In today’s news:

The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight For many New Yorkers, the Long Lines Building has been a source of mystery for years. It also appears to be one of the most important National Security Agency surveillance sites on U.S. soil — a covert monitoring hub that is used to tap into phone calls, faxes, and internet data.


Christine Quinn’s homeless-housing nonprofit reaches deal for Upper East Side project Women in Need will lease 17 two-bedroom apartments that investors plan to build on the site of a recently purchased theater

Fire that killed one blamed on damaged power strip A faulty power strip caused the fatal Upper East Side blaze that killed a 25-year-old man and injured 14 more last month, FDNY officials said.


City bus strikes woman pushing stroller in Queens One of the bus’ wheels crushed the woman’s left leg — just missing the stroller and the child, who was not harmed, officials said.

Police Searching for Two Men Who Shot Harlem Man After Brawl A man is in stable condition after being shot following a brawl with four assailants, the NYPD said.

History and Local Color 

Raccoons in Central Park Draw Crowds, and Warnings to Stay Away The throng of raccoons at the edge of the Pond in Central Park has become something of a tourist attraction, with unofficial visiting hours each evening.

An interesting message on a building at 50th and 9th. An anti-Trump sign is installed on a roof

A Landmarked Art Deco Sears, Roebuck Store in Flatbush The Art Deco building stands as a reminder of the bustling commercial district that activated this neighborhood in the earlier part of the 20th century.

The first children’s court was in the East Village The city’s first Children’s Court opened in 1902 at Third Avenue and 11th Street in today’s East Village.


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