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Work Failed Inspection Hour Before NYC Blast

19 injured, 1 missing after building collapse

(Newser) - An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The blast yesterday in the East Village caused the building's collapse and largely destroyed another structure. It... More »

Sheet of Plywood Kills Woman in Manhattan

It was blown from construction site onto pedestrian

(Newser) - A 37-year-old woman walking in Manhattan yesterday was killed when a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood blown from a construction site hit her, reports the New York Daily News . Police say the sheet came off a fence surrounding the construction of a new condo complex on West 12th Street and struck... More »

NYC Homeless Shelters Rife With Rats, Rot

Report outlines deplorable conditions in system that houses 12K families

(Newser) - One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for two days. Another had been without electricity for days. Urine soiled the floor of the only working elevator at yet another. All those buildings were part of a system that costs... More »

Cops: Cherry Factory Hid NYC's Biggest Pot Farm

Police probing possible mob links

(Newser) - A maraschino cherry factory makes a pretty good place to hide a marijuana grow-op, according to police probing the suicide of Arthur Mondella . Investigators say the operation at Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company is the biggest they've found in New York City, and both the smell of cherries and... More »

Cherry Tycoon Kills Himself When Cops Find Other Business

Cops say grow-op found under Brooklyn plant

(Newser) - Arthur Mondella, owner of Dell’s Maraschino Cherries, was allegedly selling a lot more than cherries, and he killed himself when his secret drug business was uncovered, police say. According to the New York Daily News , investigators looking into reports of pollution from the Brooklyn cherry plant smelled marijuana; after... More »

New York City Record: No Murders in 11 Days

Frigid temperatures apparently help

(Newser) - One upside of the frigid weather in the Northeast? New York City has gone 11 days without a murder, the longest stretch since the NYPD began tracking such streaks in 1994, reports the New York Post . If you think the weather plays no role, consider that the previous record—10... More »

NY Subway Has Bubonic Plague

Study maps DNA of New York City storied subway system

(Newser) - Like riding the subway in New York? You're not alone: so do countless bacteria including bubonic plague, anthrax, and E. coli, the Wall Street Journal reports. A new study maps out the subway system's DNA, revealing an underground world packed with microbial diversity. "People don’t look... More »

200 Firefighters Have Spent 10 Hours Battling NYC Warehouse Blaze

Hundreds of firefighters face 7-alarm fire burning official papers

(Newser) - A fire took hold at a Brooklyn warehouse at 6:20 this morning, and as of late afternoon, the seven-alarm blaze is still going strong, the New York Times reports. Smoke can be seen from outside the city. Some 200 firefighters have been at the scene; none have been injured... More »

'Wicked Storm' Slams New England

Blizzard largely misses NYC, but hits Boston

(Newser) - Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England today with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City , piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall... More »

Northeast's 'Snowpocalypse': Some Snow, No Apocalypse

New England set for heaviest snow

(Newser) - The warnings were dire , but at least so far, the Northeast's "historic and catastrophic" blizzard pretty much fizzled. The National Weather Service canceled a blizzard warning for New York City, noting that "much less snow" than expected will hit the city, the New York Times reports, and... More »

Northeast Braces for Mega-Storm

New York City roads, subways banned after 11pm

(Newser) - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in today as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity... More »

Warnings, Advice Pile Up as Northeast Blizzard Looms

United cancels all NYC, Philly, Boston flights

(Newser) - Thousands of flights in the Northeast have already been canceled for today and tomorrow as dire warnings about a coming blizzard pile up, and some 30 million people hunker down, reports NPR . Some 2,000 flights have been canceled for today, with another 1,800 nixed for tomorrow, FlightAware.com... More »

2 Employees Dead in NYC Home Depot Murder-Suicide

Worker shot supervisor in packed Manhattan store

(Newser) - Panicked shoppers and workers fled a Manhattan Home Depot yesterday after an employee shot a supervisor dead before turning the gun on himself, police say. Scores of customers and employees were inside the store when gunfire erupted in the lighting department yesterday afternoon, reports the New York Times . The shooter... More »

Queens Man Kills 3 Family Members, Then Himself: Cops

Jonathon Walker showed no signs of danger, relatives say

(Newser) - In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street in Queens, New York, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said. "What I did, I cannot come back from,... More »

NYC to Ban Solitary for Inmates Under 22

Move marks major 'innovation': activist

(Newser) - New York City's Board of Correction has unanimously voted to end the practice of solitary confinement for inmates age 21 and younger, the New York Times reports. An activist says the move may be a nationwide first: "I've never heard of anything like that happening anywhere else,... More »

NYPD Revolt Wanes? Arrests Inch Back Up

Still down compared to a year ago: 'New York Times'

(Newser) - After two police officers were gunned down in New York last month, police appeared to cut way back on arrests and summonses , a fact NYPD chief William Bratton confirmed last week. Now those numbers are finally beginning to climb again, though they remain well below last year's levels, the... More »

NYC Bans Styrofoam Cups, Containers

Businesses have 6 months to find alternatives

(Newser) - Diners, delis, and food carts in the country's biggest city have six months to find a greener alternative to the Styrofoam cups and takeout containers many of them use. New York has become the latest US city to ban foam containers, and the ban will take effect July 1,... More »

NYC Relents, Lets Kids Bring Phones to School

City to end its ban on devices in schools starting in March

(Newser) - New York City's school teachers might want to check themselves into detention because the city is ending its ban on cell-phone-wielding schoolkids, clearing the way for some 1.1 million students to skip into class with iPhones in tow. Well, sort of: As the New York Daily News reports,... More »

NYC Cops Have Stopped Giving Out Parking Tickets

Down 93% over week ending Sunday compared to same period year prior

(Newser) - It's been a good week to be a lazy car-parker in New York City. The police precinct that patrols Coney Island didn't hand out a single parking or traffic ticket in the week ending Sunday; in fact, those tickets were down 93% and 92% citywide, respectively, over the... More »

2 NYPD Officers Shot, Wounded

They were investigating Bronx robbery

(Newser) - Two New York City police officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx were shot and wounded last night and a manhunt is underway for at least two suspects, authorities say. The officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx with non-life-threatening injuries. One officer was wounded in... More »

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