Alec Baldwin Takes Ball, Goes Home

Also cancelled: Baldwin's popular cooking tips show.
Alec Baldwin is done with all you tiny, pathetic ingrates. New York has just gotten too mean. A man can't live peacefully in this town anymore. The days when you were free to call people "queens" and "faggots" and "cocksucking fags" as you saw fit are over. Alec Baldwin bids you to say goodbye to these.

That was the news last night from New York magazine, whose cover story this week features a first-person from Baldwin, declaring, "I Give Up." (On Vulture, New York's culture blog, the piece is billed as ""Goodbye, Public Life.")

It's Baldwin's passionate denunciation of the media, as well as New York City and pretty much everybody in it (Shia LeBeouf, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, er, Bill de Blasio). He declares that he's done trying "to communicate with an audience playfully like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for." His withdrawal, he adds, is because he's been labeled "a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice." And barely 100 words into the piece, he uses an anti-transgender slur. Good God, Lemon.

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New York Musicians Mourn Slain Members of the Yellow Dogs at Brooklyn Bowl Benefit

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Johnny Azari wore black jeans, a black T-shirt, and a black button-up, his right elbow poking out through a hole in the sleeve. His afro was backlit, and the effect lent Azari a kind of unearthly quality as he opened a memorial concert Monday night for two members of Brooklyn-based band the Yellow Dogs, brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand, and their friend Ali Eskandarian. The three Iranian musicians were shot to death by an acquaintance in their Bushwick home on November 11.

"It's moments like these that really make you realize how hollow words are. Our Iranian heritage is so rich with poetry -- to be left speechless like this is really devastating," Azari told the Brooklyn Bowl audience.

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NYPD's Ridiculous Advice for Pedestrians: "Avoid Walking in the Dark and During Bad Weather"

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It was just after noon on Monday, November 9 -- her 65th birthday -- and Olga Rivera was walking home with her boyfriend of 10 years when a cab hit a box truck, and the box truck jumped the curb and pinned her to a fence. Rivera was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Earlier that morning, around 7:30, Man Chit Cheng, 59, and Mu Wang Lin, 41, were walking down Queens Boulevard when a 22-year-old in a Camaro careened into the sidewalk, hitting a phone booth, a lamppost, and two parked cars before striking the two men. Both were pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

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Bronx Woman Charged by Both State and Feds for Posing as Newtown Victim's Aunt

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Sandy Hook memorial.
A Bronx resident who prosecutors say set up a Paypal for donations in the wake of the Newtown massacre has been charged with identity theft and scheming to defraud by the state. In January, Nouel Alba had already been indicted for lying to FBI agents, but on Tuesday she was slapped doubly by the Bronx District Attorney's office.

According to the federal complaint, the same day that 26 teachers and children were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, Alba posted to Facebook that she was the aunt of one of the victims. The following day, December 15, Alba allegedly posted on her Facebook that she had set up a funeral fund.

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Christine Quinn Tells Tale of Grandmother's Escape from Titanic 100 Years Ago (Yes, It Actually Happened)

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Christine Quinn, with her father standing behind her, tells story of her grandmother's escape from the Titanic.
In the race to be the next mayor of New York City, there's one thing that definitely makes City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unique: Her grandmother survived the Titanic.

Though she's been making the rounds telling the story this month, for many years, it was a secret.

Quinn, who is expected to run for mayor in 2013, today held an official ceremony commemorating the Titanic Centennial at Titanic Park at the South Street Seaport, which has a new exhibit called "Titanic at 100: Myth and Memory."

"Clearly, the Titanic is a bit of a fascination for people," she said. "I think in part people are interested so significantly in the story of the Titanic, because it's such a human story. There was a ship that was supposed to be the greatest thing ever, unsinkable, the most wonderful luxury liner ever, and it went down...Within that, there's all the different struggles of human sacrifice, people giving their lives for others."

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Jerome Isaac, Who Allegedly Burned Deloris Gillespie to Death in Her Elevator, Pleads Not Guilty

Yesterday Jerome Isaac was arraigned on murder charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court for the death of 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie, who, in December, he allegedly sprayed with flammable liquid and set on fire in her elevator in Prospect Heights. He was caught on video doing all of this, which led rather quickly to police finding him. Of course, he also burned half of his face in the awful act, and, oh yes, he turned himself in to cops. But, apparently, he forgot that part because at his arraignment he announced, "If the video wasn't there, you would still be looking for me."

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Transel, Company Responsible for 285 Madison Elevator, Has Been Sued at Least Eight Times

Following up on the elevator tragedy that caused the death of Suzanne Hart, a Y&R ad executive working at 285 Madison Avenue, the New York Post reports that Transel, the elevator maintenance company responsible for the elevator (work was reportedly done hours before the accident that killed Hart), has been sued at least eight times from people who say they were injured in its various -- some 2,500 in the city -- elevators.

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Connecticut Home Blaze 'Fireplace-Related'

The victims of the Stamford fire.
Yesterday we brought you the tragic story of the five people -- three girls and their grandparents -- who died when a fire engulfed their Stamford, Conn. home. Now, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia has told the Associated Press that the fire "fireplace-related," according to the New York Times. Pavia also said that there was no foul play.

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Five Die in Connecticut Home Fire

A Christmas tragedy struck Stamford, Conn. early yesterday morning, three children and their two grandparents died in a fire that overtook a Victorian house, the New York Times reported. The owner of the house -- advertising executive Madonna Badger -- escaped from the flames that killed her children and parents. A family friend also got out.

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Jerome Isaac to Face Murder and Arson Charges for Burning Deloris Gillespie to Death in Prospect Heights Elevator [Updated]

There are some updates in the truly awful story of a man who burned an elderly woman to death in her elevator at 203 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights this weekend. Jerome Isaac, 47, was arrested yesterday after he turned himself in, 8 hours after he killed 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie. Cops say that Isaac, who does not have a prior criminal record, claimed Gillespie owed him money ($2,000) -- a matter over which he'd apparently been harassing her for a while. Gillespie, who was described by her son as "the mother of the community" and by a neighbor as a "community activist," had hired Isaac to help clean out her apartment but fired him when she discovered he was stealing.

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