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Truck Plows Into NYC July 4 Party, Killing 3

Driver in Manhattan tragedy was allegedly drunk, speeding

(Newser) - A Fourth of July celebration turned tragic in New York City on Thursday night when a pickup truck plowed into a group of people celebrating at a Manhattan park. The Ford F-150 ran a stop sign, jumped the sidewalk, went through a fence, and ended up in Corlears Hook Park...

It's Time for Manhattanhenge
It's Time for Manhattanhenge

It's Time for Manhattanhenge

You can see it tonight, or in July

(Newser) - Twice per year, New Yorkers and visitors are treated to a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge , when the setting sun aligns with the Manhattan street grid and sinks below the horizon framed in a canyon of skyscrapers. The event is a favorite of photographers and often brings people out onto sidewalks...

As She Lay Dying, Woman Told Her Dad, 'Ty Did This'

Manhattan woman was fatally stabbed as she left for work Monday morning

(Newser) - Shirley Rodriguez had just been attacked outside the Manhattan apartment building where she lived with her dad. In her final moments, she pressed the building's intercom button to call for her dad, and when he came down, she managed to say, "Ty did this." The 29-year-old was...

Guy Randomly Punches Steve Buscemi on NYC Street

Actor is OK, but attacker has not been caught

(Newser) - Steve Buscemi was punched in the face in New York City last week in what the actor's publicist says was a random attack. Buscemi, 66, was on a street in Manhattan on Wednesday morning when it happened, the New York Post reports. "I saw he was with a...

Man Who Self-Immolated Outside Trump Trial Dies

He's been IDed as 37-year-old Max Azzarello

(Newser) - A man who doused himself in an accelerant and set himself on fire outside the courthouse where former President Trump is on trial has died, police said. The NYPD told the AP early Saturday that the man was declared dead by staff at an area hospital. The man—IDed by...

NYC's $15 Congestion Toll Is a US First

Most drivers entering Manhattan south of 60th Street will have to pay beginning in June

(Newser) - New York is on track to become the first US city with congestion tolls on drivers entering its central business district after transit officials approved a $15 fee for most motorists headed into part of Manhattan. Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Wednesday voted to greenlight the congestion...

Squatters Killed Woman, Stuffed Her in Closet: NYC Cops

Suspects in Nadia Vitels' death arrested Friday in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A woman visiting the vacant apartment of her deceased mother was assaulted and killed by two people squatting inside, say Manhattan police, who searched for the suspects for a week before arrests were announced Friday. Nadia Vitels' body, stuffed in a duffel bag, was discovered March 14 by her son,...

A Year Later, It's Still a Mystery Who Freed Central Park Zoo Owl
Central Park Zoo's
Flaco Is Dead

Central Park Zoo's Flaco Is Dead

RIP to owl that became a Manhattan mascot after escaping from zoo in 2023

(Newser) - New Yorkers are mourning "one of the city's most beloved celebrities" this weekend, per the AP . Officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Central Park Zoo, says that Flaco, the 13-year-old Eurasian eagle-owl that escaped the zoo in February 2023, has died after apparently slamming into...

Arrest Made in Vicious NYC Attack Against Asian-American Woman
NYC Man Sentenced for
2021 Anti-Asian Attack

NYC Man Sentenced for 2021 Anti-Asian Attack

Older woman, an immigrant, was brutally attacked in Times Square

(Newser) - The New York man who brutally attacked an Asian-American woman in New York's Times Square in 2021 was on Wednesday sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Brandon Elliot, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree as a hate crime and one count of criminal...

Judge Threatens Trump Lawyer With Jail, Trump Storms Out

More drama in a Manhattan courtroom in defamation damages trial for E. Jean Carroll

(Newser) - A Manhattan federal courtroom got testy Friday during the damages portion of writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation trial against former President Trump. Trump was there for closing arguments—as he'd been on Thursday, when he briefly testified —and the AP notes that he seemed "agitated all...

More Than 20 Hurt in NYC Subway Collision, Derailment

Service was majorly disrupted across Manhattan

(Newser) - A New York City subway train derailed Thursday after colliding with another train at low speed, leaving more than 20 people with minor injuries and causing major service disruptions across Manhattan during the afternoon rush hour, authorities said. At about 3pm on the Upper West Side, a 1 train carrying...

After the Ball Dropped, a Car Chase in the Streets of NYC

7 pedestrians injured after speeding car ends up on sidewalk; cop, driver also injured

(Newser) - A driver fleeing police in New York City early Monday morning sped onto a sidewalk and injured seven pedestrians, including a woman who was pinned under a food truck struck by the sedan, according to police. The 39-year-old woman trapped under the food truck in midtown Manhattan and six other...

Ex-Obama Aide Arrested After Rant Captured on Video

Stuart Seldowitz accused of harassing food cart worker

(Newser) - An official who served on the National Security Council under former President Obama was arrested Wednesday for alleging spewing hate at a halal food cart worker in Manhattan earlier this month. "You're a terrorist," Stuart Seldowitz, 64, allegedly told the employee, who filmed the verbal attacks, per...

Locals Shrug, Visitors Fret at Bright-Green Slime in NYC

Freon? Plumbers' dye? 'Ghostbusters' fuel? No one seems to know

(Newser) - What is it? Where did it come from? Is it dangerous? Those are the three questions Insider posed Friday after a strange, neon-green slime oozed into lower Manhattan this week, worrying tourists even as locals walked right past it without much concern. "So there's literal green sludge bubbling...

Man Gets Trapped Overnight in NYC Bank Vault

He was freed about 9 hours later when vault doors automatically reopened

(Newser) - A man accessing his safe deposit box at a New York City bank Tuesday night ended up trapped in the bank's vault when the doors closed around 8:45pm; someone apparently closed them not realizing he was inside. The 23-year-old called 911 and firefighters tried to free him, but...

NYC Police Battle Crowd Drawn by Streamer's Giveaway

Twitch personality's promise of free gaming consoles, PlayStations attracts thousands to Union Square

(Newser) - Thousands of people filled Manhattan's Union Square on Friday afternoon for an internet personality's hyped giveaway that got out of hand, with some in the crowd clambering on vehicles, hurling chairs, and throwing punches, leaving police struggling to rein in the chaos. Aerial TV news footage showed a...

Scary NYC Morning: 'This Could Have Been Much Worse'

Only minor injuries reported after crane's arm plummets to the street in Manhattan

(Newser) - A towering construction crane caught fire high above the west side of Manhattan on Wednesday morning, then lost its long arm , which smashed against a nearby building, dangled, and then plummeted to the street as people ran for their lives on the sidewalk below, the AP reports. Four people suffered...

New Tenant in Basquiat's Old Home: Angelina

Actress leases Manhattan residence for her fashion collective

(Newser) - The address of 57 Great Jones Street is well-known in New York City for good reason: Andy Warhol bought the former carriage house in 1970 before leasing it to art world protege Jean-Michel Basquiat, per Hyperallergic . Basquiat not only lived and worked there for about five years, but he died...

Central Park Five Member Wins NYC Primary

'Started from the bottom, now we here,' says Yusef Salaam, apparent winner of council seat

(Newser) - Wrongly convicted of rape as a teenager, Yusef Salaam served almost seven years in prison before he was freed in 2002. Since then, he's become a poet, author, activist—and now, apparently, a New York City councilor. Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five, appeared Tuesday to have...

Dog Walk in Central Park Ends With Dog Fatally Stabbed

2 sets of dog walkers got into an argument

(Newser) - A New York couple's dog walk through Central Park ended with one of their dogs fatally stabbed after an altercation with another dog walker who then fled. The couple was walking a pit bull and a miniature pinscher, both leashed, when three unleashed dogs started attacking their pups, biting...

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