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NYC Police Battle Crowd Drawn by Streamer's Giveaway

Twitch personality's promise of free gaming consoles, PlayStations attracts thousands to Union Square

(Newser) - Thousands of people filled Manhattan's Union Square on Friday afternoon for an internet personality's hyped giveaway that got out of hand, with some in the crowd clambering on vehicles, hurling chairs, and throwing punches, leaving police struggling to rein in the chaos. Aerial TV news footage showed a...

Scary NYC Morning: 'This Could Have Been Much Worse'

Only minor injuries reported after crane's arm plummets to the street in Manhattan

(Newser) - A towering construction crane caught fire high above the west side of Manhattan on Wednesday morning, then lost its long arm , which smashed against a nearby building, dangled, and then plummeted to the street as people ran for their lives on the sidewalk below, the AP reports. Four people suffered...

New Tenant in Basquiat's Old Home: Angelina

Actress leases Manhattan residence for her fashion collective

(Newser) - The address of 57 Great Jones Street is well-known in New York City for good reason: Andy Warhol bought the former carriage house in 1970 before leasing it to art world protege Jean-Michel Basquiat, per Hyperallergic . Basquiat not only lived and worked there for about five years, but he died...

Central Park Five Member Wins NYC Primary

'Started from the bottom, now we here,' says Yusef Salaam, apparent winner of council seat

(Newser) - Wrongly convicted of rape as a teenager, Yusef Salaam served almost seven years in prison before he was freed in 2002. Since then, he's become a poet, author, activist—and now, apparently, a New York City councilor. Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five, appeared Tuesday to have...

Dog Walk in Central Park Ends With Dog Fatally Stabbed

2 sets of dog walkers got into an argument

(Newser) - A New York couple's dog walk through Central Park ended with one of their dogs fatally stabbed after an altercation with another dog walker who then fled. The couple was walking a pit bull and a miniature pinscher, both leashed, when three unleashed dogs started attacking their pups, biting...

NYC Hospital 'Karen' Put on Leave After Weird Bike Incident

White woman appears to try to push Black man off Citi Bike he says he rented

(Newser) - A Bellevue Hospital employee is on leave after an odd bike incident was captured on video. The woman, wearing NYC Health + Hospitals scrubs, is shown trying to grab a Citi Bike from a Black man while crying out for help, the New York Post reports. The man tells her...

Collapsed NYC Parking Garage Was Old, Overloaded, Due for Inspection

1 killed, 5 injured in collapse

(Newser) - The parking garage that collapsed Tuesday in Manhattan, killing one and injuring at least five more, was old, overloaded, and due for an inspection, officials say. The age of the building and the number of vehicles parked on the roof deck (possibly as many as 50) were named as contributing...

Thieves on Mopeds Yank Headphones Off Victims

Team of four pulls up from behind, New York City police say

(Newser) - At least 21 people in New York City have had their fancy Apple headphones stolen right off their heads by a roving team of moped-riding bandits, police say. The thefts started on Jan. 28 and typically have involved four people on two mopeds riding up to victims from behind, snatching...

College Puts 'Stake in the Ground' on Abortion Access

Private women's college Barnard will offer abortion pills to students beginning Sept. 2023

(Newser) - Barnard College says it will begin offering abortion pills to its students beginning in September 2023. The private women's college in Manhattan, which operates in partnership with Columbia University, made the announcement Thursday, saying it was preparing in case roadblocks were erected to abortion access in New York. "...

50 Feet Up NYT Building, Guy Puts Knife to Own Neck

Darrow Erikksan, recently arrested for assault on a police officer, faces new charges

(Newser) - A man described as emotionally disturbed climbed 50 feet up the 721-foot New York Times building Tuesday night before holding a knife to his neck. A group of onlookers gathered around 7:30pm to watch as Port Authority police officers and firefighters worked to get Darrow Erikksan safely off the...

R. Kelly's Manager Convicted of Phoning in Threat to Theater

Donnell Russell was accused of attempting to protect singer with unusual strategy

(Newser) - Update: Donnell Russell, the manager of convicted singer R. Kelly, was found guilty Friday of making a threat by phone to prevent the showing of a film about his client. A jury convicted Russell of threatening physical harm through interstate communication, the AP reports. He was cleared on a conspiracy...

In Manhattan, an Eye-Popping First on Rent

Average monthly cost in the NYC borough is more than $5K

(Newser) - It's no secret that living in New York City isn't cheap, but the borough of Manhattan just logged an eye-popping first. WABC reports that the average monthly rent there exceeded $5,000 last month, a record-breaking figure that's up almost 30% compared to 2021. Looking for a...

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Killed Young Mom Pushing Stroller

NYPD says Isaac Argro is also father of baby who was in stroller when Azsia Johnson, 20, was shot

(Newser) - Update: Police have a suspect in custody after a 20-year-old mother pushing a stroller near a New York City playground was fatally shot at point-blank range. Per NBC News , 22-year-old Isaac Argro has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon following the Wednesday killing of the woman,...

NYPD: This Couple Tried to Make Off With a Basquiat

But police say they left gallery without the painting

(Newser) - It was an audacious and nearly successful move: Police on Wednesday said a man and woman entered a Manhattan gallery on May 14, took a $45,000 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the wall, and began to walk out. They were stopped before making it out of Taglialatella Galleries, however....

NYC Mayor: Official Residence Is Haunted

Eric Adams says he sees things moving 'all the time'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams is afraid of ghosts. Questioned Tuesday about why he doesn't live in the mayor's official residence—the 223-year-old Gracie Mansion—Adams denied that the place was too cool for him. "I don't care what anyone says, there are ghosts in...

World's Skinniest Skyscraper Now Towers Over Manhattan

The Steinway Tower is completed, stands at 1,427 feet

(Newser) - Construction is now complete on New York City's Steinway Tower, which might be a ho-hum update save for one detail: It's the skinniest skyscraper in the world, with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. (The next closest looks to have a ratio of 20:1 .) The tower...

Accused of Punching Women, He Now Faces Hate Crime Charges

Steven Zajonc, 28, was arrested last month in NYC for apparently unprovoked attacks

(Newser) - A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York City over three hours. Steven Zajonc, 28, who was arrested last month, is charged with six felony counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and seven counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor...

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror Admits 'Mistake' in Screening
Judge Rejects New Trial
for Ghislaine Maxwell

Judge Rejects New Trial for Ghislaine Maxwell

Defense argued the guilty verdict was tainted by the presence of a juror who had been abused

(Newser) - Update: Ghislaine Maxwell's bid for a new trial was rejected Friday, when a federal judge ruled that a juror she argued tainted the conviction was not biased. The juror said he hurried through a questionnaire, giving the wrong answer on whether he had ever been sexually abused. "Even...

16-Year-Old Sentenced in Slaying of Tessa Majors

Rashaun Weaver tells court he wishes he could 'go back in time'

(Newser) - Update: Another teenager has been sentenced to prison in the slaying of Tessa Majors, a college student stabbed in a New York City park in 2019. Rashaun Weaver, 16, received 14 years to life Wednesday, after pleading guilty last month to murder, the AP reports. He read a statement in...

At the 'Pinnacle of Luxury,' a Lawsuit and a Response

CIM Group responds to $125M lawsuit over 432 Park Avenue

(Newser) - Complaints from wealthy residents of the 432 Park Avenue luxury condominium tower on Manhattan's Billionaires' Row have been "vastly exaggerated," a developer says in response to a $125 million lawsuit from the building's condo board. The suit, filed in September , painted the megatower erected in 2015,...

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