One Killed As Helicopter Crash-Lands On Manhattan Building

The building where a helicopter crash-landed on top is seen in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. Speaking at the scene New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter, but that no one in the building had been hurt.
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A helicopter crash-landed on top of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan on Monday, starting a fire and leaving one person dead as the entire building shook from the impact.

“There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan,” the New York Police Department tweeted as emergency services flooded the area.

“The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality reported,” tweeted the city’s fire department.

President Donald Trump said he had been kept informed of the situation.

“I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all,” Trump tweeted.

Speaking at the scene, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter — suggesting the pilot was the person killed — and that a fire briefly broke out, but that no one in the building had been hurt.

“The preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another,” Cuomo said.

‘Whole building’ shifted

A firefighter looks up near a building where a helicopter crash-landed in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. Speaking at the scene New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there had been “casualties” on board the helicopter, but that no one in the building had been hurt. Johannes EISELE / AFP

 

“People who were in the building said they felt the building shake,” the governor added.

That was confirmed by Nathan Hutton, who works in the building on the 29th floor.

“We felt the whole building shift. We thought it was an earthquake or something like that. Something small like that. Then two minutes after, the alarms went off and then security came in: ‘Everybody just grab your bag and walk out the door now!'” Hutton told AFP.

He said there was no panic, but going down the stairs “was scary because everybody from all the floors” was descending “all at the same time” — a process that took half an hour.

“There was no shouting but a little nervousness, with the occasional, ‘C’mon, move!” he added.

The city fire department urged people to avoid the area.

Five people died after a helicopter plunged into Manhattan’s east river near the upscale Upper East Side neighborhood in March 2018.

The chopper, which was owned by tourism group Liberty, was carrying six people including the pilot, who managed to free himself. The other five did not.

That crash led US aviation authorities to review regulations for so-called “doors off” flights, which provide passengers with a more direct view of the skyline than flights with the aircraft’s doors shut.

Four Hurt In ‘Attempted Terror’ Blast In New York Subway

Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York. PHOTO: BRYAN R. SMITH / AFP

Four people were injured Monday in the blast that rocked a subway station in the heart of Manhattan, in what the city’s mayor said was an “attempted terrorist attack.”

The blast — which took place in the station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from New York’s iconic Times Square — sparked commuter panic and travel disruptions.

The bomb rattled a city still scarred by the devastating September 11 attacks, and a truck attack in October that left eight dead on a bike path.

A man suspected of being behind the blast was in custody, and suffered injuries, police said. None of the other injuries were life-threatening.

“This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters.

“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio added. “Thank god the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.”

New York police commissioner James O’Neill said the 27-year-old suspect had strapped the explosive device to his body. He suffered burns to the hands and abdomen, and other injuries.

Photos were circulating on social media of the man on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his mask and injuries to his torso.

Former New York police chief Bill Bratton told MSNBC television that he had been told the suspect was originally from Bangladesh and may have been acting in the name of the Islamic State group.

Police quickly evacuated the Port Authority station and closed roads in the area, which were filled with police cars and ambulances with flashing lights.

The blast occurred at the peak of the morning rush hour, shortly before 8:00 am (1300 GMT), when large numbers of people were headed to work.

Subway trains were bypassing the Port Authority and Times Square stations.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the explosion, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.

On Halloween, a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and injured 12. It was the first deadly terror attack in New York since 9/11.

New York is on high alert ahead of the holidays, which culminate every year with the giant New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, attended by hundreds of thousands of revelers.

“We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor, and that makes us an international target. We understand that,” Cuomo said.

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Joan Rivers ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Cardiac Arrest

Joan_ Rivers_Health_ScareUS comedienne and E fashion Police star,  Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” and with her family after reportedly going into cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal chords.

“We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” said the 81-year-old’s daughter, Melissa.

Rivers was taken ill on Thursday at an outpatient centre in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Manhattan.

The comic is understood to have stopped breathing during surgery and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

According to unconfirmed reports, the performer’s heart had stopped beating during the procedure.

Before being admitted to hospital, Rivers had been due to appear on Friday at a theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.

The veteran performer and outspoken fashion critic has won both fans and detractors with her acerbic remarks and waspish sideswipes at the rich and famous.

News of her condition prompted a deluge of get well wishes from members of that community, among them, Star Trek actor, Zachary Quinto and singer, Courtney Love.

“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” said Melissa Rivers in a statement.

The comedienne was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, United States of American as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She is also a  writer and an actress.

NYC Comptroller Candidate Arrested For Illegal Drug Sales

A former Manhattan madam who is running for New York City comptroller was arrested and charged with selling prescription pills for cash, the FBI said on Tuesday.

In the latest twist to the city’s scandal-hit campaign season, Kristin Davis, 38, allegedly sold prescription pills to a federal informant four times in four months this year, the FBI said.

Davis is running for the post of comptroller – in effect the city’s chief financial officer – also being sought by former Democratic New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer is attempting a political comeback after resigning as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal. Davis has said Spitzer was one of her customers and that she provided him with prostitutes.

Polls show Spitzer tied with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary, set for September 10.

Davis is charged with four counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, said George Venizelos, head of the FBI’s New York office.

Following a federal court appearance on Tuesday afternoon, Davis was released on a $100,000 bond and ordered to surrender her passport and restrict her travel.

In court, she sat hunched over at the defense table, her hair in a ponytail, wearing a black sweater and slacks.

Her attorney Daniel Hochheiser said if Davis is indicted she will plead not guilty.

“Miss Davis is accused in a hearsay complaint based upon an unsworn statement of an admitted drug dealer seeking leniency at the expense of a high-profile target,” he said following the bail hearing.

Davis spent four months in jail for her role in the prostitution scandal. Spitzer, 54, was never charged with any crimes.

Leaving the courthouse, Davis walked through a throng of reporters and cameras, declining to answer questions about how the charges could affect her candidacy, and hailed a taxi cab.

A Libertarian, she entered the race before Spitzer announced his candidacy.

Spitzer is not the only New York politician attempting this year to recover from scandal.

Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after saying he had accidentally sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter, in May launched a campaign for mayor.

Last week he publicly defied calls by major newspapers to drop out after a website published racy text messages he sent subsequent to the earlier scandal.

Jay-Z and Beyonce to host Obama fundraiser

It has been confirmed that the Hip-Hop king Jay-Z and wife Beyonce will be hosting the president of the United States of America, president Barrack Obama at a fundraising event for the president’s second term in service.

The president will be in attendance at the 100-guest event, with ticket prices hitting $40,000 per guest. Reportedly, it will be Obama’s last fundraising event in New York City before the November 6 election.

The event will hold at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in Manhattan.

The couple’s friendship with Obama dates back to the president’s inauguration.

Jay-Z and Beyonce performed at a tribute concert honoring the newly elected commander-in-chief on the night before Obama took his oath of office.

A week ago, the president appeared in a video clip which opened Jay-Z’s set at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia. Obama implored the crowd to vote and said he is a fan of the rapper’s music.

Beyonce has also been actively involved in the Obama campaign. After a letter Beyonce posted on her blog went viral, the campaign tapped her to read the note — an appreciation of Michelle Obama — in a web video. The singer, flanked by both Tina Knowles and Jay-Z’s mother, also attended a March fundraiser hosted by Michelle Obama.

The 40/40 fundraiser was scheduled for the evening of Sept. 18

Friends and associates extol late Nora Ephron’s qualities

Following the death of Nora Ephron, who died of Leukemia on Tuesday, friends and well-wishers have paid tributes to the celebrity.

Among those that paid tribute to the Paying tributes are:

Meryl Streep:- “Nora was a person whose gifts of mind, amply displayed as a young person in her sharply observed journalistic pieces and in her personal wit, were, when I first met her, kind of scary: aimed and airy at the same time, an insouciant sharpness that could be intimidating, because you could never catch her ‘trying’, everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It’s what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too.”

Billy Crystal:-“I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.

Meg Ryan:- “Nora was an era. We pictured ourselves inside her dreams and they became ours. All wisdom, wit and sparkle lights, what a treat she was, what a blessing. I marvel again and again, what a life… To have created simple happiness in people, to have added to the sum of delight in the world.”

Actress Bette Midler:- “Nora Ephron. The Hostess with the Most on the Ball. A brilliant soul, and we will all miss her so.

Martin Landau:- “An amazingly talented girl, who was able to accomplish everything she set her mind to with great style and will be missed enormously.”

Nora died at Manhattan on Tuesday at the age of 71.