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8 Shot at B'klyn Diner

"Eight people were shot at a Brooklyn diner Saturday morning after an argument among three men, police said."

Good Morning!

"Police said two suspects pistol-whipped an employee at the Galaxy Diner and demanded money from the cash register after at least one suspect opened fire in the diner at 5:15 a.m."

- posted by matt @ 1/17/2004 11:51:00 AM

Cops: Student Pushed Dean Down Escalator

"A high school student was arrested on a charge of second-degree assault after he allegedly pushed a school official down an escalator in a Manhattan high school, police said."

It's becoming increasingly clear to me that New York City schools are the most dangerous places in the world. Yup, the world. When you see those ads on the train encouraging you to become a teacher, they don't tell you about this kind of stuff.
- posted by matt @ 1/17/2004 11:48:00 AM

Woman Walking Dogs is Electrocuted

"A 30-year-old woman collapsed and died while walking her two dogs in Manhattan's East Village, authorities said."

The city is a dangerous place.

- posted by matt @ 1/17/2004 11:46:00 AM

OT: Editorial Openings at

Not scary, but these jobs are in New York, so it's only almost on topic.

Guide Coordinator

", the leading content destination on the Web and recently ranked top ten Web property is seeking an assertive self-starter who is able to handle multiple tasks to fill an entry level position as Guide Coordinator in our New York City headquarters." More...


", the leading content destination on the Web and recently ranked top ten Web property is seeking smart self-starters who are able to handle multiple tasks to fill several roles as Editor in our New York City headquarters." More...

Full disclosure: I work at and enjoy it. You might to.
- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 05:39:00 PM

Sailors saved by NYPD

"Four Navy sailors took part in a dramatic rescue at sea last night - except they were the ones being saved.

"An NYPD helicopter flew into freezing winds to pluck the four men from two Navy patrol boats that got stuck in chunks of ice in Sandy Hook Bay off New Jersey, police said."

Um, ok, I guess. 1) Shouldn't the Navy know a thing or two about sailing in icy water? 2) Why did the NYPD have to save them? Doesn't the Navy have the means to do that? 3) Am I just a big complainer/grump? Discuss.

- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 02:17:00 PM

Teacher Allegedly Punches Student At Brooklyn School

"A Brooklyn teacher punched a student in the face after the boy repeatedly unplugged an overhead projector, police said."

More fun in the NYC school system. By the way... the kid is 12.

- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 03:08:00 AM

Bayside Woman Brutally Raped, Burglarized

"A Queens woman was awakened from her sleep, tied up and brutally raped by a man who broke into her home while two other men ransacked the house as her young son slept, police said Thursday."

Jesus... this kind of stuff really does happen.

"On the rape victim's block, neighbors lamented a community not nearly as tight-knit as it once was, particularly with younger homeowners moving in."

While I agree that this is probably happening (people staying in their homes more, rather than going out and spending time with other members of the community), I don't think that has anything to do with this. I doubt these three men were from the 'hood. That said, maybe someone could've recognized an unfamiliar car or something. I don't know.

- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 02:44:00 AM

Rip Torn Ripped

"Actor Rip Torn was arrested early yesterday for drunk driving after he crashed his car into a taxicab in New York City's Greenwich Village. According to the below misdemeanor criminal complaint, the 72-year-old Hollywood veteran was incoherent when approached by an NYPD officer, who noted that Torn smelled of booze, had bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet. When questioned, Torn, who was driving a 1990 Volvo, just kept repeating, 'What? Huh?'"

I don't really care and this isn't too scary. I just wanted to use that headline. I swear... "Rip Torn" is the worst stage name I've ever heard.

- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 02:35:00 AM

Thief Stabs Man With Needle

"A man at a pay phone in Harlem early Thursday was accosted by a thief who stole his laptop computer and jabbed him three times with a hypodermic needle, police said."

A show of hands if you think that a needle is more frightening than a gun. Yes, my hand is up in the air. Call me crazy, but disease just seems much scarier than bullet wounds. It has to do with the uncertainty of it all. You get shot, you look down, you see blood. Shit, I've been shot. Totally different with needles. Sure, they test you right away, but you have to go back again and again to make sure you're clean. Like I said... uncertainty.

- posted by matt @ 1/16/2004 02:32:00 AM

Hells Angel Accused of Stockpiling Weapons

"A Hells Angels gang member is being charged with illegal possession of deadly firearms and accused of stockpiling an arsenal of weapons inside his Douglaston, Queens home."

I don't know what it is, but I'm fascinated by the Hells Angels. I love walking past their club (is that what they call it?) on East 3rd street to sneak a peek inside. More on the Hells Angels on 3rd Street.

- posted by matt @ 1/15/2004 02:10:00 PM

Gothamist: 2 Train Subway Slashing

"A robber demanding money on a 2 train slashed a passenger yesterday. And it happened at about 1PM, as the train was arriving at the West 72nd Street stop."

Also, two comments from Gothamist readers noting how dangerous / scary the train can be in the afternoon once students are let out. I can't agree more. It's downright frightening sometimes. As I've mentioned before on ScaryNY, if you ever feel uncomfortable on a train for whatever reason, your best bet is to get off the train. Seat be damned.

- posted by matt @ 1/13/2004 10:51:00 PM

Police To Expand Operation Impact

"In a measured shift of crime-fighting strategy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top police commanders Monday unveiled plans to beef up patrols in 52 zones across the city."

Listen, I like to make fun of the NYPD as much as the next guy, but I have to say this makes sense. I'm a big fan of "fishing where the fish are," and that's exactly what this attempts to do. However...

What are they calling the follow up to Operation Impact? Operation Impact II. Some creative wizards at work here.

Now, to argue with myself, I wonder if "fishing where the fish are" in this case leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you make more arrests in areas where you think there are arrests to be made, won't the stats tell you that you should be spending even more time there, thereby allowing crime to flourish in other areas until the stats tip off the NYPD? Confusing.

- posted by matt @ 1/13/2004 10:46:00 PM

Fourteen students arrested in city schools

"At least 14 students were arrested at city schools on a single day, including 11 busted during a cafeteria brawl at a Brooklyn high school, police said."

Looks like those safety officers are doing a bang up job.

- posted by matt @ 1/13/2004 10:31:00 PM

Bronx Employees Stab Boss To Death

"Three employees at a Bronx moving company were arrested for stabbing their boss to death after work."

- posted by matt @ 1/12/2004 11:39:00 AM

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