New York

NYC whistleblower accuse Cuomo Bridge builders of safety cover-up

The Mario M. Cuomo bridge construction may not have gone as smoothly as contractors let on, according to whistleblower reports. According to a report by NBC News 4, a former safety inspector and whistleblower alleges that construction contractors covered up potential safety problems...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 5:38pm

Fixing NYCHA is crucial to NYC economy: Report

The New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) is in crisis, as is evident by a repair bill topping $31.8 billion in capital need and hundreds of horror stories of lead paint, heat outages, mold and more. But it’s not only the public housing residents themselves at risk if NYCHA doesn’t get its...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:33pm

NY State Senator Kevin Parker tweets 'Kill yourself!' to woman who points out his wrong parking placard use

New York State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “kill yourself” at a GOP aide after she pointed out unauthorized use of his official parking placard. Parker has since deleted the tweet, which was captured in a screenshot and shared on Twitter, and apologized for “a poor choice of...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 3:47pm

Spectrum fraud case: how to get your refund for slower-than-advertised internet

If you pay for Spectrum internet, you might be getting a refund in the mail from Charter Communications given New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's announcement of a $174.2 million settlement with the company for committing consumer fraud. “This settlement should serve as a...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 12:48pm

Holiday travel 2018: Worst times to leave Boston and New York City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….except for all the time you might spend sitting in traffic during your holiday travel. More than one-third of Americans will travel some way this end-of-the-year holiday season, according to AAA, for a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 12:28pm

Federal judge rules New York's nunchaku ban unconstitutional

In a landmark ruling almost 20 years in the making, US District Judge Pamela K. Chen has decided that New York's 44-year-old nunchaku ban violates Second Amendment protections for the right to bear arms. The deciding case, Maloney v. Singas, has been bouncing around the federal court system...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 11:20am

NYC awards $1.8M in grants to small businesses

Harlem Doggie Day Spa is more plan a place where people can drop their pups off for a haircut. The business has worked hard to be a part of the community, owner Brian Taylor says, and an initiative from the NYC Department of Small Business Services wants to make sure it and other local shops stay...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 9:47am

Legal marijuana in New York: What it means and how it happens

The news is in: if all goes according to Andrew Cuomo's legislative plan, adult recreational marijuana use will be legal by 2019. The question now remains: how will they go about it? “As he moves to legalize marijuana in 2019, Governor Cuomo must prioritize racial justice and...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 6:53pm

Bah hum bug as New Yorkers are warned about invasive insects found in fresh-cut Christmas trees

A spotted lanternfly, indigenous to China and Southeast Asia, is infesting the Northeast Christmas tree supply faster than you can say “Happy Holidays” and New York Senator Chuck Schumer is in no mood for the seasonal interloper. Holding a press conference in his Midtown office in...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 6:05pm

Google planning $1B expansion in Hudson Square, is NYC ready?

Less than a month after Amazon announced it would establish part of its HQ2 in Queens, Google announced on Monday that it’s expanding in New York City, painting a picture of a tech future for the five boroughs. But is the city ready to handle two tech giants? Google will create a more-than 1...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 4:52pm

The votes are in and the Holland Tunnel gets a new look

Never say that your vote doesn't count, at least in New York. After a commuter with OCD described the Holland Tunnel decorations as a "nightmare" and launched a Change.org petition to change the position of the wreath over the "N," the Port Authority held a poll over...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 3:37pm

Green New Deal, MTA reforms, recreational marijuana by 2019, Cuomo promises

Three-term New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address laid out his ambitious legislative plans for the coming year on Monday. Among progressive policies discussed, including marijuana legalization and infrastructure overhauls, Cuomo repeatedly sought to draw a comparison...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 3:19pm

HRA guards to blame for escalating Jazmine Headley incident, NYPD review says

The NYPD officers involved in the forceful arrest of Jazmine Headley, which included tearing her 1-year-old son out of her arms, will not face discipline, with the department instead staying that a “strenuous review” found that Human Resources Administration personnel escalated the...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:30am

The most popular books of 2018 in New York City

The New York Public Library has some bragging rights to the city’s most popular book of 2018: Manhattan Beach took shape thanks to research author Jennifer Egan did right in its halls. The historical fiction novel about 12-year-old Anna growing up in Brooklyn after the Great Depression whose...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:43am

Baby found dead in Manhattan hotel, two women in police custody released

The New York Police Department has released two unidentified women that were taken into custody following the death of a 4-month-old baby boy at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan over the weekend. The women, identified as the baby boy’s step-sister and her fiancee from Delaware, were...

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 5:05pm

NYPD release sketch of suspect who allegedly raped woman inside her Bronx apartment

The NYPD is looking to the public for help in identifying a masked assailant who reportedly raped a 41-year-old woman in her Bronx apartment on December 12. The suspect has been described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 and was wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants, a black mask and black gloves at...

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:13pm

HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll dead of apparent drug overdose

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 35. According to the New York Post, Kroll's body was discovered by police just after midnight on Sunday. An unnamed girlfriend of Kroll's called police after she...

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 1:13pm

Curated legal-cannabis weekend market ahead of its time, and NY law

Is recreational marijuana legal in New York yet? Despite recent incremental steps toward decriminalization, the answer is still a resounding no. That prohibition hasn't stopped a "curated cannabis events" organization, High Daze, from announcing a pop-up market on the Lower East Side...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:48pm

Families of NYPD victims criticize mayor press sec's comments on 'fringe' activists

The families of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small — two New Yorkers killed by NYPD officers — are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary Eric Phillips to apologize after he called those pushing for police reforms “fringe” activists. “Those on the fringes...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

De Blasio says he's unaware of any relationship between Amazon and ICE

Amazon seemed to confirm its work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the first New York City Council hearing concerning the tech giant’s HQ2 in Queens, but Mayor Bill de Blasio says he hasn’t heard anything about the relationship between the two. The mayor appeared for...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:34pm