NY budget: New Manhattan tolls, statewide plastic bag ban

New York 03/31/19, 23:37

A statewide ban on plastic bags and first-in-the-nation tolls for motorists entering the busiest sections of Manhattan are coming to New York under a new state budget that takes several ambitious steps to address long-standing environmental and transportation challenges.Lawmakers worked through the night Sunday to pass the $175.5 billion spending ...

A look at key items in New York’s $175.5 billion budget plan

New York 03/31/19, 21:09

Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced Sunday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through electronic devices placed around ...

German train car arrives in New York for Auschwitz exhibit

New York 03/31/19, 18:41

On a Sunday morning, a crane lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage — a vintage German train car like those used to transport men, women and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. The windowless boxcar is among 700 Holocaust artifacts, ...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban approved in New York budget

New York 03/31/19, 13:55

Drivers traveling into the busiest sections of Manhattan will be charged a toll starting in 2021 and single-use plastic bags will be banned across New York state in less than a year under a $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced early Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.Lawmakers planned ...

Attorney: NBA star Kristaps Porzingis is accused of rape

Basketball 03/30/19, 21:42

An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but "unequivocally" denies the allegation.Lawyer Roland Riopelle (RYE'-oh-pell) said Saturday that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.Citing unidentified law enforcement officials, ...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY

New York 03/30/19, 10:46

New tolls to drive into parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags are two of the biggest proposals poised for approval as New York state lawmakers work to pass a new state budget before a Monday deadline. Other measures expected to be included in the $175 billion ...

New York City may try tolling its way out of traffic mess

Business 03/29/19, 13:49

Long-ringed by some of the most expensive toll roads in the U.S., New York City is poised to take things even further with a plan to charge drivers who motor into the most congested parts of Manhattan.The plan would make New York the first U.S. city to join the ranks ...

Banker: German fraudster spoke ‘language’ of banking world

New York 03/28/19, 15:26

A New York banker says the alleged German fraudster Anna Sorokin seemed to "speak the language" of the financial world during her attempt to obtain a multimillion-dollar loan.Ryan Salem of City National Bank told a Manhattan jury Thursday that his bank denied a request to finance a private arts club ...

Heiress hoax scores woman celebrity treatment, and charges

U.S. 03/27/19, 00:15

Anna Sorokin traveled in celebrity circles and tossed $100 tips — all the more reason to believe she was the German heiress she said she was. But behind the jet-set lifestyle and pricy threads, prosecutors say, was a fraudster who bilked friends, banks and hotels for a taste of the ...

Mikaela in Manhattan: Shiffrin scripts marvelous ski season

Sports 03/24/19, 11:02

Mikaela Shiffrin generally whizzes past mountain gates at 80 mph. She had a much harder time maneuvering through the crowd at Macy's.The 24-year-old skier arrived in Manhattan to celebrate the end of a record-setting season, which included an unprecedented 17 World Cup wins and her third straight overall title. Lindsey ...

Tough choices as NY budget talks hit home stretch

New York 03/23/19, 12:15

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline.A proposal for Manhattan congestion pricing to fund the ailing transit system is still alive in the spending plan negotiations, ...

Feds seek return of ‘Amorous Couple’ art looted by Nazis

New York 03/21/19, 14:56

The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine near World War II's end.Manhattan prosecutors said Thursday that "An Amorous Couple," by Pierre Louis Goudreaux, was stolen from the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of ...

Critics question policy on photos of climbable NYC sculpture

New York 03/19/19, 15:32

Days after a climbable sculpture called the Vessel opened at New York's Hudson Yards megadevelopment, critics are questioning a policy that grants the attraction's owners broad rights to use photos posted by visitors.The 150-foot lattice of stairways opened Friday on Manhattan's west side.Terms and conditions that visitors must click on ...

Statue of Liberty protester gets probation

U.S. 03/19/19, 10:13

A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty last July 4 to protest the separation of families at the Mexican border has been sentenced to five years' probation and 200 hours of community service.Therese Okoumou entered the Manhattan federal courthouse on Tuesday with clear tape all over ...

New York’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development opens

New York 03/15/19, 12:10

New York's $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public.People lined up on Friday to climb the 2,500 steps to the top of a massive sculpture named Vessel.It's the visual centerpiece of a complex of high-rises on Manhattan's West Side with luxury commercial and residential space, including about ...

NYC mayor: Extend shoreline to protect city from storms

U.S. 03/14/19, 12:26

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet (152 meters).The Democratic mayor announced the plan Thursday after previewing it in New York magazine ...

New York inaugurates its $25 billion mini-city, Hudson Yards

New York 03/13/19, 23:02

A towering sculpture called Vessel — made up of 2,500 twisting steps the public can climb — is scheduled to open Friday as the visual centerpiece of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex on Manhattan's West Side that is the city's most ambitious development since the rebuilding of the ...

Alicia Keys memoir ‘More Myself’ coming on November

Entertainment 03/13/19, 12:40

Alicia Keys has a memoir coming out in November, to be published by Oprah Winfrey's imprint.Flatiron Books announced Wednesday that Keys' "More Myself" will be released Nov. 5 through Winfrey's "An Oprah Book" imprint. Flatiron is calling the memoir a "360-degree perspective" on her life, from her childhood in the ...

New York, feds join to get 100K rape kits tested around US

New York 03/12/19, 16:31

Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It's estimated that another 155,000 or more sex assault evidence kits ...

Feel like climbing 2,500 steps? Head to new NYC sculpture

New York 03/11/19, 15:07

A colossal sculpture that will give people more than 150 interconnected stairways to climb is opening to the public as part of New York City's Hudson Yards development. Vessel is a metal structure shaped like the bowl of a wine glass that will open Friday as part of the first phase ...

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