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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 »

$6M in Jewelry Stolen in New Year's Eve Heist

While 7,000 police officers were blocks away in Times Square

(Newser) - While 7,000 police officers kept a watchful eye on revelers ringing in the new year in Times Square, three men pulled off a major jewelry heist just blocks away, WGO reports. According to USA Today , police say three men entered a Manhattan building around 10pm New Year's Eve.... More »

NYC Subway Line Envisioned in 1919 Finally Opens

Ground was broken for 2nd Avenue Subway in 1972

(Newser) - New Yorkers' 98-year wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public. The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who... More »

NYPD Cops Get OK to Sport Turbans, Beards for Religion

Both Sikh and Muslim officers have pushed for policy change

(Newser) - The NYPD announced Wednesday it has revised policy so that police officers can now sport beards and turbans if called for by their religion, the New York Times reports. Per NBC New York , officers must get the green light before showing up for work with either, but once they get... More »

Student-Teacher Affair Allegedly Ends in Double Murder

Former lover charged with murders of ex-teacher Felicia Barahona and their son

(Newser) - A man who as a teenager had an affair and subsequent child with his high school science teacher is now accused of killing them both. A building superintendent alerted to a foul smell found Felicia Barahona, 36, strangled with an electrical cord in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, while Barahona'... More »

Bag of Toys Prompts Chaotic Evacuation at Trump Tower

The president-elect wasn't there when suspicious package call came in

(Newser) - A stray backpack prompted the partial evacuation of Trump Tower on Tuesday, though bomb squad technicians quickly determined the unattended bag contained children's toys and was harmless, the AP reports. Video posted online showed people running through the Manhattan skyscraper's public lobby as uniformed police officers waved them... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

NYC Needed Water, but 4 Little Towns Were in the Way

They're not in the way anymore: Atlas Obscura looks back

(Newser) - A handful of picturesque villages in New York's Catskills region had bleak Christmases 63 years ago—residents were well aware that their homes were about to be deliberately sent underwater for good. It was all in the name of progress, explains a feature at Atlas Obscura . In this case,... More »

Muslim Woman Fabricated Story About Trump Supporters Attacking Her

She'll be charged with filing a false report

(Newser) - A Muslim college student who claimed she had been attacked by apparent Trump supporters on a Manhattan subway platform on Dec. 1 has now admitted she made the whole thing up. Yasmin Seweid claimed three young white men shouted "Donald Trump!" and called her a terrorist, followed her,... More »

Lawyer Sues to Stop Christmas Tunes Playing 16 Hours a Day

NYC attorney Nick Wilder says he can't take socialite Lisa Maria Falcone's display anymore

(Newser) - Nick Wilder says he enjoys a rousing rendition of holiday songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" as much as the next guy—but maybe just one rendition at a time, not around the clock every single day. That's the gist of the New York City attorney's suit he'... More »

After Hate Crime, Muslim Cop Wants to Talk to Trump

She and other Muslim-American officers want reassurance from Trump

(Newser) - The Muslim police officer who was the victim of an alleged hate crime this month is seeking a meeting with Donald Trump, Yahoo reports. Last Saturday, NYPD officer Aml Elsokary was off-duty when she says she saw a man pushing her teenage son. She says the man called her a... More »

Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Real-Life 'Marnie Michaels' Starts All-Girls Club

Feminist social club The Wing boasts 200 members

(Newser) - "The mission was to create a destination where women can build relationships, hatch plans and, you know, run the world," says 29-year-old Audrey Gelman, Lena Dunham's bestie and the inspiration behind Girls' character Marnie Michaels. That destination is now The Wing , a women-only social club—with members... More »

Man Tells Hero Muslim Officer He'll Cut Her Throat: Cops

NYPD officer Aml Elsokary saved a baby from a burning building in 2014

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism. The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, the AP reports. Authorities say Officer Aml... More »

Bold Thief Takes Advantage of Golden Opportunity

Surveillance video shows man take bucket of gold from armored truck

(Newser) - When opportunity knocks, remember to lift with your legs—especially if said opportunity comes in the form of an 86-pound bucket of gold. CNN reports surveillance video from Sept. 29 but just released by the NYPD shows a man walking by an open, un-watched armored truck in the middle of... More »

Tiffany on Poor Sales at Iconic Store: Blame Trump

Cites 'election-related activity' near flagship store

(Newser) - Having the president-elect as a neighbor isn't all sunshine and roses, according to Tiffany, which appears to partly blame Donald Trump for its poor US sales over the last three months. Tiffany actually saw a 1% boost in worldwide sales to $949.3 million in Q3—the company's... More »

10 Pricey Cities, and the Salary You Need to Live in Them

California claims the top 3—and you'll need a 6-figure annual paycheck there

(Newser) - Buying a home has always been a big-ticket purchase, but as CNNMoney notes, a seller's market has made being able to afford one increasingly difficult. HSH.com looked at median house prices from the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter of this year, plus the average interest... More »

To Prevent Terror at Macy's Parade: 80 Dump Trucks

The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand

(Newser) - Fans of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who come to see the soaring SpongeBob and Snoopy balloons may get a far less heartwarming sight this year: giant dump trucks filled with sand. More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the... 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 »

The NSA (Probably) Has a Base in This Creepy NYC Building

The Intercept reports that the AT&T Building is a key surveillance site

(Newser) - For decades, the NSA has operated a sophisticated intelligence-gathering operation out of the ominous AT&T Building in Manhattan, the Intercept reports. The windowless building, located at 33 Thomas St. in lower Manhattan, has long attracted attention from New Yorkers curious about its purpose. When the New York Times reported... More »

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