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Alleged Lover’s Lane Rapist In Custody

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Last night, police arrested the man they believe is responsible for raping five women in city parks over the past four years: former Olympic sprinter Alvin Henry. Police believe the 30-year old Queens resident who represented Trinidad and Tobago in the Sidney Games is the “Lovers’ Lane” serial rapist, whose moniker came from the fact [&hellip
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Splish, Splash: Fun On The East River

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Have you always wanted to shed your inhibitions, specifically by throwing off your clothes and jumping into the East River? If so, were you always dissuaded by the gunk, grime and dead bodies? Then you, my friend, are in luck. Beginning next week, New Yorkers will be able to escape from the summer heat in a new pool floating on the East River, so you don’t have to.

Moored on a barge in Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach, where creators have transformed a 43,000-square-foot parking lot into a sand lot, the pool will open to the public July 4th. From then on, you can swim for free (yay!) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week through Labor Day. This, according to The New York Sun, marks the first time in 200 years that residents will be able to access the previously industrial area for recreation.

We spoke to Steve Kass, the CEO of American Leisure, which will manage the pool, who has been involved with the project since the beginning. Click here for the Q &
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Pol Wants To Entice You With Carrots: Congestion Plan Quibbling

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Posts

State and city legislators slammed Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan at a press conference held this morning on the steps of city hall. In the blazing heat, they tried to highlight practical flaws of the proposal, most notably the fact that subways lines are already stuffed to capacity without additional diverted traffic. Queens Assemblyman Rory [&hellip
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A Sticky Situation

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Posts

Pizza lovers craving a gooey New York slice will have to fork over a little extra dough this summer thanks to skyrocketing cheese prices. Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, at 50th and Broadway, has already upped the cost of a slice from $2.25 to $2.40, and other retailers are following suit, charging more for artery clogging favorites [&hellip
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Rents Rise

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Posts

Tonight, the Rent Guidelines Board is expected to vote to raise rents on the city’s one million rent stabilized apartments, and, shockingly, nobody is happy about it. Tenant activists are arguing that property owners already benefit from tax breaks and rebates, while landlords complain that the proposed increases aren’t high enough to cover rising operating [&hellip
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Breaking News: Subways Crowded!

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On Monday, New York City Transit presented an analysis of data from an April survey that showed that the city’s subways are…wait for it…overcrowded. Unfortunately for riders, NYC Transit also said that there’s little room to expand capacity on the already crowded tracks. “It’s bad news,” Howard H. Roberts Jr., the president of New York [&hellip
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Next WTC Tower Revealed

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Posts

Last week,  we told you about JP Morgan Chase’s $300 million deal to construct a new 42-story tower at the World Trade Center site. Today, the Port Authority revealed preliminary sketches of the design, which includes seven 60,000-foot cantilevered floors for trading. The New York Post tore the plan to shreds, calling it a “hideous, [&hellip
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