Articles by: Michael Benjamin

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Netflix Finds 9:00 p.m. is the New Midnight This New Year’s Eve

Netflix Wants You to Celebrate the Most Famous 10 Seconds of the Year Whether It’s Midnight or Not with Special Kid-Sized Countdowns  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — This year you can celebrate as a family and still have time for […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crosses $100 Million Worldwide In IMAX® Theatres

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crosses $100 Million Worldwide In IMAX® Theatres

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crosses $100 Million Worldwide In IMAX® Theatres, Setting New Record Pace For IMAX LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released by The Walt Disney Studios, soared to $106 million globally […]

by · December 29, 2015 · Business, Entertainment
Profile America: Chewsy Americans Like Gum

Profile America: Chewsy Americans Like Gum

CHEWSY AMERICANS The month of December has given Americans a lot to chew on, beyond holiday cookies, fruitcakes and candies. In December 1869, chewing gum was patented by Ohio dentist William Semple, who hoped that the flavored gum would help […]

by · December 28, 2015 · Features
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Welcomes Its Record-Breaking Baby Number 11,000

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Welcomes Its Record-Breaking Baby Number 11,000

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Welcomes Its Record-Breaking Baby Number 11,000     HOUSTON, Dec. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in The Woman’s Hospital of Texas history, the hospital delivered more than 11,000 babies in one year. Cinthia and Albert […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Family, Health & Nutrition, News
Profile America: Channel Surfing

Profile America: Channel Surfing

The reliable TV remote control, a crucial labor saving device for couch potatoes, was unveiled this month in 1957. Robert Adler of the Zenith Corporation received a patent for a mechanical unit that used a striker and four small aluminum […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Profile America, Technology
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‘Santa’ de Blasio Delivers For Low Income Homeowners

MAYOR DE BLASIO & DEP ANNOUNCE $115 WATER BILL CREDIT FOR NEARLY 52,000 LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS   Home Water Assistance Program – started last year – expands to tens of thousands of senior or disabled New Yorkers; saves most participants 25 […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Government, Housing
2015 North American Box Office Revenue for Christmas Weekend Poised to Be One of Best on Record

2015 North American Box Office Revenue for Christmas Weekend Poised to Be One of Best on Record

According to Rentrak, this holiday weekend is poised to be one of the highest-earning Christmas weekends in North American box office history. Following the momentum already created by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” along with “Alvin and The Chipmunks,” “Sisters” and […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Business, Entertainment
Local Pols Offer Christmas Greetings

Local Pols Offer Christmas Greetings

  Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all New Yorkers who celebrate. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo [Twitter] To those celebrating, Merry Christmas! @Chirlane and I wish you a day filled with joy, good food, and loved ones. — Mayor Bill […]

by · December 26, 2015 · Bulletin Board, Holidays
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, 87th Assembly District (Parkchester, Castle Hill, West Farms, Van Nest and Stratton Park).

Local Lawmakers Gain Delay In Parkchester South Condo Hikes

Sepúlveda, Diaz, James, and Palma Secure One-Month Delay of “Draconian” Hike in Common Charges by Parkchester South but Vow “All Options Still Open”   Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda said that the decision by Parkchester South management to defer the threatened across-the-board 15.19 percent […]

by · December 24, 2015 · Housing
Activist Julio Pabón Announces City Council Special Election Run

Activist Julio Pabón Announces City Council Special Election Run

Bronx businessman and community activist Julio Pabón announced today that he is running in the February 23, 2016 (unofficially) Bronx Special Election for the 17th Council district. The incumbent Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo announced earlier this month that she’s […]

AARP Infographic

AARP Celebrates Generation X as it Turned 50 this Year

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2015 /USNewswire/ — As 2015 comes to a close, AARP celebrates the first of America’s 62 million Generation Xers who hit a milestone and turned 50 this year by exploring what is important to them as they […]

Black Comic Book Festus at Schomburg Library, January 16

Black Comic Book Festus at Schomburg Library, January 16

The Schomburg Center’s 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival The Schomburg Center’s 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of black comics in a full day event featuring panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables […]

Briton Seeks to be First Person to Swim from New York to London

Briton Seeks to be First Person to Swim from New York to London

London-based IT Engineer Bids to be First Person to Swim from New York to London   LONDON, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — London IT engineer and extreme swimmer Michael Ventre is hoping to raise millions for Oxfam by swimming 3,800 miles from […]

by · December 22, 2015 · Bulletin Board, Sports
Cuomo Pardons Transgender Woman

Cuomo Pardons Transgender Woman

Governor Cuomo today issued a pardon for J’Adore Mattis, 31, a transgender woman, who was convicted in 2006 of 3rd Degree Robbery in Manhattan. Mattis was sentenced to 5 years’ probation and received a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities on March 24, 2015. […]

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Misdemeanor Bail Review Begins Today; Janet DiFiore Confirmation Stalled

Misdemeanor Bail Review Begins Today A process for reviewing bail decisions in New York City misdemeanor cases begins on Monday, as court administrators carry out Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s efforts to overhaul what he called a “broken system of bail.” […]

by · December 21, 2015 · Government, Law