Cops Ticketing a Manspreading Subway Rider End Up Catching a Murderer

Early in the morning on October 28, transit officers on an A train at Columbus Circle in Manhattan were about to write 43-year-old Gregory White a ticket for the disorderly-conduct offense of taking up more than one subway seat. When they went to run his name through the system, they discovered that White was wanted… »10/30/15 1:15pm10/30/15 1:15pm

Thinx Underwear and the MTA May Have Called a Truce Over the Word 'Period'

Earlier this week, the “period-proof” panties company Thinx and New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority seemed to be at odds over the use of the word “period” in some new subway ads. Now the MTA has retreated a bit—the flailing corporation just takes forever to make decisions.
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'Period' Is Too Much for Subway Ads, Says MTA, But Cleavage-Heavy Implant Ads Are A-OK

New York City has rules for their subway ads, which can’t look too racy. And a set of new ads by Thinx, a company peddling knickers for women who’d like the option of forgoing pads and tampons during menstruation, have proven to be just too much for NYC’s (inconsistently) prim sensibilities. »10/21/15 6:50pm10/21/15 6:50pm

The NYC Housing Market Is Now So Bleak That People Would Happily Live in a Bar Bathroom

We’ve all heard stories about friends of friends who have braved New York City’s steep real estate prices by living in a walk-in closet, or a 200-square-foot water tower, or a converted brick pizza oven. Last week, bartender Alana Reali came face-to-face with the depressing shit show that is the New York housing… »10/12/15 11:30am10/12/15 11:30am

New York City Is Still Plugging Away at the Whole Topless Ladies Thing

The amount of time spent by the New York City government on the question of Times Square’s off-brand costumed performers and bare-breasted “desnudas” continues to compound, as a mayoral task force recommends rules for “when and where” they can pester tourists for money. Isn’t it great that literally all of the city’s… »10/01/15 10:25am10/01/15 10:25am

Woman Claims She Was Fired From Synagogue Job for Having Premarital Sex 

The oldest Jewish synagogue in the United States allegedly fired one of its longtime employees after finding out the woman was pregnant at the time of her wedding. Alana Shultz was working as a program director for the Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan since 2004. On June 28, she married her fiancé in an… »9/23/15 9:30pm9/23/15 9:30pm

New York City to Finally Provide More Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims 

For the first time since 2009, New York City is planning to add more beds in emergency and transitional shelters for victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is believed to be one of the driving forces behind the city’s skyrocketing homelessness problem, along with mental illness and unemployment. »9/21/15 11:50am9/21/15 11:50am

Unholy New York Scalpers Are Selling Tickets to See Pope Francis for Thousands of Dollars 

On September 25, Pope Francis will travel through Central Park to meet New York’s faithful. In preparation, New Yorkers are doing what they do best: trying to fleece each other out of a few bucks. Enterprising scalpers jockeying for their place in Hell reserved free papal visit tickets and are now trying to sell them… »9/14/15 6:10pm9/14/15 6:10pm

After NYC Reduced Funding For STD Clinics, STD Rates Skyrocketed

In March of this year, the most popular free STD clinic in New York City was shut down. BuzzFeed reports it was the third closing of a major NYC clinic in five years, and one of the many “discreet changes” to public health services made since 2010. Turns out, when you spends less money on STD prevention, STD rates go… »8/31/15 12:10pm8/31/15 12:10pm

Suicide in the Ultra-Orthodox Community, Where the Dead Come First 

No one knows how many ultra-orthodox men and women kill themselves every year. It’s hard to know when there are so many ways to die in silence, by drugs, by overdose, by drowning. The victims leave no note, and it all goes by—the announcement, the burial—as if it were an accident, just another self-destructive tragedy.
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