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Banksy busted by NYPD: ‘Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity’

British street art superstar Banksy said police on Wednesday prevented him from creating a new piece of art in New York as promised on each day of the month. “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity,” he wrote in a blank window on his website www.banksyny.com under the…

New York planning ‘wireless corridor’ for boosting city’s Internet access

Free Internet access will be given to more neighborhoods across New York as the Big Apple aims to build a “wireless corridor” designed to boost business, officials announced Monday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that from December free web access would be available in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island,…

Student pleads guilty to attempting to kill Muslim taxi cab driver

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – A film student pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime on Tuesday for stabbing a New York City taxi driver in what prosecutors said was an anti-Muslim attack. Michael Enright, 24, faces 9-1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced later…

NYPD spent one million hours arresting marijuana users: report

Could New York hold the record for most pot possession arrests? A new report out Tuesday said police there spent about a million hours taking offenders into custody between 2002 and 2012. The findings by the Drug Policy Alliance, which favors the decriminalization of the substance, was done at the…

New York law would identify buildings with smokers

NEW YORK — New York apartment buildings that permit smoking would be identified under a new law proposed Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Landlords of buildings with three or more units would have to inform prospective tenants and purchasers whether smoking was allowed in apartments and on balconies, as well…

NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ searches increased over 600 percent under Bloomberg

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed Tuesday evening that the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and interrogated more people under Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in 2011 than ever before, with minorities being a regular target. The NYPD detained 684,330 people under a stop-and-frisk procedure, a 600 percent…

New York City in court over homeless shelter policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration went to court on Friday to defend its controversial new application process at homeless shelters, arguing no rules were broken when the policy was adopted without public scrutiny. The city’s Department of Homeless Services in November tried to reduce the number of…

Police block ‘Occupy Wall Street’ rally to shut down New York Stock Exchange

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police prevented protesters from shutting down Wall Street on Thursday, arresting at least 177 people in repeated clashes with an Occupy Wall Street rally that drew fewer demonstrators than expected. Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets in rainy New York…

Colbert: Protesters attacked police batons with their ‘soft, jabable bellies’

On Tuesday’s show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert celebrated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park. Bloomberg admitted Tuesday morning that the decision had been his alone. “New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself,” the mayor said. “What…

Keith Olbermann slams ‘tinpot tyrant’ Mayor Bloomberg

Keith Olbermann condemned New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday after police tore down the nearly two-month-old “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in Zuccotti Park. “Democracy has been protected, not merely by the strenuous efforts of those of us who cherish it,” he said. “But mostly, and most profoundly, by…

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