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Take a moment to appreciate these two goats on the NYC subway

New Yorkers have seen a lot on the NYC public transportation system, but now there's something particularly adorable to add to the list — MTA goats.  Two urban goats were spotted trespassing along the N line in Brooklyn. The MTA shared a photo of the black and white...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 4:40pm

Pakistan Independence Day Parade 2018: Start time, street closures

The 2018 Pakistan Independence Day Parade and Festival will take place this weekend to celebrate Pakistani culture and the nation's independence. Now in its 34th year, the Pakistan Independence Day Parade has grown to become the largest celebration of Pakistan in the country. Independence Day...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 2:18pm

NYC subway closes N train tunnel for 5 months with no notice

The last place anyone wants to be surprised is during your Monday commute. But that's just what happened to NYC subway commuters, who found out about a five-month service change after a problem-filled Monday morning rush hour. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 6:34pm

How chefs in public housing are launching their own businesses

The ideas, skills and aspirations of up-and-coming chefs are never in short supply. But when they’re already struggling to make ends meet in New York City public housing, they need something more to make their small business dreams a reality. That’s where the free Food Business Pathways...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:23am

Call 911 on dogs riding NYC subway, MTA tells commuters

The world is a terrible place right now, and sharing videos of urban wildlife — whether it’s an avocado squirrel, a pizza rat or just a dog trying to get a break from the heat on an air-conditioned subway car — is one of the few joys we have left. But the MTA, the transit agency...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:45pm

Launch your NYC food dreams with the Citi Urbanspace Challenge

Opening a restaurant in New York City is a terrible idea — any chef will tell you that. But that’s not the only way for chefs to get their food into people’s hands thanks to the rise of outdoor food markets, and the largest player in the al fresco food business Urbanspace is...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:42pm

City Winery to close after Disney buys an entire SoHo block

The west side of Manhattan is being reshaped by Hudson Square, a massive new development complex that’s already brought trendy restaurants and new hotels — just a fraction of what’s to come — to a rare underused part of New York City. The newest arrival is Disney, which...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 3:18pm

Statue of Liberty Museum looks to crowdfunding for $10 million

When the Statue of Liberty needed a boost in 1885, the American people stepped in. Now, a new Statue of Liberty museum showcasing her history and legacy is turning to the world for a little help. The Statue of Liberty Museum, coming to Liberty Island in 2019, is looking to raise the final $10...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:48am

New Yorkers can get cheap Lyft rides this week for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is among one of the deadliest times for drunk driving. According to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, an average of 118 people die in car crashes on July 4 — and alcohol is a big factor. To discourage drinking and driving this holiday week, New Yorkers can get...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:26pm

Daily Grumble: Styrofoam is bad, but so are its alternatives

The ocean is in trouble, and we can all agree that more needs to be done to save a natural resource responsible for recycling our air and providing our food. New York politicians and activists have been fighting to ban one of the worst pollutants, single-use styrofoam containers, since the...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:24pm

New York's styrofoam ban is back on, effective immeditately

Hide your takeout containers and coffee cups — New York's ban on styrofoam has been resurrected. In a brief tweet late Friday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that a judge had upheld the ban on single-use styrofoam products championed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Judging by...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 5:57pm

Mean Girls cast go from bullies to mentors in NYC schools

The girls of Broadway’s Mean Girls have learned their lesson so well, they’re ready to teach other girls how to be excellent too. After tackling bullying among high school girls and the pressures they face in school onstage, the cast of the Mean Girls musical are stepping into the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:05pm

The 8 essential things to do during Fleet Week in New York

White caps, sailor uniforms and a sudden uptick in nautical search terms on Google — it must be Fleet Week. The 2018 edition of Fleet Week starts on Wednesday, May 23, through Memorial Day (May 28), bringing some 2,500 service members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:25am

This car-free bridge from Brooklyn to Queens needs your help

Alternative transportation is having a moment in the city, whether it’s the looming shutdown of the L train or the constant headache that is riding any of the city’s subway lines. From more ferries to electric bikes or creating car-free corridors within Manhattan and beyond, everyone is...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 8:14pm

New Yorkers can now foster the tiniest kittens through the ASPCA

Think you’re up for the challenge of caring for a kitten? Spring has sprung which means “kitten season” has begun at New York City’s animal shelters, which can quickly fill up and, needless to say, make for a less than ideal place to get a start on life. Fostering is an...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:34pm

Is an electric bike for you? We took a test ride and fell in love

Biking in New York City is, to put it mildly, daunting. There are the distracted drivers on their phones, pedestrians who don’t respect bike lanes, the noise and rush of traffic right next to you. For the people who commute by bike, though, it’s all worth it. “Biking is the only...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:52pm

It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s available, free, friendly and professional

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and as New York can be one of the most emotionally challenging/stimulating/draining cities in the world, it’s especially important for us to take care of ourselves. And vital to remember that — just like on a rush hour train — you are never...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 9:51am

Met Gala 2018: Everything you need to know

When is the 2018 Met Gala? The Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday in May. For 2018, that’s Monday, May 7. As always, Vogue’s Anna Wintour is the event chair, with Donatella Versace, Rihanna and Amal Clooney as this year’s co-chairs. Any celebrity who wants to be...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 2:58pm

Attention New Yorkers: the pizza rat is back

The pizza rat first made headlines back in 2015 when a city-goer documented a fearless rodent sneaking a slice down the 1st Avenue L station stairs. He went viral — and even temporarily got his own street sign tribute in Brooklyn. Over the weekend, another was spotted in action, this...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 5:35pm

Is the post office open late on Tax Day this year?

Today’s the day, folks, and you know what that means: eagerly waiting for your tax refund, some perfectly timed deals on food and drinks and the longest lines at the post office. In the past, the post office hours on tax day have been extended to accommodate those long lines of people getting...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:05am