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Toddler Runs Ahead of Mom, Is Fatally Hit by Subway Train

NYC crew members left 'totally traumatized' by rush hour accident

(Newser) - A 2-year-old boy got separated from his mother during rush hour at a New York City subway station and was struck by a train, police say. The boy ran ahead of his mother, whose hands were full with shopping bags, before slipping off a platform at the Fulton Street station... More »

Teen Stabbing Victim Made It to Security Booth. It Was Empty

Teens questioned in fatal attack in Manhattan's Morningside Park

(Newser) - Manhattan police are questioning several teens in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old Barnard College freshman. A school security guard found Tessa Majors of Charlottesville, Va., stabbed multiple times in Morningside Park around 5:30pm Wednesday, per the New York Post . She was pronounced dead at a hospital. The New ... More »

Driver Hits Woman and Son in Crosswalk, Killing 3-Year-Old

Police take unlicensed driver into custody

(Newser) - An unlicensed driver struck a woman pushing her child in a stroller in an East Harlem crosswalk Monday, injuring the mother and killing the 3-year-old boy, the New York Post reports. They had just made their regular morning stop at a Dunkin' Donuts. The mother said goodbye, an employee said,... More »

Amazon to New York: We're Coming After All

Amazon plans to house 1,500 employees there by 2021

(Newser) - Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives,... More »

Report: Rikers Guards Watched Suicide Attempt, Failed to Act

3 officers and a captain have been suspended

(Newser) - Guards at one of America's most notorious jails watched for several minutes without intervening as a young inmate tried to hang himself, sources say. Insiders tell the New York Times that at least four corrections officers at the Rikers Island complex failed to act as 18-year-old Nicholas Feliciano, who... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

Bloomberg Sorry About Policy He Defended for Many Years

'I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong'

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg, who supported the controversial police "stop and frisk" policy during his 12 years as mayor of New York City and was still defending it as recently as a few months ago, has had a change of heart. The Democrat, speaking at a black church in Brooklyn on... More »

'You Got It, Run! Run!' Arrest of 2 Teen Girls Gets Crazy

Girl helps her friend escape NYPD custody

(Newser) - A Bronx teen who filmed herself springing a friend from a police cruiser is now in trouble—and so is the friend, NBC New York reports. It went down Thursday after two 14-year-old girls allegedly punched and kicked another girl unconscious at a street corner. Cops tried arresting the girls,... More »

Woman Who Climbed Into Lion's Den: 'I Am the Lion Now'

Myah Autry is in custody on trespassing charges after stunt at Bronx Zoo went viral

(Newser) - A woman who climbed into a lion's exhibit at New York City's Bronx Zoo in September has turned herself in to police. The Asbury Park Press reports that Myah Autry, said to be in her early 30s, has been charged with criminal trespassing after being taken into custody... More »

Alec Baldwin Sues NYC Parking Rage Accuser

He says man's assault claim is 'objectively false'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin has filed a defamation lawsuit against a man who says Baldwin hit him in the face during an argument over a New York City parking space. Baldwin wrote in his lawsuit that contractor Wojciech Cieszkowski's claim that he was violently assaulted by the actor is "objectively... More »

Got $5K at Your Disposal? This Doll Can Be Yours

Three of these American Girl dolls are available, decked out in 5,000 Swarovski crystals and beads

(Newser) - Don't know what to get for the girl who has everything? How about a doll decked out in thousands of dollars worth of bling? If you've got $5,000 lying around and can make arrangements with an American Girl flagship store in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago,... More »

Trump Is Officially No Longer a New Yorker

'He's all yours, Florida,' NY governor says

(Newser) - President Trump is now officially a Florida man. According to documents seen by the New York Times , the president—who was born in Queens and has described himself as a lifelong New York City resident—changed his "primary residence" from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Florida, around a month ago.... More »

New York City Is Banning a 'Cruel' Delicacy

Foie gras ban will take effect in 2022

(Newser) - New York City lawmakers have passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would ban the sale of the delicacy starting in 2022. Animal... More »

Female Comic Sees Weinstein at Bar, Works Him Into Set

Kelly Bachman and an audience member who confronted him got kicked out

(Newser) - Two people say they were kicked out of a New York City bar on Wednesday for addressing the "elephant in the room": Harvey Weinstein seated at a nearby table with young women. "It's Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn't know that we... More »

Arm Wrestler Arrested Over Apricot Seeds. Again

Jason Vale, mom allegedly made $850K for selling them as a cure for cancer

(Newser) - A two-time national arm wrestling champion will need more than muscle to escape charges that he made $850,000 selling "the answer to cancer" online. Cancer survivor Jason Vale, 51, has long attributed his health and success to apricot seeds. In fact, this is his second bust over the... More »

Cop Fired Over Eric Garner Death Wants Job Back

Daniel Pantaleo is suing the NYPD

(Newser) - The police officer accused of putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that killed him is suing the NYPD to get his job back. Daniel Pantaleo had been on desk duty for the five years since the 2014 death before being fired on Aug. 19 . NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill sided... 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 »

Joker Has Created a New Tourist Attraction. Locals Aren't Happy

Fans are flocking to the Bronx to re-create a scene on the 'Joker stairs'

(Newser) - Joker is no joke at the box office, setting a record in previews and taking in nearly $250 million in the US so far. It only makes sense, then, that the film would serve as some sort of meme generator, and thanks to one pivotal scene, people are flocking to... More »

'Torture Island' Gets a Death Date

Rikers Island complex to be replaced with 4 smaller jails by 2026

(Newser) - Rikers Island's death sentence will come in 2026, according to an $8 billion plan approved by New York City lawmakers on Thursday. There are roughly 7,000 inmates currently held at the island complex in the East River, sometimes referred to as "Torture Island" or "the Guantá... More »

They Lifted Manhole Cover, Found a Grim Mystery

Decomposing body found in shaft under Midtown Manhattan street

(Newser) - A grim mystery in New York City: A Verizon crew removed a 200-pound manhole cover and say they were immediately overcome by a horrible smell. Inside the shaft below was a mess of telephone wiring—and a decaying body. It was a puzzling find: There is no other access to... More »

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