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  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
  • MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:09:38 GMT
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
  • Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

    Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:57:48 GMT
    A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking. This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January. The memo which was was dated April 15 reads:  "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."
    A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking. This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January. The memo which was was dated April 15 reads in part:  "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."
  • Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

    Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:20:44 GMT
    A recently exonerated New York man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers contributing to an online fund for him. About 70 people gave a total of more than $3,400 to the campaign for Jonathan Fleming by Wednesday. Fleming was released last week after a judge dismissed the 1989 case, with Brooklyn prosecutors' assent.
    A recently exonerated New York man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers contributing to an online fund for him. About 70 people gave a total of more than $3,400 to the campaign for Jonathan Fleming by Wednesday. Fleming was released last week after a judge dismissed the 1989 case, with Brooklyn prosecutors' assent.
  • Court extends NYPD officer's weapons case in India

    Court extends NYPD officer's weapons case in India

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:57 AM EDT2014-04-17 10:57:01 GMT
    An Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. The New York Police Department says Manny Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. He is out on bail but has been barred from leaving India until the case is resolved.
    An Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. The New York Police Department says Manny Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. He is out on bail but has been barred from leaving India until the case is resolved.
  • Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Is your home's energy meter spying on you?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:38:32 GMT
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
  • New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    New SAT: What will those questions look like?

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:05:28 GMT
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
    Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.
  • Search for arsonist targeting Brooklyn churches

    Search for arsonist targeting Brooklyn churches

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:09:23 GMT
    The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church.
    The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church.
  • NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:14:53 GMT
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
    New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:15 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:15:30 GMT
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    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
  • NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

    NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:36:21 GMT
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
  • NYPD probe arson cases at 3 Brooklyn churches

    NYPD probe arson cases at 3 Brooklyn churches

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:05:52 GMT
    The NYPD is looking for an arsonist who has targeted three churches in three days. The most recent act of arson happened at St. Mark's Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The pastor is happy that they were able to put the fire out and he hopes that their surveillance video leads to an arrest.
    The NYPD is looking for an arsonist who has targeted three churches in three days. The most recent act of arson happened at St. Mark's Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The pastor is happy that they were able to put the fire out and he hopes that their surveillance video leads to an arrest.
  • Biometric security can't come soon enough for some people

    Biometric security can't come soon enough for some people

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:00:20 GMT
    Cyber-attacks and identity theft seem a realer threat than ever before, but the tools we need to protect ourselves we have carried since birth. Friday, we made Ryan King the most verified man in Brooklyn. "Verified," a fingerprint-recognition device chirped back at Ryan after he placed his finger on the reader.
    Cyber-attacks and identity theft seem a realer threat than ever before, but the tools we need to protect ourselves we have carried since birth. Friday, we made Ryan King the most verified man in Brooklyn. "Verified," a fingerprint-recognition device chirped back at Ryan after he placed his finger on the reader.
  • Teen shot in head was a bystander

    Teen shot in head was a bystander

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:54:32 GMT
    A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Monday was caught in the crossfire.
    A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Monday was caught in the crossfire.
  • Teen bystander shot in Brooklyn

    Teen bystander shot in Brooklyn

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:52:30 GMT
    Police say a 13-year-old bystander has been wounded in a shooting on a New York City street. Police said the victim was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition with a head injury. A man who was believed to be the intended target also was hospitalized after being struck in the leg. The gunfire erupted at about noon on Monday in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn as the victim was walking with his aunt.
    Police say a 13-year-old bystander has been wounded in a shooting on a New York City street. Police said the victim was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition with a head injury. A man who was believed to be the intended target also was hospitalized after being struck in the leg. The gunfire erupted at about noon on Monday in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn as the victim was walking with his aunt.
  • Coney Island amusement rides open for the summer

    Coney Island amusement rides open for the summer

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:56:47 GMT
    The rides of Coney Island are once again open for business. At Luna Park on Sunday, Italian tycoon Alberto Zamperla christened the first ride on the Cyclone roller-coaster by dousing it with the traditional egg cream.
    The rides of Coney Island are once again open for business. At Luna Park on Sunday, Italian tycoon Alberto Zamperla christened the first ride on the Cyclone roller-coaster by dousing it with the traditional egg cream.
  • Handgun stolen in NYC in 1967 recovered in W.Va.

    Handgun stolen in NYC in 1967 recovered in W.Va.

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:01 AM EDT2014-04-14 10:01:31 GMT
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    A handgun reported stolen in New York City more than 40 years ago has been recovered in West Virginia during a traffic stop. Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney cited the male driver last week for not wearing a seat belt and discovered that he had a loaded .357 Magnum in the vehicle.
    A handgun reported stolen in New York City more than 40 years ago has been recovered in West Virginia during a traffic stop. Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney cited the male driver last week for not wearing a seat belt and discovered that he had a loaded .357 Magnum in the vehicle.
  • Coney Island teen charged with murder in death of cop after fire

    Coney Island teen charged with murder in death of cop after fire

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:11:35 GMT
    The Brooklyn teen who allegedly set a mattress on fire, which spread to part of his apartment building has been charged with murder after a police officer died days after responding to the fire. A grand jury indicted Marcell Dockery, 16, with felony murder, according to the Brooklyn district attorney. Dozens of firefighters and police officers responded to the apartment building fire in Coney Island on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
    The Brooklyn teen who allegedly set a mattress on fire, which spread to part of his apartment building has been charged with murder after a police officer died days after responding to the fire. A grand jury indicted Marcell Dockery, 16, with felony murder, according to the Brooklyn district attorney. Dozens of firefighters and police officers responded to the apartment building fire in Coney Island on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
  • Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

    Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-04-11 13:02:09 GMT
    A Brooklyn man claims that a credit-reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.
    A Brooklyn man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. God Gazarov says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue. Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather.
  • Mayor de Blasio is late. A lot. Does it matter?

    Mayor de Blasio is late. A lot. Does it matter?

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-04-11 12:42:26 GMT
    We have no statistic to show you how often Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives late or how late he arrives. His tardiness probably bothers journalists on deadline a lot more than the average New Yorker. After all, if a news conference, starts 15, 20, 45 minutes late how much does that really impact the fate of the city? But a hundred days in we can say it seems like the mayor is late a lot.
    We have no statistic to show you how often Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives late or how late he arrives. His tardiness probably bothers journalists on deadline a lot more than the average New Yorker. After all, if a news conference, starts 15, 20, 45 minutes late how much does that really impact the fate of the city? But a hundred days in we can say it seems like the mayor is late a lot.
  • Mayor de Blasio: 100 days

    Mayor de Blasio: 100 days

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:01:11 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio marked his first 100 days in office with an impassioned recounting of his populist values meant to re-energize his grassroots base and place his agenda within the framework of New York City's activist history. De Blasio, the first Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city in a generation, delivered his address Thursday at Manhattan's Cooper Union, the same site where Abraham Lincoln gave an 1860 speech.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio marked his first 100 days in office with an impassioned recounting of his populist values meant to re-energize his grassroots base and place his agenda within the framework of New York City's activist history. De Blasio, the first Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city in a generation, delivered his address Thursday at Manhattan's Cooper Union, the same site where Abraham Lincoln gave an 1860 speech.
  • Health inspectors to wear Google Glass?

    Health inspectors to wear Google Glass?

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:35:06 GMT
    Some New York City food inspectors might be wearing Google Glass during restaurant visits under a new City Council proposal.  A yearlong pilot program would require 10 percent of the 160 city health inspectors to wear video devices.
    Some New York City food inspectors might be wearing Google Glass during restaurant visits under a new City Council proposal.  A yearlong pilot program would require 10 percent of the 160 city health inspectors to wear video devices.
  • NYC considering identity card program

    NYC considering identity card program

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:15:59 GMT
    Some New York City lawmakers are introducing a bill that would provide city residents with municipal identification cards.  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm are behind the legislation.
    Some New York City lawmakers are introducing a bill that would provide city residents with municipal identification cards.  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm are behind the legislation.

  • De Blasio has victories, missteps in 1st 100 days

    De Blasio has victories, missteps in 1st 100 days

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:23:40 GMT
    New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation has been in office nearly 100 days, and so far, Bill de Blasio's term has been marked by victories on campaign promises and a series of setbacks. Most of his energy was devoted to a single issue, his pledge to create universal pre kindergarten and fund it with a tax on wealthy residents. The tax died in Albany but de Blasio ended up securing the money needed to launch the program.
    New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation has been in office nearly 100 days, and so far, Bill de Blasio's term has been marked by victories on campaign promises and a series of setbacks. Most of his energy was devoted to a single issue, his pledge to create universal pre kindergarten and fund it with a tax on wealthy residents. The tax died in Albany but de Blasio ended up securing the money needed to launch the program.
  • NYPD to update training and policy on responding to fires

    NYPD to update training and policy on responding to fires

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:33:44 GMT
    Speaking from the Police Academy's C Deck, where recruits perform and practice formation tactics, Commissioner Bill Bratton said that moving forward there will be a new focus for part of training to become an NYPD officer: responding to fires. "We have determined the department does not have and has not had any policy specific to this policy of going into buildings and utilization of elevators," Bratton said.
    Speaking from the Police Academy's C Deck, where recruits perform and practice formation tactics, Commissioner Bill Bratton said that moving forward there will be a new focus for part of training to become an NYPD officer: responding to fires. "We have determined the department does not have and has not had any policy specific to this policy of going into buildings and utilization of elevators," Bratton said.
  • Sex, relationships, and the weather

    Let the spring sun thaw out your frozen love life

    Let the spring sun thaw out your frozen love life

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:24:39 GMT
    It's time to let go of the long, cold winter that's gripped the tri-state New York area. Snow storms, brutal wind chills, and numerous uninvited visits from the polar vortex really shoved people indoors and sometimes into the warm arms of others.
    We found New Yorkers who agree that the frigid weather put a chill on their dating life.
    It's time to let go of the long, cold winter that's gripped the tri-state New York area. Snow storms, brutal wind chills, and numerous uninvited visits from the polar vortex really shoved people indoors and sometimes into the warm arms of others.
    We found New Yorkers who agree that the frigid weather put a chill on their dating life.
  • NYPD: Crime up 30 percent in housing projects

    NYPD: Crime up 30 percent in housing projects

    Sunday, April 6 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-04-07 01:00:45 GMT
    The NYPD says that that crime in public housing developments over the last 5 years is up by 30%. That's a rate 10 times higher than the rest of the city. But that stunning number may not tell the whole story.
    The NYPD says that that crime in public housing developments over the last 5 years is up by 30%. That's a rate 10 times higher than the rest of the city. But that stunning number may not tell the whole story.
  • De Blasio faces daunting task in pre-K push

    De Blasio faces daunting task in pre-K push

    Saturday, April 5 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-06 02:10:29 GMT
    Now that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has secured the funding for full-day pre-kindergarten, his administration faces the daunting task of hiring teachers and finding enough classrooms to be ready for 53,000 children by this fall and 20,000 more next year. During a visit to Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn Saturday, Mayor de Blasio said he is up to the challenge.
    Now that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has secured the funding for full-day pre-kindergarten, his administration faces the daunting task of hiring teachers and finding enough classrooms to be ready for 53,000 children by this fall and 20,000 more next year. During a visit to Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn Saturday, Mayor de Blasio said he is up to the challenge.
  • NYC apartment prices on the rise

    NYC apartment prices on the rise

    Friday, April 4 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-04-05 00:59:48 GMT
    The latest quarterly real estate reports are out and the news is a little discouraging: prices in New York City are still going up, and inventory keeps shrinking. So what's a prospective buyer or renter to do? We went in search of some helpful tips. Tara Gallegos has been pounding the pavement with her broker in search of a Manhattan apartment but with h the price and tight inventory. It's been a challenge.
    The latest quarterly real estate reports are out and the news is a little discouraging: prices in New York City are still going up, and inventory keeps shrinking. So what's a prospective buyer or renter to do? We went in search of some helpful tips. Tara Gallegos has been pounding the pavement with her broker in search of a Manhattan apartment but with h the price and tight inventory. It's been a challenge.
  • Report: Poor children in NY twice as likely to have asthma

    Report: Poor children in NY twice as likely to have asthma

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:07:36 GMT
    Harlem has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. A new report released Friday is giving us a closer look at the chronic lung disease and who is struggling with it. Asthma is not only deadly but it's costing billions of dollars to treat. The report states roughly 1.7 million people in the state suffer from asthma. The Bronx and Harlem have some of highest rates among Medicaid recipients.
    Harlem has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. A new report released Friday is giving us a closer look at the chronic lung disease and who is struggling with it. Asthma is not only deadly but it's costing billions of dollars to treat. The report states roughly 1.7 million people in the state suffer from asthma. The Bronx and Harlem have some of highest rates among Medicaid recipients.
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