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Over 200 Arrested As Thousands Return to the Streets to Protest Police Killings

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Thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets of New York last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in July. For hours the marches fanned out across the city, snarling traffic in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and leading to more than two hundred arrests. The charges included disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular traffic, according to the New York Police Department.
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Photos, Video: Ferguson Protesters Again Flooded the Streets (and Highways, and Bridges)

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A day after protesters blocked the Manhattan and Triborough Bridges, demonstrators once again took to the streets — this time in far greater numbers — to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson.
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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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BrooklynXchange Ain’t Happening, But BK Vendors Galore in Union Square

1780148_791066680955463_6505091718767099592_o-280x128Despite going to the trouble of making a super Brooklyn-y promo video, the market that had hoped to bring Brooklyn makers to Soho during the holiday season has decided to delay its launch. BrooklynXchange posted the following message, informing followers that it was “unable to curate a full compliment of traders that reflect the values of what the BrooklynXchange is to be.”
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Protesters Fracked Up Andrew Cuomo’s Book Signing

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It’s safe to say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square last night wasn’t quite as electrifying as Russell Brand’s at the Strand, nor did he draw the throngs that wrapped around the block for Hillary Clinton’s appearance in June. But he did rile up a group of protesters as he signed copies of his first book, a hefty tome titled All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.
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Photos: New Yorkers Protest Police Killings in Union Square

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Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Union Square Park last night to observe a “National Moment of Silence” for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked nationwide protests against racial profiling and police brutality.
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Williamsburg Gets a Malaysian ‘Night Market’ (More of a Restaurant, Really)

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(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

Mural by Bushwick artists Chris Soria and Mark Evans.

Mural by Bushwick artists Chris Soria and Mark Evans.

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

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After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.”
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Papaya King Is Putting Its Wieners on Wheels

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

Ever since Gray’s Papaya closed, we haven’t had the heart(burn?) to even think about hot dogs — or maybe everything just pales in comparison to the churro dog we had in South Korea.

But this makes us snap to attention: Papaya King, the Upper West Side institution that opened a downtown location just a little over a year ago on St. Marks Place, is launching a food truck tomorrow.
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New Yorkers Tell Us Why They Lined Up For Hillary

Earlier today we surveyed the insane line at Hillary Clinton’s signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Now, click through the slideshow to hear why her supporters were so stoked to meet her.

<strong>Hillary shakes hands</strong> (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)

Hillary shakes hands (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)

<strong>Tom D’angora</strong>, theatrical producer

Tom D’angora, theatrical producer

"I’m most excited to read the book. So excited to congratulate the Secretary of State on what is sure to be another bestseller."

<strong>The Schoenbergs</strong>

The Schoenbergs

Yolanda (seated): "She’s smart, funny, nice…and she’s a woman!"
Norman ( right): "I would love for her to run. We’re still in the wrong direction and we need a better president."

<strong>Lemzare Kastrati</strong>, ultrasound tech

Lemzare Kastrati, ultrasound tech

"I want to thank her for everything she has done for my country (Kosovo)…because of her, I can go back."

<strong>Charlie Ferrusi</strong>, NYU student

Charlie Ferrusi, NYU student

"I think this is important for her to work on what she lost in her run—her personal touch—so anything she does like this is so important."

<strong>Allison Schlissel</strong>, Columbia student

Allison Schlissel, Columbia student

"It’s amazing, I just met someone who might be the future president."

<strong>Alfred Ojeranti</strong>, retired (left)

Alfred Ojeranti, retired (left)

"In Nigeria, where I’m from, the Clintons are semi-gods."

<strong>Alex Lopez</strong>, Junior at Dartmouth University (pink shirt)

Alex Lopez, Junior at Dartmouth University (pink shirt)

"She’s someone who has shown me what it means to be an incredible human."

<strong>After the signing</strong>

After the signing

"It was awesome!"
"She just has such a presence…she was so happy up there!"

Hillary shakes hands (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)"I’m most excited to read the book. So excited to congratulate the Secretary of State on what is sure to be another bestseller."Yolanda (seated): "She’s smart, funny, nice…and she’s a woman!"

Norman ( right): "I would love for her to run. We’re still in the wrong direction and we need a better president.""I want to thank her for everything she has done for my country (Kosovo)…because of her, I can go back.""I think this is important for her to work on what she lost in her run—her personal touch—so anything she does like this is so important.""It’s amazing, I just met someone who might be the future president.""In Nigeria, where I’m from, the Clintons are semi-gods.""She’s someone who has shown me what it means to be an incredible human.""It was awesome!"

"She just has such a presence…she was so happy up there!"

Hundreds of Hillary Fans (and a Couple of Haters) Lined Up in Union Square

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hillary Clinton fans, young and old, wrapped around four blocks in Union Square this morning, waiting for what one called a “historic moment” — a book signing at Barnes & Noble by their hero, the pantsuited pol who claims she hasn’t yet made up her mind about running for president.
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James Franco Fans Have Been Lining Up Since 5 A.M. This Morning

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A flock of James Franco freaks and geeks have lined up at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, waiting for the actor/novelist/
filmmaker/teacher/nude portraitist to show up at 10:45 a.m. to sign copies of his paperback, Palo Alto: Stories.

Many say they were spurred by this morning’s Today show appearance; others came as early as 5 a.m., huddling on the street with copies of his book, a prerequisite to get in to the event.
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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