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Politics

THE SEASON OF OPTIMISM

New York City hoping for a fresh start with a special City Council election this winter.

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

Following the shocking revelation that Mayor Osborn’s company Oscorp lost control of Devil’s Breath, which ravaged the city last year, various districts are hoping for a positive reset as New York City prepares for a special winter election.

Residents of one of those districts, East Harlem, have voiced frustrations for months over rolling power outages that, so far, have no permanent solutions. Many have also expressed concern for the closing of beloved local shops as mega-corporation Roxxon moves in.

However, they’re beginning to see hope in a candidate who understands their worries: Rio Morales, local science teacher and wife of Devil’s Breath Crisis hero Jefferson Davis. Morales, who opposes Roxxon’s secretive new energy Nuform and its testing site in East Harlem, has already begun to connect with residents through her childhood ties to the neighborhood and shared interests for its future.

But she’s got strong competition in her opponent, who happens to be a Roxxon advocate. He’s also gaining neighborhood trust and support by promising a strong partnership with the company to ensure East Harlem has a bright future.

CULTURE

NYC'S YOUTHFUL GLOW

The city’s lit up with creativity, thanks to the kids with big ideas.

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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LANCE BANNON

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LANCE BANNON

NYC has a habit of churning out bright stars, from actors and artists to businesspeople and tech geniuses. But we’re turning the spotlight on the younger stars on the scene, each with their own entrepreneurial enterprises.

Danika Hart, host of The Danikast

Danika has hosted her own podcast for a while, but the fact it’s quickly jumping up the charts shows she’s gaining momentum as a fresh and fair perspective amongst other bombastic, one-sided podcasters.

“Some people unfairly push one side of the story. Like, they trash Spider-Man and his partner, but they’re heroes. Period. Not sorry about it. I just want to present a realistic point of view so listeners are as informed as they can be when they pick a side.”

Miles Morales, beats maker

Teenager Miles Morales may not be a household name, but the talented young producer has used his makeshift bedroom studio to cook up some of the hottest mixtapes in East Harlem.

“Music is a huge part of my life. My dad used to make music with my uncle using sounds from the streets. I’m definitely inspired by their old school beats, but I mix them with a 2020 vision.”

Hailey Cooper, street artist

Hailey Cooper is known throughout East Harlem as a street artist. Her work shows that she doesn’t let her hearing disability stop her from showing art is worth more than a thousand words.

“I’m a visual person, especially with my hearing impairment. Aside from art for art’s sake, I want my work to move people and raise awareness about issues or causes that they should know about.” 

Ganke Lee, tech developer

Ganke Lee hasn’t finished high school, but he’s already filled a hard drive or two with software developments any big tech company would be jealous of.

“Technology can do so much for us! I’m in the middle of building a game-changing app that’s top secret. Well actually, I can say that once it’s live, it’ll be the go-to app whenever you need help.”

FASHION

NEW SPIDER-MAN'S GOT STYLE

Spidey’s partner has a closet that rivals the style of the original Web-Slinger.

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

They may share the same moniker, but the new Spider-Man is starting to define his own identity apart from his mentor. In addition to honing his own Spider moves, Spidey’s partner is starting to show New York City that he’s got an eye for fashion.

Take a look at two of the freshest suits we’ve ever seen, debuted by the new Spider-Man.

Crimson Cowl Suit: Could it be a two-piece? Spider-Man looks like he’s ready to hit the gym in this slick athletic suit. Some call it a hood, others call it a cowl. Regardless, it’s never been done before, and it’s a look our new Spider-Man owns.

T.R.A.C.K. Suit: The new Spider-Man swung through the city in a second suit that elevated his heroic silhouette. An evolution of his classic red and black suit, it looks like it’s made of a breathable fabric so Spider-Man can swing through the city without breaking a sweat.

POLITICS

READY, SET, DEBATE!

Rio Morales lands a KO as she spars with other council candidates during debate.

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

We’ve reached a critical phase in the City Council elections as debates heat up. The latest saw Rio Morales steal the spotlight from her opponent.

She pressed her opponent for his plans on safeguarding East Harlem from Roxxon, to which her adversary’s response defaulted to the “incredible future” Roxxon’s Nuform would ensure the neighborhood.

Unsatisfied, Morales again pressed the other candidate for whether he truly thought Roxxon’s move was a peaceful community alliance rather than a hostile corporate takeover. With no immediate rebuttal, Morales landed the final blow by questioning his insight into the neighborhood and whether he was truly in touch with the people who call East Harlem home.

CULTURE

CITIZENS' SPIDER

Spidey’s new partner is our favorite new neighbor.

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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LANCE BANNON

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LANCE BANNON

The new Spider-Man has shown he’s eager to be not just a crime-fighter, but a hero of the people’s day-to-day issues. He’s often been clocked swinging from East Harlem to Midtown assisting first responders and chasing down lost pets, fully living up to the title “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.”

While he’s certainly shown he’s getting better at being a Super Hero, Spidey’s new partner has proven he’s also the humble hero, here to not only protect, but really serve the people of New York City.

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CRIME

FROM SPIDER-MAN TO SPIDER-MEN

Spidey's got a new partner. But who is he?

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

For months, New Yorkers — who normally never look in any direction except straight ahead — have had quite the exciting reason to keep their eyes to the skies. The Spider-Man we’ve seen for nearly a decade has suddenly multiplied to two.

When Spidey’s partner first descended, the new Wall-Crawler’s webs were messy, his one-liners were cheesy and his swinging wasn’t that graceful. Since then, he’s been seen training on rooftops and in alleys all across town with his mentor.

But a question New Yorkers had given up on years ago has suddenly resurfaced: who is this new Spider-Man? Is he a radioactive lab-engineered sibling? A gymnast with a penchant for justice? He seems younger, and the feverish way he swings from lamp posts and fire escapes to help everyday New Yorkers suggests he is very enthusiastic about being a hero, at the very least.

The fact remains that New Yorkers eventually accepted the anonymity of our first Spider-Man. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love a mysterious masked vigilante. Does it really matter who wears the suit as long as they’re on our side?

CRIME

OUT FROM THE SHADOWS

Crime rates dipped thanks to Spider-Man, but is a new gang threatening the calm?

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

STORY
ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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LANCE BANNON

PHOTOS
LANCE BANNON

Spider-Man has spent the last year making our city the safest it’s ever been. He unmasked Kingpin as real estate mogul Wilson Fisk, exposed Mister Negative as philanthropist Martin Li and knocked out Maggia Don Hammerhead, aka Joseph Martello. He even prevented catastrophe by thwarting last year’s Raft jailbreak, orchestrated by mad scientist Otto Octavius and carried out by Super Villains Rhino, Vulture, Electro and Scorpion. All are facing lifelong sentences at the Raft.

Since then, a lack of formation and respect within the lower ranks have leaderless henchmen turning on each other. But the Underground, a wily gang assumed to have disbanded after last year’s events, has resurfaced as an organized neon-lit crew with startling high-tech weaponry.

Eyewitnesses report that the Underground has joined the gang brawls, picking off the last of Raft-bound bosses’ lieutenants. They’ve even gone so far as to brazenly claim they’re more powerful than the city’s most notorious crime boss, Kingpin.

Just when New Yorkers have started to feel safe again, the gang’s reemergence has reminded us all that this is the city that never sleeps. Calm never lasts long. What is the Underground planning? And will either of the Spider-Men step up to shut them down?

BUSINESS

RED GIANT GOES GREEN

Roxxon shifts from traditional energy to a revolutionary new product.

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

It wasn’t so long ago that mega-corporation Roxxon Energy announced a shuffle in its executive leadership, naming Simon Krieger as the new Head of Research and Development. Young, ambitious and charismatic, Krieger quickly convinced the old-fashioned officials to reorganize Roxxon’s labs and prioritize clean energy initiatives that he believed could “save the world.”

Now, the new Roxxon executive has come forward with a breakthrough. He claims to have developed a brand-new form of energy that promises zero byproducts and could power parts of New York City for centuries. Krieger dubbed his invention Nuform. He was quick to report that the new energy passed “extensive testing” with flying colors — although what tests were conducted remains a mystery — and is preparing to bring the new energy to New York City.

The company’s rapid consumption of NYC real estate has claimed a new neighborhood: East Harlem. According to Krieger, this new site will reportedly be the first to use the Nuform reactor. While many East Harlem residents are skeptical towards its safety, the new Head of Research and Development has assured them it’s the solution to the blight of power outages that have plagued the neighborhood.

BUSINESS

O-NO! OSCORP TUMBLES

Corporation of disgraced Mayor Norman Osborn tanks

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

PHOTOS
SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

After the explosive reveal of his involvement with the Devil’s Breath Crisis, Mayor Norman Osborn retreated to his million-dollar penthouse fortress.

With Osborn disgraced and MIA and his legacy tarnished, his business empire — Oscorp — is now in a fiscal freefall. His Board of Directors is struggling to restore public perception of the corporation, and many business partners are pulling out of their contracts.

Things are even grimmer on the stock exchange. Shareholders are in a frenzy to sell off the toxic assets. And much to their dismay, the shares are worth practically pennies, thanks to Osborn’s reckless pursuit of science.   

BUSINESS

OLD TUNE FOR A NEW BUGLE

Daily Bugle owners court familiar faces for the paper’s future

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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LANCE BANNON

PHOTOS
LANCE BANNON

Recent polls and surveys show that people are picking up fewer copies of the Daily Bugle, especially since the ousting of former Editor-in-Chief, J. Jonah Jameson.

After the messy split, the fiery, bullheaded Jameson cashed in on his independence, building a brand that spans from his “straight-talking” podcast Just the Facts, to book deals and various self-titled product launches.

Inside sources report the owners of the Daily Bugle are holding quiet negotiations with Jameson to see if there’s a chance at a future reconciliation. But with his star on the rise, Jameson’s love may prove expensive to buy back.

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