<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:47 -0400Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:47 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Video Shows Fatal Stabbing Outside Harlem Bodega]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:23:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bodega-surveillance.jpg

A bodega worker stabbed a man to death Friday morning after the man threatened him at knifepoint over a dispute about a free breakfast, according to police.

The NYPD said the 46-year-old man was fatally stabbed after twice visiting A&S Candy Grocery Inc on 145th Street near Lenox Avenue. In the first visit, police say the man asked for free food, then threatened the bodega’s clerks when they told him "no."

Police and the store’s owner said the man returned a short time later, setting off the fatal fight. Bodega manager Ali Naji, who wasn’t there at the time, said that the man stabbed the 22-year-old worker in the hand.

Surveillance footage obtained exclusively by News 4 then shows the fight moving outside. The two men struggle, both going to the ground on the edge of the sidewalk as cars and pedestrians pass by.

While they’re on the ground, the footage shows them locked close together. But after a few seconds, the clerk manages to get away from the 46-year-old. He stumbles into the street, nearly getting hit by a bus. The 46-year-old, meanwhile, stands and watches his opponent for a second before walking slowly down the sidewalk, a knife still in hand.

The bloodied 46-year-old made it into a Dunkin Donuts, asking someone to call 911, according to Sanjoy Sarkar, the district manager for the donut chain.

An employee tried to rouse the man, who was losing consciousness.

"He's trying to let him wake up, like 'talk!'" said Sarkar. "Then when he was on the line with 911, they said, 'Don't hang up the phone, try to talk to him.' But he was just leaning down."

EMS responded and transported him to Harlem Hospital, where he died, according to police.

A man inside the store was later questioned by police, and a knife was recovered at the scene, police said. It is unclear if the men each had knives, or if the one the 46-year-old was seen carrying was the one that killed him.

The store was cordoned off with police tape and officers were posted outside as police investigated Friday.

No arrests have been made.

<![CDATA[Paterson Mayor Gets Prison After Conspiracy Guilty Plea]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LMX___THOMPSON+MAYOR+TORRES+ARRAIGNMENT+NJ+PKG+430_WNBC_0000000.jpg

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a corruption case sparked by an I-Team investigation in 2016. 

Torres will spend up to five years behind bars, resign as mayor and pay restitution to the city of Paterson as part of a plea deal with prosecutors over the scheme to steal from taxpayers by ordering city workers to do construction on a relative's would-be beer business.

As part of the plea deal -- which was accepted hours after Paterson Department of Public Works employees caught on camera doing work for Torres' family also accepted plea deals and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors -- Torres also agreed to never again seek a public office. 

After the hearing, Torres, a Democrat, only said "I'm sorry" to reporters outside the courtroom. He'll be back in court on Monday.

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, whose office prosecuted the case, said that hopefully the guilty plea will allow Paterson residents to move on.

"This mayor, Joey Torres, is blatantly corrupt and despite all of the righteous indignation, the denials and the promises of vindication, today he admitted that he’s corrupt," Porrino said. 

He added, "We have zero tolerance for corruption in the state of New Jersey."

Torres was arrested in March, accused of using city workers to do private construction work at a relative's planned beer business, all the while billing taxpayers.

Torres initially denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the charges. The mayor's arrest came after a series of I-Team stories that appeared to show city employees doing private jobs for him, from washing his scooter and building bookshelves to doing construction at his nephew's would-be beer business.

When the I-Team caught up with him before the first report in March 2016, Torres said in an email no employees had ever done private jobs for him while on overtime. "Please be advised that at no time has any city employee, on city time, or overtime, or paid with taxpayer dollars, ever performed work for me at my home, or anywhere else," he wrote.

Videos and overtime records show the workers doing construction at the site while on the clock for the city. They also show workers at the mayor's home but criminal charges to date are only for overtime billed at the beer business location.

Three Department of Public Works supervisors -- Timothy Hanlon, Joseph Mania and Imad Mowases -- were also charged in the scheme. All three will lose their jobs after pleading guilty, but none will face prison time. 

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<![CDATA[2 Police Officers Shot; SWAT Team Called In]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:59:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OFFICERS-SHOT-ELM-STREET-NEW-HAVEN.jpg

Two police officers and a woman were injured in a shooting stemming from a domestic dispute on Elm Street in New Haven, a city official confirmed to NBC Connecticut.

The shooting occurred on Elm Street between Orchard Street and Sherman Avenue. City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said the officers are conscious and alert.

New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said that the officers were injured during a response to a domestic incident. According to police, a man shot his wife.

New Haven Police spokesman Dave Hartman said that the female victim was shot several times at a home at 638 Elm Street then ran to a neighbor’s home for help. The victim was shot in the hand, arm, back and chest and she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment.

Officers responded around 10:30 a.m.

When officers entered the home at 638 Elm Street, shots were fired. One officer suffered a graze wound on the arm and the other was shot on the arm. Both are expected to recover.

The suspect remains inside the house and the SWAT team and hostage negotiators have been called in.

The area is shut down and police have ordered the public to avoid the area for safety.

The scene is active and more information was not immediately available.

NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

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<![CDATA[Day of Giving: How to Help Puerto Rico and Mexico]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:23:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hurricane-maria-wed-am.jpg

In service to the tri-state community and in support of friends and families of viewers impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and by the recent earthquake in Mexico, Telemundo 47 / WNJU and NBC 4 New York / WNBC will hold a special community call-to-action anchored by a one-day telethon scheduled for September 25.

Monday’s telethon is part of a concerted effort spearheaded by Telemundo stations across the country. On this day Telemundo and NBC-owned stations will host phone banks in collaboration with the American Red Cross to collect funds for victims and communities impacted by severe weather-related events.


Viewers can call 1-800-596-6567. Press “1” for instructions in English and “2” for instructions in Spanish. Donors can designate their funds to go to the Red Cross’ recovery efforts of their choice.



For more on how to help, the following organizations are conducting relief efforts for hurricane and earthquake victims. 

Catholic Charities USA: The official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA, is asking people to support their Maria relief efforts by donating online, by phone at +1 (800) 919-9338 or by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777. 100 percent of donated funds go directly toward disaster efforts, according to the website.

CONPRmetidos: This Puerto Rican non-profit is raising funds to support hurricane victims. “We anticipate the funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter and water and then transition to long term recovery efforts,” the organization says, having set a fundraising goal of $150,000. Donate here.

Dominica American Relief & Development Association, Inc.: This association, which was organized in 1979 as a way for people from the island of Dominica living in the New York area to help their homeland after Hurricane David, has started a GoFundMe page for victims of the hurricane on the island. 

Global Giving: This crowdfunding network has a fundraising goal of $2 million. “This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild,” the group says. Donate here.

Save the Children: Another organization dedicated to helping children in particular is asking for donations here.

Team Rubicon: Team Rubicon is looking for military veterans and “kickass civilians” such as first responders and medical professionals to join recovery efforts. Volunteers should be prepared to "get dirty, from chainsaw operations to muck-outs," the groups says on its website. Apply to be a volunteer here.

UNICEF USA: The United Nations Children’s Fund has sent staff and humanitarian supplies such as water purification tablets, tents and hygiene kits to Caribbean islands. The program is asking for donations, saying on its website, “Children are literally in the eye of the storm. The Hurricane season has forced the most vulnerable children in the Caribbean into even more danger.”

<![CDATA[Bodega Worker Charged With Murder in Stabbing Death]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:17:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bodega-surveillance.jpg

A bodega worker caught on video stabbing a man to death in a dispute over a free breakfast has been charged with murder, police said. 

Ahmed Hafeed, 22, was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, the NYPD said. 

The 46-year-old victim, whose name hasn't been released, was stabbed after twice visiting A&S Candy Grocery Inc on 145th Street near Lenox Avenue, police said. In the first visit, police say the man asked for free food, then threatened the bodega’s clerks when they told him "no."

Police and the store’s owner said the man returned a short time later, setting off the fatal fight. Bodega manager Ali Naji, who wasn’t there at the time, said that the man stabbed Hafeed in the hand.

Surveillance footage obtained exclusively by News 4 then shows the fight moving outside. The two men struggle, both going to the ground on the edge of the sidewalk as cars and pedestrians pass by.

While they’re on the ground, the footage shows them locked close together. But after a few seconds, the clerk manages to get away from the 46-year-old. Hafeed stumbles into the street, nearly getting hit by a bus. The other man, meanwhile, stands and watches Hafeed for a second before walking slowly down the sidewalk, a knife still in hand.

The bloodied victim made it into a Dunkin Donuts, asking someone to call 911, according to Sanjoy Sarkar, the district manager for the donut chain.

An employee tried to rouse the man, who was losing consciousness.

"He's trying to let him wake up, like 'talk!'" said Sarkar. "Then when he was on the line with 911, they said, 'Don't hang up the phone, try to talk to him.' But he was just leaning down."

EMS responded and transported him to Harlem Hospital, where he died, according to police.

Hafeed was later questioned by police, and a knife was recovered at the scene, police said. It is unclear if the men each had knives, or if the one the 46-year-old was seen carrying was the one that killed him.

<![CDATA[Drone Hits Army Choppers Over NYC: Officials]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/military+robotics+drones+generic+0516.jpg

The FBI is investigating after a drone hit a pair of Army helicopters over Staten Island earlier this week.

Army officials said that two Blackhawk helicopters, with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were damaged after coming in contact with the drone about 500 feet above Midland Beach just after dark on Thursday.

The impact dented one helicopter, cracked a window and damaged its rotor blades. It was enough damage, Army officials said, that the helicopters had to land in nearby Linden, New Jersey.

Steven Cohen, an area drone advocate, said he was skeptical that a drone could cause that much damage, but he said the drone operator did exactly what he advises against.

“We are trained and educated to avoid and literally turn away from manned aircraft,” he said.

Drones are banned in most parts of New York City, and restrictions are even tighter during the UN General Assembly. Flying at 500 feet is also illegal.

It’s not clear if any suspects have been identified in the case. No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[Shores Expected to Be Packed on Hot 1st Fall Weekend]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:47:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/THOMPSON+RECORD+TEMPS+NJ+PKG+-+01001310_WNBC_000000017939299.jpg

With record-high temperatures possible this weekend, swimmers are already flocking to the tri-state's shores, worrying the few remaining lifeguards about a surf that's been battered for weeks by offshore hurricanes. 

A swimming ban is in place for the "hurricane surf" through the weekend at Asbury Park, but head lifeguard Joe Biogiovanni recognizes there are risk-taking people who will venture into the waters anyway.

With most lifeguards gone -- many of them back to college -- and beaches expected to be packed, Biogiovanni says a skeletal staff will be on hand for an emergency. 

In Belmar, another popular Jersey Shore beach, the mayor says if surf conditions allow, they'll have several designated swim areas, and the handful of lifeguards he has left will patrol. 

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<![CDATA[Demonstrators Interrupt Comey's Howard U. Convocation Speech]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:03:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Howard_Disrupters.png

Former FBI Director James Comey took the stage to give the keynote address at Howard University's convocation Friday but was immediately interrupted by a group of demonstrators from the back of the auditorium.

The convocation began at 11 a.m. ET.  As Comey took the podium, a group of people rose, singing "We shall not be moved" and chanted statements like "We are here to reclaim this space" and "No justice, no peace."

Comey stood quietly for much of it, then asked the group to hear him out as well. But the group continued. Another group could later be heard chanting, "Let him speak."

After about 15 minutes, Comey began speaking over the demonstrators, saying he appreciated their enthusiasm but wanted to have a respectful conversation.

"I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful, to try and have healthy conversations," Comey said.

Students at the convocation ceremony said on Twitter that a fact sheet about Comey and the FBI was distributed among students. The flyer says Comey argued racism is not a serious issue within policing, that the FBI under his leadership surveilled Black Lives Matter activists and that he popularized the controversial term "the Ferguson effect."

Comey said Howard is a place where people listen with the expectation of learning from others' viewpoints, unlike most the rest of the world, where people "try to figure out what rebuttal they're going to offer when you're done speaking," Comey said. "Sometimes they will pause briefly before telling you you're an idiot."

The school announced last month that Comey would be giving the speech and taking on a special lecturing position at Howard. It's one of Comey's first public appearances since he was fired from the FBI by President Donald Trump in May, which sparked the appointment of a special counsel to take on the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling.

In his role at Howard, Comey will give five lectures on several topics, officials have said. The topics have not yet been announced. Comey will donate his $100,000 compensation to a scholarship fund that helps Howard students who come from foster homes.

"Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today," Comey said in a statement in August. "I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike."

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<![CDATA['Paint While You Wait' Brings Commuters Together]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/----view+of+platform.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Fall Beachgoers Should Look Out for Dangerous Surf]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:18:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fall_Beachgoers_Should_Look_Out_for_Dangerous_Surf.jpg

Warm weather may convince some tri-staters to head to the beaches. But Brian Thompson reports that they should think twice before getting in the water.

<![CDATA[How New Yorkers Can Help Disaster Victims]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/How_New_Yorkers_Can_Help_Disaster_Victims.jpg

Some of the best ways New Yorkers can help survivors of Hurricane Maria and the Mexican earthquake. Erica Byfield reports.

<![CDATA[FDNY Collects Donations for Maria Victims]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FDNY_Collects_Donations_for_Maria_Victims.jpg

The FDNY has set up 18 donation stations for desperately needed items in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Erica Byfield reports.

<![CDATA[11th Victim Dies After Hollywood Nursing Home Tragedy]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:32:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HollywoodNursingHome.jpg

An eleventh resident of a Hollywood nursing home that had to be evacuated after a power outage has died, the medical examiner's office confirmed Friday.

Alice Thomas, 94, is the latest patient of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills to die after a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Two other patients died earlier this week. "The Hollywood Police Department is treating all deaths from this facility as part of the criminal investigation," the city said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior said the state will "aggressively" enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators. Senior explained to nursing home officials about an emergency rule that will require the facilities to have backup power that can last up to four days.

The latest death comes as officials continue their investigation into what took place inside the facility. The nursing home reported it lost power and air conditioning when the storm struck on Sept. 10, calling an emergency hotline the next day.

After disturbing details of the incident came to light, the Hollywood Hills nursing home is facing legal action.

The Colson Hicks Eidson law firm on Friday filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on behalf of Margarita Navarro, the daugther of Miguel Antonio Franco, 93, who died after of the power outage, and Cecilia Franco, 90, who was hospitalized.

Elderly residents at the nursing home suffered under "extreme heat and deplorable conditions" and nearly a dozen died as a result of the nursing home's "negligence and failure to prepare adequately for Hurricane Irma," the lawsuit alleges.

“Some tragedies are unavoidable, but this tragedy was entirely avoidable,” lawyer Curtis Miner said in a statement. “With this lawsuit, we hope both to cast a light on the egregious treatment suffered by elderly and vulnerable members of our community at the Rehab Center and to prod regulatory changes to prevent this from recurring in the future.”

A criminal investigation continues while the nursing home — which has had its license suspended — has filed a lawsuit to be allowed to reopen, saying it used items like coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep patients comfortable.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement set up a new hotline for anyone with information about the deaths or the nursing home between the dates of Sept. 9 to Sept. 12. The number is 866-452-3461.

<![CDATA[Thieves Steal 9/11 Art From Subway Station]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/9_11_Art_Stolen_from_NYC_Subway_Station.jpg

Every year for more than a decade, artist Keith De Cesare has posted images he created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in and around the new World Trade Center.

And every year, New Yorkers and those attending the annual September 11 anniversary events have gotten to appreciate De Cesare's tributes to the attack's victims, survivors and first responders.

Until this year. 

That's because someone ripped down all 31 images De Cesare and his family posted in the Chambers Street - World Trade Center subway station on the 16th anniversary of the attacks last week, leaving only a shred of one of the prints hanging on the tiled wall of a platform. 

"That's all that's left," he lamented as he pulled at the ripped peice of art. "I was shocked. I was speechless."

De Cesare began creating the works not long after he saw smoke pouring from the twin towers from his West Village apartment's rooftop on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The work he created that afternoon later became known as the "Firefighters Angel," which to this day hangs on the so-called Last Column, the final beam removed from ground zero, at the museum. 

He created many more angel-themed works in the days and weeks that followed and posted them at a viewing platform at ground zero. And later, his works became fixtures inside the Chambers Street station every September.

"I'm experiencing this response from the general public and the family members and even police officers walking by there saying, 'Thank you for this,'" he said.

But at least one person had a different tone when he hung up the works this year. He said a group of 9/11 truthers -- conspiracy theorists who believe the U.S. government was somehow involved or complicit in the attack -- made threats about the artwork. 

It's not clear if the group was behind the thefts, but De Cesari appears to be unbowed by the crime. He has been hanging up other prints every day since the original ones disappeared and taking them down at the end of the day. 

"Please return them," he pleaded. "No questions asked."

Police are investigating the thefts. Anyone with information about the stolen works should call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-577-TIPS.

<![CDATA[FDNY Rescues Trapped Construction Worker From Queens Site]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/qns+construction+worker.JPG

Fallen machinery trapped and critically injured a worker at a Queens construction site Friday afternoon, fire officials say, one day after two workers were killed in separate accidents at other construction sites in New York City. 

A Bobcat machine somehow fell on top of a worker at the construction site on Northern Boulevard and 46th Street in Sunnyside at about 1:45 p.m., pinning him underneath, the FDNY says. 

Firefighters performed a high-angle rescue, which took about a half hour, and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital. 

Officials are investigating how the accident happened. A subway system ventilation plant is being built at the site as part of the MTA NYC Transit Capital Program, according to a sign there. 

The victim is at least the fourth construction worker to have been injured or killed on the job in New York City in two days. On Thursday, 36-year-old Juan Chanillo fell to his death while working on a luxury condo project at 161 Maiden Lane in the Financial District. Hours later, a 45-year-old man died after falling from a bucket lift about 36 feet off the ground in midtown at Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street. A colleague was also injured in the fall. 

Stop-work orders were issued for both sites, and violations could be announced for the construction companies working on the sites.  

The I-Team first reported that nearly 40 construction workers have died on city job sites since 2015. The tragedies were dominating discussion among construction workers across the city Friday.

"It's terrible. You don't wanna hear about anybody dying on the job, especially when they have a family go to back to," said worker Juan Olivares. 

"It's all you can do, look after yourself and people around you," said Tommy More. 

Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peter acknowledged "there's been a disturbing number of construction fatalities in the last several years." He says he's formed a construction fraud task force looking for fake credentials at job sites, and is pushing for heavy fines and even criminal charges for violators. 

"The fines are not sufficient, and we are taking the next step and beginning to hold people criminally accountable," he said. 

The City Council is also poised to pass a new bill requiring 40 hours of safety training for construction workers -- four times what OSHA now requires -- and providing $5 million in taxpayer money to pay for it. 

"People are just falling. They're human beings and just falling," city councilman Jumaane Williams said Friday. "We cannot do nothing. And we want." 

Critics of the bill say it would only help unions, and could cost some workers their jobs. 

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<![CDATA[FDNY Collecting Donations for Maria Relief]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:45:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BYFIELD+DOUBLE+DISASTERS+LOCAL+RELIEF+EFFORTS+PKG+430PM+-+00003.jpg

Eighteen FDNY firehouses and EMS stations across New York City will be collecting critically needed donations for Hurricane Maria relief. 

Disapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products are especially needed. The items will be delivered to families directly affected by the storm, Mayor de Blasio says. 

These are the only donations that are being accepted at the collection stations. All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies won't be accepted, and wet wipes will not be accepted. 

Donations will be accepted at the following firehouses from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m.: 


  • Engine 91: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
  • Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
  • Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)


  • EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
  • EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
  • Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
  • Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)


  • Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
  • Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
  • Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)


  • Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
  • Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
  • Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick) 

Staten Island

  • Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
  • Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
  • Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

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<![CDATA['Family Matters' House Set to Be Demolished]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:31:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/urkel_family_matters_house_-_00003524_29011830_960.jpg

Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 3, Shoots Uncle Inside SUV With Officer's Gun]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Center+City+shooting+2.jpg

A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his uncle in the shoulder just before noon Friday as they sat in an SUV in Center City, police said.

The boy found the handgun hidden under the passenger seat after police say another uncle, who is a Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer, put it there. 

The shooting at 16th and Arch streets occurred as downtown streets began to fill with lunchtime crowds. The little boy, police said, was sitting in the back seat of a sports utility vehicle parked at the corner while the man shot was sitting in the driver's seat.

Numerous police cruisers swarmed the intersection near The Phoenix apartment building, which houses the Tir Na Nog restaurant, across 16th Street from Love Park.

The boy somehow unbuckled himself from the child seat and found the gun. The uncle hid it because he had to run into City Hall for an errand, but did not have his badge with him, police said.

The child shot it once and struck his uncle, who is believed to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The gun used in the shooting is not believed to be his service weapon.

The uninjured uncle is being questioned by police. They expect to file charges in the shooting.

Photo Credit: Drew Smith/NBC10
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<![CDATA[Cops: Intruder in Girl's Room Had Brass Knuckles, Child Porn]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Eric+Kusheba+Fairfield+mug+shot.jpg

Police have arrested a man who is accused of breaking into a Fairfield, Connecticut, home Friday morning, wearing only a bathrobe and T-shirt, and going into a teenage girl’s bedroom. Police said they later found child pornography on his phone.

Police responded to a home on Tunxis Hill Road after a resident called 911 and said an intruder was in their home and her family had him trapped in the kitchen.

Officers responded and said they found 36-year-old Eric Kusheba, dressed only in a bathrobe and a T-shirt. 

They said the man who lives in the neighborhood and makes his living as a landscaper is accused of cutting a window screen, breaking into the home, going into the bedroom of a sleeping girl and watching her sleep, police said.

Kusheba had no pants or underwear on, police said, and when officers searched him, they found a set of brass knuckles in the pocket of his robe.

Police said they searched Kusheba’s smartphone at police headquarters and found images containing child pornography.

"We found photographs of naked, what appears to be underage girls on his phone," Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. "We are determining whether or not they were gathered from the Internet or new victims." 

Kusheba has been charged with home invasion, carrying a dangerous weapon, voyeurism, second-degree stalking, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of child pornography.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond and is due back in court on Oct. 3.

Police are investigating and ask anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau (203)254-4840.

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<![CDATA[A New Jersey Bagel Shop Has Created a Fireball Whiskey Bagel]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:05:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/162*120/21568536_1995639760648095_5392074416400105472_n.jpg

A New Jersey bagel shop has introduced a breakfast item you never knew you wanted.

The Fireball bagel is the latest in a series of viral creations served up by The Bagel Nook in Freehold.

(You know, just in case you ever wake up in the morning thinking you didn’t have quite enough of the cinnamon whiskey drink the night before…)

Fireball is poured directly into the dough before baking the bagel. So no, it will not give you a buzz, but you do need to be over 21 years old to order it.

The bagel is then dipped in a Fireball glaze and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It comes served with apple pie cream cheese.

With cream cheese, the bagel will run you about $5.

This isn’t the first wild recipe from the now-internet famous shop. There’s a good chance you’ve seen one of their Instagram-worthy sandwiches, such as the Oreo Overload, on your feed.

Can’t make it to New Jersey to get your hands on one? The Bagel Nook ships nationwide, according to the eatery's website.

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<![CDATA[Train vs. 'Trespasser' Paralyzes NJT Service on 2 Lines]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:40:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/njtransit+platforms+suspension.jpg

A train struck a "trespasser" near Newark Broad Street early Friday, shutting down most New Jersey Transit service on the Morris & Essex and Montclair Boonton lines for an hour and leaving thousands of people at a loss for how to get to the city as the peak morning commute got underway.  

NJ Transit tweeted at 7:51 a.m. that service on the M&E and MOBO lines had resumed; that message came less than 10 minutes after the agency announced a complete suspension of service on those lines to and from New York Penn Station and Hoboken. Delays of up to 90 minutes were expected.

The agency said the "trespasser" was hit just east of the station around 6:30 a.m.; the person's condition wasn't immediately clear. Initially there were only partial service suspensions on the affected lines. 

NJT rail passes are being cross-honored by NJT bus and DeCamp Bus and Lakeland Bus. NJ Transit warned of heavy bus congestion too, though, as vehicles tried to accommodate the hundreds of extra commuters who normally take trains.

Get real-time commute updates below. 

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