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"We Knew This Could Happen": Giant Sinkhole Devours Unoccupied Taxi In Queens

"We Knew This Could Happen": Giant Sinkhole Devours Unoccupied Taxi In Queens

An unoccupied taxi plunged into an enormous sinkhole early Thanksgiving morning in Maspeth, Queens, to the shock of onlookers.Passersby spotted the vehicle, an orange Toyota Rav4 with TLC plates, around 6 a.m. at 70th Street between 52nd and 53rd avenues. They included Queens Councilmember Robert Holden, who snapped a few photos of the car tipped over inside the sinkhole."We knew this could happen because the was well underway," Holden told Gothamist/WNYC, referencing a massive project that began in August.Holden, who posted the photos on Twitter, said he saw police and fire personnel...

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Defiant New Yorkers Determined To Give Thanks Even If It Kills Them, Others

Defiant New Yorkers Determined To Give Thanks Even If It Kills Them, Others

Despite weeks of warnings from city, state officials and public health experts, many New Yorkers are still planning indoor Thanksgiving get-togethers with friends and family, threatening to launch the region into a full-blown second wave of the virus.Erica Young was on Monday, hoping to secure a negative COVID-19 test to achieve some kind of peace of mind before gathering with friends indoors for the holiday.“Without a negative test I would not have entry,” said the 38-year-old Lower East Side tech worker, describing her friend as a “five star chef” who hosted Thanksgiving every year. This...

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Wealthy Patrons Swoop In To Buy Astor Place Hair, Promise To Keep It Open

Wealthy Patrons Swoop In To Buy Astor Place Hair, Promise To Keep It Open

A small group of affluent fans of Astor Place Hairstylists have joined together to save the iconic and affordable barber shop from pandemic-related ruin.Paul Vezza, 64, a manager whose family has owned and operated the shop at 2 Astor Place since the 1940s, described the save as a miracle — for the shop and for the 30 barbers who are currently employed there. Prior to the pandemic, he had employed about 50 barbers and hairstylists.He dreaded informing them that the shop was on November 25th, as a result of business declining 90% since their reopening in June at reduced capacity in...

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Amid Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams Holds Mayoral Fundraiser Inside UWS Restaurant

Amid Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams Holds Mayoral Fundraiser Inside UWS Restaurant

for the recent increase in COVID-19 rates across New York, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams still held a fundraiser for his mayoral bid inside an Upper West Side restaurant where some supporters were reportedly spotted mask-less before eating.Adams——held the fundraiser inside Good Enough To Eat on Columbus Avenue Friday night before 18 supporters, according to .Before Adams offered remarks, supporters were spotted by the Daily News closely seated at tables, many not wearing masks as required before they can begin eating. When Adams arrived to speak to supporters inside the restaurant,...

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Nov 21
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NJ Enacts New Digital Privacy Law After Murder Of Federal Judge’s Son

NJ Enacts New Digital Privacy Law After Murder Of Federal Judge’s Son

New Jersey has enacted a state law that criminalizes the publishing of personal addresses and phone numbers of judges and their families, after the of the son of a federal judge in North Brunswick this summer.Governor Phil Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, named after Daniel Anderl, in an emotional ceremony Friday as his mother, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, described the impact the law will have. The law -- which prohibits the publication of home addresses and home phone numbers for any active or retired judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer -- takes effect immediately.“In the...

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Nov 21
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"They’re Praying Nobody Dies": 240 Prisoners Sick With COVID Inside Fort Dix Prison

"They’re Praying Nobody Dies": 240 Prisoners Sick With COVID Inside Fort Dix Prison

A 35-year-old Fort Dix prisoner woke up in the middle of the night because he couldn’t breathe. He was drenched in sweat and begged the prison staff to help him. Instead, he said he was told to “tough it out.”The prisoner, who didn’t want his name published for fear of retaliation from prison staff, later tested positive for COVID-19. He’s been in a quarantine unit with dozens of other sick men for the last three weeks. “That one night was scary, I thought I was outta here,” he said. The New York City native, who has spent a decade behind bars on drug charges, said he can’t taste or smell,...

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MTA Prepares Budget Cuts That Would Make Transit System "Unrecognizable"

MTA Prepares Budget Cuts That Would Make Transit System "Unrecognizable"

If the MTA fails to secure $12 billion in federal relief aid by the end of the year, which appears unlikely given Republican control of the Senate, MTA leaders said they had no choice but to pass a budget which would make public transportation in New York City unrecognizable to riders, and likely unusable for a large swath of the public that relies on it.MTA Chairman Pat Foye called the agency’s 2021 budget, released on Wednesday, “grim.” The Chief Financial Officer, who created it, said it was “ugly.” Board members referred to it as “brutal.”“All of the options we discussed today are grim...

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Food Insecurity In NYC Rises Precipitously With No Federal Help In Sight

Food Insecurity In NYC Rises Precipitously With No Federal Help In Sight

Food pantries in NYC are struggling to keep up with a dramatic increase in demand for assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has inflamed the already desperate situation faced by many New Yorkers living at the poverty line.Before the virus tore a hole through the city's economy, some 12% of residents were already reporting food insecurity fears. That percentage has jumped to 32% of surveyed residents, according to a new report from the Robin Hood Foundation -- underscoring the need for immediate federal help as local food pantries are stretched to the limit.“Before the pandemic,...

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Sophia Chang
Nov 17
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Status Of Schools Hangs In The Balance As NYC Reports COVID Testing Positivity Rate Of 2.8%

Status Of Schools Hangs In The Balance As NYC Reports COVID Testing Positivity Rate Of 2.8%

New York City's seven-day average test positivity is now at 2.8% as coronavirus cases reach their highest level since May, according to updated on Monday.The latest data shows that the city remains precariously close to 3%, the threshold at which Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would shut public schools and shift completely to remote learning.Health officials on Monday also revised the prior day average positivity reading upward to 2.9%. The city's test data is routinely changed as more results roll in, and a surge in demand for testing marked the around the city and longer turnaround...

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Nov 16
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Ten People Arrested At Illegal 200-Person Fight Club In The Bronx

Ten People Arrested At Illegal 200-Person Fight Club In The Bronx

A 200-plus-person underground fight night in the Bronx was broken up by deputy sheriffs on Saturday evening, according to the Sheriff's Office.Rumble in the Bronx, an underground fight club group, held a fight night at a warehouse in the Bronx on Coster Street near East Bay Avenue with more than 200 people in attendance, according to New York City Sheriff Joe Fucito.Deputy sheriffs say they found people drinking alcohol and smoking without wearing face masks or social distancing around 11:15 p.m. inside the warehouse. The size of the gathering far exceeded the state's to ten people,...

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Nov 15
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As COVID Cases Climb In NYC, Long Lines For Tests Return

As COVID Cases Climb In NYC, Long Lines For Tests Return

New Yorkers are flocking to COVID-19 testing sites across the five boroughs, amid , and in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday that's now just two weeks away. In many cases, they're encountering longer lines than they've seen in months."We’ve been here over two hours, so I’m pretty angry," said Amy Lee, a 27-year-old nurse in Manhattan, as she inched closer to the door of the CityMD on Delancey Street. Lee said she'd tried a different walk-in clinic earlier in the morning, but found the line was twice as long.According to , over 68,000 New York City residents were tested for...

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Nov 12
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Newly Signed Law Makes It Easier For New Yorkers To Cancel Gym Memberships

Newly Signed Law Makes It Easier For New Yorkers To Cancel Gym Memberships

A new law will make it easier for New Yorkers to quit the gym—a task made more infuriating for some gym-goers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The new consumer protection , signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, requires that businesses with automatic renewal services provide an easy way to cancel gym memberships, such as online rather than in-person or other inconvenient ways."Exercising during this pandemic is hard enough—New Yorkers shouldn’t have to jump through hoops or visit a gym in person simply to quit their membership," State Senator Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the bill in the...

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Nov 12
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Muslim Advocates Say Brutal Beating Of Queens Man Was A Hate Crime. The NYPD Calls It A "Dispute Amongst Neighbors"

Muslim Advocates Say Brutal Beating Of Queens Man Was A Hate Crime. The NYPD Calls It A "Dispute Amongst Neighbors"

A Muslim father-of-two in Queens was hospitalized after being beaten by a neighbor who has been harassing his family for weeks, according to a lawyer with a Muslim civil rights group who is now demanding the NYPD investigate the attack as a hate crime.Rego Park residents Khaled Aly and his wife Neamat Taha as well as their two young children were going into their apartment complex about 11 p.m. on Friday when another man and woman allegedly approached Taha. The woman grabbed Taha by her hijab while the man approached her, according to Council on American-Islamic Relations's New York chapter...

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Feds: Heavily-Armed Staten Island Extremist Threatened To Kill Biden Supporters After Trump's Loss

Feds: Heavily-Armed Staten Island Extremist Threatened To Kill Biden Supporters After Trump's Loss

A Staten Island Trump supporter with an interest in the militia movement was arrested on Tuesday, after calling for crowds of New Yorkers to be gunned down in the streets while celebrating the election results, and threatening to "blow up the FBI building for real," according to federal prosecutors.Brian Maiorana, 54, was arrested in Annadale, Staten Island on Tuesday morning. Federal agents who searched his home recovered a semiautomatic pistol, a Taser, a crossbow, an expandable baton, the upper portion of an AR 15 assault rifle, and several rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said.Maiorana...

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Nov 11
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NYC's Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rises Above 2%, The Highest In Over 4 Months

NYC's Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rises Above 2%, The Highest In Over 4 Months

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.New York City's average test positivity rate for COVID-19 has risen above 2%, the highest it has been in more than four months, according to the latest Health Department data. The metric meets the threshold at which Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would "reassess" indoor dining.As of Saturday, the city's was reporting a seven-day average positivity of 2.12%. The daily share of people testing positive for COVID-19 was...

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Nov 7
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NYPD Officer Bounces Voter From Poll Site For Wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirt

NYPD Officer Bounces Voter From Poll Site For Wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirt

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.Brooklyn resident Carlos Calzadilla says that a police officer threatened him with arrest on Election Day for standing too close to a Bushwick polling place while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.Calzadilla, 23, a constituent-relations staffer for State Senator Julia Salazar, wasn’t on the job on Election Day. He had just voted, and was meeting some friends to pick up some fliers opposed to the .“I had just...

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Map: See How Your NYC Neighbors Voted In The 2020 Election

Map: See How Your NYC Neighbors Voted In The 2020 Election

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.While the country waits for the official results of the 2020 presidential election, the New York City Board of Elections has released for New York City. As of Thursday, these totals include only in-person voting; counting the absentee ballots . We've mapped the unofficial, in-person results so you can see how your neighborhood voted:A total of were cast, on Election Day and the .Every one of the nearly 6,000...

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Nov 5
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New State Bill Would Give Parents Paid Leave To Help Kids With Remote Learning

New State Bill Would Give Parents Paid Leave To Help Kids With Remote Learning

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.With so many students dependent on the pandemic, some state lawmakers have crafted a bill that would allow parents to receive up to three months of paid leave to help their kids with online classes.The bill from State Senator Robert Jackson and State Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, both Democrats, would allow parents up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of their take-home pay to assist their kids...

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Oct 30
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It’s 2020: Why Is The Internet Still Treated Like A Luxury, Not A Utility?

It’s 2020: Why Is The Internet Still Treated Like A Luxury, Not A Utility?

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.When the New York city council held a hearing on October 13th to address the — the persistent inequities in internet access that have left millions of New Yorkers without sufficient broadband service — Felix Guzman, a member of, , had a problem.Guzman prepared plenty of testimony to deliver, on how he had to navigate life as a homeless city resident during a pandemic with only a government-provided Lifeline...

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Oct 30
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67 ZIP Codes In NYC Now Have An Average Positivity Rate Over 2%

67 ZIP Codes In NYC Now Have An Average Positivity Rate Over 2%

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.Coronavirus cases have spread more broadly across New York City. Following outbreaks in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, in both neighboring areas as well as those further from hotspots, such as Morris Heights in the Bronx and West Harlem in Manhattan.The data, along with remarks this week by city officials, suggest that the city faces a difficult battle in fending off a second wave that no longer appears contained to...

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Oct 30
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New York Is In A Financial Tailspin, Millions Are Suffering. Why Shouldn’t Billionaires Pay More Taxes?

New York Is In A Financial Tailspin, Millions Are Suffering. Why Shouldn’t Billionaires Pay More Taxes?

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.Before the pandemic, Sergio Ajche could earn as much as $200 a day as a roofer. Now he mostly makes a living on his bicycle, working for tips through food delivery apps. On a good shift, Ajche said he can make $100, but other days he goes home with $5.Ajche and his wife aren’t able to file for state unemployment, and they weren’t eligible for the $1,200 stimulus checks or the $600 a week federal benefits.“We know...

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Sydney Pereira
Oct 29
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NYPD Officer Who Kneeled On Man's Neck During Social Distancing Arrest Resigns Before Department Trial Can Begin

NYPD Officer Who Kneeled On Man's Neck During Social Distancing Arrest Resigns Before Department Trial Can Begin

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.The NYPD officer who kneeled on a man's neck during a social distancing arrest earlier this year has quit the force, days before he was set to face a departmental trial.Francisco Garcia, a veteran NYPD officer with a , announced his resignation on Wednesday, according to his union, the Police Benevolent Association.Garcia was caught on video , a 33-year-old groundskeeper with NYCHA, during a May 2nd social...

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Oct 28
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City Quietly Triples Estimate Of NYCHA Apartments With Lead Risk To Children

City Quietly Triples Estimate Of NYCHA Apartments With Lead Risk To Children

The number of children potentially exposed to lead paint in New York City's public housing buildings is three times greater than previously thought, the federal monitor tasked with overseeing NYCHA revealed on Thursday.Six thousand additional apartments with children under the age of six are believed to contain dangerous lead paint — on top of the 3,000 units previously identified, according to Bart Schwartz, the federal monitor.The discovery was made public in a short update posted to on Thursday. He said the housing authority reported the additional apartments earlier this week, after...

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Oct 22
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82-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed By Revel Rider On Upper West Side

82-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed By Revel Rider On Upper West Side

The driver of a Revel scooter fatally struck an elderly woman near Columbus Circle last month, police said on Wednesday.Helga Schnitker, an 82-year-old Upper West Side resident, was crossing Broadway at 60th Street when she was hit by the 23-year-old scooter operator on the morning of September 29th, according to the NYPD.She suffered head trauma, police said, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.The driver remained on the scene and was not charged. A preliminary investigation found the woman was in the crosswalk during the collision. Police did not provide further details about the...

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Oct 21
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Videos Appear To Show Cop Planting Marijuana During Arrests. The Staten Island DA Sees Nothing Wrong

Videos Appear To Show Cop Planting Marijuana During Arrests. The Staten Island DA Sees Nothing Wrong

Jason Serrano and his ex-girlfriend were driving down Broad Avenue on Staten Island to get some Puerto Rican food when they got stopped by two NYPD officers for a broken taillight. Standing outside the passenger side window, one of the officers, Kyle Erickson, said he smelled marijuana. “You got ashes all over you, it smells like weed,” he said with his body camera rolling.Police ordered Serrano out of the car. After a brief argument over whether a search was necessary, Erickson and his partner Elmer Pastran pushed Serrano to the ground and cuffed him. Serrano, who was recovering from an...

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