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Driver in Times Square Carnage Was Mentally Ill: Jury

Decision sets up Richard Rojas for involuntary commitment

(Newser) - A New York jury agreed with the defense on Wednesday that a man who drove through a Times Square crowd in 2017, hitting more than 20 people, was not responsible for his actions. After deliberating for about six hours, the jury cleared Richard Rojas—who was charged with murder, assault,...

Fight at Times Square Arcade Leaves Man Dead

The victim was said to be reaching for a prize on a shelf at Dave & Buster's

(Newser) - A fight in the prize redemption area of a Dave & Buster's in Manhattan ended with one man dead and another arrested on a murder charge. The New York Times reports the Saturday night argument in the Times Square arcade allegedly started when Allen Stanford (whose name is also...

Mom Gets Times Square Billboard: 'Date My Daughter'

Founder of Wingman app says she wanted to help ailing Boston mother

(Newser) - Boston mom Beth Davis is looking for a date for a daughter she describes as "easygoing"—so easygoing that she's OK with appearing on a "Date My Daughter" billboard in Times Square. Dating app Wingman arranged for the billboard, which has a link to the dating...

Andy Cohen's Live Message to Bill de Blasio: 'Sayonara, Sucker!'

TV personality went on live NYE rant about outgoing NYC mayor during CNN broadcast

(Newser) - Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper did tequila shots while toasting Betty White during their New Year's Eve broadcast on CNN, but the liquor may have gone a bit to Cohen's head. Minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square, ushering in 2022, Eric Adams was sworn in as...

NYC Gears Up for 'Responsible Event for the World to See'

Only 15K in-person spectators, masked and vaccinated, will be allowed at NYE in Times Square

(Newser) - New York City readied on Friday to embrace the new year—and bid good riddance to another pandemic-marred 12 months—as it prepared to revive its annual New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. It did so as an uneasy nation tried to muster optimism that the worst days...

NYC to Welcome Back Vaccinated NYE Revelers

It'll be 'further evidence to the world that we are 100% back,' mayor says

(Newser) - Two years after an unsuspecting crowd in New York City welcomed 2020, the Times Square ball drop will return to something approaching normal—at least for the vaccinated. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that crowds will be welcomed back for a " big, strong, full strength" New Year's...

Nurse Dies After Being Pushed to Ground in NYC

Philippine consulate calls for action after death of Maria Ambrocio

(Newser) - New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams is calling for changes to be made following the death of a 58-year-old nurse who was knocked to the ground in Times Square Friday. Maria Ambrocio, an oncology nurse in a community hospital in New Jersey, hit her head on the pavement after...

He Was Walking to a Pro-Israel Rally. Then, '4 Terrifying Minutes'

Jewish man beaten by mob in NYC's Times Square: 'I could have died'

(Newser) - A Jewish man headed toward a pro-Israel rally over the current conflict in the Gaza Strip was beaten by a mob in New York City's Times Square earlier this week, with the relentless attack continuing for what the New York Daily News describes as "four terrifying minutes."...

New York, LA Investigate Attacks as Hate Crimes

In both cases, assaults on Jewish victims happened during pro-Palestinian demonstrations

(Newser) - The nation's two largest cities are investigating attacks on Jewish bystanders by pro-Palestinian demonstrators. The New York and Los Angeles police departments are looking into the assaults this week as possible hate crimes. In New York, a man was kicked and beaten by several people when pro-Palestinian marchers fought...

Suspect in Shooting of 3 Times Square Bystanders Captured in Florida

Farrakhan Muhammed allegedly hit pedestrians after opening fire on brother

(Newser) - A New York City man suspected of shooting three people in Times Square, including a 4-year-old girl, has been captured in Florida. Authorities say Farrakhan Muhammed, who was identified as a suspect Tuesday, was arrested near Jacksonville Wednesday by US Marshals and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive...

4-Year-Old Girl Shot in Times Square

Two women were also shot

(Newser) - A shooting in New York City's Times Square left three innocent bystanders wounded, including a 4-year-old girl. Per CNN , shots were heard before 5pm in the tourist hotspot, where witnesses told cops the incident began with a dispute between multiple men, at least one of whom pulled out a...

NYPD: Don't Try to Come to Times Square This NYE

Only a few dozen spectators will be allowed at ball drop

(Newser) - After fears earlier this year that this would be the first New Year's Eve without a Times Square ball drop since 1943, the New York City tradition is going ahead —but police are urging the public to stay away. The only onlookers permitted will be a few dozen...

Gloria Gaynor to Close Out 2020 With 'I Will Survive'

Singer will appear at Times Square event honoring essential workers

(Newser) - The New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be a celebration of perseverance, honoring essential workers and featuring Gloria Gaynor singing her anthem, "I Will Survive," organizers said Tuesday. They had announced previously that the annual event will be virtual this year , with no public audience...

Ivanka, Jared Billboards Trigger Lawsuit Threat

The power couple's lawyer writes stern letter to the Lincoln Project

(Newser) - Seen the Ivanka and Jared billboards in Times Square? They're causing a bit of a stir, the Hill reports. One of the ads shows Ivanka Trump gesturing with a smile toward coronavirus death tallies of "33,366+ New Yorkers" and "221,247+ Americans." The other shows...

For First Time in a Century, No NYE Crowd in Times Square

Ball drop, other festivities in New York City are going virtual

(Newser) - For the first time in more than 100 years, New York City's Times Square will be virtually empty on New Year's Eve—and going virtual. Via a statement to Fox News , organizers of the holiday event say that, with the exception of "an extremely limited group of...

After Loud Sound, a 'Sea of People Running' in NYC

People started screaming, thinking it was another shooting

(Newser) - The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in...

Flying Wallendas Pull off Dramatic Times Square Stunt

They safely crossed on high wire

(Newser) - Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on Sunday night on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he was nervous, the AP reports. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him for the...

Feds: We Foiled Attack on Times Square

Authorities say Ashiqul Alam bought weapons from undercover agent

(Newser) - A New York City man plotted to use guns, grenades, and suicide vests to bring bloodshed to Times Square, federal prosecutors said Friday, per the AP . Ashiqul Alam was arrested Thursday after arranging through an undercover agent to buy a pair of pistols whose serial numbers had been obliterated, prosecutors...

Sailor in Iconic Times Square Kiss Photo Dead at 95

George Mendonsa kissed Greta Zimmer Friedman on V-J Day

(Newser) - The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died, the AP reports. George Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. Mendonsa's daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal Mendonsa fell and had a seizure Sunday at the assisted...

NYE in Times Square Was a 'Drunken Brawl' Until This

Confetti turned everything around in 1992, says the man who handles it

(Newser) - "Up until that point, it had just been a drunken brawl." That's a description of what the Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop was like prior to 1992, coming from a man who turned it around. The secret ingredient: confetti. Treb Heining handles the dispersal...

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