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ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Her Young Daughter Was Killed by a Car. Now, New Tragedy

Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has lost her unborn child

(Newser) - What kept Ruthie Ann Miles going after her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was killed when a car crashed into them in March in Brooklyn was her unborn baby, due this month. Now another tragedy for the Broadway star and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, delivered via their lawyer. "This past Friday,... More »

Neighbor's Text Saves Wife, Daughter as Professor Murdered

She spotted intruder enter Brooklyn home

(Newser) - A professor in Brooklyn was murdered by an intruder on Monday, police say—and his wife and daughter may have been saved by a sharp-eyed neighbor. Doreen Giuliano says she noticed a man apparently casing the home for hours and then saw him enter through a side door. Giuliano tells... More »

Trump, Critic of Gov't Housing, to Get $36M From Sale

President owned 4% of NYC subsidized housing development that just sold for hundreds of millions

(Newser) - The nation's largest subsidized affordable housing complex was just sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, with some of the money going to a prominent critic of government housing programs: President Trump. Trump and other investors in Starrett City in Brooklyn have sold the 46-building complex to two real... More »

'Overwhelmed' Postal Worker Hoarded 17K Deliveries: Report

Aleksey Germash says he delivered the 'important' stuff

(Newser) - A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver, the AP reports. But officials say Aleksey Germash told them he "made sure to... More »

A 'Hole' May Have Led to Fatal Shooting of NYC Man

Beat cops knew Saheed Vassell was mentally ill, but the officers who responded may not have

(Newser) - More details in the case of Saheed Vassell , an unarmed, mentally ill 34-year-old man shot and killed by NYC police. Four cops opened fire on Vassell in Brooklyn on Wednesday after 911 calls came in saying a man was pointing a silver firearm at people; after Vassell was shot, it... More »

NYPD Officers Mistake Pipe for Gun, Fatally Shoot Man

'This shouldn't have happened,' witness says

(Newser) - NYPD officers responding to reports of a man threatening people with a gun on Wednesday fatally shot a black man carrying a metal pipe, mistaking it for a firearm, police say. It happened just before 5pm in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after three 911 callers said a "... More »

NYC Crosswalk Crash Killed Daughter of Broadway Star

Driver claims to have suffered a seizure

(Newser) - Feelings of heartbreak in the wake of a horrifying incident at a New York City crosswalk Monday have turned to feelings of outrage with new details emerging about the driver who allegedly struck and killed two young children and critically injured a pregnant Broadway star. As SILive.com reports, the... More »

An NHL Team Ditched Its Roots. Now It's Going Back

New York Islanders are headed back to Long Island

(Newser) - The New York Islanders may be returning to the New York suburbs after a move to Brooklyn floundered. The hockey team won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack, home to the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown each June,... More »

He Makes a Decent Living as a D&D 'Dungeon Master'

'Wired' profiles New York City's Timm Woods

(Newser) - Like a lot of kids, Timm Woods developed an intense fascination with the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Unlike a lot of those kids, the 30-year-old Woods is now making a living at it as an adult. Wired profiles the Brooklyn resident and his unusual profession: that of a "... More »

'Gotham' Star Cites 'Predators' in New Plea for Missing Teen

Donal Logue posted his latest request for help finding Jade Logue on Facebook

(Newser) - Actor Donal Logue is asking again for the public's help in locating his teenage daughter, who was last seen a week ago in New York City, the AP reports. The star of Fox's "Gotham," who first tweeted about the teen's disappearance last week, wrote on... More »

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 »

Hundreds of Yemenis Close NYC Stores in Trump Protest

Some of them have family stranded by travel ban

(Newser) - Ethnic Yemeni business owners who operate New York City corner bodegas and neighborhood delis closed shop in more than 1,000 locations Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries. The shops were locked at noon and remained shuttered... 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 »

Playground Named for Beastie Boy Defaced With Swastikas

Someone also spray-painted 'Go Trump!' on Adam Yauch Park

(Newser) - A Brooklyn playground named for the late Beastie Boys' star Adam Yauch was vandalized with swastikas and the words "Go Trump!" the AP reports. Photos show the swastikas and words were spray-painted on playground equipment in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The city named the park for the late... 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 »

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