Cuomo begins 3rd term with Ellis Island speech

New York 01/01/19, 20:19

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun 2019 and his third term with an inaugural address on Ellis Island, promising the most progressive agenda in state history.The Democrat spoke Tuesday evening on the New York side of the island, which New York shares with New Jersey.Ellis Island was the nation's ...

NYC ban on plastic foam food containers takes effect

New York 01/01/19, 19:01

The new year means no more plastic foam coffee cups, takeout containers or packing peanuts in most places in the nation's largest city.New York City's long-planned ban took effect on Tuesday.The prohibition includes food containers and loose packing fill made from what's known as expanded polystyrene. Exceptions include butcher-counter containers ...

Hundreds take relatively mild Coney Island Polar Bear plunge

New York 01/01/19, 17:16

By the standards of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, it was practically a day at the beach for participants in the annual New Year's Day dip in the ocean off New York City.Hundreds of people took the plunge Tuesday afternoon, when the unseasonably warm temperature was in the high ...

Underwood closes unexpected tenure as NY attorney general

New York 12/31/18, 23:30

For a decade, Barbara Underwood was an apolitical force in New York, quietly serving as solicitor general before scandal thrust her into public view and gave her an unexpected promotion to become the state's first female attorney general. Now, the 74-year-old Democrat is going back to her old job after a ...

Times Square crowd braves rain to bid wet goodbye to 2018

New York 12/31/18, 22:10

A drenching rain didn't stop revelers from packing Times Square for New York City's New Year's Eve celebration, with much of the crowd determined to have a good time as they waited hours Monday night for performers including Christina Aguilera, Sting and Snoop Dogg. The soggy weather was in evidence as ...

Update: Times Square bidding wet goodbye to 2018

New York 12/31/18, 19:09

The Latest on New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Miserable weather hasn't stopped revelers from packing Times Square for New York City's New Year's Eve celebration. A drenching rain fell Monday on crowds that formed hours before entertainers including Sting and New Kids On The Block were ...

2 dead, 1 injured in Long Island house fire

New York 12/30/18, 22:36

Authorities say a 68-year-old woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter have died following a house fire on Long Island. WABC-TV reports that both victims succumbed to their injuries Sunday after being found unconscious inside the burning home. They were carried out by firefighters. The fire started around 3 a.m. at a two-story house ...

Ring in the new: NYPD drone to oversee Times Square revelry

New York 12/30/18, 10:33

It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square.The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep revelers — and ...

2 million in Times Square for New Year’s? Experts say no way

New York 12/29/18, 10:31

Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too. But 1 or 2 million people in New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve? As Snoop would say, you must be sippin' on gin and juice. Crowd-size experts scoff at those mammoth figures — floated annually by city officials and ...

NYC utility probes electric flash that lit sky in eerie blue

New York 12/28/18, 17:08

Electric utility Con Edison was working Friday to figure out what caused a high-voltage equipment failure that unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over New York City. The event Thursday caused power outages, briefly grounded flights at LaGuardia Airport and filled social media feeds with ...

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

New York 12/28/18, 13:25

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the retired archbishop has expanded to include serious allegations of misconduct. James Grein testified Thursday in New York before the judicial vicar ...

Original Woodstock site to host 50th anniversary concert

New York 12/28/18, 10:52

A three-day music festival will be held in August 2019 at the original Woodstock concert site to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic event.The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a concert venue built on the original Woodstock site, announced Thursday that it will host the golden anniversary event ...

Tesla names Oracle’s Ellison to board in SEC settlement

New York 12/28/18, 10:21

Tesla named Oracle's Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately.Musk got ...

Deep underground, new NYC train hub slowly takes shape

New York 12/28/18, 01:01

Deep in the bedrock 15 stories below New York's famous Grand Central Terminal is a cavernous construction site that is slowly and expensively being transformed into a commuter rail hub of its own that will accommodate more than 150,000 passengers a day.The East Side Access has been dogged by massive ...

NY man charged in kidnapping scheme involving Jewish sect

New York 12/27/18, 21:07

A New York man has been charged in the kidnapping of two children whose mother recently fled an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Guatemala. The FBI arrested Aron Rosner of Brooklyn this week on charges accusing him of providing financial assistance to members of the religious group Lev Tahor in an international ...

Officer in subway battle: ‘I’m trying to survive’; 3 charged

New York 12/27/18, 17:26

A police officer on patrol alone says he was just "trying to survive" as he fought off homeless men who came at him in a caught-on-video confrontation in a New York City subway station Sunday night. Officer Syed Ali, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, told reporters Thursday that he was flooded ...

Times Square New Year’s Eve ball gets some new sparkle

New York 12/27/18, 13:21

Preparations for New Year's Eve in Times Square are taking shape, and some of those shapes are 192 new crystal triangles on the famous ball.The new Waterford crystal triangles will join about 2,500 others Thursday on the big, sparkling sphere. Some new crystals are swapped in every year .This year's ...

NY baby is named after highway where she was born in a car

New York 12/27/18, 12:03

It was my way and the highway for a newborn New Yorker, who’s now named after the expressway where she was born in her parents’ minivan as they raced to a hospital. Alie Albarracin arrived around 3 a.m. Wednesday as parents Maria and Ivan Albarracin headed east on the Long Island ...