<![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 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:51:43 -0400 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:51:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Video: Man Punched by Cop After Resisting Arrest]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/man+resists+arrest+harlem.jpg

The NYPD says it's investigating a video showing a man getting arrested after a knockout fight with a plainclothes officer Wednesday night.

The video circulating on Facebook, which more than 1 million views by the next day, shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. The man's friend, who shot the video on his phone, told NBC 4 New York they were leaving a pizza place down the street to go to the man's apartment when he was stopped by plainclothes officers. 

One of the officers asks the man, Saykour George, for his ID, the video shows. The NYPD said later police saw that George had a knife, prompting the stop.

Jun Iceaa, the friend who shot the video, said George had small pocketknife in his pocket, but "the way [the officer] really approached us, was like he really had a grudge against my man, like he know him from somewhere," he said. 

The video shows police attempting to take George into custody, and he refuses. 

"I'm just trying to do my job," the officer says, taking out his handcuffs and telling George they can talk further in the police car. 

"I'm letting you do your job," George says. When the officer says, "No, you're not," George says, "Y'all not arresting me for nothing. No, no, no," and he begins walking away. 

The officer tries to stop George from walking away, and both move to travel a few steps and then the officer pushes George back. George then pushes the officer, and that's when the officer starts swinging. The two square off, and more police arrive and get George on the ground. 

"The officer did not say, 'You are under arrest,'" said Iceaa. 

"The officer swung at him how many times before my man swung?" said Iceaa. "You have to defend yourself if you know you're not under arrest." 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC 4 New York Thursday he'd seen the video. He reminded New Yorkers that "you have no right under the law of New York to resist arrest," and that's what it appears George was doing. 

He said, "The initial encounter -- the individual, all he had to do was surrender, and then we would not have had an encounter. So he didn't surrender, he now has additional charges against him. We'll process it through the courts." 

Bratton said that in a preliminary review of the video, he "saw nothing inappropriate" with the officers' behavior, but that internal affairs is investigating. 

Private security consultant Manny Gomez agreed. 

"I don't see anything wrong with this video," he told NBC 4 New York. "He was belligerent, resisted arrest and he was in the wrong, period." 

Watching the video, Gomez said it appears officers used minimum force to avoid close contact and to stop George from leaving. 

"He used the bladed stance to keep his weapon away from the subject, and that's for his safety," he said. 

George is facing several charges, including assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear. 

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<![CDATA[9/11 First Responder Hits $5 Million Lottery Jackpot]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:31:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Carmelo-Mercado-Lotto-0702.jpg

An FDNY firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terror attacks -- then had to retire three years later because of the toll it took on his body -- just hit the jackpot.

Carmelo Mercado, a firefighter from Queens who rushed to Ground Zero moments after the second twin tower collapsed and spent two days aiding in search efforts, was presented with a $5 million check Thursday at the New York Lottery's offices in lower Manhattan.

Mercado said that he hit the lottery after buying two tickets earlier this year. He said the first one didn't net him a prize. He said when he saw the first digit of the winning scratcher, he had to do a double-take.

"I said, 'Holy mackerel, that looks like $5 million'," he said. "My mind went blank. I was in shock."

Mercado will take home a $3.3 million lump sum payment, after taxes, lottery officials.

"Talk about Jackie Gleason: Hamana-hamana-hamana that's a lot of money," he said. "Beautiful!"

The former firefighter says he plans to take a cruise and may buy a house in Florida. He also plans to treat his daughter.

"My daughter asked me, 'Does that mean I can get an American Girl doll?'" he said. "So I told her, 'How 'bout 10?'"

He said that the money should also help with any medical expenses that could arise. 

Mercado, a 27-year veteran with the FDNY, had to retire in 2004 after being told by doctors he had developed a lung ailment from responding to Ground Zero.

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<![CDATA[Ambulette Crashes in Queens, 2 Hurt: FDNY]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:46:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulette+crash+queens.jpg

An ambulette crashed into into a car and then a fence near a hospital in Queens Thursday night, the FDNY says. 

The ambulette van lost control near Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue in Flushing at about 9 p.m., according to FDNY. The van hit a car, then crashed into a fence near New York Hospital. 

A driver and a passenger were taken to the nearby New York Hospital with minor injuries. 

No charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Woman Falls into Gap Between Train, Platform at LIRR Station]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:54:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lirr+woman+falls+gap+credit+twitter+sprottimusprime.jpg

A woman fell into a gap between the platform and the train at the Long Island Rail Road Great Neck station Thursday evening, sustaining only minor injuries, officials said. 

The woman lost her balance and plunged into the gap at about 5:45 p.m., LIRR told Newsday. She didn't go under the train car and was able to be pulled back onto the platform.

She was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

The incident caused some delays on the Port Washington branch of LIRR during the evening rush. 



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<![CDATA[Man Found Bleeding on Road in Apparent Bias Attack: Cops]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/patel+bias+victim.JPG

Police in a New Jersey township say they've made an arrest in an apparent bias attack that left a man lying on the side of a road as he bled from the head Wednesday night. 

The suspect, 24-year-old Nyle Kilgore, is thought to be the assailant behind other similar attacks on Asian Indian residents in North Brunswick, including the Governor's Point and Colony Oaks neighborhoods.

In Wednesday's case, the victim was found on the road by a passing driver and responding officers searched the area and located Kilgore, who matched the description of a suspect in the other attacks, police said. 

The victim sustained broken teeth and received stitches on his mouth and forehead, his son said. 

He was charged with bias intimidation and aggravated assault, police said.

Police informed residents in an alert that "several random and sporadic assaults" have been reported in the neighborhoods, and urged other victims who may not have reported similar attacks to contact police. All the victims in the reported incidents were of Asian Indian descent, police said. 

Kilgore, a former resident of Colonial Oaks, was released on bail, leaving Asian Indian residents -- of which there's a heavy population in the area -- in fear, they said. Dipen Patel, the son of the man attacked Wednesday said: "How is it that a man who has continuously committed hate crimes in our town is allowed to roam the streets of our town and have the opportunity to carry on with his violent agenda?"

Patel continued, "My family is in fear right now. My dad doesn't want to leave the house, and he's considering moving back to the U.K."

"Not only has this brought great stress on my family, but it could potentially break us up," he said. 

No one answered the door at Kilgore's last known address. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear. 

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<![CDATA[New Devices Put Key Fob Car Owners at Risk for Theft]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:09:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/key+fob+car+theft.jpg

High-tech thieves are using new devices like electronic key fobs and code duplicators to break into cars without leaving a trace, a disturbing pattern that is frustrating vehicle owners, insurance companies and police departments across the country, an I-Team investigation has found.

The thefts have happened in places from England to California, and while no statistics document how many may have occurred in the tri-state area, experts caution local car owners are at risk as well.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued a warning about the advanced technology car thefts. One of the devices mentioned in the warning is an electromagnetic pulse device, which sends a shockwave to a car's circuitry that unlocks the doors. Another device the thieves use is a code grabber, which unlocks cars by locating and duplicating their remote key cords -- allowing someone to get into a vehicle by essentially cloning the key.

Break-in devices that use radio frequency are also prevalent.

Police in Saulsalito, California, investigated one case caught on security camera in which a thief appears to use a device to unlock the door. No alarm goes off. The thief opens the back door, takes a laptop bag, then pops open the trunk and steals a $15,000 bicycle, authorities tell the I-Team the video shows.

"Hackers have found out how to amplify the signals so if you keep the keys in your home, they can trick your car into thinking [the keys] are standing next to your car while the keys are really in your home," said Adam Wandt, a technology professor at John Jay College in New York.

New York Times writer Nick Bilton was in the living room of his Los Angeles home when he says he saw two strangers approach his car.

"I saw one pull out a device and somehow unlock the car," Bilton said. "I was shocked and yelled at them and they ran away."

Bilton was able to thwart the apparent thieves, but he had no idea what they used to unlock his car.

Wandt said the high-tech devices are not only prevalent, they're easily obtainable and cheap, opening the door for potential thieves seeking to take advantage.

At this point, the thieves primarily only use the devices to break into cars and steal items from within them, the I-Team's investigation found. The devices don't have the capability to allow thieves to drive off in the vehicles.

There are some ways to protect your car, including by placing your keys inside a Faraday bag that physically blocks the signal from your fob, Wandt said. The best defense, though, is to keep your inside your garage if you have one so there's a physical barrier to thieves, experts say.

"To watch someone who doesn't have a key to your car walk up and open the door is a pretty scary thing," Bilton said.



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<![CDATA[Law Enforcement on Heightened Alert for July 4th]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:08:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nypd+preps+july+4.jpg

Police in New York City are on heightened alert ahead of the July 4th holiday, but officials emphasize it's only a precaution and there is no specific terror threat. 

More than 7,000 extra police officers are being called in to help keep a watchful eye on the crowds and at landmarks across the city Saturday. 

Several recent federal and local security bulletins obtained by NBC 4 New York say there is no new specific terror threat. 

For mass transit, an MTA police bulletin tells its officers that recent information disseminated over social media suggest U.S. military locations and big events could be targeted by ISIS followers. 

Overseas, ISIS leaders like Abu Hussain al-Britani continue to use social media to call for attacks, big or small. And recent ISIS-inspired attacked overseas have heightened concern.

In the past two weeks in the New York area, meanwhile, the FBI arrested five ISIS suspects but officials said the timing of those arrests were not linked to the July 4th holiday. 

Joint Terrorism task forces will continue to monitor intelligence streams. Top security officials in New York and Washington say there is no information that any specific plot is underway. 

Top officials said there are ramped up concerns because of the large crowds coupled with the general threat environment and ISIS trying to spread its reach. 

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<![CDATA[Speeding SUV Crashes Into Car, Kills Mom, 10-Year-Old Daughter: Cops]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:31:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/accident+scene+queens.jpg

A 42-year-old mother and her 10-year-old daughter died in a crash near the Long Island Expressway in Queens Wednesday that injured four other people, including another child, authorities said. 

Police say a preliminary investigation reveals a Ford Explorer driven by a 46-year-old woman was speeding north on 210th Street in Bayside around 6:30 p.m. and veered to the left for some reason, crossing the double yellow line and slamming into a Toyota Camry with five people inside.

After the Explorer hit the Camry, it mounted the sidewalk and hit a tree stump, then kept moving on the sidewalk until it crashed into a fire hydrant. The 46-year-old driver of the Explorer was the only occupant in the vehicle, police said; she was taken to a hospital in stable condition. 

Police say the mother and daughter who died were in the back seat of the Camry; they were both pronounced dead at the hospital. Another daughter in the back seat, who is 8, was critically injured in the accident. A 74-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman in the front of the Camry were hospitalized in stable condition, according to police. It wasn't clear if all the people in the Camry were related.  

Surveillance video showed the SUV barrel into the fire hydrant after hitting the Camry; the front of the vehicle appeared heavily damaged before it smashed into the fire hydrant, veered upward for a moment and came to rest.

No arrests have been made, and police say the investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Where to Catch the Fireworks Across the Tri-State]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:09:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+watch.jpg

If you're looking for the best place to watch fireworks this year, you'll have a wide variety of options.

For the second year in a row, the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will be on the East River, making for great spots across three of New York City's five boroughs (and on TVs everywhere on NBC 4 New York). But there will also be some pretty great displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state. 

Despite all the options, revelers will face crowds as tens of thousands look to the skies. Here are some of the area's best places to see the displays:

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: This is considered the “golden spot” for seeing the display, offering breathtaking looks of the fireworks and the lit-up Manhattan skyline. It’ll get crowded quickly, so be sure to get there early.
  • Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: Another couple of spots that offer sweeping views of the Macy’s display, but you’ll have to stand.
  • Berry Park, Greenpoint: The venerable watering hole off McCarren Park features a roof deck that should offer great views of all the barges. You’ll need to buy a drink to stay for the display, but the bar has a wide selection of German and Belgian brews and a fully stocked bar.
  • Fornino Pizza, Brooklyn Bridge Park: This pizza shop offers sweeping views of lower Manhattan that should make for a great fireworks display. Tickets for the roof deck are already sold out.
  • Brooklyn Grange, Greenpoint: The sprawling rooftop farm offers spectacular views of both Manhattan and the fireworks display. Tickets -- $125 apiece – have already sold out.
  • Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg: There’s a $30 cover charge, and lines to the roof deck will likely be longer than they are normally, but you should get a great view.
  • Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The waterfront park in tony Williamsburg is sure to be crowded, but you should get a great look at the fireworks coming off of barges near midtown.
  • MCU Park, Coney Island: You won’t be able to see the Macy’s spectacular from the Cyclones’ park, but the stadium will be shooting off fireworks after the team’s game against the Williamsport Crosscutters. You should also be able to see that display from other parts of Coney Island.

Manhattan

  • South Street Seaport: The Manhattan attraction has been voted the best viewing spot in the city. Like the popular spots in Brooklyn, get there early to assure a spot.
  • The Battery: You should be able to catch the Macy’s spectacular and the Freedom and Fireworks Festival in Jersey City
  • FDR Drive: How often can you say you got to walk on the FDR? There will be several entry points along the highway, which should offer some unique views.
  • East River Park, Lower East Side: The large park should be another great place to see the display.
  • Sonny’s Soda Shoppe, SoHo: The rooftop bar should offer cocktails, gelato and great views of the fireworks. There’s a $150 cover charge.
  • Hornblower Hybrid: The cruise ship will be offering a fireworks cruise on Independence Day that should offer some spectacular views. The ship boards at Pier 15 at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $250 apiece.
  • Circle Line: Another fireworks cruise option. Tickets start at $150 a person and boats board at Pier 83 at 6 p.m.
  • NY Water Taxi: This sightseeing cruise service is offering a couple of cruise options. Tickets start at $190.

Queens

  • Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City: One of the few places in Queens to catch the fireworks, so get there early.
  • Z Rooftop Bar, Long Island City: The bar near the Queensboro Bridge should offer some great views of the northernmost fireworks barges.

Staten Island 

  • Richmond County Bank Ballpark: Catch the Staten Island Yankees and a show for $15-$18.

New Jersey 

  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City: A huge carnival with some concert acts will precede a fireworks show with the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
  • Hoboken, Weehawken and other towns: Get away from the New York City crowds, and still catch some great displays.
  • Jersey Shore: Several towns will be offering their own displays.

Long Island, Westchester and the Hudson Valley

  • Jones Beach: Finish off a day at the beach with a fireworks display. 
  • Several towns will be offering their own fireworks displays, so check your town’s Facebook and Twitter pages.



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<![CDATA[Mom Sent Dad Photo of Kidnapped Baby With Knife to Throat: Cops]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:31:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/alexis+jabbour.jpg

A Bronx mother sent a photo of her 7-month-old child with a knife to his throat and other disturbing text messages to his father after kidnapping the child, police said.

The 25-year-old father told police his estranged girlfriend, 20-year-old Alexis Jabbour, took their child after they got into a fight on June 19.

On Wednesday, Jabbour sent the man the alarming photo and other text messages regarding the well-being of their child, leading him to report her to child services, the NYPD said.

Jabbour was found with her son shortly after the two were reported missing.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and aggravated harassment, police said. Attorney information was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Demonstration Illuminates Dangers of Fireworks]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:06:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000007734210_1200x675_475400259546.jpg There's a good reason why fireworks are illegal -- they are very dangerous, and Suffolk County officials proved that point today during a demonstration ahead of the holiday weekend. Andrew Siff reports.]]> <![CDATA[The Good Fight: Parkinson's Disease]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:26:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/parkinsons+boxer+good+fight.jpg About 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson's Disease and for many, the hardest part is coming to terms with possibly losing the ability to be active. Pat Battle visits a program that has patients duking it out with this disease in this week's edition of The Good Fight.]]> <![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[89-Year-Old Accidentally Strikes, Kills Friend, 90, With Car: PD]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:20:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Driveway-Generic.jpg

An 89-year-old woman died after accidentally being struck by her 90-year-old friend who was helping her move her car Wednesday on Long Island, police said.

The 90-year-old was helping her friend mover her 1999 Ford sedan to the top of the driveway at her Windsor Parkway home when she mistakenly put the car in reverse and hit her, according to Nassau County police.

The car kept going in reverse across the road where it came to rest. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her friend was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Police say the car passed brake and safety tests and that the death was accidental.



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<![CDATA[Cat Saved From Engine After 28-Mile Ride to Chocolate Plant]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cat+rescue+engine.jpg

An orange and white cat survived a 28-mile journey in the engine of a pickup truck a Mars Chocolate North America employee was driving across state lines to his job Thursday, authorities say.  

Animal control authorities were called to the plant in Hackettstown after the cat was spotted in the engine following the trek from East Stroudsburg, officials said.

With the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees, the cat was freed from the fan blades. It ran off, but was caught by police after a brief chase on foot.

The animal was turned over, unharmed, to an animal control officer.

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<![CDATA[American Flag Burned in NYC Park to Protest Racism]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:25:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flag+burns.JPG

Activists set fire to the American flag at a Brooklyn park that memorializes thousands of Revolutionary War heroes Wednesday in protest of "systemic racism," though turnout was much smaller than the hundreds expected for the planned event, which had drawn the ire of lawmakers and residents across the five boroughs. 

A group called Disarm NYPD was to lead the protest at Fort Greene Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday -- but in a Facebook video posted around that time, the group said: "Last night we decided to take immediate action and burned the flag in Fort Greene Park" after "the usual suspects threw an impressive tantrum" over the flag-burning plans.

The video showed an American flag burning at Fort Greene Park's Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, but it's not clear if it actually took place at the park Tuesday night. 

The group had said it also planned to burn the Confederate flag in a rally against the country’s long history of systemic racism after nine people were killed in a historic South Carolina church earlier this month.

Several activists still showed up Wednesday evening to burn both the Confederate and American flags. A handful of people, their faces covered by scarves, set fire to one American flag near a grassy area, and then set fire to a Confederate flag and an American flag by the monument.

"Let that [expletive] burn," a woman could be heard saying. Others chanted the names of black men who have recently died at the hands of police.

Carlos Cabera, a member of Disarm the NYPD, said, "White supremacy, racism, colonial imperialism still exist, and they're only superficial differences compared with the Confederate flag and the American flag."

Police officers watched nearby but did not interfere because no law was broken, police said. It is legal to burn something in a barbecue grill, they said, which is what happened at the park. 

A group of pro-flag protesters, including about 30 people from a Brooklyn-based biker club, caught wind of what was happening and stormed over to pull the flag out of the fire. They clashed with the flag-burning group, and police followed the chaotic melees as the two groups ran through the park shouting and cursing at each other. 

There were no arrests, police said. 

While the intent of the demonstration may have been to open a dialogue about race, the focus for many was on the burning flag. 

"If you're going to burn the American flag, you're going to run the risk of running into people like me," said John Carroll of Ridgewood, one of the pro-flag demonstrators. "I will stand by this flag all the time." 

Diane Atkins said, "We believe in what the United States of America stands for, and the flag that people have died to protect it." 

The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard British prison ships during the Revolutionary War, sits at the center of the park, atop its tallest hill. The remains of some of those who died on the ships are interred in a crypt underneath the base of the war monument. 

That the protesters would burn the American flag in such a place of memorial doubled the outrage for some.

“It’s wrong,” state senator Marty Golden, a Republican from Brooklyn, said before the event. “It’s a wrong message to send to our children, wrong message to send to our communities. Just plain wrong.”

Golden said he was determined to stop the group, saying that burning anything in a city park is illegal. He said he called on Mayor de Blasio's administration to step in to stop the protest. 

De Blasio's office said protest is a "divisive, disrespectful way to express views, and does not reflect the values of our city." 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said, "I am sympathetic to those protesting institutional racism in our society, but burning the American flag is a fringe act that will do nothing to combat the challenges we face."

The group responded to criticism in a statement on its Facebook page.

“We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country,” the group said.

"We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered ... We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism," the statement continued. "So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world."

In the Facebook video posted Wednesday, it added: "It is important to remember that while the Confederate flag symbolized the defense of slavery, the institution reigned under the Stars and Stripes for nearly a century. After Jim Crow, segregation, and their current manifestations within the prison-industrial complex, it is clear that both racist flags deserve matches and lighter fluid."

In April, a group of artists hauled a 100-pound statue of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the park in the dead of night and installed it on top one of the war monument's pillars. 

The intent, in that case, was to highlight those who sacrificed their safety to fight against "modern-day tyrannies," the group said. The statue was removed a day after it was installed. 

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Pets From Getting Spooked by Fireworks]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:02:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/scared+dogs.jpg

Whether your neighbor has fireworks in his or her backyard or you live within earshot of Macy's spectacular display over the East River, the noise associated with the celebrations can terrify your pet -- with potentially tragic consequences. 

According to Pet Amber Alert, an organization that uses technology to quickly spread the word about lost dogs, cats or other pet, 30 percent more pets are lost between July 4 and July 6 each year, when fireworks are rampant across the region, than any other comparable two-day period. 

Mark Jakubczak, founder of Pet Amber Alert, offers the following five tips for keeping your pets safe:

1. Stay Inside: Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. If you must go out, be sure to keep your animal  leashed.

2. Make Them Feel Safe: Comfort your pets as needed. Make sure they can access their crates or other "safe" places. If necessary, ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming products, anxiety wraps and other products.

3. Minimize Outside Noise: Keep your windows closed and your TV on to help mask the noise outside.

4. Act Normal: Your pet takes cues from you and your family. Go about your normal routine as much as possible.

5. Take Precautions: There are a number of lost-pet devices and services available. Make sure your pet is micro-chipped or outfitted with another type of tracking device in the event it runs away.



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<![CDATA[Metro-North Passengers Stranded on Tracks for 2 Hours]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:13:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/metro+north+stuck1.jpg

A Metro-North train headed from New York City to Stamford, Connecticut, lost power early Thursday, stranding passengers on the tracks for about two hours.

The train, which left Grand Central Terminal Wednesday at 11:39 p.m., lost power near Woodlawn at some point after midnight due to damage to the third rail, the MTA said.

Passengers said a rescue train arrived after about 90 minutes and it took another 40 minutes to get to Woodlawn, where passengers were taken to a transfer train. Although there was no food service on the train, conductors passed around emergency boxes of water.

“It was boring and there was no food, there was just was just water in boxes,” passenger Jaci Cirillo said. “It was brutal.”

One passenger caught the train after attending Wednesday night’s Mets game in the city.

“I stayed through all 11 innings of the Mets game, they didn’t score a single run,” passenger Josh Warhit said.

He said all his friends left the game early, but he caught the late train home and figured he would get home to New Rochelle by midnight. But the rescue train didn’t pull into Woodlawn until after 2 a.m.

Trains starting running again around 3 a.m. and the morning commute wasn't affected.


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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Live ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys-fireworks.jpg

Now you can enjoy the majesty of the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" from the beach, your backyard BBQ or even at your favorite East River viewing spot.  

NBC will stream the 8 p.m. ET/PT fireworks display and the sizzling performances from music's biggest names live online. The stream is open to everyone, even if you don’t have a satellite or cable TV provider.

The special features a 25-minute synchronized fireworks display and live performances from Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and more will stream from 8 to 10 p.m. live on your mobile device or computer.  If you miss it, you can catch a special one-hour highlight show that airs immediately after at 10 p.m.

Have a happy and safe July 4th and be sure to watch the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" wherever you go to celebrate.

To access the live stream, click here or download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now." 



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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat at NJ Mosque Was 'Swatting' Hoax: Police]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:34:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paterson-New-York-SWAT00701.jpg

Police say that a threat called into a New Jersey mosque Thursday was likely a hoax, hours after heavily armed police, SWAT teams in armored trucks and bomb-disabling robots swarmed the center.

Someone called police and said there was an armed gunman att the Islamic Center of Passaic County on Derrom Avenue in Paterson came in about 4 a.m., sources say.

The building was evacuated, and authorities gave the "all clear" about four hours later after conducting extensive sweeps of the building.

Authorities found two potentially suspicious packages, but both were deemed harmless, according to the law enforcement sources. Police say they think the call was a hoax "swatting" call. 

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office will likely open a criminal investigation into the call, police say. 

"It's foolish, it's foolhardy and its childish," said Patterson Police Chief William Fraher. "Hopefully these people are identified and dealt with."

The center's chairman, Nabil Abassi, was at the mosque for morning prayers when officers with assault rifles came in to evacuate the building. Heavy police and SWAT presence remained at the scene for hours as the building was secured.

The hoax call came in the middle of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.

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<![CDATA[Reward Increases in Case of Escaped NYC Prisoner]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/attempted+murder+suspect+escape.jpg

Reward money for information in the case of an escaped prisoner in Manhattan has been increased to $12,500, police announced Wednesday. 

Police say The Chief of Detective's Office is offering $10,000 and the Police Foundation is offering $2,500 for information leading to the capture of 23-year-old Tareek Arnold, the attempted murder suspect who got away in handcuffs on June 23. 

Arnold escaped while in police custody at 134th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem and remains on the lam, police said.

Police said they've been searching for Arnold in a total of 50 locations, including the Bronx and places out of state. They've spoken with 20 associates about his whereabouts, and set up a special task force to find him.

Arnold is part of the 40 Wolves gang based in central Harlem, police said. 

Police said Arnold was being taken to Manhattan central booking, with his hands cuffed behind his back, when he pushed the officer guarding to the ground and took off. Surveillance video shows him running down the street in a white T-shirt and pants as two law enforcement officers chase him.

The officer authorities say the officer Arnold attacked was not seriously injured.

Arnold has two tattoos -- one that says "troll" and another that says "militant soldiers." The circumstances surrounding the charges against him weren't immediately clear.

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



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<![CDATA[Woman Pinned Under Out-of-Control Car That Hit Wall, Sidewalk Dies: Cops]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:12:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pedestrians+struck+bk.jpg

The 52-year-old woman pinned under a vehicle that lost control, drove onto the sidewalk, smacked into a wall and careened into a crowd of pedestrians in Brooklyn Wednesday has died, police say.

The woman was trapped under the 2011 Toyota Camry that swerved onto the sidewalk as the 29-year-old driver tried to turn left onto Cozine Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York around 10:30 a.m., police say. She was unconscious with severe trauma to her body when first responders arrived, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

A 59-year-old man on the street who also was hit by the car was taken to a hospital with cuts to his face and body; he was last listed in stable condition.

The 29-year-old driver of the Camry remained at the scene; no arrests have been made.

People around the intersection jumped in to try and help after the accident.

"I yelled, 'Somebody call 911,' and I ran over with another guy and started yelling at people to help us out," said Jorge Cartagenas, who was on a break from cooking at a corner deli when he saw the accident.

A worker at a local auto shop ran over with a car jack to lift the car.

Cartagenas said he could tell the woman, who had just been inside the deli using the ATM, was breathing.

"She seemed like she was coming in and out," he said.

First responders quickly arrived and blocked off the intersection.

"My blood run cold because I was surprised," said Cartagenas. "I never seen anything like this."



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<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+getty.jpg

Fireworks will light up the New York City skyline Saturday night for "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The two-hour special, starting at 8 p.m., features a 25-minute synchronized fireworks display and live performances from Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida.

If you can't get a front row seat to the big show, you can watch the entire special on your mobile device (click here to find out how), but if you do plan to make your way near the spectacular display, here are some street closures to know about.

By borough, the following streets will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 11:39 p.m. Saturday for the Macy's show:

MANHATTAN

  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Driver Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • East Sixth Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 30th Street between First Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 33rd Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue
  • East 34th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 37th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 48th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive

BROOKLYN

  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street


QUEENS

  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South;
  • Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • Second Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard



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<![CDATA[NBC Peacock Lights Up NYC Skyline for 1st Time]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:31:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/comcast+peacock+21.jpg

One of the city’s most popular skyscrapers, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, lit up Wednesday evening with a new corporate name: the Comcast Building.

The rooftop signs on the 70-story building replace the General Electric initials and add the company’s logo and the NBC Peacock logo to the New York City skyline. It's the first time that the iconic peacock has appeared on top of the television network’s historic headquarters.

The day is historically significant for NBCUniversal and NBC 4 New York, the flagship station of NBC's Owned Television Stations division. On July 1, 1941, 30 Rockefeller Plaza was home to the first commercial television broadcast, with WNBC, then called WNBT, offering a lineup that included a Brooklyn Dodgers versus Philadelphia Phillies baseball game and Lowell Thomas reporting the news from Studio 3H.  NBC 4 New York still broadcasts from a studio on the third floor, Studio 3C.

This is the third name for the building, which is nicknamed 30 Rock. It was called the RCA building beginning in 1937 after the company that founded NBC. It was then renamed for GE in 1988. GE created the Radio Corporation of America in 1919, owned it until 1930 and reacquired it in 1986.

Comcast bought GE’s stake in NBCUniversal in 2013.

“I remember when it said RCA up there,” said Michael Miscione, the Manhattan borough president. “The fact that they’re bringing GE down is just one step in a many decade evolution of the signage on the building."

The new signs use custom, energy-efficient LED lights that mimic the exposed neon look of the building’s previous signs.

The Comcast letters on the north and south sides are 12 feet high, topped by an 11-foot-tall NBC Peacock. The peacock on the western facade is 18 feet high.

The Comcast name is also on the granite at the entrances to the 850-foot building.

Conceived by John D. Rockefeller Jr as a “city within a city,” Rockefeller Center was constructed during the Great Depression, according to the center’s website. It officially opened in 1933 and came to feature the annual Christmas tree and the ice-skating rink.

The Art Deco lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza is decorated with murals by European artists Frank Brangwyn and Jose Maria Sert.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed by Falling Tree While Walking to Car ]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:03:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tree-Fall-Student-College-0701.jpg

A 21-year-old community college student and a beloved sister to two siblings died at a hospital where she was a student intern after she was crushed by the trunk of a tree that split in half following heavy rain Wednesday, authorities and relatives say.

Michelle Mian was hit by the Norway maple tree while walking to her car outside her home in New Milford sometime before 7:30 a.m., according to police and relatives. Authorities say family members saw the tree lying over four vehicles when they woke up, and Mian's 23-year-old sister, Tabish Mian, said she found her younger sister on the ground outside when she went to check on the cars.

"I just woke up in the morning and came to the car and saw that her body was there on the ground," Tabish Mian said. "And then I saw she wasn't breathing either, and then we called the ambulance immediately."

Mian was pronounced dead shortly after arriving in the emergency room at Holy Name Medical Center, where she had been an intern in the radiology department for the last year. In a statement, the hospital described Mian as an exceptional student from the beginning of her clinical training, saying those who worked with her in the facility were blessed to have known her.

She was heading to a morning class at Bergen Community College, where she was studying radiography, when she died. The youngest of three children, Mian was an electric, warm woman who will be deeply missed, her family says.

"She was the most amazing person in the entire world and my better half, really," Tabish Mian said. "If you met her, you would have known how beautiful, artistic, talented -- she's the kindest person you'll ever meet. ... It's not fair that she's not here with us right now. It's really not."

"When you lose someone as precious and amazing as Michelle, then you hurt like this," the older sister added. "I'm never going to be OK with this. I never will be."

Police say it's not clear what caused the tree to split in half, but Wednesday morning's heavy rains may have played a role.

The severe storms blasted the region with rain and heavy winds early Wednesday, causing flash flooding in some places.



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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed 4 Times in Bronx Attack: NYPD]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:04:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mott+haven+stabbing.jpg

Police are looking for a man who stabbed a 22-year-old man four times in a Bronx attack.

The suspect approached the victim from behind around 5:10 p.m. on June 30 near East 138th Street and Cypress Avenue in Mott Haven, according to the NYPD.

The suspect took out a sharp object and stabbed the victim four times, police said.

Emergency responders took the victim to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Police released a photo of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Supermarket Chain Apologizes to New Yorkers]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:11:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/488633883_WholeFoods.jpg

Whole Foods is apologizing to its customers after an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs revealed the grocery chain’s New York City stores were overstating the weights of its pre-packaged products and overcharging customers.

Co-CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey admitted the mistake in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

“Straight up, we made some mistakes,” Robb said. “We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it.”

Mackey said the mistakes account for a “very small percentage” of fresh food purchases. The mistakes were unintentional – saying sometimes they were in customers’ favor and sometimes they weren’t, Robb said.

“[Mistakes are] inadvertent, they do happen, because it’s a hands-on approach to bringing you the fresh food,” he said.

To prevent these mistakes from happening again, the company says it’s increasing employee training and implementing a third-party auditing system to review food weighing and pricing. In 45 days, the company will report the audit’s findings back to customers.

City inspectors tested 80 different pre-packaged products and found that all of them had mislabeled weights. On top of that, 89 percent of the packages tested didn't meet the federal standard for the maximum amount that an individual package can deviate from its actual weight, as set by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Investigators called it the worst case of mislabeling they had seen in their careers.

The fine for falsely labeling a package is as much as $950 for the first violation and up to $1,700 for a subsequent violation, according to the DCA. The potential number of violations that Whole Foods faces for all pre-packaged goods in its nine NYC stores is in the thousands.

Whole Foods is offering a 100 percent money back guarantee if customers find a mistake in pricing.

Suggestions can be sent to feedback@wholefoodsmarket.com.



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<![CDATA[Suspects Pry ATM Off Ground at BK Checkers: NYPD]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:51:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/atm+robbery+bronx.jpg

Two men stole an ATM from a Brooklyn Checkers by prying it off the floor and wheeling it away on a hand truck, police said.

The men took the ATM from the East New York fast food restaurant Tuesday at about 10:20 p.m., according to the NYPD.

Surveillance video shows the men break the ATM away from the floor and heave it onto the hand truck before carting it away.

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

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<![CDATA[Man Touched Woman as She Walked Up to Her Apartment: NYPD]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:01:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/forcible+touching+uws.jpg

A man is wanted for following a woman into her Upper West Side apartment building and grabbing her buttocks and breast as she walked up the stairs, police said.

The man followed the woman into her building on West 103rd Street around 2:30 a.m. on June 6, according to the NYPD.

As she walked up to her apartment, the suspect followed and grabbed her before fleeing.

Police have released a photo of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[LAX X-Ray Machine Reveals Cat]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:41:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tsa-01.jpg

Transportation Security Administration officers made a furry find at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon when an X-ray machine revealed a passenger’s pet cat inside his checked bag.

The discovery was made after a JetBlue passenger placed his bag, which was not a pet carrier, through an X-ray machine in Terminal 3, according to LAX Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles.

TSA officers removed the cat from the bag and determined that it had not been harmed by the machine.

The passenger told a TSA supervisor that he did not know animals were not supposed to be placed through the X-ray machines, Nettles said.

The cat's discovery gained social media attention after several passengers in the terminal tweeted about the event.

Officers determined that the incident was accidental and both the man and the cat were allowed to board their New York-bound flight.

According to Twitter, a similar incident also occurred at LAX Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Woman Pinned Under Car After Vehicles Collide, 5 Others Hurt: FDNY]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pedestrians+struck+bk.jpg

A two-car accident in Brooklyn sent at least one of the vehicles careening into pedestrians Wednesday, fatally pinning a woman on the street under the car, authorities say.

A car driven by a 29-year-old woman was turning onto Cozine Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York at about 10:30 a.m. when it lost control and hit another car, which in turn hit a man and pinned a woman under the car, police said.

The 52-year-old woman sustained head and body trauma. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead. The 59-year-old man was taken to the same hospital in serious condition and is now stable, police said.

People around the intersection jumped in to try and help. 

"I yelled, 'Somebody call 911,' and I ran over with another guy and started yelling at people to help us out," said Jorge Cartagenas, who was on a break from cooking at a corner deli when he saw the accident. 

A worker at a local auto shop ran over with a car jack to lift the car.

Cartagenas said he could tell the woman, who had just been inside the deli using the ATM, was breathing. 

"She seemed like she was coming in and out," he said. 

First responders quickly arrived and blocked off the intersection. 

"My blood run cold because I was surprised," said Cartagenas. "I never seen anything like this."

Four occupants in one of the vehicles involved in the collision had minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals as well, authorities said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Police say the driver remained on scene and no arrests have been made.



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