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    THOUSANDS of New Yorkers have been urged to shelter in place after a tornado warning was issued. Millions have also been warned about potential flash floods across the state. 1A tornado warning has been issued for New YorkersCredit: NWS The tornado warning was issued to residents in Brooklyn and Queens. Meteorologists have urged locals to shelter in place in a basement or the lowest floor of their home. New Yorkers have also been urged to protect themselves from flying debris. Forecasters warned overnight that thunderstorms have been moving across the state. Heavy downpours to the north and west of New York City could produce floods. Most read in The US SunRESULTS PENDING Unusual way teen's body found may be causing autopsy delays, expert saysPLUNGE RIDDLE Seventh Putin crony dies in months after 'mystery plunge from boat’DON'T LIKE IT Kourtney mocked for making embarrassing live TV blunder in Today interviewJUST A PEEK Kourtney posts then deletes raunchy TikTok after NSFW wardrobe malfunction
    A Queens man, 26, who allegedly slashed a 19-year-old woman in New York City's Lower East Side and beat another in a Brooklyn hotel, before raping a woman in Baltimore, was finally held without bail in Maryland - despite being arrested and released five times in the Big Apple during his 11-day crime spree. Subhan Zaib, 26, reportedly began his spree of crimes, which were mostly against women,  on May 30 when he threatened his ex-girlfriend in Queens and ended with a brutal rape in Baltimore on June 14. They included allegedly knifing a 19-year-old woman inside the Delancey Street/Essex Street station in the Lower East Side on June 10.  Zaib first started his reign of terror on May 30 between 3am and 4am, his ex-girlfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, told the New York Daily News (NYDN). He reportedly called her, only to reach her father, and threatened to kill her and her family if she did not give back the $500 he said he owed her.  'I’m coming over to get the money and if you don’t give it to me, I’m...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating several antisemitic incidents over the weekend. Police say they are looking for several suspects. READ MORE: Police: Christina Yuna Lee, 35, Stabbed To Death After Being Followed Home In ChinatownAs CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reports, two of them were last seen at a gas station at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway in Flatbush. The NYPD released surveillance video of one of the attacks that occurred just after 11:30 p.m. Friday on Avenue L near East 32nd Street. It shows one of the suspects menacing a 22-year-old Jewish man, before police said the suspect slapped him in the face, knocking off his yarmulke. The suspect then runs back into a gray minivan. “They were laughing the whole time,” said Bob Moskowitz, coordinator for the Flatbush Shomrim. Moskowitz said about 15 minutes after the attack, the suspects pulled into the gas station, where they also targeted a 14-year-old boy. READ MORE: NYC Handing Out COVID Test Kits At Museums And Libraries“Started talking to him and threatening him, you know with a...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Starting Monday New York City residents can pick up free at-home COVID test kits from the Test and Trace Corps.Several cultural sites and libraries around the five boroughs will have members from the organization handing out test kits all next week.There will be 27 branches of the New York, Queens and Brooklyn public libraries participating including the Brooklyn Museum.And 17 cultural centers like the Queens Botanical Gardens will also have kits ready for distribution.The tests are available on a first-come first-served basis and limited to one per person.You can find a list of sites at the NYC Health and Hospitals website.ALSO READ | Construction begins on NY's 1st offshore wind project off Long Island coastEMBED More News Videos Kristin Thorne has more on the offshore wind project from Wainscott. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Submit a News Tip
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Interboro Expressway is one step closer to becoming a reality. It’s not a road, but a new mass transit, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported Thursday. Connecting Queens and Brooklyn through a new commuter rail line is a decades-old idea that’s finally gaining traction. “If you can shave 30 or 40 minutes off someone’s commute every single day, that is a gift,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. READ MORE: Gov. Hochul Says Proposed Brooklyn-Queens Rail Service Would Connect Nearly 1 Million Residents To More Subway Lines, LIRR Hochul was in Brooklyn to announce the completion of a feasibility study, setting the stage for community involvement in the project. She also presented renderings of what the 14-mile converted freight line would look like. It’s all in an effort to cut down on those long bus rides. “Seventy minutes. Who wants to have a 70-minute bus ride. I have been on every pothole between these two boroughs. It is not a fun experience when you’re on a bus ride,” Hochul said. In Middle Village, Queens, that new line would give people...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major change is happening Tuesday for public libraries across New York City — no more late fees. The Brooklyn, New York and Queens public library systems are making the change, which takes effect for all five boroughs. Combined, it’s the largest library system in the country to eliminate fines. It’s also good news for readers who have outstanding fines. Under the new policy, all prior late fees will be cleared from users’ accounts.
    After Hurricane Ida ravaged Louisiana and made its way north, meteorologists downgraded it to a "tropical storm." But when the remnants of Ida pounded the Northeastern Corridor on Wednesday, September 1, they inflicted considerable damage — from tornados in New Jersey to major flooding in New York City and Philadelphia. And the widespread damage that Ida caused serves as yet another reminder of the brutal reality of climate change. The damage from Ida in the Northeastern U.S. isn't as severe as what Louisiana residents have suffered. Some Louisiana residents may be without electricity for weeks, whereas most residents of NYC and Philly still had electricity on September 2. Nonetheless, at least 18 people in the Northeastern U.S. were killed by the remnants of Ida, according to the Daily Beast — including nine in New York City. Tornado warnings were posted in the Philly suburbs on September 1; the New York City subway was so badly flooded that it had to be shut down; and major streets in Queens and Brooklyn looked like rivers. In Center City Philadelphia, the Art Museum...
    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- At least 16 people were shot in an hour and a half in Brooklyn and Queens Sunday night into Monday morning, including at least four people outside a city-run Bedford Stuyvesant apartment complex.The four, between the ages of 16 and 20, were shot outside the Roosevelt Houses on Dekalb Avenue at around 12:26 a.m. Monday.The victims were standing as part of a large crowd when multiple shots were fired.A man was shot in the head and taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. A woman was grazed in the face and also taken to Kings County Hospital. A man was shot in the shoulder and taken to Woodhull Hospital, and a woman was shot in the leg and taken to Brookdale University Hospital.Three others arrived at area hospitals and may have also been struck in the same incident. Two showed up at Kings County Hospital and one at Woodhull.Four minutes later, a 16-year-old driving a Mercedes Benz 450 was shot in the head, and two other teens in the SUV also struck, at Atlantic and...
    Nasdaqs plan to boost diversity on corporate boards gets SEC approval Bidens tan suit reminds social media of Obamas famous 2014 fashion choice © Provided by AMNY In an effort to eliminate West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes, the Health Department will be spraying parts of Brooklyn and Queens next week with pesticides. Trucks will be spraying areas in Brooklyn and Queens on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and in additional areas in Queens on Thursday, Aug. 12 between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning each day, weather permitting. In the case of bad weather or equipment malfunctions, spraying will be delayed until Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Monday, Aug. 16, respectively. On Aug. 10, trucks will be going to areas bordered by Washington Avenue, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, McGuinness Boulevard, and Greenpoint Avenue to the West; Newtown Creek, Scott Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Irving Avenue, Cooper Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Vermont Place, Highland Boulevard, Highland Place, and Ridgewood Avenue to the North; Nichols Avenue and Sheridan Avenue to the East; and, Sutter Avenue, Howard Avenue, Fulton Street, Stuyvesant Avenue, and Lafayette Avenue to the South.  [1]...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – We now know who will be performing at the concerts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens as part of New York’s “Homecoming Week.” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the concerts taking place in the boroughs will be hip hop focused. READ MORE: Cuomo: MTA, Port Authority Workers Must Be Vaccinated By Labor Day Or Face Testing The lineups are nothing short of legendary. (credit: NYC Mayor’s Office) August 16 — Orchard Beach in the Bronx – KRS-One, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Busy Bee, CL Smooth, DJ Hollywood, DJ Jazzy Joyce, DJ Kevie Kev, Fantastic Five, Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, Grand Wizard Theodore, Joeski Love, Kid Capri, Nice & Smooth, PopMaster Fabel, Soul Sonic Force, T La Rock, Ultra Magnetic MC’s (credit: NYC Mayor’s Office) August 17 — Richmond County Bank Park on Staten Island – Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Crystal Waters, DJ Chuck Chillout, EPMD, Force MDs, Hakim Green, HeeSun Lee, Kool Keith, Lizzy Ashleigh, Pharoahe Monch, Rikki, Rob Base (credit: NYC Mayor’s Office) August 19 — Brooklyn...
    A truck overturned on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Monday morning, spilling vegetables all over the roadway. NBC New York A truck overturned on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Monday morning, spilling a load of vegetables all over.  Aerial footage showed the roadway near Exit 30 littered with a massive pile of vegetables after the crash. There were no immediate reports of injuries.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. What a spicy way to start a Monday. A portion of New York City's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was littered with a massive mess of vegetables — apparently, hundreds of bell peppers — Monday morning after a delivery truck overturned and spilled the haul of healthy foods all over the roadway.  The truck was traveling in the eastbound lanes of the BQE when the vehicle somehow flipped onto its side at around 7:15 a.m. near Exit 30 to Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, an NYPD spokesperson said.  There were no immediate reports of injuries.  Aerial footage taken by NBC New York showed what appeared to be yellow and orange bell peppers and dozens of cardboard...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to find a vehicle in connection to a hit-and-run in Brooklyn that left a pedestrian injured. It happened around 5:45 p.m. on May 30 in East New York. READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 2 Individuals Wanted After Allegedly Stealing Womans Necklace In Queens Police are trying to find a vehicle in connection to a hit-and-run in Brooklyn that left a pedestrian injured on May 30, 2021. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers) According to police, a 65-year-old man was crossing the street at Sheffield Avenue and Sutter Avenue when he was struck by a white ambulette van traveling eastbound on Sutter Avenue. The driver did not stop. READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Man Critically Hurt In Queens Hit-And-Run; Police Say Driver Ran Red Light Police say the pedestrian suffered a broken hip. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Surveillance video of the vehicle has been released. MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Delta Variant Spreading In NYC; City Officials Urge Residents To Get Vaccinated: We Need To Take This Seriously Anyone who has information regarding this...
    With Broadway lighting up its marquees and concert venues opening their doors, the latest sign of recovery is that the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will once again welcome bike riders and spectators along its route in western Brooklyn, as well as the other four boroughs, on its new date of Sunday, Aug. 22. “Preparations are underway for the 43rd edition of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York, the non-profit organization that organizes and promotes the yearly bike tour. In the past, the Brooklyn route has begun at the Pulaski Bridge, where cyclists ride south from Queens; proceeds on local streets in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and the Navy Yard area; goes into Downtown Brooklyn, the Cadman Plaza area and the Brooklyn Bridge Park area. The route finally enters and proceeds down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and onto the Verrazzano Bridge, on which cyclists proceed to Staten Island.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A group of men have been smashing their way into businesses across Brooklyn and Queens, stealing cash, pills and an ATM, police say. The suspects allegedly broke into seven businesses — hitting one store twice — between March 15 and April 13. READ MORE: Man Wanted For Trying To Burn Down Turtle Clan Smokes In Mastic (Credit: NYPD) Police said they shattered doors and windows using a crow bar in one incident, then a piece of lumber and rocks in others. READ MORE: Police: Man Steals Packages Full Of Skateboarding Gear From Lobby Of Queens Building The suspects made off with more than $67,000 worth of prescription pills, an ATM containing $5,000 and $2,000 in cash. MORE NEWS: 8 People Killed In Mass Shooting At FedEx Facility In Indianapolis Police said they were seen leaving in a white sedan after the latest incident on April 13 in Astoria. Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a...
    Robert John Sabet, the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens, has been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud by paying kickbacks and bribes in connection with the provision of health care services, and unlawfully spending the proceeds of his fraud, as was set forth in an indictment unsealed on Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court. Sabet was arraigned Wednesday afternoon via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr.  According to the indictment, since September 2016, Sabet allegedly conspired to bill Medicare and Medicaid for expensive prescription drugs that were not eligible for reimbursement because they were not needed or not dispensed. 
    New York : With just over four months to go until the June primary elections, the electoral contest in the New York City is still in full swing and this Wednesday seven candidates for the city ​​Council they got the backing of the coalition Road to Justice NYC, including several candidates to represent districts with a high Hispanic population in The Bronx, Booklyn and Queens. The coalition Road to Justice NYC, made up of the organizations Make the Road in Action, 1199SEIU Y Community Voices Heard Power, said in a statement that it supports these candidates “because they will promote racial and economic justice in the November elections, on key issues, including the urgently needed economic recovery for the communities most affected by COVID-19, divestment of the Police, investment in communities and the fight for the rights of immigrants ”. Candidates receiving support are Marjorie Velázquez for Bronx District 13, Lincoln Restler at 33 Brooklyn, Sandy Nurse at 37 Brooklyn, and which are jointly endorsed by Ischia Bravo and Elisa Crespo for District 15 in the Bronx. This is...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two more COVID vaccination mega sites open Wednesday in Brooklyn and Queens. They’re dedicated to increasing vaccination rates among residents of those boroughs. Between both sites, 42,000 New Yorkers can get vaccinated each week. The federally-backed sites will open their doors to qualified residents living in underserved, minority communities. “Blacks died at twice the rate of whites. Hispanics died at one and a half times the rate of whites. How shameful,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week. “We have to be equitable in the administration of vaccines. We have to correct the injustice we just saw perpetrated by COVID.” RELATED: Appointments For FEMA Vaccination Sites In Brooklyn, Queens Open Saturday Morning Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and York College in Jamaica, Queens can administer up to 3,000 shots day, making them two of the largest vaccination centers in the state. “So far, 6.1% vaccine rate. So I speak directly to my congregation and to all congregants when I say, ‘trust that vaccine,'” said Rev. Dr. Adolphus Lacey, of Bethany Baptist Church. Both state-FEMA sites...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York state's largest COVID vaccination site opens this morning - and it is not located at Yankee Stadium or the Javits Center, but on the campus of Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.The mega-site is a joint partnership of New York state and FEMA.It is opening Wednesday along with another NY-FEMA mega-site at York College in Jamaica, Queens.Both sites have the capacity to vaccinate 3000 people a day, with all of those shots coming directly from the federal government.RELATED: Where can you get a COVID-19 vaccine? Tracking availability and progressEMBED More News Videos Lauren Glassberg has the latest on the vaccination sites in NYC and who is next in line for the shot. The doses are coming above and beyond the state's normal allotment, in an attempt to flood with vaccine those communities most heavily impacted by COVID-19.For the first week of operation, appointments will be exclusively for residents of the sites' surrounding neighborhoods."What we're saying as a state is we have to be equitable in the administration of the vaccine," said Governor Andrew...
    New York : NEW YORK.– The New York State Department of Health (DOH) reminded New Yorkers that beginning Wednesday, February 24, new vaccination centers run by DOH and the Federation Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA) in Brooklyn and Queens counties Eligible New Yorkers can make appointments for vaccination centers in Brooklyn Y Queens via the New York ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833) -697-4829) The Queens and Brooklyn centers will operate between 8 am and 8 pm daily, each having the capacity to administer 3,000 daily doses. Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers will open on March 3 – Eligible New Yorkers can begin making appointments starting Wednesday, February 24 at 8 a.m. These sites have the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day. The governor’s office reported in a statement that, since the beginning of the vaccine distribution process, another worrying trend has emerged: hesitancy or fear of the vaccine, especially in the black community. With a large number of essential workers coming from minority communities, these New Yorkers face an increased risk of contracting the...
    New York City rents and home prices both dropped at their fastest annual pace on record in January, signaling that the city’s real estate market is still declining sharply, according to the January 2021 StreetEasy Market Reports. Asking Rents Haven’t Been This Low in Years Rents in all boroughs analyzed fell at the fastest year-over-year pace on record, dropping 15.5% in Manhattan and 8.6% in both Brooklyn and Queens. The median asking rent in Manhattan was $2,750 — the lowest it’s been since March 2010. In Brooklyn, the median asking rent in January was $2,395, and in Queens, it was $2,000.
    New York : The New York authorities seek to ‘change the face’ of the vaccination process against COVID-19, after reports that denounced that a large majority of immunized people were being white, while minority communities are the most affected by the pandemic. And in a move to combat that inequality, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the opening of two ‘mega-sites’ for vaccination in Brooklyn and Queens. The centers will be opened in coordination with the Biden Administration and there it is expected to immunize at least 3,000 people a day at each site, focusing on communities that until now have had less access to drugs, and for which an additional supply will be available. dose by the federal government. The ‘Medgar Evers College’ in Crown Heights, in Brooklyn and the ‘York College’ in Jamaica, in Queens, will operate for eight weeks and, as with the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, will be focused on serving the communities where they are located, said the Governor. “COVID created a low tide in the country, and all the ugliness, structural racism, injustice...
    New York : There was a lot of expectation for this amount Photo: Kevork Djansezian / . One lucky person in Michigan took home the historic Mega Millions jackpot last night; and at least two winning $ 1 million tickets were sold in NYC. Around 1 am this morning, the list of lottery winners was announced. The jackpot was sold is estimated at $ 1 billion dollars, equivalent to $ 739.6 million as a lump sum, before taxes. The winning numbers were 4-26-42-50-60 with a Mega Ball number of 24. That winning ticket was sold at a Kroger store located in Novi, a suburb north of detroitconfirmed the state lottery portal. The identity of the winner has not been disclosed. But under Michigan lottery rules, you must show up to claim your winnings, he said. ABC News. The winner will have two options to collect the historical prize, recalled the lottery in a statement: “The first is a growing annuity that offers a down payment, then annual payments for 29 years. The player can also...
    The Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday announced that all 69 schools and academies will remain open and continue to provide in-person learning, in spite of the decision made to close New York City public schools indefinitely starting Thursday. “I am frustrated that the Mayor’s announcement was made as Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens were dismissing our students,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Thomas Chadzutko. “I want to make it clear to parents, teachers, staff, and students that the Mayor’s announcement only pertains to New York City public schools, and our schools will be open tomorrow. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school community remains safe for everyone, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance with all health and safety protocols,” he added.
    The Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday announced that all 69 schools and academies will remain open and continue to provide in-person learning, in spite of the decision made to close New York City public schools indefinitely starting Thursday. “I am frustrated that the Mayor’s announcement was made as Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens were dismissing our students,” said Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Thomas Chadzutko. “I want to make it clear to parents, teachers, staff, and students that the Mayor’s announcement only pertains to New York City public schools, and our schools will be open tomorrow. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school community remains safe for everyone, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance with all health and safety protocols,” he added.
    Governor Cuomo is easing lockdown restrictions in some of the Brooklyn and Queens COVID-19 'clusters' that are driving New York's infection rate up but keeping many closed in an effort to clamp down on the surge. In Brooklyn, every neighborhood south of Prospect Park is in at least one phase of lockdown.  Most can now enter the 'yellow zone' which allows for religious gatherings at a capacity of 50 percent, resume indoor and outdoor dining following state rules and businesses are allowed to reopen.  There are no more 'orange zones' but central south Brooklyn - including Borough Park, Mapleton, and Midwood - remain 'red' which means non-essential businesses there are closed, schools are remote only and religious gathering can happen but only at 25 percent of a worship hall's capacity or less.  In north Queens, some places have entered 'yellow zones' too.  To check a zip code for which zone it is in, click here.   The neighborhoods where non-essential businesses and schools are now closed are predominantly home to Orthodox Jewish communities who have complained for weeks that they are...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The number of coronavirus cases in Brooklyn and Queens’ hotspots is beginning to “level off,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, just four days after the state implemented shutdown measures.  “We are seeing some results,” de Blasio told reporters. “We’ve certainly got a lot of work ahead but we are seeing some leveling off, beginning in the communities that have been most affected.” On Sunday, Governor Cuomo said that the coronavirus positivity rate in red zones, where the spread of the virus is most concerning, is now at 3.7% while the statewide positivity rate excluding red zones is at 1.05%. On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio said that there was still time to squash the virus and prevent a second wave if New Yorkers all did their part, wore face coverings, stayed six feet apart from others and got tested.  “This is a decisive week in our battle against the coronavirus…This is the week where we can start to turn those...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In separate cases, two federal judges upheld Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order imposing new capacity restrictions on houses of worship within new COVID-19 clusters in Brooklyn and Queens, and other parts of the state. Eastern District of New York Judge Eric Komitee denied the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking Cuomo’s order to limit capacity at houses of worship to just 25% of the maximum, or no more than 10, in “red zones” where COVID-19 cases have grown significantly in recent weeks. That ruling mirrored a decision issued by Eastern District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto against a group led by Agudath Israel of America, which also sought to stop the new capacity restrictions. Agudath Israel represents a number of Orthodox Jewish synagogues and yeshivas located in the cluster areas. The diocese indicated that it would appeal the decision, while Agudath Israel’s leadership hinted that it would reassess its case after the high holy days. Both Agudath...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Early voting sites in Brooklyn and Queens will open on Oct. 24, as scheduled, even if those sites are currently closed as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Cluster Action Initiative,” officials from the state Board of Elections confirmed.  In response to upticks in the virus in the two boroughs, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a plan to stop the spread of the virus by shutting down schools, non-essential businesses. The shutdown would begin on Wednesday if approved by the state. On Monday, Cuomo issued his own version of a shutdown plan which allowed for businesses to remain open but closed schools adding that the state would release new geographical criteria.  On Tuesday, the governor announced that new restrictions would be placed in cluster areas in Brooklyn, Queens and some city suburbs which the state broke up into three color-coded layers. Red zones are the clusters themselves, orange zones are “warning zones” while  yellow zones are “precautionary zones.” Although the governor’s...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City One man is dead and six others are wounded in overnight gunfire in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens in various circumstances, police officials said. In the fatal shooting, police from the 73rd Precinct say four people were shot at 10:41 p.m. in what is being described as a make-shift out-door gambling hall in the rear of 181 Hegeman Avenue, a two-story storefront workshop, near Osborne Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Police found victims in various parts of the rear yard, spent shells scattered throughout the area. Police found an unidentified man with a gunshot wound to the chest, a second 44-year-old shot in the arm, a third victim, 32, with a wound to the shoulder and a 31-year-old with a wound to the leg. The first two victims were rushed by EMS to Brookdale Hospital, where the unidentified man was pronounced dead on arrival. The other two were reported in stable condition at Kings County Hospital. Four men were shot at 181 Hegeman...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Restrictions on non-essential businesses, schools, houses of worship and gatherings in all COVID cluster zones in Brooklyn and Queens will start tomorrow, Oct. 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. In response to increasing coronavirus cases, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a series of restrictions in some Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods, as well as in some city suburbs. Each cluster zone is has a mile-long radius, the governor said, and have been broken down into three color-coded levels based on infection rates with restrictions varying by level.  Here are the maps of the two Queens clusters along with the guidance: pic.twitter.com/DP3sUBL8fs — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 6, 2020 Red– These are areas where the number of residents testing positive for the virus has been above 3% for the last seven days with the boundary depending on density of cases. All public and private schools are temporarily closed in in red zones and all non-essential businesses will be closed beginning Thursday morning. Mass...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City About 100 people marched from Bushwick to Maspeth to call for the abolition of police unions and to protest QAnon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, only for the demonstration to abruptly end when some protesters yanked off U.S. flags from private homes and set them on fire. The march was scheduled to take off from the Jefferson L train station, but protesters soon realized the stop was being skipped with no notice, while police barricaded the exits and entrances around the time the demonstration was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Neither the NYPD nor the MTA have responded to QNS’ request for comment by press time. Photo by Dean Moses Photo by Dean Moses Protesters gathered at the same stop by walking from the nearest stop. While they waited to begin, two mask-less police officers were seen approaching a pickup truck with the group, telling the driver to get off the vehicle. Photo by Dean Moses When the passenger asked why,...
    Tennessee Latin country rock band bar beating: Musician says he and a friend were beaten for speaking Spanish People are shopping for groceries less often but buying more items, Tesco said, as it reported rising pre-tax profits of $709 million Cuomo Announces Zoned Shutdown of Restaurants in Parts of Brooklyn and Queens Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a day after rebuffing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to shut down non-essential businesses like restaurants in parts of Brooklyn and Queens with spiking COVID-19 infections, introduced a plan to shut down non-essential businesses like restaurants in parts of Brooklyn and Queens with spiking COVID-19 infections. © Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Gov. Cuomo announced new restrictions for restaurants in parts of Brooklyn and Queens In this new zoned shutdown effort, restaurants in parts of Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Kensington, Sheepshead Bay, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Far Rockaway will be restricted to takeout-only, according to maps released by Cuomo on Tuesday evening. Those neighborhoods are part of what the state has dubbed the red zone. Establishments in orange zones, which...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City As the city and state take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in nine Brooklyn and Queens communities, the latest figures from the city’s Health Department show a continued growth of the virus in six of them. The data, released late on Monday afternoon, came on the same day Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all public and private schools in the nine areas closed as of Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio had wanted to close the schools Wednesday as part of an action plan to put the communities back on “pause,” including closing non-essential businesses. The Health Department data indicated slow yet spread of COVID-19 in two-thirds of the nine ZIP codes targeted for the “pause” plan. All nine areas have experienced more than 7 consecutive days of 3% positivity rates for COVID-19 tests — an indicator which led the de Blasio Administration on Sunday to take action. Cluster breakdown As previously reported, the hot zones consist of three separate clusters:...
    New York City's COVID-19 infection rate has risen to 1.52 per cent as cases continue to spike in 10 zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens. The clusters in the 10 zip codes had caused the average citywide infection rate to rise, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.  The seven-day infection rate average was 1.38 percent on Tuesday but has since climbed to 1.52 percent, the latest figures show. New York City on Thursday recorded its highest daily new case average in at least a month with 394 coronavirus infections.   The 10 zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens are now also part of the 20 hotspots zip codes across New York state that collectively have an average infection rate of 6.5 percent, Gov Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.  New York City 's COVID-19 infection rate has risen to 1.52 per cent as cases continue to spike in 10 zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens Those 20 hotspot clusters have not resulted in a statewide spike in the infection rate, which is currently at 1.27 percent.   Prior to the recent uptick in...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York City’s newest coronavirus outbreak has spread to ten neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, city officials announced on Thursday.  Last week, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that recent COVID upticks in nine neighborhoods with positivity rates of above 3% in the boroughs were contributing to about a quarter of all new cases citywide. On Thursday, city officials updated infection rates based on 14-day positivity rates in some neighborhoods adding that Fresh Meadows and Hillcrest neighborhoods to the city’s hotspot list.   Far Rockaway-4.74%  Gravesend/Homecrest-6.90% Midwood-5.62% Borough Park-6.51% Bensonhurst/Mapleton-6.31% Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay-4.13% Flatlands/Midwood-4.66% Kew Gardens (11415)-3.29% Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok-3.68% Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest-3.08% The city health department is also keeping an eye on a number seven zip codes were COVID positivity rates are increasing but have not broken the city’s 3% threshold. East Williamsburg/Williamsburg-2.06% Bedford-Stuyvesant(West)/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene-2.07% Kensington/Windsor Terrace-2.76% Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay-2.97% Crown Heights-2.30% Rego Park-2.66% Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills-2.69% Despite the outbreaks, Mayor de Blasio added...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Four people were shot in separate incidents in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan Wednesday to Thursday morning, one of those yet another innocent bystander, police officials said. A 43-year-old woman identified as Bertha Arriaga was shot and killed inside her Jackson Heights, Queens home Wednesday morning when a stray shot that hit her in the head. A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest in that case. Police from the 115th Precinct provided a video of the assailant leaving the scene of the shooting on a scooter in front of Arriaga’s home at 91-16 34th Avenue. https://www.amny.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Final-115-Pct.mp4 Wednesday’s shootings began at about 3:30 p.m. when a 52-year-old woman was walking in front of 643 East 224th Street at the Edenwald Houses, a NYCHA development in Edenwald, Bronx. Police from the 47th Precinct said the victim told them she was walking past the Favorite Place Daycare when she heard a shot and felt pain in her leg and realized...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said he would start imposing fines on anyone who does not wear a mask in public Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said he would start imposing fines on anyone who does not wear a mask in public as the COVID-19 infection rate rose above 3 percent for the first time since June.  It is a state law that while in public spaces, everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering or risk fines.  De Blasio on Tuesday said that he was going to aggressively crackdown on people who flouted the rule and that cops will start issuing fines.  First, they will offer people a free mask if they are not already wearing one. If they refuse, they will be fined, he said, without saying how much they would be fined.  Cuomo previously told the MTA to issue fines of $50 to anyone on public transit who was not wearing a mask. It's unclear if that is as high as they will go.  New York City's daily COVID-19 infection rate...
    At least nine New York City neighborhoods could face new lockdowns as coronavirus infection rates surge in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.   Health officials warned about the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in several zip codes last week, saying that they would begin rolling back reopenings in affected areas as early as Monday if the numbers don't improve.   'This may be the most precarious moment that we're facing since we have emerged from lockdown,' Dr Dave Chokshi of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene told a Friday press briefing.   'We will move as swiftly as the situation warrants. If this growth continues, it will turn into widespread transmission potentially citywide.' Nine neighborhoods are said to be on the list of high-risk zip codes that could see 'an immediate scaling back of activities', which may include bans on gatherings of 10 or more people, mask fines and the closure of non-essential businesses.   The highest increase in positive cases was seen in the Gravesend/Homecrest area in south Brooklyn, where the positivity rate hit 6.42 percent on Friday.   Other problems areas include Midwood...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in six Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods make up 20% of all confirmed cases across the city, officials announced.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the members of the city’s Test and Trace Corp. would ramp up their COVID education and enforcement by flooding Kew Gardens, Far Rockaway, Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park and Williamsburg with robocalls, WhatsApp messages and conversations with local houses of worship. Officers from the New York Police Department and Sheriff’s office plan on educating residents by driving through neighborhoods while blasting COVID PSA’s over vehicle loudspeakers.  The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released data on neighborhood-specific infection rates late Tuesday evening. Officials have been monitoring COVID cases in these six neighborhoods since Aug. 1. Now, 2% of Williamsburg residents are testing positive for the virus, 2.24% in Kew Gardens, 3.69% in Edgemere-Far Rockaway.  Officials reported at 4.71 % of New Yorkers living in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Midwood,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city is keeping an eye on six neighborhoods with recent upticks in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.  The neighborhoods – Kew Gardens, Borough Park, Midwood, Flatbush, Far Rockaway and Williamsburg – are all located in Brooklyn and Queens.  Midwood, Sunset Park, Williamsburg  and Far Rockaway recently experienced out of the virus. Experts linked some of new cases in Sunset Park to a large wedding in the neighborhood’s Orthodox community.  “You are going to see a lot of activity in the community to remind people of the basics,” de Blasio said. ” Wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.”  This week, the city’s Test and Trace Corp. will flood the neighborhoods with robocalls and WhatsApp messages to remind residents to get tested or stay home if sick. Test and Trace Corp. members will also reach out to different houses of worship in the neighborhoods to remind congregants to avoid...
    Two men were wounded in overnight shootings in Brooklyn and Queens as the citywide surge in gun violence continues, cops said. A 38-year-old man was blasted in the back, arm and leg on Roosevelt Avenue near Elbertson Street in Corona just before 4 a.m., cops said. He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in stable condition. The shooting stemmed from a squabble with another man who took off on foot, according to police. Earlier, a 34-year-old man was sitting on a bench when he was shot in the left shin just before midnight on Dekalb Avenue near Stuyvesant Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, cops said. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and simply described hearing shots and feeling pain. No arrests have been made in either case. The gunplay capped off another bloody weekend citywide. In total on Sunday, six shootings were reported with seven victims, according to preliminary figures released by the NYPD. Two people were killed, including Ezequiel Rivera, 27, who was shot in the chest around 9:15 a.m. following a dispute with a gunman in the Soundview...
    Two men were wounded in overnight shootings in Brooklyn and Queens as the citywide surge in gun violence continues, cops said. A 38-year-old man was blasted in the back, arm and leg on Roosevelt Avenue near Elbertson Street in Corona just before 4 a.m., cops said. He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in stable condition. The shooting stemmed from a squabble with another man who took off on foot, according to police. Earlier, a 34-year-old man was sitting on a bench when he was shot in the left shin just before midnight on Dekalb Avenue near Stuyvesant Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, cops said. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and simply described hearing shots and feeling pain. No arrests have been made in either case. The gunplay capped off another bloody weekend citywide. In total on Sunday, six shootings were reported with seven victims, according to preliminary figures released by the NYPD. Two people were killed, including Ezequiel Rivera, 27, who was shot in the chest around 9:15 a.m. following a dispute with a gunman in the Soundview neighborhood...
    New York City will begin spraying pesticide to kill West Nile virus-infected mosquitos in Brooklyn and Queens on Thursday.  According to a notice New York City's Department of Health, there has been a recent rise in the number of mosquitoes carrying the life-threatening disease.  So far, no human cases have been reported in the state, but a number of birds, pets and other animals have contracted West Nile after being bitten by a mosquito, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health department.  The city will spray low-grade pesticide from trucks roving several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens between 8:30pm Thursday evening and 6:00am Friday morning.  Trucks like this one, pictured in Florida, will spray pesticide to kill off the growing number of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in Brooklyn and Queens this week (file)  In Brooklyn, spray trucks will be deployed in: parts of Borough Park, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Windsor Terrace. Pesticide will be sprayed in parts of the  Corona, Flushing,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A majority of Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens are preparing to offer students in-person classes five days a week, implementing social distancing in the classrooms and throughout the schools, according to plans filed by the Brooklyn Diocese with New York state.  The Diocese of Brooklyn announced on Aug. 18 that each of its 66 Catholic academies and Parish schools have submitted their 2020-2021 reopening plans to the New York State Department of Education.  “We are pleased with the governor’s recent announcement regarding the reopening of schools.  This is a great first step in the right direction to helping our children safely return to the classroom,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D., superintendent of schools.  The plans submitted by each school/academy to New York state presented one of the following three options: Plan A (100 percent in-person learning); Plan B (blended learning); and Plan C (100 percent distance learning).  Under Plan A, mandatory face coverings will be required in school with mask breaks,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Two people are dead and six others are wounded in shootings in Brooklyn and Queens overnight, police officials say. The Bronx and Manhattan were quiet overnight with only sporadic reports of shootings and ShotSpotter activation, but no casualties. On Tuesday night, police from the 115th Precinct received a 911 call at 10:45 p.m. of a person shot inside of 26-49 96th Street in Flushing, Queens. Police found a 33-year-old man with a bullet wound to the chest. EMS rushed the victim to Elmhurst Hospital, but he could not be saved. It was unclear who shot the man or if there were any motive in the attack. On Wednesday at 12:56 a.m., police from the 67th Precinct received a call of a person shot in front of 3310 Avenue D in East Flatbush, Brooklyn where a crowd was sitting outside drinking. Police found a 41-year-old man shot in the arm and neck, a 35-year-old with a chest wound and a 32-year-old with...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Two men were killed in separate shootings in the Bronx and Queens on Saturday night and Sunday morning, police reported. Four others were wounded in three additional episodes of gun violence overnight. While police were busy responding to shootings in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, Brooklyn was unusually quiet this weekend, having been the source of much of the gun violence in the past few months. In all of the shootings, police sources said, the victims were people of color. Community leaders have been vociferous in their anti-violence campaign, a march having been held in downtown Brooklyn that went through parts of Brooklyn led by Tony Herbert espousing non-violence. Anti-violence groups have been active throughout the city, mostly in Queens, Brooklyn and Harlem. The first homicide took place at 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the corner of East 165th Street and Prospect Avenue in the Longwood section of the Bronx. Officers from the 42nd Precinct, in responding to a 911...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City One man is dead and six others were wounded in several Brooklyn and Queens shootings overnight after a momentary lull in the gun violence due to the tropical storm rolling through the city. At least six people were stabbed in separate incidents in Brooklyn, Harlem and the South Bronx as violence again spikes. The violence comes as the NYPD steps up patrols in high violence areas including Brooklyn, Harlem and the South Bronx. Queens has been more subdued until early this morning when three people were shot, resulting in one death and three wounded in South Ozone Park. Efforts to quell the violence have been somewhat successful in some communities as local anti-violence groups visit high crime areas in an attempt to convince combatants to lay down their arms. Commissioner Dermot Shea continues to maintain that the city is “in the middle of a perfect storm,” with the courts trying to catch up with arrests, grand juries finally starting to work...
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