10/23/14 9:59pm
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Craig Spencer
photo via Facebook

The first case of Ebola in New York City has been confirmed this evening, as Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the disease that is currently ravaging several countries in West Africa. The New York Times reports  that Spencer, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, began feeling ill Wednesday night and was checked into Bellevue Hospital Thursday morning with a fever of 103 and nausea. Spencer lives in Harlem, but is reported to have spent last night in Williamsburg at The Gutter. He is thought to have taken the subway (the lines are unknown at this time, but presumably include the L and—based on Spencer’s home address—the 1/2/3 or A/C) to Williamsburg and a taxi home.  (more…)

10/23/14 4:34pm

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The New York Post is reporting that a Manhattan doctor who’d been working with ebola patients in West Africa has been rushed to Bellevue after showing signs of the virus, and so, ”the Big Apple may have its first case of ebola.” Of course, this isn’t the first time the Post has reported that New York might have its first case of ebola, but no matter—this time they want you to know that it might be for real. (more…)

10/23/14 4:28pm

(Image via Citizens Committee for New York City)

The seventh-annual “Love Your Block” grant program was announced today, a city beautification initiative administered by the Citizens Committee for New York City in partnership with NYC Service and with the support of Citi. Awarded in denominations of $1,000, the Love Your Block grant funds volunteer-led community improvement initiatives across the five boroughs. (more…)

10/23/14 4:13pm

Photo by Jane Bruce.

In craft beer circles (which, yes, is kind of a terrible way to start a sentence!), there aren’t a lot of beers more universally agreed upon than Founders Breakfast Stout. Released each fall, even more so than the Oktoberfests that hit shelves earlier and earlier every year, it’s probably the truest signal that a new season is upon us: its notes of chocolate and coffee, not to mention its considerable warming alcohol presence, are the perfect compliment to the cold weather and a night spent tucked away in the corner of a dark bar.

On the Founders Brewing Company website, they refer to Breakfast Stout as “the coffee lover’s consummate beer.” And for a few years there, it was hard to argue: the coffee presence was the most striking aspect of the beer, especially if you consumed it fresh. But for the past two years, something has seemed a little different. The coffee has been less prominent, in both the aroma and the taste, with dark, slightly bitter chocolate instead taking center stage.


10/23/14 1:02pm
(Photo: NYPDNews)

(Photo: NYPDNews)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city’s District Attorney, and Police Commissioner Bratton held a press conference this morning to introduce a new pilot program for the NYPD. The initiative to have tablets with super crime fighting capabilities in the hands of NYPD officers will be “as fully implemented as possible by next year,” the Mayor said of the new technology that will enable “21st century policing.” (more…)

10/23/14 10:14am


Video seems no match for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s “bad apples” this year, as yet another incident of police brutality gets caught on camera. In the course of a scuffle to arrest an alleged farebeater at the Stillwell Avenue subway station in Coney Island, an undercover NYPD officer kicked a uniformed officer in the head, believing it was the suspect. But the real question is: Why was the officer looking to kick someone in the head in the first place? (more…)

10/23/14 10:12am


On Saturday, October 25th our pals at Bedford + Bowery will bring a bit of North Brooklyn to the Lower East Side. From 11 am to 6 pm the B+B Bazaar takes over Hester Street Fair and yes, Brooklyn Brewery will be providing totally-free-of-cost beer, which means you will literally be pouring money out of your pockets by not attending. (more…)