South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, leaving the multi-racial democracy he founded without its living inspiration and still striving for the "Rainbow Nation" ideal of shared prosperity he had dreamed of.
The Nobel peace laureate, who was held in apartheid prisons for 27 years before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, was laid to rest at his ancestral home...Read more »
A small hobbit racked up big sales at movie box offices during the weekend, generating an estimated $205 million at theaters around the world with the debut of highly anticipated sequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
The second installment in the 3D "Hobbit" film trilogy earned $73.7 million of its global haul in the United States and Canada, where it easily topped...Read more »
Actor Peter O'Toole, who shot to international fame in the blockbuster movie "Lawrence of Arabia", has died aged 81 in London after a long illness, his agent said on Sunday.
O'Toole, who had survived a bout of stomach cancer in the 1970s, died in a London hospital on Saturday, Steve Kenis, his agent, told Reuters.
O'Toole's striking good looks and charm sustained him through...Read more »
A roving group of scam artists are preying on elderly women in New York City, tricking them into emptying their bank accounts of cash, NYPD investigators said Thursday.
A pattern of 24 cases stretching as far back as June 2011 and as recently as Nov. 21 have victimized a group of women ranging in age from 67 to 93, said Lt. Kevin Paynter, of the Internal Affairs Bureau.
The scam involves...Read more »
Ready or not, santas are coming to town.
Amid uproar from some officials, the annual SantaCon celebration is set for Saturday at a location somewhere in the five boroughs.
It's expected to draw thousands of New Yorkers decked out in their original variations of the iconic red suit.
Some elected officials said that past SantaCons turned into out of control parties on the streets,...Read more »
Being a lawyer is stressful enough to drive a person to drink. But for Pete Girgis, practicing law was secretly a way to prepare him to sell luxury alcohol for others to drink. After practicing insurance litigation at a firm for three years until Oct. 2011, Girgis, 31, and his two business partners founded Qui Tequila. It is the first clear, extra anejo tequila (meaning it was aged more than three...Read more »
In the final seconds of a 42-minute press conference Thursday announcing the appointment of his top deputy for human services, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio fielded a question about his family's upcoming move to Gracie Mansion.
For someone who so recently campaigned on "outer-borough" populism, evoking the contrast between privilege and poverty, it had to be slightly ticklish,...Read more »
The city is smitten with Citi Bike, according to new data from the Department of Transportation.
Citi Bike rentals made up about a third of all bicycle traffic in service areas on an average day in August, accounting for about 33,000 trips daily, according to data released Thursday from the DOT.
Overall, New Yorkers and vistors made about 113,000 bike trips daily in August in Citi Bike...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio yesterday announced the appointment of city government veteran Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as his deputy mayor of health and human services.
Barrios-Paoli is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Department for the Aging commissioner and also led agencies in Ed Koch’s and Rudy Giuliani’s administrations.
“I think very few people in the city have a stronger understanding of what...Read more »
Elected officials from all over New York gathered at City Hall Thursday to call on the federal government to follow the Empire State's lead on gun control.
With the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre Saturday, several state and city leaders said it was clear that the rest of the country was lagging behind when it came to gun safety.
Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed...Read more »