As the facts surrounding Sunday's derailment of a Metro-North train add up, it's looking more and more like human error was involved. Sources told the New York Post and DNAinfo that the train's engineer, William Rockefeller, was either asleep or "zoned out" just before the train ran off the tracks.
Bum news for some high schoolers in Chelsea. About 75 students at Chelsea's Career and Technical Education High School are resitting their English Regents exam this morning after McGraw Hill, the company that scores the tests, allegedly lost their exams out of the back of a truck.
It's a beautiful Thursday, New York City. Here's a look at what's happening in restaurant news around the city.
If you tuned into this afternoon's dour White House press briefing, you would have heard a lot about...dun dun dun...the sequester. Several public goods are going to get mercilessly slashed as the cuts begin to take effect, and they go something like this: Head Start, Meals on Wheels, food facility ... More >>
Because the NYPD has video this time. Police said that the suspect sexually assaulted two women roughly two months apart. During the first attack, which took place on February 1, the suspect grabbed a 39-year-old woman walking down Woodbine Street in Bushwick, pushed her down, and grabbed her brea ... More >>
Xi'an Famous Foods' new Midtown location had a soft opening on Thursday according to Midtown Lunch, which spotted a now-deleted post on the chain's Facebook page. Xi'an wrote, "We are having a soft opening at midtown 24 w. 45th... this message will self destruct in 15 mins..." Customers who couldn't ... More >>
Pearl & Ash will open tonight in the old Bowery Kitchen space. Chef Richard Kuo, a former co-chef at the Scandinavian pop-up, Frej, offers a meat-heavy menu -- veal cheek with forbidden rice, and quail with almond, pomegranate, and chicken skin. 220 Bowery
SPQR in Little Italy closed this week, Grub Street reported. The restaurant on Mulberry Street had been open in some capacity for 30 years, but the phone lines are disconnected and many of the items inside the space were auctioned off, including coffee makers, wine racks, and stoves. The building th ... More >>
But seriously, though. Yesterday, DNAInfo reported that three hospitals in Brooklyn will open their clinics for completely, one-hundred-percent, scott-free STD testing. The hospitals include: East WIlliamsburg's CABS Health Center, Caribbean House Health Center and East New York's Dr. Betty Shabazz ... More >>
Attention Williamsburg: get your sepia-toned Instagram pics of the sepia-toned "Hipster Lake" while you can at McCarren Park. According to the Parks Department, they've started renovating the park, in part, to drain the infamous accidental pond, and expect to finish this summer. According to DNAin ... More >>
So you know that porn emporium called Peep World that used to be in midtown but has since closed? According to DNAinfo, Hooters will be replacing the venue. "It's a sad state of affairs that this city's perverts have so few places to go these days," a longtime customer named Ted told DNAinfo when ... More >>
[See More Open!: Wasabi To Bring Individually Wrapped Sushi To NYC | Say Hello to Moti Mahal Delux, Hot Bread Almacen] Popular Belgian waffle dessert truck recently won a contract to expand their presence into two city parks. They will be outside Park Slope's Prospect Park and in Lower Manhattan's ... More >>
[See More Annals of Absurdity: 7-Eleven Has Mashed Potato Vending Machine | Open A Watermelon Using Rubber Bands] Brooklyn artist Laura Ginn served up a $100 per head dinner for a Lower East Side Gallery show on Wednesday. Doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary... except for the fact that ... More >>
Pressure is mounting on JP Morgan Chase to account for the ongoing closure of Chase Manhattan Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The Voice has been tracking the ongoing saga of the fenced-off public plaza since January -- see previous coverage below -- but others are starting to growing curious as well. Go ... More >>
The NYPD has just started a new effort to crack down on delivery workers who violate bicycle laws while on duty carting food to starving New Yorkers, and They're starting in Hell's Kitchen, where a restaurant boom has resulted in an influx of delivery workers on bicycles, in turn incensing the com ... More >>
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, which happens to come shortly the Centers for Disease Control announced that 1/88 children nationwide has an autism spectrum disorder -- a 23 percent increase since the last report was released in 2009. Long term, this represents a 78 percent increase from data g ... More >>
And now for an item about rats' imminent takeover of New York. Undeterred by the wild coyotes roaming parts of Harlem and Central Park, rats have moved beyond their old hangouts -- the city's subways, playgrounds and car parties -- and have become very comfortable in Upper Manhattan, which now boa ... More >>
Midtown business owners have launched a campaign to clear the neighborhood's streets of their ubiquitous food carts, reports DNAinfo.
Jimmy McMillan might be on to something: a real estate research firm has noticed that more New Yorkers are trying to buy apartments -- because the rent is too damn high. As it turns out, the perfect storm of inflated rents and low interest rates has pushed would-be renters into the market, accordin ... More >>
Boozers and bars are just ruining the East Village, neighborhood residents claim. So the NYPD Ninth Precinct, which patrols the area, will deploy eight to 10 additional cops in the next month to combat "nightlife-related problems," according to DNAinfo. The team will be sent out during the eveni ... More >>
Today in "Thank you, Captain Obvious," a transit advocacy group has found that many subway platforms are unsightly, unsanitary, rat-infested blights. You don't say! The Straphangers Campaign released the results of its first ever "State of the Station Platforms" survey today, and the news i ... More >>
Yesterday, the AIDS Memorial Park Campaign chose Brooklyn-based Studio a i as the winner of its design competition for the AIDS memorial park on the old site of the St. Vincent's Hospital. But now, the developer in charge of actually building the park says that they will ignore the results of ... More >>
The woman who accused Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's son Greg Kelly of raping her last October also claims that she became pregnant as a result of the alleged assault. Sources also told DNAinfo that the woman terminated the pregnancy.
Once upon a time, hip, taste-making Manhattanites in the know would trek to Brooklyn to propagate the species with relatively more space and sometimes even backyards in which to park their Maclarens. But a surprising trend has been uncovered by DNAinfo, which reports that birth rates in Lower Manhat ... More >>
via FacebookFollowing up on the awful elevator incident yesterday at 285 Madison that caused the tragic death of Suzanne Hart, director of new business at Young & Rubicam, the daily papers share portraits of her life and what she had accomplished in her 41 years, as well as a further look int ... More >>
As we reported earlier, McDonald's employee Rayon McIntosh was cleared of all charges stemming from the infamous beating of two customers who charged at him behind the counter at the fast food chain's West Village location in October. A grand jury ruled that McIntosh was provoked by the two w ... More >>
When considering a criminally focused lifestyle, or even just a singular instance in which you rob a restaurant or store or person with eyes, one should know that a large, recognizable facial tattoo may be incompatible with said life of crime or singular instance of theft. The name of the game is "i ... More >>
Zefrey Throwell/Art in GeneralNudity, nudity, nudity. There's more of it coming your way starting on Saturday, when an art project called "I'll Raise You One..." opens at Art in General, at 79 Walker Street in Tribeca. The project, which is the creation of artist Zefrey Throwell (who will par ... More >>
In Occupy Wall Street news today, food vendors have returned to their Wall Street locations now that police have removed some of the barricades. [DNAinfo] When Le Cirque opened recently in New Delhi, they did so with some menu modifications. (Spoiler alert: Indians prefer Italian to French.) ... More >>
Jamawn Woods, the creator of Soul Daddy, which was the winning concept on America's Next Great Restaurant but failed miserably weeks after opening, plans to reopen in his hometown of Detroit. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tyson is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef after a family in ... More >>
Lauren ShockeySoon there will be pie. Organic Avenue isn't the only spot foodies may soon flock to on West 8th Street. Apple Café Bakery is set to open next week at 24 West 8th Street, according to its owners, who told us as we walked by the other day. A new bakery in the neighborhood ... More >>
Hercules Fancy Grocery, which has sat on the corner of Morton Street and Seventh Avenue since 1997 and existed in some form in the West Village since 1979, is packing it in by the end of the month. The culprit, as usual, is the rent. According to DNAInfo, the store's owner, Hercules Dimitrato ... More >>
SvadilfariHerpes. O Rly?When an enormous great horned owl was found dead on the ground in Inwood Hill Park last month, the Department of Environmental Conservation promised to find out what laid the noble beast low. Today, the results of the autopsy were announced and -- there's really no way ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThis being National Ice Cream Month, it seems appropriate that scarcely a day passes without some dairy-related news to report. And today's a bi-borough triple-header.
WikipediaIn a sad story on Wednesday afternoon, a young woman was reportedly hit and killed in the 3 p.m. hour by a northbound train at East 77th Street, DNAinfo is reporting. The details as to what exactly happened are not exactly clear yet; ABC News explains that she fell onto the tracks af ... More >>
The East River Ferry, as we've been teasing, is indeed coming and now there's a launch date. Beginning June 13, there will be water travel from East 34th Street in Manhattan to Long Island City, down to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, DUMBO and back to Manhattan at Pier 11 near ... More >>
viaThough Friday evening's protest of the Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata acquittal in the NYPD rape case seemed like a moment of catharsis, it's not quite over for everyone who felt betrayed by the verdict. "People were pissed," we learned of the protest and apparently they still are: A new ... More >>
CIA Director Leon Panetta says that al Qaida will "almost certainly" attempt to get revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden, and thus, nowhere are security officials on higher alert than in New York City today. The New York Post reports that the NYPD "will pay special attention to subways, ... More >>
Water Taxi BeachWell, so much for that. It looks like Pier Garten, the German beer garden that was supposed to replace South Street Seaport's Water Taxi Beach, may not actually materialize, thanks to the efforts of Community Board 1.
Theodora Richards, model daughter of the Rolling Stones' Keith, followed in the footsteps of every famous offspring ever by looking really stylish in court as she was barely punished for a decadent, albeit victimless (and sort of cute!) crime. The 25-year-old (now 26) was caught scribbling a ... More >>
On Tuesday's 22nd anniversary of the notorious Central Park Jogger attack, the five men convicted of raping and beating Trisha Meili, only to be freed thanks to DNA evidence, spoke out, urging New York City to come to terms on a $250 million lawsuit they filed against the city. The five young ... More >>
DNAInfo.comWe're into a map that DNAinfo has up today, showing which parts of Manhattan have had the largest numbers of bed bug complaints over the first three months of this year. According to the news site, Manhattan residents made 455 complaints to 311 about bed bugs for the first thre ... More >>
Flickr/Miss NingyouDon't choke!European candies may be all the rage right now, thanks to Sockerbit and London Candy Co., but there's one sweet treat that's a bit trickier to find than other Euro imports: Kinder Surprise Eggs. That's because unlike the tots across the pond, American kids are ... More >>
DNAinfo reports that the New York Police Department is gearing up to face "a police scandal the likes of which the city has not felt in decades," which could very well be a huge overreaction, but still sounds thrilling. The reality is far less exhilarating than it first seems, but still might ... More >>
Julie Shapiro/DNAInfoWell, this certainly puts last Friday's food truck scuffles into perspective: earlier this afternoon a propane tank on the Frites n Meats truck exploded after the truck collided with another vehicle. Two people on the truck were burned; fortunately, their injuries do not ... More >>
Rebecca MarxSome Schnitzel & Things things. Souvlaki GR isn't the only food truck with an imminent storefront opening on the horizon. Schnitzel & Things is opening a big, fat brick-and-mortar outpost on Third Avenue next Monday, and it seems that that's only the beginning.
Sarah DiGregorioNo Big Bob Gibson's pulled pork shoulder for you.Now that the flames of controversy surrounding the San Gennaro Festival have died down, they've been ignited by another open-air festival of hedonistic consumption, the Big Apple BBQ Block Party.
Coming right atcha, Third Avenue.Today's weather lends itself to thoughts of heavy drinking, making it a good time to spread some alcohol-related developments.
Amy Zimmer/DNAinfoWhen the going gets tough, the tough bring about a lawsuit. Patricia Monroy, owner of Paty's Taco Truck, has been battling the Upper East Side over the past year. Now, she is hoping to reclaim her income and the right to sell tacos in the neighborhood, where crotchety resid ... More >>
Amy Zimmer/DNAinfoPaty's Taco Truck, the truck that was kicked out of the Upper East Side a couple of months ago following weeks of ticketing, returned to Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street earlier this afternoon. The NYPD, however, was not moved by its celebratory $1 taco deal, and towed ... More >>