Smoke, flame erupt at Times Square Sheraton hotel

A smoky fire erupted Thursday in a Midtown hotel, possibly caused by a burning car in the underground garage, officials said. The fire broke out around 11:50 a.m. at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel at 7th Ave. and 53rd St., the FDNY said. Firefighters were on scene to combat the blaze, which generated heavy smoke. There were no immediate reported injuries, officials said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

South African man arrested in N.Y. for falsely describing his suitcase as a bomb gets to return home

Bomb’s away! A South African tourist can finally head home after his dream trip to New York turned into a nightmare because of some outdated slang. Jhanzaib Malik pleaded guilty in February to falsely telling a hotel worker that his suitcase was a bomb. The report caused the clerk at the Sheraton Hotel on Duffield St. to call the police. MAN WHO LEFT TRUCK RUNNING IN TIMES SQUARE CAUSING TERRORISM SCARE HIT WITH 10 SUMMONSES Malik, 24, maintained he was trying to say his suitcase was “the bomb” — meaning cool — but found himself arrested. Malik, from Johannesburg, had saved for two years to spend the holidays in New York. Instead, he was locked up for weeks and had his passport revoked before his attorney was able to bail him out for the Dec. 22 arrest. Malik was sentenced to a conditional discharge and had to perform 10 days of community service. He received his travel documents from prosecutors on Monday. Continue Reading

Derek Jeter serious about becoming owner in life after Yankees

He is known as The Captain now, but after he hangs up his cleats following the 2014 season, could Derek Jeter become The Boss, Part Deux? “I’d probably be a little bit more behind the scenes than The Boss,” Jeter said Sunday, referring to late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “But I learned a lot of great things from him.” Jeter, who presided over his Turn 2 Foundation dinner at the Times Square Sheraton hotel Sunday night (the 18th annual gala for the shortstop’s charitable organization), said he is serious about the next chapter of his life following baseball: owning a major league franchise. However, Jeter is definitely not serious about grabbing the back-page headlines, like Steinbrenner was famous for doing throughout his ownership tenure. “Yup, that’s the next goal, buddy,” said Jeter. “Calling the shots, not answering to someone.” The soon-to-be 40-year-old (June 26) knows that ownership requires forking over an amount of money with a significant amount of zeroes, as evidenced by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer making a $2 billion offer for the NBA Clippers. Asked if he would be interested in buying the Bombers if the Steinbrenner family ever put the storied franchise on the block, Jeter joked, “You got some money for me?” One of Jeter’s sports idols growing up was Michael Jordan, now the owner of the Bobcats. Jeter, however, said he is only interested in presiding over a baseball team because “I don’t know enough about the other sports.” What kind of owner would Jeter be? “A good one. I’d like to think I’d be a good one,” he said. As for managing or coaching in baseball, Jeter said he has no intention of ever going down that professional path. “Why not managing? Too much travel, bro,” Jeter said. “I don’t want no part of that. I ain’t no manager. Then I got to Continue Reading

Lupica: Super Bowl may be taking place in Jersey, but football’s biggest game belongs to New York City

Now even Sen. Cory Booker, a big New Jersey politician who isn’t in trouble these days, gets into the act about his state not getting enough love for a Super Bowl he still thinks is being shared by Jersey and New York City but really isn’t. “I passed miffed a while ago,” Booker said on Channel 5 the other day. “Every time they talk about the Super Bowl you hear, ‘We’ll see you in New York.’ Well, they’re not playing in New York, they’re playing in New Jersey.” You can see that Booker, the former mayor of Newark, is new to throwing his weight around in Jersey, just by his use of the word “miffed.” It’s frankly a long way from there to one of his aides sending out an email about how it’s time for traffic problems in Fort Lee. It is an absolute fact that Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in New Jersey, MetLife Stadium, 6:30 Sunday night. And the two teams have been put up in hotels in Jersey City. And Media Day was held at the Prudential Center in Booker’s old city, Newark, on Tuesday. This is still a New York City Super Bowl. The city gets all the real action of Super Bowl week, which happens to be the whole wretched glitzy overpriced corporate ballgame until the real game is finally played . This doesn’t mean that Booker’s state doesn’t have a huge fun factor going for it lately, because it does, just going off Chris Christie’s staff alone. And the way things are going with the new mayor of New York, Mr. de Blasio, Peyton Manning might be afraid to cross the river, in fear that de Blasio might blitz him like a Seattle linebacker and slap a tax on him. But the Super Bowl is here because of New York City, even if the game is being played over at the place the late Sonny Werblin, when running the Meadowlands and enticing the Giants across the Hudson, used to call “13th Avenue.” Continue Reading

In Gary, memories of Donald Trump’s casino promises

Donald Trump raised expectations in Gary.The real estate mogul arrived in 1993 to meet with local and state officials who hoped casino gambling would rejuvenate the city's shattered economy. Gary, he told them, could have a world-class casino and hotel — just like he had brought to Atlantic City, N.J.He impressed the right people. He received a casino license. He invested more than $100 million to open Trump Casino, donated money for causes ranging from police cars to fireworks shows and improbably brought the Miss USA Pageant to Gary."Trump is perceived as a good corporate citizen," a state-commissioned report found in July 2004. The report noted that Trump met every obligation to which he had agreed.Still, some Gary officials remain disappointed over a particular pledge Trump made during that first visit.A group that included state Sen. Earline Rogers met with Trump to discuss his plans and take him on a tour of Gary. Walking down the steps of City Hall, Trump looked ahead to a brooding 14-story building that was deteriorating in the heart of Gary's downtown.Rogers, a Gary Democrat who then was a member of the House, told Trump about the building's history. It was a Sheraton hotel that closed in 1984. The city didn't have enough money to redevelop it or entice a developer to take on a new project.Trump beamed."Well, that's the first thing I will do if I get one of these licenses," Trump said, according to Rogers.It was Trump's first and most memorable promise to Gary. He would repeat it so many times that it was "almost signed in blood," said Macarthur Drake, a former Gary city attorney.But the project never happened. The Sheraton would continue to crumble across from City Hall for another 25 years, outlasting Trump's commitment to the city.Now, Trump has brought his Republican presidential campaign — full of new Continue Reading

Where Trump, Clinton won in New York

ALBANY - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's big victories Tuesday in the New York popular vote translated to a win where it matters most: the delegate count.Trump, the Manhattan billionaire, nearly swept the state's entire slate of Republican delegates, picking up at least 89 of the 95 available through a series of landslide victories in 26 of the state's 27 congressional districts.Clinton, the former secretary of state, picked up 139 of state's 247 Democratic delegates tied to Tuesday's results, outpacing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 33 in an outcome fueled by Clinton's strong showing in New York City and its suburbs.The two front-runners used New York to put more distance between themselves and their respective foes in the still-contested race for the major-party nominations. Both touted their nearly insurmountable delegate leads when addressing supporters Tuesday night."We've won and now, especially after tonight, (have) close to 300 more delegates than Sen. (Ted) Cruz," Trump said. "We're really, really rocking."Where Trump wonNew York's presidential primaries were tied largely to the results in each of the state's 27 congressional districts.Eighty-one of the state's 95 GOP delegates were awarded based on the district-level vote, with each district having three delegates to hand out. If a candidate won 50 percent in an individual district, he won all three of its delegates.Trump did just that, winning congressional districts with a majority of the vote in all corners of the state. In fact, when assessing Trump's victory, it's easier to look at the few places he actually lost a delegate.His lone loss in a congressional district came in a single New York City district straddling Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, which Ohio Gov. John Kasich won by just 70 votes, earning two delegates.  Kasich was also able to pick off a single delegate in Syracuse and Albany's congressional districts, as well as one in the 10th district Continue Reading

Live updates: President Obama arrives in New York City

Daily News reporter Jonathan Lemire is following the President's visit to New York City. Check back for updates. 10:32 p.m.The motorcade departed Daniel at 9:10pm for the short drive back into Midtown for the third fundraiser, a special production of the musical Sister Act. Pool held briefly on W. 53rd St, outside both the Broadway Theater, where Sister Act is performed, and the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Late Show with David Letterman tapes. No sign of Dave.DNC official. The official also said that Gen44, "a council to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders in the Democratic Party," was involved in organizing this event.Whoopi Goldberg, start of the Sister Act film from which the musical took it name, walked onstage at 9:49 to introduce POTUS. Wearing an all black outfit, she listed his accomplishments, including work on the economy, the repeal of Don't Ask and Don't Tell, and health care reform. She then said "it is my belief he needs four more years" to continue the job.U2's "City of Blinding Lights," one of his 2008 campaign anthems.Great Depression" and bailing out the auto industry.Don't Ask, Don't Tell. "The track record of the last two and a half years is one I could not be prouder of," Obama said, "but what is also true is that we have so much work left to do."Fox News -- in a "fair and balanced" manner and would not just put it on the backs of the poor. America," one that says that "everyone has a chance to the American dream," no matter what they look like or where they're from and cited that as the reason "why I ran in 2008 and why I'm running again in 2012."Election Day when the crowd was "not feeling as hopeful" or thought "that's change I'm not sure I can believe in." He said he knew there were times when his supporters were frustrated, like when the public option was not added to the health care bill. POTUS said "I get frustrated too."Pittsburgh, local pool done for the night. 8:36 p.m. Motorcade arrived at Daniel without Continue Reading

Summer hotel deals in New York City

Vacations are good for your health, medical research has shown; science proves it. Various studies have revealed how going on one can reduce stress. Who wouldn't love two weeks in Tahiti or in the South of France? Sadly, the days of splurge vacations are gone for most of us, but the good news is that a simple change of scenery is all that's needed to give your body a boost. So why not take advantage of some of the great summer deals being offered at hotels right here in the city. The city is pretty vacated in the summer, making it a great time to take in a show, soak up some art at a museum or get a reservation at a hot restaurant that's not at 5 or 10 p.m. Here are some deals and packages available through September. Sheraton deals Sheraton Hotels is offering three nights for the price of two for select dates at select locations. Arrive Thursday, Friday or Saturday, stay two nights and get a third night free. Marriott deals Marriott hotels are offering a Find Your New York Exploration Package that includes: NYC comprehensive travel guide; NYC subway guide pop-up map; $25 Marriott bonus bucks valid toward a future stay; Disney on Broadway gift. Be sure the promotional code CUE appears in the corporate/promotional code box when making an online reservation, or call 1-800-834-6418 and ask for promotional code CUE. Additional incentives are available at these Marriott locations: Marriott Eastside is offering an 11% VIP discount at Bloomingdale's plus two tickets to the Top of the Rock observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The Marriott Downtown is offering ferry tickets to the Statue of Liberty, MTA subway and bus passes, admission at select downtown museums and World Trade Center Tribute Visitor Center for up to two guests. Up to two kids under age 12 eat free. Courtyard Marriott/Upper East Side is offering admission to either the Guggenheim Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check for rates and details or call Continue Reading

Boatload of fall festivals start in September: More than 100 across metro Phoenix

Temperatures may be only inching down the thermometer, but we're in the mood to get outside. Lucky for us, festival season is getting underway.From great ethnic food (we mean you, St. George Antiochan Orthodox Church Food Festival) to colorful cultural experiences (hello, Rainbows Festival and Street Fair) to the best shopping experiences (welcome back, Pueblo Grande Indian Market), we are eager to sample everything the crafters, chefs, musicians and diverse Valley culture have to offer.We have your list of the festivals and fairs to check out this September, October, November and December in the metro Phoenix area.The ninth annual Saboten Con is the largest anime convention in Arizona, with about 28,000 attendees in 2015, according to their website. Attendees can enter cosplay contests, buy anime and manga merchandise in the vendor hall or choose from over 100 panels. Saboten has 18 special guests, including Los Angeles-based anime and video-game voice actor Kyle Hebert who is known for Wreck it Ralph/Street Fighter, Naruto and Bleach. All ages are welcome.Details: Friday-Monday, Sept. 2-5. Registration starts at 10 a.m.; pre-registration is Thursday, Sept. 1, 7-10 p.m. Sheraton Downtown Phoenix hotel, 340 N. Third Street, Phoenix. $50 for full event membership; $15-25 daily memberships. 480-428-2776, Sept. 3, some of the Valley’s best chefs will convene to share a variety of tasty ingredients combined into delicious dishes. Described as a “food-lover’s paradise,” Phoenix Cooks! is the largest annual food event in the Phoenix area. Now in its 12th year, Phoenix Cooks! benefits Banner Children’s Hospital.Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Westin Kierland, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale. $60-$100. 480-624-1000, of all ages can experience the music and culture of the Andes, the longest mountain range in the world. Attendees will enjoy South American Continue Reading

Fiesta and Cactus Bowl 2016 fan events in metro Phoenix

As most people are getting ready to ring in the New Year, fans of four teams will be preparing for two big football games here in the Valley.The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on New Year's Eve is home to this year's College Football Playoff, with Clemson University and Ohio State University facing off to snag the coveted spot in the College Football Championship. In downtown Phoenix on Dec. 27, the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl will feature Boise State University battling Baylor University at Chase Field.All four teams have events planned around the games, including tailgates, rallies, watch parties and other meet-ups. Here's a guide to official fan events and places to check out near the venues. Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest Pregame PartyStop here before the big game to mingle and get fired up with pep rallies, cheerleaders and marching bands. There will be interactive games and food and drink booths.Details: Time TBA. Saturday, Dec. 31. Great Lawn, University of Phoenix Stadium, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. Included with game ticket. Fiesta Bowl Stadium Club Pregame PartyWant a VIP experience? Buy tickets to the Stadium Club for an all-you-can-eat buffet, seven drink tickets, big-screen televisions and live entertainment.Details: Time TBA. Saturday, Dec. 31. Great Lawn, University of Phoenix Stadium, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $100. Fiesta Bowl ParadeNow in its 46th year, the parade features colorful floats and balloons, marching bands, equestrian groups, charity organizations and local celebrities.Details: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Central and Montebello avenues, Phoenix. Free general admission, $10 for reserved accessible seating, $25 for bleacher seating. club: Ohio State Alumni Club of Phoenix​. Within the organization is a group called the Young Buckeyes Continue Reading