New York City

This image released by ABC shows host Barbara Walters, left, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray on ABC's "The View," Monday, April 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)

NYC mayor announces May 16 to be Barbara Walters Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as “Barbara Walters Day” in New York City. Walters is retiring that day after a storied television reporting career that has spanned five […]

04/21/2014

Dressed as a horse, Lisa Jablow, center, a member of NYCLASS which opposes use of carriage horses in New York City, joins other animal rights activists outside actor Liam Neeson's home on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to protest his stance on the continued use of carriage horses in Central Park and certain roads around the city.  (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)

Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson’s NYC home

NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson’s home on Saturday said they don’t agree with him that the city’s carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn’t appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the […]

04/19/2014

FILE- In this March 1, 1997 file photo, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, dressed in drag as a role in "Victor/Victoria," sings with actress Julie Andrews at the New York Hilton during an event presented by the Inner Circle.  On Saturday, March 22, 2014, newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will make his first appearance before the Inner Circle. The annual Inner Circle dinner is New York City’s answer to the White House Correspondents Dinner. (AP Photo/Joe DeMaria, File)

It’s a drag: NYC mayors mock selves in annual show

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Ed Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman. […]

03/20/2014

The performance art "In Orbit," a 25-foot wheel made from wood, steel, and furniture, is home for artists Ward Shelley, top, and Alex Schweder, bottom, for 10 days at the Boiler gallery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NYC artists live on ‘human hamster wheel’

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever feel like you’re on a big hamster wheel and you can’t get off? Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder know that feeling all too well. The two performance artists are spending […]

03/05/2014

In a Sunday, March 5, 2006, file photo, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote” and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of […]

02/02/2014

One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Second in height is 4 World Trade Center, right. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NYC 9/11 museum opens to public in May

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of delays due to funding disputes, engineering challenges and a nearly disastrous flood, a museum dedicated to victims of the 9/11 terror attacks will open to the public in […]

01/24/2014

From left, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sit together in the front row before President Barack Obama spoke about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lawmakers say Obama surveillance idea won’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief element of President Barack Obama’s attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress’ intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede […]

01/19/2014

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Senators say rail safety agency to rule on train cameras

NEW YORK (AP) — Two U.S. senators say a federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule regarding the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents. Charles Schumer of […]

01/12/2014

In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Arbitrator cuts A-Rod suspension to 162 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision the New York Yankees third baseman vowed to fight in federal court. Rodriguez also […]

01/11/2014

In this still frame made from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, video provided by Ken Herzlich, officials and emergency responders tend to a victim at the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot Thursday night in a city park in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Courtesy Ken Herzlich)

2013 ends with a big drop in homicides in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Following a year when Chicago led the nation in homicides with more than 500, the city’s Police Department said Wednesday that in 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965 and […]

01/01/2014

Former President Bill Clinton, left, administers the oath of office to New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, right, on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NYC Mayor de Blasio takes formal oath at City Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the city’s 109th mayor while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda. […]

01/01/2014

A sanitation worker sweeps up debris in New York's Times Square early New Year's Day Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

After the Times Square party comes the cleanup

NEW YORK (AP) — Party’s over. Time to clean up. Shortly after the ball dropped in Times Square, cleanup crews got to work with brooms and blowers to clear the confetti paper, pizza boxes, streamers, […]

01/01/2014

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