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Delivery Bicyclist Slams Into Couple

"A husband and wife visiting from California were critically hurt when they were hit by a boy delivering food on his bicycle on the Upper East Side."

And here's the kicker (not this Kicker): "The boy, who police said was 10, was not hurt. He was delivering food for Mumtaz restaurant on Third Avenue in Manhattan at the time of the accident."

He was ten! Delivering food! On the streets of Manhattan! On a school night!

- posted by matt @ 10/17/2003 10:35:00 PM

Not Terrorism

Anyone else feel like the Staten Island Ferry accident was the first tragic New York event in over 2 years that people (or the media) didn't automatically think... "Oh no, another terrorist act."

- posted by matt @ 10/17/2003 10:27:00 PM

"Fat Boy" Gregory Wimbley Arrested

"A popular '80s rapper whose driver's license was suspended nine times was arrested after he made an illegal turn in downtown Brooklyn, police said."

- posted by matt @ 10/16/2003 05:20:00 PM

Water Main Floods Washington Heights

"A water main break in Washington Heights caused heavy flooding in parts of the upper Manhattan neighborhood and forced authorities to close the lower level of the George Washington Bridge just hours before the start of the Yankees-Red Sox championship game at Yankee stadium."

This whole story is about the pain in the ass this creating for baseball fans. Nevermind the people, that uh, actually live there.

- posted by matt @ 10/16/2003 05:16:00 PM

Source: Ferry's Pilot Attempts Suicide, Undergoes Surgery

Multiple sources told NewsChannel 4 that the ferry's pilot, Assistant Captain Richard Jeffrey Smith, who is either 53 or 54, left the ferry immediately after Wednesday's accident that killed at least 10 and drove to his home in the nearby Westerleigh section of Staten Island.

There, he reportedly locked himself in the bathroom, slit his wrists and used some sort of low-caliber firearm -- either a pellet or BB gun -- in an attempt to take his own life, according to a police official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Smith is responsible for docking the craft.

He must've made that trip thousands of times without any problems.

- posted by matt @ 10/15/2003 11:05:00 PM

14 Dead in Staten Island Ferry Accident, According to FDNY Sources

"A FDNY source is saying that at least 14 people are dead after a Staten Island Ferry crashed into a dock."

I expect this number to go up (or down) as more details become clear. People lost limbs.

- posted by matt @ 10/15/2003 05:07:00 PM

Conflict in Astoria

In my continuing efforts to relate true scary ny stories as they happen around me, let me tell you what I witnessed a few hours ago. In the interests of my sleeping habits, this story will be told in the format of an unordered list:

- posted by matt @ 10/15/2003 01:55:00 AM

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

So I actually got up the energy to leave my apartment this weekend and hit one of the openhousenewyork events, specifically the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The tour Guide was great and I learned a ton of little facts that I'll be able to bore people with for years (did you know the cathedral is so large, the Statue of Liberty can be placed upright inside?)

As the tour was coming to an end, the guide pointed out a sculpture of Jeremiah. Now I'm not really up on my biblical history, but he explained that Jeremiah was the guy who told everyone about the end of the world and other horrible stuff like that (if you actually know his role, please excuse my historical hack job). This statue, crafted some time between 1988 and 1997, was placed on a pedestal depicting the destruction of lower Manhattan by what's either a tidal wave or more likely, a large explosion. Take a look at this detailed picture taken by someone other than me. Freaky.

Below, and cut off a little in this picture, are carvings of the reconstruction efforts. Remember -- this was carved well before Sept. 11. The coincidental/ironic nature of the whole thing still has me shaking my head. If you have a chance to visit the cathedral, I'd highly recommend it.
- posted by matt @ 10/13/2003 01:52:00 AM

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