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POLITICS

POLITICAL SCIENCE

City Council candidate Rio Morales targets Roxxon in new ad

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

As Roxxon’s presence in East Harlem grows, City Council candidate Rio Morales has come out with a blistering ad questioning its new energy product, Nuform, and the company’s reliability as a responsible energy provider.

Morales employed her background in science to point out the lengthy process of finalizing new discoveries — like chemicals or energies — for public use. She called out the company’s repeated failure to provide any evidence that proves Nuform is not dangerous. “We cannot accept Nuform until Roxxon shows valid proof of its efficacy and safety,” she boldly claims in her ad.

Morales also claimed that Roxxon, New York City’s main power supplier, has a history of neglecting East Harlem and the power outages it’s endured. She asks viewers, “How can we trust its future in Harlem when Roxxon hasn’t stepped up in the past?”

In response, the energy giant has planned a public relations push with its charming new Head of Research and Development, Simon Krieger, to reinforce Nuform’s possibilities. It’s expected to offer more explanation on the inner workings of the mysterious new energy source.

CRIME

SPIDERS SNARE THE BITS

Spider-Men defeat escaped Super Villain Vulture and his nanobot plot

 

STORY
BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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JUSTIN WEST

PHOTOS
JUSTIN WEST

Incarcerated Super Villain Vulture once again broke free from the confines of his cage to wreak havoc on the streets of New York City. The birdman took to the skies flanked by a group of fledgling accomplices, unleashing a flock of nanobots that infected the minds of New Yorkers and turned them into violent pawns of destruction.

But while Vulture had his protégés, so did our resident masked vigilante, Spider-Man. He and his partner descended on the winged gang to put a stop to their plot. The two Spiders split up, pitting seasoned hero against seasoned villain and new hero against new villains.

What was perhaps most striking about the battle was that the new Spider-Man took on multiple high-powered criminals and defeated each of them all on his own. This battle was not only a win for New York City, but also a win for the new Web-Slinger.

CRIME

THE TINKERER REVEALED

High-flying criminal claims to be leader of Underground

 

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KAT FARRELL

STORY
KAT FARRELL

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LANCE BANNON

PHOTOS
LANCE BANNON

Daily Bugle Now has breaking news regarding the leader behind the rise of newly outfitted gang the Underground. Eyewitnesses reported a masked figure on the streets of East Harlem, commanding orders to Underground goons. The faceless figure goes by the name Tinkerer.

Tinkerer is fearless, wielding the same programmable technology as the Underground and manifesting a neon-lit powerful sword at will. The leader’s confidence has rallied the Underground, turning their attention from wild acts of violence and vandalism towards a new target: Roxxon Plaza.

There are no sure leads on what Tinkerer wants from the corporation, but break-ins and property damage to the new East Harlem headquarters suggest the high-flying gang leader could be after Roxxon’s new proprietary energy, Nuform. In a startling response, Roxxon has increased its security measures, hiring armed guards to patrol its new facility and squash any trouble from Tinkerer and their growing army.

SCIENCE

SCIENCE OF THE SPIDER

One is an anomaly, and two can’t be a coincidence

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

When Spider-Man first swung on the scene, New Yorkers feared his Spider Powers. But as he showed his dedication to the city, he gained the people’s trust. They considered him to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of hero. But when the second Spider-Man appeared, New Yorkers began to wonder, “Where are they coming from?”

Shooting webs from their hands, crawling up walls, an intense sense of impending doom. Are our Spider-Men cut from the same genetic web? Or is there something in the city’s water? Scientists say both are unlikely. Genetic and environmental factors aren’t so powerful to create something like the Wall-Crawlers. If that were the case, there’d be plenty more people choosing to web-sling to work rather than take their chances with public transit.

While there certainly seems to be no explanation other than some far-out sci-fi theories — think aliens, lab experiments, or beings from an alternate universe — New Yorkers are certainly relieved the Spider-Men have their backs when disaster strikes.

POLITICS

CIVILITY IN SYMKARIA

Silver Sablinova spearheads peace talks in the war-torn country

 

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MARY JANE WATSON

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MARY JANE WATSON

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PETER PARKER

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PETER PARKER

After Silver Sablinova worked with Spider-Man to put a stop to the terror Hammerhead imposed on New York — and recover her weapons commandeered by the Maggia leader — she swiftly returned to her home country of Symkaria. However, Sablinova would find little time for respite. Since her return, the small nation gained international attention as it battled its own internal war.

Sablinova looked to quell the fighting between rebel forces and the Symkarian government diplomatically, and restore peace among her battle-weary citizens. Months into the effort, tensions have eased and peace talks are on the horizon.

Only time will tell if Sablinova’s efforts will pay off and heal her beloved home.

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CRIME

EAST HARLEM GUARDIAN

Is the new Spider-Man playing favorites?

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

By now, all of New York City has grown accustomed to Spidey’s partner. But many have noticed the new guy is often seen patrolling solo in East Harlem. It seems the novice Wall-Crawler has made the community his home base as he hones his Spider Powers.    

From corner stores like Teo’s Bodega to public spaces like CJ Walker Park, the new Spider-Man is the first on the scene to help those in need. It seems the time he’s spent with his mentor is paying off as the crime-fighter also uses newfound confidence to preserve the peace.

East Harlem is undergoing massive change. Roxxon Plaza is set to open any day and rival candidates are vying to become its new City Council representative this winter. Many are uncertain about the community’s future. Whether the new Spider-Man is splitting the city with his mentor or he has a soft spot for the neighborhood, some residents are beginning to notice that the one thing they can be certain about is a guardian spider.

FASHION

HIGH-TECH VIGILANTE

New Spider-Man sports futuristic suits

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

The new Spider-Man is making his mark on the fashion world as he donned multiple new suits, all giving us a glimpse into the future of style for masked defenders.

2020 Suit: Spidey’s partner swung through the city in a music-inspired fit. Interlaced with LED lights and sporting headphones, the new hero defends the city to the sound of his own curated beats. Spider-Man even laced up with his own custom crime-fighting kicks.

Into the Spider-Verse Suit: The new Web-Slinger was spotted in a suit that looked out of this world. He gave it a gritty artistic feel, spray painting his armor and now-iconic red spider icon.

Programmable Matter Suit: What’s got this suit glowing? A mysterious tech fused into his suit gives it a high-tech, dramatic feel. 

BUSINESS

SEASON'S GREETINGS

New York City gets ready for a festive December

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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LANCE BANNON

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LANCE BANNON

As the year winds down, all of New York is looking ahead to the city’s jam-packed schedule of winter events.

The merrymaking begins with New York City’s famed menorah display for Hanukkah, rumored to have found a new spot in one of the city’s lush parks. Children are asking when Santa will visit Midtown’s mall to hear their Christmas wishes, while the local dance academy is promoting its much-loved annual Kwanzaa showcase.   

Perhaps one of the most exciting celebrations is East Harlem’s high-spirited King’s Day parade. Each year at CJ Walker Park, large crowds of all ages come together for one of the most colorful presentations of the year. Expect floats, performers and more as the parade makes its way through the streets.

But the holidays aren’t the only thing New Yorkers are talking about. Long-range weather models are predicting one of the biggest winter storms on record. Many are hoping it won’t affect the city’s holiday plans too much, and instead hope it will give them a festive season to remember.

CRIME

FELONS TO FLOAT AGAIN

Raft renovations nearly complete, inmates to return by guarded convoy

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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LANCE BANNON

PHOTOS
LANCE BANNON

Last year’s catastrophic jailbreak at supermax prison the Raft left behind crumbled walls, blown-out cells and devastating exterior breaches. The warden had no choice but to relocate hundreds of prisoners as repairs began. After working with the city to fast-track its reconstruction, prison officials have finally announced their plans to repopulate the island prison’s revamped wings.

Details were made public on the upcoming inmate transfer in order to quell citizens’ fears of a botched move. But plans for helicopter escorts, armed guards and reinforced vehicles hint that they may not just be moving run-of-the-mill felons. The warden declined to comment when reached for questions about who exactly they’re moving back to the Raft.

Citizens — rightly concerned — are encouraged to keep watch for the transfer’s scheduled dates and should plan to steer clear of the route until all inmates are returned to their cells.

BUSINESS

STRONGER THAN EVER

Fallen heroes of Devil’s Breath Crisis inspire today’s leaders

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

As New York City spiraled into the hands of crime lords and Devil’s Breath tore through its boroughs, two heroes emerged: PDNY Officer Jefferson Davis and F.E.A.S.T. operations manager May Parker. Neither survived to see the crisis end, but their work created legacies that live on.

Rio Morales, wife of Officer Davis, is currently campaigning to become East Harlem’s representative in City Council. “He truly cared for this city and its citizens. I know Jeff would support everything our campaign is trying to achieve,” Morales says with a fond look in her eye.  

Many turned away from F.E.A.S.T. after its founder Martin Li was exposed as Super Villain Mister Negative. But today’s leaders like Gloria Davila look to May Parker as their guiding light. When asked about it, Davila said, “F.E.A.S.T. was founded by Mr. Li, but it is May’s legacy. Compassion, support and hope. That’s what she gave to anyone in need. And that’s what I’ll continue to do, no matter what.”

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BUSINESS

"CORPORATE GREED!"

City Council candidate Rio Morales holds a raucous rally outside Roxxon Plaza.

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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LANCE BANNON

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LANCE BANNON

Roxxon’s minimal, modern headquarters stands in stark contrast to its colorful new home, East Harlem, towering over its historic brownstones. Many have recoiled at its construction — a cold column of looming corporate power.

Rio Morales, hopeful City Council candidate for East Harlem, is Roxxon’s most vocal opponent. At her latest rally held right outside Roxxon Plaza, Morales lambasted the new headquarters, reminding supporters that the corporation not only supplanted neighborhood favorites — Paulo’s Creamery, Junipero’s Daycare and St. Thérèse’s Church — but poses an ongoing threat to the community with their controversial Nuform reactor, which remains shrouded in mystery.

The candidate blasted Krieger for keeping residents in the dark about the inner workings of the reactor, while demanding the release of lab tests proving its reliability and safety in a mostly-residential neighborhood.

Simon Krieger has gone on the offensive to win further support from Morales’ political opposition, local residents and business owners. He’s responded to Morales’ attacks, stating that the latest addition to Roxxon’s properties across NYC is a “beacon of progress” for East Harlem, and that when officially online, Nuform will “redefine it as a shining example of a neighborhood renewed.”

CRIME

SPIDERS, EVERYWHERE!

We asked readers to submit their best stories of the Spider-Men out on the town.

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

As time goes by, it seems this new Spider-Man is here to stay. Since making his debut, countless sightings of the new Spider-Man both alone and with his more experienced partner have been reported. Thankfully, they never disappoint.

Here are some of our favorite call-ins and reports on the Spider Duo’s antics.

Racing through the city

“I was having a hot dog on my lunch break, and I saw the two Spider-Men swoop down the block having a race. The new one yelled something like, “Keep up, Old Daddy Longlegs!” as he literally took off past the original one. Not sure where they went, but I hope the original showed him up.”

Thwarting crime

“A few weeks after he appeared, I saw the new Spider-Man with the original one take on a gang looking to rob a store. He hung back while Spidey did most of the smashing. But that kid came in at the right time and bam! Knocked out three guys at once. Didn’t even know he could do that. Apparently neither did he. The two Web-Heads high-fived after that.” 

Riding the subway

“I rode the subway with the new Spider-Man once. The sound of spandex against metal seats is NOT it. He got off at my stop and walked right into one of the best pizza shops in the city. It’s actually kind of hard to get to if you don’t take the subway… Guess even the new guy knows the journey is worth it for a good slice of pie.”

CULTURE

HELLO, HARLEM

Meet the neighborhood shop owners in East Harlem who hope to weather Roxxon’s arrival.

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

With Roxxon moving in, East Harlem will no doubt experience a huge influx of curious visitors to its neighborhood. Daily Bugle Now turns the spotlight towards the neighborhood, highlighting the vibrant business owners that make it a one-of-a-kind community.

Caleb Ward, owner of Caleb’s Clean Cuts

Ask anyone and the first person to welcome you to the neighborhood is Caleb Ward, owner of Caleb’s Clean Cuts. Cheerful, warm and kind, Caleb is always the first to lend a helping hand and let you know the best spots in the neighborhood for a bite to eat, the best art or just to people watch. 

Teo Alvarez, owner of Teo’s Bodega

Teo is an East Harlem native, having grown up and watched the community change over time. He owns a small bodega shop, offering not just the staples of a midday snack but the latest gossip on anything and everything happening in the neighborhood.

Camila Vazquez, owner of Pana Fuerte

East Harlem is known for its plethora of restaurants, but none come close to Camila Vazquez’s Pana Fuerte. After moving there, she opened her restaurant with the goal of serving up her favorite Puerto Rican dishes, like pollo al horno, to Harlem’s hungry residents.

BUSINESS

THE FALL OF FISK EMPIRE

Wilson Fisk’s criminal enterprises have tainted the potential renewal of any of his properties, including Fisk Tower.

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

Last year, real estate mogul Wilson Fisk was revealed to be New York City’s most infamous crime boss, Kingpin. Now he sits in jail. His properties, which pepper the Big Apple, are rotting as a result. New York City’s courts have frozen his estate as prosecutors pore over the details of the inner workings of his businesses.

Even Fisk Tower, newly built last year, stands along Midtown’s skyline with its lights out. What’s worse, it seems there won’t be life after Fisk for any of his skyscrapers. When reached for comment on potential interest in reviving them, various investors around the city have all snubbed the idea, stating that no revamp or rebrand could ever wipe away the stain that is Fisk’s dark legacy. 

CULTURE

MURAL MUSINGS

East Harlem’s latest mural is an ode to Spidey. Will his new partner earn a place on the wall of heroes?

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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SHAUN BESMAN

PHOTOS
SHAUN BESMAN

Walk down any one of East Harlem’s streets and you’re bound to see its buildings dressed with larger-than-life murals. Some highlight the diversity of the neighborhood’s residents, while others memorialize the colorful history and characteristics that make it unique.

One of the latest to be painted in the coming weeks is dedicated to none other than our own Spider-Man. The hero has gained enormous popularity with citizens after simultaneously thwarting Kingpin, Mister Negative, Otto Octavius and his Super Villain cronies Rhino, Electro, Scorpion and Vulture one year ago.

But many are wondering whether the new Spider-Man deserves a spot next to his original web-slinging partner. When reached for comment on the final sketch for the Spider Wall, the muralist shrugged and said, “OG Spidey’s my guy. This partner of his, I don’t know about him yet.”

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Politics

HOMETOWN HERO

Neighborhood rallies behind political newcomer.

 

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BEN URICH

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BEN URICH

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

There’s a buzz in the air, and it’s not coming from whatever’s within Roxxon Plaza. No, the buzz comes from East Harlem residents as more and more people put their faith in political newcomer Rio Morales.

It’s her passion for the community that’s made Rio so popular with voters. At her rallies, she often recalls the thriving small businesses that were neighborhood mainstays for decades — ones that she had grown up with that were bulldozed to make room for Roxxon’s new headquarters.

“After the death of my husband, I felt it was time to come home. I feel ready to take care of the neighborhood that has always taken care of me.”

Her commitment to her family and her home resonates with everyone she meets, and that support is only growing. Walk down the streets of East Harlem and you’ll see a number of people proudly displaying Rio Morales campaign buttons. Her fanbase continues to grow as volunteers of grassroots initiatives hustle her platform of people over profits to those with spare time on the streets.

When asked why she’s committed to taking care of the community, Morales responded, “I do this for my friends, neighbors and, most importantly, my son. I want to show him that, just like his dad, we will fight to protect the ones we love, and for what’s right.”

CRIME

A NEW KIND OF SPIDER

The new Spider-Man has quickly shown he’s got a style and charisma all his own.

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

With two Spider-Men swinging through the city, you’d think it’d be hard to tell them apart. But as the new hero continues with his mentor, the differences are striking.

Our original Spider-Man swings with the grace and control expected of a seasoned hero. But his new partner swings with a youthful excitement. It shows itself in the way he wildly launches off of landmarks and careens through the city.

Witnesses to battles between this new Spider-Man and common crooks notice a dynamic energy that he hasn’t quite mastered. They claim he puts an incredible amount of effort into his fights, whether he’s webbing the bad guys or dodging their punches.

After watching our original Spider-Man grow into the Web-Slinger he is today, we expected the new guy to follow perfectly in his partner’s footsteps. But he’s shown us there’s no playbook for heroes honing their skills.

Some citizens still aren’t used to the idea of two Spider-Men. But we shouldn’t put a limit on how many masked defenders our city needs, especially with the ever-increasing presence of the Underground. Keep it up, new Spider-Man. We’re all watching to see what you’ll do next.

CRIME

BAFFLED BY BANDITS

Analysis of a left-behind weapon proves nobody really understands Underground’s new technology.

 

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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SHAUN BESMAN

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SHAUN BESMAN

As the Underground widens their reach, it’s become clear that they’re not just another power-hungry gang. They’ve eliminated dozens of rivals, tagging their territorial conquests. And unlike other criminals, the Underground has the tech to back them up.

Are these street crooks smart enough to make it themselves? If not, who’s backing them? Local podcaster Danika Hart provided a leaked lab report on a weapon retrieved from an Underground hideout. Its analysts are baffled, with little to no consensus on the inner workings of the technology.

We showed the report alongside reader-submitted videos to our own science editor, Izzy Bunsen, for her thoughts.

Advanced gear

“Judging by how that purple matter runs through their jackets I suspect it’s infused into their gear. I’ve never seen this before.”

Programmable weapons

“They can switch it with the flick of a wrist! They must just think of what they want to use and it materializes from the purple matter. It seems like some type of programmable tech synced with their minds.”

High-tech crimes

“Oh it’s for sure wearable technology, which exists already. But for normal people, it’s a smart watch or phone, not an accessory to commit crimes.”

Bunsen’s input and the sparse lab report make it clear that we aren’t prepared to handle what the Underground has in store. Are either of the Spider-Men up to the task?

CULTURE

END SCENE

Historic Gem Theatre’s curtain didn’t close; it fell.

 

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KAT FARRELL

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KAT FARRELL

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JUSTIN WEST

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JUSTIN WEST

It’s long been debated whether the curtains would ever rise again at New York City’s historic Gem Theatre. After decades of entertaining productions and sellout shows, the theatre closed briefly for what should have been easy renovations. But with perpetually delayed plans and hot-and-cold interest from contractors, the theatre has sat in the dark, a decaying skeleton of its former self.

Many theatre lovers have resigned themselves to the fact that the Gem Theatre may never be restored to its former glory and mourn one of the last great production houses of New York City.

CULTURE

EUREKA! …MAYBE?

Can Millennial intellects like Harry Osborn and Simon Krieger inspire the next generation of geniuses?

 

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BETTY BRANT

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BETTY BRANT

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LANCE BANNON

PHOTOS
LANCE BANNON

Norman Osborn is a scorned man. Otto Octavius now sits in jail. The highly regarded and inspirational scientific geniuses of yore have failed us. So we look to their successors, like NYC’s golden boy Harry Osborn — allegedly shirking his duties running Oscorp’s international operations for a hot fling in the Alps — and newcomer Simon Krieger, Head of Research and Development of Roxxon Energy.

Young Osborn, with his rooftop labs dedicated to analyzing air quality, water pollution and more has done wonders for living conditions across the city. And charismatic Krieger, with his ambition and intellect, has ushered Roxxon Energy away from the unsustainable efforts of electricity to a highly-anticipated, eco-friendly and dependable form of energy.

While they both have done so much, and still show great promise in their careers, are their plans and successes enough to inspire the youth of NYC to pursue a future in science?

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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

STORY 
BEN URICH

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SHAUN BESMAN

PHOTOS
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

STORY
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

PHOTOS
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?

 

STORY
ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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ROBBIE ROBERTSON

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JUSTIN WEST

PHOTOS
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?

 

STORY
ROBBIE ROBERTSON

STORY
ROBBIE ROBERTSON

PHOTOS
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.

 

STORY
KAT FARRELL

STORY
KAT FARRELL

PHOTOS
SHAUN BESMAN

PHOTOS
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

 

STORY
BEN URICH

STORY
BEN URICH

PHOTOS
SHAUN BESMAN

PHOTOS
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

 

STORY
BETTY BRANT

STORY
BETTY BRANT

PHOTOS
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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