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A man has been charged with arson after setting Rash nightclub on fire last month

Last month's fire at Rash in Bushwick has been declared arson. According to reports, the man behind the arson attack John Lhota, 24,  has been charged with arson for his role that left the club in shambles. “It was so dark and so smoky, I didn’t know where the door was," staffer Tyler Glenn told Rolling Stone earlier this week after being released from a hospital for smoke inhalation. "I was banging on the walls." If convicted he faces a minimum of 7 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years incarcerated.
Cities, New York

New York has legalized to-go alcoholic beverages for 3 years

New York 's newest budget has legalized probably one of the few things during the pandemic that made most adults happy. According to the government, Kathy Hochul has signed into law for three years the ability for restaurants and bars to sell to-go drinks. Now let's be frank pandemic or not this is a brilliant idea and so long as people drink responsible -- it will likely prove to be a major hit with most people. “New York’s nightlife and hospitality industry is second to none, and by allowing the sale of to-go drinks we will continue to support the industry’s recovery from the pandemic,” said Hochul.
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An NYC man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempting to join the Taliban

A New York City man who apparently had aspirations of joining the Taliban has learned his fate. According to case records for Delowar Mohammed Hossain, Hossain has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for his efforts to quite literally join the terrorist cell. Back in October, Hossain was convicted of trying to  provide material support for terrorism by contributing funds, goods and services to the Taliban. This came after his 2019 arrest at JFK Airport on the initial charges -- he had allegedly been trying to flee to Afghanistan on a flight at the time. Papers show that cops first sought him back in 2018 when he first began expressing interest in joining the Taliban. Except the person he would go on to befriend in those so-called circles was actually a government informant tha...
Cities, New York

Barbara Gustern: New photos released in random unprovoked pushing of 81-year-old voice coach

Random unprovoked attacks are becoming quite common in New York City these days. Barbara Gustern, 81, a popular voice coach who trained the likes of 80's music icon Debby Harry has died because of one. NBC New York reports that NYPD officials have released new photographs of the woman wanted in connection with the random shoving that killed Gustern. The woman wanted in connection to Gustern's death has evaded police for over a week. The attack occurred near Gustern 's home on West 28th Street and Eighth Avenue in Chelsea earlier this week.
Cities, New York

Kathy Hochul is now attempting to have bail reform laws changed in New York City, but will the changes be fair for everyone?

Nobody's pretty sure. In a new budget proposal set to be negotiated and ironed out on 1 April, New York 's Kathy Hochul is set to negotiate her way into a bail reform package as part of a new 10-point public safety plan. The new safety plan would effectively add a number of crimes to the eligible-for-bail list which has become a sticking point in the discussion of how bad the crime in New York City has really gotten. Parts of the new plan would also allow judges to have more discretion when determining who to lock up and who not to lock up based on their previous criminal convictions and use of firearms and weaponry. According to the New York Post, who first reported on the memos, crimes against subway riders and those underground also would be eligible for further scrutiny and de...
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A lone masked gunmen is targeting homeless people in Manhattan, here’s what you need to know

This weekend saw even more crime than before in New York City even amid Eric Adams' long list of proposals to combat them. This time on Saturday two innocent homeless people were shot multiple times while they were sleeping in Manhattan in the frigid cold. One of them is understood to have been shot dead the other is recovering after having been shot in the arm. Police say that the shooter has not been identified because he was captured on video wearing a balaclava. The first attack reportedly occurred in the Soho area of Manhattan shortly after 5am Saturday when the victim woke up to being shot in the arm and the man preparing to shooting again. When he woke up -- he managed to startle the assailant and he ran off. The second attack occurred about an hour later and the man was ...
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As New York City continues to grapple with soaring crime, city ‘s top cop demands ‘woke’ laws scrapped

NYPD officials are struggling to contain a wave of crime across nearly all five boroughs of New York City. In a new interview, the city's top cop has made it known that she too supports rolling back the rollbacks thta caused previous laws to allow bail laws to be changed. Speaking in an interview to WABC Radio's John Catsimatidis on Sunday, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said: 'The criminal justice reform law that took effect in 2020, I think, that is definitely part of the thinking that needs to change. 'We can keep most of the important elements of the reform, but there are absolutely some things that need to be adjusted,' she explained of the 2019 bail reform laws - which were rolled back in 2020 to add to the list of crimes for which bail can be set. 'There are entire c...
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Massive blaze in the Bronx kills 19 people injures a total of 63

A huge blaze over at an apartment complex in the Bronx is catching headlines this weekend. According to police, a 19 story apartment building in the area caught fire on Sunday afternoon injuring at least 63 people 19 of which are dead which includes a reported 9 children. Fire officials confirmed that 32 of those people are listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The blaze reportedly happened at 333 E 181st St on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building.
American Politics, New York

As Eric Adams stumbles through first week as Mayor of NYC, a battle over local school system is coming to head

As the debacle over whether or not the nation's biggest school system will once again temporarily go remote, others, are making their voices loudly heard behind the scenes. In a letter sent this week to Eric Adams, lawmakers in New York City have joined local parents in demanding that remote learning be Initiated at least for two weeks so parents can get their kids prepared; tested, and safely sent back to school. Adams opposes all measures that would lead to remote learning.  Co-authored by state Sen. Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas and City Councilman Shekar Krishnan the letter reads as follows according to several reports. “We urge you to provide a remote option for about two weeks, until Tuesday, January 18th for parents to test and vaccinate their childr...
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There was another train stabbing on the MTA today, here’s what you should know this time

There are only a handful of things the MTA is good for and good service and safety aren't any of those things. On Sunday morning, a Manhattan woman was stabbed in the gut with a "sharp object" shortly after 8am -- adding even more violence to the already skyrocketing violence across the boroughs. The attack happened near Chambers St and the suspect is described as a 50 year old male who was wearing a Black jacket and Blue Jeans -- it appears he may still be at large as of this writing.
Cities, New York

Google is slashing the pay of those (in some areas) that choose to work from home

Search and tech giant Google is making big moves in the finance department. According to screenshots obtained by Reuters, Google has rolled out what apparently is called a pay calculator meant to tabulate those who work in-office and those who don't. Some reports suggest that those who commuted before but then no longer do would see upwards of a 10-15% pay cut because they chose to work from home. A shining example would be the idea that NYers who live within the boroughs but work remotely would not see their pay slashed at all contrary to the others. The news comes amid a much larger debate over payable salaries for those who have given office jobs the finger in exchange for much more freedom and time at home.
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New mask guidance coming to NYC as Delta variant spreads at near breakneck speed

New York City was originally the epicenter of the Coronavirus and then managed to overcome the first two waves of COVID but now may be in for the next. According to CBS New York, Mayor De Blasio is reportedly exploring new mask guidelines as the Delta variant spreads and unvaccinated rates remain rather high. CBS reports that the guidelines come as the Delta variant is spreading across the United States and at a time when federal guidelines also are on the line. The White House is preparing messaging and announcements that will see federal workers regardless of their location required to get the vaccine or test up often. Further in the announcement(s) it is expected that the White House will push localities in the United States to begin offering incentives to get jabs in...
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Please stop taking your children to NYC ‘s very ugly and very dangerous Hudson Yards attraction

No seriously. This week New York saw yet again its fourth suicide in less than two years at its famed but rather ugly (yes very ugly actually) Hudson Yards attraction that seems to be a hotspot for problems. According to the NYPD, a young boy jumped to his death from the top of the attraction this week stunning both onlookers and his family who was below. Cops say that the unidentified boy jumped from the 8th floor of the 150 ft vessel with his parents and grandmother just a few floors below. The attraction has long been marred by a string of suicides by a variant of people both old and young.
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You haven’t seen the last of Thrive NYC, the program that never was

While not known as Thrive NYC anymore --- it is unclear if the program will actually keep track of money this time. According to the fiscal spending budget for 2022, the office now responsible for manning what was ThriveNYC scored more than $320m in funding via taxpayer monies. Particularly the funding gives the program's so called Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division a $96m boost. That division is the hopes of the city to wind down overall NYPD response to non-violent phone calls particularly those that involve mentally ill people. The move of course comes against the backdrop and discovery that police response(s) to these types of calls don't always end well. The funding also doubles the number of "street teams" if you will that are meant to respond t...
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Three teens have been charged for this past week’s string of stabbings on the NYC subway

NYC is struggling to grapple with a serious increase in crime to the point that they can't control it. As we reported earlier, multiple stabbings and robberies took place on the subway this past week. On Monday morning, we learned that the NYPD has arrested at least three teenagers ranging from 16 years old to 19 on robbery and weapons charges. Cops say that all of those involved violently attacked innocent train riders; stabbed them, and then robbed them in broad daylight across Manhattan. At least one more reported suspect is still at large. The first of the many attacks happened at 4:26 am in Manhattan over the weekend. An innocent man was stabbed in the face but was later treated at a nearby NYU hospital.. He is listed in stable condition. All of the attacks happened in the...
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New York is poised to legalise weed here’s what you need to know

Legal pot may finally be coming to New York but there are still more questions than answers. According to the latest budget proposals on deck for New York, New York lawmakers have struck a deal to legalise marijuana in the state. Let's make that clear somebody had to make a concession likely with a bizarre consequence attached to legalise something that should've been legalised all along. Now lawmakers are poised to bring pot to the state mostly because of the yet to be revealed concession and the fact they've figured out how to quickly assemble a team to tax it. The Post reports that the bill was sponsored by Manhattan Senator  Liz Krueger. Krueger told the WSJ that it has been a long time in the making -- but the government must be able to profit from it before it becomes legal. ...
Enkel ‘s a posh gay friendly barbershop is coming to Bedstuy in April
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Enkel ‘s a posh gay friendly barbershop is coming to Bedstuy in April

BROOKLYN --- Bedstuy is getting a hot new barbershop where the conversation will great; the folks will be hip, and the atmosphere will be to die for. On 24 April Enkel 's Barbershop opens in the heart of The Stuy for the first time. Enkel 's is coming to town and it is proudly Black owned and operated. Image: Enkels/ Twitter https://twitter.com/Mogulsociety/status/1361736095415861252?s=20 PSA: Enkel 's is hiring. Use the Twitter above if you're a licensed beauty and barber professional looking for a cool place to work and meet interesting people along the way.
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Serial subway slasher in NYC identified and arrested

The now infamous subway slasher in New York City has been arrested. According to Bazaar Daily, the slasher has been identified as Rigoberto Lopez, 21, who struggles with his mental health and may have been homeless prior to the unprovoked attacks. It is unclear exactly how the NYPD will handle it from that scope. Lopez reportedly had at least four priors including assaulting a cop and possession of drugs. Lopez was apprehended with a large knife in his possession and further then confessed to the same attacks according to multiple reports. It is unclear if he was working alone or had others. https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/1361017548842622979?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1361017548842622979%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fww...
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