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Nidhi Prakash

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Undercover cop found guilty in bikie gang assault of driver

An undercover cop who was posing as a gang member was found guilty on Tuesday morning of assaulting a driver on the West Side Highway along with other gang members.The detective, Wojciech Braszczok, was found guilty of second-degree assault, coercion, riot and criminal mischief, the New York Times...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:46 PM

Prison employee reportedly being questioned over escape of two killers

As the hunt for two killers who escaped from a high security prison in upstate New York continues, a prison employee is being questioned as a potential accomplice, CNN is reporting."They wouldn't have had the equipment on their own, that's for sure," Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.The network said...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:30 AM

Advocates call for end to cash bail after former Rikers inmate commits suicide

Advocates say the suicideofKalief Browder, the 22-year-old man who spent three years on RikersIslandawaiting trial, could have been prevented if cash bail requirements had not been imposed on his family.​The Pretrial Justice Institute launched a petition on Mondaycalling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 11:46 PM

CitiBike adds 1,000 re-designed bikes to bike share program

New York's bike share program will get an additional 1,000 bikes this month, with another 1,400 to be added during the program's expansion in Brooklyn and Queens later this year.The new bikes will be designed by Olympic racing bike designer Ben Serrota. They will feature a sleeker design, gears...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 9:17 PM

Escaped killers still on the loose, Governor offering $100,000 reward

More details on how David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped Clinton Correctional Facility have emerged and the story is something straight out of Hollywood.Both Matt and Sweat were reportedly privileged prisoners in what’s been described as the prison’s “honor block,” a collection of inmates with more...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:27 AM

Students graduate with high school diploma, associate degree and a job at IBM

One week before he was supposed to start high school, Gabriel Rosa didn't have an acceptance letter from any school.On Tuesday, he graduated with both a high school diploma and an associate degree in computer systems techology – in addition to having a job offer ready to go at IBM.P-Tech, the...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 5:11 PM

Boy, 4, survives being run over on pavement

A small child was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after being hit by a car on a pavement in Brooklyn, on Monday afternoon.The four-year-old was playing with a stuffed animal when the car jumped a curb on Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park.A video shows the car jumping the curb and taking down a...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 4:45 PM

Woman slashed in the neck on A train to JFK

A woman was slashed on the neck on the A train to JFK airport on Monday evening, according to police.As the train stopped at the Euclid Avenue and Pitken Avenue station in Brooklyn, the man approached the woman, slashed her on the neck with a sharp object, and fled from the train.The woman was a...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:52 PM

MTA boss says 7 train extension may open as late as October

The 7 train extension, which was originally slated to open at the end of 2013, may open as late as October this year, MTA. Chairman Thomas Prendergast said today.The extension has faced numerous setbacks, with the opening date delayed multiple times over the last year and a half.When the work is...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 3:29 PM

Sleepy? Here's some advice on how to get through the day.

We all know the feeling - it's only Tuesday and you've rolled out of bed bleary-eyed,not-quite-human until you've had your caffeine fix.But before you reach for that first magical cup of coffee, hold on a second. Metro spoke to Samantha Heller,a nutritionist at NYU'sCenter for Musculoskeletal Care...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 1:03 PM

City to investigate ‘three-quarter’ houses for recovering addicts

The city will investigate conditions in housing for recovering addicts, after widespread abuse and poor living conditions were revealed in a New York Times expose over the weekend.Inspectors from several city agencies will inspect buildings with more than 10 unrelated adults, where the landlords...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:15 PM

Cool week ahead for NYC

After a few glimpses of that humid summer we love to hate, the National Weather Service tells us we can expect a dip in temperatures - and lots of rain - this coming week.Pack your umbrella on Monday, with thunderstorms and showers expected throughout the day. That’s probably good advice all the...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 7:00 AM

Five arrested during filming of video tribute to rapper Chinx

Police arrested five people during the filming of a rap video tribute to Queens rapper Chinx on Friday evening, the Daily News reports.The video tribute included rappers Busta Rhymes, French Montana and Ja Rule, according to the Daily News.Police confirmed to Metro that five people were arrested in...

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 4:41 PM

City considers historic status to protect Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn, an icon of the LGBT rights movement for nearly 50 years, is up for consideration as a New York City landmark this week.As gay pride month kicks off, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will discuss making the bar an official historic site, which would mean any changes to...

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 3:41 PM

Brooklyn non-profit faces closure of child care program after losing city funds

A Brooklyn non-profit providing childcare services to more than 80 families is facing closure after losing city funding.The Fort Greene Council has run childcare programs for over 40 years, along with services for senior citizens.There has been uncertainty around its future recently, with the city...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 5:06 PM

NYPD personnel chief spent $60k on Zumba studio in police HQ

A police official spent $60,000 on setting up a Zumba dance studio in police headquarters, according to a published report.Deputy Commissioner of Personnel Michael Julian turned an old printing room in the basement of One Police Plaza into an exercise and dance space, fitting it out with workout...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 4:34 PM

Sandy damage repairs begin on Riverside Park boat basin

More than two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy blew through New York City, damage done to the most heavily used pier at the 79th Street Boat Basin in Riverside Park is being repaired.The New York City Parks Department, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Congressman Jerrold...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 4:25 PM

'American Hustle' former Congressman from Staten Island dies

John 'Jack' Murphy, a former Congressman from Staten Island who was convicted in the corruption scandal that inspired the movie American Hustle, died on Memorial Day.He was an influential leader amongStaten Island's democrats, until he was convicted in a notoriousfederal bribery sting operation,...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:41 AM

Police searching for suspects in Bronx stabbing and mugging

Police say a 25-year-old man was stabbed and beaten with baseball bats in broad daylight just a few blocks from the New York Botanical Garden recently.Police are searching for 5 suspects who were caught on a surveillance camera fleeing the scene on May 5th.The victim was taken to a nearby hospital...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:23 AM

Shakespeare with a New York accent moves into Bryant Park

Drew Valins, 39, an actor dressed in crisp white kitchen gear and red bandana, is used to his voice bouncing off the buildings surrounding a grimy parking lot on the Lower East Side. But on a recent warm Wednesday afternoon, he was playing a Shakespeare character, Speed, at one end of Bryant Park....

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:01 AM