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New NYC police commissioner Bill Bratton thinks good community relations will make stop-and-frisk work

If Bill Bratton’s record in Los Angeles is any guide, New York will see little dramatic reduction in the police tactic of stop-and-frisk but improved targeting and community relations will soothe resentment. New York’s newly named police commissioner presided over a surge of stop-and-frisk while running the LA police department…

Picasso’s grandson offering a chance to win $1 million painting for $135

Still stumped for a Christmas present? Then what about an exquisite $1 million Picasso for the living room, yours for just $135 at an online charity raffle. The perfectly preserved Cubist gouache was bought by an anonymous donor from a New York gallery and given to a charity working to…

Two men shot at New York’s Bryant Park ice rink

Two men were shot Saturday night at about 11 pm in Bryant Park, a popular destination in midtown Manhattan that features an ice rink. Video footage shows a victim being lifted into an ambulance while still wearing skates. One victim was injured in the leg, the other in the torso.…

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 enacts tighter work regulations for underage models

New York has passed into law tough new rules governing how underage models can work, hailed by campaigners Tuesday as a step towards ending rampant exploitation. The legislation, signed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo late Monday, will now give models under the age of 18 the same protection…

New York prepares the greatest of pumpkins for Halloween record

New York is smashing records as it turns the world’s largest pumpkin into the centerpiece of a haunted garden sculpted entirely out of the fruit for Halloween. The record-breaker, which weighs an astonishing 2,032 pounds (922 kilograms) and was grown in California, goes on display Saturday at The New York…

Al Qaeda operative captured in Libya brought to U.S. to face trial

A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect who was snatched from Tripoli by US commandos and interrogated on an American warship, has been brought to New York to face trial, a prosecutor said Monday. Anas al-Libi arrived in the United States at the weekend and was brought directly to New York, where he…

New York to boost young girls’ self-esteem with ‘body-beautiful’ campaign

In a city plastered with images of stick-thin models, New York is waging a new campaign to boost self-esteem among girls as young as seven. Adult women the world over struggle with poor body image, but a publicly funded body-beautiful campaign is trying to tackle the problem, targeting girls as…

Street artist Banksy excites New Yorkers with month-long graffiti blitz

World-famous, reclusive artist Banksy is loose on the streets of New York, hosting a unique show that has whipped up excitement among hipsters and the chattering classes. The England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, has promised to unveil a new piece of art on each day of…

Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York

A portrait of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thought lost for two centuries, has turned up in New York, having been bought for less than a hundredth of its probable value. The artwork, painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1813 when Britain and Prussia were threatening to occupy France, shows Napoleon I…

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