(New York, NY-AP) — A cellphone video being shared on social media appears to show a helicopter struggling in the sky before yesterday’s midtown Manhattan crash. The footage is posted on Instagram and Twitter. The woman who posted the video says it looked like the pilot was making erratic moves in the sky.
A short time after the video was shot, 58-year-old Tim McCormack crash landed his chopper on top of a 7th Avenue building. He was killed. No one else was hurt. The NTSB is working to figure out why the pilot had to make the emergency landing in midtown, in the middle of the day Monday.
(Queens, NY-AP) — Con Edison says a rare electrical phenomenon is to blame for last night’s blue light show across New York City, and that there was no fire. People across all five boroughs, and even as far away as Nassau County and New Jersey, watched in awe as eerie blue light lit up the sky around 9:20 last night.
Apparently, a piece of equipment malfunctioned and an electric current flowed between two points, creating blue plasma. No one was hurt, but plenty were concerned, with some theorizing a nuclear blast, alien invasion, or even an elaborately planned gender-reveal party.
(New York, NY) – Some of the world’s biggest celebrities gathered for the annual Met Gala this evening in New York City. The theme for this year’s benefit is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination”, attendees were asked to interpret through their attire.
Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katy Perry are some of the celebrities who stood out at last night’s Met Gala. The annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City featured the theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Rihanna arrived dressed as the pope, Parker had a nativity scene headpiece, and Perry wore six-foot angel wings.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan attended. According to an Archdiocese of New York spokesman, Cardinal Dolan will likely wear the cassock that he would don to any formal evening dinner.
Headpieces were the most common accessory of the night, with numerous stars showing up in crowns and halos. Among the men who stood out for their fashion choices were Michael B. Jordan, Shaun White, Chadwick Boseman and Jared Leto.
The night also included a proposal from rapper 2 Chainz to his longtime girlfriend.
(London) – London’s murder rate is higher than New York City’s, for the first time in modern history. That’s thanks to a rash of stabbings that left 15 dead in February, one more than in the Big Apple.
That trend continued into March. Both cities have similar populations and last year, London only had half the murders of New York. But while New York’s murder rate has fallen since the 1990s, London’s has spiked by 40 percent in three years.
(Needham, MA) — Trip Advisor is releasing its list of top travel destinations. The world’s number-one travel destination is Paris, but New York City still ranks as the number-one U.S. destination for travelers. That’s according to Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations. This is the eighth consecutive year that New York City has been at the top of the list. Trip Advisor says the average annual rate for a hotel is about 400-dollars per night. The least expensive month to go to the Big Apple is August, when travelers can save about four-percent.
(SL) – Three men are accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack against several New York City targets. Federal authorities believe the men wanted to bomb or shoot up Times Square, the subway system, or concert venues around the holiday of Ramadan.
The FBI and NYPD took down the operation last summer, but the details are just being revealed. Authorities say a 19-year-old Canadian already pleaded guilty after buying bomb-making materials and traveling to the U.S. to get ready. A U.S. citizen from Pakistan and a Philippines man are also in custody and awaiting extradition.
The Canadian was captured in New Jersey well over a year ago. Officials say the suspects used a messaging app on their phones, not knowing that they were talking to an undercover agent