Tag: Police Department (NYC)

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree’s Humble Origins, 60 Years Ago

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of about 40. Wind chill will make it seem a good bit colder. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday (Immaculate Conception). ImageCredit…Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In the center of the city that is at the center of the world, there’s an Art Deco pedestal surrounded by skyscrapers. […]

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How to Steal 9 A.T.M.s: Two Guys, a Crowbar and ‘Brute Force’

Sophisticated criminals, evolving with advances in security and technology, have found new ways to hack and clone their way into the city’s countless A.T.M.s, their handiwork so invisible they slip away without notice. This is not a story about those people. This is a story about a small, dedicated burglary crew, one almost stubbornly set […]

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Will Bloomberg’s Mayoral Record Hurt His Presidential Run?

Weather: Clear, bright and warmish, with a high that could reach 60. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Thursday (Thanksgiving). ImageCredit…Bill Tiernan/Associated Press To prepare for his presidential run, Michael R. Bloomberg visited a predominantly black church in Brooklyn recently to try to erase a stain from his tenure as mayor of New York City. “I […]

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A Threat Against Times Square on Reddit, and Police Are Mobilized

Early on Sunday morning, the New York governor’s office received a concerning message from law enforcement officials: Someone had made a threat online to detonate a bomb in Times Square. It was deemed that the threat was not credible, officials said. But soon after receiving the news, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released a statement at […]

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Falsely Imprisoned for 23 Years: Now He’s Received $7 Million

Twenty years ago, Derrick Hamilton was at his lowest point: locked in solitary confinement for a murder he insisted he did not commit. Over the next two decades, he slowly crawled his way out of the belly of the beast. He became a jailhouse lawyer, helping his fellow inmates appeal their convictions. Twenty-three years later, […]

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The Secret Behind the Viral Churro Seller Video

Sofia B. Newman, an actress with about 2,500 Twitter followers, was returning home from work this month when she saw a woman who was selling churros at the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn having a heated discussion with four police officers. Ms. Newman said she started recording the interaction with her phone so she […]

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Bloomberg’s Bogus, Belated Mea Culpa

Last Sunday I wrote a column entitled “You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg” because of Michael Bloomberg’s promotion, advocacy and defense of the racist stop-and-frisk policy that ballooned during his terms as mayor of New York City. This Sunday, Bloomberg apologized for that policy. Speaking at the Christian Cultural Center, a black megachurch in Brooklyn, […]

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Why ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Inflamed Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods

During Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor of New York City, police officers stopped and questioned people they believed to be engaged in criminal activity on the street more than five million times. Officers often then searched the detainees — the vast majority of whom were young black and Latino men — for weapons that […]

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Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop and Frisk at Just the Right Time

At a black church in New York on Sunday, Michael Bloomberg stood before the congregation and repented. He said the police stops of millions of black and Latino men when he was mayor, a policy known as stop and frisk, were a mistake. “Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to […]

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A Woman Selling Churros Was Handcuffed. The Police Face a Backlash.

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the deployment of 500 extra police officers to patrol New York City’s subway, he said the move was needed to tackle a rise in crime. The increased policing set off criticism after several recent bystander videos showed physical altercations between uniformed officers and various people in the subway. Then […]

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You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg

With his filing of paperwork on Friday to put his name on the ballot for the Democratic primary in Alabama, the billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg inched closer to declaring a run for the Democratic nomination for president. According to The New York Times, his advisers say he hasn’t made […]

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What’s a ‘Hairbag?’ $7 Million May Hinge on the Answer

For as long as anyone can remember, younger officers in the New York Police Department have referred to their elders as “hairbags” — usually behind their backs. It’s an archaic bit of slang with obscure origins. In police parlance, “the bag” means “the uniform.” So some officers believe “hairbag” is a riff on a longtime […]

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Louis Eppolito, Police Officer Turned Mob Hit Man, Dies at 71

Louis Eppolito was practically born into the Mafia. His father was a Gambino family soldier known as Fat the Gangster. An uncle known as Jimmy the Clam, a grandfather and a cousin were made men, too. By age 10, Louis was joining his father on his bookmaking rounds. A life in organized crime seemed preordained, […]

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They Called 911, Then N.Y.P.D. Workers Sold the Data, Officials Say

For years, Angela Meyers, a 911 operator with the New York Police Department, fielded emergency calls, then filed reports about the calls within the department. But according to court documents, when someone called 911 after a car accident, Ms. Meyers did something else: She also passed victims’ information to an insurance fraud ring in Queens. […]

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For Third Time, Mayor Passes Over a Black Chief to Run the N.Y.P.D.

The top black police official in New York City, Benjamin Tucker, went to Gracie Mansion on Sunday expecting the mayor to ask him to take the reins of the nation’s largest police force. Only days before, the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, had quietly and abruptly informed Mayor Bill de Blasio that he would be […]

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An Election Day Cheat Sheet to Voting

Weather: Cool and breezy, with a chance of rain until late afternoon. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Election Day, and in effect tomorrow. ImageCredit…Holly Pickett for The New York Times It’s Election Day! In New York City, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. On the ballot are a handful of races, plus […]

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Dermot Shea: What We Know About the N.Y.P.D.’s Next Commissioner

Dermot F. Shea, the Police Department’s chief of detectives, was named New York’s next commissioner on Monday, succeeding James P. O’Neill as the leader of the largest police force in the United States. In announcing the change, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed Chief Shea, who spent four years overseeing the department’s data-driven CompStat program, describing […]

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N.Y.P.D. Commissioner James O’Neill Is Expected to Resign

James P. O’Neill, the New York City police commissioner who attempted to mend a racial divide between the Police Department and the public, was expected to step down from his position on Monday, ending a tumultuous three-year tenure as head of the country’s largest police force, two officials said. Mr. O’Neill, 61, initially set out […]

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Brian Tarantina, Actor on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ Dies at 60

Brian Tarantina, a character actor known for playing a comedy club M.C. on the Emmy Award-winning series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” was found dead on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60. His publicist, Laurie Smith, confirmed his death. She said Mr. Tarantina died of complications from a severe health crisis he experienced […]

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Police Fatally Shoot Brooklyn Man After He Critically Injures an Officer, Officials Say

The police fatally shot a Brooklyn T-shirt vendor in a nail salon on Friday after he used a chair to hit an officer who was trying to arrest another man, officials said. The officer, who was hit on the head during the altercation, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, officials said. It was the […]

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After Fatal Shooting, City Pays $5.5 Million and Promotes Detective

John Collado was on his way to buy groceries one September afternoon in 2011 when he spotted a neighbor and a stranger fighting on his block and pulled them apart. “Stop! Stop! Stop!” Mr. Collado shouted as he stood between them on Post Avenue in Upper Manhattan, a hand extended toward each man’s chest, according […]

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19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn’t He Go to Prison?

The Manhattan district attorney’s office shocked a state judge in 2011 when it recommended that the financier Jeffrey Epstein be given the lowest possible sex offender status despite accusations that he had sexually abused dozens of girls. The judge refused, and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., later reversed his stance, saying his assistant […]

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How a Band of Surfer Dudes Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in N.Y. History

For its 150th anniversary, the Museum of Natural History is celebrating its many historic moments, from its 1869 founding, to the 1902 discovery of the first T-Rex skeleton, to the creation of the Teddy Roosevelt statue erected out front in 1940. One milestone not on that list: the biggest jewel heist in New York history, […]

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