There's one single rule in the brutal knockout game: An attacker aims to render a victim unconscious with a single sucker punch.
With attacks from Milwaukee to Paterson to New York City -- where at least 10 people have been victimized -- the so-called knockout game has become the latest fear-inducing news story in our city. Several deaths also have been linked to it nationwide, according to... » more
Most New Yorkers have a grueling daily commute. Our travel times are among the nation's worst, averaging from 52 to 69 minutes on public transit. And riders in the outer boroughs face an especially harrowing ordeal.
Jammed trains, long rides and buses that can only inch their way through congealed traffic are all part of the deal.
But there's a plausible answer to the problem.
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Airport advocates have asked the Transportation Safety Administration to reverse course on a plan to remove agents from airport “exit lanes” to save money.
According to the Global Gateway Alliance, the TSA wants to focus more on outgoing planes while saving $88 million annually by cutting the positions, which will require airports to cover the costs to guard airport exits. The group blasted... » more
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called on the federal government Sunday to step up its safety precautions on trains in light of last week's Metro-North derailment.
Schumer said the National Tranportation Safety Board made several recommendations following a similar crash in 2008, including installing cameras inside the engineer and conducting rooms to monitor the train's crew. As of today, the Federal... » more
This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" had a bevy of guest stars and returning alums, but one former "SNL" actor was peeved about being left out.
Tim Meadows, a cast member on the show from 1991 to 2000, posted a series of rants on Facebook after Saturday's episode saying he was mad for not being invited back to play a character in sketch he used to be a regular in.
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You might not want Santa to bring these toys this year.
More than a dozen "treacherous toys" -- including three that tested positive for toxic substances -- were found on store shelves throughout the city, according to a report released yesterday by Sen. Kristen Gillibrand and the New York Public Interest Research Group.
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for new federal rules to ban... » more
Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet and jazz singer Tierney Sutton present a holiday music concert
Stop by Brookfield Place Monday afternoon for a special concert, celebrating the music of the holidays, from Hanukkah to India's Diwali to 16th century English carols. Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton teams with two-time Grammy-winning band Turtle Island Quartet for this harmonious celebration of... » more
There are many Stephen Sondheim fans, including myself, who would do pretty much anything for the chance to meet and chat with the 83-year-old, internationally worshipped songwriter and pick his brain about his musicals.
For those unable to score such a rare opportunity, at least there's "Six by Sondheim," a comprehensive, very satisfying HBO documentary that, through extensive archival... » more
Getting all the crime information about your neighborhood down to your block is now a click away.
The city Sunday launched an interactive crime map giving users access to information on reported crimes.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the map, found at maps.nyc.gov/crime, is the next evolution for the NYPD's transparency with New Yorkers who want to know how safe the streets are.... » more
"Downton Abbey" fans can warm up while sipping tea at Highclere Castle on their lunch break this week.
Servers donning period garb will be giving away free tea and biscuits around town in a mobile truck inspired by the PBS show ahead of its Jan. 5 season premiere.
The truck will be serving snacks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day but Thursday, when it will be open from noon... » more