NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Restroom attendants at
Balthazar, the trend-setting French-style bistro in New York
City, will soon be relieved of their duties watching others
relieve themselves after a customer wrote on his influential
business news website that it is a demeaning job.
Henry Blodget, founder and editor of Business Insider,
published an account on Friday of his consistently uncomfortable
encounters with bathroom attendants in the restaurant in
Manhattan’s upscale Soho neighborhood.
(Reuters) – The suspected gunman in last week’s deadly attack at Los Angeles International Airport wrote a note saying he intended to die after killing at least one security officer, the chairman of a key U.S. security committee said on Sunday.
Twenty-three-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia also discussed weaknesses in airport security in the “suicide” note before Friday’s attack, Michael McCaul, the Republican chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security told CNN.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former home of Tammany Hall, which became a byword for patronage and corruption as the headquarters of New York City’s powerful Democratic political machine, has been declared a historic landmark.
A vote to protect the four-story neo-Georgian building in Union Square was held on Tuesday by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.
NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Lou Reed, the pioneering
songwriter and musician behind the Velvet Underground, one of
the most influential rock bands which fused art and music in
collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at the age
of 71, his literary agent said.
Reed died at a home he shared in Long Island, New York, with
his wife Laurie Anderson following complications from a liver
transplant he had earlier this year, Andrew Wylie, the agent,
(Reuters) – A Colorado prosecutor said his predecessor’s decision not to prosecute the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was made because of a lack of evidence to prove the case, but could not say if he would have made the same choice.
In his first comment since the unsealing of papers on Friday that showed a grand jury had voted to indict Ramsey’s parents in 1999, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett noted that prosecutors face a higher burden of proof than a grand jury.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art have amended their lease to formalize the practice of charging a “recommended” admission fee while still allowing visitors to pay any amount they choose.
The museum, the largest in the United States, was originally intended to be free to the public under its 1878 lease with the city, but since 1971 it has been charging a recommended fee.
NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Ellis Island, the patch of land
in New York Harbor where millions of immigrants first touched
U.S. soil, will partially reopen to the public on Monday, a year
after it was submerged by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters.
The storm destroyed the island’s electrical, communication,
water and sewage systems, but otherwise left its historic
buildings largely undamaged, the National Park Service said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girl’s education, spoke on Thursday of the possibility of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and said she might like to be Pakistan’s prime minister one day.
“If I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I think it will be such a great honor, and more than I deserve, and such a great responsibility as well,” she told an audience at a New York City cultural center on Thursday night.
NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala
Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for
campaigning for girl’s education, spoke on Thursday of the
possibility of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and said
she might like to be Pakistan’s prime minister one day.
“If I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I think it will be such a
great honor, and more than I deserve, and such a great
responsibility as well,” she told an audience at a New York City
cultural center on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident and legal rights activist who accused New York University of forcing him to leave this summer because of alleged pressure from the Chinese government, will be joining The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank.
Chen will become a distinguished fellow in human rights at Witherspoon, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey, for the next three years. He will also be affiliated with The Catholic University of America and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, Luis Tellez, Witherspoon’s president, said in a telephone interview.