CUNY looks to boost coffers with prime west side real estate

BY RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH AND GABRIEL SANDOVAL, THE CITY | The financially strapped City University of New York is looking to mine another valuable asset: its prime Manhattan real estate. This story was originally published on OCT. 11 by THE CITY. The city’s public university system put out a call last week asking real estate […]

Grand larcenies in Chelsea increased by 50 percent since 2018, police say

BY GABE HERMAN | Grand larcenies have skyrocketed 50 percent from the previous year in Chelsea, according to the NYPD’s 10th Precinct. Police officers met with local residents on Oct. 8 to discuss issues that included drug activity and quality of life issues related to homelessness, and said that the increases in grand larcenies are, in part, […]

Man walks himself to Bellevue Hospital moments after being shot in stomach in Kips Bay

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Detectives are investigating an early-morning shooting in Kips Bay on Sunday in which a 29-year-old man took a bullet to his stomach. Cops said the gunshot rang out at 2 a.m. on Oct. 13 in the area of Second Avenue and East 34th Street. According to law enforcement sources, the man […]

West Side robbers ambush plainclothes cops and assault him in robbery attempt

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Two crooks who ambushed and assaulted a plainclothes police officer on duty on the West Side street Thursday afternoon remain at large, according to police. The NYPD released on Friday night video footage of the suspects behind the Oct. 10 assault, which took place at 5:40 p.m. in the area of […]

Crook roughs up teenager for his cellphone at a train station in Midtown Manhattan

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Cops need the public’s help in finding a pugilistic robber who beat up a 19-year-old man at a train station in Midtown earlier this month. Law enforcement sources said the beating took place at 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 4 on the Queens-bound platform of the 7th Avenue station, located below 7th […]

Empire State Building’s 102nd floor observatory reopens with fuller panoramic view

BY SHAYE WEAVER | At 1,250 feet in the air, the Empire State Building’s observatory on the 102nd floor may just be “the best place for a New Yorker.” Closed since January this year, the 360-degree space — 16 floors above the famous open-air observatory — underwent a massive renovation that replaced its old windows with […]

Insurgent public artist installs sculpture of wolves attacking New York City tourist

BY MARK HALLUM | Without permission from the city, artist Joseph Reginella recently placed a bronze statue featuring three wolves attacking a helpless New York City tourist in Manhattan’s Battery Park. Since he began putting up his sculptures four years ago, Reginella has been called “the Banksy of monuments” by the New York Times. But […]

John Lennon Bus rolls through Chelsea during NYC stay

BY GABE HERMAN | The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is in the midst of a month-long residency in the city, giving students and community groups throughout the boroughs a chance to record in the nonprofit’s studio and promote activist causes. The nonprofit, in its 22nd year, offers a state-of-the-art mobile facility and free workshops […]

Columbia students storm Low Library as part of Extinction Rebellion protest

  BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Columbia University students stormed the school’s Low Memorial Library and staged a sit-in as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Wednesday. The protest was organized by the university’s chapter of Extinction Rebellion, the environmental group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to call for government action on climate change. Yesterday’s student-led protest […]

Footwear frenzy over newest Nike sneakers prompts cops to shut down Soho store

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds of people seeking the hottest new Nike sneakers overwhelmed a Soho store on Thursday to the point that cops had to be called to disburse the crowd. The footwear frenzy took place at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10, when officers were called to Totokaelo, located at 61 Crosby St., to […]

Speed limit reduction among safety changes coming to West Side Highway

BY GABE HERMAN | A large stretch of the West Side Highway is getting a lower speed limit as part of an effort to improve traffic safety under the Vision Zero program, officials announced on Oct. 10. Starting Oct. 12, the speed limit will drop from 35 mph to 30 mph from Battery Place up […]

Inching closer to borough-based approach, City Council approves ban on future Rikers Island jails

BY MARK HALLUM | The city has officially barred Rikers Island from housing detainees after 2026 — a move that only took 24 hours for the City Council’s Land Use Committee to approve. The resounding action buttresses Mayor Bill de Blasio’s resolve to reduce the capacity of city jails and open four borough-based jails. “We promised […]

Op-ed: How could they let this happen?

BY LEE BERMAN | I am outraged at the Oct. 5 mass homicide in Chinatown—and am furious that neither the mayor, our local or state elected officials or even our community boards will be called out as being complicit in the murder of four defenseless people. A modern civilized society does not allow its most […]

Subway creep gropes woman’s buttocks while riding the R train in Midtown Manhattan

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Police need the public’s help finding a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the R train in Midtown Manhattan last month. The NYPD released on Oct. 10 a cellphone photo of the perpetrator involved in the Sept. 4 incident, which occurred at 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 4 on a Queens-bound […]

Remembering Andrew Blane, a Greenwich Villager who earned Nobel Peace Prize

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | The memorial for Andrew Quarles Blane, who died on Sept. 6 at the age of 90, was held on Oct. 6 at Grace Church. A Greenwich Villager since 1965, Andrew quintessentially represented all the best of the Village then and now. Best known for his contribution to Amnesty International (AI), which […]