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.
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.
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.
“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.