Becca Glasser-Baker

Heatwave killed 32-year-old former New York Giants offensive lineman

Officials have reported that Mitch Petrus, 32, a former New York Giants offensive lineman died of a heatstroke Thursday night.   CBS reported that Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died at the Little Rock hospital. It is being reported that he had spent a majority of...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 1:05 PM

Man escapes high-rise fire by scaling down a 19-story building

A Philadelphia man on Thursday scaled down the exterior of a 19-story building to escape a fire.  The fire began around 9:30 p.m. on the third floor of Holden Tower, located at 4400 block of Holden Street. The fire took place in the trash shoot and released smoke on all 19 floors of the...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 11:01 AM

LGA launches a pilot program to make travel less confusing

Starting on July 20, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will start a pilot program in partnership with Lyft to help make leaving the airport easier. The program is the first of its kind to launch on the East Coast.  Steve Taylor, the New York Area Regional Director for Lyft, said in a statement to Metro...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 9:00 AM

Where to get free ice cream for National Ice Cream Day 2019

National Ice Cream Day 2019 is right around the corner. Here's the scoop on where to get your free ice cream in NYC.  Did you know that July is actually National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, President Ronald Regan made a proclamation making it official. Even though Ice cream is supposed to be...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:42 PM

Everything you need to know about CBD edibles

New York City recently passed a ban on CBD food and drink items. The New York City ban was created because the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it is unlawful to add CBD to food and drinks.  Metro spoke with Jay Moskowitz, a leading CBD expert about the CBD ban and...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:41 PM

200th firefighter dies of 9/11-related illness

New York City lost two more of its heroes — Richard Driscoll and Kevin Nolan.  Driscoll is the 200thmember of the FDNY to pass away as a result of an illness due to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to ABC.  Prior to his career at FDNY, Driscoll served...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:40 PM

Philly cops to be fired for Facebook posts

The Philadelphia Police Department will reportedly fire officers who posted offensive and racist posts on Facebook.  Due to the widescale attention this scandal has received, the firing of these cops would be a huge step for the department, which could set the stage for similar measures...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 11:12 AM

Ozy Fest returns to Central Park

According to their website, Ozy Fest is a festival designed for curious minds, and it features two full days of art, live music, cooking demos, good food, and conversations with various leaders from all walks of life. Guests include presidential candidates, famous writers, artists and more. Here's...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:59 PM

America’s new favorite pink drink: pink gin

Pink is everyone’s favorite color in the summer beverage world, from the Starbucks “Pink Drink” to all varieties of Rosé. It’s clear the pink drink takeover is here to stay, and there's a new pink beverage coming for the crown — Pink gin.  Pink gin has been a favorite of Europeans...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 11:14 AM

Update: NYC Triathlon cancelled due to dangerous heat

**UPDATE: NYC Triathlon cancelled due to heat wave** On Friday, Metro spoke with a representative from the Triathlon and they told Metro that the race will be canceled. They shared in a statement that "In partnership with city officials in New York City and after weighing all options to ensure the...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 4:57 PM

Details of major Citi Bike expansion announced

The popular Citi Bike program is set to get an extensive expansion throughout four New York City boroughs. The de Blasio administration on Tuesday announced that over the next five years, Citi Bike will double its service area and triple its bike fleet. By 2023, the expansion will bring Citi...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:43 PM

Dangerous heat wave to hit Northeast

A massive heat wave is excepted to hit the Northeast this week, forecasters predict.  According to weather.gov, a heat wave is defined as, “a period of unusually hot weather that typically lasts two or more days. To be considered a heatwave, the temperatures have to be outside the historical...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:03 PM

Protesters gather in D.C. to demand justice for Eric Garner

Two days before a federal statue of limitations was set to expire in the Eric Garner death case, protesters gathered in Washington D.C. to demand that the federal government file charges against the NYPD officer responsible for Garner's death. Wednesday is the deadline for the Department of...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 2:32 PM

Con Edison says more NYC blackouts may be looming

Con Edison warned that with impending heat, more blackouts may take place in New York City this summer.  “We expect that there could be service outages — those things happen during heat waves,” the power company’s chief spokesman, Mike Clendenin, said told PIX11. According to the National...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 1:48 PM

Everything you need to know about NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2019

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2019 is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss it!  New York City welcomes back it's famous summer restaurant week for the 27th year.  NYCgo.com reports that restaurant week was originally created as a one-time event to welcome the Democratic...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 10:54 AM

New Yorkers plan protest in response to ICE raids

ICE is planning to target at least 2,000 immigrants this weekend, and people are fighting back with protests set to occur across the country, including New York New City. The Friday night vigil is called "Lights for Liberty" will be taking place in Foley Square. According to a press release, the...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 1:20 PM

Pregnant woman and her son killed by Berks County flood waters

A pregnant woman and her young son were killed Thursday night when they were caught in flash flooding in Berks County. The woman, who was in her thirties, and her 8-year-old son were in a car when it was swept away by heavy rains on Grist Mill Road, near Locust Road, in Douglass Township, ABC...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 11:02 AM

8 Injured in Hell’s Kitchen taxi cab crash

Eight people were injured on Thursday when a taxi cab crashed into a Hell's Kitchen restaurant.   Citizen app first reported the incident occurred at around noon.  The footage shows FDNY and an ambulance treating victims on the scene and police speaking with witnesses. ...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 5:29 PM

Ariana and the Rose brings the Light + Space show to Brooklyn

Ariana and The Rose is bringing back her famous Light + Space show, which is set to take place on July 18 in Brooklyn. The show is part concert, underground art show, intergalactic sci-fi film, and part glitter party.  Ariana from Ariana and the Rose told Metro that the main reason why she...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:51 PM

SEPTA to roll out its new transit map

SEPTA hopes to make traveling a little easier with its newly redesigned transit map.  The new SEPTA map is expected to roll out within the next two weeks according to, Inquirier.com.  The redesigned map utilizes color and the thickness of lines to help riders get a sense of how...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:32 PM