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#myNYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires In #EpicFail

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New York’s Finest are not always New York’s brightest and that was surely the case yesterday when the department’s new social media outreach program backfired terribly on Twitter. In what turned out to be a disastrous attempt to utilize social media to connect with the community, the NYPD Twitter page asked people to post pictures of themselves interacting with police officers in the […]

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Not So Gentrified Brooklyn Home Of Spike Lee Vandalized

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So I guess Spike Lee’s old Brooklyn neighborhood isn’t as gentrified as he thought it was. Just to prove that Spike’s old hood is not just white kids sipping lattes at Starbucks, vandals sprayed graffiti on his house in Fort Greene. Three days ago the Knick loving filmmaker criticized his old neighborhood for being over run with white people and said […]

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4 World Trade Center Opens 12 Years After 9/11 Attacks

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More than a decade after 9/11, the new World Trade Center opened to the public yesterday. World Trade Center 4 is the first building among the seven towers to be opened for business. The new tower stands at an impressive 997-feet-high and is 72 stories tall. It will function as a center for office space and retail. Mayor […]

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Rolling Stones Ron Wood And Mick Taylor Join Rock Legends In New York City To Pay Tribute To The Blues

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The Cutting Room in downtown Manhattan was torn up by a collection of classic rock legends who ripped through a showcase of the blues roots music that found new life in their seminal sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Rolling Stones Ron Wood and Mick Taylor (who each made blues guitar a hard-rock staple) were joined […]

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Plus Size Model Robyn Lawley Poses Nude For New York Photo Exhibit

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Some people say bigger is better and plus size model Robyn Lawley is looking to prove that point to the fashion industry. Over the last 30 years, fashion designers and modeling agencies have been starving young girls down to mere skeletal figures and causing major self image issues with women of all ages. Now, the Australian stunner is redefining what […]

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New Book Says Mafia Had Contract To Kill Johnny Carson

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  In a new book about legendary late night talk show host Johnny Carson, author Henry Buskin writes that the Mafia put a contract out on the “Tonight Show” host after he drunkenly hit on a mobster’s mistress in Frank Sinatra’s favorite Manhattan bar.   It was 1970, and a predictably sloshed Carson was pounding drinks […]

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Jew Hating Times Square Elmo Sent To Jail For Trying To Extort Girl Scouts

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A New York City street performer, who was once arrested for shouting anti-Semitic slurs in an Elmo costume, is going to jail for trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts. Dan Sandler is saying his actions were a “protest” against the Girl Scouts organization’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The 49 year-old Sandler says he is accepting his punishment of one year […]

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NYPD Make Arrests In Motorcycle Gang “Road Rage” Attack

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NYPD arrested the menacing psycho biker who started a road-rage confrontation that ended with an SUV driver being beaten and slashed in the face. It is being reported that another cyclist hurt in the mayhem may be paralyzed for life. Biker suspect Christopher Cruz, who pulled his dirt bike in front of the Range Rover and slowed down on the […]

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“Do You Know Who I Am” Line Fails Actress Emma Roberts At SoHo Bakery

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Ahh, how I love hearing stories about celebrities using the old “do you know who I am line” and regular folk saying “who gives a rats ass.” Well, that’s exactly what happened  outside the Domonique Ansel Bakery in Soho yesterday when actress Emma Roberts tried to cut the line to get her hands on a half donut, half […]

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Weiner Cooked Again – Admits To Sending Lewd Photos to 22 Year-Old

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Disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has admitted to carrying on an X-Rated online relationship with a 22 year-old just months after he was forced to resign from office. Weiner, who left office back in 2011 after he admitted to sending photos of his penis to several young woman, came clean about his newest sex scandal […]

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Aztec Two-Step Struts Their Stuff At The City Winery!

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On the first day of daylight savings, a pair of ’70s singer-songwriters turned back the clock a couple of decades for a delighted packed house at SoHo’s renowned City Winery. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman were the quintessential Greenwich Village/New York folk/rock duo of an era when acts like Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Joni […]

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Superior Digital Displays Launches Billboards In Times Square

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150 years ago, the corner of 42nd street where Broadway and 7th avenue intersect was where New York’s elite brought their horse drawn carriages to get new horse shoes and to repair their wheels from the wear and tear of the cobblestone streets of the city. Today it is called the “Crossroads of the World,” […]

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Actor Forest Whitaker Falsely Accused Of Shoplifting In New York City

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Over twenty years ago, Hollywood actress and author Jewel Shepard told me the story of the day Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker climbed on her roof of her Santa Monica home to fix her TV antenna and within minutes an LAPD helicopter and SWAT team converged on her home mistaking the acclaimed actor for a […]

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead At 88

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The country lost one it’s greatest mayors on Friday. Ed Koch, the extraordinary three-term New York City mayor whose infamous “How’m I doin’?” tagline and unabashed style made him synonymous with New York chutzpah, has died. Mayor Koch saved New York City back in the 1970’s as the city went bankrupt after Koch’s predecessors Mayor […]

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Yes, That Man Riding The Subway Is Worth 20 Billion Dollars

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You never know who you’re going to run into on a New York City subway, but it’s not everyday that you find yourself sitting next to the owner of Google. Straphanger Noah Zerkin found himself sitting across the isle from Google’s billionare co-founder Sergey Brin riding a downtown 3 train Sunday evening, wearing a skully […]

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Sandy Aftermath: Debris Clean Up Close to Complete For New York City, State Not Far Behind

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Clean up crews have been hard at work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with new figures from FEMA revealing their progress. As reported by the New York Daily News, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has said that 70 per cent of the debris in New York state has been cleared – with 90 per […]

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The Election, Thanksgiving & A Bus

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To my left, an 85 year old piece of well worn, sun soaked leather staring straight ahead. To my right, a bulbous gentleman wearing some semblance of an Indiana Jones type hat made of straw. The bus careened wildly around the corner. Hard right, which sent me hard left into the aged octogenarian sitting next to […]

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New City Program To Help New Yorkers Rebuild Homes As Quickly As Possible

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New York City’s government is set to strap on a tool belt and help its residents rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Bloomberg announced November 9 the formation of a new city program, NYC Rapid Repairs, which forms a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and sends contractors and city inspectors into […]

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Adding Insult To Injury – Nor’easter To Hit New York Area On Wednesday

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Just when you thought things were just getting a little better for those who were decimated by Hurricane Sandy, a nasty nor’easter is set to hit the tri-state area this week. A “significant” storm is developing off the coast of the Carolinas and on track to hit the New York, New Jersey area beginning at […]

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A Moving Story That Came From Yesterday’s Staten Island Relief Effort

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Through the efforts of DOWNTOWN Magazine’s CEO and Publisher Grace A. Capobianco and the generosity of all the friends and stangers that answered her pleas for help on her Facebook page,  more than $1,500 in gift certificates were raised and donated to Staten Island Runners for Staten Island to be distributed to needy victims of […]

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New York Runners In Support Of Staten Island

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New York City’s “Forgotten Borough” got more than a little attention from a massive group of would be marathon runners … and a lot more people from all over the world yesterday. The deserved focus on battered but unbowed Staten Island came as a result of the efforts of a throng of runners shut out […]

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Hurricane Sandy Is Now Largest Tropical Cyclone Ever

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The above image of Hurricane Sandy shows the enormity of the storm, which the National Weather Service is now saying is the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded at 520 nautical miles. The photo above is courtesy of NASA. tens of millions of residents along the east coast of the mainland United States are bracing for […]

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New York City On Lock Down As It Braces For Hurricane Sandy

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Talk about a strange irony, News Burner moves it’s home office from the hurricane happy Miami market to New York City and we find ourselves bracing to get hit with one of the worst storms to hit the northeast in 20 years. New York City and the rest of the Tri -State area is bracing […]

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Terrorist Wanna-be Tries To Blow Up Federal Reserve

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The Al Qaeda wanna-be who tried to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan came from a middle-class Bangladeshi family that spent its last dime sending him to the U.S. Suspect Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was taking English classes at a Manhattan school before he tried to bomb the Federal Reserve Building […]

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New Film About “The Central Park Five” Opens Old Wounds For New York City

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I remember it like it was yesterday, on a chilly April night in 1989, local news reporters were camped out in Upper Central Park with microwave trucks and satellite dishes pointing to the sky. They delivered the horrific news about a woman, who was out jogging in Central Park and was viciously tied up, beaten […]

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