Electronic cigarettes may soon be as unwelcome in public places as their tobacco counterparts.
The City Council has scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on legislation that would add e-cigarettes to the Smoke Free Air Act, the law Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted in 2003 to ban smoking inside bars, restaurants and offices. The Council's proposed bill would also extend the ban on e-cigarettes,... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s signature campaign pledge on raising taxes for education got a boost from a poll Wednesday showing a majority of state voters back the proposal.
A Quinnipiac University poll showed 63% of voters in New York State back De Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on wealthier New York City residents making $500,000 a year or more.
The plan needs approval from Albany in... » more
New Yorkers certainly won't be thankful for the messy weather expected to hit the area.
The city is under flood and wind advisories Wednesday due to the storm that hit the northeast Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
With gusts up to 50 mph, a wind advisory will be in effect until 9 a.m., while a flood warning was issued for the possible four inches of rain expected... » more
A series of punching attacks - including one against a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy - are being investigated by the NYPD to determine if they are part of a violent behavior known as the "knockout game."
The attacks, in which victims are punched by a stranger, have been reported by police in other parts of the United States and England.
Tuesday>, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said... » more
Alex Rodriguez filed an amended lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Tuesday morning in Manhattan federal court that includes more allegations of misconduct by commissioner Bud Selig.
The amended lawsuit cites how Selig “chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify” last week at Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension.
An MLB spokesman declined to comment... » more
The stock market and luxury housing construction aren't the only things on the upswing in the Big Apple: so is hunger, according to a new report issued by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
"While the wealthy have better gourmet food than ever, one in six of our neighbors is struggling against hunger," said Joel Berg, the coalition's executive director, in a statement.
Food... » more
A pedestrian safety group Tuesday released a report offering Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tips from other cities on how to achieve his "Vision Zero" pledge against street injuries and fatalities.
Transportation Alternatives' report, "Proven Tactics, Better Enforcement," suggests that de Blasio should foster a "general deterrence" so drivers believe they will be... » more
City Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. has introduced legislation to drop the name of the recently deceased former New York Mayor from the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”
The Bridge’s moniker was lengthened in 2011 to honor the three-term mayor, who died in Feb. 1 at the age of 88.
The legislation from the outgoing Queens councilmember calls for Koch’s named to be dropped from the 59th... » more
The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to kick off the holiday season tomorrow, as more than 8,000 marchers will shove off at Central Park West and 77th Street and head down into Herald Square.
Some 3.5 million spectators are expected to line the streets on the route and will be joined by more than 50 million viewers worldwide, as 15 giant character balloons, 37 enormous novelty... » more
ASPCA adoption fees on adult cats will be waived, and adoption fees on kittens clawed back from $125 to $50 during the "Cat Friday" event this Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the ASPCA Adoption Center, 424 E. 92nd St.
The third annual "Cat Friday" also provides every cat adopter a free cat scratcher and every dog adopter a free leash. Everyone who takes... » more