Metro-North Service Restored After Two Hours

General Views Of Metro North Railroad And Grand Central TerminalNEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metro-North Railroad has restored service after a computer system power problem forced it to temporarily stop trains on three of its five lines. Residual delays are expected.

A spokeswoman for the nation’s second-busiest railroad says its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven line trains were brought to a halt Thursday night for safety purposes while electricians worked to hook up temporary power to the computer system. Continue reading “Metro-North Service Restored After Two Hours”

UGH, TOURISTS

Exploring New York CityNEW YORK (AP) — For sharp-elbowed New Yorkers accustomed to walking where they need to go at a big-city pace, the holiday season is hardly the most wonderful time of the year.

An estimated 5 million tourists who flock to the city between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, the bright lights of Times Square and the Empire State Building often clog the sidewalks in an agonizingly slow procession that grates at locals and turns them into sidewalk Scrooges. Continue reading “UGH, TOURISTS”

This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033

cropped-3303075.jpgArchitectural renderings allow us to peer into the future of our beloved city without a crystal ball. New York City has some big changes coming, and here are 17 future attractions that will transform the Big Apple as we know it.

1. The New Penn Station

This summer a multibillion dollar plan will finally get underway to brighten up the dank rail station and better accommodate the 600,000 people that pass through it each day. But it’ll be a while before the much-maligned space looks fresh and tidy. Madison Square Garden, which sits on top of the transit hub, renewed its permit to occupy the space earlier this year. But MSG’s previous 50-year permit was renewed for only 10, setting up a dispute between the City Council and MSG’s owners, who are facing mounting pressure to relocate. Continue reading “This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033”

Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, NYC Cabbie, Charged In Relatives’ Deaths In Pakistan

AP A NY USA NEW YORK TAXI FARENEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — On the day two of his relatives were gunned down in a street in Pakistan last year, cab driver Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry was thousands of miles away in New York City.

That made it all the more shocking to friends when federal agents moved in later that same day and arrested the 60-year-old immigrant who was known for his gentle manner and devotion to his children and grandchildren.

An indictment filed late last month charges Choudhry with murder conspiracy in a case U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn say exposed a bitter family feud over his daughter’s flight from an arranged marriage. The animosity, authorities say, ended in the equivalent of so-called honor killings — the ruthless vigilantism against Pakistani women accused of disgracing their families. Continue reading “Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, NYC Cabbie, Charged In Relatives’ Deaths In Pakistan”

12 YEARS LATER

New York Commemorates The 12th Anniversary Of The September 11 Terror AttacksNEW YORK — Life in lower Manhattan resembled any ordinary day on Wednesday as workers rushed to their jobs in the muggy heat, but time stood still at the World Trade Center site while families wept for loved ones who perished in the terror attacks 12 years ago.

For the families, the memories of that day are still vivid, the pain still acute. Some who read the names of a beloved big brother or a cherished daughter could hardly speak through their tears. Continue reading “12 YEARS LATER”

Eliot Spitzer Tax Returns Partially Released Following Criticism

Eliot SpitzerNEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer released parts of his federal tax returns for the last two years on Wednesday, but withheld significant portions that would give a full picture of his wealth.

The mini-document dump came after Spitzer, a candidate for New York City comptroller, was pounded by critics Tuesday for refusing to provide his tax records. His opponent for the Democratic nomination, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, initiated the battle by releasing five years of tax returns and then called on the ex-governor to do the same.

Some of the holes in Spitzer’s financial portrait were filled in by mandatory paperwork he submitted Wednesday to comply with city election laws. The Conflicts of Interest Board, or COIB, forms shed some light on the money he made last year from broadcasting, investments and Manhattan real estate, but are not as specific as a federal tax return. Continue reading “Eliot Spitzer Tax Returns Partially Released Following Criticism”