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8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Flower Box

The boy was climbing a window gate to get a basketball Thursday in Brooklyn

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was killed Thursday evening when a flower box fell on his head, the New York Daily News reports. According to WABC , Kevin Reilly was climbing a window gate to retrieve a basketball outside his home and grabbed the flower box. The 4-foot-long planter fell and... More »

Inevitable Finally Happens: NYC Gets Avocado Bar

'Painfully trendy' fruit will be featured in all the menu items

(Newser) - If you like to put avocado on just about everything, you're in luck—if you can make it to Brooklyn, at least. Three friends from Italy are opening Avocaderia, what they call the world's first avocado bar. (A Food & Wine blogger thinks the folks behind one already... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

More Than 100 Hurt After Brooklyn Train Derails: Reports

No life-threatening injuries, though, in LIRR commuter train crash

(Newser) - The Wednesday morning commute left several people shook up but mostly OK on the Long Island Rail Road when a train derailed, ABC News reports. The train was slowly entering Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal at around 8:30am when it crashed either into the platform or a bumper, leading at... More »

Term of Endearment That Was Big in 1870 Is Back

Anecdotally, some fathers think 'papa' is more hip, cute and feminist than 'dad'

(Newser) - With the name "mama" on the rise in the US, the Daily Beast proposes anecdotal evidence that "papa" is now also in vogue—at least among Brooklyn hipsters with offspring, that is. But will it make its way back across the rest of the country, where it reached... More »

After 'Chinese Blessing' Turns Out to Be Scam, an Arrest

Attorney says accused was smuggled into US, her participation was forced

(Newser) - Back in July, police in New York announced they were looking for a group of female grifters involved in a "Chinese blessing scam" that has taken off in Brooklyn's Asian neighborhoods, reports Jezebel . The women were said to eavesdrop on conversations to figure out what problems a person... More »

NYPD Baffled by Case of Baby Thrown From Building in 1993

They hope a sketch will lead to tips

(Newser) - She was less than 24 hours old when police say she was thrown from the second floor of an apartment building, a red and white dish towel tied around her neck and her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. She died from strangulation and a superintendent found her body, in... More »

Hipsters Are Healing Their Souls With 'Grandmother' Drug

Amazon's ayahuasca is said to offer therapeutic benefits—though not without a cost

(Newser) - A psychedelic concoction known as yage, or ayahuasca, has been brewed in indigenous communities in the Amazon region for centuries. But now it's found a relatively new audience: Americans immersed in what Ariel Levy, writing for the New Yorker , calls "the Age of Kale," who are tapping... More »

Dad Shot Dead Standing Up for His Son

Incident arose over a stolen baseball cap

(Newser) - Gerald Cummings confronted a group of young men about his son's stolen baseball cap, and wound up losing his life as a result, police say. The 38-year-old father of two was shot twice in the head near a basketball court outside a Brooklyn elementary school around 10:15pm Wednesday,... More »

Woman Selling Breakup Blender on Craigslist

It's a reconditioned Vitamix

(Newser) - "Who buys someone they're dumping a Vitamix?" That's the question of a Brooklyn woman selling a certified reconditioned 5200 series Vitamix online, Daily Dot reports. The appliance—asking price just $400—indeed was a break-up gift of sorts. "He clearly wants to break up, but makes... More »

Thieves Tunnel Through Bank Roof, Steal $280K

And they didn't even trigger an alarm

(Newser) - Thieves stole $280,000 in cash and valuables from a Brooklyn bank over the weekend. The most impressive part: They didn't even trigger an alarm. Police were only tipped off to the robbery at the HSBC branch in Borough Park when employees arrived on Monday and found a tunnel... More »

Olsen Twins Are Close to Getting Their Own Museum

Awesome Kickstarter is looking to fund one

(Newser) - If a Kickstarter campaign raises enough money—and it's already more than a third of the way there with 13 days to go—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be getting their own museum. Brooklyn-based comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are behind the campaign, Racked reports; last year, Harkins... More »

NYC Woman Recants Rape Allegations Against 5 Teens

Charges against the boys will likely be dropped

(Newser) - A young woman who accused five teenage boys of chasing away her father and gang-raping her on a playground has recanted her story and prosecutors are dropping criminal charges, the AP reports. The boys had been charged with rape and other crimes following the Jan. 7 encounter in a quiet... More »

10th Victim Knifed on NYC Subway This Year

NYPD commissioner is telling folks not to overreact

(Newser) - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton took to the city's subways last week (with a cop by his side ) in an attempt to show NYC residents that the transit system is perfectly safe and that recent stabbings and slashings were nothing more than an "aberration." But just an... More »

Family: NYC Man Died in Car Buried by Plow

Carbon monoxide likely killed Angel Ginel in Brooklyn

(Newser) - The winter storm that rocked the East Coast over the weekend has claimed another victim: a 44-year-old dad. Angel Ginel was found dead inside his snowed-in Lexus on a Brooklyn street on Monday, reports PIX11 . Family members say Ginel went out on Sunday to earn some extra cash shoveling snow.... More »

Snowpocalypse Spawns $200-per-Night Igloo

Airbnb quickly shut down the listing on Sunday

(Newser) - Those stranded in Brooklyn over the weekend had the option to build an igloo—or stay in a pre-built model for just $200 per night. Patrick Horton and some friends built an igloo in his backyard, then decided to list the chilly abode as a "Boutique Winter Igloo for... More »

'Something Does Not Add Up' in NYC Rape

Suspects are telling a very different story, questions surround woman's father

(Newser) - Police have charged four teens with first-degree rape after an assault on an 18-year-old woman in a Brooklyn playground—but "something does not seem to add up," says Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, citing "several unanswered questions as it relates to the behavior of the father." Police say... More »

Cops: Men Rape Teen in NYC After Ordering Dad Away

18-year-old assaulted in Brooklyn playground, cops say

(Newser) - A group of five men raped a teenager one-at-a-time in a Brooklyn playground on Thursday night after ordering her father to flee at gunpoint, police say. The 18-year-old survivor, unnamed in media reports, was with her dad in Osborn Playground at about 11:15pm when the suspects allegedly came up,... More »

Ex-Rikers Inmate Killed on Eve of Huge Payout

Robert Hinton had just eaten Thanksgiving dinner with his family

(Newser) - Robert Hinton had a chance to move on with his life. But the former inmate of Riker's Island—whose savage beating there by guards spawned a pending $450,000 settlement—was shot and killed Thursday night outside a housing project in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports. Hinton had just... More »

Eat This 30-Pound Burrito, Own 10% of NYC Eatery

Brooklyn's Don Chingon will put its money where your mouth is—if you succeed

(Newser) - Entrepreneurs, listen up. There's a business opportunity in Brooklyn, and all you have to do is chow down 30 pounds of meat, rice, cheese, and various salsas to take part. Don Chingon, a recently opened Mexican restaurant in Park Slope, is offering a 10% ownership stake in the eatery... More »

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