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  • NY’s Colgate University Raises $5 Million in 1 Day

    HAMILTON, N.Y.— Officials at Colgate University in upstate New York picked the lucky 13th of the month for a fundraising blitz that raised more than... Read more

  • Lighting design expert Marc Brickman, on top of the Empire State Building on Dec. 18, 2013. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Marc Brickman, on Lighting Up the City

    NEW YORK—Even iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building must keep up with the times, and that is precisely Marc Brickman’s job.  For decades Brickman... Read more

  • NY Man Awarded Sandy-Era $1M Lottery Ticket

    NEW YORK— A New York man who stumbled upon an orphaned $1 million lottery ticket a month after Superstorm Sandy has finally been awarded the... Read more

  • NYPD: William Bazemore, 19, Arrested After Shooting at Officers

    NEW YORK— A 19-year-old Queens man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he fired a revolver at officers chasing after him. The... Read more

  • Cruelty Charges for NY Animal Shelter Employee Michael Papini

    WEST ISLIP, N.Y.— A kennel attendant at a New York town’s animal shelter has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a 1-year-old puppy was... Read more

  • NYPD officer Eder Loor waves to fellow officers as he leaves Mount Sinai hospital with his wife, Dina, right, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in New York. Loor was injured on April 17 while answering a call about an emotionally disturbed person in East Harlem. He was stabbed in the temple with a switchblade that pierced his brain. The knife passed behind Loor's eye and into his brain. Doctors were able to remove a blood clot in emergency surgery. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    NYPD Gets 1,171 New Officers, Including Injured Cop’s Wife Dina Loor

    NEW YORK— Nearly 1,200 new officers have joined the New York Police Department at the last police academy graduation of Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s and Mayor... Read more

  • NY Judge Urged to Force Release of Immigration Documents

    NEW YORK— The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal judge in New York to force the U.S. government to quickly turn over documents... Read more

  • GE Study: No Need to Expand Hudson River Cleanup

    ALBANY, N.Y.— General Electric Co. says a study requested by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows no need to expand dredging already underway in... Read more

  • Nick Bonavita (L) and Nick Russomanno of Landmark Signs install the final crystal panel above Times Square, New York, Dec. 27, 2013. (Nicholas Zifcak/Epoch Times)

    A New Crystal for a New Year

    NEW YORK—The Times Square Alliance and Waterford Crystal unveiled the new panels of the Waterford Crystal Ball that will drop for the New Year countdown... Read more

  • FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. A presidential advisory panel has recommended dozens of changes to the government's surveillance programs, including stripping the NSA of its ability to store Americans' telephone records and requiring a court to sign off on the individual searches of phone and Internet data. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Judge Rules NSA Phone Data Collection Legal

    NEW YORK — Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’... Read more

  • Pedestrians pass a bicycle available as part of the Citi Bike sharing program Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in New York. Authorities say those people using New York City's new bike-sharing program have logged more than a million miles in less than a month. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Pedal a Citi Bike to Power the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in NYC (and Get a Free Day Pass Too!)

    NEW YORK—The New Year’s Ball drop in New York City is going green. People can power up the world famous New Year’s Eve ball drop... Read more

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall on Feb. 11, 2013.

    Crime Lower in NYC on Bloomberg’s Watch

    NEW YORK—Stopping at a South Jamaica probation center Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke of his success in bringing the incarceration rate in the city to... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, a couple retrieves a lost item at the window of the MTA Metro-North Lost and Found department, at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Officials in charge of the lost-and-founds say the holiday season is the busiest of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    NYC Transit Hubs Handle Flood of Lost Items

    NEW YORK—For the handful of New York transit officials who dutifully collect and catalog more than 50,000 items a year lost on commuter trains, subways... Read more

  • New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez announced that he sent a letter to the FTC regarding the Target data breach in front of a Target store in Newport, Jersey City, December 26, 2013 (Yi Yang).

    NJ Senator Urges FTC to Hold Target Accountable for Data Breach

    NEW YORK—Many Americans spent the week before Christmas anxiously checking their bank accounts when it was revealed that the retail giant Target had become embroiled... Read more

  • Sunlight shines on the World Trade Center New York City skyline Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New Year’s Day 2014: 7 Awesome Things to Do in New York City

    New Year’s day is a time to try new things and break out of your stale New York City routines. Go bird watching, jump into... Read more

  • Sales Make Holiday Happy at Longtime NYC Bookshop

    NEW YORK — Book sellers may have faced challenges in recent years, but it was a very merry Christmas at one venerable New York City... Read more

  • NY Prosecutor: 17 Scammed Jobless Benefits

    MINEOLA, N.Y. — A suburban New York prosecutor says 17 people have been charged with stealing unemployment benefits. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says... Read more

  • New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly responds to a question about his department's stop-and-frisk policy, during a news conference at police headquarters, in New York, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Outgoing NYPD Head Reflects on Job

    NEW YORK—As he has throughout his tenure as the city’s longest-serving police commissioner, Raymond Kelly puts the credit for a record reduction in crime and... Read more

  • This Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo shows New York's Empire State Building, center, in midtown Manhattan. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

    Suit: IPO bad for Empire State Building investors

    NEW YORK — A lawsuit says thousands of stakeholders in the Empire State Building lost more than $400 million combined when the managing owners rebuffed... Read more

  • The Empire State Building (L) and One World Trade Center (R) tower over Manhattan on November 8, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Empire State Building Stakeholders Suing Over IPO Issue

    NEW YORK—A lawsuit says thousands of stakeholders in the Empire State Building lost more than $400 million combined when the managing owners rebuffed potential buyers... Read more

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 in New York. At left is Dr. Howard Zucker, acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is at right. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female healthcare worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Against Ebola, JFK and Newark Airports to See More Screening and Quarantines

    NEW YORK—Voluntary quarantine doesn’t work, said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Friday. The governors are unleashing a new more... Read more

  • UPDATE: NYC Ebola Patient Detailed Movements Released by Health Department, 3 People Quarantined

    UPDATE: Three people that Craig Spencer, the New York City Ebola patient, came in contact with are being quarantined, the city’s Health Department reported, saying... Read more

  • Commuters ride inside an L train subway car, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Ebola in NYC: Doc Sought Help With Lower Fever, Says Governor

    NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola sought help with a 100.3-degree fever, not a higher temperature... Read more

  • Police officers stand outside the home of Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Spencer tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Governor Cuomo Says Ebola-Infected Doctor Was No Risk When He Went Out

    NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola “obviously felt he wasn’t symptomatic” when he went out “in... Read more

  • People visit the High Line park in New York City in this June 18, 2014 file photo. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The High Line and Meatball Shop: Ebola Patient Visited NYC Landmark and Shop Less Than 24 Hours Before Hospitalization

    The High Line park was visited by Dr. Craig Spencer less than 24 hours before he was hospitalized on suspicion of having Ebola. Tests later... Read more

  • Mark Snyder, owner of the Red Hook Winery, and New York Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez criticize the Small Business Administration's response after Superstorm Sandy at Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 23, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    Hurt by Sandy, Businesses Let Down by Federal Relieve Agency

    NEW YORK—Mark Snyder, owner of the Red Hook Winery, acted with peak efficiency on Oct. 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy devastated his business. ... Read more

  • In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Ebola in NYC: First Confirmed Patient (WATCH LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE)

    NEW YORK—A Doctors Without Borders physician identified as Craig Spencer who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive... Read more

  • People exit the New York City subway at Time Square in this 2013 file photo. (Epoch Times)

    Ebola on NYC Subway? Ebola Patient Rode L Train, A Train, and 1 Train, Official Confirms

    The Ebola virus may be on the New York City subway after the patient just confirmed with the virus rode the A train and the L... Read more

  • A  man at a press conference at City Hall in Manhattan, New York, on Oct. 23, 2014, to urge the Mayor and City Council to increase access to health care coverage for all New York City residents. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Public Health Insurance Must Target At-risk New Yorkers, Says Council Members

    NEW YORK—Health care advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall Thursday in the pouring rain, demanding $5 million for a new initiative to connect... Read more

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    The Gutter Bowling Alley: Ebola Patient Visited Brooklyn Alley on Wed. Night With Friends

    The Gutter bowling alley in New York City is shut down due to an Ebola scare. Dr. Craig Spencer, who works at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University... Read more

  • MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast at a press conference in New York, May 2014. Non-profit civic organization Citizen's Budget Commission said in a report that the MTA spends too much money on large expansion projects without final budgets, and too little is being spent on maintaining the system. (Epoch Times)

    Is MTA Funding the Wrong Things? Groups Say Failing Infrastructure Should Be Higher Concern

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) runs the world’s largest 24-hour transit system and has proposed a $32 billion capital budget to maintain and expand it... Read more

  • Police officers stand outside the home of Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in New York. Spencer tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Dr. Craig Spencer, New York Doctor Who Returned From Guinea, Confirmed to Have Ebola Virus (+Pictures)

    A doctor who just returned to New York City from West Africa was confirmed to have Ebola on Thursday after being rushed to Bellevue Hospital in... Read more

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at an education session in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Anti-hunger advocates called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to make good on a campaign promise and serve breakfast as part of the regular school day at New York City public schools. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    NYC Urged To Boost School Breakfast Participation

    NEW YORK—Anti-hunger advocates called on Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday to make good on a campaign promise and serve breakfast as part of the... Read more

  • Police officers monitor the Domain Awareness System on computer screens in Manhattan, Feb. 19, 2013. Thousands of New York Police Department patrol officers will soon be armed with tablet computers that can give them instantaneous crime-fighting data. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Forfeited Funds Will Be Used For NYPD Technology

    NEW YORK—Thousands of New York Police Department patrol officers will soon be armed with tablet computers that can give them instantaneous crime-fighting data, part of... Read more

  • Inexperienced Trainee Played part in Metro-North Worker’s Death

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Documents from federal investigators show managers at Metro-North Railroad questioned the experience of a trainee who reopened a track without proper approval shortly... Read more

  • Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka addresses a large gathering in Newark N.J., July 1, 2014. The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city is looking to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to try and help close an ongoing budget deficit he said hovers between $40 million and $60 million. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Newark Mayor Wants More Money From Port Authority

    NEW YORK—The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city is looking to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to try and help close... Read more

  • Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye at a breakfast meeting in New York, May 29, 2014. Foye said on Oct. 22, 2014, that 389 people have been screened at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 68 at Newark Liberty Airport since Ebola screening began Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Over 400 Test Negative for Ebola at NY-area Airports

    NEW YORK—The executive director of the agency that operates the New York area’s major airports said Wednesday no one screened for the Ebola virus has... Read more

  • Students leave Stuyvesant High School, one of the nine specialized public high schools in New York City, March 25, 2014. Council members introduced three bills Wednesday aimed at ending school segregation, including one to reform the specialized admissions process to let in more blacks and Latinos. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    More Blacks and Latinos in Our Schools Please, Say Councilmembers

    The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) might soon lose its bite. Council members introduced three bills Wednesday aimed at ending school segregation, including one... Read more

  • People wait to board the D Train at the 34th Street platform in New York City on May 23, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    MTA in September Hit 6 Million Riders Five Times

    New York City subway system reached the highest ridership numbers yet in the month of September, the MTA announced Wednesday.  The transit system reached a... Read more

  • June Broer displays a funeral program and a prayer card featuring images of her only son, Mark Johnson, in Paterson, N.J., Oct. 18, 2014. For days Johnson demanded medical care from jail guards at Rikers Island as he continued to have bloody stools before he died of a bacterial infection in his stomach and small bowel. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Care Questioned in 15 New York Jail Deaths

    NEW YORK—These are the deaths in New York City’s Rikers Island jail that don’t make headlines—prisoners with diseases, disorders, and addictions who succumb to heart... Read more

  • Hillary Clinton introduces Gov. Cuomo at the  Women’s Equality Party at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan on October 23, 2014 (Laura Cooksey/Epoch Times)

    Clinton Shows Support for Women’s Equality Party

    NEW YORK—Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged supporters to give a huge turnout for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul come... Read more

  • New York State gubernatorial candidates (L-R) Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott take the stage for a debate in Buffalo, N.Y, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

    Cuomo on the Offensive in Sole Televised Debate

    NEW YORK—The gloves were off for Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday night, in the only televised debate he agreed to have with his Republican challenger Rob... Read more

  • Doctor and Captain Arjun Srinivasan of the U.S. Public Health Service, who is also the Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks to health care professionals during a seminar in which they learned how to properly put on protective medical gear when working with someone infected with the ebola virus at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 21, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Obama’s New Ebola ‘Czar’ Starts Work

    WASHINGTON—A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S... Read more

  • New York republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino at a meeting in New York, Oct. 1, 2014. Astorino said Monday that entire planeloads of passengers should be turned away at Kennedy Airport if anyone aboard is coming from the African nations plagued with Ebola. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    NY Pol: Bar Planes If Anyone Came From West Africa

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—New York’s Republican candidate for governor said Monday that entire planeloads of passengers should be turned away at Kennedy Airport if anyone aboard... Read more

  • New York State Senator Liz Krueger and members of Met Council on Housing, Common Cause, and the Fair Elections Coalition on Aug. 12, 2013, at the REBNY headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    NY Ballot Question Divides Government Watchdogs

    ALBANY, N.Y.—New York voters will face a ballot question next month that, if approved, would create a commission to oversee redrawing the state’s political map—a... Read more

  • Republican Congressman Michael Grimm (L) and Democratic opponent Domenic M. Recchia Jr. wait for their debate to start in the studios of WABC-TV in New York City, Oct. 17, 2014. (Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images)

    Grimm, Recchia Trade Attacks in Televised Debate

    Civility was the first casualty in the war of words between Michael Grimm and Domenic Recchia, both running to represent Staten Island and some parts... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with news media before marching in the Columbus Day parade in New York, Oct. 13, 2014. After a hard six months during which he appeared flummoxed by corruption allegations and an embarrassing primary battle, New York’s governor is actively raising his profile, fueling speculation about whether he is already looking beyond his bid for a second term or just trying to run up the score. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    NY Gov. Cuomo Raises Profile

    ALBANY, N.Y.—With a new book, an appearance on David Letterman, high-profile trips overseas, and a bigger campaign account than any other governor, New York’s Andrew... Read more

  • New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, running for re-election, speaks during the annual meeting of the Business Council of New York State at the Sagamore Resort, in Bolton Landing, N.Y., on Sept. 19, 2014. Schneiderman faces Republican challenger John Cahill in the November election. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Integrity, Public Corruption Big Topics in NY Race

    ALBANY, N.Y.—The candidates to be New York’s top lawyer say integrity and public corruption are among the key issues but disagree sharply over who has... Read more

  • New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is running for re-election, during the annual meeting of the Business Council of New York State at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Candidates for NY Comptroller Square Off in Debate

    ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Wednesday night in a candidates debate that his office is continuing to review expense payments to state legislators,... Read more

  • Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" opponent Chrys Countryman of Afton, N.Y., holds her hands up as Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, testifies before a joint budget hearing in Albany, N.Y., Feb. 4, 2013. New York politicians and voters alike are weigh in on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Fracking Sites Fertile Ground for NY Candidates

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Pennsylvania drilling sites are emerging as destinations for political pilgrimage for candidates for governor in New York as politicians and voters alike weigh in... Read more

  • ew York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo (C) during a Moreland Commission news conference as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (L), and Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick listen, in Albany, N.Y., on July 2, 2013. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running in the general election for a second term, has cast aside his media avoidance of late to promote his newly released memoir. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Cuomo Defends Moreland Scandal During Book Publicity Tour

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running in the general election for a second term, has cast aside his media avoidance of late to promote his... Read more

  • ov. Andrew Cuomo and his daughter Michaela Cuomo greet the public at the New York City Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, Oct. 13, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Cuomo’s Remains Cautious as Election Nears

    NEW YORK—There were no blights on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s march in the Columbus Day parade on Monday. Unlike the Labor Day parade last month, where... Read more

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marches in the Columbus Day parade in New York, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Cuomo’s Tough Decisions Delayed Past Election Day?

    ALBANY, N.Y.—A hotly anticipated decision on fracking won’t come before Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands for re-election. Same for an announcement of higher tolls on the... Read more

  • (L–R) James Kemmerer, Zephyr Teachout, and Tim Wu at a press conference in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 8, 2014. Teachout and Wu endorsed Kemmerer in his race against incumbent state senator Martin Golden. (Jonathan Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Teachout and Wu Endorse Kemmerer and His ‘Golden Rule’

    NEW YORK—Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, who lost to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary, endorsed James Kemmerer on Wednesday, in... Read more

  • President Barack Obama (C) speaks to the media at the conclusion of a meeting with senior military leadership including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (R) at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama Claims Progress Combatting Islamic State

    WASHINGTON—Facing a stubborn enemy, President Barack Obama professed confidence Wednesday that the U.S. will keep making progress against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, as the reality set in of a lengthy military conflict... Read more

  • In this Oct. 7, 2014, photo, a police officer is dwarfed amid the marble columns of the Supreme Court in Washington. Some warehouse workers who fill orders for customers say they spend up to 25 minutes after every shift waiting to pass through security checks to make sure they aren't stealing from the online retailer. But they don't get paid for the extra time. The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two former staffers at a Nevada warehouse who claim they should be compensated for time spent in security screenings under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Employees Entitled to Billions in Retroactive Pay for Security Checks? Companies Worried

    WASHINGTON—Workers who fill customer orders for Internet retailer Amazon might be out of luck in their quest to be paid for time they spend going... Read more

  • People stand in the main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Oct. 2, 2014. The Dallas Ebola patient passed through this airport two weeks ago. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Astorino Calls for Ban on Flights From Ebola-Stricken West Africa

    NEW YORK—Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino called on the Federal Aviation Administration to ban flights to the United States from the West African nations where... Read more

  • Democratic challenger Domenic M. Recchia Jr. (R) stands next to GOP Rep. Michael Grimm at a candidates forum at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizen Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014. In the first time debate between the two, Recchia called Grimm a liar and raised the issue of Grimm’s federal indictment on 20 counts for allegedly evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant. Grimm dismissed the criticism as political mudslinging. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Dem Challenger Calls GOP House Incumbent a Liar

    NEW YORK—At a raucous debate Wednesday, Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia called Republican Rep. Michael Grimm a liar who failed to tell the truth to federal... Read more

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden testifies before Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, on Aug. 7, 2014. Overwhelmed west African nations called states of emergency on Thursday as the death toll from a fast-spreading Ebola epidemic neared 1,000. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Questions and Answers About Dallas, Texas Ebola Case

    WASHINGTON—U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now... Read more

  • Former New York Gov. George Pataki during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Report: Former NY Gov. Pataki Weighing Presidential Run

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Former Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016, though a former aide said Tuesday that talk of a campaign is... Read more

  • Chorizo in Cider, Asturian Style. (Clare Barboza)

    Chorizo in Cider, Asturian Style (Recipe)

    Quick: Where can you find the strongest cider tradition in the world? Southwest England? Normandy? Actually, it’s Asturias, the coastal province of northern Spain famed... Read more

  • Assorted ciders at The Queens Kickshaw, in Astoria, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The Second Coming of Cider

    For the almost 100 years that followed Prohibition, hard cider in the United States kept a low profile. But in the woods and abandoned orchards,... Read more

  • The dark, sleek interior at V{iV}. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    V{iV} Thai’s Halloween Costume Party

    If you have an amazing Halloween costume and you love Northern Thai food, you may be in luck. What do the two have to do... Read more

  • An audience at a showing at the Food Film Festival.
(Courtesy of Food Film Fest)

    8th Annual Food Film Fest

    The downside of watching movies with lavish food scenes is that they inevitably induce hunger that goes unsatisfied. But that’s not the case at the... Read more

  • Lamb Shank with Gorgonzola. (Courtesy of Trattoria Bianca)

    Trattoria Bianca Now Open

    Trattoria Bianca opened last week near Penn Station. The project is led by Michael Whiteman, president of the company that worked on the Rainbow Room... Read more

  • Spicy-Sweet Mole Pumpkin Seed Clusters. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    Halloween Treats Don’t Have to Rot Your Teeth (Recipes)

    It’s true. … Despite what the children think, not all Halloween treats need to rot your teeth on contact. Which isn’t to say the goodies... Read more

  • Fudgy Black Bean Brownies and Fresh Ginger Chef's Essences Spray. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Brownies With a Whiff of Ginger

    In her new book “Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent,” released this week, natural perfumer Many Aftel explores the way herbs, spices, and other exotic... Read more

  • Tuna tartare, American sturgeon caviar, avocado. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    Acappella Magic: Impeccable Service, Mouthwatering Dishes, and a Good Dose of Fire

    Head-turning dishes—that’s what you get at Acappella. No doubt the flames leaping several feet into the air will catch your eye. Or if your back... Read more

  • Duck Fricot with carrots, Swiss chard, dumplings, and savory. (Courtesy of King Bee)

    Acadian-Inspired King Bee Now Open in the East Village

    King Bee, recently open in the East Village, takes its inspiration from Acadia. The cuisine is a homage to Louisiana country cooking and its French... Read more

  • Burke in the Box, at Bloomingdale's. (Melissa Hom)

    Burke in the Box at Bloomingdale’s Reopens After Renovations

    After a month of renovation work, David Burke at Bloomingdale’s reopened with a new decor and an updated menu. Also known as “Burke in the... Read more

  • Barchetta, in Chelsea. (Alice Gao)

    Barchetta Launches Brunch Service

    Barchetta now offers brunch. Chef Dave Pasternack has created a menu that includes a wide range of dishes, from crudo to paninis to more traditional... Read more

  • Meaghan Dorman's cocktail list includes classics as well as a build-it-yourself old fashioned menu. (Courtesy of Raines Law Room)

    Raines Law Room Opens Second Location

    Raines Law Room has opened a second location at The William in Midtown East. The new outpost from Yves Jadot and Alberto Benenati will reflect... Read more

  • Chicken Salad with fall vegetables, lettuce, and Asian dressing. (Evan Sung)

    STATE Grill and Bar Now Serving Lunch

    STATE Grill and Bar, which opened on the street level of the Empire State Building on Oct. 8, is now serving lunch from 11:30 a.m... Read more

  • Making chocolate pasta at Giovanni Rana. (Courtesy of Giovanni Rana)

    Culinary Classes at Chelsea Market

    From wine classes to hands-on pasta making lessons, various businesses at Chelsea Market are offering culinary instruction. At Giovanni Rana, pasta-making classes ($75–$85 per person)... Read more

  • Gin is a versatile liquor that works well with many flavors. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    9 Fresh Ways to Gin Up Your Holidays

    Much as we might like otherwise, few of us have the cash, time, or energy to maintain a full bar. And that can be a... Read more

  • Pastitsio. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

    Ina Garten Turns to Make-Ahead Meals in New Book

    Ina Garten is a best-selling cookbook author, an Emmy-winning television host, and the doyenne of casual elegance. But on a recent afternoon, the so-called “Barefoot... Read more

  • Cured Atlantic Salmon. ( Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Rouge et Blanc: A Culinary Tale of Two Countries

    Take a sip at Rouge et Blanc and you’ll be whisked off from SoHo to a vineyard in France.  The all-French wine list is meticulously... Read more

  • The Black Ramen, a take on the sweet-savory Korean jajangmyeon noodle dish. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Mokbar: A Ramen Bar With a Korean Heart

    At Mokbar, fermentation rules. The alchemy takes place discreetly out of sight, in pots and jars in a prep kitchen reachable through a labyrinthine path... Read more

  • The Liberty NYC is one of stops during the Fall Burger Crawl. (Epoch Times)

    Midtown Burger Crawl

    A burger crawl this Saturday will offer a taste of some very worthy—and off-menu—burgers in Midtown Manhattan. The crawl is presented by meat purveyor Schweid... Read more

  • (L–R) CEO of Patina Restaurant Group Nick Valenti, Executive Chef Octavio Becerra, and President, CEO, and Chairman of Empire State Realty Trust Anthony E. Malkin at the press opening of STATE Grill on Oct. 7. (Donald Traill/Invision for Patina Restaurant Group/AP Images)

    STATE Grill and Bar Opens in Empire State Building

    At a spacious 2,800 square feet, STATE Grill and Bar opened this Wednesday on the street level of the Empire State Building. The upscale restaurant,... Read more

  • Michael Wildes, managing partner at WILDES & WEINBERG, PC, at his office in Manhattan, New York, Sept. 23, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Michael Wildes, On Continuing a Legacy

    NEW YORK—Michael Wildes is an immigration lawyer who, at times, has needed a bodyguard and a bullet proof vest.  “I refuse to stand down from... Read more

  • The entrance at Sachi. (Courtesy of Sachi)

    Sachi: From Airy to Earthy

    Open in September in Murray Hill, Sachi finds inspiration from a variety of Asia’s cuisines. Andy Yang, of Rhong-Tiam, and Pichet Ong have been tapped... Read more

  • Alex Nsengimana, a Rwandan genocide survivor at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, New York on Sept. 18, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Alex Nsengimana, a Rwandan Genocide Survivor on the Meaning of Life

    NEW YORK—Alex Nsengimana’s mother died from HIV/AIDS when he was 4. For the next two years, his grandmother and his uncle were his world. They... Read more

  • Agostino von Hassell, a military historian and president of The Repton Group, at his office in Manhattan on Sept. 4. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Agostino von Hassell, on Making History Interesting

    NEW YORK—Agostino von Hassell grew up listening to the chatter of old Prussian nobility, friends of his grandfathers’, a group of individuals who once conspired... Read more

  • The 9/11 memorial museum director, Alice Greenwald in front of the North Pool at the memorial on  Aug. 19, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Alice Greenwald, Director, Reflects on the 9/11 Museum Effect

    NEW YORK—There’s the survivors’ staircase. A remnant of the Vesey Street stairs that hundreds used to escape infamy on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001... Read more

  • Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco the Director of the Juvenile Justice Project in her office in Manhattan on Aug. 18, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Director of Juvenile Justice Project on Protecting Children

    NEW YORK—For 23 hours a day, and for more than 300 days, there was nothing. There was nothing except the screams from nearby cells. The... Read more

  • Marla Mossman, a photographer and artist who traveled along the Silk Road countries to document vanishing cultures, at her home in Manhattan on Aug. 15. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Marla Mossman, on Documenting Disappearing Cultures

    NEW YORK—The car came to a halt; there was a roadblock in the mountains of Kabul, Afghanistan. A woman had just been captured. Her translator... Read more

  • Kate Shin, real estate developer and owner of Waterfall Mansion. (Courtesy of Mark Roskams)

    This Is New York: Kate Shin, Owner of the Elite Waterfall Mansion, on the Life of a Place

    NEW YORK—The light from Waterfall Mansion seeped through its leaf-patterned, steel gate, scattering shadows of leaves on the concrete sidewalk. Faint sounds of laughter and... Read more

  • Scott Pilgrim, a computer science student at Brooklyn College, in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, New York, on Aug. 5, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Scott Pilgrim, on Making the Effort for Introspection

    NEW YORK—It would be easy for Scott Pilgrim to watch Netflix, and avoid thinking about his problems. The social awkwardness with roots in childhood insecurities,... Read more

  • Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Executive Director of the Children’s Orchestra Society, poses at the Queens Botanical Garden, in Flushing, New York City, on July 22, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: The Untold Story of Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Violin Prodigy and Medical Doctor

    NEW YORK—Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is so dedicated to the Children’s Orchestra Society that when she went into labor, the natural thing for her to do... Read more

  • Roger Quan, also known as Rogue, at his magic shop in Elmhurst, Queens, on July 15. Rogue has performed his tricks on “America’s Got Talent.” (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Magician Rogue Overcomes Insecurities on ‘America’s Got Talent’

    NEW YORK—On a recent episode of “America’s Got Talent,” Rogue, a lanky, Asian male, politely asked former Spice Girl Melanie Brown to shoot him in... Read more

  • Real life superhero, Chris Pollak AKA Dark Guardian, poses in Washington Square Park where he routinely monitors at night, in Manhattan, on July 11, 2014. Pollak was inspired to watch over the park after he learned about a rape and robbery that took place in the city during the 70’s in which people saw and heard but did nothing about. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Chris Pollak, a Real Life Superhero

    NEW YORK—In the darkest hours of night, Chris Pollak roams the city for unscrupulous behavior. Wearing a bulletproof vest, and a belt that holds first... Read more

  • Elizabeth Garnett, formerly a radiologist at a black hospital during apartheid in South Africa, on the Highline in Chelsea, New York City on July 4, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: A Radiologist Who Learned to Cherish Life Under Apartheid

    NEW YORK—Tourists. They are the cause of the slowness of pace, the infinitude of unnecessary and poorly composed photographs. They instill vexation, irritation, and eye-rolling... Read more

  • Senator Tony Avella

    This Is New York: Sen. Tony Avella, an Unconventional Politician

    NEW YORK—Sitting in an office filled with documents, artwork by small children, and an exceptionally neat desk, New York state Sen. Tony Avella resembled a... Read more

  • ABT Studio Company ballerina Rachel Richardson underneath the Manhattan Bridge. This image was captured by 41-year-old Luis Pons, a relatively new photographer who picked up the camera at a late age and has gained the trust of many of New York City's most pre-eminent ballet dancers within six months. (Courtesy of Luis Pons)

    This Is New York: Luis Pons on the Power of Perennial Beauty

    NEW YORK—Underneath a grayish purple sky, ballerina Rachel Richardson, of the American Ballet Theater Studio Company, posed on pointe; her left leg lifted into a... Read more

  • Alex Rovt, president of IBE Trade Corp., at his Manhattan office in New York on June 6, 2014. Rovt is listed by Forbes magazine as the 452nd richest person living in the United States. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Alex Rovt, a Billionaire Who Listens to His Mother

    NEW YORK— Alex Rovt, the president of fertilizer company IBE Trade Corporation, is a towering man with a thick mustache and a net worth of... Read more

  • Shree Nayar, a professor of computer science, holds his Bigshot camera, at Columbia University in Manhattan, on June 3, 2014. (Benajmin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Shree Nayar, Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

    NEW YORK—Wouldn’t it be nice if there existed a simple point-and-shoot camera that was equipped with a regular lens, a wide angle lens, and the... Read more

  • John Murdock holds a Godzilla made of several balloons tied ogether in Washington Square Park, New York City on May 30, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: John Murdock, a Philosophical Balloon Man

    NEW YORK—John Murdock, a balloon artist, struggled to make his giant Godzilla balloon sit upright on a bush in Washington Square Park. There was a... Read more

  • Leslie Venokur, co-founder of Big City Moms, at the Gracie Mews Diner on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on May 20, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Leslie Venokur on Urban Motherhood

    NEW YORK—Leslie Venokur, co-founder of Big City Moms, is like a celebrity among mothers in New York City. When she takes off her sunglasses on... Read more

  • John Stoltzfoos, an Amish farmer from Millport Dairy in Lancaster County, Pa., at his stand in Union Square in Manhattan on May 9, 2014. He holds a piece of his cheese as he says cheese.(Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: John Stoltzfoos, an Amish Farmer in the Urban Jungle

    NEW YORK—Beneath a soot-tinted yellow tent, John Stoltzfoos, a 48-year-old Amish farmer, sells his raw milk cheese and pickles at the Union Square Greenmarket. A... Read more

  • Anthony Cruz, 30, in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 20, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Help, Not Incarceration

    NEW YORK—Anthony Cruz is a different man now that he has been locked up several times.  Before serving his 10-year sentence in New York state... Read more

  • New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, left, sits in on a bilingual kindergarten class at Washington-Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt, N.Y., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Tisch and other state officials ordered a compliance review Thursday of suburban New York City school districts’ enrollment policies and procedures for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school because of overcrowding. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    NY State to Review Schools’ Immigration Compliance

    ROOSEVELT, N.Y.—New York officials ordered a statewide review Thursday of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that... Read more

  • Decorated chairs made out of cardboard are on display at the Adaptive Design Association’s Manhattan office in New York, Thursday, October 23, 2014. The artwork was part of a charity auction to benefit the nonprofit organization, which builds customized furniture made out of cardboard for disabled children. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Charity Auction Raises Funds to Build Customized Equipment for Disabled Children

    New York—Shannon Thomason wanted her son to be able to play with other children in the neighborhood, and go on family bike rides.  But 4-year-old... Read more

  • Students in uniform at Voice Charter School of New York, Corona, Queens, Sept. 18, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    School Uniforms: Parents Love Them, Students Hate Them

    NEW YORK—Diana Acevedo loves school uniforms. They are so convenient and she ends up paying only about half of what she would pay for regular... Read more

  • People wait to board the new M60 Select Bus Service in Harlem, Manhattan, on  May 27, 2014., (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Rockaways Community Will Have First Bus Rapid Transit Route

    NEW YORK—Growing up, Rockaways council member Donovan Richards made a three-hour commute from his home in Ocean Village in the Rockaways to Elmhurst, Queens, to... Read more

  • Costa Constantinides at a press conference in New York City, APRIL 3, 2014. (Allen Xie,NTDTV) XIE)

    Queens Waterfront Project Sets Affordable Housing Precedent in NYC

    NEW YORK—A major Queens waterfront project is being sent back to the drawing board.  Astoria Cove developers are reworking their affordable housing numbers in conversation... Read more

  • Barbara Trencher (R), 39, poses with her friends at the 21st annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Trencher met her breast cancer survivor-friends while in the waiting room at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and they have supported each other through the highs and lows of their lives ever since. (Annie Wu/Epoch Times)

    Breast Cancer Walk Draws Thousands to Central Park

    NEW YORK—Dancing along to the beat of the music, Sharon Haynie twisted her arms and legs giddily, her plastic pink sunglasses bouncing up and down... Read more

  • With One World Trade Center in the background, people gather (front) for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The groundbreaking event marked a new beginning for the former St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Site for Greek Church Near WTC Blessed

    NEW YORK—Hundreds of members of New York’s Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan... Read more

  • People ride bicycles on the Central Park loop in Manhattan, New York, Oct. 14, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Imagine a Car-Free Central Park

    NEW YORK—By some accounts, the idea of Central Park began as early as 1850, though its current scale and size were yet unimagined. Today it... Read more

  • Riders participate in the the annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' motorcycle rally, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background, in Washington, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Motorcyclists Ride to Honor Young Fallen Serviceman From Queens

    NEW YORK—When Mike Palo was drafted for the U.S. Army in 1968, at first he considered running away to Canada, like many young men did... Read more

  • Macy's department store in Herald Square is illuminated with holiday lighting, in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Macy's Inc. plans to open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Thanksgiving Is the New Black Friday, Stores to Open Earlier

    Macy’s Inc. plans to open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure in holiday shoppers. The... Read more

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    How Much of NYC Have You Seen? Vintage Ads Inspire Locals to Travel

    Thirty years ago Williamsburg was an abandoned industrial area, unwelcoming at best. Then artists and independent shops took root, it became trendy, and the neighborhood... Read more

  • Chobani delivers a case of its new Chobani Limited Batch Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt to an excited Manhattan office worker who requested the product through Lyft, in New York, Oct. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Chobani)

    Yogurt Is Now Official New York State Snack

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Yogurt is now the official snack of New York, a distinction suggested by a fourth-grade class that’s meant to celebrate the state’s status as... Read more

  • Danny Li, 17, gold winner of the junior male division performing “Touring the Sacred Country” at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on Oct. 12. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    From History Books to the Dance Floor

    NEW YORK—The sixth annual NTD Television International Classical Chinese Dance Competition has concluded with over four hours of performances by contestants, along with a dynamic... Read more

  • he New York City Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, Oct. 13, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NY Columbus Day Parade Draws Revelers, Politicians

    NEW YORK—Thousands of people lined Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on Monday for the annual Columbus Day parade, one of the world’s largest celebrations of Italian-American heritage... Read more

  • International Classical Chinese Dance Competition winners on stage at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on Oct. 12, 2014. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    Classical Chinese Dance Competition Graces Stage

    NEW YORK—As a small child, Kexin Li got to see most of the biggest tourist attractions in China with her mom. Li, 22, especially remembers... Read more

  • Judy and Michael Nyquist at a Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 11, 2014. For a third year in a row Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra graced the stage of famed Carnegie Hall in New York City, establishing a fine tradition of unique musical experiences. (Catherine Yang/Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Stirs New York Once Again

    For a third year in a row Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra graced the stage of famed Carnegie Hall in New York City, establishing a fine... Read more

  • Leon Fields, a fair-market tenant at the Riverton in Harlem, Oct. 7, 2014. Fields was previously a rent stabilized tenant but says he continues to speak out to management because he is concerned about the quality of life in the building complex. (Seth Holehouse/Epoch Times)

    Market-Rate Tenants in NYC Push Landlords Despite Fear of Eviction

    NEW YORK—In a rental complex right by the East River in Harlem—full of no-fee rentals, as the big sign outside boasts—tenants are organizing for improvements... Read more

  • Studetns at the City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 8, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    What’s Wrong With Our Schools? Short on Career Promises

    This is the second part of a series exploring the decades-long national reform of public education. NEW YORK—There’s something wholesome about being ready. It’s tied... Read more

  • Sneak-peak opening of the Freshkills Park on Staten Island, Sept. 28, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    The City’s Other 9/11 Burial Ground Welcomed as Park

    NEW YORK—There was a time when a big chunk of Staten Islanders’ quality of life was determined by the direction of the wind.  Anna Wishko... Read more

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during German-Chinese government consultations on Oct. 10, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Premier Li has reiterated the support of the Chinese authorities for “one country two systems” policy in Hong Kong. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

    Chinese State-run Media Mum on China Premier Li Keqiang’s Views on Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Umbrella Movement

    While Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was on a three-day visit to Germany, he made a significant statement about the political situation in Hong Kong. Somehow... Read more

  • In this file photo, Alicia Glen, MayorBill de Blasio's pick for Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, speaks to reporters in Brooklyn, New York, Monday Dec. 23, 2013. (Shenghua Sung)

    Brooklyn Front and Center in NYC’s Housing Strategy

    NEW YORK—Since Downtown Brooklyn was rezoned a decade ago, the ripple effect of the entrepreneurial spirit that flooded into the borough has turned Brooklyn into... Read more

  • (L–R) General Sales Manager Deirdre O’Connell, Flushing Sales Manager Donna Rubertone, President and CEO Patricia J. Petersen, and COO Tom Calabrese of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty cut the ribbon on their first Queens office in Flushing, Sept. 5, 2014. (Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

    Luxury Brokerage Expands Into Queens

    Last week, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty officially opened its first Queens office in Flushing to target the most diverse of communities in the city.“We’ve... Read more

  • Mishelle Farer, an avid user of Airbnb, in her apartment where she rents a room on Airbnb, in New York on Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Breaking Down the Labyrinth of Tax Laws for New York Vacation Home Owners

    Room sharing, room renting, and vacation home rentals have become very popular, garnering significant attention recently.Leading websites such as and each list over... Read more

  • Renderings of 50 West in downtown Manhattan. (DBox)

    Downtown Tower Draws Families Across Manhattan

    The 64-story curved-glass 50 West tower has officially opened sales to the public, after a quiet phase during which 30 percent of the 191 units... Read more

  • Report: Oversight Lacking in NYC Payroll Project

    NEW YORK—Investigators say poor oversight allowed a New York City payroll-technology project to spiral into a $700 million tangle of contractor fraud, budget overruns and... Read more

  • A rendering of the finished 7 million square-feet Manhattan West development. (Courtesy of Brookfield Properties)

    Manhattan’s Far West Taking Shape

    Manhattan’s far west side, once a strip of ports and rail yards, has been reclaiming underutilized land for upscale development in recent years. And none... Read more

  • Renderings of the interior of One York Street's 10th floor. (Courtesy of Urban Compass)

    Conceptualizing a Downtown Bachelor Pad

    Residents in the Enrique Norten-designed One York Street building in Tribeca have been turning down resale offers for up to $50 million, according to Urban... Read more

  • Rendering of 520 West 41st Street. (via Draft Environmental Impact Statement submitted to DCP)

    Silverstein’s Supertall West Side Project Proposing 1,400 Units

    Silverstein Development Corp.’s plans to develop a record setting 106-story supertall tower on the Hudson Yards site would hold 1,400 apartments, about 280 of which... Read more

  • New York Mayors Join Fight Against Zombie Properties

    Sixteen mayors state-wise have joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in support of a bill against zombie properties, or abandoned lots or homes that end up... Read more

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    On-Demand Storage for City Dwellers

    With the lowest car-ownership rate in the country, New York City is one of the best locations for delivery services, which really deliver anything from... Read more

  • Related Companies Invests in Sustainable Cities

    Related Companies founder and chairman Stephen Ross is donating $30 million to the global research organization World Resources Institute (WRI) to create more sustainable cities... Read more

  • 985 Park Ave. on the Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, March 20, 2014. A glassy building was built in place of a historic building while the Park Avenue Historic District application was pending. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    Landmarking in NYC Increasingly Polarized, Political, Say Experts

    NEW YORK—“History is for losers,” says history professor Kenneth Jackson, who teaches at Columbia and is best known for his work as an urban historian... Read more

  • A penthouse at 241 Fifth. (Courtesy of CORE)

    NoMad in Demand: Midtown Meets Downtown

    NoMad, or “North of Madison Square Park,” is a comparatively new neighborhood designation spanning from 23d Street to 34th Street that has seen a boom of... Read more

  • TF Cornerstone’s 57th Street Rental Megaproject Moves Forward With Concessions

    TF Cornerstone’s 1,189 rental unit mixed-use project was approved by the City Council’s Land Use committee Thursday, after recent neighborhood opposition at the eleventh hour. Residents... Read more

  • A rendering of the BQ Green in South Williamsburg, bridging together parts of the neighborhood now separated by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. (dlandstudio)

    Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture

    Most people are not completely clear on what a landscape architect does, but according to Susannah Drake, founder of interdisciplinary design firm dlandstudio, it boils... Read more

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    Modern Condos Popular in Long Island City

    NEW YORK—Developers of all sizes work in the city and it’s not uncommon for a developer to team up with a marketing firm to design... Read more

  • Manhattan 2014 Sales Start Strong, Rentals Stable

    Price gains for the average residential sales price in Manhattan have hit an all-time high. The average sales price for a condo in Manhattan rose... Read more

  • A submitted design for 17 John in Lower Manhattan. (Prodigy Network)

    Lower Manhattan Hotel Crowdsources Design

    Real estate company Prodigy Network specializes in crowdsourcing. The company, founded by Rodrigo Nino, set a world record crowdfunding the tallest building in Colombia and... Read more

  • Choosing the Best Offer in a Multiple Bidding Situation

    Multiple offers. We are seeing these situations pop up more and more often as inventory remains tight. Buyers come in droves to a Sunday open... Read more

  • In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, an unidentified man approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. The man injured two with the hatchet before the other officers shot and killed him, police said. A bystander was wounded in the gunfire. Investigators were still trying to confirm the identity of the assailant and determine a motive. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

    Hatchet Attack Was Terror, Says NYC Police Commissioner

    NEW YORK— New York City police Commissioner William Bratton says the hatchet attack on four rookie officers was a terrorist act by a homegrown radical... Read more

  • New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on May 27, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Father and Son Used Non-Profit Funds to Buy Vacation Homes, Luxury Cars

    Two executives at Narco Freedom, a non-profit that provides treatment for substance abuse, were arrested and indicted for misuse of the group’s funds, Attorney General... Read more

  • David McCallum, right, hugs family members after his exoneration at Brooklyn's Supreme Court on Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 in New York.  McCallum and Willie Stuckey, who died in prison, were 16 years old when they were convicted of murder.  A judge exonerated both men for wrongful conviction after nearly 30 years.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Man Let Go After Teenage False Confession Landed Him Homicide Life Sentence

    David McCallum was 16 years old in 1985 when he was told by officials his friend Willie Stuckey had named him the murderer of a... Read more

  • New York Police Dept. Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jennara Cobb (L) and her attorney Philip Karasyk, appear in Bronx state Supreme Court, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Lieutenant Jennara Cobb Convicted in NYPD Ticket-Fixing Case

    NEW YORK—A police lieutenant was convicted Wednesday of leaking information about a ticket-fixing investigation that embarrassed the New York Police Department. Lt. Jennara Cobb was... Read more

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    NYPD Releases Video of Smoke Canister Suspect

    NEW YORK—The NYPD has released a surveillance video that shows a man emerging from a sidewalk vault, hurling a smoke canister into a trendy Manhattan... Read more

  • Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor during a press conference regarding a quadruple homicide on Wednesday in Guilderland, at Guilderland Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Officials said that they've identified the bodies found Wednesday afternoon in a bungalow-style home. (AP Photo/The Daily Gazette, Patrick Dodson)

    Four Slain Include 2 Adults, 2 Young Boys; NY Authorities Seek Public’s Help

    GUILDERLAND, N.Y.—Four people found slain inside their suburban upstate New York home were two adults and two boys, ages 7 and 10, authorities said Thursday... Read more

  • Father Charged After Child Dies of Generator Fumes

    SALINA, N.Y.—A New York heating contractor faces manslaughter charges after his 6-year-old daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a portable generator he left running... Read more

  • A police officer helps to park police cars in Times Square in New York on Sept. 17, 2014. Two police officers from New York have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    2 New York Police Officers Charged in Sex Assault

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Two police officers from New York have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. Lawyers for both men... Read more

  • 2 Kids Killed in Queens House Fire

    NEW YORK— Fire officials say two children have been killed in a house fire in Queens. The fire began on the first floor of a... Read more

  • A selection of the stolen designer merchandise found in the Queens apartment of identity theft ringleader Tamara Williams displayed at the Manhattan District Attorney's press conference on Oct. 6, 2014 (Jonathan Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Saks Employees Stole $400,000 in Shoes, Handbags in Identity Theft Ring

    NEW YORK—Federal prosecutors have formally charged five members of an identity theft ring who allegedly purchased $400,000 worth of designer shoes, handbags, and other accessories... Read more

  • Practitioners of Falun Dafa meditate in the William H. Seward park in Chinatown, Manhattan, on Sept. 29, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Practitioners of Spiritual Practice Banned in China Get Harassed in New York

    NEW YORK—It began with a few scribbles on the ground. Written in Chinese with chalk, the messages ranged from the innocuous—disease names and Chinese dish... Read more

  • Hundreds of glassines, little envelopes of heroin ready for street-level distribution, were seized from a Bronx heroin mill and displayed in Manhattan, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, as officials announced the arrest of 9 people in two separate busts where they seized $12 million in heroin. (Laura Cooksey)

    $12 Million in Heroin Seized in 2 NYC Busts, Trafficking at 25-Year High

    NEW YORK—In late August, truck driver Jeen Blake loaded up his tractor-trailer in Riverside, Calif., for his trip to New York. Days later, he drove... Read more

  • File photo. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Off-Duty Jersey Cop Shoots Man Stealing His Truck

    On Tuesday morning at 4 a.m., Basil Warren just got home from a late-night shift of policing. Still in his uniform, he heard a car... Read more

  • Photo of .22 caliber revolver handgun used by shooter in the Bronx on Sept. 29, 2014. (DCPI)

    Police Shot at Armed Civilians in Brooklyn and the Bronx

    In two separate incidents in the Bronx and Brooklyn Monday, police shot at armed civilians, killing one and injuring another. People living in the apartment... Read more

  • Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Authorities allege Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., claimed people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband. Bail was set at $5,000. (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch)

    Marathon Bombing Suspects’ Sister Faces NYC Judge

    NEW YORK—A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened... Read more

  • Driver Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

    Tony Stewart Will Not Face Charges in Deadly Crash

    CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. —Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not be charged with the death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate... Read more

  • New York City police commissioner William Bratton alongside Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance (L) during a news conference at One Police Plaza in New York on June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    NYPD Probes Officer’s Altercation With Pregnant Woman

    NEW YORK—New York City police are investigating an altercation between officers and a pregnant woman that was captured on amateur video, officials said Wednesday. The... Read more

  • In this file photo, New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer speaks during the Museum of the Moving Image and the Jim Henson Legacy collaboration press conference at the Museum of the Moving Image on May 21, 2013 in New York City. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

    NYC Introduces Civil Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers

    NEW YORK—A year after Martha Puruncajas’s son Luis Bravo was killed by a hit-and-run driver, she still has no closure. It broke her heart not... Read more

  • Officers found a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun when searching the premises where Clinton Lawson, 29, was found in Brooklyn on July 19, 2014. (DCPI)

    Queens Man Indicted for Jacking Cars and Shooting in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

    The District Attorney’s office indicted 29-year-old Clinton Lawson for two carjackings, shooting, and assault. If convicted, Lawson faces over 25 years in prison. On July... Read more

  • Around 310,000 attendees were at the People's Climate March in Manhattan, New York, Sept. 21, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Officer Dead in Car Accident on Way to Climate March

    NEW YORK—On the way to regulating Sunday’s climate change march, nine police officers in a marked NYPD vehicle collided with a plastic orange barrier in... Read more