The New York City Board of Health has voted unanimously to require all city children in licensed preschools or day-care centers to get the flu vaccine.
The regulation becomes effective next month and will be required for some 150,000 kids. The measure applies to children ages 6 months to almost 5 years, and mandates that kids receive flu shots by Dec. 31 of any year.
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A probe into the 911 system on the day an SUV fatally struck 4-year-old Ariel Russo says human error and not technical problems caused a delay in response time, a city report said Thursday.
Russo was killed June 4 when a driver lost control and slammed into the child and her grandmother at West 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 8:15 a.m.
The Department of Investigation report said...Read more »
"The Wolf of Wall Street" depicts a boiler-room culture in which brokers bilk customers of hundreds of millions of dollars and then launder their ill-gotten gains to buy mansions, Ferraris, yachts, personal aircraft, hookers and pharmacopoeias of recreational drugs.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the pathologically corrupt rogue trader Jordan Belfort in the film, said in a Manhattan news conference...Read more »
It had been a long day of classes at Pratt Institute and the Queens-bound G train was packed. I took the only vacant seat; it was across from a shrieking child in his stroller. His mother stared intently at her iPhone.
I'm certain my fellow commuters were thinking the same thing I was: "Lady, please do something, your kid is killing us." Then the mother surprised us. She turned the...Read more »
A report from the city's Independent Budget Office suggests there may be more money in city coffers than projected by the mayor's office.
To be precise, $581 million more.
According to its most recent forecast for Fiscal Year 2014, the IBO anticipated that city could end the fiscal year roughly $2.4 billion in the black. Bloomberg's office expected that number to be closer to $1.8 billion....Read more »
Mayor Michael Bloomberg always jokes about his inner countdown clock and the days he has left in his twelve-year run. However, he isn't the only New York City elected official leaving office on Dec. 31 after three terms.
There are 17 City Council members and borough presidents who have been on the job since 2002 and will have to vacate their offices due to term limits. Many of those leaders...Read more »
Most movies tell us everything we need to know about their characters instantaneously. They're familiar types and personalities, and their narrative journeys amount to little more than filling in the blanks.
Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" opposes that cautious approach. In a similar fashion to the Iranian filmmaker's superb "A Separation," the movie reflects the real world...Read more »
Manhattan was the "winner" in the Straphangers Campaign's awards for the slowest and most unreliable buses in the city.
The Pokey Awards for slowest-traveling buses were bestowed on two crosstown lines in midtown -- the M42 and M50 -- that were as fast as walking on an average afternoon. Manhattan also had nine out of the 10 slowest bus routes in the city.
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Ben Stiller is a gifted director who has performed a full-on 180-degree turn from snarky fare like "Tropic Thunder" to tackle this new adaptation of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber's famed 1939 short story that inspired a well-liked 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye.
It's a sincere effort about a forty-something dreamer played by Stiller whose days vacillate...Read more »
"Her" imagines a futuristic world in which a lonely man falls in love with an advanced, sentient operating system. That's not too far-fetched in this era of smartphones and tablets, with our lives becoming increasingly contained within those devices.
Spike Jonze's tender romance has more on its mind than a heightened commentary on a pervasive cultural trend, however. It's a movie...Read more »