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Woman Awarded $35M in Strange Manhattan Door Shattering Incident
Woman Awarded $35M
in Strange Manhattan
Door-Shattering Incident

Woman Awarded $35M in Strange Manhattan Door-Shattering Incident

Glass door shattered over woman, leading to brain injury

(Newser) - Meghan Brown, then 27, was an analyst for JPMorgan in 2015 when, as she was leaving a physical therapy appointment in Manhattan, the glass lobby door suddenly shattered as she walked through it. The now-36-year-old was recently awarded a $35 million verdict after a three-week trial on the case, the...

Skyscrapers Actually a Good Place to Be in an Earthquake

Though earthquakes are rare in NYC, high-rises are built to withstand them

(Newser) - The ground rumbled Friday beneath New York City, home to famous skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. Though buildings that can reach above 100 stories might seem especially vulnerable to earthquakes, engineering experts say skyscrapers are built with enough flexibility to withstand moderate shaking, the...

East Coast Is Shooketh From Surprise Morning Quake
What We Know About
the East Coast Earthquake

What We Know About the East Coast Earthquake

Travel was snarled but no major damage or injuries have been reported after 4.8 quake

(Newser) - So far, there've been no reports of major injuries or damage as a result of the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that surprised the East Coast on Friday morning, with its epicenter near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. The AP reports that the temblor was felt by 42 million people, and...

Thousands Eligible for Payouts in NYC Hijab Mug Shot Lawsuit

City agrees to pay $17.5M in class-action suit filed by women forced to remove head coverings

(Newser) - If the New York City Police Department forced you to remove a religious head covering between 2014 and 2021, you could be in for a payout. The city has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by two Muslim women who were forced to remove...

NYC's Biggest Girl Scout Troop Faces Backlash Over Migrants

Troop 6000 has embraced the city's newest residents, but not everyone is happy about it

(Newser) - Once a week in a midtown Manhattan hotel, dozens of Girl Scouts gather in a spare room made homey by string lights and children's drawings. They earn badges, go on field trips to the Statue of Liberty, and learn how to navigate the subway in a city most have...

NYC's $15 Congestion Toll Is a US First

Most drivers entering Manhattan south of 60th Street will have to pay beginning in June

(Newser) - New York is on track to become the first US city with congestion tolls on drivers entering its central business district after transit officials approved a $15 fee for most motorists headed into part of Manhattan. Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Wednesday voted to greenlight the congestion...

NYC Subway Rider Is Fatally Pushed Onto Tracks

24-year-old suspect charged with murder

(Newser) - A New York City subway rider was pushed onto the tracks and killed by a train, reports the AP , the latest in a string of violent episodes in the city's transit system that have prompted officials to beef up policing in the subway system. The shoving victim, who hasn'...

Squatters Killed Woman, Stuffed Her in Closet: NYC Cops

Suspects in Nadia Vitels' death arrested Friday in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A woman visiting the vacant apartment of her deceased mother was assaulted and killed by two people squatting inside, say Manhattan police, who searched for the suspects for a week before arrests were announced Friday. Nadia Vitels' body, stuffed in a duffel bag, was discovered March 14 by her son,...

Cops: Tow Truck Driver Fatally Punched Man Twice His Age

Former jockey hit his head on concrete in Brooklyn parking dispute

(Newser) - A tow truck driver killed a man twice his age with a single punch during a dispute in Brooklyn Saturday night, authorities say. Police say Carlyle Thomas, a 61-year-old former jockey from Jamaica, confronted the 30-year-old tow truck driver as his Honda Odyssey was being towed from a Shell station...

No Charges in 'Deeply Upsetting' Subway Shooting

NYC prosecutors say man acted in self-defense when he grabbed another man's gun, fired

(Newser) - There won't be charges against a man who shot another on a New York City subway train. Although the Thursday shooting was "deeply upsetting," "evidence of self-defense precludes us from filing any criminal charges against the shooter," Oren Yaniv, a rep for the Brooklyn District...

Feds Find Goose Intestines Under Dead Rattlesnakes

Feds bust 6 for illegally importing gross stuff hidden under other gross stuff

(Newser) - Six people were arrested in New York on Tuesday on charges of illegally importing goose and duck intestines from China, in some cases by hiding them under packaged rattlesnakes or mislabeling them as pet grooming products on customs forms, federal officials announced. The scheme, which the AP reports also included...

National Guard Deployed to New York Subways

They'll patrol, check bags amid spate of violent incidents

(Newser) - New York's governor is deploying the National Guard to New York City's subways. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that 750 members of the state's National Guard will start patrolling stations amid a spate of violent crimes, reports the New York Times . They'll join an additional force...

Famous WWII Pic Once More a 'Political Lightning Rod'

Memo said Eisenstaedt's V-J Day pic 'The Kiss' would be pulled from VA venues; VA chief says no

(Newser) - The Veterans Affairs secretary has reversed a department memo that aimed to ban VA displays of the iconic "V-J Day in Times Square" photograph of a Navy sailor kissing a woman he didn't know on the streets of New York at the end of World War II. Secretary...

NYC Takes Big Step Toward Ending '24-Hour Rat Buffet'

All businesses now required to use bins

(Newser) - New York City's tradition of piling garbage bags on the sidewalk for pickup is going the way of the dinosaur. As of Friday, all 200,000 businesses in the Big Apple are required to put out their bags of trash in garbage bins, as communities across the country and...

$1B Donation to Cover Med School Tuition for All

Ruth Gottesman wants graduates to begin careers free of debt

(Newser) - A former professor at a New York City medical school has given it $1 billion, saying the money should be used to cover tuition for all future students. Ruth Gottesman, 93, studied learning disabilities and operated literacy programs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, the New ...

A Year Later, It's Still a Mystery Who Freed Central Park Zoo Owl
Central Park Zoo's
Flaco Is Dead

Central Park Zoo's Flaco Is Dead

RIP to owl that became a Manhattan mascot after escaping from zoo in 2023

(Newser) - New Yorkers are mourning "one of the city's most beloved celebrities" this weekend, per the AP . Officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Central Park Zoo, says that Flaco, the 13-year-old Eurasian eagle-owl that escaped the zoo in February 2023, has died after apparently slamming into...

Arizona Prosecutor Refuses to Extradite Murder Suspect to NY

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell gets in a dig at Manhattan counterpart Alvin Bragg

(Newser) - Extraditing a murder suspect from one state to another is usually pretty standard. But in a strange case marred by politics, a district attorney in Arizona is refusing to cooperate with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as he aims to have a murder suspect moved to New York to face charges...

Arrest Made in Vicious NYC Attack Against Asian-American Woman
NYC Man Sentenced for
2021 Anti-Asian Attack

NYC Man Sentenced for 2021 Anti-Asian Attack

Older woman, an immigrant, was brutally attacked in Times Square

(Newser) - The New York man who brutally attacked an Asian-American woman in New York's Times Square in 2021 was on Wednesday sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Brandon Elliot, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree as a hate crime and one count of criminal...

Guy Lived Rent-Free in NYC Hotel for 5 Years, Then Took It Too Far

Prosecutors say Mickey Barreto tried to claim ownership of entire New Yorker Hotel building

(Newser) - For five years, a New York City man managed to live rent-free in a landmark Manhattan hotel by exploiting an obscure local housing law. But prosecutors this week said Mickey Barreto went too far when he filed paperwork claiming ownership of the entire New Yorker Hotel—and tried to charge...

1 Dead, 5 Hurt in NYC Subway Shooting
16-Year-Old Arrested in
Deadly Subway Shooting

16-Year-Old Arrested in Deadly Subway Shooting

Police say injured 14-year-old may be another suspect in Bronx shooting

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service says a 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a shooting that killed a 35-year-old man and injured five other people at a subway station in the Bronx on Monday. Authorities say the shooting at Mount Eden station happened after members...

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