Jeffrey Epstein asks to be released on bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Epsteins lawyers claim he has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges Disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein has asked a federal judge to release him on bail and allow him to remain under house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old. In a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Epsteins lawyers argued that home confinement, along with electronic monitoring, surveillance and a bond secured by a mortgage on his $77m Manhattan mansion, would be enough to ensure he does not flee the country. His lawyers said Epstein has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges. …

New York’s historic Paris Theatre under threat after more than 70 years in business

Future of citys last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance The Paris Theatre has become one of New Yorks cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948. Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end. In the early 00s it gained cult status with Sex and the City fans after Carrie Bradshaw declared it one of the best features of Manhattan life …

‘A haven’: New York sees rise in women traveling across state line for abortions

A growing number of women are travelling for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country When Courtney Buckman made the difficult decision to have an abortion, the obvious solution should have been to go to her nearest abortion clinic in Montana. In fact the most practical option for Buckman was to have the procedure nearly 2,000 miles away from home in New York. Buckman is one of a growing number of women who are travelling to New York for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country. Under the Trump administration, 27 abortion bans have been signed so far this year across 12 US states including in Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and …

The literary advocate bringing books back to her south Bronx community

A failed attempt to save Barnes & Noble sparked Nolle Santos quest to open The Lit. Bar an indie neighborhood bookstore For more than two years, the Bronx borough of New York City home to 1.5 million people was without single general interest bookstore. That has now changed, thanks to Nolle Santos, who made it her years-long mission to bring an independent community bookstore to her native borough. I was disgusted. I was angry at the powers that be that allowed this to happen in a community of 1.5 million people in the literary capital of the world, Santos told the Guardian. Her store, called The Lit. Bar, opened Saturday. When the boroughs last bookstore, an outlet of the national …