James Fanelli

Investigative Reporter @fanellijames jfanelli@dnainfo.com

James Fanelli's byline has appeared in nearly all the city's tabloids.

Before joining DNAinfo, he spent two years at the Daily News, first as a general assignment reporter and then as an assistant city editor overseeing the courts and transit beats.

Before the News, he worked for four years at the New York Post as a Sunday enterprise reporter. He's also worked as an editor at amNewYork and the Queens Courier and has freelanced for Newsday.

He grew up in Long Island and graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Holy Cross College.


Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

September 1, 2015

Are You Related to This Violinist? If So, You Could Be a Millionaire

Eugene Bergen died with $3.8 million but left no will. If you show you're related, you may get the cash.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

August 24, 2015

DA Eyes $8.5M Estate of Maraschino Mogul Who Killed Himself After Pot Bust

Arthur Mondella's will left his estate to his family, but Brooklyn's DA plans to seize some assets.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

August 20, 2015

Gay Model's $25M Estate in Limbo Because She Could Never Marry Her Partner

The legal quandary began when Shirley Ione Cowell adopted her lover, Gigi Carrier.

Harlem »

August 18, 2015

Owner of Dilapidated Landmarked Harlem Home Sued in Rare Move by City

The 133-year-old home on Astor Row is missing floors, walls and most of a roof.

New York City »

August 13, 2015

De Blasio Blames Media Coverage of Homeless For Surge in 311 Complaints

The mayor said media coverage has increased concern about the homeless, prompting more 311 calls.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

August 13, 2015

311 Complaints About Homeless Have Risen Nearly 60 Percent Under de Blasio

311 received 20,242 homeless-related calls so far this year. For the same time in 2013 it was 12,715.

Midtown & Theater District »

August 6, 2015

Taxi Driver Fined $25K for Refusing to Pick Up Black Executive and Her Kids

Baqir Raza didn't pick up Cynthia Jordan and her family, but let white women in his cab, a judge said.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

August 5, 2015

Family of Playwright Killed in Luxe High-Rise Fire Gets $2M From Building

Insurers for the Strand Condominium have agreed to pay the sum to Daniel McClung's husband and parents.