Early this morning reports emerged that the block of West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was closed due to NYPD activity, and now we know why. A building crane on 157 W. 57th malfunctioned while hoisting a load up the building. Get this: This is the second time a crane has gone haywir ... More >>
The only thing scarier than going to a haunted house this October is watching the price of pints rise. Fortunately, we've found a few places where the art of affordable drinking is still practiced.
About a month ago, the New York Post ran a frontpage story on Timothy Dluhos, a 12-year EMS lieutenant in Bed-Stuy with a really terrible social media presence. This guy was tweeting things like "I'm going to give up racial insults for Lent. Jesus that didn't [last] too long. F--ken chinks can't dri ... More >>
Updated 1:00 p.m.: The DEP has now revealed that the flooding started when a 36" pipe broke beneath 25th and Fifth Avenue. They say they're still investigating why the pipe in question burst, but we're pretty sure we already know the answer -- the thing was from 1915! Apparently 98-year-old pipe is ... More >>
The past few weekends have been a little rough for Brooklyn residents. Last Saturday, we reported on a deadly accident that happened in Sheepshead Bay and a police officer who might have been over the legal limit to drive in Brooklyn Heights. This week, our attention shifts to th ... More >>
A fire in the ductwork of a restaurant at 101 Orchard Street that broke out this morning in its kitchen is under control as of 10:28 a.m., the FDNY told Runnin' Scared. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to a tipster, a woman has just jumped off the Williamsburg Bridge, landing on an vehicle parked on Pitt Street, at Delancey. Our tipster says, "She fell onto the windshield of an SUV on Pitt Street, right across the street from the fire/police station. When I walked by about 10 minu ... More >>
Robert SietsemaFrom our Robert Sietsema comes this photo of the scaffolding fall at 222 West 14th Street, which occurred at around 7:45 this morning. The FDNY tells us they are still on the scene securing the area, and while they were initially concerned over injuries, there appear to be none ... More >>
Steven ThrasherThis brother with the gas mask scared the shit out of everyoneI was on the Brooklyn-bound 4 train tonight which experienced an as of yet un-explained explosion. The following is what I wrote on my laptop, largely unedited, as it happend. 9:30 (ish)-- This was written somewher ... More >>
Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis laid down the law with the FDNY today, writing that the job of "New York City firefighter - arguably 'the best job in the world' - has remained a stubborn bastion of white male privilege." In a sweeping opinion, Garaufis concluded that after months (years, really) of ... More >>
Bloomberg aims to help the young black and Latino men he has been throwing in jail for a decade
Firefighters are on the minds of a lot of New Yorkers this weekend, and we thought it would be a good time to point out that if you're interested in becoming one of New York's bravest, you've got a little less than a week to get your application in. The city is currently recruiting candidate ... More >>
viaThe FDNY has long done it, so why not the MTA? A group of rather fit, if we do say so, MTA bus drivers from the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in Brooklyn have formed a group called Men Taking Action/United Transit Employees. And now they are putting together their own calendar. Michelle, or "Mu ... More >>
According to various sources, residents of South Williamsburg's 475 Kent, a loft building housing more than 150 people that has something of a history of code violations -- and an eviction due to such in 2008 -- woke to FDNY and NYPD officers in and around the building yet again. One source t ... More >>
We're hearing reports of a person jumping in front of an L train at Union Square around 11:30 this morning. There's now police activity at 14th Street shutting down L train service in both directions -- per an MTA Service notice: "There is no train service in both directions from the Bedford ... More >>
Tower of TerrorA New York City elevator dropped three stories on Wednesday morning in a Flatiron District building, thereby justifying the fears of generations who have been told that a fast-moving, close-quartered metal box on wires is somehow totally safe. The malfunction occurred around 7 ... More >>
via Robert SietsemaFirefighters are currently responding to a fire at the Con Edison plant on 15th Street along the East River. One of the plant's transformers caught fire and 12 units have been on the scene for about half an hour. The fire is still ongoing, but no one is believed to be injur ... More >>
Yeah, nobody saw this coming: The Daily News reports that "a Brooklyn man whose wife died of a heart attack after waiting more than 90 minutes for an ambulance during last month's blizzard" is filing a $20 million lawsuit against the city. Yes, the onslaught of post-blizzard litigation has begun!
This really felt like a breakout year at the Voice, with our big NYPD investigative series, the Runnin' Scared, Sound of the City, and Fork in the Road blogs blowing up, and, um, you know, we're still in print and stuff. Can you guess which Voice story made the biggest splash this year? Befo ... More >>
In this week's issue of the Voice, Steven Thrasher takes on the supposed racial discrimination of the New York City "6019" firefighter's exam. Black candidates have passed the test with flying colors and yet have been prevented from joining the FDNY after the test was deemed racist by federal ... More >>
We owe some brave firefighter a big thank you for rescuing us from the site of yesterday's manhole explosion at 9th and First. In this video posted by EV Grieve (who drew our attention to the 32 second mark, at which point we are dragged to safety in the strong arms of the FDNY), you can see the who ... More >>
Eating in Translation/FlickrThis morning brought one of the more amusing bits of news we'd heard in awhile: last night a pot farm was reportedly discovered in the basement underneath Neighburrito, the tiny take-out shop at 127 Rivington Street.
Sergio HernandezUpdate: Reporting from the scene, Sergio Hernandez tells us that FDNY just arrived, and that cops are telling people to "keep moving." 2nd Street is blocked off between 1st and 2nd. DNAInfo reports that a plastic garbage bag containing C4 explosives but no blasting cap was fou ... More >>
Forget the WikiLeaks. The POM Papers detail how POM Wonderful hired the law firm Hogan & Hartson to represent it in an investigation over its purported health claims, racking up more than $600,000 in legal bills that the company refused to pay. [New Yorker] The NYPD and FDNY went head-to-hea ... More >>
The Dizzy FizzDrink of fire.Albert Trummer, co-owner and head mixologist at Chinatown bar Apotheke, is known to occasionally throw booze on the bar and light it on fire. That nifty little party trick got the Austrian-born drinks slinger arrested by the Fire Department this past weekend.
Apparently they've done this before, and it went well enough that SingleAndTheCity.Com is reviving this year its "Playing With Fire" Fireman Singles Party at R-Bar on The Bowery on March 30. They promise "150 of the FDNY's bravest." The press release suggests the nature of the event: "'Don' ... More >>
The two places that men reveal their inner selves, the adage goes, are behind a steering wheel and on a basketball court. All that contained aggressiveness grandstands to the surface. For Mayor Mike, though, who neither duels with taxis nor elbows under a hoop, it is apparently depositions ... More >>
Bill de Blasio's job as public advocate: something Mayor Bloomberg would love to eradicateOne surprise in Mike Bloomberg's State of the City speech this week was his failure to say anything about the long-promised charter revision commission, which is expected, among other things, to act on o ... More >>
By Alana Horowitz Mayor Bloomberg and former fire commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were not held liable in this week's ruling against the FDNY's discriminatory hiring practics, but a federal judge called their behavior "deliberately indifferent." Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that, when it c ... More >>
Police find 61 pounds of cocaine in a sauna in Brooklyn A judge ruled that the TLC can use license fees to encourage green cabs. State Court Justice Jane Solomon decided against taxi fleet owners who were suing to stop a new rule which allows fleet owners to charge drivers an additional $3 for dies ... More >>
The Queens fire that killed sexual-harassment plaintiff Bianca Kuros last weekend is no longer considered suspicious. Now FDNY investigators, and the NYPD too, will turn their attention to a new fire, in East New York at 395 Warwick Avenue, in the ruins of which a dead man was found tied up. ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's freewheeling testimony at the Sotomayor hearings seems to have landed him in court. Bloomberg testified, quite unnecessarily, in response to a non-question as to his interest and involvement in the case of black firefighters' group The Vulcan Society versus the city and the FDNY i ... More >>
by Johanna Barr and Tom Feeney Jr. In this week's Voice cover story, Wayne Barrett reports on the Bloomberg administration's "failure of leadership, accountability, and transparency" in its handling of the Deutsche Bank fire in 2007. Those involved reached out to the Voice in reaction to th ... More >>
No one seems to know why yet, but a five-story building at 69 Reade Street in Manhattan fell down this morning. Police believe no one was inside, but are scouting with dogs nonetheless. FDNY says there are no victims on the scene. The available city records don't tell much, except that the buildi ... More >>
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