Police on Tuesday night said they were interviewing a man thought to be the ubiquitous “John Doe Duffel Bag” — the person recorded in surveillance images Friday near the scene of the latest slaying of a Brooklyn shopkeeper.
The man, who has not been identified as a suspect and was not under arrest, was being interviewed in the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge. He was given his nickname... » more
When the relentless fury of Superstorm Sandy swept through New York City, entire neighborhoods were washed away, drowned and burned to the ground. Families who for generations were rooted in places such as the Rockaways, Breezy Point and Staten Island were completely upended, everything they've ever known now simply gone from their lives.
And yet, as we approach Thanksgiving, in Sandy's wake... » more
We're teetering on the fiscal cliff. Sandy is estimated to cost NYC at least $50 billion. Costs of staples such as housing and medical care are soaring. And it looks like tax increases are on the horizon.
You might think we will knot shut our purse strings this holiday shopping season to save up for tomorrow.
"Anyone who has recovered from Sandy is in the spending... » more
Hurricane Sandy prompted a welcome flood of volunteerism that may help reverse New York’s tawdry rep as one of the least mitzvah-minded cities in the country.
Under normal conditions, New York is second to last in the nation in volunteer hours logged per capita in large cities. (Only Miami outshames us.) And New York State ranks dead last in the nation in volunteerism, according to a massive... » more
As normalcy continues to slowly return to New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one of the city's most treasured traditions will be back in its full glory: the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade, now in its 86th year, will debut a new route on Thursday down Sixth Avenue, only the seventh such change in its history. Twenty-eight floats, 40 balloons, 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers,... » more
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating got a boost due to his handling of the hurricane, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday said.
Despite having an overall rating of 56%, his highest in two years, the mayor trailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo, President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when pollsters asked which leader handled the storm the best.
"That love fest between... » more
Consumers should pay close attention to see if the gift cards they are purchasing this holiday season have fees, rules or restrictions "that may diminish their value over time," New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday.
Many cards still include service fees, dormancy fees, a fee to call and check balances and replacement fees for lost or stolen cards.
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A maelstrom that brought to a head the simmering racial tensions and widespread safety fears that defined New York during the '80s, the Central Park Jogger case was the terrible end to a tumultuous decade.
But even during the Bloomberg era, the ramifications of the crime — in which white jogger... » more
The unendingly troubled Lindsay Lohan is set to have her probation revoked after officials determined she lied to police offers about her June car crash, according to TMZ.com.
Lohan, 26, told cops she wasn't behind the wheel when her black Porsche slammed into an 18-wheeler in Santa Monica, Calif., when in fact she was, the gossip site said.
After the crash, Lohan told police that her... » more
Still unable to get the A train because of a damaged bridge, Rockaway residents today will get some semblance of subway service for the first time since Sandy.
A special "H" shuttle will run between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station and the Beach 90-Holland stops every 15 minutes starting at 4 a.m., the governor announced yesterday.
The Jamaica Bay bridge, which connects the A train... » more