Bring it on home: New York City

Who and where • Diane Chisholm of St. Charles with granddaughters Alex (left) and Sydney (right) of Lenexa, Kan., at the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The trip • They traveled in June, visiting the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, Times Square, Central Park and more. Travel tip • Don’t be afraid to get lost in the Big Apple. Ride the subways and discover the diversity of New York. Contribute • Email your photo to [email protected] Include the full names of everyone in the photo, including where they are from and where you are standing in the photo. Also include your address and phone number. Please also tell us a little about the trip and a travel tip. We’re looking for interesting, well-composed, well-lighted photos. Continue Reading

Former Daily Newser Rebecca Davis takes home New York Emmy as WNBC takes top honors

WNBC was rolling in gold Sunday at the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards. The station's 11 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts took top honors, and Tom Llamas, who anchors at noon and 5 p.m., snared the best anchor award. "Anchoring is something that was new to me," Llamas said. "WNBC took the time and I think it's paid off." Llamas' 5 p.m. co-anchor Shiba Russell also took home several Emmys as did their Ch. 4 colleague Andrew Siff. WABC's weekend meteorologist Amy Freeze grabbed the prize for best weather anchor. Univision's WXTV/Channel 41 took home the award for best morning newscast and WNYW/Channel 5 Investigative reporter Arnold Diaz added two Emmys to his mantle. In sports, MSG's Al Trautwig won for sports on-camera talent, YES Network's Ian Eagle copped the play-by-play award and Keith Hernandez was victorious for his work on SNY in the analyst category. Rebecca Davis, a former Daily News Website producer/editor, won an Emmy for her 10th anniversary 9/11 feature, and Daily News photographer Julia Xanthos was nominated for her work in the religion category. WNET, which last year marked 50 years in existence, was recognized with the prestigious Governor's Award. In all, 114 awards were handed out during the glitzy evening at the Mariott Marquis. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Mayor Bloomberg says census figures shortchange New York City

We wuz robbed! New census figures claim there are fewer than 8.2 million New Yorkers in the city - but critics say the Census Bureau flubbed the count and missed hundreds of thousands more. "It just doesn't make any sense at all," Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday. "When three boroughs go up dramatically, and the two most populous boroughs don't, something's wrong." The Census Bureau claims 8,175,133 people were living in New York when it counted heads last spring. That's the highest number ever, but still just a meager 2.1% increase from 10 years before. Staten Island grew 5.6%, the Bronx grew 3.9% and Manhattan went up 3.2%, the census reported. Brooklyn rose just 1.6%, and Queens saw a mere 1,343 new residents over an entire decade, the census data show - figures that seem maddeningly low to the people who live there. "I'm flabbergasted by these numbers," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. "I know they made a big, big mistake." City officials said the census likely missed new immigrants, including those who are here illegally or are living in illegally subdivided homes. New York gained 170,000 new homes in the last decade, they said, so it's preposterous to think the population rose by only 166,000. The census claimed the number of vacant apartments rose in Brooklyn and Queens, where two-thirds of the city's immigrants live. City experts suspect census-takers declared them empty because immigrant residents were afraid to be counted by a government worker. "I invite census officials who believe that our population is stagnant to go on tour with me and discover the difference," said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Joseph Salvo, the city's top demographer, thinks the city's true population is closer to 8.4million - so the feds missed between 225,000 and 260,000 New Yorkers. The Census Bureau's own 2009 estimate of the city's population was 8,391,881, but it was based on demographic formulas, not an actual head count. Continue Reading

Famous New York home used in ‘Stepmom’ and ‘The Bounty Hunter’ on the market for $3.3M

Talk about celebrity home. New York mansion that starred as the set in "Stepmom" and "The Bounty Hunter" just hit the market for $3.3 million, according to real estate blog Hooked on Houses. Nyack, N.Y., features eight-bedrooms and a total 5,200 square feet, according to the home listing. Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts. Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. Hudson River from almost every room, a patio and 1.5 acres of manicured landscaping. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Apartment therapy: A peek into the homes of New York’s best designers

With Fashion Week kicking off Thursday, designers are holed up in their studios as a creative frenzy whirls around them. But there’s one place that’s a peaceful solace: their apartments.For those who have ever wanted to peek into the lives of New York’s fashion royalty, clear a spot on the coffee table for "American Fashion Designers at Home."New York writer, stylist and photographer Rima Suqi crept into the closets of the country’s style arbiters for the book, ­published by Assouline, out Tuesday (at "There are a wide variety of homes in the book, from a 1,300-square-foot apartment on the upper East Side to a 30,000-square-foot house in Los Angeles," says Suqi, who profiled 115 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America."But the one thing that is the same across the board is that all the homes are beautiful. These are all creative people and they all have interior designer and architect friends." The book shows how a designer’s taste translates to their living space, and the results are often surprising.“It’s like you are walking down a street in the West Village at night and you catch a glimpse of this beautiful home and you get to make up your own theory about who lives there,” the author says. “A lot of these homes are beautiful but normal spaces, and they’re not always super-perfect either.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Hofstra Pride head coach Tom Pecora prefers to recruit New York City talent

The season seemed to be crumbling right before Tom Pecora's eyes. The Hofstra Pride entered Thursday's practice having lost six of its last eight games, falling to 9-9 after a 7-3 start. The roster had been crippled; freshman Chaz Williams was hobbled with a sprained right ankle, and first-year forward David Imes was out by a right leg injury. Hours later, the Pride would learn that junior Brad Kelleher, a talented guard from Australia, was ineligible for the season. All this, and Hofstra was scheduled to play red-hot William & Mary on Saturday.Yet Pecora barely noticed. The Hofstra coach quietly paced the sidelines and joked with passers-by. He stopped practice a few times to chide players for lackadaisical play, and once called out to forward Halil Kanacevic to "take it strong" instead of firing a fadeaway. There was never any hint of tension or concern in Pecora's voice, because the coach didn't believe that his team was in danger. He built his squad to survive these rough situations. "We have a bunch of gritty New York City guys on this team," he said later. "They've got this competitive nature. They'll find ways to win."It's a squad that's been constructed in the mold of its coach. Since taking over in 2001, Pecora has been building around underrated players from New York City, the place where he was born and raised. In the age of Internet recruiting sites and ESPN high school games of the week, Pecora's approach to recruiting is a throwback. The city's other local programs have gradually adapted their recruiting strategies, canvassing the U.S. - sometimes the globe - for top-flight players.But the 51-year-old Pecora is both stubborn and content in recruiting exclusively in his backyard; from defending PSAL champion Lincoln to lesser-known programs like Gompers in the Bronx, he scours virtually every area school for talent. Other local programs also recruit the city heavily, but Hofstra has enough of a national reputation to venture outside the Big Apple. Continue Reading

Derartu Tulu takes home New York City Marathon as Paula Radcliffe falters in women’s race

On a day of unexpected finishes, the most surprising might have been Paula Radcliffe's worst career showing at a big-city marathon.Radcliffe, the women's world record-holder and two-time defending New York City Marathon champion, was slowed by a leg injury at the 11-mile mark Sunday and faded from the lead pack with just over three miles to go. Going for her fourth marathon win in the Big Apple, she instead finished fourth in 2:29:27, her worst time not counting the 2:32:38 she ran for 23rd at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Suffering her first defeat outside of Olympic competition and trailing the world record mark she set in 2003 by more than 14 minutes, the 35-year-old Briton grabbed her left leg and grimaced in pain after crossing the finish line behind France's Christelle Daunay (2:29:16), Russia's Ludmila Petrova (2:29) and Derartu Tulu, who became the first Ethiopian woman to win the New York City Marathon, finishing in 2:28:52. "I'm extremely happy to have won today's race. I did not come here necessarily expecting to win," Tulu said through an interpreter. "Paula is someone with whom I have competed a great many times. I have beaten her on the track and cross-country, but in the marathon - let alone beat her - I have never even been able to run very far with her." But Radcliffe had tweaked her leg two weeks ago and was battling tendinitis behind her left knee. She received a cortisone shot a few days before the race and felt as if she was "floating" over the first 10 miles, but pain set in around Williamsburg and kept the notorious front-runner from breaking away. The 37-year-old Tulu's time of 2:28:52 was the slowest winning mark in the women's race in 19 years. CAMERA CLOSE: In a photo finish, Australian Kurt Fearnley edged American Krige Schabort in the men's wheelchair race. Both finished in 1:35:58, but Schabort was .15 seconds faster. Switzerland's Edith Hunker (1:58:15) defeated Great Britain's Shelley Woods by seven seconds in the women's wheelchair Continue Reading

Every angle of New York City is covered in these new books

New York between covers is an irresistible gift. Whether it's glimpses of tugboats on the water, long views of the city or a children's story that captures a bygone architectural treasure, a book about New York always brings it home.NEW YORK VERTIGO By Michel Setboun (Abrams, $40). If your taste in city photos runs less to moody atmospheric black-and-white and more to sweeping, glittering splashes of glorious color, shop no further. Setboun includes a few closeups of building parts that fascinate him, but his real passion seems to be capturing great swaths of the city from a distance. There's a sense of awe in the way he looks at New York, and the way he shows it off, it would be hard to argue that it isn't earned. TUGBOATS OF NEW YORK By George Matteson (NYU Press, $39.95). This fascinating history may be best encapsulated by an old black-and-white photo that shows two tugboats starting to back the Queen Elizabeth out of its berth into the river. They're so small, she's so large, and yet that's what tugboats do: They tug. They pull. They get the job done. They're the blue-collar workers of the city waterways, using big engines and sturdy ropes to make sure the big boats get where they need to go. Matteson clearly loves the tugs and he does their story proud. THE LIGHT OF NEW YORK By Jean-Michel Berts (Assouline, $50). Little of the subject matter in Berts' study of New York will be unfamiliar, but if it looks different, that's what he's after. This black-and-white study required prowling the city by day and night, looking for the lights and shadows that give buildings personality. The Empire State Building here does not simply rise above the rest of the city, but seems to grow out of it, like the tallest flower in a garden. Berts loves massive buildings, and even on walkways, he erases the people, ensuring the city remains his star. THE BREAKS: STYLIN' AND PROFILIN' 1982-1990 By Janette Beckman (PowerHouse, $35). Janette Beckman was one of several photographers who Continue Reading

Who are the victims of the New York terror attack?

One was a New Yorker.Another was a former New Jersey school board president.A Belgian woman was mother of two, and five Argentinians were celebrating their 30th high school reunion a long way from home.New York City police Wednesday revealed the names of those killed Tuesday when madman pledging allegiance to the Islamic State rampaged through a Manhattan bike trail. Police shot the suspect, 29-year-old Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov, took him into custody.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mourned the victims. ► Charges: 'Radicalized' suspect plotted for weeks, hailed ISIS ► What we know now: New York City terror attack ► Confronted suspect: 28-year-old NYPD cop emerges as 'humble' hero "Six of them came from other nations because they saw New York as a special place to be, and we now and forever will consider them New Yorkers," de Blasio said. "They shared this tragedy with us. We will remember them as New Yorkers."Darren Drake, a native of New Milford, N.J., and former president of its school board, was a project manager at Moody's Investors Service at the World Trade Center. Drake, 33, had rented a Citi Bike between meetings Tuesday and was listening to an audiobook: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, his father said."He was the most innocent, delicate kid in the world," James Drake said. "While other people would take cigarette or coffee breaks, he would go out and ride the bike for 15 or 20 minutes.”Nicholas Cleves, 23, the youngest victim, was the only Manhattan resident to die in the assault. He lived with his mother in the West Village, the New York Post reported.He was a software engineer at Unified Digital Group and a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, the only female victim, was riding a bicycle with her mother and two sisters when she was hit. She was was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital where she was Continue Reading

Where to watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in New York City

Go big — and don’t go home. New York City sports bars are girding themselves for Super Saturday, which is turning out to be the greatest sports day in years. The the day’s lineup starts with rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft at noon, continues at 12:30 with the Rangers hosting the Captitals in Game 2 of their playoff series and the Yankees taking on the Red Sox in Boston at 1:30. The 141st Kentucky Derby runs at 6:34 p.m., with the Mets hosting the Nats at 7 p.m. Then comes the main event, aka the “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which should start around midnight. “It’s the perfect storm,” said Liam McGreevy, a co-owner of Legends in Midtown. “But we’ve got more TVs than a P.C. Richard’s, so we’ll keep everyone happy.” If you want to watch all the action, including the fight, which is available on Per-Per-View only, here are some spots to hit: Legends, 6 W. 33rd St. This three-level bar will start even earlier with European soccer before showing all the day’s events on its 60-plus TVs and drop-down screens. There’s no cover charge — except for the fight, which costs $30. Louie and Chan on the Lower East Side, an Italian restaurant and Asian-inspired downstairs cocktail lounge, is showing the fight on three large flatscreen TVs, and is offering an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. with passed snacks including mini lamb meatballs and wild mushroom turnovers. After 11 p.m. there will be food and drink specials. Tickets to the party cost $50 and are available at, at 303 Broome St., Bounce Sporting Club is teaming up with Marquee in the Meatpacking district for a viewing party. Mel Debarge will DJ, and Bounce will bring TVs to outfit all of Marquee. Cover is $40, and for those looking for the VIP treatment, tables start at $2,500. Bounce Continue Reading