Using history as a reference, there’s a good chance Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot will surpass last year’s record of $656 million.
Tuesday’s Mega prize is projected to be $586 million after no one matched all six numbers in Friday’s drawing.
The expected prize already got one bump Monday, from a first-announced jackpot of $550 million.
Lottery officials said the increase was... » more
Last week, the City Council debated whether to ban e-cigarette smoking in public places.
People who want to inhale nicotine-infused vapor at restaurants, for instance, are currently allowed to do so because it technically isn't smoking. My inner libertarian thinks that laws banning the indoor use of e-cigarettes are silly, especially because the data on the effects of secondhand e-smoke are... » more
The NYPD said it's looking into a possible post-SantaCon melee involving six brawlers on the streets of Manhattan.
A YouTube video of the Santas fighting, at what appears to be Third Avenue and 16th Street in Gramercy, went viral Sunday, a day after the controversial event. Throughout the 1:20 clip dubbed "Santapocolypse NYC 2013" several bystanders and people inside nearby shops... » more
The Mega Millions jackpot, now at $550 million, has kindled "what if" dreams in even the staunchest of non-believers.
"I don't even know how to play!" protested Bob Shami, 46, as he handed money to a midtown convenience clerk , permitting a machine to "quick pick" his numbers. But on Saturday, Shami, a media content distributor who lives in Midtown, found a crisp... » more
In the final seconds of a 42-minute press conference Thursday announcing the appointment of his top deputy for human services, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio fielded a question about his family's upcoming move to Gracie Mansion.
For someone who so recently campaigned on "outer-borough" populism, evoking the contrast between privilege and poverty, it had to be slightly ticklish,... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio yesterday announced the appointment of city government veteran Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as his deputy mayor of health and human services.
Barrios-Paoli is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Department for the Aging commissioner and also led agencies in Ed Koch’s and Rudy Giuliani’s administrations.
“I think very few people in the city have a stronger understanding of what... » more
The Bronx skated to a hard-fought victory this week when the City Council voted to transform the hulking Kingsbridge Armory -- empty for the last 17 years -- into a national ice sports center with nine skating rinks and a 5,000-seat hockey arena.
We hope it moves the Bronx renaissance into high gear.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will provide the Bronx... » more
Once the textile and fashion hub of New York City, the Garment District is now changing rapidly as more businesses from industries outside of fashion are moving in.
From advertising agencies and architecture firms to creative workspaces, tech, graphic design and lighting companies, the Garment District is now saturated with a new kind of creative buzz.
It is one which Garment District... » more
Talk about a bumpy ride. Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially wanted to introduce the Nissan NV200 -- the "Taxi of Tomorrow" -- with a grand flourish in October. It never happened.
A judge slammed on the brakes with a decision that the mayor had exceeded his authority when he designated one distinctive cab to dominate the city's fleet. The mayor can only set technical specifications... » more
More than a decade ago, while first running for City Council, Bill de Blasio was a paid consultant for the Service Employees International Union’s New York state council.
As a councilmember, and later the city’s public advocate, de Blasio kept an alliance with SEIU and other entities active in organized labor. And in May, a key affiliate — 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East<NO1>cq<NO>... » more