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March 10, 2013

In what could be a huge step for NYC, current City Council speaker Christine Quinn has officially dropped her hat into the ring to become the potential successor to Michael Bloomberg. This is a big deal—if she wins, she would be both the first female mayor of the city, along with the first openly-gay NYC mayor. Here’s her introductory video.

15:05 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
Julio Acevedo, the man suspected in the hit and run that killed a young family (including a just-born child), turned himself in Wednesday. The 44-year-old ex-con was arrested in a convenience store parking lot in Pennsylvania.

Julio Acevedo, the man suspected in the hit and run that killed a young family (including a just-born child), turned himself in Wednesday. The 44-year-old ex-con was arrested in a convenience store parking lot in Pennsylvania.

9:37 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2013
Expectant Brooklyn couple killed in car crash, baby later dies
UPDATE: About 12 hours after we posted this, it was reported the young baby died, making this sad tale much sadder. The update below reflects the news as of last night.
Two lives end, one life begins: This story will make you very sad. Early Sunday morning, Nathan Glauber and Raizy Glauber, two expectant parents and newlyweds who lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, were rushing to the doctor’s office when the cab they were in was broadsided by a car. The 21-year-old parents both died in the crash; however, the child survived, and the baby boy was born prematurely. The couple, part of the Satmar Hasidic sect of Judaism, were buried later Sunday in the ceremony shown above. “It’s very hard for me,” said Yitzchok Silberstein, Raizy Glauber’s father. “But I have to say that whatever God does is right, even if I do not understand, he has a plan.” A real heartbreak of a tale. (photo by Robert Stolarik/The New York Times)

Expectant Brooklyn couple killed in car crash, baby later dies

UPDATE: About 12 hours after we posted this, it was reported the young baby died, making this sad tale much sadder. The update below reflects the news as of last night.

Two lives end, one life begins: This story will make you very sad. Early Sunday morning, Nathan Glauber and Raizy Glauber, two expectant parents and newlyweds who lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, were rushing to the doctor’s office when the cab they were in was broadsided by a car. The 21-year-old parents both died in the crash; however, the child survived, and the baby boy was born prematurely. The couple, part of the Satmar Hasidic sect of Judaism, were buried later Sunday in the ceremony shown above. “It’s very hard for me,” said Yitzchok Silberstein, Raizy Glauber’s father. “But I have to say that whatever God does is right, even if I do not understand, he has a plan.” A real heartbreak of a tale. (photo by Robert Stolarik/The New York Times)

22:46 // 1 year ago
February 13, 2013
Michael Bloomberg’s next potential regulatory victim? Foam-based packaging, such as trays, cups and bowls. The Soup Nazi would not approve, though the environment might dig the NYC mayor’s move. (photo by Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times)

Michael Bloomberg’s next potential regulatory victim? Foam-based packaging, such as trays, cups and bowls. The Soup Nazi would not approve, though the environment might dig the NYC mayor’s move. (photo by Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times)

23:18 // 1 year ago
February 1, 2013
Ed Koch, the iconic former New York City mayor who died Friday, has some of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s last words — “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” — on his tombstone. Koch explained his reasoning for doing this in a 2011 blog post for The Huffington Post: “I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.”
Pearl was brutally murdered by al-Qaeda terrorists after being kidnapped in Pakistan in 2002, with his death videotaped and used as a propaganda tool. He died on February 1, 2002, eleven years ago exactly — making Koch’s usage of Pearl’s words symbolic in another way.

Ed Koch, the iconic former New York City mayor who died Friday, has some of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s last words — “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” — on his tombstone. Koch explained his reasoning for doing this in a 2011 blog post for The Huffington Post: “I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.”

Pearl was brutally murdered by al-Qaeda terrorists after being kidnapped in Pakistan in 2002, with his death videotaped and used as a propaganda tool. He died on February 1, 2002, eleven years ago exactly — making Koch’s usage of Pearl’s words symbolic in another way.

22:24 // 1 year ago
January 26, 2013

Michael Bloomberg loves giving his old university money, guys

  • $350 million the amount Michael Bloomberg is giving his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, in the latest round of philantropy
  • $1.1 billion the amount Bloomberg has given the university over his entire lifetime; clearly, the alumni foundation didn’t lose his info source

» The inevitable fawning regarding the idea: ”Words can simply not capture the incredible debt of gratitude that we owe to Mike and the amazing sense of fortune that we have in being able to claim him not merely as a graduate but as a graduate who so clearly understands us and has given so much of his time, his passion and his philanthropy,” Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said regarding the donation. “We’re just incredibly fortunate.” Yeah, pretty much, bro.

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20:21 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
Basically it was sixty to zero. When we hit the dock everybody went flying.
Sea Streak Ferry passenger Steve Mann • Discussing the crash that happened in lower Manhattan earlier this morning, which left nearly 60 people injured. The ferry hit two loading docks during the crash, and many passengers were sent to nearby hospitals.
11:53 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013
The NYS 2100 commission, one of four that Mr. Cuomo established in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, is tasked with evaluating and recommending changes to the state’s infrastructure to better prepare for the harsher weather expected in the future. Its broad 175-page study says the state should consider storm barriers with movable gates that would span the Narrows, at a cost of tens of billions of dollars, and endorses a variety of “soft infrastructure” investments like building dunes and wetlands and oyster reefs, which were more prevalent along New York’s coastline in the 1800s.
New York State Storm Panel Recommends Major Changes - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)

(via rubenfeld)

1:28 // 1 year ago
January 1, 2013
13:19 // 1 year ago
The scene from Times Square as the clock struck midnight. (NBC photo; ht BreakingNews)

The scene from Times Square as the clock struck midnight. (NBC photo; ht BreakingNews)

0:58 // 1 year ago