<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usFri, 28 Oct 2016 09:00:59 -0400Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:00:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apparent Climber Shuts Down Upper Level of GW Bridge]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:57:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gwb+climber.jpg

Both sides of the upper level of the George Washington Bridge were closed Friday morning by what appeared to be an intruder on the span, officials say.

Traffic cameras appeared to show someone - or potentially multiple people - climbing one of the towers on the New Jersey side of the bridge. 

The Port Authority confirmed the upper levels were closed but said the lower levels remained open. Delays were extensive.

It was the second time this week an intruder blocked traffic on the upper level of the bridge - one of the region's most important arteries - during rush hour. 

The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest Wednesday morning, creating a traffic nightmare at the height of rush hour. Ten people were arrested in that case. No one was hurt.  

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<![CDATA[Safe Pumpkin Carving Techniques for Halloween Weekend]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:23:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PumpkinSafety1027_MP4-147765593219300001.jpg With Halloween upon us, here are some tips for avoiding pumpkin-carving injuries, from orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Gregory Sobol. ]]> <![CDATA[Cleveland Gives Tickets to Young Cubs Fan Knocked Out During Game 1]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:20:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wallach+world+series+thumb.jpg

The Cleveland Indians have given a young Cubs fans who was accidentally knocked out by an Indians fan at the start of Game 1 tickets to see Game 3 of the World Series, the boy's family said. 

David Wallach said the Indians called his family Thursday and offered his 7-year-old son Johnny two tickets to Friday's game at Wrigley Field. 

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The tickets follow a dream-turned-nightmare for the father and son, who have traveled from a Chicago suburb to Cleveland to see their favorite team in their first World Series game in 71 years. 

Sitting in the bleachers before Game 1 in Cleveland, things couldn’t have started better for the pair, who was celebrating Johnny's upcoming 8th birthday. 

“There was no way to describe how amazing it was,” said David Wallach, of Northfield. “It was everything you could ever dream of. Everything I’ve ever dreamed of was coming true.”

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The father-son duo was stunned by the history they were witnessing — their beloved team in a World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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“It was really cool,” Wallach said. “The game started, it was electric and it was insane and we were having a blast.”

But things quickly took a turn for the worse – just as the Indians scored their first home run of the game.

Indians fans were quick to celebrate, and one of them elbowed Johnny in the head while cheering, knocking the young boy out for about 30 seconds.

“He spun around and I caught him, he was crying hysterically,” Wallach said. “That’s when things kind of went off the rails. Things went from being a dream to a nightmare so quickly.”

With no help in sight, David Wallach took his son out of the stands before flagging down a police officer. The officer started bringing them into a tunnel when Johnny’s knees buckled and the young boy could no longer walk.

“Fans were heckling him,” Wallach said. “Here I am on the ground with my 7-year-old son and they’re shouting, ‘Cubs suck.’”

Eventually, paramedics arrived and decided Johnny needed to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

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Meanwhile, Wallach’s wife was calling the field to see if they could retrieve the family’s belongings, which they left at their seats as they searched for help. 

No answer, they said.

“There was no one that ever showed up to help us,” Wallach said.

When they were finally discharged from the hospital at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Wallach said, he and his son were stranded, unsure of where they were or how to get back to their car. And still, no word from officials at the field. 

“It was scary and confusing and awful and I felt like we were just hung out to dry,” he said. “You don’t see that in Chicago. I would never expect that in Chicago in a million years.”

Johnny was left with a concussion and a birthday gift wasted on a World Series he didn’t even get to see.

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“The best thing about it is, he said, ‘Dad I still had a great time and I forgive the man who hit me,’” Wallach said. “From a little boy, that’s a great lesson for all of us.”

Wallach said he was later contacted by StubHub, which agreed to refund 50 percent of their ticket purchase. He also said the Cubs contacted the family and offered them support and sent Johnny a gift. 

“I think I’m just used to the way Chicago fans act,” Wallach said. “Just kind of shocking.”

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A spokesperson for the Indians did later call the family to apologize, Wallach said, and offered them tickets to a game in Cleveland. The team is expected to hold a press conference with Johnny Wallach at 4 p.m. CT Friday at Wrigley Field, the family says. 

A spokesman for the Cleveland Indians confirmed the team provided the tickets but would not confirm the team's plans for a press conference.

Photo Credit: David Wallach/NBC Chicago
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<![CDATA[Children's Riding Vehicles Recalled]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/peg-perego-recall.jpg

About 3,000 Peg Perego children's riding vehicles have been recalled due to fire and burn hazards.

Peg Perego recalled the battery-operated Polaris Sportsman vehicle after reports that a circuit board can fail and cause the motor to overheat and ignite, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company said it has received three reports of overheating, including one report of a burn.

The ATV-style vehicles were intended for children ages 5 to 7 years old. They were sold online at Amazon.com, Cabelas.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com and Walmart.com from October 2014 through May 2015 for $500 and $600 and came in silver, red and black.

Recalled vehicles have date codes 651016, 651017, 651020, 651021, 651022, 651023, 651024, 651027, 651028, 651029, 651030, 660304, 660305, 661123, 661124, 661125 and 661130. The date code is found underneath the seat.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Peg Perego for a free replacement circuit board with instructions. For more information, call 877-737-3464 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, email 850recall@pegperego.com or visit us.pegperego.com.

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<![CDATA[Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide's Secrets]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:38:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/putin-aide.jpg

Ukrainian group Cyber Hunta released hacked emails from the office of one of Putin’s top aides Vladislav Surkov, which reveal Russia’s involvement in the separatist movement in Ukraine, NBC News reported.

The emails detail Russia’s deep involvement in Russian-speaking regions of the Ukraine, which has led to a divided country and Russia’s takeover of Crimea. Surkov has been a close aide Putin for over a decade, serving as deputy prime minister and Putin’s deputy chief of staff. The 2,337 hacked emails from 2014 show his micro-managing of the Ukrainian situation, proving that he managed Russia’s most crucial operations.

A senior U.S. intelligence official denied involvement in the hack. When asked if the material was authentic, the official told NBC News there was “nothing to indicate otherwise.”

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<![CDATA[20 Haunted Houses to Visit in the Tri-State This October]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_519258516434.jpg

With creepy clowns on the prowl across the nation these days, real life is beginning to feel like a horror movie. But for those who prefer to get their dose of the unearthly and macabre the old fashioned way, there are plenty of opportunities in the tri-state this Halloween season.

From the frightening forests of Connecticut to the wicked warehouses of New York City, there are dozens of attractions to check out. Most of them are in the $20 to $50 range and are open rain or shine through early November. Tickets tend to be cheaper online and some places give deals on weekdays.

New York City

Blood Manor bills itself as "New York City's premiere haunted attraction." It's in a West Village warehouse filled with freaks, creeps, and yes, plenty of blood. In early November, the Manor will have Lights Out Nights, where visitors have just a glow stick to show them the way. General admission: $35. 

New York Haunted Hayride is a Randall's Island haunt right in the shadow of Manhattan's towering skyline. In addition to the hayride, which features ghostly apparitions and backwoods hillbillies, there's also a dark maze and a haunted village with a Theatre Macabre, supernatural psychics, and more. General admission: $37.

The Uninvited: Awakening is an immersive horror production that lets visitors choose their own adventure in the historic Graham Court building in Harlem. Theatrical storytelling, twisting halls, grisly scenes, and state-of-the-art special effects combine to induce a "heart pounding experience." General admission: $45. 

This Is Real is an "all new horror experience" in Red Hook from the creators of Nightmare: New York. As part of a "theatrical immersion," guests have been abducted and must figure out a way to escape their captors in an hour-long "survival game and extreme hide and seek." General admission: $100.

North of NYC

Headless Horseman is a bit of a trek from the city, but the haunt includes 10 attractions, among them, a haunted manor, motel, diner and greenhouse. Naturally, there's plenty of Headless Horseman to go around at this Ulster Park attraction, including the Horseman's Spawn hayride and the Horseman's Tomb haunted house. General admission: $39.95 plus tax.

Pure Terror Scream Park features six haunted houses at one location in Monroe. There's a crypt of evil dead, a post-zombie apocalypse medical building, a dwelling of evil witches, a circus of creepy clowns, a house full of horror movie legends and another house that's completely in the dark. General admission: $45.

The Forest of Fear was voted the scariest haunt in New York state by users of HauntWorld.com. The Tuxedo Park haunt has seven attractions, including a slaughterhouse, hillbilly house, chainsaw repair shop, spa of the macabre, and a cemetery of the dead. General admission: $30.

Haunt at Rocky Ledge says it has the only haunted cornfield in Westchester County. The White Plains attraction also has two "mind-blowing" haunted houses and "frightening, winding wooded trails" on eight ghoulish acres. General admission: $24. 

Long Island

Bayville Scream Park is an attraction-packed haunt in Bayville. Billed as "Long Island's Halloween theme park," there is an evil woods, terrifying temple, frightening funhouse and a haunted mansion. There's also a house of zombie pirates and a new event, The Cage, for 2016. General admission: $49.75.

Darkside Haunted Houses has been around for nearly two decades. There's two attractions at this Wading River haunt in the middle of a deserted field: The Village and The House. Visitors traverse 30 detailed scenes, including a graveyard, crypt, insane asylum and slaughterhouse. General admission: $25. 

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse is just what it sounds like: a haunted house in a theater. The Bellport haunt has plenty of dark corridors hiding madmen and bloody clowns. Guests can take a ride in a coffin, shoot zombies at the new Zombie Shooting Gallery or grab a beer at the Fear Garden. General admission: $25. 

Chamber of Horrors is bringing back its "Trilogy of Fear." This year there are three new houses: Maniac Manor, Murderer's Row and Ward 9. The Hauppauge haunt also has Kill the Light on Sunday nights, when the lights are turned off and guests have only a glowstick to see with. General admission: $25.

New Jersey

Brighton Asylum is a Passaic haunt in an industrial warehouse that The Today Show called "the scariest place on earth." Guests must descened into The Tunnel before reaching the Asylum, where they'll encounter plenty of monsters, maniacs and escaped patients. Special events include Brighton Asylum Escape and Zombie Attack. General admission: $33.

Bane has one big haunted house instead of several smaller ones. The Livingston haunt was called the "scariest haunted house in New Jersey" by The Star-Ledger. Guests will encounter 70 live actors as they climb, push and spin their way through the morbid interactive house. General admission: $27. 

Pantophobia is an entirely outdoor haunted attraction. The Scotch Plains haunt pits guests against flesh-eating zombies as they navigate an abandoned amusement park. There's also a family-friendly Pumpkin Express train ride that travels to a pumpkin patch. General admission: $30.  

Haunted Scarehouse is an attraction in Wharton inspired by Disney's "awe-inspiring levels of craftsmanship, detail, and live performance." Visitors navigate two large houses filled with maze-like corridors and elaborate, ghastly scenes. There are also 60-minute escape room experiences that can be purchased separately. General admission: $25. 


Fright Haven is centered around the legend of a Gothic Victorian mansion where a Halloween party was held hundreds of years ago. No one returned from the party and now it's infested with cannibalistic vampires. There's also a pitch-black Fear Institute and a Carnival of Evil in 3D at this Stratford attraction. General admission: $20.

Creeperum is an "emporium of the bizarre" where a lab-created creature stalks the rooms. The creature was created by a mad scientist who mysteriously went missing. Guests who enter this Hamden haunt are left to "wander in almost total darkness searching for a way out." General admission: $20. 

Trail of Terror is an outdoor haunted attraction that has guests confronting creepy clowns, chainsaw-wielding psychos and indescribable creatures. The haunt is set in the woods of Wallingford and you never know when a ghoul will emerge from deep in the trees. General admission: $20.

The Haunted Graveyard bills itself as New England's largest Halloween attraction. Those who visit go on a one-mile journey through dark catacombs, an eerie cemetery, torture chamber, creepy cornfield, misty lake, and more. Tickets for various carnival rides at this Bristol haunt are sold separately. General admission: $25.99. 

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<![CDATA[Biden Said to Be Considered for Sec. of State if Clinton Win]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ClintonBiden-AP_16228679390421.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration for secretary of state if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, a trusted source confirmed to NBC News Thursday night.

Politico first reported that Biden is "at the top of the internal short list" of the Clinton's transition team's list for the post.

Biden, a senator for 36 years who has served as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before becoming vice president, has hammered Donald Trump over his cozy statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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<![CDATA[Dakota Access Pipeline: 141 Activists Arrested]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DAKOTA_AP_16301812947655.jpg

Authorities had arrested 141 people who were protesting a controversial North Dakota oil pipeline early on Friday, NBC News reported.

The arrests came after a more than six-hour standoff over the stretch of private land lying in pipeline's path, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Demonstrators blockaded roads and bridges by setting fire to bales of hay and construction equipment. The sheriff's department said at least seven protesters used "sleeping dragon" devices, which typically involve PVC or other pipe, to physically latch themselves onto vehicles and large concrete. According to police, some protesters threw rocks and improvised fire bombs as law enforcement officers closed in.

Police forces responded by using pepper spray and firing bean bags on protesters.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Man Saved by 'Angel' Firefighter in Dramatic Rescue]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/firefighter+james+lee.jpg

An 81-year-old man says he’s alive today because an “angel” firefighter scaled down a wall of flames to rescue him from a raging inferno on the Upper East Side.

James Duffy was on the top floor of a five-story apartment building on 93rd Street when a six-alarm fire quickly burned out of control early Thursday morning. The fire sent flames shooting 20 feet in the air and had residents fleeing into the street.

Duffy, who suffers from asthma, said he thought he was going to die in his fifth floor apartment — but Rescue 1 firefighter Jim Lee was already jumping into action above him.

“It’s a miracle and he’s an angel,” Duffy said. “A miracle on 93rd Street.”

Lee was on the roof of the burning building when he latched on a lifesaving rope and harness and went over the edge to rescue Duffy, who was hanging out of his window trying to escape the roaring flames and thick, black smoke.

“You couldn’t see anything over the edge, so much smoke and flames coming out,” Lee said.

Video shows Lee holding Duffy as he scales down the side of the building, smoke and embers whooshing around them in the early morning darkness. 

But the danger wasn’t over yet. Flames from the windows had been eating through the rope and it eventually gave way.

Luckily, the rope burned through at the moment the two of them hit the ground and they narrowly avoided a potentially deadly fall. 

“I just told him to stay calm and when we got down I said, ‘I hope you enjoyed the ride,’” Lee said.

Duffy said Lee undoubtedly saved his life and that seconds made all the difference.

“I wouldn’t be here,” Duffy said. “I would have been gone. The smoke was so thick and black and hot.”

Lee said he would do the rescue all over again in a heartbeat.

“I feel good we saved a life,” he said.

One man was killed and 15 other people, including 11 firefighters, were injured in the fire. The blaze was eventually brought under control shortly before 8 a.m., nearly six hours after it started. The cause is under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Man Attacks Straphanger in Stolen Phone Ruse: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:49:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/assault+bed+stuy+suspect.jpg

Police say an attempted robber accused a sleeping man of stealing his phone before rummaging through his pockets and punching him in the face.

The 56-year-old victim was asleep on an A or C line train earlier this month when the suspect woke him up at the Kingston–Throop Avenues train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The suspect said his phone was missing and accused the man of stealing it. He then followed the victim out of the subway station for about a block before attacking him near 1442 Fulton St. just before 6 a.m., according to the NYPD.

Police said the suspect grabbed the man’s bag, then started going through the man’s pockets and throwing punches at him. The man eventually toppled over and hit his head on a fire hydrant.

The fire hydrant smashed into the man’s cheek and he was taken to Kings County Hospital with a deep laceration.

The suspect got away empty handed, according to police, who said that the whole “missing phone” scenario was just a ruse he made up to try to rob the victim. 

In an ironic twist, the suspect’s actual phone was recovered at the scene by police.

The NYPD released photos of the suspect on Thursday. They said he’s in his mid to late 20s.

<![CDATA[Long Island Residents Dealing With Leaky Pipe Mystery]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:25:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/leaky+pipe+mystery.jpg On Thursday, angry homeowners confronted officials about a problem that's damaging their homes and costing them money. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.]]> <![CDATA[Dirt Bikers Fight for Right to 'Skill Sport' Amid Crackdown]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:41:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dirt+bike+iteam.jpg

The NYPD says it is cracking down on illegal dirt bikes: Seizures are up 52 percent over last year, with 1,817 off-road bikes and ATVs confiscated around the city as of late October, according to police officials. 

But bikers claim their numbers are on the rise. They say street riding is a highly skilled sport just like extreme skateboarding that should be accepted as legitimate. Some riders have hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram.

The I-Team spoke exclusively with two bikers about why they ride. 

“It’s a rush,” said ASAP TyY, who is also a rap artist.

Benadon, also known as Benmore, said, “It’s a skill. It’s a sport. What we’re doing now has never been done before.” 

For months, the I-Team gathered biker videos that show riders careening through the streets of New York City, on highways and over bridges. Some can be seen openly taunting cops in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Terrified pedestrians and drivers are often forced to duck for cover. 

"They come out of nowhere," said Harlem resident Jazmine Velez. "You know, people could get hurt.” 

Daniel Camacho, also from Harlem, thinks the bikers are a menace.

“Who is going to expect a dirt bike to jump in front of you when you’re driving in the city?” he said. “You could swerve to the right, to the left, and you could hit somebody.” 

New York state law prevents off-road bikes and ATVs from registration for street use. And the NYPD showcased its own stunt in late spring, crushing a pile of confiscated dirt bikes and ATVs.

Bikers like ASAP TyY say their lifestyle gets a bad rap.

"Why are we only seeing the bad things to this bike life stuff?" he said. "What about the people who like it? What about the people I talk to across the worlds, all the new friends and all the people I’ve met?" 

Filmmaker Edward Harris spent four and a half years with riders in New York, Baltimore, Florida and Atlanta. His documentary "1Dream2Ride" is due out next year. 

"You have to say, why is this a phenomenon?" Harris said. "When I first saw it, I was like, 'Oh, my God.' Then it scared me. And then I was like, this isn’t one or two guys. You’re talking about thousands of riders. So, it’s not just like, we get rid of these 5,000 people, then it’s going to be squashed." 

He said he believes the answer is to give the bikers a place to ride, with bleachers, so fans could watch.

Benmore told the I-Team he has been pushing the city to give riders a park for years. 

“No one’s talking about a park. Everyone is talking about how illegal this action is," he said. "What about the park? What about the space? Why can’t we have a conversation." 

New NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill told the I-Team he doesn’t buy the argument that a park would contain bikers.

“The people we’re involved with, the groups that we’re involved with, the people that we take law enforcement action against, I’m not sure those are the people giving that reason for why they ride illegally in New York City,” O'Neill said. 

Harris said he believes that street riding will evolve into a legitimate extreme sport with corporate sponsors. But in the meantime, riders show no sign of slowing down. 

ASAP TyY said he’ll ride wherever he wants until there’s a designated place for him to do so. 

“I’m going to do what I do,” he said.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Queens' 'Boulevard of Death' Safer, But Neighbors Gripe ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/queens+boulevard+vision+zero.JPG

Queens Boulevard seems to be on its way to shedding the nickname nobody liked: the Boulevard of Death. 

After the city imposed lower speed limits, wider crosswalks and protected bike lanes, there have been zero deaths along the boulevard in 2015 and 2016.

That's a striking difference compared to the 24 deaths in 1993 and the 22 deaths in 1997, and even eight deaths as recently as 2013. 

Between 2003 and 2013, 38 people were killed and 448 severely injured in accidents along the boulevard. Six people were killed and a "significant" number severely injured along the western segment between 2009 and 2013, the DOT said.

Mayor de Blasio said in January, "We were not going to allow any street in the city to be called the Boulevard of Death anymore. It had to become a Boulevard of Life." 

But surprisingly, many neighbors in Sunnyside, Woodside, Maspeth and Elmhurst are furious. 

"This was a disaster," said Peter O'Donnell, who says that crossing the street is now tougher for him. 

"I have to go across the boulevard -- the bikes under no circumstances would stop for the light," he said. "They don't stop. They give you the finger or tell you to 'go f yourself.'"

"It's horrible," griped Sonia Cruz. 

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg acknowledged Thursday, "Yes, there certainly are complaints, but I'm getting amazing feedback." 

She said the data is clear: "When we look at the safety statistics, it's looking good." 

As for drivers, however, many say they're sitting in more traffic getting home. 

"It's a nightmare," said Gene Austin of Woodside. "Used to be two lanes of traffic, now it's only one." 

City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said despite the complications and inconveniences, the bottom line is the boulevard is safer.

"We don't want people to be inconvenienced," he said, adding that the DOT will revisit some of the changes to see if improvements can be made. "But I don't want anyone to die on my watch on Queens Boulevard." 

<![CDATA[Ancient Burial Ground Found on Long Island]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:52:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000013641758_1200x675_795209795725.jpg A big piece of New York history uncovered at a Long Island cemetery, where a high tech tool has revealed hundreds of unmarked graves. Greg Cergol reports.]]> <![CDATA[And the Most Coveted Dining Reservation in NYC Is ... ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mini+tacos.jpg

Zagat's 2017 New York City restaurants results are in: French food still reigns supreme.

Le Bernardin earned the Top Food award for the eighth year in a row, a rare achievement in the restaurant guide's 38-year history. The elite French eatery also swept Top Service, Most Popular, Top French and Top Seafood. Best décor went to Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 

French-American restaurant Kingsley in the East Village is this year's top-rated newcomer. Not far behind are Quality Eats, sandwich joint High Street on Hudson, and Cafe Altro Paradiso. 

Good luck securing a reservation at David Chang's Momofuku Nishi — it's the most coveted reservation on this year's list.

A few buzzworthy restaurants that didn't make the cut include Midtown East's Agern, a Scandinavian eatery, and Japanese izayaka Karasu.

New Yorkers love their carbs: 55 percent of New Yorkers surveyed said they approve of the influx of pizza-pasta-focused restaurants popping up throughout the city. Maybe President Obama could suggest a place with a great Chicago deep dish; Zagat diners said they'd trust him with a restaurant recommendation over all others presidents past, present or future. 

Among other winners in the city were Juliana's Pizza (best pizza), Los Tacos No. 1 (best Mexican), Mu Ramen (best ramen), Peter Pan Donuts (best donut), Absolute Bagels (best bagels) and Two Little Red Hens (best dessert).

To celebrate its 2017 restaurants results, the survey guide opened a "Tiny Cafe" pop-up shop serving bite-sized treats on the corner of Astor Place and Cooper Square in the East Village Thursday morning.

Tiny Cafe will be open Thursday Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[City Council Campaign Sign Kicked Down]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:48:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/campaign+signs+destroyed.jpg An Emerson, NJ council woman says her competitor was caught on camera kicking down her campaign sign. Brian Thompson Reports.]]> <![CDATA[Museum Teaches NYC Students About Presidential Process]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/children+presidential+exhibit.jpg Days to go before the presidential election, young students got a real-life lesson on how the process works. Wale Aliyu reports.]]> <![CDATA[Science Explains Why Fear Can Be Fun]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/NC_fear1027_1920x1080.jpg Every year around Halloween, millions of people all across the country pay to have other people scare the living daylights out of them, leading us to ask one very important question: Why?

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<![CDATA[Teen Stabbed Outside Brooklyn High School: Officials]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:46:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic3.jpg

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest outside a Brooklyn high school just after dismissal Thursday afternoon, officials say. 

Two teens have been arrested in the stabbing in front of W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School, according to the school safety officers' union. A third teen was still being sought. 

The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, according to officials. 

The NYPD did not immediately have further details. 

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said officials are working closely with the NYPD as they investigate. 

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<![CDATA[NY Woman Who Needs Meds Hasn't Been Seen in 10 Days: Police]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:12:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/missing-woman-yonkers-1027.jpg

Officials are looking for a missing Yonkers college student they said suffers from confusion when she goes without her medication. 

Gabriella Camacho, 20, was last seen at Grand Central Terminal on Oct. 17, according to authorities. She may now be in Yonkers or New York City, according to officials.

Authorities said that Camacho might not have her medication with her, and if she goes too long between doses she can become easily confused. 

Camacho stands at about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and was last seen wearing black pants, a black shirt and black sneakers. She was also carrying a green purse, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about the woman's whereabouts is asked to call the Yonkers Police Department at 914-377-7900.

<![CDATA[High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault: Prosecutor]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:52:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJTeacherSexAssault.jpg

A high school teacher has been arrested on sexual assault charges, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Leo Donaldson, formerly known as Leo Inglima, was arrested Thursday by members of the Special Victims Unit, officials said. He was charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault by contact, third degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges are based on allegations that the 30-year-old track and cross-country coach at Bloomfield High School sexually assaulted two teen boys ranging from 15 to 17 years old, officials said. 

Authorities say the incidents happened at the Donaldson's Bloomfield home and at his previous residence in Jersey City. 

Bail was set at $400,000 cash or bond, with no 10 percent alternative.

<![CDATA[US Brothers Released After Tunisia Terrorism Probe]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:52:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/jendouba+Tunisia+map.jpg

Two American brothers arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization were released without charge Thursday, NBC News reported.

Officials interrogated the brothers — both aged in their 30s and originally from Michigan — and searched their laptops, judicial spokesman Sofiene Sliti confirmed to NBC News.

"The preliminary investigation led by the judicial police revealed that the two individuals have no link with any terrorist organization," Sliti earlier told the state-run Tunisia Press Agency.

A senior police official based in Jendoubo, were the two were arrested Tuesday, said he disagreed with the decision by authorities in Tunis to release the pair, citing jihad-relted material found by police who raided the place where they were staying.

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<![CDATA[Putin Praises Trump, Denies Meddling in US Election]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/putin3.jpg

Russian President Vladimir Putin, while continuing to deny the Kremlin has sought to meddle in the United States election, praised Donald Trump on Thursday for energizing American voters "tired of the elites," NBC News reported.

"Is America some sort of banana republic? America is a great power. Please correct me if I'm wrong," Putin said at the Valdai Club, an annual gathering of world policy experts. "Does anyone really think that Russia can influence the choice of the American people in any way?"

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accused the Russian government of hacking the email servers of the Democratic National Committee. Putin denied Russia's involvement. 

Trump has also spoken positively of Putin and indicated his willingness to work with him as president. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported, Trump criticized rival Hillary Clinton at a rally in Ohio for speaking "very badly of Putin, and I don't think that's smart."

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<![CDATA[Man Steals $1,200 From Midtown East Bank: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SantanderBankRobber.jpg

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed a Manhattan bank Monday morning.

The suspect walked into a Santander Bank between East 44th and 45th Streets near Third Avenue and approached a teller at around 10:25 a.m., police said. He passed a note indicating he had a gun.

The suspect told "just fifties and hundreds", authorities said. The teller complied, and the suspect fled the bank with $1,200.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[USDA Recalls Nearly 3,900 Pounds of Bologna Made in NJ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:18:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chicken-bologna-recall.jpg

A New Jersey bologna-maker is recalling nearly 3,900 pounds of pork and chicken after inspectors found that some of the products were full of nonfat dry milk.

The recalled foods were produced by Gaiser's European Style Provision between Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, according to the USDA. The regulatory agency said that there had been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions from people who consumed the recalled products.

Still the agency said that anyone who bought the meats laced with the dry milk, a known allergen, should not consume them. 

The recalled products were shipped to stores and institutions in New York, New Jersey, Washington, California and Minnesota and include the establishment number "EST. 5385" or "P-5385" by the USDA's mark of inspection.

Included products include: 


  • 1-pound chubb artificial casing containing “Gaiser’s RUSSIAN BRAND PROFESSORSKAYA BOLOGNA” pork bologna with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
  • 10-pound chubb artificial casing containing “Gaiser’s PROFESSORSKAYA” pork bologna with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
  • 1-pound chubb artificial casing containing “NetCost Market PROFESSORSKAYA BRAND BOLOGNA” with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
  • 1-pound chubb artificial casing containing “Gaiser’s CHICKEN BOLOGNA” with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
  • 3-pound chubb artificial casing containing “Gaiser’s CHICKEN BOLOGNA” with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.
  • 1-pound chubb artificial casing containing “NetCost Market CHICKEN BOLOGNA” with various packaging dates from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21.