#new york city
BVT News Roundup 4 January 2014.
- GONE TO POT: With neighboring New Jersey legalizing medical marijuana and Colorado doing the same with recreational pot use, New York governor Andrew Cuomo will announce the “limited use” of the drug “by those with serious illnesses.” (NY Times)
- IRAQ: Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militant group takes the central Iraq city of Fallujah, “raising its flag over government buildings” three years after the last U.S. troops withdrew from the country. (WashPo)
- Meanwhile, Syrian rebels are turning against al Qaeda militants in that country’s civil war. (Guardian)
- A small plane, returning to LaGuardia Airport after a tour around the Statue of Liberty, makes an emergency landing a narrow highway in the Bronx, injuring three aboard and somehow not destroying any cars. (NY Daily News)
- SOTTO VOICEMAIL: Pope Francis makes New Year’s phone call to a nunnery, has to leave a voicemail when no one picks up. Heh. (CNN)
- HALF NATION, UNDER FLU: The influenza virus has been diagnosed in 25 U.S. states, according to federal health officials. (CBS News)
- "POLAR VORTEX": Meteorologists are predicting sub-zero temps and wind chill factors as low as “50, 60, or even 70 below zero” in the Midwest, New England and the southern U.S. beginning Sunday. (AP)
- GRASPING AT STRAWS: Actual Reuters headline reads "Blackberry Sues Ryan Seacrest’s Company Over iPhone Keyboard." (Reuters)
- Phil Everly, R.I.P. (Rolling Stone)
- KICKER: If you know the meaning behind the graphic below — part of an online scavenger hunt that has everyone from 4chan to Reddit mystified, then by all means, share with the class. (CBS News)
A small plane landed on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx around 3:20pm Saturday. Three of the four people aboard were injured; the aircraft was bound for LaGuardia Airport in Queens. It’s not yet clear why the plane made the emergency landing. (Photo: Ken Murray / New York Daily News)
Lower Manhattan, 3 January 2014. (Photo: Joe Tabacca / NY Daily News)
Scenes from around a snowbound New York City, which, according to mayor Bill DeBlasio, received about ten inches. The storm, which swept through on the mayor’s second and third day in office, closed city schools and disrupted roadways, trains and buses. (Photos: Outside and inside in Brooklyn by Todd Heisler / New York Times; jogging through Riverside Park in Manhattan by Mike Segar / Reuters; Harlem by Karsten Moran / NYT; the Brooklyn Bridge by Andrew Gombert / EPA; and Times Square tourists by Darren Ornitz / Reuters via NY Times)
“I give Dante an ‘A’ for effort and a ‘D’ for punctuality.”
Mayor BILL DeBLASIO, during a morning press conference updating the snow response efforts in New York City; here, the mayor was referring to his own son’s efforts to shovel out the front of his home in Brooklyn, adding that Dante is “not a morning person.”
(via WNBC TV)
This is former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “everyone is shitting on my 12-year record and I’M RIGHT HERE IN THE FIRST GOD DAMNED ROW” face. (Photo of Bloomberg at NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday by Corey Sipkin / New York Daily News)
BVT News Roundup 1 January 2014.
- BREAKING: Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic is killed apparently after accidentally triggering a booby trapped safe inside his residence in Prague. (NY Times)
- WELCOME TO 2014: Kicking in this January 1st are the Affordable Care Act (except for one part involving nuns — thanks, Sonia Sotomayor!), a new mayoral administration in New York City, and, in Colorado, legal, recreational marijuana. The first customer: an Iraq war veteran. (NYT / NY Daily News / USA Today)
- Longtime AP photog Dave Martin collapses on field during college bowl post-game on New Year’s Eve, dies of heart attack. RIP. (Star Tribune)
- Building explosion near downtown Minneapolis injures 13, six critically. (AP)
- WORLD NEWS: Anti-government protests continue in Hong Kong, Bahrain and Cambodia, while attempts at forging peace are underway between Sudan and South Sudan. (Reuters)
- HACKCHAT: Phone numbers for 4.6 million SnapChat users are leaked by hackers. (Time)
- Apple denies letting the NSA hack their operating systems. (Guardian)
- Cost of U.S. first-class postage stamps are rising from 46 to 49 cents later this month. (Atlantic)
- And finally… SHARK WEAK: One expert says the photobombing “shark” in the now-famous family beach photo below more likely was a dolphin. Only Roy Scheider would have known. (HuffPo)
We’re gonna need a bigger floatie.
DOGGONE GOOD Cecil Williams pets his guide dog, Orlando, in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks in Manhattan on Tuesday. The 61-year-old Williams, who is blind, says he fainted while Orlando tried to save him from falling. Both miraculously escaped without serious injury. (Photo: John Minchillo / AP via The Telegraph)
Guide dogs are the best dogs.
Photographer Todd Heisler spent 20 hours walking around the coastline of Manhattan. (via The New York Times)
Kinda looks like Stallone and DeNiro are yukking it up over that car getting booted.
Snow York City, via the New York Daily News. (From top to bottom: the Statue of Liberty by @PaulFox13; Central Park by @EverythingNYC; the Brooklyn Bridge by @jennieinnyc; and perhaps my favorite one — “The De-Icer” at an NYC-area airport by Chris Q)
I ain’t goin’ to the tree lighting.
That don’t make Manhattan less merry.
- Local folklore is that that section of New York City — at the confluence of the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, and separating Manhattan island from the Bronx and the mainland — is called “Spuyten Duyvil,” or (corrupted?) Dutch for “spitting devil,” because of the rough currents that used to sink ships and boats in the area.