Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAl Baker July 15, 2018 An unarmed black man holding a cellphone, Stephon Clark, is fatally shot in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento and residents ask whether the officers only saw race when pulling their triggers 20 times. Saheed Vassell, a mentally ill black man waving a pistol-shaped metal car part at pedestrians, is gunned down by police officers on a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and the outrage focuses on whether deep-seated prejudices fueled the quick use of deadly force. Two black men are led in handcuffs from a Starbucks in Philadelphia and alarm bells go off: Had the officers unconsciously adopted the racial bias of the store employee who called the police? While explicit bias remains part of the fabric of life in the United States, elected leaders and chiefs of police have … [Read more...] about Confronting Implicit Bias in the New York Police Department
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByBenjamin Weiser July 15, 2018 When Ng Lap Seng, a Chinese billionaire, was sentenced to four years in prison in May in a wide-ranging bribery case, the judge gave him two months — until July 10 — to begin serving his time. But as that date approached, Mr. Ng’s lawyers asked the judge for two additional months, to give Mr. Ng “sufficient time to get his complex business affairs in order.” The government objected, arguing that Mr. Ng, 70, was trying “to put off prison as long as possible on the ground that he is a successful businessman.” “That request is unwarranted, inequitable and should be denied,” a prosecutor wrote. The judge, Vernon S. Broderick of Federal District Court in Manhattan, denied Mr. Ng’s request for a two-month delay, but a new dispute … [Read more...] about Chinese Billionaire Asks to Delay Prison Sentence Yet Again
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Grace Notes ByJames Barron July 15, 2018 Year after year for more than a decade now, Karen Karbiener has led summer-semester students from Columbia University along a side street in Brooklyn framed in the distance by the rusty-looking trestle of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. They hoped to cross the threshold in the middle of the block that Walt Whitman crossed when he lived there, which was when he published “Leaves of Grass.” Usually, someone inside opened the door of the unprepossessing rowhouse and, after Ms. Karbiener explained their mission, let them in. Something was different last year. They tried the half-dozen doorbells, but no one came to the door. From across the street, someone shouted: “She’s renovating.” It was not clear who “she” was. But the students, … [Read more...] about Seeking a Second Chance at Landmark Status, Aluminum Siding and All
The World Cup in New York City JULY 15, 2018 World Cup 2018 Outside of Russia, there might have been no better place to see the World Cup than at a Belgian bistro in Times Square. Or at a Senegalese social club in Harlem, a Croatia-friendly beer garden in Astoria, a Russian bathhouse in Sheepshead Bay or a tiny Mexican taqueria in Sunset Park. And we can prove it, because we were there. 1 Quarterfinals: 🇧🇷 Brazil vs Belgium 🇧🇪 Before the Kickoff 2 Round of 16: 🇭🇷 Croatia vs Denmark 🇩🇰 Croatia Wins Penalty Shootout 3 Round of 16: 🇨🇴 Colombia vs England 🇬🇧 Colombia Goal Called off by Referee 4 Semifinal: 🇫🇷 France vs Belgium 🇧🇪 France Advances to the Final 5 Semifinal: 🇬🇧 England vs Croatia 🇭🇷 England's Dreams Are Dashed 6 Group D: 🇳🇬 Nigeria vs Argentina 🇦🇷 … [Read more...] about Watch New Yorkers React to the World Cup
ENTERTAINMENT 07/15/2018 03:04 am ET Trio accuses countess of failing to set up trust for kids as stipulated in divorce settlement. By Mary Papenfuss Real Housewife of New York star Luann de Lesseps has been sued by her former husband and their two children in a fight over money, reports E! News. The countess was hit with the suit Thursday by former husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps and their grown children, Noel and Victoria de Lesseps. The three claim in court documents obtained by Radar Online that de Lesseps ignored a stipulation in her 2009 divorce settlement that she establish a trust fund for the kids using half of the proceeds from the sale of the former couple’s home in Bridgehampton, Long Island. Instead, according to the suit, de Lesseps sold the home for $8 million in 2014, bought a $3.1 million home for herself in Sag Harbor, and failed to establish the trust. The lawsuit also accuses de Lesseps of … [Read more...] about ‘RHONY’ Star Luann De Lesseps Sued By Ex-Husband, Children
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByRick Rojas July 13, 2018 NEWARK — Linda Daniels had fallen behind on her electricity bills, her meter run up by medical equipment going around the clock and increasingly hot weather. But on July 3, her family said, they pulled together $500 to pay down her debts, believing it would maintain her service. Two days later, her electricity was shut off. It was a sweltering day and temperatures in Newark soared into the 90s. Ms. Daniels’s house was stifling, the air so stuffy that her daughter said it was difficult to breathe. Even more serious: Ms. Daniels relied on an oxygen machine, and it required electricity. Ms. Daniels, 68, had various ailments, including congestive heart failure, her relatives said, and in recent months she had been placed in hospice care as her health declined. Her doctors had not … [Read more...] about ‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByWilliam Neuman July 13, 2018 The former city comptroller John C. Liu is making another attempt at a political comeback, declaring himself a candidate against State Senator Tony Avella of Queens, a member of the now disbanded group of breakaway Democrats reviled by progressives. Mr. Liu’s decision to run, and the requisite last-minute petition drive — his supporters started collecting signatures last week and submitted them to the Board of Elections on Thursday — come on the heels of the recent surprise primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive political newcomer who dethroned Representative Joseph Crowley, energizing the Democratic Party’s left wing and shaking up politics in Queens, where Mr. Crowley holds outsize influence. Mr. Avella’s district partially overlaps … [Read more...] about John Liu Plots a Comeback Trail, Targeting a Renegade Democrat
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAlex Vadukul July 13, 2018 A young filmmaker named Arya Ghavamian recently visited Ray’s Candy Store in the East Village with his camera. Behind a worn blue counter, a teenage girl slathered melted cheese onto a hot dog for a customer. The narrow fluorescent-lit shop opened on Avenue A in 1974, and it is cluttered with old radios, ice-cream machines and hand-drawn signs advertising treats like deep-fried Twinkies. The scrawl on a board outside reads: “Everything Made With Love.” Mr. Ghavamian, 26, has spent the last three years making a documentary about this gnarly Alphabet City holdout, which is open 24 hours a day, and its beloved owner: Ray Alvarez, the 85-year-old Iranian immigrant and East Village celebrity known for working night shifts and bearing witness to the neighborhood’s … [Read more...] about The Unlikely Tale of the Iranian Sailor Who Became a Candy Store Poet
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by New York City has built more than 70 pedestrian plazas in the last 10 years as a way to improve traffic flow. To many, they look like parks in the street. ByJames Barron Photographs byVictor Llorente July 13, 2018 A decade ago, when Dr. Pezhman Hourizadeh opened his optometry practice in Corona, Queens, his storefront faced a street that was only a block long and mainly served as a parking lot for vans from nearby moving companies. “Patients who came by in cars couldn’t come in,” he recalled. The streetscape is different now. There is no street. The city closed it as the first step in creating a plaza, a $5.4 million project that changed the look and feel of the block. Nowadays, the view from Dr. Hourizadeh’s waiting area is of people sitting at tables shaded by orange umbrellas. What … [Read more...] about Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Big City ByGinia Bellafante July 13, 2018 On an infernal afternoon this week, hundreds of women gathered in Union Square in the name of protecting reproductive rights and in protest, implicitly, of a flimflam progressivism that allows New York to market itself to the country as a polestar of liberal sanctity. The immediate impetus for the rally was the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, a move that could bring the reversal of Roe v. Wade closer to reality. But the real news for anyone who might have wandered into the event, exiting from Whole Foods with locally grown strawberries and little knowledge of the state’s legal code, is that New York’s own abortion laws place it nearer to the sentiments of the “Handmaid’s … [Read more...] about God Made Andrew Cuomo a Feminist. What Kind?