May 2, 2013
A company that hawked gun-shaped lighters in its Times Square store got burned by an unfair $60,000 city fine, says a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court this week.
US Camera & Computers says the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs was “arbitrary and capricious” when it fined the store in 2011 for carrying the small, weapon-like butane lighters. City rules prohibit selling items that could be mistaken for actual [...]
In jewelry stores on 47th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the important trust between merchants has been violated. A 10-ounce gold bar costing nearly $18,000 turned out to be a counterfeit.
The bar was filled with tungsten, which weighs nearly the same as gold but costs just over a dollar an ounce.
Ibrahim Fadl bought the bar from a merchant who has sold him real gold before. But he heard counterfeit [...]
April 11, 2013
Sequestration budget cuts could stand between Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Gaith, and a trial on American soil timed almost to match up with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Judge Lewis Kaplan today said Abu Gaith could go on trial in federal court in Manhattan as early as September of this year, around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks the suspect lauded in al-Qaeda videos. [...]
George Bardwil, 60, pointed loaded .40cal Sig Sauer at intruder
His defense lawyer says gun was registered to Bardwil’s bodyguard
A millionaire businessman who threatened a burglar inside his home with a gun is facing three years in jail because he did not have a license for the weapon.
George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was at home in his E. 51st Street apartment in Manhattan in January, when a man [...]
A triple storey penthouse on top of one of New York’s best hotels is due to break the record books by going on sale for an eye-watering $120million.
The 12,000 square foot penthouse on the top three floors of the luxury Pierre hotel is predicted to sell for up to $120million which would make it New York’s most expensive piece of real estate and one of the country’s most expensive homes.
A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive.
The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson.
“There are certain things that have been used to [...]
January 30, 2013
DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports.
ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the world, period.
ARGUS, which would be attached to some kind of unmanned UAV (such as the Predator) and [...]
An Italian tourist has been thrown in jail for a night after claiming he had forgotten his wallet and couldn’t pay his bill at a swanky Manhattan steakhouse.
Graziano Graziussi asked workers at the acclaimed Smith & Wollensky restaurant at 49th Street and Third Avenue whether he could leave his iPhone as collateral while he returned to his friend’s apartment 30 blocks uptown to grab his wallet, the New York Daily News reported.
But workers [...]
Fears of tax hikes in 2013 sent sales of high-end Manhattan properties soaring.
Total sales of both co-ops and condominiums jumped 40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 year from the same period in 2011, according to a new report from Brown Harris Stevens. The average co-op price of $1,285,426 was 12 percent higher than a year ago, while three-bedroom and larger co-ops saw a 34 percent price leap. (Read [...]
The famous Stage Deli in Manhattan has closed. Visitors on Friday were greeted with a hand-written sign on the door that said “Thanks for 75 years!”
Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20231162/nycs-famous-stage-deli-closes#ixzz2DoqCTpBJ
Workers at some fast food restaurants in the New York City area walked off the job on Thursday.
A large group gathered outside a McDonald’s on Madison and 40th St. in Manhattan demanding higher wages and the approval of a workers union.
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Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20216614/fast-food-workers-protest-for-higher-wages#ixzz2DeRr3QqG
A New York police officer’s spontaneous act of kindness has captured the praise of hundreds of thousands of people across the internet.
A tourist from Arizona captured a heartwarming photo of Lawrence Deprimo kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man a pair of winter boots on a cold night earlier this month.
The NYPD posted the photo on its Facebook page, an effort to show the softer side of the nation’s [...]
A police officer was arrested for allegedly finding the best Black Friday deal in town — a five finger discount.
A 67-year-old man dressed as a clown went into cardiac arrest and died in front of throngs of horrified spectators at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday.
Robert Blasetti, 67, was with his wife, Irene, who was wearing a similar outfit and who desperately tried to revive him by administering CPR.
When a good Samaritan wearing a Macy’s sweatshirt took over, she was helped, weeping, to a parade cart.
The tragedy happened as [...]
The switch problem that led to a complete service shutdown at Penn Station on the busiest travel night of the year has been resolved, Long Island Rail Road said.
The station — which was shut down due to overcrowding — was reopened.
Amtrak, NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road were all still down for about an hour.
Expect delays on many lines, officials said.
At one point, thousands of people packed the streets [...]
Firefighters responded to a fire in the subbasement of the vehicle security center at the World Trade Center site, according to emergency reports.
Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20149661/fire-in-subbasement-at-world#ixzz2Co7NICaQ
MANHATTAN: ALL HANDS FIRE IN THE SUBBASEMENT OF THE WTC AT 124 LIBERTY ST. #911BUFF
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Fifth Avenue, the storied stretch of Manhattan synonymous with high-end shopping, couture and extravagant indulgences, is no longer the blingiest binge on the block.
According to the study, New York still has hefty representation on the list of most expensive retail rental rates, but Hong Kong has taken over. Three of the top five retail rental rates are now in Hong Kong, two are in New York.
Hong Kong’s [...]
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While most of Manhattan had its power restored about four days after Superstorm Sandy, persistent problems in some places continue to make life miserable more than two weeks later for hundreds of elderly and ill residents who have been forced to live in cold, dark high-rises.
As CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian reported, those residents were demanding answers Tuesday night.
At Knickerbocker Village — a housing complex bounded by Monroe [...]
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Many of you are concerned about Rockaway, and all the coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. As we approach day 3 from the storm, these considerations should be made:
1 – no considerable relief effort is being made for those who chose to wait out the storm. Whether you agree with the decision to stay or not, this means tens of thousands of people now in an area [...]
The morning commute quickly got off to a rough start for motorists headed into Manhattan Thursday.
An HOV restriction of three or more people was causing severe gridlock minutes after the change went into effect.
City and state officials announced Wednesday that drivers must have at least three people in their vehicle to cross into Manhattan using any of the East River bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel from 6 am- Midnight on Thursday and Friday.
All taxis, [...]
A broken crane dangling precariously high above Manhattan’s streets could ‘absolutely’ snap off, plunging to the sidewalks below, experts have warned.
The crane, which is helping to build the highest residential skyscraper in New York City at 157 West 57th Street, snapped in Superstorm Sandy’s vicious 95mph winds on Monday afternoon.
The boom now swings from the 90-story luxury high rise over the busy Midtown street, which was cleared as a precaution [...]
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With New York City’s mass transit in the early stages of coming back on-line due to the overwhelming amount of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking a proactive approach to keeping street traffic in Manhattan at a manageable level.
The mayor announced during his Wednesday afternoon press conference that effective Thursday morning there will be restrictions on cars entering the borough.
“I have ordered the four East River bridges [...]
NYP reported afew minutes ago:
Mayor Bloomberg will announce later today that passenger cars will be temporarily barred from entering Manhattan, as New York struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy, City Hall sources told The Post.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/report-new-york-car-can-2012-10#ixzz2Au1xOkeG
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Manhattan became a city divided in two – above 39th Street and below 39th street.
The reason for the split?
Above 39th Street the power never went off. It was like nothing had happened. Below 39th Street, it was a different story.
Early on Tuesday morning there were joggers in Riverside Park and dog walkers taking pets out for a stroll.
Shops were open, the sun was shining. [...]
As of 8:48 p.m. East Coast time, the tide height at New York Harbor at the Battery is 13.72 feet … and rising:
This is not only more than 7 feet above flood stage, but it has obliterated the previous record of 11.2 feet set in 1821.
The New York Times reported on cars floating down Wall Street, and there are numerous stunning photos of a very wet Manhattan.
Updates as they develop.
On a typical Monday morning a cavalcade of taxis and trucks thunders up Eighth Avenue through Manhattan’s Chelsea district, but as the rain ahead of hurricane Sandy thickened, the traffic on the road thinned.
That made at least one aspect of Sean Ames’s life easier, as his short journey from the Gem Hotel on one side of the road to the Chelsea Gourmet Deli on the other was even quicker than normal.
And Sandy hasn’t even made landfall yet! sure hope people have done what they could to batten down the hatches.
NEW YORK (WABC) – Hurricane Sandy brought rain, violent wind and a massive storm surge that flooded shore towns, washing away a section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and threatening to cripple Wall Street and New York City’s subway system with a huge surge of corrosive seawater.
By midday, the storm was picking [...]
Manhattan: *Hostage* 57 West 75 St Barricaded perp stabbed & holding hostage 3 adults & 2 kids, ESU enroute Level 1 mobilization called.NY03
2:42 PM – 25 Oct 12 ·
Manhattan: *Multiple Stabbing* 57 West 75 St. NYPD advising perp stabbed 4 victims & then stabbed himself, EMS requested on a rush. NY03
2:50 PM – 25 Oct 12 ·
Manhattan: *Multiple Stabbing* 57 West 75 St & Central Park West. [...]
A New York police officer who is accused of planning to kidnap, cook, torture and eat as many as 100 women has been arrested.
Gilberto Valle III, of Forest Hills, Queens, is being held in custody without bail on charges that include, kidnapping, conspiracy and unauthorised use of law enforcement databases.
A criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court says Valle was conspiring to cross state lines to kidnap women.
He is also [...]
Police have arrested a nanny accused of killing two small children in a luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s affluent Upper West Side.
The children’s mother came home to find the nanny wielding a knife and her two children, aged 3 and 5, dead in a bathtub, police said.
The nanny had also stabbed herself, police said.
Unionized New York Times staffers plan a short walkout on Monday afternoon, reported Katherine Fung at the Huffington Post. The staffers, members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, will meet up and collectively walk outside of the new but iconic New York Times building in Manhattan to protest management’s position on contract negotiations.
Yesterday news broke that at least 10 tungsten filled 10 oz PAMP gold bars have been discovered in Manhattan’s jewelry district.
Apparently Louis Vuitton & Coach bags aren’t the only thing being counter-fitted by the Chinese, as thanks to Microsoft translator, SD has discovered a Chinese firm SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCING TUNGSTEN FILLED GOLD BARS & COINS!!
Not only will the firm openly mint fake gold coins and bars, but they will apparently mint [...]