Pipe Bomb Explodes in New York Subway Walkway

(NEW YORK TIMES)— A 27-year-old man set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body during the morning rush hour on Monday, deep inside one of Manhattan’s busiest commuter corridors, the police said.

The blast echoed through the subway tunnels just off Times Square, and filled parts of the Port Authority Bus Terminal with smoke as commuters fled into the streets to escape what the authorities quickly concluded was an act of terror.

A suspect, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh who lived in Brooklyn, was in police custody. He suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, and was in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center, according to Daniel A. Nigro, the commissioner of the New York Fire Department. Four other people had minor injuries, he said.

The explosion occurred at 7:20 a.m., the police said, in a pedestrian walkway connecting the Eighth Avenue, Seventh Avenue and Broadway lines, and was captured on surveillance video.

Source: New York Times, 12.11.17, article

Small Explosive Device Detonated In Midtown Subway Corridor

(MSCC) John Mudd, December 11, 2017 — At 7:20am On December 11, 2017, the 27 year-old suspected perpetrator, Okayed Ullah, set off a small tech explosive device, while walking along the underground corridor linking the IND 8th Avenue trains to the IRT 7th Avenue trains.  Three people Suffered minor injuries, while the suspect suffered more life threatening injuries. Activity around Port Authority is on lock down, streets are blocked from 34th Street to 42nd Street.

All factions (Midtown South Precinct, Bomb Squad, Terrorism Task Force, FBI…) of enforcement were on scene, and as the Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. It was an orderly and controlled atmosphere. All was calm. The picture (left) was taken just after 9:00am.

A press conference held on our city streets at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, officials reported, “device was based on a pipe-bomb and affixed to his [the suspect’s] person with a combination of zip-ties and velcro”.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that “this was an attempted terrorist attack.” Adding that there are “no additional known incidents at this time” and “there are no additional known activities.”

Eighth Avenue was open to traffic before 2:00pm, and all trains are expected to resume their normal everyday operation by the afternoon rush.

 

Uber Driver Stabbed During ‘Road Rage’ Fight in Midtown, Officials Say

(DNAINFO) Radhika Marya and Ben Fractenberg | September 28, 2017 — An Uber driver was stabbed in a busy Midtown corridor Thursday afternoon during a road rage incident, officials and witnesses said.

The driver was dropping off a passenger on West 50th Street, near Seventh Avenue, around 3:49 p.m., when he got into a dispute with a van driver, FDNY and NYPD officials said.

The Uber driver, a man around 24 years old, was stabbed once in the left forearm, according to the NYPD.

The victim was transported to Mt. Sinai West hospital, an NYPD spokeswoman said. She added that the victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

One witness, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident who would not give his name, said he saw the attacker lean into the window of the silver SUV the victim was driving and stab him.

“Half his body was in the window,” the witness said, adding that the victim got out of the SUV after the attacker ran off and asked for him to call 911.

“There was blood everywhere. He was dizzy,” said the witness who then saw the attacker coming back toward them before getting into a van and driving off. “The guy still had the knife in his hand.”

Police said they were looking for a man who fled in a gray van.

Source: Uber Driver Stabbed During ‘Road Rage’ Fight in Midtown, Officials Say – Midtown – New York – DNAinfo

Citi Bike Rider Run Over by Truck in Midtown, Witness Says

(DNAINFO) Kristen Templeton Aidan Gardiner Emma Whitford and Danielle Barnes | September 11, 2017 — A woman on a Citi Bike was injured after getting run over by a dump truck Monday at a Midtown intersection particularly dangerous for cyclists, a witnesses said.

The cyclist and the truck were heading east on West 30th Street, but paused at the intersection with Seventh Avenue about 11:30 a.m. only to start forward once the light changed green, witnesses and FDNY officials said.

The driver then turned right, hitting the cyclist, according to witnesses said.

“When the light turned green and she thought she had the go ahead, he hit her,” said Saquan Ross, 24.

The driver and the woman began shouting at each other afterwards, witnesses said.

“You came out of nowhere! You were in my blind spot,” the driver shouted at her, according to Lydia Diaz, 54, who was behind the truck at the time.

The cyclist just kept shouting, “You hit me, you hit me,” Diaz said.

People in nearby businesses could hear her shrieks of pain as well, they said.

“I was taking an order on the phone when I heard a girl screaming and I turned around,” said a worker at Bravo Pizza, who declined to give his name.

“She was screaming at the top of her lungs. People ran out of my store to help her, pulling her out from under the truck. [They] saved her life. If he’d moved a little more, he’d have killed her,” the worker said.

Source: Citi Bike Rider Run Over by Truck in Midtown, Witness Says – Midtown – New York – DNAinfo

Straphanger Rubs Woman’s Butt on 3 Train Near Times Square, Police Say

(DNAINFO)  Maya Rajamani | July 21, 2017 — A straphanger rubbed a woman’s butt as she rode the 3 train near Times Square, the NYPD said.

The 28-year-old victim was aboard the train traveling toward the 42nd Street-Times Square subway station around 9:10 a.m. on May 17, when a man she didn’t know approached her from behind and started rubbing her buttocks, police.

Soon after, the woman got off the train and snapped a photo of the suspect, the NYPD said.

Police are now searching for an approximately 220-pound man with a goatee and braided black hair, standing at around 5-foot-10, who was last seen wearing a blue short sleeve shirt, khaki pants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Source: Straphanger Rubs Woman’s Butt on 3 Train Near Times Square, Police Say – Times Square & Theater District – DNAinfo New York

VIDEO: Mugger Jumps Onto Subway Tracks After Stealing Purse, Police Say

(DNAINFO)  Maya Rajamani | July 14, 2017 — A thief snatched a woman’s purse in Grand Central then jumped off the subway platform and ran down the train tracks to evade passersby trying to stop him from getting away, the NYPD said.

The 44-year-old victim was inside the Grand Central-42nd Street subway station around 5:16 p.m. on June 24 when the suspect pulled her purse off her arm and ran down the platform with it, police said.

Source: VIDEO: Mugger Jumps Onto Subway Tracks After Stealing Purse, Police Say – Midtown – DNAinfo New York

Glass Falls 15 Stories From Times Square Hilton, FDNY Says 

(DNAINFO) Ben Fractenberg and Katherine Lavacca | July 3, 2017 — A glass panel plunged 15 stories onto a couple of parked cars in Times Square Monday, officials said.

The glass fell from the Hilton Times Square Hotel on West 41st Street near Eight Avenue at about 4:41 p.m., according to the FDNY.

No one was hurt and the block was closed to traffic while responders cleaned the glass off the street.

Cab driver Manny Morocho, 54, said he was driving along the block with passengers in the back when the glass smashed onto his vehicle, breaking his back windshield.

“Thank god no one was hurt,” Morocho said. “If it was a regular working day it would’ve been really bad because of all the people that are walking and driving at this time. It’s lucky it happened on a day like today.”

 

Source: Glass Falls 15 Stories From Times Square Hilton, FDNY Says – Times Square & Theater District – DNAinfo New York

Young Man Stabbed as Group Attacks Him in Midtown, Police Say

(DNAINFO)  Aidan Gardiner | June 19, 2017 — A man was stabbed when a group of people attacked him in Midtown on Sunday night, police said.

The 19-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was attacked near Eighth Avenue and West 38th Street about 8:45 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.

He was treated at Bellevue Hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition, police said.

The circumstances weren’t immediately clear.

The group fled the scene and there were no immediate arrests, police said.

Source: Young Man Stabbed as Group Attacks Him in Midtown, Police Say – Midtown South – DNAinfo New York

Cyclist Killed By Charter Bus Driver Was 80-Year-Old Cobbler

(GOTHAMIST)David Colon — The cyclist who was hit and killed by a charter bus driver has been identified as an 80-year-old man who owned a shoe store in lower Manhattan.

The NYPD identified the man killed by the charter bus driver as 80-year-old Chelsea resident Michael Mamoukakis. Mamoukakis was killed at about 1:30 p.m. when, riding his bike south on 7th Avenue, a charter bus driver also going south on 7th Avenue turned into him while trying to make a right onto West 29th Street. The driver, who remained on the scene, was not charged.

An NYPD spokesperson originally told Gothamist that Mamoukakis was killed shortly before 4 p.m. when he was going south on 7th Avenue and collided with the bus that was moving west on West 29th Street.

The bus driver told the Post that she didn’t realize she’d hit someone until people started yelling for her to stop the bus. “I don’t know exactly what happened,” she told the paper. “I was driving the bus, but when I looked, I didn’t see anybody. When I heard the thump, I didn’t see anything.”

The News spoke to a witness who told the paper “I turned around and I saw bus wheels go over a man’s body.” The paper also spoke to members of Mamoukakis’s family, who told the paper he was a cobbler who owned Mike’s Shoes in lower Manhattan.

With Mamoukakis’s death coming just days after the death of Citi Bike rider Dan Hanegby, who himself was killed by a charter bus driver just blocks from where Mamoukakis was hit, Chelsea City Council Member Corey Johnson issued a statement in which he wrote that “traffic violence is preventable” and that the “City can and must do better” in working to reduce traffic violence.

Source: Cyclist Killed By Charter Bus Driver Was 80-Year-Old Cobbler: Gothamist

9 People Hurt, 4 Seriously, as SUV Hops Curb in Hell’s Kitchen, FDNY Says

(DNAINFO) Ben Fractenberg Jen Chung and Aidan Gardiner | June 15, 2017 — An SUV clipped a livery cab, crashed into a parked van and hopped a curb in Hell’s Kitchen — striking two pedestrians before coming to a halt on Thursday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The driver of a Chevy Suburban was headinbg south on Ninth Avenue and swerved into the right-hand lane just before West 37th Street, where the SUV driver, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, cut off a livery cab who was also making a right-hand turn onto the one-way street, witnesses said.

“I said, ‘Stop! Stop!'” said livery cab driver Pardeep Singh, 48, who had a passenger in his backseat at the time. “I’m scared, shaking.”

Singh said the SUV’s back bumper clipped his front bumper, then accelerated and slammed into a parked white van and mounted the curb, where police say the SUV hit two pedestrians — a man and a woman in their 40s.

The SUV, which was carrying eight passengers and had Georgia plates, then continued about 20 feet before coming to a halt on top of a metal planter outside the Hudson Crossing Apartments at 300 W. 37th St., witnesses said.

Source: 9 People Hurt, 4 Seriously, as SUV Hops Curb in Hell’s Kitchen, FDNY Says – Hell’s Kitchen & Clinton – DNAinfo New York