At least six people died on Tuesday evening when a New York commuter train struck at least one car near the town of White Plains, sparking a fire, ABC News reported. The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. (2330 GMT) and involved a train heading out of New York City on the Harlem Line. Service was suspended on a segment of the line between North White Plains and Pleasantville, the Metro-North Railroad service said. Several news media showed images of a car on fire and smoke coming from train cars, and reported that passengers were evacuated from the train. ABC quoted a passenger saying that some 750 people were on the train and that many were trapped and could not get off while people outside were telling them the train was on fire. The Mount Pleasant Police Department, which responded to the accident about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of New York City, did not immediately provide information on injuries or fatalities. The Harlem Line train runs from Harlem, a neighborhood in … [Read more...] about At least six dead as commuter train strikes car outside New York City
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An apparent gas explosion caused two apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames, and two others to catch fire, injuring at least 12 people on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, authorities said. The explosion, which occurred shortly after 3 p.m. and sent flames leaping into the sky, rocked the residential area in Manhattan. Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said. Three people were critically injured, New York Mayor de Blasio told a news conference near the scene of the blast. Preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion, the mayor said, adding that private gas and plumbing upgrade work had been going on in one of the buildings. He said Con Edison utility inspectors had been on the scene about an hour before the explosion and found the work did not pass inspection. The blast caused two buildings to collapse, including the one where the explosion occurred, he said. Two adjacent buildings … [Read more...] about New York City buildings collapse in possible gas blast, injuring 12 people
Long one of Hollywood's favorite backdrops -- though, in recent years, only so far as its grit and flash can be depicted from stand-in California studios and Vancouver streets -- New York is increasingly drawing producers when it comes to location work. With 31,500 days of filming tallied in a year -- twice as much as in 2002 -- 2005 beat all of the city's records, according to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. The movie and television production business, which employs about 100,000 people in New York, has become the biggest job-creating industry. It has been a dramatic comeback. In the 1990s, production costs as high as the city's fabled skyscrapers, a lack of studios and Canada's tax incentives and exchange rate, all helped send film crews packing. The September 2001 terror strikes made things worse. Hit series set in New York such as "Seinfeld", "Friends" and "NYPD Blue" were filmed on suspiciously sunny Los Angeles lots. The Oscar-winning movie … [Read more...] about More Movie Shoots Making New York Hollywood East
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.