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Christopher Mathias
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New York Editor at The Huffington Post.

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The NYPD Has A Long History Of Killing Unarmed Black Men

(324) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two. The tall, 400-pound man, who was known around his Staten Island neighborhood as a "gentle giant" nicknamed "Big E," was approached Thursday outside a New York City store by a group of NYPD officers who accused...

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Meet The First Woman To Make It Into The FDNY's Sexy 'Calendar Of Heroes'

(69) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:49 AM

There are over 10,000 New York City firefighters. Only 41 of those firefighters are women -- the highest number of women on the force in 30 years -- and only one of those women made it into this year's sexy FDNY Calendar of Heroes. In fact, she's the...

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West Nile Virus Detected In New York City Mosquitoes

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:57 AM

The West Nile Virus has been detected in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this summer, the city's Health Department announced Monday.

Mosquitos collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town in Staten Island tested positive for the virus.

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This Is How The FDNY Mourns One Of Its Own

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Thousands of firefighters gathered outside Church of St. Clare in Staten Island, New York, Thursday to mourn one of their own.


Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas' casket was carried to and from the service in the back of a fire truck. Ambelas, 40, had...

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New York Could Decriminalize Pot For More Than Just White People

(21) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:26 PM

NEW YORK -- A comprehensive new bill would ensure that marijuana in New York state is decriminalized not only for white people, but for all people, a group of progressive lawmakers said Wednesday.

Under the Fairness and Equity Act, those arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana would not...

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You Can Thank This 14-Year-Old Boy For Helping To Legalize Medical Marijuana In New York

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Fourteen-year-old Oliver Miller suffered a stroke in utero that left him significantly handicapped, and still causes him to have hundreds of debilitating seizures every day.

His mother, Missy Miller, says Oliver needs access to medical marijuana, which has been shown to ease seizures in children. Oliver, she

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GOP Candidate Makes Terrible Joke About Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

(32) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino made a tasteless joke Tuesday about the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Astorino was accusing incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of keeping his running mate Kathy Hochul out of the campaign spotlight when he made the gaffe, Lohud reports.


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Ice Cream Truck Jingle Is Driving New Yorkers Crazy

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:57 AM

For all the joys of summer in New York City, there's also that pervasive and maddening melody blasted out of so many Mister Softee ice cream trucks prowling the city's streets.

Turns out the city has received thousands of complaints regarding the jingle. The...

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The Bizarre Attraction That Is New York City's Boat Graveyard

(9) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 7:33 AM

It's where ships in New York City go to die-- and it's become a tourist attraction.

(Photo by @giseled)

Located on Staten Island's south shore near Fresh Kills landfill, the marine scrapyard is the city's official dumping ground for decommissioned ferries, tugboats and barges. Some of the ships have languished for decades, leaving the elements to reduce the vessels into rusted skeletons jutting out of the water and mud.

The graveyard goes by many names: the Witte Marine Scrap Yard, the Arthur Kill Boat Yard, the "Staten Island Boat Graveyard," "the Tugboat Graveyard," or as one magazine once described it, "an accidental marine museum." (Its official name these days is actually the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility.) Whatever you call it, the graveyard makes for some eerie, nautical ruin porn, and has turned into a popular destination for tourists.

In May, the city advertised the graveyard to British tourists as a kind of "spooky" getaway, and on Monday, Instagram gathered the best photos of the graveyard on its platform. Many tourists, it seems, aren't deterred by how long it takes to get to the graveyard. (It's a 13-mile bus ride after you get off the Staten Island Ferry, according to DNAinfo.)

But the trek seems worth it. There's some real beauty in the decaying wrecks. Take a look below.

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Woman's Story Of Going From Teen Mom To Helping Operate A Business Got Over 1 Million 'Likes' In A Day

(47) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:10 PM

It was a story of personal triumph that she wanted to tell for "so long." Fortunately, this unidentified New York woman ran into Brandon Stanton, the man behind one of the Internet's favorite blogs, Humans of New York.

The woman's story was posted...

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Stay In This Brooklyn 'Jail' For Just One Dollar A Night!

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Planning a trip to New York? Great! Need a place to stay but hotels are just so expensive? Even most Airbnb places are too pricey? And you really want to stay in that "hip" Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn you keep hearing about? The one with all the artists?

Well, one...

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This Is What Bill De Blasio Has Done For New York City In His First 6 Months

(55) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM

With a landslide election victory and the cooperation of an increasingly progressive City Council, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the first Democrat to serve as mayor in 20 years -- seemed certain to fulfill his promise to usher in a new era of liberal politics....

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Major NY Network Drops Offensive Term

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Better late than never.

The 24-hour, New York City newschannel NY1 will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant," Capital New York reported Monday. Capital obtained a memo from NY1 news director Dan Jacobson in which he tells staff to instead use the phrase "here illegally," or...

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New York City's Soda Ban Fizzles Out For Good

(30) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 9:24 AM

New York City's efforts to revive former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda ban have finally fizzled out and gone flat.

The state's Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the city's ban on Thursday morning, ruling that the city's health department had "exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority"...

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Will Ferrell Is Really Pumped About The USA-Germany World Cup Game (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Jozy Altidore is out for Team USA in Thursday's crucial match against Germany due to an injury. But that's okay, America. We have a new player: Will Ferrell.

The comedian stopped by U.S. Soccer's #FanHQ party in Recife, Brazil Wednesday night and told American fans that although he's not "in soccer shape" he'd be playing in today's game. Ferrell also promised to go Luis Suarez all over Germany and "bite every German player I have to."

Watch below. Ferrell comes in at the 1:13 mark, right after "Teddy Goalsevelt" leads the crowd in chant of "I BELIEVE."


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Wall Street Attacks Fail To Derail Longtime Harlem Congressman

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:13 PM

A late populist push failed to boost to boost state Sen. Adriano Espaillat over incumbent Rep. Charlie Rangel in the Democratic primary in New York's 13th Congressional District.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday, Rangel had received 47.4 percent of the vote to Espaillat's...

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Charlie Rangel Declares Primary Victory, But Opponent Refuses To Concede

(50) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:47 AM

NEW YORK-- Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel declared victory late Tuesday night in what is likely to be the final primary election of his 44-year congressional career. His top opponent, however, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, refused to concede the race.

With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning,...

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Watch A Great White Shark Ruin A New Jersey Fishing Trip

(11) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:28 PM

A group of friends was fishing off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey on Saturday when they got a surprise visit from a giant great white shark.

NBC Philadelphia reports the 16-foot shark circled the water around the group's 35-foot boat for 20 minutes before biting...

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New York State Reaches Deal On Medical Marijuana, But There's A Huge Catch

(50) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:06 PM

New York is set to become the 23rd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. But there's a catch.

At a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said he and legislative leaders had reached a deal to legalize the use of...

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Family Of Innocent Man Who Spent 23 Years In Prison Sues NYPD For Their Suffering

(83) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:28 PM

It wasn't just David Ranta who suffered during the 20-plus years he spent in prison for a murder he didn't commit. It was his family, too.

That's according to a new $15 million lawsuit filed by his former wife, Patricia Ranta, and their two children, Priscilla and Nicholas. The...

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