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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.”

Heh.

(via WNBC TV)

BVT News Roundup 1 January 2014.

We’re gonna need a bigger floatie.

Stan Brooks of 1010 WINS in New York City was the first radio reporter I ever worked with who was always, always a gentleman. When he filed a story you knew it was done by a tried and true journalist who understood Big Apple politics and power brokers like no other. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg named the radio room at City Hall after the veteran newsman, whose wife, Lynn, died from cancer — the wretched disease which would also take his life. 
The airwaves are lessened by your absence, Mr. Brooks. May your colleagues carry on your legacy; your audience will miss your reporting, and your voice.
And I will miss your good humor, your laugh, and your singularly New York kindness that helped a PR noob get his bearings straight.
Rest in peace, good sir.

Stan Brooks of 1010 WINS in New York City was the first radio reporter I ever worked with who was always, always a gentleman. When he filed a story you knew it was done by a tried and true journalist who understood Big Apple politics and power brokers like no other. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg named the radio room at City Hall after the veteran newsman, whose wife, Lynn, died from cancer — the wretched disease which would also take his life.

The airwaves are lessened by your absence, Mr. Brooks. May your colleagues carry on your legacy; your audience will miss your reporting, and your voice.

And I will miss your good humor, your laugh, and your singularly New York kindness that helped a PR noob get his bearings straight.

Rest in peace, good sir.

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.

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.

Kinda looks like Stallone and DeNiro are yukking it up over that car getting booted.

Kinda looks like Stallone and DeNiro are yukking it up over that car getting booted.

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.

“All of a sudden, the train was like more sideways than it should be.”

PASSENGER aboard derailed Metro North train, describing her ordeal to WABC TV; she said her train car was one of those that “landed perfectly sideways,” and as a result all the passengers in her car were able to exit safely.

Notes from pressers of NY Gov. Cuomo, NYPD commissioner Kelly re: Bronx train derailment:

  • Train engineer “made statements” regarding the crash to authorities; he has been taken to area hospital
  • No family members yet notified of fatalities or injuries; approximately 100 passengers aboard; all passengers believed to have been accounted for
  • Four dead; 67 injured, 11 critically, taken to area hospitals
  • Family members may call 311 (in New York City) or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675 outside NYC) for information on passengers
  • Metro-North Harlem lines and Amtrak service between New YOrk and Albany suspended