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Car crashes off 59th Street Bridge ramp

Another car crashed today zooming off the 59th Street Bridge ramp that leads to Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street, which was the scene of two deadly crashes just over a year ago. The car, a taxi, flew off the ramp and smashed into some scaffolding in front of a row of shops at 4:52 p.m., said cops. The cabbie refused medical attention. “I saw it coming straight for me! I just ran,” said deli worker Preet Singh, 25. “I wouldn’t be standing there. It’s like a death zone,” said Wilfredo Carbajal, 43, a super at a nearby building who recalled three other crashes at the site since early last year. Read More: New York Post

FAA flips video guy the bird

A Delta passenger who filmed a bird strike at JFK says he’s being targeted by the embarrassed feds just because he shot the footage with his iPad during takeoff. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Grant Cardone, an LA-based business consultant whose video of birds being sucked into an engine of LA-bound Delta Flight 1063 on April 19 has become a TV and Internet sensation. The plane turned back and landed safely. Among those who saw his video were FAA inspectors, who slapped him with an official letter complaining he took the video illegally because portable electronic devices must be turned off during “critical” phases of a flight, such as takeoffs, and can’t be used during an in-flight emergency. Read More

Mayor Cites Strong Private Sector In Executive Budget Address

Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday lauded the strength of the city’s private sector as he delivered his $70 billion executive budget proposal which does not raise taxes but also projects continued gaps for several years to come. Despite the recession, the mayor says the number of private sector jobs breaks the record set in 1969. However, the spending plan shows a nearly half a billion dollar budget gap for fiscal year 2013. Bloomberg says he plans to use the nearly half a billion dollars recovered from the CityTime scandal settlement to fill that gap. While tax revenues are lower than expected from losses on Wall Street, Bloomberg says the city is using increased revenues in tourism, film and the TV industry to offset the losses. Read More: NY1

 

 

 

Safety Barriers Go Up As Bronx Family Holds Wake For Crash Victims

Safety improvements are being made on the Bronx River Parkway just days after a crash that killed seven family members. The State Department of Transportation on Wednesday began installing concrete barriers along the viaducts crossing the Bronx Zoo, East Tremont Avenue, and the Amtrak tracks. The speed limit will be lowered to 35 miles an hour while the barriers are being put in place. New signs are also being put up. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz says it’s a step in the right direction. Read More: NY1


 

Rockaway residents say they lost thousands after rent-to-own building went into foreclosure

It was supposed to be a dream home by the ocean — but instead turned into a sea of red tape. Management at the Metroplex on the Atlantic, a 15-story luxury apartment complex in Far Rockaway, offered prospective homeowners a rent-to-buy contract. But after a year of plunking down money on above market-rate rent and on improvements for units they hoped to someday own, some would-be homeowners now say they were duped. Read More: Daily News

 

Brooklyn crook convicted of shoving a veteran cop to his death from a Boerum Hill stoop 

That was the demand of slain police Officer Alain Schaberger’s parents Wednesday after a jury convicted an ex-con of pushing their son from a Brooklyn stoop to his death. “This man has to pay,” the cop’s mom, May Schaberger, said. “He can still see his mom. My son … I don’t know if I die I’ll see him on the other side or not.” Paul Schaberger said the conviction of George Villanueva for aggravated manslaughter gave them “a sense of justice being served.” “It doesn’t bring back our son so we can’t say we’re happy,” he said. Read More: Daily News