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Rapper gunned down on Queens street

"A little-known rapper with Murder Inc. records died early Friday after being shot on a Queens street, police said."

Man, that hurts. Not getting shot so much as being called a "little-known rapper."

- posted by matt @ 9/05/2003 10:43:00 PM

722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York

Not exactly scary stuff related, but I'm about 20 pages away from finishing this book. It's a great read. While it focuses mostly on the development of the New York City subway system and the role it played in developing different parts of the city, it did have a neat anecdote about Edgar L. Eckert. Eckert was the victim of one of the more notorious subway crimes. "...shortly after 2:00 A.M. on May, 14, 1936, a pair of robbers attacked Edgar L. Eckert, a fifty-four-year-old assistant treasurer of the Rogers Peet clothing store, in a bathroom of the Forty-second Street Station of the IND's Eighth Avenue line." They stole his wallet, gold watch, chain and medallion and then strangled him. The IND closed all the bathrooms in local stations and many point to this as the end of public bathrooms in NYC subway stations. Read the book.
- posted by matt @ 9/05/2003 05:03:00 PM

Dung Flung in Silo Blast

"A huge silo filled with treated human feces for use as fertilizer exploded early yesterday, sending an unpleasant wave of burnt fecal odor into the Hunts Point section of The Bronx."

No comment needed.
- posted by matt @ 9/05/2003 12:42:00 PM

Queens Murder Rate on Rise

"The murder rate in Queens continued to mount yesterday to more than 33 percent over last year after a man shot in Jamaica died of his injuries and officials ruled the death of a 6-month-old from Richmond Hill a shaken-baby homicide."

79 murders in Queens this year compared to 59 last year.

- posted by matt @ 9/04/2003 04:47:00 PM

Deliveryman Shot, Robbed In Rego Park Subway Station

"A Queens deliveryman was robbed and shot in the hand inside an empty Rego Park subway station on Thursday night, police said."

The best part about this story... the deliveryman didn't give up:

"According to published reports, he chased the suspect out of the subway station, spotting him as he was about to flee on a bicycle. The deliveryman said that he pushed the assailant off the bike, but, as he attempted to call for help, the man escaped."

FWIW, the toll booth was closed in this station last month.

- posted by matt @ 9/04/2003 04:43:00 PM

2-Man Crime Wave

"A gun-toting team of push-in bandits is being sought for sticking up half a dozen Manhattan residents in five incidents since March, police sources said yesterday."

These guys are going to get caught because they got greedy. They took 4 months to lay low and now they're back at it. I'm telling you, they're going to get nabbed now.

Oh, and btw, while I was gone, I'm sure a whole lot of scary stuff happened here. Rather than look back over the last week, I'm just going to pick up from the present.

- posted by matt @ 9/04/2003 04:38:00 PM

Police State? Hmm...

Why the ScaryNY silence for the last week? See previous post. I say one thing about New York City being a police state and I "disappear" for more than a week. Coincidence? I think not.

Ok, fine. I was on vacation. I was supposed to come back and be online Tuesday, but some car problems an hour and a half into our trip back to New York forced us to spend about 24 hours more than we wanted to in Catskill, NY. Frequent, chronological updates resume tomorrow.

- posted by matt @ 9/04/2003 12:08:00 AM

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