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Architects Propose Converting Abandoned Station Below Delancey Street into a Public Park

12 Oct

The Highline won’t be the only abandoned train line converted into a city park for long. A group of architects proposed renovating a subterranean Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, located underground at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side, into a large community greenspace that’s about the same size as Gramercy Park. The architects, James Ramsey, Dan Barasch, and R. Boykin Curry IV, plan to illuminate the trolley terminal, which hasn’t been in use for 60 years, with an advanced fiber-optic lighting system that will bring natural sunlight into the dank tunnel. You might have noticed the entrance to the tunnel while looking at all the throw-ups just before you pull into the Essex St J train stop. The “Delancey Underground” project is already being referred to as the “Low Line”. But just like the Highline, I wouldn’t expect much of the graffiti to remain after the renovations. 

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12 Oct

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12 Oct

Chopper that crashed in East River had just been in shop

12 Oct

A helicopter that crashed in New York’s East River had been in the shop just two days before the fatal flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Bell 206 helicopter had just gone through an annual inspection on Oct. 2.

During an annual inspection, mechanics take much of an aircraft apart and put it together again. The work can take several weeks.

The pilot told the NTSB the nose of the helicopter swung unexpectedly to the left as he was taking off. When he tried to turn right, the aircraft went out of control.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report about the crash on Wednesday. However, it has not determined the cause.

One passenger died in the crash.

Accused ‘underwear bomber’ pleads guilty

12 Oct

DETROIT — A Nigerian student pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges connected to his alleged attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with explosives hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day 2009.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is officially representing himself in court, was asked by US District Judge Nancy Edmunds whether he understood his rights and whether he wished to plead guilty.

“Yes,” the accused terrorist responded, according to FOX News Channel. He later responded, “I plead guilty,” as each count against him was read.

In one of his initial court appearances, when he rejected attempts by Edmunds to appoint public defenders to represent him, Abdulmutallab asked what would happen if he wished to plead guilty, FOX reported. Edmunds then said she would appoint a standby attorney.

That attorney — Anthony Chambers — has been taking the legal reins in the case, which opened Tuesday.

Chambers reportedly chose not to make an opening statement on behalf of Abdulmutallab Tuesday but reserved his right to do so, allowing the prosecution to continue making its case.

Abdulmutallab, 24, is accused of trying to kill nearly 300 people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He faces charges including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and attempted murder inside an aircraft and faces up to life in prison, if convicted.

BlackBerry glitches spread to North America

12 Oct

WATERLOO, Ontario — BlackBerry outages that frustrated millions of users in Europe and Asia spread to the US and Canada on Wednesday, hitting email, messaging and browsing services.

Research in Motion (RIM) confirmed in a statement that the glitch was affecting North American users. The problem first hit BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Monday.

“BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this [Wednesday] morning. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience. We will provide a further update as soon as more information is available,” the statement said.

US carrier Verizon confirmed the problem and said it was up to RIM to rectify it.

Early Wednesday, Bell Canada, one of Canada’s largest carriers, confirmed some of its BlackBerry customers were experiencing problems, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Bell Canada said RIM, which makes the phones and routes BlackBerry traffic, had told the carrier it expected service to be back up later Wednesday.

Customers across the US also experienced problems, reporting missed emails overnight and flurries of email deliveries in the morning. BlackBerry messenger and internet browsing were not working for many subscribers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Mark Langton, a spokesman for Bell Canada, said the service problems started Tuesday night, affecting a “minority” of its customers.

Jim Johannsson, a spokesman for Telus, the big Western Canada-based phone company, said RIM indicated that about 15 percent of all BlackBerry subscribers in Canada and Latin America have suffered service disruptions.

RIM said late Tuesday that the problems in Europe and Asia were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure. North America was not previously hit by the outages.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and we will continue to keep you informed,” it said in its statement Tuesday.

RIM has struggled this year with weaker sales of the BlackBerry smartphone against rivals like Apple’s iPhone, various models from HTC and other handsets running Google’s Android software.

The outages hit RIM’s share price, which fell 2.4 percent in early trading in Toronto and were down 1.1 percent on Nasdaq.

Idiot ‘surfs’ the J train (NYC)

12 Oct

Shocking video shows a moronic subway surfer hanging for dear life onto the outside of J-train.

The MTA quickly condemned the footage, which was posted on YouTube.

The video shows the smiling surfer pressed up against the doors of the Jamaica-bound J train while it’s heading towards Essex Street, causing straphangers to shriek and gasp.

“It’s an incredibly stupid and dangerous thing to do,” said Charles Seaton, a spokesman for the MTA.

“We turned the video over to the NYPD for further investigation.”

At one point, the surfer moves along the side of the train, causing passengers to shriek, and then comes back to the doors.

“He’s crawling, he’s riding dirty,” one straphanger says on the video. The train stops, and the punk jumps down to the tracks, then disappears.

Seaton said the MTA doesn’t keep figures on subway surfing incidents but, “it happens occasionally, and we do have the public’s side against it.”

Maids duke it out in UES townhouse

12 Oct

These maids need to clean up their act.

Two housekeepers got into a hair-pulling catfight in the tony Upper East Side townhouse of an erotic artist with a controversial past, law-enforcement sources told The Post yesterday.

Amanda Tejada, 18, of New Jersey, and Marga Lecuona, 45, of Manhattan, were both charged with assault for Sunday’s 11 a.m. donnybrook at the East 62nd Street home of Sonnai Frock Rohrbeck, 64, widow of late NBC-TV exec John Rohrbeck.

Tejada told cops the two got into an argument and the raging older woman chucked a milk carton at her, pulled her hair and punched her in the face.

The teen said she then shoved Lecuona into a window, cutting her arm.

But Lecuona said Tejada punched her in the face, causing her to fall into the window and cut her arm, the sources said.

Lecuona was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Rohrbeck said yesterday she fired the pair, although “they cried and begged for their jobs back.”

She had no clue what the fight was about, but concluded, “It would have to be something very stupid.”

Neither of the combatants could be reached.

John Rohrbeck, who died in April 2002 of bladder cancer at age 62, oversaw 11 NBC stations when he was forced out in 1997.

Page Six reported at the time that network execs were unhappy that his wife sold erotic art that included images of children.

NYPD Daily Blotter October 12th 2011

12 Oct

Brooklyn

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Police released a sketch of a sicko who choked and groped a Sunset Park woman.

The perv approached a 35-year-old woman from behind, choked her, threw to the ground and groped her chest before fleeing with her purse on 60th Street at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said.

The attack is not related to the recent pattern of sex assaults in the area, cops said.

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Four tech bandits made off with more than $100,000 worth of iPads from an East New York Best Buy early yesterday, police sources said — and cops are investigating it as a possible inside job.

Police released the above sketch of a sicko who choked and groped a Sunset Park woman.

The thieves hit up the electronics store at Gateway Plaza near the Belt Parkway at around 4 a.m. and pilfered 183 iPads, valued at $112,000, after they broke in through a glass door.

Queens

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A sicko punched and tried to rape a woman in Ozone Park, cops said yesterday.

The creep threw the 40-year-old victim to the ground and punched her several times in the face and tried to rape her at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday near 145th Road.

A neighbor hearing the woman’s screams came out, and the spooked pervert took off.

The victim was treated for facial bruises.

Manhattan

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A 19-year-old man turned himself yesterday in for an alleged sex attack in Morningside Park, police said.

Jason Harris allegedly sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman walking in the park at around 6 p.m. Sunday.

The woman was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Harris was charged with committing a criminal sex attack.

*** Three thugs are wanted for pulling off a violent home invasion at an East Harlem housing complex.

The armed hoods first pointed a gun at a 27-year-old woman outside her apartment in the Wagner Houses on East 124th Street at 12:30 p.m. Monday and demanded her keys.

They restrained the victim, went to her residence and tied up four of her relatives, including a 27-year-old woman and 31-year-old man.

The suspects stole at least three cellphones before zooming off in a silver or gray four-door sedan, cops said.

Staten Island

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His luck ran out.

A sticky-fingered thief was busted for swiping 49 lottery tickets valued at $1,470 from a deli next to a police station house in St. George, authorities said.

Phillip Chapman, 28, reached over the counter in John’s Mini Market on Richmond Terrace next to the 120th Precinct station house and grabbed “Set For Life” scratch-offs at 5:40 a.m. on Oct. 4, court papers state.

Chapman was arrested Monday and allegedly told detectives he had committed the crime to score money to buy drugs and food.

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A woman was brutally beaten by her relatives at a family party in the West Brighton Houses, authorities said.

The victim was punched in the face by her brothers, Charles Pless, 54, and Eddie Pless, 52, before her sister, Florina Pless, 57, broke a vase over the woman’s head at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Henderson Avenue apartment, court papers state.

Then the victim’s niece, Mary Pless, 33, hit her in the head with a coffee grinder, cops said.

The attack took place in front of three kids, ages 12, 11 and 10, cops added.

The victim was hospitalized and received head stitches on the head.

The four attackers were charged with assault, weapons possession and child endangerment, said a spokesman for DA Daniel Donovan.

The Bronx

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Police have released photos of two suspects wanted for shooting a man in Williamsbridge.

The suspects targeted the 45-year-old victim at 7:30 a.m. Monday in front of the Richie Rich restaurant on Fish Avenue near Boston Road, cops said.

The perpetrators fled in a four-door sedan and the victim, who was hit in the shoulder, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.

‘Austin Powers’ actor allegedly kills sex offender in prison

12 Oct

An “Austin Powers” actor convicted of torturing a woman in Orange County is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, authorities said Tuesday.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, 40, allegedly killed his 50-year-old cellmate, who was found dead Monday afternoon at Wasco State Prison Reception Center in Kern County. The cellmate was a parole violator who had been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a prison report. A cause of death was pending.
Prison officials have named Son as the suspect, but officials said charges against him will await the completion of the investigation. Son, who played henchman Random Task in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” was also briefly a mixed martial arts fighter who used the name Joe Son.

He had arrived at the prison reception center Sept. 16 after having been convicted of torture and sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the 1990 Christmas Eve rape of a woman out walking her dog.

Prosecutors in the torture case said the woman was walking back to her apartment alone with her dog after going to look at Christmas lights with a relative and friend and was stopped by Son about 12:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve 1990.

Son asked her for directions and then, with another man, dragged her to a car, threw her in the back and drove away.

Son and the other man told her they were driving to Compton, pistol-whipped her and repeatedly threatened to kill her.

Son’s cohort, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, of San Antonio, raped the woman, prosecutors said.

Afterward, Son threatened to kill the victim and counted the bullets in the gun out loud as she pleaded for her life.

Son and Gaitan finally allowed the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, to leave, naked and with her pants tied around her eyes. The woman went to a nearby Huntington Beach home, where the residents called police.

While physical evidence was gathered in the case from the sexual assault, the case went cold. Son, however, was convicted in May 2008 of felony vandalism in an unrelated case and was forced to give a DNA sample.

That sample was then linked to DNA collected in the 1990 case, prosecutors said.

Gaitan pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping, sodomy, rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible rape with a sentencing enhancement for committing rape while armed with a firearm. He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.

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