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New One World Trade Centre so bland it ‘looks like something they made in Canada’: British street artist Banksy
In conveying the apparent blandness of One World Trade Center, the 541-metre skyscraper built to replace New York City’s destroyed Twin Towers, British street artist Banksy on Sunday equated the structure to something from Canada.
“That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade Center is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.” (Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New One World Trade Centre so bland it ‘looks like something they made in Canada’: British street artist Banksy

In conveying the apparent blandness of One World Trade Center, the 541-metre skyscraper built to replace New York City’s destroyed Twin Towers, British street artist Banksy on Sunday equated the structure to something from Canada.

“That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade Center is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.” (Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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September 11th — Ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, commenced across the U.S. Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013.

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Twin lights over Manhattan — The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and One World Trade Center, left, in a test of the memorial light display, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in New York. The twin beams of light will also appear Wednesday, Sept. 11, twelve years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Twin lights over Manhattan — The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and One World Trade Center, left, in a test of the memorial light display, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in New York. The twin beams of light will also appear Wednesday, Sept. 11, twelve years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Light test for 9-11 — A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction Tower One as they rise behind the building and above lower Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, in honor of those who died in the Setp. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Light test for 9-11 — A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction Tower One as they rise behind the building and above lower Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, in honor of those who died in the Setp. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Shadows in the ropes — Participants practice on a trapeze at  the Trapeze School of New York on the West Side of Manhattan beside the Hudson River on August 26, 2013 in New York City. Over recent years, much of the West Side of Manhattan along the river has been re-developed into parks, restaurants and walking paths.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ten years after the massive North American blackout plunged millions into darkness, power grid more robust, but still vulnerable
The North American power grid has come a long way since a massive blackout plunged parts of Canada and eastern U.S. into darkness 10 years ago, but experts say the system is still vulnerable to cyber threats, human error and extreme weather.

The electrical failure — the worst in North America’s history — began when a tree branch touched a power line in Ohio and then spread through eight U.S. states and Ontario, affecting more than 50 million people. Some cities did not get their power restored for four days. (Photos: Peter J. Thompson / National Post; NOAA/Getty Images; AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)

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Manhattanhenge — The sun sets along 42nd Street in Manhattan during an annual phenomenon known as “Manhattanhenge,” when the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s transit grid, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Manhattanhenge — The sun sets along 42nd Street in Manhattan during an annual phenomenon known as “Manhattanhenge,” when the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s transit grid, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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NYC’s One World Trade Center gets its shiny, silver topping: spire installation completes symbolic height of 1,776 feetThe silver spire topping One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building’s roof, bringing the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet.The spire’s installation was completed Friday morning, after pieces of it had been transported to the roof of the building last week. Construction workers below applauded the milestone.The 1,776 feet is symbolic of the year 1776, when the U.S. declared its independence. (Julio Cortez / AP Photo)

NYC’s One World Trade Center gets its shiny, silver topping: spire installation completes symbolic height of 1,776 feet

The silver spire topping One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building’s roof, bringing the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The spire’s installation was completed Friday morning, after pieces of it had been transported to the roof of the building last week. Construction workers below applauded the milestone.

The 1,776 feet is symbolic of the year 1776, when the U.S. declared its independence. (Julio Cortez / AP Photo)

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner could have second political life in bid for New York MayorFormer U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, says he’s weighing a run for New York City mayor this year.The Democrat told The New York Times Magazine in a story posted online Wednesday that “it’s now or maybe never for me” but acknowledged that it’s a long shot because some people “just don’t have room for a second narrative about me.”Weiner said that his political committee spent more than $100,000 on polling and research by Obama’s longtime pollster, David Binder, but said he doesn’t know when he’ll decide on entering the race.“It won’t be something as pedestrian as `Do I think I’ll win?’” he said. “It will be something more like `Does it feel like I should be involved in this debate? Someone should be out there saying A, B or C.’”

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner could have second political life in bid for New York Mayor
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, says he’s weighing a run for New York City mayor this year.

The Democrat told The New York Times Magazine in a story posted online Wednesday that “it’s now or maybe never for me” but acknowledged that it’s a long shot because some people “just don’t have room for a second narrative about me.”

Weiner said that his political committee spent more than $100,000 on polling and research by Obama’s longtime pollster, David Binder, but said he doesn’t know when he’ll decide on entering the race.

“It won’t be something as pedestrian as `Do I think I’ll win?’” he said. “It will be something more like `Does it feel like I should be involved in this debate? Someone should be out there saying A, B or C.’”

'We cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers:' Extreme anti-Islam posters to cover New York subway stations next weekAnti-Islam posters with depictions of the World Trade Towers in flames will be plastered around 50 different New York MTA stations beginning December 17.The $10,000-plus campaign is part of an ongoing campaign by Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.While previous posters, which read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” were vandalized within an hour when they were put up in September, Geller told the New York Observer that she’s now prepared. Geller has made twice as many posters.“I refuse to abridge my free speech so as to appease savages,” she said.

'We cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers:' Extreme anti-Islam posters to cover New York subway stations next week
Anti-Islam posters with depictions of the World Trade Towers in flames will be plastered around 50 different New York MTA stations beginning December 17.

The $10,000-plus campaign is part of an ongoing campaign by Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

While previous posters, which read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” were vandalized within an hour when they were put up in September, Geller told the New York Observer that she’s now prepared. Geller has made twice as many posters.

“I refuse to abridge my free speech so as to appease savages,” she said.

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‘Doomed:’ New York Post faces storm of backlash over cover photo of man about to be killed by subway train The New York Post is under fire today for publishing a front page photograph of a man seconds away from being crushed to death by an oncoming subway train, also prompting questions about why the tabloid’s photographer did not help the man.Ki Suk Han, 58, was killed shortly after being pushed on to the subways tracks after a short skirmish with another man, who according to bystanders, was panhandling and cursing at subway riders.New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi happened to be on the platform as the incident occurred and began shooting pictures, saying he was hoping the subway operator would be warned by his flash going off.

‘Doomed:’ New York Post faces storm of backlash over cover photo of man about to be killed by subway train
The New York Post is under fire today for publishing a front page photograph of a man seconds away from being crushed to death by an oncoming subway train, also prompting questions about why the tabloid’s photographer did not help the man.

Ki Suk Han, 58, was killed shortly after being pushed on to the subways tracks after a short skirmish with another man, who according to bystanders, was panhandling and cursing at subway riders.

New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi happened to be on the platform as the incident occurred and began shooting pictures, saying he was hoping the subway operator would be warned by his flash going off.

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‘Secret Santa’ storms through Sandy-battered New York handing $100 bills to strangers
A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.

The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands. But he says money is not the issue.

“The money is not the point at all,” said the anonymous benefactor on Thursday as he walked up to surprised Staten Island residents and thrust crisp bills into their hands. “It’s about the random acts of kindness. I’m just setting an example, and if 10 per cent of the people who see me emulate what I’m doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!” (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC brings festive mood to areas smashed by Superstorm Sandy
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The American harvest holiday came as portions of the Northeast still were reeling from Sandy’s havoc, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people it left homeless or struggling. (Reuters)

For only $100K a month, rent an 8,000-square-foot apartment in Manhattan. Take a tour of the most outrageously expensive apartments for rent in New York
Living in New York City can be ridiculously expensive. While the average New York apartment goes for $3,400 a month, there are some penthouses and townhouses asking staggering amounts rents equal to some New Yorkers’ annual salaries, if not more.

We rounded up the most expensive luxury real estate rentals we could find in Manhattan. (Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Sotheby’s Realty)

Gas rationing in effect in storm-ravaged New York as hundreds of thousands suffer without powerA new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York Friday morning as a nor’easter that knocked out power anew to hundreds of thousands of customers erased some of the progress made by utility crews.Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. Drivers were out before dawn to line up for their rations.“This is designed to let everybody have a fair chance, so the lines aren’t too oppressive and that we can get through this,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Gas rationing in effect in storm-ravaged New York as hundreds of thousands suffer without power
A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York Friday morning as a nor’easter that knocked out power anew to hundreds of thousands of customers erased some of the progress made by utility crews.

Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. Drivers were out before dawn to line up for their rations.

“This is designed to let everybody have a fair chance, so the lines aren’t too oppressive and that we can get through this,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Tagged with:  #news  #New York