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'sopranos' actor and rao's owner frank pellegrino sr. dies


rao’s legend and “sopranos” star frank pellegrino sr. died on tuesday aged 72 following a cancer battle.the famed harlem restaurateur’s close friend bo dietl told page six, “we lost a part of new york today when we lost frankie. there’s nobody like him, he’s an icon.”dietl, a former nypd detective and now new york city mayoral candidate said pellegrino p ed away just before 2p.m. at memorial sloan kettering hospital with his family at his side.dietl continued, “rao’s may be over 100 years old, but the person who made rao’s what it is, was frankie. it is a place that is so unique because of him and it not going to be the same without him. he was big-hearted and generous and always took care of people. what a shining star and a big personality, i will miss singing along with him every thursd






rao’s owner frank pellegrino sr. dies of cancer


rao’s legend and “sopranos” star frank pellegrino sr. died on tuesday aged 72 following a cancer battle.the famed harlem restaurateur’s close friend bo dietl told page six, “we lost a part of new york today when we lost frankie. there’s nobody like him, he’s an icon.”dietl, a former nypd detective and now new york city mayoral candidate said pellegrino p ed away just before 2p.m. at memorial sloan kettering hospital with his family at his side.dietl continued, “rao’s may be over 100 years old, but the person who made rao’s what it is, was frankie. it is a place that is so unique because of him and it not going to be the same without him. he was big-hearted and generous and always took care of people. what a shining star and a big personality, i will miss singing along with him every thursd






man’s body found floating in harlem river


a man’s body was found floating in the harlem river early wednesday, officials said. the fully-clothed body surfaced near the peter jay sharp boathouse on w. 206th st. and ninth ave. about 7:10 a.m., cops said. an nypd harbor unit recovered the body and brought it to a nearby dock. cops were not immediately able to identify the man, who appeared to be in his 40s. the city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how he died.send a letter to the editorjoin the conver ion:facebooktweet






harlem creep stalks, fondles woman who wouldn't give out number


police in harlem are looking for a man who followed a woman home from a restaurant after she wouldn’t give him her number, then cornered her in an elevator and fondled her. the suspect stalked the 27-year-old woman as she left a chinese restaurant at about 10:20 p.m. wednesday, police sources said. once inside a building at adam clayton powell jr. blvd. and w. 142nd st., the man exposed himself and touched the woman’s buttocks, cops said.send a letter to the editorjoin the conversation:facebooktweet






harlem creep stalks, fondles woman who wouldn't give out number


police in harlem are looking for a man who followed a woman home from a restaurant after she wouldn’t give him her number, then cornered her in an elevator and fondled her. the suspect stalked the 27-year-old woman as she left a chinese restaurant at about 10:20 p.m. wednesday, police sources said. once inside a building at adam clayton powell jr. blvd. and w. 142nd st., the man exposed himself and touched the woman’s buttocks, cops said.tags:stalkingnew york sexual assaultssend a letter to the editorjoin the conversation:facebooktweet






harlem charter school principal busted for $14g in unpaid tolls


a harlem charter school principal was arrested for blowing off more than $14,000 in tolls and fees at the george washington bridge, officials said. ashley blount, 28, the principal of the harlem children’s zone’s promise academy ii high school on e. 125th st., was stopped in her 2004 honda accord after rolling through an e-zp toll lane in ft. lee at 7:30 a.m.(google maps street view) port authority cops pulled blount, of ensack, over and found that her e-zp had been revoked and she owed $14,096, including $3,146 in tolls and $10,950 in fees. she was charged with theft of service.tags:tollssend a letter to the editorjoin the conver ion:facebooktweet






man fatally struck by train in harlem subway


a man was struck and killed by a downtown d train in a harlem subway station on friday, police said. the man was walking across the tracks — from the uptown platform to the downtown platform — in the b/d station on 155th st. and frederick dougl blvd. at 11:20 p.m. when he was hit, cops said. the man, whose name and age were not immediately released, appeared to be homeless, authorities said. he died in the station.man faints, falls onto subway tracks in manhattan, avoids injury police and mta employees temporarily shut down service at the stop as they investigated. in a separate incident in brooklyn, thirty minutes earlier, a man lost part of his arm after being run over by a b train at the elevated brighton beach station. the man was struck and t ped by the train around 10:50 p.m., offic






man arrested for fatally shooting mother of two in harlem home


cops have arrested a 21-year-old man they say fatally s a mother of two inside a harlem apartment, officials said wednesday. malachi colon is accused of killing 24-year-old natalie (glo) vasquez inside her apartment in the king tower houses on fifth ave. near w. 114th st. around 2 a.m. on dec. 9. vasquez’s roommate went outside to smoke, leaving two visitors to the apartment behind with her, and was walking back to the apartment when he heard a s . “why did you do that for?” one of the men inside the apartment was heard saying by neighbors after the s rang out. vasquez was s in the head and died at the scene.brooklyn teen arrested for threatening to shoot up high school colon was one of the two men inside the apartment when vasquez was s . detectives managed to track down the other man, w






harlem special election is an ugly snapshot of local politics


tuesday’s special election in harlem for a city council seat offers a nice snapshot of local politics — or maybe an ugly snapshot.the seat opened up when inez dickens won election to the state assembly — neatly finding a new job before term limits left her unemployed. mayor de blasio opted to set the date for the election to replace her for feb. 14 — valentine’s day.guess he’d rather lovers not be voters? special elections always see low turnout, but the mayor plainly figured the hacks should really have an advantage on this one. still, nine candidates qualified for the ballot.dickens and the harlem old guard — ex-rep. charlie rangel, manhattan party chair keith wright, etc. — back larry scott blackmon, an exec with freshdirect.and that backing has already helped him big-time: the board of






harlem's schomburg center designated a national historic landmark


with national landmark status, a new director, innovative digital tools and commendable, generations-old goals, the schomburg center for research in black culture in harlem is ready for 2017 and beyond. in january, the u.s. national park service designated the schomburg center a national historic landmark for its “exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the united states.” “we are delighted at this recognition of arturo schomburg’s vision to have the world of black culture — and black culture the world over, preserved and made accessible for study and thoughtful contemplation,” said kevin young, the schomburg’s new director. last month, young — a distinguished professor and former curator of literary collections and the raymond danowski poetry library






east harlem shoplifting suspect flees squad car, cop suspended


a shoplifting suspect who slipped out of an nypd squad car saturday is back in cuffs, and one of the cops who bungled his arrest has been suspended, police said. cops on monday tracked xavier rivers, 21, to the taft houses on fifth ave. and e. 112th st. in east harlem, where he lives, sources said, and was taken into custody. no charges had been filed. police officer henry vidal, a 14-year veteran assigned to the 23rd precinct as a neighborhood coordination officer has been suspended after the suspected thief's escape, and his partner, officer kerri-ann smith, was not disciplined, sources said. the officers initially captured rivers on e. 102nd st. near madison ave. at about 12:30 p.m. saturday, after the manager at a nearby duane reade called one of the cops and said she had just spotted






swastikas, anti-semitic messages found on manhattan subway train


anti-semitic screeds advocating the killing of jews were found scrawled on a manhattan subway train, police sources said monday. a straphanger riding the northbound no. 1 train in harlem saturday afternoon pointed out the black marker graffiti to the motorman. the hate messages included “kill all the jews” and “cut the heads off jews.” swastikas were also found. the nypd's hate crime task force is investigating the incident.commuters remove anti-semitic vandalism from manhattan train from election day, nov. 8, through dec. 31, there were 82 bias incidents, including 41 of an anti-semitic nature. that was a 36% jump from the 60 incidents that took place in the same period in 2015.tags:hate crimesmtanypdwest harlemsend a letter to the editorjoin the conversation:facebooktweet






bronx man busted for impersonating a cop in harlem


maybe he wanted to see what it felt like to be on the right side of the law. police arrested a 27-year-old man with an extensive criminal record for impersonating a cop in harlem — after he was caught doling out warnings to turnstile jumpers, officials said. jonathan cabrera, of the bronx, was nabbed inside the 2 and 3 train 125th st. station about 4 p.m. on wednesday wearing a silver-and-blue police shield around his neck on a chain, according to cops. he was stopping turnstile jumpers, checking their ids and threatening to give them a summons, officials said.drunken queens driver impersonates cop, tries to swipe gun a plainclothes transit cop watched cabrera identify himself as a police officer. that’s when the cop pulled out his own — very real — badge and arrested cabrera, officials s






nyc teacher gets 20-years-to-life in prison for molesting 2 boys


a harlem music teacher darnelle watts was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison wednesday for sexually assaulting two fifth-grade boys. watts, 29, who was also an after school aide at promise academy ii, attacked the young victims — ages 10 and 12 — in encounters spanning 2014 and 2015. one of the boys, in a statement read in manhattan supreme court by the prosecutor at the sentencing, said he was looking for help in math and watts volunteered to assist him before taking advantage of him. “i was very elated when he offered to help,” the older of the two kids wrote. "then one day he had touched me inappropriately and made me feel disgusted and uncomfortable."feds probing fox news in undisclosed criminal investigation he said before the abuse, he’d been a "happy, bright child" and that af






new york history represented at new smithsonian museum


visitors to the recently opened national museum of african american history and culture in washington, d.c., may have seen objects from some of its exhibitions on display at other institutions, but it’s spectacular to see historically significant, creatively displayed pieces of history in one place — and new york city and harlem are definitely in the house. the new institution — a smithsonian institution museum containing more than 36,000 artifacts — has five major exhibition areas: slavery and freedom, 1400 77; the era of segregation, 1877-1968; a changing america, 1968 and beyond, and community galleries and cultural expressions. on all five levels, people, events and documents reflect new york city’s presence in the history of americans of african descent. in the slavery and freedom se






east harlem shoplifting suspect flees squad car, cop suspended


a shoplifting suspect who slipped out of an nypd squad car saturday is back in cuffs, and one of the cops who bungled his arrest has been suspended, police said. cops on monday tracked xavier rivers, 21, to the taft houses on fifth ave. and e. 112th st. in east harlem, where he lives, sources said, and was taken into custody. no charges had been filed. police officer henry vidal, a 14-year veteran assigned to the 23rd precinct as a neighborhood coordination officer has been suspended after the suspected thief's escape, and his partner, officer kerri-ann smith, was not disciplined, sources said. the officers initially captured rivers on e. 102nd st. near madison ave. at about 12:30 p.m. saturday, after the manager at a nearby duane reade called one of the cops and said she had just spotted






man arrested for fatally shooting mother of two in harlem home


cops have arrested a 21-year-old man they say fatally s a mother of two inside a harlem apartment, officials said wednesday. malachi colon is accused of killing 24-year-old natalie (glo) vasquez inside her apartment in the king tower houses on fifth ave. near w. 114th st. around 2 a.m. on dec. 9. vasquez’s roommate went outside to smoke, leaving two visitors to the apartment behind with her, and was walking back to the apartment when he heard a s . “why did you do that for?” one of the men inside the apartment was heard saying by neighbors after the s rang out. vasquez was s in the head and died at the scene.brooklyn teen arrested for threatening to shoot up high school colon was one of the two men inside the apartment when vasquez was s . detectives managed to track down the other man, w






this nyc neighborhood has the highest booze enforcement rate


don’t drink on your stoop in east harlem or it’ll cost you $25.police in manhattan’s 25th precinct blitzed 2,399 people with tickets for quaffing booze from open containers last year, the highest alcohol enforcement rate in the city at 5,363 tickets per 100,000 residents, a post analysis of nypd records and census data shows.two out of every five tickets issued by east harlem cops were for drinking in public, the records show.the no. 2 precinct for slapping slurpers with summonses was the 45th, which includes mott haven in the bronx, at a rate of 4,060 per 100,000 residents. the 14th precinct in midtown was third with 3,308 tickets per 100,000 people.another 13 precincts, including those encompassing williamsburg, the lower east side and fort greene, gave out more than 2,000 tickets per 10






con ed settles with state for $153.3m in fatal 2014 nyc gas blast


albany - con edison has agreed to a $153.3 million settlement with state regulators in the case of the 2014 east harlem gas explosion that killed eight people. the agreement between the public service commission and con edison is the largest gas safety-related settlement in new york history and will ensure that the utility — and not ratepayers — pay for repairs to its gas distribution system, officials announced thursday. "the east harlem explosion was devastating and entirely avoidable," gov. cuomo said. "this landmark action is a pointed reminder to the energy companies of their awesome responsibility to maintain safety first and foremost.”the deadly explosion in east harlem killed eight people in 2014. the public service commission found con edison failed to properly install a gas line






harlem man busted for mugging three women in central park


a harlem man has been charged in a string of robberies in central park, including the back-to-back muggings of a two women. shaiquisse mont, 20, was taken into custody wednesday and charged with the two friday muggings, as well as a jan. 19 incident where he robbed a parkgoer, then pulled down his pants and demanded she perform a act on him, cops said. friday’s muggings happened minutes apart, at around noon, police sources said. first, mont targeted a 38-year-old deaf woman near w. 100st st., and pushed her to the ground, cops said.‘weak’ mugger targets two women, one age 80, in central park he demanded her money and phone, but when she pointed to her hearing aid, he apologized, telling her, “god bless you,” sources said. a few minutes later, he grabbed an 80-year-old woman from behind,






tv highlights: bet tells nelson mandela’s story in ‘madiba’


arrow (cw at 8) oliver finds an unexpected ally in his quest to take down kovar, but her help could come at an impossible cost.criminal minds (cbs at 9) the bau is called in to investigate the source of a bizarre hieroglyph it has encountered in previous cases.the magicians (syfy at 9) quentin and the group search for a new weapon in their fight against the beast.premieresthe quad (bet at 10) anika noni-rose plays the new president of a historically black college in this new drama. jasmine guy (“a different world”) also stars.spy in the wild (weta and mpt at 8) this five-part “nature” miniseries observes animals using remote-controlled eras installed inside lifelike animal “robots.” the first installment explores how animals love and display their emotions.documentaryaurora: fire in the sk






man fatally struck by train in harlem subway


a man was struck and killed by a downtown d train in a harlem subway station on friday, police said. the man was walking across the tracks — from the uptown platform to the downtown platform — in the b/d station on 155th st. and frederick douglass blvd. at 11:20 p.m. when he was hit, cops said. the man, whose name and age were not immediately released, appeared to be homeless, authorities said. he died in the station.man faints, falls onto subway tracks in manhattan, avoids injury(sam costanza for new york daily news) police and mta employees temporarily shut down service at the stop as they investigated. in a separate incident in brooklyn, thirty minutes earlier, a man lost part of his arm after being run over by a b train at the elevated brighton beach station. the man was struck and tr






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state sen. bill perkins wins old city council seat


albany — state sen. bill perkins is heading back to his roots on the city council. perkins (d-harlem) tuesday night easily won his old seat in a nine-way special election to replace inez dickens, who left for the state assembly in january. with 97.85% of the votes reported, perkins had a more than 15-point lead over his closest opponent, marvin holland. elected to the senate in 2006, perkins previously spent eight years on the city council, having served as deputy majority leader.nyc pols vote for bills to improve three-quarter house rules he will immediately resign his senate seat, and get a bump in pay. city council members make $148,500 a year while state lawmakers are paid a base salary of $79,500, and perkins did not get a significant raise during his decade in the legislature. his d






witness mistakes juror for man suspected of killing nypd cop


a witness in the case against a man accused of murdering a harlem police officer confused a juror with the suspect in court on tuesday. isni nezaj testified in manhattan criminal court that he saw alleged cop killer tyrone howard on the fdr with a weapon in his hand moments after officer randolph holder, 33, was shot dead on oct. 20, 2015. nezaj showed the jury how the man he saw ran with a limp. “he had the gun in his hand, and he was running.” he told the court.partner of slain nypd cop tells encounter with killer later that night, nezaj said he saw howard, 32, on tv and realized that was the man who ran by his car near e. 120th st. when asked if he recognized anyone in the courtroom, nezaj said “yes” — and pointed at juror no. 6, who gave a thumbs-up and took a sip from his iced tea.






late night out? stars who look worse for wear


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transit union political director eyes harlem council seat


there's nothing messier than politics, but city council candidate marvin holland thinks he has the experience to clean things up. born and raised on the lower east side, the 54-year-old member of transport workers union local 100 — who started as a station cleaner — has entered the crowded field to replace inez dickens, the longtime city councilmember for harlem’s 9th district. dickens, who held that seat since 2005, successfully staved off a challenger to win the state embly seat for the 70th district. that seat was vacated by incumbent keith wright, who pledged not to seek re-election during his failed bid for the congressional seat left open when another longtime harlem politician, charles rangel, officially retired. now a special election on feb. 14 — there are 12 candidates — will de






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remembering the life and legacy of andy warhol


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transit union political director eyes harlem council seat


there's nothing messier than politics, but city council candidate marvin holland thinks he has the experience to clean things up. born and raised on the lower east side, the 54-year-old member of transport workers union local 100 — who started as a station cleaner — has entered the crowded field to replace inez dickens, the longtime city council member for harlem’s 9th district. dickens, who held that seat since 2005, successfully staved off a challenger to win the state embly seat for the 70th district. that seat was vacated by incumbent keith wright, who pledged not to seek re-election during his failed bid for the congressional seat left open when another longtime harlem politician, charles rangel, officially retired. now a special election on feb. 14 — there are 12 candidates — will d






bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef party


p o: craig hlavaty image 1of/15captioncloseimage 1 of 15p os: bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef partyon super bowl sunday afternoon the saint arnold brewing company and the houston barbecue festival team once again held its annual super beef sunday party, featuring three different bbq teams dishing out smoked goodness. this year's fourth annual "beef bowl" featured 'cue from pinkerton's barbecue, the upcoming harlem road texas bbq, and wayne mueller from louie mueller barbecue in taylor, all served in the brewery's banquet hall. click through to see what was on the menu at the brewery on sunday afternoon... lessp os: bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef partyon super bowl sunday afternoon the saint arnold brewing company and the houston barbecue festiv






harlem black power exhibit lets visitors experience the movement


two young techies were recently formatting digital exhibitions at harlem’s schomburg center for research in black culture, working on the p os and speeches that compose “black power 50” — an exhibition that marks the golden anniversary of the ideas, politics and actions that started the black power movement in america. as they uploaded a film clip of dr. martin luther king jr., i got a sneak preview of the exhibit, and there was every indication that it will resonate with all the conviction and excitement expressed by sylviane diouf, the exhibition curator. “as the curator of the black power exhibits,” she said, “i enjoyed the experience. google’s builder-friendly platform enabled me, with no programming skills, to create the exhibitions in real time changing, adding and deleting as many






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something is rotten at the board of elections


something stinks in harlem — and at the board of elections.in what critics claim is an extraordinary political deal, seven of the 10 commissioners on the city’s board of elections abstained in a vote to remove a politically-connected candidate, larry scott blackmon, from the ballot — overruling their own lawyers and ignoring legal precedent.the case involves the feb. 14 special election to fill the harlem city council seat vacated by inez dickens, who won the state embly spot given up by manhattan democratic party chairman keith wright.among the nine candidates is blackmon, who is backed by dickens and wright.but blackmon made a big mistake — he submitted petitions to run under the banner of the “harlem family” party while gathering petitions.the board’s chief lawyer, steven richman, said






bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef party


p o: craig hlavaty image 1of/15captioncloseimage 1 of 15p os: bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef partyon super bowl sunday afternoon the saint arnold brewing company and the houston barbecue festival team once again held its annual super beef sunday party, featuring three different bbq teams dishing out smoked goodness. this year's fourth annual "beef bowl" featured 'cue from pinkerton's barbecue, the upcoming harlem road texas bbq, and wayne mueller from louie mueller barbecue in taylor, all served in the brewery's banquet hall. click through to see what was on the menu at the brewery on sunday afternoon... lessp os: bbq and beers at saint arnold and houbbq's super beef partyon super bowl sunday afternoon the saint arnold brewing company and the houston barbecue festiv