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New York mayor lifts curfew ahead of pandemic 'reopening'

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:00 PM

New York is expected to enter phase one of the state's plan to reboot economic activities shuttered due to COVID-19

Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

New York leaders sound alarm over potential coronavirus-linked syndrome

May 11, 2020 - 1:45 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says 38 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome are detected in New York City, with an additional 9 suspected cases awaiting confirmation

BILL DE BLASIO. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a food shelf organized by The Campaign Against Hunger in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on April 14, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

New York mayor decries 'crisis' of anti-Semitism after attack at rabbi's home

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Bill de Blasio says an 'atmosphere of hate' has developed and that the 'forces of hate have been unleashed'

NYC MAYOR. In this file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference held in front of Gracie Mansion on September 20, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Rivals clash with frontrunner Biden at Democratic debate

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Joe Biden is leading polls for the nod to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, and nearly all of the other 9 Democrats onstage attack him at some point

RIVALS. Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Huge power outage that plunged Manhattan into darkness ends

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) About 42,000 Manhattan residents were affected by the blackout that happened on Saturday, July 13

BLACKOUT. A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness from above during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of New Yorkers are without power as a major outage left portions of Manhattan, including Times Square and the Upper West Side in the dark and disrupting subway service across the city. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP.

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Democratic NY mayor wins second term – U.S. media

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:03 AM

The vote is seen as a ringing endorsement for De Blasio's anti-Trump stance in an overwhelmingly Democratic city where 80% of the electorate voted for Hillary Clinton and Trump is despised

RE-ELECTED. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio greets people at the 72nd Street subway stop on the Upper West Side of New York on November 7, 2017. Timothy A Clary/AFP

Trump denies transition disarray, Bannon criticism intensifies

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Despite Trump s denial there are mounting signs of turmoil in the process of selecting a cabinet and filling an estimated 4 000 political appointments

A pedestrian walks on 5th Avenue across the street from Trump Tower in New York on November 9, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Racially charged joke causes controversy for Clinton

Apr 13, 2016 - 8:21 AM

A racially charged comedy routine between Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has prompted outrage and mockery

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after a rally at the Javits Center on March 2, 2016 in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Millions in US brace for monster blizzard

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:51 AM

2nd UPDATE Forecasters say the US capital and the surrounding area could see up to two feet of snow accumulate in a short time from Friday to Saturday January 22 to January 23 coupled with fierce winds

PREPPING FOR THE STORM. A picture made available on January 21, 2016 of fire truck drives down a snow-covered road during snowfall, in downtown Washington, DC, USA, late January 20, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

New York City 'aware' of new ISIS video threat, vows defiance

Nov 19, 2015 - 2:14 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio vows that the people of his city will not be frightened into changing their daily lives

NO SPECIFIC THREAT. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (R) watches as members of the New York City Police Department's new Critical Response Command (CRC) depart on their first day on patrol in the new counterterrorism unit at the unit's headquarters on Randall's Island in New York, New York, USA, on 16 November 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Obama leads US in moment of silence on 9/11

Sep 11, 2015 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED At 8:46 am on the South Lawn of the White House a bell chimed 3 times to mark the moment when Flight 11 piloted by Al Qaeda operatives careened into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York

14 YEARS. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 11, 2015, to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Earth's 'cousin,' YouTube updates, the latest Tomb Raider game | SciTech4u

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:48 PM

Rappler s business reporter and tech enthusiast Chris Schnabel sits in for Matthew Ang where he gives a rundown of Apple s latest earnings YouTube s newest features and San Francisco s pee proof walls

19 hurt as blast, then fire bring down New York buildings

Mar 27, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED The cause of the incident is under investigation but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work at the site

COLLAPSE. Firefighters respond to an explosion and partial building collapse, in lower Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, 26 March 2015. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Fil-Am lawyer heads NYC human rights commission

Mar 15, 2015 - 2:46 PM

Carmelyn Malalis has a big job ahead of her: to head a toothless human rights agency and make it relevant to the citizens of America s largest city

45 quotable quotes from 2014’s New York tech meetups

Jan 31, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Here s a roundup of 45 tips and tidbits of wisdom from the startup presenters investors lawyers authors and other personalities in the New York tech scene

A TECHIE CROWD. All photos by Dennis Clemente.

Thousands bid farewell to murdered New York cop

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:21 AM

A sea of blue uniformed officers line the streets outside a Brooklyn funeral home to honor Wenjian Liu 32 shot in the head with partner Rafael Ramos 40 on December 20

GOODBYE. Pei Xia Chen (C), wife of slain New York Police Officer Wenjian Lui, holds a picture of her late husband during his funeral at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 04 January 2015. Peter Foley/EPA

Prayer vigil held in New York for slain police officer

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The married father of two was killed in an anti police attack

Pemberton trial, Lacson resignation, Sony film release | The wRap

Dec 24, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Philippine court suspends US Marine trial Lacson steps down February 2015 Sony will release controversial film “The Interview” on Christmas Day

Protesters defy New York call for moratorium

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Dozens of anti police protesters defy a call from Mayor Bill de Blasio urging New Yorkers to suspend demonstrations until after murdered police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are buried

TRIBUTES. A man pays his respects at a memorial where two New York Police Department officers who were shot and killed last Saturday on December 23, 2014 in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Shock, anger in NY after police murders

Dec 22, 2014 - 7:11 AM

The double killing in a city where murders are at their lowest rates in 20 years further strains the already fraught relations between Mayor Bill de Blasio and police

'ASSASSINATED.' Police Officers Wenjian Liu (L) and Rafael Ramos (R). Images courtesy New York Police Department

Gunman kills two New York City police officers

Dec 21, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The shootings came amid anger over the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and a grand jury s decision not to press charges against him

NYPD SHOT. Police are seen on the scene at Tompkins and Myrtle avenues in Brooklyn where two New York City police officers were shot in New York, New York, USA, 20 December 2014. The 2 police officers died from their wounds and the shooter fled to a nearby subway station where he died reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot, according to media and police reports. EPA/JOHN TAGGART

Hagupit weakens, death toll, US 'centuries of racism' | The wRap

Dec 08, 2014 - 7:38 PM

Hagupit weakens into a tropical storm The Red Cross says Hagupit kills at least 21 people mostly in Samar New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says America needs to confront “centuries of racism ”

New York mayor: 'centuries of racism' in US

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:35 AM

America s largest city has become the center point of the demonstrations demanding justice for black men who have died at the hands of white policemen in recent weeks

A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Protests after no charges in NYC police death of black man

Dec 04, 2014 - 7:30 AM

UPDATE Eric Garner s death is one of a string of high profile racially charged incidents in which white officers have been accused of using unreasonable force or being too quick to fire at black suspects

A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Modi gets to business quickly meeting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and discussing disease treatment with the director of the National Cancer Institute Nobel laureate Harold Varmus

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

Pulitzer-winning Fil-Am journalist freed after being held at US border

Jul 16, 2014 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED Pulitzer prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas has been in the southern US state to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have flooded across the border

DETAINED. The detention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Fil-Am Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas shocks the Twitterverse. Screengrab from Twitter

Report exposes culture of beatings at New York prison

Jul 15, 2014 - 11:09 AM

New York Times report: 129 prisoners suffered serious injuries in altercations with guards over an 11 month period at New York s Rikers Island last year

A view of the sign out side Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, New York, USA, 17 May 2011. Andrew Gombert/EPA

New York digs for survivors after blast kills 7

Mar 14, 2014 - 8:34 AM

At least 7 people are dead following a gas explosion that flattened two Manhattan apartment buildings

AFTER THE BLAST. A view of the scene of an explosion that occurred on March 12 destroying two buildings as firefighters continue to try and extinguish the fire in New York on March 13, 2014 Justin Lane/EPA

4 dead, 63 hurt as NY buildings collapse

Mar 13, 2014 - 6:56 AM

7TH UPDATE The explosion flattened two residential buildings and was caused by a gas leak 4 people died and 63 were reported injured

RAISED ALARMS. Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton/AFP

NY aims to drive out Central Park's horse-drawn carriages

Mar 11, 2014 - 10:25 AM

Calling the practice inhumane NY Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will be getting rid of horse drawn carriages in his city

INHUMANE. A carriage horse in its stall at Clinton Park Stables February 26, 2014 on the west side of Manhattan in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to eliminate the horse drawn carriages that take riders through Central Park and replace them with replicas of vintage cars, while the carriage industry is fighting back, advocating that the horses remain in the park. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA

Blizzard Hercules brings chaos to northern US

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The snowstorm caused one casualty closed major roads and canceled thousands of flights

WRATH OF HERCULES. People walk in Maverick Square as a snowstorm begins January 2, 2014 in East Boston, Massachusetts. Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Snowstorm slams northeastern US

Jan 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Residents are urged to stay indoors while a state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey

People walk in Maverick Square as a snowstorm begins January 2, 2014 in East Boston, Massachusetts. Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

New York mayor sworn in, ends Bloomberg era

Jan 02, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Democrat Bill de Blasio is sworn in as New Year s mayor ending the 12 year Bloomberg era

Turnout weak for New York mayoral election

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:27 AM

Less than a quarter of the New York electorate voted in Tuesday s mayoral election that swept progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio to power according to preliminary results

Democrats unseat Republicans in NY, Virginia in US polls

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:58 PM

Some races were seen as litmus tests for future national voting

NEW VIRGINIA GOV. In this file photo, Terry McAuliffe, Democratic nominee in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election, campaigns at an event at Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia, USA 03 November 2013. EPA/Pete Marovich/Pool

New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor

Nov 06, 2013 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED Progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio has been elected mayor of New York replacing billionaire Michael Bloomberg

NEW NYC MAYOR. New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio smiles as he casts his vote, 5 November 2013. Photo courtesy of the De Blasio campaign

New York City goes to the polls to replace Bloomberg

Sep 10, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Amid much soul searching over Bloomberg s legacy the man leading the polls is the one who is least like him

WHO'S THE NEXT NYC MAYOR? In this photo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C) speaks during a press conference August 19, 2013 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP