Vintage plane, soon to become bar, tours Times Square

New York 03/23/19, 16:07

A vintage plane that went from flying passengers in the 1950s to running drugs in the 1970s visited Times Square on Saturday before its next transformation into a cocktail lounge at the former TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport. The fuselage of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation is spending the weekend in Times ...

Reel-y? New beer can double as motion picture film developer

New York 03/23/19, 14:02

Kodak says a new beer hitting the market can be used to develop its Super 8 movie film.Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware created its SuperEIGHT beer after a conversation with people at Kodak, the upstate New York technology company most famous for its photographic roots.Dogfish learned from Kodak that ...

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, ...

Prosecutor who probed President Trump’s ex-lawyer quits

New York 03/22/19, 18:56

The prosecutor who led a New York probe of President Donald Trump's former personal attorney for the last year is stepping down. Robert Khuzami, 62, who presided over the case that led to guilty pleas by attorney Michael Cohen, will leave his post April 12. Cohen has since been disbarred. A release ...

Judge says New York’s stun gun ban is unconstitutional

New York 03/22/19, 18:28

New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday in the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the loosening of restrictions on the weapons in several states. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by Matthew Avitabile, of ...

UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

New York 03/22/19, 18:07

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."Speaking a week after the terrorist attacks on two mosques ...

Robert Durst faces new lawsuit in death of first wife

New York 03/22/19, 16:35

The legal saga surrounding real estate scion Robert Durst found yet another venue Friday, as a new lawsuit accused him of killing his first wife in New York and disposing of her body in 1982. The wrongful death claim, filed in state court, came two years after a judge declared Kathleen ...

Global feet: Running 62 marathons for water awareness

New York 03/22/19, 10:54

Try running 100 marathons in 100 days over seven continents. Sound impossible? Ultra-marathoner and water activist Mina Guli came close — all in an effort to raise awareness about global water shortages and how to prevent them. The 48-year-old Australian started at the New York City Marathon, posted daily updates on Twitter ...

Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags

New York 03/21/19, 16:07

Rosa Ferrigno's new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags.The 75-year-old woman from Greece in western New York whiled away the winter knitting a skirt and jacket from filmy brown bags scissored into thin strips that were tied together to ...

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 ...

Mom of slain runner testifies at retrial

New York 03/20/19, 15:30

The mother of a New York City runner says she remembers "screaming in the streets" when she learned her daughter had been slain.The Daily News says Catherine Vetrano battled tears as she testified Tuesday at the retrial of Chanel Lewis.Vetrano says she had just returned home in Howard Beach, Queens, ...

School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

New York 03/19/19, 23:09

Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.Several groups sent representatives to Albany Tuesday, including the PTA, Rural Schools Association and Association of School Business Officials.The rally came a day after the New York State School Boards Association ...

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 ...

NY mulls medication-assisted opioid treatment in all lockups

New York 03/19/19, 06:08

Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into Nassau County jail and withdrawal started kicking ...

Poll: Ocasio-Cortez was to blame for losing Amazon second HQ deal

New York 03/18/19, 15:41

Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday. The Siena College poll of registered voters ...

Supreme Court won’t intervene in historic synagogue dispute

New York 03/18/19, 10:54

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation.The Congregation Jeshuat Israel in Newport, Rhode Island, ...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

New York 03/17/19, 23:05

The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, ...

De Blasio calls Obama’s early days in office ‘a lost window’

New York 03/17/19, 19:29

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama's early days in office were "a lost window." Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the Affordable Care Act, Obama's ...

Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

New York 03/16/19, 17:37

A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday in the shooting death of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, New York City police said. Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives Dermot ...

Capitol Watch: Will state budget be late?

New York 03/16/19, 11:02

On-time budgets have long been a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to demonstrate government effectiveness.That's why it is noteworthy that Cuomo's top budget director is now warning the budget may not pass before the April 1 deadline because of disagreements with Cuomo's fellow Democrats in ...