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Nikki M. Mascali

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Pornhub opens pop-up fashion shop in SoHo

Like much of SoHo, Wooster Street boasts an array of fashionable names such as Chanel, Céline, Ted Baker and Moschino. And starting today, that roster will also include Pornhub. Yes, Pornhub, as in the adult entertainment website that receives more than 75 million visitors every day. The 10-year-...

Friday, November 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Yes, Virginia, you need an appointment to see Santa at Macy’s this year

For years, kids (and adults) of all ages have looked forward to telling their Christmas wishes to Santa at Macy’s Santaland. But starting Monday, they’ll need to make a reservation to see Jolly Old Saint Nick on the eighth floor. Yes, Virginia, you’ll need an appointment to have...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:47 AM

'Cat Friday:' The ASPCA's adoption deal you can’t refuse

We all know that Black Friday is the day people shop until they drop, but for those looking to bring a feline friend home for the holidays, the ASPCA might have a deal you can’t refuse. For the seventh year in a row, the day after Thanksgiving is the ASPCA’s “Cat Friday,”...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:29 AM

MTA hires transit expert to modernize, improve aged subway system

Come January, the MTA will have a little more help in making its Subway Action Plan to improve and modernize New York City’s aged and decrepit subway system a reality. The agency announced Tuesday that Andy Byford, CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), has been named president of New...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 3:33 PM

Citymeals feeds New York’s aging ‘hidden hungry’

Thanksgiving is a time many New Yorkers likely spend hours around a food-laden table with countless loved ones. But for some of our neighbors, especially the city’s growing elderly population, the holiday can be lonely — and hungry. According to Citymeals on Wheels, more than 167,000...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 12:50 PM

TWA Hotel at JFK right on schedule, developer says

It’s been quite some time since JFK Airport was known as Idlewild, its name from 1948 through 1963, when it was renamed for assassinated President John F. Kennedy. But the forthcoming TWA Hotel in the long-vacant iconic and historical TWA terminal will bring back a lot of that fabulous...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Riders Alliance aims to turn frustrated straphangers into activists

Just about every New Yorker has been there, stranded on a subway platform or train with their anger mounting at yet another delay. Now, Riders Alliance is encouraging those straphangers to make their frustrated voices heard all the way to Albany. The grassroots transit advocacy group on Monday...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 4:39 PM

Here are the MTA’s Thanksgiving week schedule changes

Thanksgiving week is upon us to get the 2017 holiday season officially underway, and with the holiday comes changes to MTA service. From some free bus service to vintage rides, here’s what to expect this week as you’re trying to get home for the holiday using the city’s mass...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:39 AM

Mayor de Blasio seeks consultants in plan to close Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio officially began the process of shuttering Rikers Island on Thursday by issuing a request for proposal to develop an action plan to close the controversial jail complex and find alternate solutions. “We have a moral obligation to close down Rikers Island and transition...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:46 PM

Brooklyn woman asks manspreader to make room, gets punched in the face

A Brooklyn woman riding a rush-hour train Thursday morning was punched in the face by the manspreading man next to her after she asked him to give her a little room. Sam Saia, 37, wrote on Facebook that the unidentified man sharing an end seat on an N train around 7:45 a.m. went off on her as a...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:37 AM

‘Sopranos’ star tapped to play Cuomo in series about 2015 prison escape

In 2001, during his ill-fated first run for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo once questioned if “The Sopranos” offered a favorable representation of Italian-Americans. Now, one of the stars of that HBO hit series has been tapped to play the now-governor in a forthcoming Showtime...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:31 PM

5 Manhattan West goes from eyesore to eye candy

450 W. 33rd St. has been one of New York City’s most curious architectural wonders since its completion in 1969, but thanks to a $350 million renovation, it likely won’t be called “the elephant’s foot” any longer. The building in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards was...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 1:02 PM

8 tips for renting an apartment in New York City

Renting in New York City can be the absolute worst. There’s the stress of finding The Perfect Place in your budget and preferred neighborhood, not only signing but understanding the mountain of paperwork that is your lease and the physical act of moving. It’s enough to make you want to...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:00 AM

Bedford Green House encourages affordable green living with rooftop fish and produce garden

Like many new buildings being built in New York City, Bedford Green House in the Bronx will be energy efficient with an environmentally friendly design. But thanks to a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse, it will also encourage its residents to try their hand at urban farming. Breaking ground today,...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 2:45 PM

Retired FDNY lieutenant dies from 9/11-related cancer

A retired FDNY lieutenant and first responder died Sunday from a 9/11-related cancer, becoming the 20th firefighter this year to succumb to an illness linked to the 2001 terror attack. Lt. Edward McDonagh, a 49-year-old father of five from Rockland County, battled stage 4 colon cancer for the past...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:21 PM

Feast your eyes: NYC cabbies get cheeky in charity calendar

New Yorkers likely only see the city’s tens of thousands of cab drivers from behind the partition, but they are about to get an eyeful now that the 2018 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar has arrived. While the fifth annual cabbie calendar is a tongue-in-cheek hoot, it’s all for a good cause. A...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:37 PM

Hockey stick-wielding man claims self-defense in fatal Uber driver attack

The man charged with using a hockey stick to attack a New York City Uber driver, who later died, did so as an act of self-defense, his attorney said.  Kohji Kosugi, 39, of Manhattan, was arrested Sunday after getting into an altercation with 68-year-old Uber driver Randolph Tolk of West New...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11:14 AM

Amtrak winter work at Penn Station is coming

Commuters survived the “summer of hell” Amtrak repairs at New York’s Penn Station, but are they headed for a winter of discontent as the agency announced Phase II of its infrastructure renewal work at the nation’s busiest rail hub? “After a successful summer, it is...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:37 AM

Advocates unveil what BQX light rail could look like

Advocates hoping the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector, or BQX, becomes a reality along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront unveiled the first glimpse at what it might look like on Monday. The nonprofit Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector revealed a life-size prototype of the streetcar at the...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 3:53 PM

New York nation's top spot for cigarette smuggling: Report

Despite its best efforts to deter New Yorkers from smoking, the city still has plenty of smokers — many of which appear to be sidestepping New York’s high cigarette tax, a new report found. The state’s Tax Foundation found that New York “is the highest net importer of...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 12:16 PM