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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...

Newly Engaged Couple Overjoyed by NYPD Find

Ring fell down grate hours after proposal

(Newser) - British couple Daniella Anthony and John Drennan are overjoyed that the NYPD has found the engagement ring that fell down a grate in Times Square on Friday night—but there's something Drennan wants to set the record straight about. "I want to clarify that I did not propose...

20K Bees Swarm Times Square Hot Dog Stand

NYPD beekeepers respond

(Newser) - Some 20,000 bees swarmed a hot dog cart near Times Square in New York on Tuesday afternoon, the Guardian reports. But the real news may be that the NYPD has its own beekeeping team. And, per the New York Times , it gets a fair amount of action, with one...

New Year's Eve in Times Square May Be 2nd Coldest Ever

And Al Roker has some advice for keeping warm

(Newser) - The 1 million revelers expected to flood Times Square on Sunday night are in for a seriously frigid start to 2018. CBS News reports the current forecast of 11 degrees with a wind chill close to zero will tie 2017 with 1962 for New York City's coldest New Year'...

Mayor: NYC Pipe Bomb Blast Was Attempted Terror Attack

Man in custody; he and 3 others were injured, but all are expected to survive

(Newser) - A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what...

Dad Pens Thank-You Note to NYC in Wake of Deathly Crash

The father of Alyssa Elsman writes, 'we are all one'

(Newser) - The father of Alyssa Elsman, the teen on vacation with her family who was killed in Times Square last week when a driver allegedly plowed into pedestrians in the crowded tourist spot, wrote a thank-you letter to the people of New York for helping him and his family in the...

Times Square Driver: I Tried to Get Help From Vet's Center

Richard Rojas says he can't remember mowing down tourists

(Newser) - A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square , killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, says he had been trying to get psychiatric help. In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental health counselor...

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