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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Urinetown: The Musical

Winner of three Tony awards and one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Performances start Thursday, January 10 and continue through Saturday, January 26 at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Crane collapses in Long Island City, injuring seven

Seven workers suffered minor injuries when a crane collapsed at a Long Island City building site. Read more: Queens Courier

Cuomo takes aim at guns, Sandy relief during State of the State address

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed New York will become the nation’s leader in gun safety laws in wake of recent shootings. Read more: Queens Courier

Seastreak Wall Street Ferry saw other problems before crash

The Seastreak Wall Street ferry that crashed in Lower Manhattan Wednesday has had a few minor incidents in recent years. Read more: CBS New York

Cheating teacher the answer man: probe

A Queens elementary- school teacher brazenly helped fourth-graders cheat on the state’s high-stakes English exams, even though there was a second proctor in the room, investigators found. Read more: New York Post

Breezy Point couple surprised with newly renovated home after it was destroyed by Sandy

An octogenarian Queens couple whose house was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy received a surprise gift on Wednesday — a brand new home. Read more: New York Daily News

Report: Queens Native Will Likely Head Up Treasury Dept.

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to tap a native New Yorker to serve as the new head of the United States Treasury Department. Read more: NY1

NYC firm hit hard on 9/11 gives $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced that it will “adopt” 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and will give each family in those schools $1,000 to spend as they see fit. Read more: AP

57 hurt in Lower Manhattan ferry crash


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A commuter ferry originating from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey crashed in Lower Manhattan this morning leaving dozens of passengers injured.

Around 8:45 a.m the Seastreak Wall Street ferry, which was carrying 326 passengers and crew members, ran into two slips at about 10 to 12 knots (11.5 to 13.8 mph) as it was coming into Pier 11 at the South Street Seaport, according to a news conference following the accident and media reports.

A total of 57 people were hurt. Two are in critical condition with head injuries, nine are serious, 17 are in guarded condition and 29 received minor injuries. No one ended up in the water as a result of the crash.

Those with critical and serious injuries were transported to Manhattan hospitals and those with minor ones were taken to hospitals in Brooklyn.

Photos from the accident scene show a large gash in the front corner of the ferry, but the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

According to the Wall Street Journal, all of the crew members passed Breathalyzer tests.

“We don’t know what happened,” one injured passenger told the Daily News. “The boat hit something, and we went flying. People were bleeding all over the place.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a 11 member team from Washington D.C. to investigate the accident and should arrive at the scene around 2 p.m.

The pier is expected to reopen to commuters at noon today.

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