The Horseless eCarriage was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show today, an old-timey and futuristic vehicle that animal activists and supporters of a horse-and-carriage ban hope could eventually replace the city's animal-powered carriages. The prototype was modeled after a turn-of-the-century touring car, complete with brass trim and other authentic period details. So, bringing you vintage New York sans the manure smell.
An unidentified social worker is suing her ex-boss, 53-year-old retired NYPD officer Michael Reingold, for repeatedly raping, assaulting, and harassing her when they worked together at the Bronx's Highbridge Woodycrest Center. According to the 20-page lawsuit, the 47-year-old woman was hired by Bronx Lebanon Hospital in July 2012 to care for AIDS patients at Highbridge Woodycrest. She says that she was suspicious of Reingold starting on the day he interviewed her for the job, when he allegedly said nasty things about his wife and told her, "You look much better in person than on your LinkedIn page." She says she took the position anyway because she needed the $70,000 salary.
Sure, Mr. Met is the best mascot in all of Major League Baseball but, to the people charged with protecting the President of the United States, he's just another threat. In a new memoir, A.J. Mass, who played the bobble-headed hero from 1994 to 1997, recalled a very stern warning he received when then–President Bill Clinton stopped by Shea Stadium during his tenure. "Now listen to me very carefully ... We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen," a Secret Service agent told Mr. Met/Mass, who had hoped to get his photo taken with Clinton. "Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?" And, just in case it wasn't clear, the agent repeated the bit about the "kill shot." Mass attributed the agent's suspicion on his earlier failure to get part of his costume through the field's metal detector, but it's possible the guy was just a really hardcore Yankees fan.
President Obama held a press conference today to highlight the news that the new health insurance exchanges have not signed up 7 million customers, as previously believed. They’ve signed up 8 million. It turns out that lots of people who don’t have health insurance would rather have health insurance. Who knew?
"The vape pen has changed my life. No, I'm not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, she's a she. And yes, I named her Sippy because I take tiny, little sips — sassy sips, even — from her. And with each sip comes relief — from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort," says The View host, who suffers from glaucoma, in her new column for the Denver Post's the Cannabist. "What kind of kush is in my vape pen at the moment? The indica-dominant Platinum OG, of course."
Yesterday The Telegraph reported that researchers at the University of New South Wales have reached some disturbing conclusions: It seems the beard bubble may soon burst. “We may well be at peak beard,” announced professor Robert Brooks, the lead researcher on the study.
Do you hear that, everyone? Peak Beard. Peak Beard. It’s the Day After Tomorrow of facial hair! Sound the alarm! Stay indoors to avoid the stampede of beardos running to bougie neo-barbershops to get a hot shave. Buy Gillette stocks!
America's version of a royal baby cometh. Former and potentially future first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced today that she is expecting with husband Marc Mezvinsky.
"Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year and I certainly feel all the better, whether it's a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders. So thank you for inspiring me and inspiring future generations, including the one that we'll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year," she said at "No Ceilings," a women's forum at the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York City. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me."
Over the weekend, the New York Post reported that at least one man had used plywood to construct a shelter on the underside of the Manhattan Bridge's upper deck, in between the subway tracks and the bike path. On Thursday, the NYPD decided it was time to evict him. According to the Post, more than a dozen officers showed up at the makeshift studio, which was located about 150 feet from the bridge's Brooklyn entrance. After announcing themselves and receiving no response, they began sawing through the shelter's Styrofoam-insulated floor, only to find that its resident was, in fact, home.
Video of Guy Screaming and Refusing to Leave Subway Tracks As Train Approaches Is Terrifying [Updated]By Caroline Bankoff
This is very upsetting: Someone forwarded Gothamist footage of a man — who seems to be either high or mentally ill — lying on the subway tracks, screaming and resisting other people's attempts to pull him to safety. The video, which was filmed late at night this winter at the 175th Street A station, ends with everyone else jumping back onto the platform as the train comes into view and rolls over him. Miraculously, he survived by burrowing into the trackbed, but that doesn't really make the scene any less terrifying.
Everything We Know So Far About the Flyers in Ukraine Demanding Jews ‘Register’ Their Families and PropertyBy Joe Coscarelli
Much of the world, including the U.S. State Department, understandably reacted with horror today when Jewish residents of Donestk, Ukraine, reported being given flyers outside of a synagogue requiring them to "register" their citizenship and declare their property. According to reports first circulated by Israeli news site Ynet and USA Today, the pamphlets were delivered by masked men holding the Russian Federation flag and directed Jews to a government building currently occupied by pro-Russian forces.
But Denis Pushilin, the Russian separatist whose name is on the flyers, claims he has nothing to do with them, and that the documents were spread to make his side look bad.