<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:36:42 -0400 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:36:42 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fire Truck Crashes into Casino Shuttle; 10 Hurt: Official]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:18:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/casino+bus+fire+truck.jpg

A fire truck slammed into a shuttle bus in front of a Westchester casino Wednesday evening, hurting 10 people in both vehicles, authorities say. 

Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy said the fire department received a call to head to 41 Maple Pl. at about 6 p.m. Engine 313 pulled out of its fire station and about a half-block away, struck the Empire Casino shuttle bus, at Yonkers and Kimball avenues. 

The shuttle bus appeared to have been heading west when it was hit by the fire truck, Darcy said. It was a few blocks away from Empire Casino. 

"A lot of people were bleeding badly, mostly the people on the bus," said witness Tony Finar of Yonkers. "Taken out on stretchers, definitely not conscious." 

Six civilians on the bus were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Westchester Medical Center with varying degrees of injury, Darcy said. The extent of their injuries and their ages were not immediately clear, but at least some of them were elderly. 

All four firefighters in the truck suffered back and neck injuries and were taken to Jacobi Hospital. They're expected to be OK. 

Darcy said there was damage to the fire truck and "it looked like a pretty significant impact." 

Both police and fire departments are investigating the crash. 

<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning "unusual increase" in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

Officials are testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak.

Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

At a news briefing on hot weather Wednesday afternoon, Bassett said the investigation was in its early stages, and reiterated early treatment was crucial.

"We have our disease detectives out in the field, scanning the environment and looking for places to take samples," Bassett said.

"We know a lot about Legionnaires', we know a lot about outbreaks -- this particular outbreak is still under investigation. We have an evolving situation," she added. "This is a common and readily treated pneumonia and we want to make sure people get care."

Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx confirmed it had received Legionnaires' patients, but declined to say how many and referred questions to the Health Department.


John Dudley, district manager of Bronx Community Board 3, said the Health Department hadn't notified him about the outbreak and he wanted more information to spread to residents in his neighborhoods.

"I'm shocked," Dudley said, adding he was at least glad to know the disease couldn't be spread through person-to-person contact.

James Rouse, 42, died of Legionnaires' three months ago; he's not one of the two deaths linked to the more recent Bronx outbreak, but his family wonders if it's connected. He lived in Manhattan but taught music to children in the South Bronx. On April 30, he went to the hospital with a 104-degree fever, was diagnosed with Legionnaires' and then died 10 days later. 

"If it turns out those two people died and it's related to my brother's death, and something could have been done about it -- that kind of tragedy, I couldn't put into words," said brother John Rouse of Coram. 

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Ex Sentenced in Deadly Shooting of Would-Be Prom Queen]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:56:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/east+orange+suspect+teen+murder+means.jpg


A northern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for killing a 17-year-old high school student days before she was to be named prom queen.


NJ.com reports 20-year-old Al-Muqqadin Means must serve slightly more than 20 years of the sentence imposed Wednesday before he becomes eligible for parole. He had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter and a weapons charge in the slaying of Aquilla Flood, his former girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Means fatally shot Flood in the head in her bedroom in June 2013, a few weeks after she broke up with him.

Means apologized to Flood's family during his sentencing, telling them he still loves her.

But Flood's mother was not moved, telling him: "If you loved her, she would still be here."

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<![CDATA[FDNY Releases 2016 'Calendar of Heroes']]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:34:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fdny+calendar2.jpg The FDNY has released its 2016 "Calendar of Heroes." To pre-order, click here.]]> <![CDATA['Law & Order' Director Charged With Child Pornography: Police]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:14:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jason+alexander+arrest.jpg

"Law & Order" director Jason Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to police.

Alexander, 51, was arrested Wednesday in Westchester County and charged with one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, police said.

Officials say they found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Alexander’s Dobbs Ferry home. The files showed children younger than sixteen years of age engaged in child pornography, police said.

Alexander was arraigned in Dobbs Ferry Village Court and held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court on November 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Attorney information was not immediately available.

Alexander’s representative did not return a request for comment from E! News. The Director’s Guild of America, where Alexander serves as vice president, said they had no comment.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Harlem Hit-and-Run Crash: FDNY]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:50:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crash-generic.jpg

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Harlem Wednesday night, the FDNY says.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. at 110 West 145th Street, officials said.

The unidentified victim was taken to Harlem Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Police are still searching for the driver.

<![CDATA[WATCH: 2 Rescued After Man Jumps into Hudson River: FDNY]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:01:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hudson+water+rescue.jpg

Cell phone video shows a man jump from a boat into the Hudson River to save another man that had jumped into the water Wednesday night.

The man jumped into the river near Tribeca sometime around 7:30 p.m., the FDNY said.

Fire officials had to rescue both men. The first man was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he is listed in serious, but stable condition. The second man refused medical attention.

Police are investigating.

<![CDATA[Hottest Subway Stations in New York City]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:18:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+heat.jpg

The hottest day of the year so far didn't just bring sweltering conditions to the streets in New York City -- subway riders suffered underground, too. 

A survey of temperatures taken at various subway stations across the city by news partner WNYC has found that the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station serving the 4/5/6 lines was by far the hottest Wednesday evening, recording a blazing 106 degrees.

The temperatures were recorded at every Manhattan subway platform south of Central Park between 5 and 7 p.m. Four WNYC reporters followed specific routes to hit the stations and measured the temperatures using an air thermometer, standing in the middle of each platform so that the thermometer wouldn't catch any air-conditioning. 

Here were some of the other hotter stations:

  • 101 degrees at the World Trade Center station
  • 99 degrees at the Fulton Street 4/5 station
  • 93.2 degrees at the 42nd Street Times Square shuttle station
  • 90.2 degrees at the Houston Street 1 station
  • 88.3 degrees at the Christopher Street station
  • 85.5 degrees at the 14th Street station 

There were some cool stations, too: The 23rd Street N/R station and the Rector Street R station both recorded 71 degrees, and the 5th Avenue-59th Street N/Q/R station bottomed out at 68 degrees. But those were the exceptions, with most straphangers left feeling the heat.

"It's always hot, it's always humid," said subway rider Chartotte Russo. "My hair is definitely sticking to my neck." 

Highs reached 95 degrees in the city Wednesday, making it the hottest day so far this year; stifling humidity made it feel much hotter, and it will continue to feel oppressive Thursday, even if the temperature doesn't tick up past 90 degrees. 

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<![CDATA[Stranger Gropes Woman at Her Front Door on UES: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:16:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ues+forcible+touching+7+18.jpg

Police are looking for the man who allegedly groped a woman as she was walking into her building on the Upper East Side in the early morning hours. 

The 25-year-old victim was walking into her building in the area of East 89th Street and York Avenue at about 4 a.m. Saturday, July 18, when the alleged groper approached her from behind and grabbed her, police said. He then ran away on East 89th Street toward York Avenue. 

The woman wasn't physically injured, police said. 

The suspect is described as about 28 to 35 years old, about 5'9" to 5'11" tall and 190 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Off-Duty NYPD Cop: Sources]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:58:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/off+duty+officer+shot+bk.jpg

A suspect wanted in Tuesday's late-night robbery and shooting of a 33-year-old off-duty police officer in Brooklyn has been located and arrested on Long Island, law enforcement sources familiar with the case tell NBC 4 New York.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect was arrested by members of a U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force during a traffic stop in Rockville Centre. He has not yet been identified, and it's not clear if he was the gunman. 

The officer, who has nine years on the job, was walking to a car with two cousins and a friend with whom he had been watching a basketball game in Gershwin Park when two suspects robbed them at gunpoint, sources said. The suspects stole cash, a cellphone and jewelry before driving off.

The off-duty officer and the three people he was with got into their car and tried to follow the suspects, who fled across Lincoln Boulevard, the sources said. They drove up Miller Avenue, where one of the suspects confronted them, firing at the off-duty officer, the sources said. The officer wasn't hit then. 

The four victims continued to follow the suspects' vehicle, described as a blue BMW 5 series, on Bradford street. A second round of gunfire erupted, and the officer was struck twice, once in the arm and once in the leg. 

The Range Rover the off-duty officer was in is registered to his aunt; it has damage from gunshots and will be processed as part of the investigation, the sources said. 

The officer, identified as Tramaine Oxley by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, remains in stable condition at a hospital. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

<![CDATA[Queens Man Tied Up, Robbed in Home Invasion: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/queens+home+invasion+7+29.jpg

Police are investigating an overnight home invasion in Queens, where three men broke into a house, tied up the victim and took off with thousands of dollars and other valuables.

Officers responded to the Jamaica home after getting a 911 call just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. 

The victim told police three men broke into his home, restrained him with Duct tape, then fled with a wallet, a cellphone, $6,000 in cash and a New York City ID card. 

The victim wasn't hurt. Police are searching for the suspects. 

<![CDATA[Homeless Man Arrested in Assault on NYC Restaurateur]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg+20+may.jpg

A homeless man has been arrested in an assault on a Washington Heights restaurant owner, authorities say. 

Police said the suspect, Aaron Kaalund, 53, was standing in front of Coogan's Restaurant at 4015 Broadway last Thursday evening when he began arguing with the 68-year-old restaurant owner. The fight escalated, and Kaalund allegedly punched the victim in the face. 

The restaurant owner, Peter Walsh, told DNAInfo that Kaalund threatened him after Walsh refused to give him cash. He said Kaalund had been demanding money from customers sitting in the outdoor seats earlier in the evening. 

Kaalund, who has served prison time for crimes including attempted robbery, grand larceny and attempted sale of a controlled substance, lives in a homeless shelter on the same block as the restaurant, Walsh and police told DNAInfo.

He has been arrested on a felony charge of second-degree assault. He's being represented by a lawyer from Legal Aid, which does not comment on pending cases. 

<![CDATA[Heat Keeps New Jersey Ice Makers Happy]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ice+factory.jpg In New Jersey, the extreme heat is affecting two nearby businesses in entirely different ways. One is struggling to keep its goods from going bad and its workers from suffering heat exhaustion in the blistering heat. The other is experiencing booming business and workers who might actually need a jacket. Michael George reports.]]> <![CDATA[Storm Team 4]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StormTeam4_1B.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Crime and Courts]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pet Shop Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty After Deaths ]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:41:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

A Connecticut pet shop owner from New York is facing animal cruelty charges for failing to properly care for at least three animals, leading to the deaths of two, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Richard Doyle, 55, of Mahopac, was arrested Monday after a months-long investigation that began in March when the Connecticut Department of Agriculture received animal cruelty complaints from some of Doyle's employees.

Doyle owns the American Breeders pet shop on Federal Road in Danbury, along with two other pet stores in New York, according to the Department of Agriculture.

One employee told investigators Doyle performed eye surgery on a female Mastiff, which he was not licensed to do, causing severe bleeding on the dog's inner eyelid. Department of Agriculture officials said the employee showed them photos that supported her claims.

Another employee told them she was required to administer medications and shots that she was not licensed to give, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Doyle is also accused of failing to give medical attention to at least two animals that were later euthanized, including a critically ill exotic kitten and a sick Shih Tzu puppy that was vomiting, coughing and having diarrhea.

He was charged with three counts of animal cruelty. Doyle was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Aug. 6.

A store manager, Kathy Seton, will also face animal cruelty charges, according to the Department of Agriculture.

An employee who answered the phone at American Breeders said no one was available to comment on the case Wednesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Extreme Heat Poses Danger at NYC Playgrounds on Artificial Turf Fields]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:55:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/playground+surface+heat.jpg Doctors say before putting children on a playground, parents should do a touch test. Marc Santia reports]]> <![CDATA[The Death of Eric Garner]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:48:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/eric+garner+death+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[North Shore Animal League Links Pets to Homes]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters1.jpg Shiba Russell takes a look inside the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization that saves close to 20,000 animals a year.]]> <![CDATA[Hottest Day of Year in NYC Amid Dangerous Heat, Humidity]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:20:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hot+weather+nyc2.jpg

It was another sweltering day for the tri-state Wednesday as the heat climbed above the 90-degree mark for the second day in a row, according to Storm Team 4. 

Highs reached 95 degrees in the city, making it the hottest day of the year. Stifling humidity made it feel much, much hotter to the south and west of the city, with temperatures feeling like they're close to 100 degrees.

Thursday will continue to be dangerously hot, Storm Team 4 says: even if temperatures don't make it past 90, it will still feel like it's 95 to 100 degrees, and then temperatures will be back above 90 by the end of the week. 

An air quality alert is in effect until 11 p.m. as higher ozone levels cause pollutants to rise in the atmosphere. Those with breathing conditions and those doing strenuous exercise should stay indoors. 

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday, and Mayor de Blasio urged New Yorkers to use air conditioning when they can, drink water at regular intervals and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Cooling centers are also open all across New York City and free outdoor pools will be open an hour later.

De Blasio added, however, that everyone needs to do their part to conserve energy, and said he was setting thermostats to 78 degrees in City Hall and other city buildings.  

A power outage hit the 120-bed Advanced Care nursing home in Wayne, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, and while it wasn't immediately clear whether the heat played a role, the staff there said it took extra precautions to ensure the patients were safe from the temperatures and humidity. 

Also, at least two areas in Brooklyn experienced power outages early Wednesday. Con Edison says outages in Park Slope on Union Street near Fifth Avenue and in Crown Heights between Kingston and Troy Avenues and Eastern Parkway and Carroll Street were most likely heat-related.

"It was awful," said Henry Burns, who was among the roughly 800 Crown Heights resident who were without power overnight. "I think I was sweating the whole night."  

Nearby, Precious Gems Daycare owner Melvin Simmons had to turn kids away because of the outage.

"My lights aren't on, my gas is not on, the A/C is not on. It's very hot. We can't have the kids outside in this heat," said Simmons. 

The outages weren't nearly as widespread as the ones last week that knocked out power to thousands of Staten Island customers.  Con Edison spokesman Mike Clenendin attributed that to "problems that we corrected," saying Tuesday, "We should be OK heading into this heat wave." 

Engineers are keeping a close eye on the power grid as Clendenin urged customers to manage energy as best they can.

"We're not looking to break a record," he said. 

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Con Ed recorded a power usage of 12,059 megawatts among its customers in New York City and Westchester. The all-time record happened on July 19, 2013, when Con Ed customers were using 13,200 megawatts at 5 p.m. Each megawatt powers about 1,000 homes. 

On Tuesday, temperatures climbed as high as 94 degrees in New York City, with parts of the suburbs getting even hotter. With the humidity, it felt like more than 100 degrees in some spots.

Thunderstorms could arrive Thursday afternoon, but the wet weather isn't expected to push the heat out, Storm Team 4 says.

After the storms pass through temperatures should stick in the lower 90s through the weekend. 

-- Andrew Siff and Sheldon Dutes contributed to this report 

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<![CDATA[1 Stabbed in Midtown Doctor Office Building: Officials]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:05:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor+office+stabbing+midtown.jpg

One person was stabbed in a midtown building housing multiple doctors' offices Wednesday, authorities say. 

Fire officials say emergency crews responded to ColumbiaDoctors' midtown location on West 51st Street shortly after 10:30 a.m. after getting a call about a stabbing on the third floor. 

The injured person was taken to a hospital with a non life-threatening stab wound, fire officials said. 

ColumbiaDoctors is a multi-specialty practice affiliated with Columbia Hospital. It has several locations in Manhattan.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Killed in I-84 Crash]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:16:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/annie+olender+olivia+fusco.jpg

The teenage driver whose car crashed on Interstate 84 in Southington, killing her and a 14-year-old passenger, did not have a driver's license, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

AnnMarie "Annie" Angelina Olender, 16, of the Plantsville section of Southington, was behind the wheel around 2 p.m. Tuesday when her car flipped over on I-84 eastbound and rolled down an embankment, hitting a tree. Olender and passenger Olivia Fusco, 14, of Southington, were both killed.

Police said the teens were both wearing seat belts, but the airbags did not deploy. It's not clear what caused Olender to veer off the road.

DMV officials said Olender only had a learner's permit, which she received April 22, just about three months prior to the crash that killed her.

State law requires teens with permits to drive with either an instructor, parent or other person over the age of 20 giving driving lessons. Unlicensed drivers are not allowed to drive with any other passengers.

Southington Superintendent Timothy F. Connellan sent out a statement to parents, teachers and staff on Wednesday mourning the loss of "two young members of our school community" who died in a "tragic accident."

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these two students and we grieve with them for their loss," Connellan said.

Southington is offering grief counseling through the town's Youth Services program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Wednesday through Friday at Southington High School and Southington Municipal Center. Counselors, social workers and psychologists will be available to those who need them.

Connellan said students, parents or guardians, faculty and staff can also reach out to Southington High School and Kennedy Middle School administrators or Southington Youth Services staff with concerns.

Community members will gather for a vigil at the Southington High School softball field from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Olender's family.

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Pizzeria Is Best in America, Study Finds]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/juliana+pizzeria+handout.jpg

A Brooklyn pizzeria has been named the top joint for a slice in America, according to a TripAdvisor study based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions from millions of travelers.

Juliana's Pizza, on Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, won top honors from TripAdvisor. Opened in 2012 by legendary Brooklyn pizza maker Patsy Grimaldi, this eatery tantalizes taste buds with its thin crust pizza that is charred to perfection under a coal-fired hearth.

One TripAdvisor reviewer raved, "The main reason why Patsy Grimaldi is an institution is because he does make outstanding pizza! After all these years, the perfect crust, great tomatoes, delicious mozzarella and toppings galore; try them all, you can't go wrong."

Keste, on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, came in at No. 4 on the top 10 list. John's Pizzeria, also on Bleecker street, came in at No. 10.

Overall, New York City was named the second best city in the country for pizza, behind Chicago.

Here is a list of the top 10 pizza restaurants in country, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Juliana's Pizza -- Brooklyn, New York
2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine -- Saint Augustine, Florida
3. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria -- Anchorage, Alaska
4. Keste -- New York, New York
5. Tony's Pizza Napoletana -- San Francisco, California
6. Pizzeria Regina -- Boston, Massachusetts
7. Antico Pizza Napoletana -- Atlanta, Georgia
8. Bill's Pizza -- Palm Springs, California
9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana -- New Haven, Connecticut
10. John's Pizzeria – New York, New York

The TripAdvisor ranking of top U.S. pizza restaurants is based on the quantity and quality of reviews for pizza restaurants, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year. Pizza restaurants were identified as those having a majority of reviews mentioning pizza, a minimum of 500 reviews, and at least 10 percent of reviews mentioning "best pizza."

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<![CDATA[Child in Serious Condition After Being Bitten by Dog in NYC: FDNY]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:53:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dog+Collar.JPG

A child is in serious condition after being bitten by a dog in Manhattan, according to officials.

The child was bitten by a dog inside the courtyard of a building on West 163rd Street in Washington Heights around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the FDNY said.

Officials said the unidentified child was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The dog was removed from the building and has been placed with animal control.

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<![CDATA[Husband of Mom of 8 Who Died in Custody: Someone Must Pay]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:30:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/raynette+turner+herman+tuner.jpg

The husband of a 44-year-old mother of eight who died in a Westchester County holding cell Monday after being arrested on a shoplifting charge for the third time in recent weeks says if officers had done their jobs, his wife would still be alive.

Police say the woman, identified as Raynette Turner, was found unresponsive in her cell in the Mount Vernon Police Department, where she was being held pending arraignment.

"I'm angry. I'm very angry," Turner's husband, Herman Turner, told NBC 4 New York Tuesday. "Somebody needs to pay."

Turner, who had eight children, had been arrested Saturday afternoon in Restaurant Depot, a wholesale cash and carry foodservice supplier, on Columbus Avenue. She was brought to the Mount Vernon holding facility and processed.

On Sunday, around 7:30 p.m., authorities say Turner complained of feeling ill and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Turner was treated at the hospital and released by doctors; she returned to the holding cell shortly before 10 p.m.

Less than 24 hours later, she was dead. Authorities say Turner was found unresponsive in the holding cell around 2 p.m. Monday when authorities went to take her to a court hearing. She had last been seen conscious, sitting up in her cell, some time between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., authorities said.

Herman Turner said it never should have happened.

"Not like this," he said in tears. "I mean, a petty larceny and she's dead?"

Inmates at the Mount Vernon facility are continually monitored on surveillance video and police log their behavior on an hourly basis. Authorities say the last note on Turner indicated she was laying on her side and appeared to be sleeping.

Officials say nothing appeared out of the ordinary; Turner was the only one in her cell.

Herman Turner believes officers should have checked on her more frequently.

"If they did their job, they would have seen that and they would reacted to that and maybe, just maybe, I had that 2 percent chance of my wife being alive," he said.

Turner likely died between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., officials said, though the investigation is preliminary. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Police say the woman had previously undergone bariatric surgery and had a history of hypertension. They say there is no indication of foul play.

Herman Turner said he has not been able to get a hold of medical records from the hospital. He said she seemed to be in good health and could not imagine why she would die so suddenly.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis offered his condolences to the Turner family in a statement Wednesday. 

"Any time anyone loses a loved one, under any circumstance, it can be cause for concern," Davis said. "I can say at this time there are a number of law enforcement agencies investigating this matter, therefore we are unable to make more detailed statements that may compromise the investigation. We assure you that this investigation will be expeditious and thorough."

The Westchester County district attorney's office said it is awaiting toxicology and microbiology results, which could take a few weeks. 

<![CDATA[Woman Attacks Woman With Umbrella at Subway Station: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:57:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+umbrella+attack.jpg

Police are looking for a woman who hit another woman in the neck with an umbrella at a Brooklyn subway station.

The suspect walked up to the 48-year-old victim in the mezzanine of the Jay Street A/C/F/R station in downtown Brooklyn around 3:40 p.m. on July 14 and struck her in the neck, the NYPD said.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police ask anyone with information about the suspect (pictured above) to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Man in Suit Caught on Camera Pickpocketing Woman at Penn Station]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penn+station+pickpocket.jpg

A pickpocket was captured on security camera stealing a wallet from a woman as he walked behind her out of the subway at Penn Station, police said. 

The suspect was walking behind the 26-year-old victim as she was leaving the 1/2/3 subway station at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, and took her wallet as she walked past the turnstile, video shows. 

The wallet contained $70 in cash, two credit cards and a debit card, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Cops Help Save Baby With Umbilical Cord Around Neck in NY]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+generic+closeup.jpg

Emergency responders helped safely deliver a baby girl whose umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck after her mother suddenly collapsed on the floor of her Long Island home and went into labor early Wednesday.

The 30-year-old woman collapsed just before 1:30 a.m. at her home on Hamilton Avenue in Massapequa, police said.

Nassau County officers and a medical technician helped deliver the baby, but her umbilical cord became wrapped around her neck. The infant was not breathing and had a weak pulse. After suctioning her mouth, the baby began breathing on her own and established a healthy color.

Both mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital where they are in good health.

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<![CDATA[Fiery Tractor-Trailer Accident Causes Major Lincoln Tunnel Delays]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:37:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tractor+fire+belmonte.jpg

A fiery tractor-trailer prompted extensive delays on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel at the height of Wednesday's morning rush.

Westbound 495 was closed between Park Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard after the accident shortly before 9 a.m. The express bus lanes reopened a short time later, but the car lanes remained shut down for a time and traffic was backed up all the way along the helix. 

NJ Transit said bus service to and from Port Authority was subject to delays of up to 30 minutes for much of the morning; delays eased but lingering issues were reported for hours. 

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Times Square Live Cam]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:50:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Times-Square-Snow0212.jpg

See live video streaming from Times Square. 

<![CDATA[Ice Cream Thief Slashes Drug Store Employee: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ice+cream+robbery+suspect+howard+beach.jpg

A sticky-fingered ice cream thief slashed a 62-year-old drug store employee who tried to stop him Monday in Queens, police said.

The suspect took the ice cream from a CVS Pharmacy on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach just before midnight, the NYPD said.

As he was trying to flee the store, the employee tried to stop him, but the suspect slashed him with an unknown object, police said. The suspect took the frozen dessert and fled.

The victim was taken to nearby hospital and treated for two lacerations to his forehead.

Police ask anyone with information on the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[3 Teens, Young Man Robbed at Gunpoint in Brooklyn: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/marine+park+robbery.jpg

Three teenagers and a young man were robbed at gunpoint by three suspects in Brooklyn on Monday, police said.

Two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old were in Marine Park around 10:40 p.m. when three male suspects, one armed with a gun, demanded their property, the NYPD said.

The suspects took two iPhones, a debit card, IDs and an undetermined amount of money, police said. There were no injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Car Reverse-Slams into Bronx Deli]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:35:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/car+store+bronx.jpg

A car exiting a garage reversed across two lanes of traffic and into a deli in the Bronx Tuesday evening, sending pedestrians on the business-lined street scattering, including one woman who narrowly missed being hit, police and witnesses said. 

The silver BMW SUV was leaving a garage on East Tremont Street when it suddenly backed all the way across the street and slammed into the Garden Gourmet Deli, according to witness Richard Roman.

"He claims from the parking lot, he went all the way down here, hit the store," said Roman.

Deli owner Al Gazali said his brother was standing on the other side of that glass, and items from a shelf toppled over and fell on top of him. 

"He couldn't breathe and his neck was hurting him," he said. 

Another person had minor injuries, police said. 

The SUV driver was not hurt and cooperated with police on the scene. 

"Thank God nothing happened to us or these people," said Gazali.

<![CDATA[2nd Man Arrested in Deadly Bronx Shooting: NYPD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:44:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/West+Philly+Gun+Police+Shooting+Revolver+Generic.JPG

Police say they’ve arrested a second man in a fatal Bronx shooting.

Jose Dominguez, 27, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the May 29 shooting of 22-year-old Yudelfi Martinez, the NYPD said.

Martinez was found with gunshot wounds around 6:30 p.m. in front of 175 West Burnside Avenue. He was taken to Saint Barnabus Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on June 4.

Luis Garcia, 31, was also arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

It was not clear if either Garcia or Dominguez had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Slashing Another Man's Face on Long Island: Police]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:33:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/face+slash+arrest+li.jpg

A man who slashed a 23-year-old man earlier this month on Long Island has been arrested, police said.

The victim was sitting in front of his home on N. Long Beach Avenue in Freeport around 3:30 p.m. on July 10 when 26-year-old Jose Rodriguez approached him, Nassau County police said.

Rodriguez allegedly used a box cutter that he was hiding in his hand to slash the victim from his cheek to his chin, causing a deep laceration. He then fled on foot.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he received 60 stitches to close the wound.

Police said Rodriguez and the victim had been involved in an ongoing feud.

Rodriguez turned himself in on Tuesday. He was charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Carjacking Priest Arrested]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:18:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Donald-Hart.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of robbing a Rite Aid and then carjacking a priest in Haddonfield, New Jersey last month. 

Donald Hart, 27, of Mantua, was arrested and taken into custody. 

Police say Hart entered the Rite Aid on the 700 block of Haddon Avenue at 12:10 p.m.back on June 16. Hart allegedly jumped over the pharmacy counter, took out a handgun and demanded Adderall and Oxycodone from the store employee. He then took an undisclosed amount of Adderall pill bottles and ran into the parking lot where he carjacked a priest, officials said.

Hart allegedly drove the priest’s vehicle for about a block, exited the vehicle and then fled the scene on foot. No one was injured during the incident.

Hart also may be connected to the robbery of another Rite Aid in Logan Township, Gloucester County back on May 22, according to investigators. 

Hart is currently being processed. Officials have not yet revealed the specific charges against him. 

<![CDATA[Free Back-to-School Vaccines to Children Without Insurance]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:17:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg

The Westchester County health department is offering free back-to-school shots to students who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines.

Children can schedule an appointment any Friday in August and September at health department clinics in White Plains and Yonkers.

The department will also offer guidance on-site for signing children up for the proper health insurance and finding primary pediatric care.

Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis through Sept. 25.

To make an appointment at the Yonkers clinic at 20 South Broadway, call 914-231-2500. Appointments in Yonkers are available for the following days:

  • Friday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To make an appointment at the White Plains clinic at 134 Court Street, call 914-995-5800. Appointments in White Plains are available for the following days:

  • Friday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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<![CDATA[MTA Shuts Down Makeshift Community Garden]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:56:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ridgewood+community+garden.jpg

Tucked away in the shadow of the elevated M-line subway tracks in Ridgewood, Queens is a green oasis sitting in the middle of brick and concrete.

It used to be a dirty lot filled with overgrown weeds and growing trash piles until the community decided to clean it up. Neighbors planted flowers and vegetables, and hope sprouted for residents like J, who has called Ridgewood home for more than 20 years.

"It's looking nice. The neighborhood is looking nice," said J, who did not give her last name.

But then the MTA found out, and it padlocked the gate to the garden. The MTA said it owns the plot of land and a spokesman said in an email, "They are trespassing and have until Aug. 3 to vacate. Setting up a garden underneath our structure would hamper us from getting to our structure in case of an emergency."

Now weeds are growing again and the peppers, tomatoes and squashes the neighbors worked hard to grow are withering. But the community's passion is not.

"We realized through doing it, it's really important for the community because of how much support we've gotten, that there is a middle ground there," said Konstantin Prishep.

The community is refusing to give up and wants a dialogue with the MTA. Prishep said they want to work with the MTA for the good of the community.

"We don't want to antagonize anyone we just want to find a way that path that could accommodate us here," explained Prishep.

"Let us try to help our community to clean it up. Or try to help us, too, to clean it up," said J.

But the MTA simply said: "No discussion."

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<![CDATA[Alleged DWI Driver Hits Cyclist Near Queensboro Bridge]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:45:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Queensboro-Bridge-Generic.jpg

A bicyclist was critically injured when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver near the Queensboro Bridge in Queens Tuesday afternoon, police said. 

The cyclist was riding near the bridge when he was struck at 41st Avenue in Long Island City at about 2:30 p.m., according to police. 

The unidentified bicyclist was taken to Cornell Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

The driver was arrested at the scene on a DWI charge, police said. 

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<![CDATA[Mom Tortured After Dad Kidnaps Her, Baby: Cops]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kidnap+arrest.jpg

A 20-year-old woman and her 11-month-old son were kidnapped and held captive for five days while the woman was allegedly tortured by the baby's father and grandmother after the mother and child went to their Long Island apartment for a visit, authorities say.

The 20-year-old woman took the child to the apartment on Old Mill Court in Rockville Centre at some point last week after the grandmother sent her a text message asking to see the baby police said. She was met at the door by the child's father, Malachi Blaylock, 20, who lives at the home and against him she has an order of protection stemming from an assault in March.

Blaylock took the baby from the woman's arms and ordered her into a bedroom, where he allegedly restrained her, police say. The father pushed the woman to the ground and told her she couldn't leave; he yelled at her and punched her in the face and body, authorities allege.

Over the next five days, police say the young woman was held against her will while being beaten, stabbed in the hand with a pair of scissors and threatened with a gun. Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said she was also whipped with an electric cord, suffering cuts and bruises "over her whole body."

The woman tried to flee several times but was blocked by Blaylock at each attempt, authorities said.

On Wednesday, the 51-year-old grandmother, identified as Yolanda Gilreath, and Blaylock transferred the woman and child to a house in Hempstead, where they again held her against her will, police allege.

Blaylock left the apartment Friday night, and the victim found a tablet and managed to call her mother, who went to the Hempstead home and took the 20-year-old woman and the child to the hospital. The baby wasn't harmed; the extent of the injuries to the mother wasn't clear.

Police found Blaylock three days later and arrested him; Gilreath was found shortly after Blaylock and taken into custody as well.

Authorities allege Blaylock kidnapped the woman and child because he was jealous of the young mother's relationship with someone else and wanted to see his son.

Both suspects face charges of first-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. Blaylock also faces strangulation, assault, menacing and criminal mischief charges.

Gilreath denies the charges, saying she and her son did not kidnap the woman. Information on attorneys for the defendants wasn't immediately available.

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