In December 2013, New York Observer publisher and real estate magnate Jared Kushner bought two connected buildings, 170-174 East 2nd Street. (The buildings are laden with some serious New York history: Allen Ginsberg lived at 170 for three years and wrote "Kaddish" there.) In the intervening nine mo ... More >>
It's been a banner year for interns in New York hoping to get through their temporary jobs un-groped. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill sponsored by City Council member James Vacca saying that unpaid interns have the right to sue if they're sexually harassed or otherwise ... More >>
ATLAH World Missionary Church, the Harlem religious institution best known for its pastor's peculiar fixation on homosexuality, has put up yet another floridly offensive sign, this one stating the need to "take Harlem back" from both "pinch nose sellout Negros" and "demonic homos." In February, ATL ... More >>
On Monday, all hell broke loose for Stonehenge Village, a luxury apartment building on the Upper West Side, when DNAInfo reported that the management wouldn't allow its rent-stabilized tenants to use a newly-installed gym. About 60 percent of Stonehenge's tenants receive rent stabilization; the buil ... More >>
As a new mayor moves to rein in charter schools, a Bushwick administrator navigates an unclear future
Justin Bieber's perfume business, as sickly popular as his music, has attracted its own bootleggers. Last week the city filed suit against a Midtown perfumerie over the sale of knockoff Justin Bieber scents, after nearly a 10-month-long involvement by the NYPD. Poor, sad Justin Bieber. Will he ever ... More >>
A few years after all that unpleasantness with the prostitutes, Eliot Spitzer would very much like to be your comptroller. In a Sunday night interview with the New York Times, the former attorney general and governor announced he would be running for the office, which, by the way, is the chief fisca ... More >>
Late on a Friday afternoon is widely agreed to be the best time for sheepish newsmakers to announce the things they really really hope the media doesn't report on too much. Last Friday afternoon, coming at the end of the most exhausting and depressing news-week in recent memory, was a full-moon-high ... More >>
The NYPD is asking for help to find a man suspected of attempting to lure two teenage girls last Friday, January 25, in the Queens neighborhood of Corona. The first incident happened in the morning, around 7 a.m. Police say a 13-year-old Hispanic girl was walking on Northern Boulevard near 102 Stre ... More >>
Veranda hasn't had the best luck with state politics. After being fined $200,000 for underpaying employees last year, and losing its liquor license, the West Village has closed its doors. The restaurant/ lounge was issued violations from the Department of Buildings for illegally running a nightclub. ... More >>
The Hairy Monk, the Boston-themed bar in Murray Hill, closed earlier this month. But according to DNAinfo, Boston fans have taken to Honky Tonk and are calling it Monk North.
If it weren't colossally tragic, the level of disorder, dysfunction, and all-around clusterfuckery that characterizes the official disaster response in New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy would be fast approaching hilarious. As it is, the situation is both heartbreaking and enraging. The ... More >>
This news comes to us by way of DNAinfo, which reported that there has been a singing vegan lady trying to convert East Village meat eaters into vegetable-eating purists. "Vegans have better sex, better health, cleaner conscience," Grace Weaver, the vegan advocate, has been singing. According to t ... More >>
[See More Openings: Wafels & Dinges Expands To Downtown And Brooklyn | Wasabi To Bring Individually Wrapped Sushi To NYC] If you thought Northeast Kingdom was a bit pork obsessed with their home grown pig feast, you were completely wrong. Meet Swine, the new pork-centric bar and restaurant in the W ... More >>
In case the gigantic rainbow flags and scantily-clad men did not already tip you off, it's Pride weekend in New York City. Happy Pride! I'm stuck inside blogging so I can't go to the parade, but there are some great Pride-related things on the internet that you should definitely read and/or watch on ... More >>
James Carter, an ex-con with murder on his rap sheet, will spend 16 years behind bars for illegally selling firearms -- including semiautomatic handguns and a sawed-off shotgun, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced today. Carter, 45, was just sentenced. He had pleaded guilty Jan. 23 t ... More >>
A fire in the ductwork of a restaurant at 101 Orchard Street that broke out this morning in its kitchen is under control as of 10:28 a.m., the FDNY told Runnin' Scared. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A crane at the WTC construction site sent steel beams flying 40 stories down to the ground, smashing a truck. Witnesses said that a cable snapped on the crane, stationed at Tower 3, according to DNAInfo. Workers rushed for cover, but the truck's driver was fine and nobody else was severely hurt. ... More >>
If it seems to you like there have been more crime, you're not wrong. There have already been 9,902 crimes reported in 2012, compared to 9,366 in the same period last year. Reports of burglaries, robberies, and grand larceny are all up at least 10 percent, and rapes and murders are up 5.9 percent. R ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg has slammed the results of an audit that called the Port Authority "a challenged and dysfunctional organization" with "ineffective cost controls," saying that the cost of the World Trade Center memorial is worth it for the sake of New York's reputation. "Can you imagine? If America ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to take a break from scrapping with the teacher's union today to unveil his preliminary plan for next year's city budget. The city currently faces a $2 billion budget shortfall, thanks to unexpected costs incurred from October's freak blizzard and Hurricane Irene, ... More >>
Yesterday DNAinfo reported that the December 14 death of Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in an elevator at 285 Madison Avenue might have been prevented "if elevator repairmen had not violated city rules by rushing the lift back into service without the required O.K. from the Department ... More >>
According to a tipster, a woman has just jumped off the Williamsburg Bridge, landing on an vehicle parked on Pitt Street, at Delancey. Our tipster says, "She fell onto the windshield of an SUV on Pitt Street, right across the street from the fire/police station. When I walked by about 10 minu ... More >>
At about 11:10 this morning, @NYScanner reported that there was a shooting at 413 West 16th Street. According to the tweet, two people were shot and one was given CPR and transported to a hospital. DCPI has confirmed that the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Bellevue Hospital. Accordi ... More >>
When considering a criminally focused lifestyle, or even just a singular instance in which you rob a restaurant or store or person with eyes, one should know that a large, recognizable facial tattoo may be incompatible with said life of crime or singular instance of theft. The name of the game is "i ... More >>
Ever popular for its philosophy of affordability, if not for the crowding that can happen in its free-yoga-love studios, Yoga to the People is being sued by a powerful enemy, yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, the man behind -- obviously -- Bikram yoga. Bikram, if you don't know yoga, is a 90-minute progra ... More >>
We're hearing reports that there's a school bus or another vehicle on fire at 35th Street and 7th Avenue, near Macy's. The Corcoran Group has Tweeted a photo, saying, "A truck is on fire outside Macys on 7th Avenue, sounds of explosions nearby." The FDNY tells us there is smoke in the area a ... More >>
Food and beverage giant Nestle is accused of targeting Latinos in the Bronx in its Pure Life water campaign. [NY Daily News] After saying "I do," it's good to learn, "I won't," as marriage is not always good for the waistline. [Seattle Times] Allen Bernstein, who helped build Morton's of Ch ... More >>
Nick PintoApproximately 80 were arrested Saturday in connection with Occupy Wall Street, according to the NYPD's press office. Throughout yesterday afternoon Occupy Wall Street used Twitter to chronicled arrests and various acts of force being used by the NYPD against protesters. They say at ... More >>
DNAinfo/Leslie Albrecht Today in adorable animals in trouble, now not in trouble anymore: The best New York City hurricane story, via DNA Info, has to be the tale of 14-year-old cockatiel Josie, who is a he, and who escaped from a pet carrier along with another bird, Cliffy, while the two wer ... More >>
via GawkerThis morning 50 people got naked on Wall Street. Nope, it wasn't a rebellion staged by haggard I-banking interns who had spent one too many late nights glaring at Excel spreadsheets: it was performance art! As a part of "Ocularpation: Wall Street" created by artist Zefrey Throwell, ... More >>
So it seems like there might have not been a gun involved in that initially-reported-as-a-hostage situation near the Flatiron Building Wednesday, but at least we got sound bites out of it! After the man in question, 69-year-old Kenneth Clarfield, was released without bail yesterday, he gave ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Moran's has shuttered after 25 years in operation just two blocks south of the World Trade Center. Owners Brian and Abby Lydon cited business slowing after 9/11. [DNAInfo] The Carroll Gardens ... More >>
FacebookRay Deter, the owner of East Village and Williamsburg bars d.b.a., was hit by a car on Canal Street yesterday evening. Deter, who was not wearing a helmet, was turning onto West Broadway at the time of the accident and is now in critical condition. His wife told the Daily News that do ... More >>
Today, the Kenny Scharf mural on Houston and Bowery was transformed into a multimedia piece when Chinese artist Liu Bolin camouflaged himself in the painting. Bolin's performance was part of his ongoing series "Hiding In The City," in which he paints himself so that he completely blends in wi ... More >>
The Bike War of 2011 has many fronts, including the NYPD against cyclists, with tickets at an all-time high, and the public (or politicians) against bike lines, with no one able to agree on how useful they are. Well maybe, DNAinfo proposes today, they're not getting the use they're meant to b ... More >>
Although Community Board 1 put the kibosh on plans for a beer garden at South Street Seaport's Pier 17, the seaport will be getting plenty of action this summer.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking the Kinder egg threat very, very seriously. Following its ban of the dastardly chocolate eggs, the CPSC spent last week raiding stores that carry them.
Rebecca MarxA year ago, Ray's Candy Store was in the news for all of the wrong reasons: business was bad, its landlord repeatedly threatened its owner, Ray Alvarez, with eviction, and Alvarez himself spent months fighting to get a green card and benefits. Things finally quieted down a bit, an ... More >>
Flickr/Miss NingyouDon't choke!European candies may be all the rage right now, thanks to Sockerbit and London Candy Co., but there's one sweet treat that's a bit trickier to find than other Euro imports: Kinder Surprise Eggs. That's because unlike the tots across the pond, American kids are ... More >>
That liquor license moratorium that Community Board 1 voted to impose on Williamsburg and Greenpoint may have hit a bit of a roadblock.
Chumley's is still nowhere near ready to open, but when it does, it will not, contrary to rumor, become a sports bar.
"It's like defaming a bible," someone said to DNAinfo about the missing glasses on the bronze Gandhi statue in Union Square Park. "If we would have seen that, we would have taken care of it," assured the vendor. Reported missing last week, the classic round glasses will be replaced in just a ... More >>
Shadowy people, yes. Shadowy food trucks, no.Once Cooper Square Park gets its facelift, don't expect any food trucks to besmirch its shiny new visage.
Pier A, seen a few years ago.Although the Freedom Tower won't be getting a Windows on the World redux, its surrounding neighborhood will be getting a new oyster bar.
The BeanEarlier today, the Bean, the First Avenue coffee shop beloved by East Village caffeine nuts and dog owners alike, was shuttered by the state.
Barion BlakeRemember the mutilated, unconscious Columbia University employee cops found in a BMW trunk while investigating a hit-and-run fender-bender on Wednesday? Turns out it was his car, and cops are now looking for his assailant, a 30-year-old man whom the New York Post has named the ... More >>
Following the latest in a string of gay "bias attacks," police have arrested a 45-year-old Queens man for attacking two men in the West Village Friday night, including a bartender at what authorities called the city's oldest gay bar, Julius. The suspect was already on parole for a separate, s ... More >>
Sergio HernandezUpdate: Reporting from the scene, Sergio Hernandez tells us that FDNY just arrived, and that cops are telling people to "keep moving." 2nd Street is blocked off between 1st and 2nd. DNAInfo reports that a plastic garbage bag containing C4 explosives but no blasting cap was fou ... More >>
• Half a billion eggs are now being recalled in 17 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin) due to a salmonella outbreak traced back to two Iowa egg producers, Hi ... More >>