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Victim Won't Cooperate in Case Against Amy Cooper

Christian Cooper says she doesn't need 'more misery'

(Newser) - Amy Cooper may be charged with filing a false police report as a result of his video, but Christian Cooper is not necessarily on board. The member of the New York City Audubon Society board of directors again suggests the white woman who called police on May 25 to report... More »

Woman in Park Incident Gets Dog Back

Rescue group returns pooch to Amy Cooper after input from law enforcement

(Newser) - The white dog walker who called police on a black birdwatcher who'd asked her to leash her dog in Central Park has been reunited with the dog. Though Amy Cooper surrendered her pooch to a rescue group in the aftermath of a viral video of the encounter , which some... More »

Obama Weighs In on George Floyd

'This shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'

(Newser) - President Obama has weighed in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote in a statement posted online . "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation... More »

Man in Park Incident: Let's Not Destroy Her Life

Christian Cooper condemns threats against Amy Cooper, who called 911 on him

(Newser) - The New York City birdwatcher targeted in an allegedly racist confrontation with a woman in Central Park on Memorial Day says he's "not excusing the racism" but thinks attacks on the woman, who has since been fired from her finance job , might go too far. "Any of... More »

Big Consequences for White Woman Who Called Cops on Black Man

She loses job and, at least temporarily, her dog

(Newser) - A day after a white woman called police on a black man who asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, consequences: The woman, Amy Cooper, has been fired. "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the... More »

Woman Apologizes for 'Unacceptable' Reaction to Black Man in Park

Man who asked Amy Cooper to leash dog records her calling cops, saying he's 'threatening' her

(Newser) - A video taken in New York's Central Park over the weekend has gone viral, leading to accusations of racism against an investment exec. Per NBC New York , a woman posted the clip on Twitter showing her brother, Christian Cooper, in a confrontation with Amy Cooper (no relation) Monday after... More »

Trump's Name Scrubbed From NYC Ice Rinks

Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink have been run by his organization since 1980s

(Newser) - For years, skaters at a pair of ice rinks in Manhattan's Central Park have been surrounded by the Trump name. Now, no longer. The official names of the New York rinks are Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink, but Donald Trump started running them in the 1980s, at which point... More »

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

Mandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC

(Newser) - If there's anywhere you'll see a punk rocker with a "multicolored mohawk," New York City would be the place. But the Mandarin duck that's been hanging out in Central Park since mid-October is another story entirely. The New York Times reports the creature with brilliantly... More »

Mom, Kids Hit by Falling Tree in NYC. Now She's Suing

Anne Monoky Goldman seeks $200M in damages

(Newser) - A woman hospitalized after she was hit by a falling tree while protecting her three young sons is suing New York City and the Central Park Conservancy for $200 million, WABC reports. According to ABC News , 39-year-old Anne Monoky Goldman was pushing two of her children, ages 4 and 2,... More »

Donald Trump Refuses to Admit the Central Park 5 Are Innocent

Trump "was the fire starter, he lit the match," says one of the falsely accused group

(Newser) - Donald Trump has revived the controversy over his opinion on the 1989 "Central Park Jogger" case. New York City was rocked by the sensational crime, in which a young woman jogging alone in Central Park at night was bludgeoned, raped, tied up and left for dead. Five teenage boys—... More »

Teen Faces Amputation After Blast in Central Park

Cops are trying to figure out if it was a firework Conner Golden stepped on or something 'more sinister'

(Newser) - A group of friends enjoying a morning in NYC's Central Park stumbled onto misfortune Sunday when one apparently stepped on an explosive, severely injuring his leg, the New York Post reports. The FDNY says the explosion happened around 11am at 68th Street and Fifth Avenue, per NBC New York... More »

Section of Central Park Closed for 80 Years Just Reopened

It was closed as a bird sanctuary in the 1930s

(Newser) - Four of Central Park's 843 acres that have remained largely hidden for 80 years are finally open to the public once again, the New York Times reports. According to Curbed New York , the Hallett Nature Sanctuary—originally known as the Promontory—is adjacent to the Pond in the southeast... More »

Futuristic Central Park Design Proposes a 'Sidescraper'

Design calls for excavating the park

(Newser) - A headline at CityLab calls it the "worst idea in history," but a design that includes digging up Manhattan's Central Park 1,000 feet to the bedrock and then erecting a reflective glass building around it has won this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition . The project called... More »

Trump Tombstone Pops Up in Central Park

Grave marker in NYC made some do a double take

(Newser) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign is alive and kicking, as is Trump himself—though a tombstone found in NYC's Central Park may have had passersby thinking otherwise, ABC News reports. Visitors to the park stumbled across the grave marker , located in the Sheep Meadow section, over the weekend, and... More »

It's So Cold in NYC, Ice Festival Has Been Canceled

Weather could drop to minus-10 with wind chill

(Newser) - It's too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival. The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday's event has been canceled. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the teens on Saturday for New York. But wind chills could drop to between zero and minus-10,... More »

Teacher: I Was Fired Over 'Central Park Five' Lesson

NYC educator says school officials feared 'riots'

(Newser) - The Central Park Five were wrongfully convicted of a jogger's brutal rape and beating in a case that shook New York City 25 years ago. Now, a city teacher says she's been fired for creating a lesson plan about the case, reports the New York Daily News . Jeena... More »

Donald Trump Trademarked Famous NYC Landmark

He can put 'Central Park' on everything from coffee percolators to garbage cans

(Newser) - According to the AP , Donald Trump is the "single biggest private, for-profit holder of Central Park trademarks on specific goods." How specific? He holds the rights for putting "Central Park" on chandeliers, key chains, flashlights, tables, pencil boxes, coffee grinders, trash cans, filaments for electric lights, and... More »

Bear Cub Found in Central Park Was Killed by Car

But officials still don't know how it ended up in NYC

(Newser) - A bear cub mysteriously found dead in New York City's Central Park on Monday appears to have been hit and killed by a vehicle, according to state authorities, but that information doesn't explain the central mystery of how it ended up in a bush near 69th Street in... More »

Mystery in Central Park: Dead Bear Cub

Police say she appears to have been dragged to bush where she was found

(Newser) - Lots of unexpected creatures have been found in New York City's Central Park—alligators, snapping turtles, koi carp, and even pet pigs on leashes. But the 3-foot black bear cub found dead near 69th Street yesterday is among the least expected, so rare that the most recent sighting people... More »

Scientists Surprised by Central Park Dirt

It has as much biodiversity as soils 'from the Arctic to Antarctica'

(Newser) - Dirt probably isn't something you'd think of as having "so much going on," but scientist Kelly Ramirez begs to differ. She's sampled dirt from tropical forests to deserts around the world and found it "teeming with so many different types of organisms," she... More »

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