Tag Archives: NYC

Transformer Explosion Lights Up NYC In Eerie Blue

ABC New York reports: A transformer exploded at a power plant in Queens Thursday night, lighting up the sky over New York City while causing some flight delays and scattered power outages. The power outages affected operations at LaGuardia Airport. There was a total ground stop at the airport for about a half hour before power was restored and flights …

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Bloomberg Ready To Spend $100M+ On 2020 WH Bid

CNBC reports: Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is prepared to spend well over the $100 million he put into his last campaign for New York City mayor if he runs for president in 2020. And he does not plan to accept any outside money from political action committees if he jumps into the race, CNBC has learned. Howard Wolfson, Bloomberg’s top political …

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NYC Rules Against Cabbie For Booting Gay Passenger

The New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings has upheld a ruling by the Taxi & Limousine Commission against cabbie Martin Morrison for ejecting a gay passenger. The New York Post reports: The male and female complainants said they got into Morrison’s cab at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 43rd Street in Manhattan just before 1 …

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Dance Of The Sugar Plum Lesbians

This story makes its fifteenth annual appearance on JMG… Grand Central Terminal functions as the mechanical heart of midtown New York City, pumping out several thousand workers and tourists on one beat, then sucking in several thousand more on the next. The rhythms of the terminal are fascinating. Beat. Four thousand, inbound from New Haven. Beat. Three thousand, outbound to …

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Brooklyn DA Vacates Low-Level Weed Convictions

AM New York reports: More than two dozen people with criminal records for misdemeanor marijuana possession received new leases on life Wednesday as the Brooklyn district attorney moved to erase the cumbersome convictions. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez agreed to vacate 28 convictions in court Wednesday morning as well as 1,422 outstanding warrants related to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, which he …

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NEW YORK: Gay State Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell Launches Campaign For New York City Public Advocate

Via press release: Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell, the first openly gay man elected to the New York State legislature who successfully led the fight for and passage of Marriage Equality in New York, was endorsed today in his race for New York City Public Advocate by the LGBTQ Victory Fund. Victory Fund is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to changing the …

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Google To Spend $1B On New West Village Campus

Talking Points Memo reports: Google today is announcing plans to invest over $1 billion in capital improvements to create a new 1.7-million-square-foot campus in Lower Manhattan, dubbed “Google Hudson Square.” As part of the New York City expansion, Google and Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in a blog post out this morning that the company “will have the …

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Brooklyn Rabbis Back Off Ban On Lesbian Comedian

The New York Daily News reports: City anti-discrimination law trumped religious rules in the case of a Jewish lesbian comic Brooklyn rabbis sought to bar from performing at a kosher restaurant on New Year’s Eve. The Vaad Harabanim of Flatbush had put the kosher kibosh on Leah Forster’s gig after it decided allowing the restaurant to host it would be …

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NYPD Makes Arrest In Subway Anti-Gay Hate Crime

The Associated Press reports: Police say they have arrested a man suspected of sucker-punching a woman and fracturing her spine in an anti-gay attack aboard a New York City subway train. Allah Allasheed was charged Thursday with assault as a hate crime in the Nov. 30 attack in Queens aboard a Manhattan-bound E train. The 54-year-old’s arrest comes days after …

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Brooklyn Rabbis Threaten To Yank Kosher Certification From Venues If Lesbian Comic Is Allowed To Perform

The New York Daily News reports: It may be kosher — but it’s not right. A popular Jewish comic from Brooklyn was booted from two different eateries because the local kosher police threatened to yank their religious stamp of approval on the food if a lesbian performed there. Leah Forster, 36, whose stand-up schtick features the insular Orthodox world she …

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NYPD Seeks Man For Allegedly Fracturing Woman’s Spine Over Subway Kiss With Another Woman [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A homophobic straphanger sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine – all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday. The man became incensed after he saw another woman peck the victim on the cheek Nov. 30 at about 5:10 p.m. aboard an E …

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CNN Building Evacuated After Late Night Bomb Threat

USA Today reports: Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad …

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Party For “America’s Mayor” Fizzles Because Trump

The New York Daily News reports: Plans for a party celebrating the 25-year anniversary of Rudy Giuliani becoming the mayor of New York City are “fizzling out” because the 74-year-old politico is “too toxic,” according to a source who was invited. Ideally, the fete was to have taken place at the New York Hilton hotel where Giuliani celebrated his election …

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Alec Baldwin Pleads Not Guilty To Parking Spot Assault

Courthouse News reports: Charged with assault and harassment after allegedly punching a man in the face over a parking space, the actor Alec Baldwin pleaded not guilty Monday at a New York arraignment. Police were told that a relative of Baldwin had been holding onto a parking space for the actor on East 10th Street when another driver swooped in, …

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Macy’s Parade Features Its First Same-Sex Kiss [VIDEO]

People Magazine reports: The cast of Broadway’s The Prom musical gave the LGBTQ community something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Actors, including leads Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, burst out of the theater and into the streets for Macy’s big holiday parade Thursday. Closing out their performance of the big number, Kinnunen and McCalla shared a kiss on …

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LIVE VIDEO: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

ABC New York reports: The 92nd edition of the iconic holiday event ushers in the season with its signature giant character balloons, floats, marching bands from around the country, whimsical performance groups, music’s biggest stars and the one-and-only Santa Claus. Since November of 1924, the Macy’s Parade has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 92nd …

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Arctic Blast Forecast Imperils Macy’s Parade Balloons

The Weather Channel reports: Another blast of cold air is expected to bring one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record for some Northeast cities. A strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle will descend southward across Canada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels you might expect on New Year’s Day, not Thanksgiving Day. New York …

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Accused Brooklyn Gay Basher Faces 15 Year Sentence

NBC News reports: Brandon McNamara, the suspect in a gay bashing in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg district, faces up to 15 years in prison for hate crimes he allegedly committed in late September. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said McNamara was arraigned Friday and charged with “second-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment …

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Amazon To Get $1.5B Tax Break For NYC Headquarters

The New York Daily News reports: Amazon will get $1.5 billion in tax breaks and grants from New York to host half its new headquarters in Long Island City. The company announced Tuesday, after weeks of speculation, that it will open new headquarters in Queens, and Arlington, Virginia. Each location is expected to be home to more than 25,000 employees, …

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Amazon To Split New HQ Between NYC And DC Suburb

Reuters reports: Amazon.com Inc will on Tuesday announce it has selected New York and Northern Virginia for its second headquarters, a source told Reuters, ending a more than year-long contest that has seen frenzied bidding from locales across North America. Amazon’s plan to split its second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2”, evenly between two cities will boost its presence around New York …

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