids, however, aren’t just counting the days until they can hit the courts again, they’re actually still playing...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5:00 AM

Working on Presidents’ Day? Here’s the MTA holiday schedule

While many New Yorkers are likely looking forward to having Monday off for the Presidents’ Day holiday, plenty of us will still be making the trek into the office. If you’re one of those who will be without a three-day weekend, here’s what you can expect from the MTA on...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:35 PM

Dating in NYC not so different from anywhere else: Match

We’ve surely all heard horror stories of what it’s like to be single in New York City, but here’s a newsflash: Dating in NYC really isn’t all that different from anywhere else, at least according to the latest “Singles in America” survey from Match.com. “...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

Do love-themed street names equal real estate amore?

There are many factors that play into how a listing fares in New York’s real estate game, but being that today is Valentine’s Day, does love — as in love-themed street names — lead to amore when it comes to selling your home? Perhaps, according to new data from real estate...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Here’s what Philly daters really want

We all know Philadelphia is the “City of Brotherly Love,” but add in the fact that today is Valentine’s Day, and you have yourself a lot of amore. Which is great and all if you’re attached, but if you’re single, today is just another day you’re navigating the...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

ASPCA funds microchip scanners for all NYPD precincts to fight animal cruelty

In its continued effort to help the NYPD fight animal cruelty, the ASPCA is funding pet microchip scanners for all 86 police precincts, including Housing Police Service Areas, across the city, the organization announced Monday. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted in...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 12:52 PM

Cuomo favorability, performance ratings drops among state voters: Poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo started off the 2018 election year with his second term’s highest favorability rating, but he hit “significant speed bumps” this month, a new poll from Siena College says. Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in Albany this year, had a nine-point drop to 53...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 11:48 AM

Two-week overnight work begins on E, F, M, R subways

Starting Monday night, the MTA will begin a wide-range of overnight repairs, cleaning and maintenance on the E, F, M and R subway lines. Part of the agency’s Fastrack program, the work will be done on four consecutive weeknights from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 12-16 and...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:15 AM

Attention M/WBEs: The city is more open for your business than ever before

With a new ad campaign and $40 million loan investment, New York City wants minority- and women-owned companies (M/WBE) to know it is more open for their business than ever before, and it’s going about that in two new ways. The first is through a $40 million private investment that will give...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 AM

Get same-day sex toy delivery just in time for Valentine’s Day

New York City is where one can get almost anything delivered to them any time they want, many times the very same day they order. “Except pleasure, which is a real shame,” said Stephanie Alys, co-founder and chief pleasure officer of U.K-based sex toy company MysteryVibe, which is...

Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:43 PM

Advocates raise awareness for victims of 9/11-related illnesses

A group of former students from a Lower Manhattan high school and other advocates held a public health forum Thursday to continue raising awareness about 9/11-related illnesses — and share their experiences to urge others to step forward and get treatment. The coalition included former...

Friday, February 9, 2018, 10:36 AM

NJ ski facility changes tri-state kids’ lives on and off the slopes

The now-defunct Hidden Valley ski resort in Vernon, New Jersey, was where Donna Weinbrecht learned to ski long before she won the first-ever gold medal for freestyle skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Hidden Valley closed in 2012, but its slopes may still be the stomping ground for future...

Friday, February 9, 2018, 5:00 AM

NYC doctors bring dire medical aid to remote Puerto Rican island hit by Maria

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma, but much devastation still remains, especially in remote areas like the island municipality of Vieques. That’s why a group of doctors, including two from New York City, partnered...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:13 PM

Six months in, how’s the MTA subway action plan going?

Back in July, the MTA revealed its action plan to fix the city’s aged and in-crisis subway system and promised straphangers visible improvements within one year. So how is the agency doing, now that we’re nearly at the halfway mark of that vow? According to new data cited by The...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:12 AM

Burglar beats Bronx grandma with crowbar

A Bronx grandmother was brutally attacked in her home by a crowbar-wielding burglar earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. The 64-year-old victim, identified only as Nat, was assaulted Monday morning after finding the masked suspect on a second-floor landing as she came back...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 9:52 AM

NBC to broadcast Olympic coverage on LinkNYC kiosks

If you’re worried about missing even a single minute of the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics, you’ll only have to find the nearest LinkNYC kiosk to see the latest highlights. NBC Olympics, a division of NBC Sports Group, partnered with smart cities tech and media company Intersection to...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:15 PM