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  • Two buildings affected by Williamsburg fire Saturday, possibly due to patio barbecue: FDNY

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Black smoke billowed from a fire in Williamsburg Saturday, visible from across the east river near the Williamsburg Bridge. The fire, which happened at an apartment building on North 7th Street in Brooklyn, was near the popular season outdoor food market Smorgasburg, which draws tens of thousands of people to Williamsburg each Saturday. Video from the Citizen App showed the smoke and flames. Several residents at two buildings on North 7th Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn couldn’t return […]

  • 2 men killed, innocent bystander injured in Newark triple shooting

    NEWARK — A heartbreaking scene unfolded Saturday as family members cried out after two people were gunned down on Lincoln Street in Newark. Three people were shot: two men were killed, and a woman was injured, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Jasson Duffy and Hassan Ward, both 30, were sitting outside when they were approached by someone who shot them both, authorities said. Authorities believe Duffy and Ward were targeted in the shooting, while the woman was an […]

  • ‘Saturday Night Lights’ youth program expands into all five boroughs

    EAST HARLEM — The purpose of the program is to get more kids involved in sports, with the thinking that when they’re playing on the basketball court, they’re less to wind up in criminal court. “What it’s doing is connecting kids with the community, with each other, with the police department, bringing law enforcement and the community and the kids together in a very positive way.” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said Saturday. Vance announced the citywide expansion of Saturday […]

  • East Harlem mural shows neighborhoods diverse roots with wide range of talented artists

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Using construction panels as their canvas, 20 artist set out to transform 125th Street by turning drab plywood into vibrant works of art and celebrating the history and culture of East Harlem. “It feels great to have my work on display right here on 125th,” said artist Charlie Elo, who was spray-painting a lion in the concrete jungle. The artists ranged from established pros to creative young visionaries, like 8 year old Jerellin Rodriguez, who likes […]

  • NBA vet Taj Gibson gives back to Brooklyn community he called home

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Taj Gibson grew up in the Ingersoll Houses on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn and followed his dreams all the way to the NBA. “This is my community,” Gibson, an NBA veteran since he was drafted in 2009. This is the 6th year the hometown hero is hosting his Back to School Bash. Kids from all over Brooklyn have been invited to participate in a basketball tournament, school supply drive and family carnival. This year is particularly special […]

  • Bands battle it out in Brooklyn, celebrating Caribbean culture

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — It was an exciting night of music in Brooklyn. Nine bands battled it out outside the Brooklyn museum. Steel drum orchestras with massive setups — some with more than a hundred musicians — brought the unique sounds of the Caribbean to Crown Heights. “The music is so exhilarating and it keeps you going,” said competition chairperson Joyce Quamina. The pan or steel drum is an acoustic instrument invented on islands of Trinidad and Tobago. “What we […]

  • Fire breaks out at NJ drug rehabilitation facility, sending thick, dark smoke into the sky

    PATERSON, N.J. — A large fire broke out at a New Jersey drug rehabilitation facility Saturday morning, sending thick, dark smoke into the sky. The blaze broke out at the Straight and Narrow facility, along Straight Street in Paterson, the city’s mayor Andre Sayegh said at the scene. Firefighters battled the stubborn blaze for 8 hours. A lot of challenges arose as they battled the fire at the 3 story building, including a massive explosion that sent a steel barrel […]

  • Woman, grandson struck by vehicle in Queens: police

    RICHMOND HILL, Queens — A woman and her grandson were struck by a vehicle in Queens Saturday morning, police said. Emergency responders received of a call of pedestrians struck in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 115 Street in Richmond Hill around 11:10 a.m. When they arrived, officers found a 56-year-old woman with severe body trauma. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital for her injuries, police said. She’s listed in critical condition. Her 8-year-old grandson was taken to Long Island […]

  • Man sought in connection with assault using unknown substance on bus driver: police

    THE BRONX — An MTA bus driver was sent to the hospital after being sprayed with an unknown substance while on the job, and authorities are looking for the perpetrator. A southbound Bx35 bus was headed along the Edward L. Grant Highway when it stopped at West 169th Street to drop off and pick up passengers. The driver — a 42-year-old male — came to his stop when an unidentified male walked around the bus to the driver’s side window […]

  • 3 firefighters injured battling fire at Bronx auto body shop: FDNY

    TREMONT, the Bronx — Three firefighters were injured battling a blaze that broke out at a Bronx auto body shop Saturday afternoon. Crews responded to a four-alarm fire on the first floor of a commercial building at 1875 Carter Ave. in Tremont shortly after 6 p.m., fire officials said. Video from Citizen App shows thick, heavy smoke billowing from the tire shop that can be seen from blocks away. The fire broke out as New York City deals with sweltering […]

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