FBI Raids Warehouses Selling Fake Brake Pads To NYC Taxis

Judge Attempts To Block City's Incentives For Turning Cab Fleets GreenThree warehouses suspected of selling counterfeit auto parts to New York City cab drivers were raided by FBI agents on Tuesday.

More than 50 FBI officials participated in the raid. One warehouse was located in Queens, the other two in Paterson, New Jersey.

Three people were also arrested in their homes for allegedly taking part in the knock-off ring, in which falsely labeled car parts were made to look like top-quality brands, The New York Post reports. Continue reading “FBI Raids Warehouses Selling Fake Brake Pads To NYC Taxis”

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS

s-CARMELO-ANTHONY-largeNEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th straight 20-point game, leading the New York Knicks to a 113-97 victory over the reeling Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Anthony’s scoring overshadowed outstanding games by New York big men Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire who combined for 35 points on 17 of 18 shooting from the field against the Magic, who lost their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.

Chandler finished with 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting, along with seven rebounds and a season-high five assists. Stoudemire hit all seven of his shots and scored 14 points as the Knicks beats Orlando for the third time this season. Continue reading “ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS”

The Brightest Christmas House In NYC: MyBlockNYC Visits Kevin Lynch’s Festive Queens Home

For the last 17 years, Kevin Lynch has decorated his New York City home with Christmas lights.

A classic game of one-upmanship with a neighbor escalated Lynch’s yearly ritual into a yearly obsession, and now, well, Lynch might just have the brightest Christmas home in the City.

MyBlockNYC visited Lynch’s Bayside, Queens home and made the charming video you see above. Continue reading “The Brightest Christmas House In NYC: MyBlockNYC Visits Kevin Lynch’s Festive Queens Home”

One World Trade Center Spire: Workers Begin To Hoist Spire Atop City’s Tallest Building

Workers lifted the first section of the 408-foot spire to the top of One World Trade Center Wednesday morning. When completed, the spire will bring One WTC to a staggering 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Since November 16, nine of the sections have been traveling 1,500 nautical miles to Lower Manhattan via a barge from Canada. Continue reading “One World Trade Center Spire: Workers Begin To Hoist Spire Atop City’s Tallest Building”

Students March Through New York For Small School’s Struggle

NEW YORK — When George Caffentzis was teaching philosophy in 1976 at the City University of New York system, none of his students had to pay tuition.

That changed within a matter of just two years after New York City went into a financial crisis and needed help from the federal government. Because the city was broke, Caffentzis said, so too was the CUNY system, and charging tuition quickly became a proposition.

“So in order to presumably beat the debt, tuition would have to be charged. So this was the logic that occurred in 1976 and led to a historic change,” Caffentzis said, “and eventually led to a decline in enrollments,” as well as mass layoffs of non-tenured faculty, including himself. Continue reading “Students March Through New York For Small School’s Struggle”

Greg McElroy Replaces Mark Sanchez, Throws Touchdown To Jeff Cumberland

Mark Sanchez’ errors may have finally ended the Sanchize Era in New York.

With the Jets held scoreless through the better part of three quarters by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Rex Ryan finally made the move that fans have been calling for: He benched Sanchez. But it wasn’t Tim Tebow who took his place under center, as the popular back-up was inactive with a rib injury. Instead, second-year quarterback Greg McElroy handed over his clipboard and strapped on his helmet.

The fans who had already watched Sanchez throw his 11th, 12th and 13th interceptions of the season on a blustery day in New Jersey roared at the sight of No. 14 taking the field. Continue reading “Greg McElroy Replaces Mark Sanchez, Throws Touchdown To Jeff Cumberland”

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan


NEW YORK — An 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others turned its lights on at Rockefeller Center.

Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded the center during the traditional tree-lighting ceremony for the Christmas holiday season. A video screen projected an image of the tree for those who did not have a direct line of sight.

“It makes me want to sing and dance,” said Zuri Young, who came several hours early with her boyfriend to watch the lighting for the first time. Continue reading “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan”

Voting In New York, New Jersey After Hurricane Sandy: Officials Assist Displaced Voters For Tuesday’s Election

NEW YORK — Election Day turnout was heavy in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, with many voters expressing relief and even elation at being able to vote at all, considering the devastation.

Lines were long in Point Pleasant, N.J., where residents from the Jersey Shore communities of Point Pleasant Beach and Mantoloking had to cast their ballots due to damage in their hometowns.

Many there still have no power eight days after Sandy pummeled the shore.

Annette DeBona of Point Pleasant Beach says it was the happiest vote she ever cast in her life. She chose Mitt Romney, saying he can lift America out of a spiritual and mental depression. Continue reading “Voting In New York, New Jersey After Hurricane Sandy: Officials Assist Displaced Voters For Tuesday’s Election”

Brooklyn Loves New York The Most: Survey Breaks Down NYC Boroughs

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

LINCOLN CENTER — The vast majority of New Yorkers are happy with life in the Big Apple, according to a new survey released Thursday.

Despite sky-high unemployment and a rising poverty rate, 84 percent of residents polled said they are relatively satisfied with life in the city, according to the Municipal Art Society’s third-annual Livability Survey.

Brooklynites topped the list when it came to satisfaction, with a whopping 90 percent agreeing that New York is a great place to live — up more than 10 points from last year. Satisfaction was down among Manhattan residents (88 percent) and Queens residents (85 percent), who nonetheless polled far higher than The Bronx, which placed dead-last, with just 75 percent of residents happy — a drop from recent years. Continue reading “Brooklyn Loves New York The Most: Survey Breaks Down NYC Boroughs”