How Racism Is Driving New York City's Gentrification

With the snow finally thawed and spring officially in full gear, New York is back in the swing of things and residents are remembering why they endure five months of tundra bullshit and exorbitant rent to live in (maybe) the greatest city in the world. Now that spirits are high again, it seems like a good time to look… » 5/12/15 4:10pm 5/12/15 4:10pm

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Plans to Raise Fast Food Wages On His Own

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put the fast food industry on notice when he proposed to raise fast food wages in the Empire State through use of an appointed “Wage Board,” circumventing the state legislature. But do such powers fall under his purview? Actually, most likely yes. » 5/07/15 9:15pm 5/07/15 9:15pm

Uber Took Nearly a Week to Give Police Name of Sexually Harassing Driver

On April 30, a 31-year-old New York woman took an Uber home around 2:30 a.m. from her DJ gig on the Lower East Side. The woman, who we’re not identifying by name, says she fell asleep in the car and awoke to find her driver caressing her face. The woman says the driver then jumped in the back of the car and tried to… » 5/06/15 5:00pm 5/06/15 5:00pm

Kayaker Vanishes, Fiancee Charged with Murder After Mysterious Accident

The fiancée of a missing man from Upstate New York has been charged with murder, after police came to doubt her story that his kayak had capsized during a night trip down the Hudson River. Angelika Graswald, 35, said that her fiancéVincent Viafore, 46, had been pulled under around 7:30 p.m. during an April 19 trip,… » 5/01/15 1:00pm 5/01/15 1:00pm

Shock Jock Suspended for Gross Comments About City Council Speaker 

Curtis Sliwa, a radio host and all-purpose “personality,” has been suspended from his regular commentating gig on New York 1 because he can’t stop telling the public about how badly he wants to have sex with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. He recently described the speaker as “extraordinarily hot.” » 4/29/15 7:40pm 4/29/15 7:40pm

Facebook Can Now Serve Your Divorce Papers

Got a spouse you can’t find? Need a divorce but can’t get the other person to sit down and sign those papers? Well, things are about to change. A New York judge has just issued a landmark ruling which allows divorce papers to be served through Facebook messages. And as long as the papers are sent every week for three… » 4/06/15 12:50pm 4/06/15 12:50pm

Italian American Museum Evicts 85-Year-Old Italian-American Grandma 

Welcome to the new New York: the Italian American Museum, located in what's left of Little Italy, is evicting an 85-year-old Italian-American grandmother surviving on food stamps and Social Security who lives in a building they own. Adele Sarno has lived in her two-bedroom apartment since the 1960s and would like to… » 3/26/15 11:40am 3/26/15 11:40am

When the Opera Acts Like It's Never Seen a Black Person Before

The man at the opera tells me I'm disgusting, but in a lot of ways, he's lucky. There is no moisture in the air. I slept the night before in braids. It's a matinee, so I'm holding a very strong day vibe: more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance. My hair is being tame for my… » 1/20/15 12:10pm 1/20/15 12:10pm