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Another Suicide at NYU

"I just heard that another student committed suicide by jumping at NYU's Bobst Library."

Two nearly identical suicides at NYU in a month's time. I hear they tell new students as part of their orientation spiel that the floor's tiles look like spikes or a bed of nails in an effort to prevent people from jumping.

- posted by matt @ 10/11/2003 06:22:00 PM

Memo to Howard Dean

"Kudos to the NYPD for a clever bit of police work that not only nabbed a subway vandal, but also sent a necessary message to one of the clueless Democrats running for president."

The New York Post being the New York Post. They're patting cops on the back for catching the graffiti artist the Dean campaign used to produce backdrops for his Bryant Park rally a few months ago, while criticizing Dean for glorifying graffiti in the first place.

"Proving that Dean & Co. still don't get it, a campaign spokesman dismissed the criticism, saying anyone who condemned such vandalism doesn't "know what's going on in urban America" and praised graffiti as 'creative and constructive.'"

Proof that graffiti, when welcomed and encouraged, is indeed "creative and constructive" can be found right here in Queens. "The Phun Phactory (PPAAC) was created to channel the energies and artistic talent of aerosol artists into creative constructive works of art." Say, they used the same words. If you're ever on the 7 train, take a look right before Courthouse Square. The place is great.

- posted by matt @ 10/11/2003 06:01:00 PM

Cap'n Hook

[Third one from the bottom]

"A 23-year-old woman was arrested for hitting another woman in the head with a hook on a Grant City street, authorities said yesterday."

Police said she had an eye patch and a parrot on her shoulder. OK, I made that part up.

- posted by matt @ 10/11/2003 05:51:00 PM

Tiger, alligator found in NYC apartment after owner attacked

Maybe if I "blog" this, the whole story will go away. *Fingers Crossed*

- posted by matt @ 10/10/2003 11:52:00 PM

Hart Island / Potter's Field

May I suggest this site for one of the Openhousenewyork stops:

"Hart Island was purchased by the City in 1868 from the Hunter family of the Bronx for $75,000. The following year it was established as the City's public cemetery for the burial of those persons who died indigent or whose bodies went unclaimed. In the first year, 1,875 burials were performed."

You may have seen it in "Don't Say a Word".

- posted by matt @ 10/09/2003 11:07:00 PM

One Killed, One Hurt Within Hours On ‘Boulevard Of Death’

"A legally blind elderly woman from Long Island City became the fifth pedestrian to be struck and killed on Queens Boulevard this year, when she was mowed down by a truck last Friday morning."


"That night, a second accident on the notoriously dangerous stretch of road left a 35-year-old man in the hospital after he was hit by a car in Woodside. According to reports, he was listed in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital."

They need to shut that road down. It's about 18 lanes wide and people drive 90 on it.

- posted by matt @ 10/09/2003 11:00:00 PM

Man Hurt Outside 'Milk' School

"A Brooklyn man suffered a puncture wound to his back Thursday after he allegedly threatened three teens with a screwdriver outside Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan, police said."

- posted by matt @ 10/09/2003 10:52:00 PM

City Landmarks Welcome Visitors For First Time

"This weekend, more than 80 such landmarks and curiosities in all five boroughs will open their doors, which in some cases have literally been welded shut for years."

I know I won't actually get out of the house and see any of these, but this is awesome.

No prisons or sites of murders (that I know of), but I bet it's going to be scary in an eerie sort of way. Check it out.

- posted by matt @ 10/09/2003 10:49:00 PM

Police Complaints Up...

Says's Manhattan Guide Reginald James.

- posted by matt @ 10/09/2003 04:38:00 PM

Man Charged With Stalking Sheryl Crow

"A Queens man was arraigned Wednesday on charges of stalking and harassing singer Sheryl Crow at an arena where she was rehearsing. Ambrose Kappos was arrested Monday after security guards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on West 34th Street intercepted him, according to a felony complaint filed in Manhattan Criminal Court."

It's apropos of nothing he says his name is William, but I'm sure he's Bill or Billy or Mac or buddy or Ambrose.

- posted by matt @ 10/08/2003 05:19:00 PM

Man Stabbed in Times Square

"A man was badly slashed in Times Square late last night, police said."

And just as I finished reading that book about the transformation of 42nd street.

"Witnesses told police the victim was involved in an argument with the man who attacked him. The victim was unable to describe his assailant to cops, a source said."

Unable or unwilling? I imagine there are times where some people would rather not point out their attackers to the police.

- posted by matt @ 10/07/2003 09:47:00 PM

Come Home, Nicole

More details on that cop (Matthew De Gennaro) that got busted with the underage girl, then married her.

"When he came to Corvallis HS in March of 2002 to talk about his experiences, he gave students his e-mail address - and Nicole wrote to him."


- posted by matt @ 10/07/2003 09:28:00 PM

Palm Beach Police: Outdoor Crews Our Eyes, Ears

As previously mentioned, I spent the weekend in Palm Beach, FL. So here's a Florida story for you. See, they have this program where "outside workers" (we call them landscapers) learn how to report crimes to the local police department. It's like a distributed network of underpaid workers keeping watch over the property of really rich people. I could see something similar working here with all of those old people that look out the windows of their apartments all day. Or hot dog vendors. Or homeless people.

- posted by matt @ 10/06/2003 02:25:00 PM

Stabbings at club, 2 killings in grim weekend

"Mayhem marred a weekend that echoed the gritty 1970s, with a double stabbing at the era's top punk nightclub CBGB, a rumble in Queens and two killings."

These weekend crime wrap-ups make me a little uneasy. I sort of think they each deserve their own story. "Looks like some good weather coming up, Janice. Turning to the New York City violence news this weekend..."

- posted by matt @ 10/06/2003 02:14:00 PM

Man Stabbed At Staten Island Ferry Terminal

"One person is in custody after a stabbing at the Staten Island Ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan. Police say that just after 10:30 a.m. this morning, one person was stabbed at the Whitehall Station in Lower Manhattan. That person was stabbed once in the arm and once in the head. He has been taken to Bellevue Hospital and is listed in serious condition."

This guy's not to smart. He used the ferry as his get away vehicle. Um, you're kind of stuck once you get on that thing. Cops were just waiting for him in Staten Island.

- posted by matt @ 10/06/2003 02:07:00 PM

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