New York

Controversy over pet cemetery's 'no people' rule

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

A New York woman is engaged in a dispute with state authorities after they ruled that people should not be buried in the same cemeteries as their pets.

Rhona Levy, 61, has long planned to be cremated and have her ashes buried next to her five pets at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, in Westchester. The site is described as "America's first and most prestigious pet burial grounds".

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Weinergate: Tweeting congressman comes clean

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A married Jewish Congressman from New York has been left red-faced and a political punch bag after it emerged that he had sent a lewd photograph of himself to a woman he met online.

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After Israel controversy, Tony Kushner to accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

Tony Kushner will accept an honorary degree from New York's City University (CUNY) today, a month after one of its board members attempted to block him from the award because of his stance on Israel.

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Burn-attack Chasid gets biker backing

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A Chasidic village in New York has been invaded by a convoy of bikers offering support for a man who suffered severe burns to more than half of his body in what police said was a religiously-motivated arson attack.

Aron Rottenberg, a Chasidic father-of-four, was attacked by a teenage follower of Rabbi David Twersky,
the grand rebbe of the Skver Chasidic sect.

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End of a New York era at Elaine's

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Elaine's, the Manhattan restaurant that hosted everyone from Norman Mailer to Jack Nicholson has closed its doors for the final time.

Opened by Elaine Kaufman on Second Avenue in 1963, it quickly became a New York landmark and the place for celebrities to dine under the radar.

Woody Allen even used it as the location for the opening scene of the film Manhattan.

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Tony Kushner accepts honorary degree at New York university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner has accepted an honorary degree from a New York college following the controversy over his being given a degree from another university because of questions over his stance on Israel.

Mr Kushner, the award-winning writer of Angels in America, was given the award during the Manhattan-based New School's graduation ceremony on Monday.

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On this day: Seinfeld airs for the first time

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Regularly topping those "best shows of all time" polls, Seinfeld, which ran from 1990 to 1998, was very much a Jewish comedy.

Audiences spent nine seasons watching actor Jerry Seinfeld play a geeky and neurotic Manhattan singleton contemplating life, love and pretty much anything with his friends Elaine, George and Kramer.

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Jewish man severely burned in religious feud attack

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

A Hasidic plumber from New York suffered third degree burns to at least half his body in an attack police said was down to a religious feud.

The victim, named as Aron Rottenberg by The Journal News, was attacked yesterday morning near his home in a strongly Hasidic area, the New Square village in Rockland County.

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No sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from Michael Bloomberg

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the ongoing scandal involving IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In the four days since news broke that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in Manhattan for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old hotel maid, a number of well-known figures have commented on the case.

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