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It looks like Cynthia Nixon could be the latest to celebrity to turn her attention to politics as reports suggest the actress is emerging as a possible candidate in next year's election for New York governor.

The former Sex and the City star has been involved in the city's political scene for some time now and according to Entertainment Weekly, both the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal have reported that liberal groups are urging the 51-year-old to consider running for office.

With a sizable presence in New York political circles, Cynthia, who is an outspoken advocate for public school, is more than qualified for the position.

“She’s an out-of-the-box candidate with progressive credentials who would excite people,” Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, a public-education advocacy group, told the Journal.

Fans will remember Cynthia for her Sex and the City character, Miranda Hobbes – a straight-talking lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men.

And to be honest, Miranda would probably make a pretty great governor too.

Although her candidacy is yet to be confirmed, the actress turned political activist has yet to dismiss the speculation, leading some to believe that there may be some truth behind the rumours.

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The 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest was held in California this weekend (yes, really).

However, we're demanding a recount, because the winner of the prize is actually adorable, in her own way (actually, we think all dogs are cute).

The winner of the ugliest dog contest? A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha, who’s three-years-old and weighs 125 pounds.

Aside from her prestigious and offensive new title, Martha also won $1,500, a trophy, and a trip to New York, where she will appear on television.

She beat 13 other dogs who were competing against her, and we genuinely think she's rather cute.

This is dear sweet Martha: 

Look at her squishy little face! 

Are you wondering what the animals were judged on? Same. The contest included audience reaction, first impressions, and unusual attributes.

When one of the three judges asked Martha: “Do you know you just won the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest,” Martha's owner replied, “I’d gloat, but I need a nap.”

Martha’s was nearly blind when she was rescued from the an animal rescue project in Santa Rosa, which makes her win even more amazing.

Martha faced pretty stiff competition, and if we're being honest, the dogs who placed second and third are WAY erm, uglier than the lovely Martha. 

A 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-Pug mix named Moe won second place, and a Chinese Crested one, called Chase, took home the title of third place.

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It has been reported that at least 35 people have been injured in an explosion in New York City.

The injured are being treated following the explosion which took place at an apartment block in West Broadway and Murray Street in Lower Manhattan.

According to various news outlets, one person is in a critical condition.

Apparently, the explosion was caused by a carbon monoxide gas leak after the basement of the apartment block caught on fire.

Further reports are stating that in a separate incident, police are investigating a suspicious package found just three blocks away from Ground Zero.

This is a breaking story. More to follow…

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Several pedestrians have reportedly been struck by a vehicle in New York’s Times Square.

It's reported that at least one person has died following the incident. 

It’s thought that at least 10 people were hit before the red Honda came to a stop.

According to CBS2, the driver of the Honda has been extricated from the vehicle. 

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Earlier this year, on the eve of International Women’s day, ‘Fearless Girl’ was installed on New York’s Wall Street.

The bronze statue stands at 50-inches tall and depicts a little girl with her hands on her hips staring down the ’Charging Bull’ which has stood in the financial district since 1987.

The stunt was praised by women’s groups around the world and a petition to allow the artwork to remain gathered more than 19,000 signatures.

In response, mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio announced the statue had been granted permission to stay until February 2018. 

However, Arturo Di Modica, the artist who created the famous ‘Charging Bull’ has now accused New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the opposing statue to be installed. 

According to The Independent, the sculptor referred to the statue an 'advertising trick' and claimed it had infringed on his own artistic copyright by changing the creative dynamic of the original piece.

Di Modica and his lawyer, Norman Siegel, are expected to hold a new conference on Wednesday where they will explain how and why they will challenge the city officials who allowed the statue to remain. 

'Fearless Girl' has been a popular addition to New York's streets and fans of the art aren't letting her go without a fight. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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It looks like Daryl Dixon is officially off the market, ladies.

The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is all loved up with actress Diane Kruger, and they took to the streets of New York to show off their, erm… affection.

According to E! News, Norman and Diane went out on date night during the week where they went to a bar and hung out there for four hours.

When they left they bar they were all smiles and according to eye witnesses, they "made out for half an hour" on the streets, before heading off to another pub.

"They looked like they had a great time!" the eye witness said.

Norman and Diane have been sparking romance rumours for several months now, after first being spotted in Barcelona together.

They first met on the set of Sky in 2015.

We are kinda, sorta, totally loving this new romance!

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There can be no denying the fact that New York is the most amazing place on earth, but it is also one of the most expensive places on earth. 

If you are planning a trip to the Concrete Jungle this year, you should be ready to fork out the cash for many of the tourist attractions across the city. 

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However, there are also many free things to see in New York, and they're actually brilliant!

Check these out, you'll be glad you did…

1. New York Public Library 

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan (right beside Bryant Park), the library is a great place to go for a wander. Entry is free, and there are a number of great exhibitions to see, PLUS lovely little gift shop.

 

It's a winter wonderland out there! We're thinking tonight's plans involve curling up with a good book and some tea…

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2. MOMA 

The Museum of Modern Art is totally free on a Friday from 4–8pm, and you will be able to lay eyes on beautiful works of art from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few. 

3. Central Park

You can easily lose an entire day just wandering around Central Park. Lay down in Sheep's Meadow and enjoy the ambience, or go and stroll around the famous Belvedere Castle. So many glorious ways to see the City that never sleeps. 

 

Thanks to @gigi.nyc for capturing this stunning winter landscape (and for the informative caption!) ・・・ Find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful. – Anne Michaels . 01.17.17 Reflections on a calm lake in Central Park, New York City . In frame, from the left: 101 Central Park West, The Majestic, The Dakota (partly hidden), The Langham, and The San Remo. . These buildings are part of the Central Park West Historic District which encompasses a number of prominent landmarks and buildings between 61st and 97th Streets along Central Park West. The buildings date from the late 19th century to early 1940s, majority of which are of neo-Italian Renaissance, as well as Art Deco styles.

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4. The High Line 

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues, and it is one of the coolest strolls you will ever take. 

5. Staten Island Ferry 

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Lady in the Bay, and fancy a stunning view of Manhattan, then the Staten Island Ferry is for you! It is a totally free service, that brings commuters (and tourists) from South Ferry in lower Manhattan, across to the borough of Staten Island. Well worth the trip!

 

That view though  #statenislandferry #nycsunset #neverleaving #throwback

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6. Bronx Zoo

This delightful zoo is "pay what you wish" on a Wednesday, so you can literally enter for a dollar (or less, if you're really struggling!)  You can feast your eyes on some of the world's most beautiful animals, and even take part in the "adopt a 'roach" programme. 

7. Roosevelt Island

The best part of visiting this adorable island is actually getting there, thanks to the boxy red tram that glides above the East River. It's like a cable car in a ski resort, but with a prettier view. The island is home to tennis courts, ball fields and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a tribute to the 32nd president of America. 

8. The Brooklyn Bridge

No trip to NYC would be complete without a stroll across one of the most iconic bridges in the world. We would suggest walking the Brooklyn Bridge in the evening, just before the sunsets, to capture some truly breathtaking views. 

9. FIT Museum

Are you are a total fashionista, and fancy strolling around one of the loveliest museums in New York? Well then head down to the Fashion Institute of Technology, and enjoy the free (and gorgeous) exhibitions. 

 

FIT Museum #surewhynot #walkwalkfashionbaby #nycfashion 

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10. The Brooklyn Brewery

There are free tours of Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery, on the hour, every hour from 1-5pm on Saturday, and 1-4pm on Sunday.  You can buy beer tokens ($5 each or five for $20) to sample the refreshing brews, or just skip the tour altogether and spend the afternoon in the bare-bones tasting room.

 

It's a snowy day outside, so we're hunkered down over a fresh batch of red wine barrels in our Tasting Room. Stay warm, NYC.

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New York is the GREATEST place on earth, and part of that is due to the fact that it has so many amazing restaurants.

If you are lucky enough to be heading to the Big Apple this year, we strongly suggest you check out some of these amazing eateries…

You will not be disappointed! 

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1. Catch

If you are looking for some delicious seafood, and a cool place to eat, then Catch in the Meatpacking District is for you. The scallop gnocchi will change your life, we promise. 

2. The Polo Bar

Our personal favourite spot in NYC is Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar. It is fine dining, and a real old-world experience. The burger is sensational, as is the crab cake. An absolute MUST! 

 

Nowhere cozier than the Polo Bar, thank you for spoiling us @sadiemantovani @ralphlauren

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3. Jack's Wife Freda

Bloggers and models are flocking to this Soho-based eatery for the most delicious (and Insta-worthy) brunch in NYC. 

 

#FridayWithFreda morning spread @kfirziv

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4. Burger and Lobster

The most simple menu ever, either a burger or lobster… but, OH GOD, it is delicious! We warn you, you may have to wait about 30 minutes for a table, but it'll be worth it.

 

The three amigos ! Which is your favourite?

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5. Bubby's

An amazing little spot for breakfast, Bubby's is one of NYC’s most beloved restaurants, and for good reason. 

6. Bar Primi

If you are looking to eat the most delicious pasta on Earth, get yourself down to Bar Primi on Bowery. Seriously, you won't regret it. 

 

Friday eats @barprimi snapped by @bussayarat_fern.

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7. Tír Na nÓg

No NYC dining list would be complete without a SUPERB Irish pub. Tír Na nÓg is known for its global menu that is influenced by traditional Irish cuisine. If comfort food is what you need after a long day of sight-seeing, order the bangers and mash.

8. Gramercy Tavern

If you are in the mood to splurge on a truly amazing meal, then Gramercy Tavern is the place to do it! For dessert, get the cookie plate… seriously! 

 

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The struggle is real.

With house prices going up, bills coming through the door everyday and an abundance of sh*tty rooms going for colossal amounts of money, renting is no easy feat.

However, this couple living in New York managed to get away with not paying rent for SIX years. Yep, six whole freaking years.

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The New York Post reports that Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse have refused to pay rent on their swanky apartment since 2010, and they might actually get away with it.

The parents-of-two were struggling to keep up with their $4,754-a-month (€4,500-a-month) rent, so they decided to just not pay it.

You're probably wondering how they weren't kicked out, but there's actually a regulation in New York called 'Loft Law' which can protect NYC-based residents who are living illegally in commercial or factory buildings.

How one couple managed to live rent free in an amazing New York attic apartment for SIX YEARS

And the place where Zachary and Karen live is full of businesses, from galleries to industrial equipment shops. In fact, they are the only people who actually live in the building.

So, when they were clued in about the 'Loft Law' in 2010, that was it, they didn't pay another cent. And didn't even get called out on it.

But now, the owners of the building are trying to reclaim the $410,000 that Karen and Zachary owe them in missed payments.

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According to Cosmo, the couple's lawyer is confident they won't have to pay up, saying: "The owner is not entitled to collect rent and my clients are not required to pay it."

Anyone fancy moving to New York now…?

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Having quickly become a staple in beauty bags across the nation, it’s no surprise that Cocoa Brown’s product range is continuing to expand.

Following the launch of The Goddess Collection in Dundrum TC this week, the Dublin based tanning company has announced that it is spreading its roots across the Atlantic by opening its first New York office.

In a post which appeared on Instagram yesterday, brand founder Marissa Carter wrote: “By the end of next week we’ll have our US company incorporated!  The #CocoaBrown #NewYork office will open January 2017.”

Speaking about the venture to Goss.ie, the beauty entrepreneur explained that a Manhattan base for Cocoa Brown “makes sense” because “New York is the hotspot for global PR and marketing activities”.

We wish Cocoa Brown furthered success in the US.

 

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A little after 11.30am local time from the New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, a clearly deflated but nevertheless resolute Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech.

And it was tinged with heartfelt words of passion which moved many around her to tears.

In the aftermath of a defeat that shocked the world, her address marked the first time that the 69-year-old politician publicly reached out to her supporters.

Walking out onto the stage in the last hour, Ms Clinton was surrounded by continued applause and warm shouts of support.

As she called her Democratic nomination, “one of the greatest honours of my life,” her voice faltered with emotion.

“I am sorry that we did not win this election for the values we hold and the vision we share for this country,” she stated.

And though she admitted that “our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” she reiterated that “the American dream is big enough for all of us”.

She furthermore highlighted America’s “cherished” peaceful transferral of power, and said that President-elect Trump should be afforded “an open mind and a chance to lead”.

Indeed, drawing on the reality TV star’s own wording during his victory speech, early in her address she had stated that she hoped Donald would indeed “be a successful president for all Americans”.

“We poured our hearts into this campaign,” Clinton uttered, adding that she had spent her "entire adult life fighting for what I believe in".

Turning her attentions to the younger people of America – a group which had overwhelmingly leant its support to her campaign – she said: "I’ve had successes and I’ve had set backs – many really painful ones.

"You will have successes and set backs too but never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it."

Before her arrival on stage, a tearful-looking former vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, 58, emerged alongside his wife, Anne.

Talking to the crowd, he spoke of how Hillary “has been and is a history maker in everything she has done.”

“I’m proud of Hillary because she loves this country,” Kaine stated, highlighting that she had been “in battles before”.

“She’ll be in battles again,” he said, later adding: “Til her very last breath she’s going to be battling for the values that she believes in.”

Ms Clinton had planned to speak to the crowd at the Jacob Javits Center during the night.

However, when it became clear that her loss was all but inevitable only her animated campaign manager, John Podesta, appeared telling the shocked and dismayed gathering that there would be no comment until the morning.

Still, he managed to be positive. "We will be back, and we will have more to say," he announced. "Let's get those votes counted, and let's bring this home."

President-elect Donald Trump, who himself seemed surprised at the convincing nature of his win (a win which defied almost every poll published in advance of voting) had addressed his own supporters at around 3am at the city's Hilton hotel.

An hour later he called on his presidential rival to concede defeat – although he did say that America owed her "a major debt of gratitude for her debt to our country".

Clinton had secured 228 electoral votes compared to Trumps’ victorious 279. She did nab important swing states such as Virginia, Nevada, and Colorado, but the former Apprentice boss locked down Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida to storm to victory. 

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If you're going to be in New York over the next couple of months and you're a Taylor Swift fan, then you're going to be delighted with this.

From November 18 until February, Swifties from all around the world can visit The Taylor Swift Experience.

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The museum exhibit is curated of items hand-picked by Ms Swift herself.

It includes the  Moonman from the now-infamous Kanye West incident, napkins she wrote songs on in the old days, and the array of outfits from her 1989 World Tour.

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The exhibit was originally in the Grammy Museum in LA, but due to high demand had to be moved to suit a bigger audience.

Billboard claims that The Taylor Swift Experience is the most popular exhibit since the museum opened!

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