New York City is likely to start giving students time off to observe Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha starting next year in honor of the estimated 13 percent of Muslims among its 1.1 million student population.
The New York Daily News reports that both Democratic and Republican candidates who will face off for the city's mayoralty next month agree that schools should be closed for the two Muslim days as they do for both Christian and Jewish holy days.
"The origins of this nation (are) people of many different faiths coming together. That's why we have to respect Muslim faiths by providing the Eid school holidays for children in our school system," said Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio. more >>
A 17-year-old student and mother of a 2-year-old boy shocked security officers at a Victoria's Secret store in Herald Square, New York City on Thursday when they fingered her for shoplifting sexy lingerie but found the decomposing corpse of a baby boy in her bag too.
The girl, according to a CBS New York report, was leaving the store on Thursday with a 17-year-old friend when they were both stopped by security guards. One of the guards pointed out a foul smell coming from a bag, according to police and the teen mother identified as Tiona Rodriguez of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, said she had "a baby in the bag."
The security guard alerted the NYPD and Rodriguez later explained to the officers that she had given birth on Wednesday and didn't know what to do with the baby which had reportedly matured about six months in the womb. The teen was taken to hospital while her friend, Francis Estevez, 17, of Glendale, Queens was detained. more >>
A billboard advertisement for a New York City strip club that was posted above a storefront church has been taken down.
The advertisement for Roadhouse NYC, a self-described "upscale gentleman's club," was set up on a billboard that stands above the building where New Hope Baptist Church meets in the Corona neighborhood of Queens. Community leaders, including New York State Senator José Peralta, decried the sign's placement and message.
"Common sense and decency have prevailed," said Peralta in a statement. "Like everyone else that I spoke to who had seen the billboard, I thought that the female pictured looked far too young to be featured in an ad for a strip club. It was a jarring image that was offensive and sickening. That it sat above a church was an especially twisted mockery." more >>
The driver who killed a girl and severely wounded her sister when her car crashed into the teens at a church festival in Yonkers, N.Y. last Friday, Oct. 12, has said she is praying for the family.
"My family and I are praying for the recovery of Lindsey and ask that God will watch over her and over the soul of her sister Kalie," Roseanne Piccirilli said in a statement. "This is a wonderful family, and what has happened is so very tragic."
"My prayers go out to the Gill family at this time of loss and tragedy. I am grateful for the kindness they have shown in their public statements, and cannot even imagine the sense of loss that they feel," she added. more >>
This is Part One of The Christian Post's interview with Redeemer Presbyterian Church Lead Pastor, Tim Keller and New York City Leadership Center Founder and CEO, Mac Pier at Movement Day on October 10, 2013.
CP: What was the most surprising part for you of Movement Day 2013? more >>
Four pastors lobbying for change in the Harlem community of Manhattan, N.Y., have gone on the warpath with civil rights leader and religious minister the Rev. Al Sharpton and have invited more than 100 churches to join them in dethroning him from his political seat for his failure to lead on local issues.
"While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don't have money to eat," Pastor Johnnie Green, 51, of Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard told the New York Daily News. "People need somebody to fight for them."
As a result of the situation, Greene and several other pastors in the community have banded together to create a coalition of black ministers called Speak Out Say It Loud, which seeks to build a united African American power base with citywide influence. more >>