Tag Archives: NYC

NEW YORK CITY: Russian Mobster Donates Max To Trump After “Confidential” Visit To Trump Tower

Whoa. Politico reports: A Russian-born, mafia-linked businessman whose ties to both Donald Trump and loyalists of Russian President Vladimir Putin have sparked scrutiny, visited Trump Tower last month for undisclosed business, he told POLITICO. The businessman, Felix Sater, also donated the maximum allowable contribution to Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filing. Sater, whose firm co-developed ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Trump Quintuples His Own Trump Tower Rent Now That The Campaign Is Paying For It

From the Huffington Post: After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing ― particularly when the beneficiary is himself. Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising ...

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MANHATTAN: Naked Trump Statue Prompts Selfie Frenzy In Union Square, Parks Department Rips It Down

DNA Info reports: This is some very public art. A statue of a completely naked Donald Trump mysteriously appeared on the south side of Union Square Park Thursday morning. The full-frontal sculpture of the Republican presidential candidate, which stood for at least two hours before being removed by the Parks Department around 1:20 p.m., featured realistic details such as an ...

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So I Wasn’t Selected For Grand Jury Service

Yesterday the names of 102 New York County voters were placed into a drum in the courthouse in downtown Manhattan for grand jury service selection. Mine was not one of the 92 names randomly pulled to form four 23-person grand juries. As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday afternoon, when I left with the nine other dismissed “leftovers,” I felt a ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Gays Against Guns Stage Die-In At HQ Of Company That Holds Millions In Gun Stock [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Dozens of gay activists began a campaign of civil disobedience against gun companies and their investors on Monday by holding a “die-in” at the headquarters of BlackRock, one of the largest corporate shareholders of gun companies’ stock. Holding placards bearing photos of some of the victims of gun violence, protesters occupied the lobby of BlackRock’s headquarters in ...

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Rudy Giuliani: I Didn’t Forget 9/11 When I Said There Was No Terrorism “Before Obama Came Along”

The New York Daily News reports: OMG, Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he obvs hasn’t forgotten about 9/11 and claimed that his remark was totes “misinterpreted” because he simply likes to speak in “abbreviated” language. In a conversation with the Daily News one day after the former New York mayor apparently failed to remember the worst terror attack in U.S. history, ...

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So I Start Grand Jury Service Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning I report to the New York County Supreme Court in downtown Manhattan for grand jury service. Unlike with regular juries, there is no voir dire process and there appears to be little chance I’ll be dismissed for being self-employed, a social justice activist, a journalist with a long history of being critical of the police, or a hologram. ...

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Coming Soon: Paradise Garage, The Movie

New York City’s legendary gay nightclub, the Paradise Garage, will be the focus of upcoming film. Electronic Beats reports: Though it closed in 1987, New York’s Paradise Garage night club has left a lasting impression on dance music that can still be felt today. Along with the Warehouse in Chicago and Zanzibar in New Jersey, the Garage was a place ...

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Man Climbing Trump Tower Posted Yesterday Posted Video Urging Support For Donald Trump [VIDEO]

This will be upsetting to all those Trump supporters on Twitter calling for the NYPD to shoot him down. Via Mediaite: One day before an unidentified climber took to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, a video appeared on YouTube posted by one Leven Thumps, announcing his intention to scale the skyscraper and his motives for doing so. In the video ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Somebody Is Climbing Trump Tower With Suction Cups Because Sure Why Not [VIDEO]

From the New York Post: A man was climbing the side of Trump Tower in Midtown on Wednesday afternoon — prompting a massive police response. The climber had made about five floors above a landing, and appeared to be using giant suction cups for his ascent. Police raced to the scene and appeared to be trying to talk the dare-devil ...

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Trans Concert Pianist Sara Davis Buechner To Perform At New York Mets LGBT Pride Night [VIDEO]

Back in February, I reported that the New York Mets will host its first-ever LGBT Pride Night on August 13th. Today we learn that pre-game entertainment will be provided by dance legend Martha Wash, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Marching Band, and renowned trans concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner. From Buechner’s Facebook page: This is certainly one of the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Homocon-Owned Out Hotel To Close After Boycott Over Fundraiser For Ted Cruz

Lucas Grindley reports at the Advocate: The hotel that had become a symbol of support for Ted Cruz’s antigay policies is now closing. The Out Hotel in New York City faced a heated boycott last year after its gay owners held a fundraising dinner party at their home for the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful. Ian Reisner and his ...

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Swag Tuesday: See Babs In Concert In Brooklyn

Today’s Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to see Barbra Streisand in concert at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on August 13th! Enter below by commenting on this post. Please leave an email address if you are not a registered Disqus user.  The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday afternoon and notified via email by Streisand’s PR folks. Here’s the press ...

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New York City To Pay $18M To Protesters Wrongly Arrested At 2004 Republican Convention

The New York Daily News reports: Nearly 10 years after Madison Square Garden hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits brought by protesters and bystanders who claim they were wrongly arrested during the event. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who rallied Wednesday outside City Hall, called the agreement the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: NYPD Guards Precincts With Heavily Armed Cops In Wake Of Baton Rouge Attack

From the New York Daily News: Helmeted cops with high-powered guns have been posted at police precincts around the city to protect cops, the Daily News has learned. The move comes after three cops were killed in Baton Rouge Sunday and five in Dallas on July 7 in retaliation, authorities say, for recent high-profile fatal police shootings of black men ...

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TODAY: Massive Protest Planned At Trump Tower

Gays Against Guns, Queer Nation, and other gun control activists groups will stage a join “Stop The Hate, Stop The Guns” protest at 5PM this afternoon outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The protest is designed to coincide with the opening of the GOP convention and your participation is welcomed. Via press release: The GOP has drafted what ...

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Harlem Hate Preacher James David Manning: I Got A Threatening Letter From The White House [VIDEO]

Somebody used one of the many websites that offer bootleg White House stationery templates to send Harlem hate preacher James David Manning a nasty letter. And even though the letter is postmarked Oakland, California, Manning claims to believe that the letter indeed came from an Obama administration insider. Therefore, he is calling upon Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch an ...

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QUEENS: Outrage After Police Arrest Gay Man For Being “Momentarily” Nude On Popular Beach [VIDEO]

Mic reports: LGBTQ New Yorkers celebrating July 4 at Jacob Riis Beach — long a safe haven for the city’s LGBTQ community — witnessed U.S. Park Police carry a naked gay man by his towel as he screamed “Help me!” on Monday evening. In a video obtained by Mic, a group of police officers carried Brooklyn-based photographer Krys Fox off ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Man Critically Injured In Central Park Explosion, Bomb Squad On Scene, Fireworks Suspected

The explosion happened close to a memorial service for Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel, but despite what some are saying on Twitter, there’s no evidence that the incident is related. ABC News reports: A man was severely injured in an explosion in New York’s Central Park today, but it was not yet clear what caused the blast, police said. Three men ...

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TRAILER: Sully

Slate recaps: Tom Hanks is in full voice-of-authority mode in the trailer for Sully, Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film about Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, saving everyone aboard. The landing, from the plane’s initial encounter with a flock of geese to touchdown, took only three minutes and ended with everyone ...

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