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New York City Museum Plans Adults-Only Sleepover

by Associated Press
American Museum of Natural History.

Wikimedia Commons

If you're not afraid of things that go bump in the night, an adults-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History may be for you.

   The New York City museum will have its first-ever sleepover adventure for adults 21 years old and up on Aug. 1.

   It's a far cry from the kiddie version.

   For one thing, the charge is $325 for museum members and $375 for non-members.

   A champagne reception, music and a 3-course dinner are on tap.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Reaches Deal with Public Employees Union

by Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

nycmayorsoffice, Flickr

Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a new labor contract for New York City's largest municipal union.

   District Council 37, which represents more than 100,000 city workers, agreed to a new contract on Wednesday which includes 10 percent raises over seven years.

   That falls in line with a pattern of raises established by the new teachers' union contract agreed to in May.

NYC Health Officials Work to Guard Against Heat Illness

by Associated Press
Washington Square Park Fountain.

Maxually, Flickr

New York City officials are urging residents to guard against heat-related illness as the summer moves into full swing.

   The National Weather Service is predicting a high around 93 on Wednesday.

   The Health Department says more than 80 percent of heat stroke deaths in recent years involved victims who were in homes without air conditioning.

   Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito are calling for New Yorkers to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.

NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions

by Associated Press
Riker's Island.

Colin Mutchler, Flickr 

In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was "thinking about killing himself."

   Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary-confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal. The last time he said so, one of them replied, "If you have the balls, go ahead and do it."

NYC Budget Fails to Help Commuters in East Bronx

by Kris Venezia
East River Ferry.

Kris Venezia, WFUV

Commuting into Manhattan can be a major pain for some New Yorkers.

There always seems to be traffic on the highway, the subway never seems to come on time, and battling for a spot on the bus can feel like trying to get a good spot at a Dave Mathews Band concert, but for Stewart Becker, his commute is smooth sailing.

He takes the East River Ferry service every day from Williamsburg - Brooklyn to Manhattan. He said the ferry gives him a chance to kick-back before and after work

Wi-Fi Planned for Metro Airports

by Associated Press
LaGuardia Airport.

Patrick Nouhailler, Flickr

Free Wi-Fi is closer to coming to the New York City area's major airports.

   The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to offer free access at Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, to a point. The proposal cleared a committee on Wednesday morning.

   Wi-Fi would be free for 30 minutes, then travelers would have to pay $7.95 for the day.

   It currently costs passengers $4.95 an hour or $7.95 for 24 hours to access the Internet at the airports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Authorizes More Speed Cameras for NYC, Long Island

by Associated Press
Traffic in NYC.

Wendy, Flickr

New York City and Long Island will soon get more than 200 new speed cameras to combat dangerous driving in school zones.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday that authorizes up to 125 cameras on Long Island and another 120 in New York City.

   The cameras will be installed in school zones and will operate during and immediately before and after school activities. Speeders caught by the devices would be mailed a $50 ticket.

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