"I was caught because I was an illegal," explained a bicycle taxi driver as he gripped the rusted blue handle-bars of his vehicle in Havana's Central Park. "And because I'd been here several times before, I was deported back."
CNN's David Ariosto reports on a Cuban law that has led to the deportation of thousands from Havana.
If HBO ever remakes "Green Acres," I will replace Eva Gabor. Despite living in a 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York, I'm a city slicker at heart.
Since our wedding day six weeks ago, my husband and I have been busy writing thank you notes, breaking in our new fancy cookware and eagerly awaiting pictures from the professional photographer we hired (we certainly had enough pictures from our guests to tide us over until then).
Nearly 27 years ago, amid a crowd of people in Central Park, Ruth Bendik's wallet was stolen. The culprit is still at large, but the wallet has been found -- in the hollow trunk of a cherry tree.
â¢ Hours before her big opening in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, Anne Hathaway was busy walking her pup Esmeralda in downtown New York City. But the actress also enjoyed the company of beau Adam Shulman, who gave her a smooch on the street. That evening, a dressed-up Shulman cheered on Hathaway at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and, yes, gave his girlfriend a congratulatory kiss at the gala afterparty.
As a sometime member of the human race, Couch Slouch would like to extend an apology on behalf of other humans to fellow human Calvin Borel.
There's always something happening in the city that never sleeps, but if you're in New York at the right time you'll get to see New Yorkers coming together for one of the city's big annual events.
I started my consulting business 11 years ago with a laptop computer in a living room. It grew quickly.
Lights went off across the world Saturday as millions of homes and businesses went dark for one hour in a symbolic gesture highlighting concerns over climate change.
New York's iconic Plaza Hotel will lose a figure nearly as synonymous with it as Eloise when its longest-serving doorman retires Thursday after 46 years on the job.
The popular chat show will unveil a new set, opening and theme music
"A second movie would be great," Joe Jonas says of the Disney Channel musical
Warm beige tones, rich graphic accents, and futuristic chairs give Le Jules Verne a contemporary elegance, while dishes from superstar chef Alain Ducasse create a joie de vivre in diners' mouths. But the real showstopper at this restaurant -- set more than 400 feet above Paris in the Eiffel Tower -- is its panoramic view. From the tower's south pillar, diners look out on barges navigating the Seine and clusters of steely gray rooftops stretching for miles.
Covering the coming eco-apocalypse can be depressing business. But Rob Kutner sees the good times in end times
New York City's latest public art installation is a mixed bag, promising a meditative meeting with nature but proving to be far too timid to truly enlighten
Both attend Kabbalah meetings on Saturday, but an ocean apart
With the price of gas soaring, major automakers like GM and Toyota are finally following the lead of successful firms like GEM and getting serious about plug and drive vehicles
M. Night Shyamalan was once Hollywood's crown prince of horror, but now his artistic degeneration -- visible in this week's The Happening -- is just plain creepy
Five things we learned while having our laptop crash and spending the wee hours at the amazingly cool 24-hour Mac store next to Central Park:
AN URBAN MAKEOVER for the ages is taking place in Beijing in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. When the festivities begin next August, China's capital will be home to a dozen new competition venues, 17 miles of new subway lines, and three times as much new greenery as New York's Central Park. The centerpiece is the soon-to-be-completed National Stadium, dubbed the Bird's Nest (right), which will host the opening and closing ceremonies and major track and field events.
Manhattan real estate continues to buck national trends - New York home prices soared during the last three months of the year, according to several surveys released Thursday.
It's the latest entry into the annals of ridiculous wealth, and some of Wall Street's biggest names are getting ready to move in: Brand-new 15 Central Park West has been causing a fuss ever since it sold out its $2 billion worth of real estate in less than two years. Hedge funder Daniel Loeb raised eyebrows when he paid $45 million, or $4,200 a square foot, for his pad on the "tower" side two years ago, but it turned out to be a value play: Sandy Weill paid $6,200 a square foot for his.
No one planning a trip to Europe needs to be reminded to see Big Ben and the Leaning Tower. But it's the unusual experiences that are often the most memorable part of a trip. Study up in advance and you can enjoy places and experiences like these:
On any given day, the hectic pace of New York streets may convince tourists that their eyes are better fixed on the ground ahead than gazing up at the sky.
New York -- what's not to love about the Big Apple? Well, for a start, the queues. The words "full airport security" quickly become part of your vocabulary when you visit the city that never sleeps.
It began like a scary story: A dark and gloomy Saturday morning, the remnants of Hurricane Noel sending paper careening down Fifth Avenue like tumbleweed at the feet of the 134 men who were about to vie for a spot running the marathon in the Beijing Olympics.
"Live like a clock," were the words of famed Villanova running coach Jumbo Elliot. So who set Khalid Khannouchi's clock such that the former marathon world-record holder was tearing around the Central Park reservoir each night at 1 a.m. from mid-September through the first two weeks of October?
While fans along the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon path found it hard to spot her, one keen observer on the sidelines knew exactly what runner he was kissing on Sunday morning. Her number: F127.
Three runners took seats at a press conference table late Saturday morning. In the middle was Ryan Hall, 25, who had just delivered a transcendent performance in winning the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials. On a relentlessly hilly Central Park course, Hall had run the second half of his race in a withering one hour, two minutes and 45 seconds and finished in a Trials record of 2:09:02, validating his position as the most promising young distance runner in the country and potentially the first native-born U.S. runner to challenge the best marathoners in the world in more than two decades. He had run the last quarter mile shaking his fists and waving to the crowd gathered on the finishing slope.
"Bee Movie" is agreeably skewed fun.
How do you tackle a city like New York in the space of five days? I prepared an empty suitcase, a good guidebook, a well-credited bank card and the will to ignore aching feet in my quest to pack in one of the world's biggest cities.
Last week, we offered a quick tour of New York's downtown neighborhoods. Following is a peek at the rest of the city. Next week we'll supply a few different itineraries to help get your planning started.
The horses that pull tourists on leisurely carriage rides through Central Park are working without enough water, shade or oversight from authorities, a city report says.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie treated their kids to the quintessential New York City weekend, complete with a trip to a hot-dog cart and a carousel ride in Central Park. Then on Saturday night, it was all about helping a good cause: The pair took a helicopter to the Hamptons to host a dinner party raising money to help rebuild New Orleans.
Hotel mogul Leona Helmsley, who earned the nickname the "Queen of Mean" for the high-handed way she treated employees, died Monday of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist. She was 87.
See his distinctive stride and you could read a chapter of Haile Gebrselassie's life, the telltale peek at the world's greatest living distance runner, blowing through Central Park, then Times Square and the streets of Gotham as the Ethiopian legend ran away with the New York Half Marathon on Sunday morning.
Didja go a little crazy around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday? Turn on the television and there was no NASCAR? Was it time to catch a little summer sunshine?
We found places perfect for sharing -- just in time for Valentine's Day.
New York is an instantly recognizable brand -- the ultimate distillation of metropolitan living and the imperial city of American capitalism.
The Scene caught up with Moby to talk architecture, influences and the melting pot that is New York City.
Ben Silverman could single-handedly generate a week's worth of TV. The 36-year-old is the executive producer of ABC's new dramedy "Ugly Betty", USA's "Nashville Star", NBC's "The Biggest Loser", an...
Ron Baron doesn't suffer doomsayers gladly. Sitting in his sun-drenched office overlooking New York City's Central Park on an August afternoon, the 63-year-old founder of Baron Capital Group grudgingly concedes that all is not rosy in the world, given war in the Middle East, stratospheric gas prices, and the slumping housing market.
"You're never going to believe this," a top executive from a major hotel chain told me, "but I just got walked from our hotel to this dump near Central Park."
During a wild chase that lasted some 20 hours, New York City's finest met their match in an elusive coyote nicknamed Hal.
Residents were digging out Monday from a winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on some parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, forcing travelers around the country to change their plans.
The first condos have gone on sale in one of the most storied of New York hotels, the Plaza, and they're anything but cheap.
Millions of New York City commuters found new ways around town amid a transit strike that brought the country's largest public transportation system to a grinding halt. CNN.com asked readers to e-mail their travel stories. Here are a few of their responses, some of which have been edited:
and pamper yourself with an unforgettable weekend in New York City. Or you can spend a full week kicking back at one of the plush resorts that dot the American West. Either option will set you back the same $5,000. The first one delivers more anything-can-happen excitement and variety. The second promises more of the one thing children don't add to your life: free time. --DONNA ROSATO AND KATE ASHFORD ...
Two New York City developers have agreed to pay a record price for "air rights" to build an apartment building with views of Central Park, according to a report Wednesday.
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Thousands of protesters will face thousands of security officials at the Republican National Convention even before the event begins Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) and representatives for United for Peace and Justice have agreed on a site for a protest rally this weekend, as well as the route for the march that will precede it, sources familiar with the situation told CNN Thursday.
Representatives of an Arab-American group and an antiwar group say they are urgently conferring with their attorneys on what steps to take after a federal judge turned down their request to gather in New York's Central Park and stage a protest before the Republican National Convention.
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