Timeline New York City 2001-2015

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2001        Apr 26, A group led by Larry Silverstein, a NYC developer, and Westfield America Inc., signed a 99-year lease on the 11-million square-foot WTC complex from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    (SFC, 9/17/01, p.B1)

2001        Jun 17, In NYC a 5-alarm fire at a hardware store in Queens killed 3 firefighters and injured dozens of others.
    (SFC, 6/18/01, p.A3)

2001        Jul 11, In NYC the city and police union made a tentative agreement to pay $9 million to settle a suit by  Abner Louima over his 1997 police beating.
    (WSJ, 7/12/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 24, Larry Silverstein signed a $3.2 billion, 99-year lease for the  NYC World Trade Center (WTC).
    (WSJ, 4/30/04, p.A11)

2001        Jul 30, Former Pres. Clinton opened his new office in Harlem.
    (SFC, 7/31/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 4, In NYC police officer Joseph Gray (40) ran over Maria Herrera (24), her son Andy and her sister (16). A baby boy was delivered by c-section but did not survive. Gray had been drinking with fellow officers at a strip club and was later charged with manslaughter for killing the family while driving drunk on his way to work. 17 cops at the 72nd precinct were soon disciplined transferred or suspended. Gray was convicted of manslaughter in 2002 and sentenced to five to 15 years in prison. Ms. Herrera's husband, Victor, and his mother-in-law, Maria Peña, later filed lawsuits. The city settled the civil lawsuit for $1.5 million.
    (www.courttv.com/trials/gray_joseph/chronology.html)(AP, 8/5/02)(http://tinyurl.com/5oa8lz)

2001        Aug 23, Thierry Devaux (41), a French stuntman, got snagged on the Statue of Liberty arm while trying to land there using a motor-driven parachute. He was rescued and arrested.
    (SFC, 8/24/01, p.A3)(AP, 8/23/02)

2001        Sep 11, 8:45 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 carrying 92 people, crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center in NYC. It was enroute from Boston to LA.
    9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 carrying 65 people, crashed into the South Tower of the WTC. It was enroute from Boston to LA.
    9:38 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 carrying 64 people, crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. It was enroute from Washington DC to LA.
    9:40 a.m. The FAA grounded all domestic flights and ordered all airborne craft to land immediately.   
    10:00 a.m. The South Tower of the WTC collapsed.
    10:10 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 carrying 45 people, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh. The plane had left Newark for SF but was believed to be directed by hijackers to Camp David. Passengers appeared to have overcome the hijackers.
    10:29 a.m. The North Tower of the WTC collapsed.
    5:25 p.m. Building 7 of the WTC complex collapsed. Four groups of terrorists used knives, hijacked 4 airplanes, and were suspected to be linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization and appeared to be a franchise operation.
    (SFC, 9/12/01, p.A6,10,12)(WSJ, 9/12/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A6)
2001        Sep 11, World leaders expressed outrage at terrorist attacks in NYC and the Pentagon and pledged solidarity with the US. In the West Bank town of Nablus, some 3,000 people celebrated the attacks and chanted "God is great." Later the estimates of the WTC dead dropped to 4,396. In 2004 the count was reduced to 2,749.
    (SFC, 9/12/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A2)(USAT, 10/30/03, p.7A)(WSJ, 1/26/04, p.A1)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1M4eH9Kk7I)
2001        Sep 11, Rick Rescorla, security chief at MS, evacuated 2,700 Morgan Stanley employees from the WTC and was killed trying to save others. In 2002 James B. Stewart authored "Heart of a Soldier," a biography of Rescorla.
    (WSJ, 9/11/02, p.D10)
2001        Re: Sep 11, In 2005 NYC said it was unable to identify the remains of 1,161 of the 2,749 people killed in the Sep 11 attacks.
    (WSJ, 2/24/05, p.A1)
2001        Sep 11, Peter Alderman (25) was among those murdered by terrorists while attending a conference at the World Trade Center. His parents later established the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in his name to alleviate the suffering of victims of terrorism and mass violence in post-conflict countries by providing physicians and other indigenous caregivers with the tools to treat mental anguish using Western medical therapies combined with local healing traditions.
    (www.petercaldermanfoundation.org/about/index.html)
2001        Sep 11, The UAR emirate of Ras al Khaimah was drawn into the international fallout as the birthplace of hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew United flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2001        Sep 13, "Urinetown" was scheduled to open on Broadway. It was written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman and closed Jan 18, 2004 after 965 performances.
    (SFC, 7/3/03, p.E1)(SFC, 11/4/03, p.D6)

2001        Sep 23, The NYC missing # was raised to 6,453 with 252 accounted dead. On Nov 20 the official count was reduced to just below 3,900. [see Dec 19]
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.A3)(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A2)(SFC, 12/20/01, p.A15)

2001        Oct 3, In NYC Nathan Powell killed and dismembered Jawed Wassel, an Afghan émigré and filmmaker. Powell claimed anger over the Sep 11 attacks and pleaded guilty in 2003.
    (SFC, 6/5/03, p.A3)

2001        Oct 4, NYC officials estimated that the Sep 11 disaster would cost as much as $105 billion over the next 2 years. Depending on the number of jobs permanently shifted out of the city, the September 11th attacks could cost New York City as much as $83-95 billion dollars, though the financial loss could never compare to the horrendous loss of nearly 3,000 lives.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, p.A15)(HNQ, 9/11/02)

2001        Oct 7, A scheduled peace demonstration in NYC drew some 10,000 people. Anti-war demonstrations in SF and Chicago drew some 1,000 each.
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.A11)

2001        Oct 8, NYC celebrated its 57th annual Columbus Day Parade.
    (SFC, 10/9/01, p.A8)

2001        Oct 11, Mayor Giuliani rejected a $10 million donation from Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal due to an attached press release that said the US should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.
    (SFC, 10/12/01, p.A3)

2001        Oct 24, In NYC 14-story scaffolding collapsed in a courtyard behind 215 Park Ave S. and at least 5 people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.C16)

2001        Oct 25, The Broadway musical "Thou Shalt Not" premiered. It was based on the 1867 novel by Emile Zola (27): "Theresa Raquin."
    (WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A18)

2001        Oct 29, A hospital worker in NY and a woman who handled mail in New Jersey were found to have anthrax. Since Oct 4 a total of 37 people have tested positive for exposure and 15 have contracted the disease.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A8)

2001        Oct 31, Kathy Nguyen (61), a NYC hospital worker, died of anthrax. The source of infection remained a mystery.
    (SFC, 11/1/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 1, Anthrax spores were found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th postal facility in Florida.
    (WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 2, A 17th case of anthrax was reported in a NY Post employee.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Nov 2, NYC firefighters and police engaged in a scuffle as firefighters protested a limit to the number of firefighters working to retrieve their dead at the WTC disaster site.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Nov 2, Estimated of the WTC dead dropped to 4,396. [see Dec 19]
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)

2001        Nov 4, Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia won the NYC Marathon in record time, 2:07:43. Margaret Okayo of Kenya set a woman’s record of 2:24:21.
    (WSJ, 11/5/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 6, Michael Bloomberg, self-made billionaire, was elected as the NYC’s 108th mayor. He spent $69 million on his self-financed campaign. He soon introduced “311," a form of centralized customer service for the city.
    (SFC, 11/7/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1)(Econ, 2/19/05, Survey p.11)

2001        Nov 12, American Airlines Flight 587, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed in Belle Harbor in the Far Rockaway district of Queens just after takeoff from JFK Airport. All 260 crew and passengers were killed as well as 5 people on the ground. The A300-600 plane appeared to have fallen apart. The vertical tail section cracked off when composite fittings failed possibly due to turbulence from a preceding 747. In 2004 a safety board said the pilot’s “unnecessary and excessive“ use of the rudder contributed to the crash.
    (SFC, 11/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A19)(SFC, 10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 11/12/05)

2001        Dec 15, With a crash and a large dust cloud, a 50-foot tall section of steel, the last standing piece of the World Trade Center's facade, was brought down in New York.
    (AP, 12/15/02)

2001        Dec 18, A fire at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, damaged 2 of 6 17th century Barberini tapestries.
    (WSJ, 12/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Dec 19, The Sep 11 WTC death toll was reduced to 3,000. In 2002 a revised tally put the total dead at 2,795. In 2003 the count was reduced to 2,752.
    (SFC, 12/20/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 8/20/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/9/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)(USAT, 10/30/03, p.7A)
2001        Dec 19, The fires that had burned beneath the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City for the previous three months were declared extinguished except for a few scattered hot spots.
    (AP, 12/19/02)

2001        Dec 23, Time magazine named Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as Person of the Year.
    (SFC, 12/24/01, p.A2)

2001        Dec 27, A van lurched out of control in Herald Square at 34th ST. and 6th Ave. and killed 6 pedestrians. A 7th died the next day.
    (SFC, 12/28/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A6)

2001        Dec 30, A viewing platform opened over ground zero of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A9)

2001        Dec 31, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spent his final day in office praising police, firefighters, and other city employees, and said he had no regrets about returning to private life. In 2005 Fred and Harry Siegel authored “Prince of the City," an account of the Giuliani’s years as mayor of NYC.
    (AP, 12/31/02)(WSJ, 6/23/05, p.D8)

2001        New York City was supposed to close its only landfill in this year.
    (SFC, 10/12/97, p.A2)

2001        Eric H. Monkkonen authored "Murder in New York City," a historical look at murder in NYC.
    (WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A20)

2001        Martin Tytell (d.2008 at 94), master of typewriter technology, closed his shop in Manhattan after 65 years in business. During WWII he turned Siamese keyboards into 17 other Asian languages.
    (Econ, 9/20/08, p.106)

2002        Jan 1, Michael Bloomberg succeeded Rudolph Giuliani as New York City's mayor.
    (AP, 1/1/03)

2002        Jan 31, Some 2,500 participants met at the 31st World Economic Forum in NYC at the Waldorf-Astoria.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A3)

2002        Jan, In NYC the “No Pants Subway Ride" began as a stunt and continued over the years as an “int’l celebration of silliness."
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.A2)

2002        Feb 2, The Bush administration approved a $700 million grant to help rebuild lower Manhattan devastated by the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 2, In NYC protesters of the World Economic Forum turned out in large numbers. Inside Bill Gates and U2 rock star Bono pushed for increases in foreign aid by rich countries to poor countries.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A3)

2002        Feb 12, Ronald Popadich of New Jersey struck 19 pedestrians at 6 spots along Seventh Ave. near Madison Square Garden and one died 2 days later. He struck 7 more people Feb 13. He shot his girlfriend, Lisa Gotkin Feb 10, and a cab driver on Feb 13.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A8)

2002        Feb 25, After a 35-year plot to accept bribes and cheat the city out of tax revenues, 16 tax assessors were arrested and charged with altering values of over 500 properties worth some $8 billion.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A5)

2002        Mar 17, After nearly a year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left the Broadway hit musical "The Producers." They later returned for a limited engagement.
    (AP, 3/17/07)

2002        Apr 1, Pres. Bush said he would sell Governor’s Island in NY Harbor to NY state and NYC for a nominal charge.
    (SFC, 4/2/02, p.A3)

2002        Apr 2, The 1848 Turgenev comedy: "A Poor Gentleman," opened at Broadway’s Music Box as "Fortune’s Fool."
    (WSJ, 4/3/02, p.A20)

2002        Apr 16, The new New York Sun newspaper was launched by investors led by Canadian Conrad Black. The previous NY Sun ran from 1833-1950.
    (SFC, 4/17/02, p.A2)

2002        Apr 25, In NYC dozens were injured in an explosion at a building on W. 19th St. Industrial chemicals were suspected.
    (SFC, 4/26/02, p.A3)

2002        May 21, The NYC MOMA opened for a last day prior to closing for a $500 million renovation to be completed in 2005. A temporary home was set to open Jun 29 at a former staple factory in Queens.
    (SFC, 5/24/02, p.D15)

2002        May 30, In NYC a solemn, wordless ceremony was held to mark the end of the cleanup at the World Trade Center site.
    (SFC, 5/31/02, p.A1)(AP, 5/30/03)

2002        Jun 4, A crime sweep arrested 17 alleged members of the Gambino family with charges that included extortion.
    (SFC, 6/5/02, p.A8)

2002        Jun 10, John Gotti (b.1940), former mob boss, died at age 61 of cancer in a prison hospital in Missouri.
    (SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)

2002        Aug 1, In NYC the alleged ringleader of a massive identity theft operation was indicted along with 3 associates.
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)

2002        Aug 15, In NYC WNEW-FM radio shock jocks Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia aired an eyewitness account of a couple having sex in the vestibule of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Their show was cancelled Aug 23.
    (SFC, 8/24/02, p.D4)

2002        Sep, The Museum of Sex opened at 27th and Fifth. Its 1st show was titled: NYC Sex: How New York Transformed Sex in America."
    (WSJ, 10/22/02, p.D8)

2002        Oct 30, DJ Jam Master Jay, rap artist, was shot to death in Queens, NYC.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 3, The NYC Marathon was won by Rodgers Rop of Kenya in 2:08:06; Joyce Chepchumba of Kenya won the women's title in 2:25:55.
    (WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 30, It was reported that NYC estimated 37,000 homeless.
    (SFC, 11/30/02, p.A4)

2002        Dec 19, After a prosecutor cited new DNA evidence, a judge in New York threw out the convictions of five young men in a 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who had been raped and left for dead.
    (AP, 12/19/03)

2002        Lynne B. Sagalyn authored "Times Square Roulette," an examination of the transformation of Times Square.
    (WSJ, 2/20/02, p.A20)

2002        Julia Solis authored “New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City." It was 1st published in German. An English version was made in 2004.
    (SSFC, 3/6/05, p.M1)

2002        The 1st Int’l. knitting contest was held in NYC. The winner managed 180 stitches in 3 minutes.
    (WSJ, 2/28/05, p.A1)

2002        Mayor Michael Bloomberg took charge of NYC’s school system. He soon opened 15 small high schools. In 2003 he got money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help open 169 more.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.41)

2003        Feb 8-Mar 20, Larme Price (30) killed 4 immigrants in 4 different all-night stores in Brooklyn and Queens.
    (SFC, 4/1/03, p.A8)

2003          Feb 21, An explosion rocked a Mobil oil refinery on the edge of Staten Island and 2 workers were killed.
    (AP, 2/21/03)

2003          Feb 26, NYC chose an airy spire, designed by Daniel Libeskind, for the site of the former World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11/2001. The spire would be taller than any other building in the world at a height of 1,776 feet.
    (AP, 2/27/03)

2003          Mar 7, In NYC most of Broadway went dark as actors supported a strike by theater musicians.
    (SFC, 3/8/03, p.A3)

2003          Mar 10, In NYC 2 undercover police officers were killed during an undercover gun buy on Staten Island. 3 people were arrested the next day. Ronell Wilson climbed into the back seat of an unmarked police car on the pretense of selling an illegal gun. He shot officers Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin in the head. In 2007 Wilson (24) was convicted and sentenced to death. Wilson was one of seven people arrested in his case; the other six pleaded guilty to various charges.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.A6)(AP, 1/31/07)

2003          Mar 11, Striking Broadway musicians settled a contract dispute with theater producers to end a walkout that shut had down 18 musicals since Mar 7, agreeing to a smaller number of musicians in the largest theaters.
    (AP, 3/11/03)

2003        May 10, The New York Times announced on its Web site that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud," according to an investigation conducted by the paper.
    (AP, 5/10/04)

2003        Jun 5, In NYC Howell Raines, NY Times executive editor, resigned along with Gerald M. Boyd, managing editor, due to their handling of inaccurate stories by recently released reporter Jason Blair.
    (WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)

2003        Jul 23, New York City Councilman James Davis (41) was shot to death by political rival Othniel Askew (31) at City Hall; a police officer shot and killed Askew.
    (AP, 7/24/08)

2003        Sep 8, In NYC Harvey Milk High School for gay, bisexual and transgender kids opened in Greenwich Village. It  was named after the San Francisco supervisor killed in 1978.
    (SFC, 9/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep 9, The WSJ disclosed that Dick Grasso, Chairman of the NYSE, had a retirement package close to $140 million along with entitlements to an additional $48 million. His 2001 pay exceeded $30 million with a base pay of $1.4 million. Grasso soon decided to forego the $48 million undisclosed compensation.
    (WSJ, 9/11/03, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/25/04, p.C1)

2003        Sep 17, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said his foundation would donate $51 million to create 67 small high schools in NYC. It was part of a larger plan by the city to create 200 small high schools to replace struggling large ones.
    (SFC, 9/18/03, p.A3)

2003        Oct 18, Wynton Marsalis was scheduled to help inaugurate the new $128 million Frederick P. Rose Hall at Manhattan's Columbus Circle.
    (SFC, 10/14/03, p.D4)

2003        Oct 15, A Staten Island ferry pilot lost consciousness before the vessel slammed into a pier, killing at least 10 people and injuring 42, including 3 who lost limbs. Pilot Richard J. Smith fled the scene and attempted suicide. Smith later pleaded guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter. In 2006 Smith was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Patrick Ryan, the ex-ferry director received a one year sentence.
    (AP, 10/16/03)(SFC, 10/16/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/15/04)(SFC, 1/10/06, p.A5)

2003        Nov 2, The NYC Marathon was won by Martin Lel of Kenya in 2:10:30; Margaret Okayo of Kenya won the women's title in 2:22:31, a course record.
    (WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)

2003        Nov 15, Laurence Tisch (80), NY billionaire, died at NYU Medical Center. He and his brother Preston Robert gained control of Loews movie house chain in 1960 and developed the business into a conglomerate of hotels, insurance, cigarette manufacturers, movie theaters, oil tankers and watch making that served as a vehicle for other investments.
    (SSFC, 11/16/03, p.A29)

2003        Dec 19, New plans revealed that the signature NYC skyscraper at the World Trade Center site will be a 1,776-foot glass tower that twists into the sky, topped by energy-generating windmills and a spire that evokes the Statue of Liberty. The plan was produced after months of contentious negotiations between Daniel Libeskind, who designed the overall five-building site plan, and David Childs, the lead architect for the Freedom Tower.
    (AP, 12/20/03)(SFC, 12/20/03, p.A1)

2004        Jan 10, Spalding Gray (62), morose humorist, disappeared in NYC. His body was found in the East River in March. In 2011 film director Steven Soderbergh culled clips from 90 hours of Gray source material to produce the documentary: And Everything Is Going Fine."
    (SFC, 2/09/04, p.A2)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.E8)

2004        Feb 10, NYC said nearly 4% of men age 40-49 in the city have AIDS or are infected with HIV.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)

2004        May 3, A NYC court found financier Frank Quattrone (48) guilty on 3 counts of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. On Aug 22, 2006, a NY judge approved a settlement that would allow him to avoid another trial and return to the securities industry. 
    (SFC, 5/4/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/26/06, p.56)

2004        May 24, NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued the NY Stock Exchange, former exchange chairman Dick Grasso and an executive who headed its compensation committee. Spitzer wanted Grasso to return $100 million of the $200 million plus that the NY Exchange gave or promised to Grasso.
    (WSJ, 5/25/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 6, In the 58th annual Tony Awards “Avenue Q" won for best Broadway musical.
    (SFC, 6/7/04, D1)

2004        Jul 4, In NYC a 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the skyscraper that will replace the destroyed towers.
    (AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 4, In NYC Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi chewed up the competition at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition, breaking his own previous world record. Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, gulped down 53 1/2 wieners in 12 minutes and shattered his own world record by three dogs. 105-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, 36, of Alexandria, Va., ate more hot dogs (32) than any other woman and any other American in the contest's history.
    (AP, 7/4/04)

2004        Jul 27, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a slum in Haiti and met interim leaders.
    (AP, 7/27/04)

2004        Jul 30, In NYC Joseph Massino, a Bonanno crime boss, was convicted of orchestrating murder, racketeering, arson and extortion over the last 25 years.
    (SFC, 7/31/04, p.A2)

2004        Aug 4, Richard Smith, a Staten Island ferry pilot, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in a crash that killed 11 commuters in the October 15, 2003, wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi Staten Island ferry, acknowledging that he'd passed out at the helm after arriving at work with medication in his system.
    (AP, 8/4/05) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Staten_Island_Ferry_crash)

2004        Aug 5, Patrick Ryan (52), New York City's director of ferries, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter in the October 15, 2003, wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi Staten Island ferry. Ryan later pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter.
    (AP, 8/5/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Staten_Island_Ferry_crash)

2004        Aug 27, Thousands of cyclists snarled traffic in NYC and police said they arrested more than 250 people and confiscated their bicycles in the first significant protest against President Bush before the Republican convention.
    (Reuters, 8/28/04)

2004        Aug 29, Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the fortified streets of Manhattan to protest President Bush's foreign and domestic policies as Republican delegates gathered to nominate the president for a second term. Organizers estimated up to 400,000 participants.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 30, Republicans opened their convention in NYC with speeches by Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain. They belittled Democratic Senator John Kerry as a shift-in-the-wind campaigner unworthy of the White House and lavished praise on Pres. Bush as a steady, decisive leader. Pres. Bush ignited a Democratic inferno of criticism by suggesting on NBC's "Today" show that an all-out victory against terrorism might not be possible.
    (SFC, 8/31/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/30/05)

2004        Aug 31, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laura Bush spoke on the 2nd night of the Republican Convention in NYC as police arrested nearly 1,000 demonstrators.
    (AP, 8/31/04)

2004        Sep 1, VP Cheney and Democrat Zell Miller were featured as prime-time speakers at the Republican Convention in NYC.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 11, Songwriter Fred Ebb (76) died of a heart attack in NYC. His songs included “New York, New York," written for the 1977 film of the same name.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.B4)

2004        Oct 23, Robert Merrill (87), NY Metropolitan Opera star, died in NYC.
    (SFC, 10/26/04, p.A2)

2004        Nov 7, The NYC Marathon was won by Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa in 2:09:28; Paula Radcliffe won the women's title in 2:23:10.
    (WSJ, 11/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 20, The new NYC MOMA opened in midtown Manhattan. Its new tower was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.85)
2004        Nov 20, Juan Rodriguez (49) of NYC, a Colombian immigrant and parking garage worker, won the $149 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. He chose to take a single payment of $88.5 million before taxes.
    (USAT, 11/21/04, p.3A)

2004        Nov 26, In NYC a man jumped to his death from the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building.
    (AP, 11/27/04)

2004        Dec 20, Jack Newfield (66), NYC reporter and columnist, died. His books included “Robert Kennedy: A Memoir" (1969).
    (SFC, 12/22/04, p.B5)

2004        The $1.7 billion Time Warner Center in NYC was completed. It measured 2.8 million square feet.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.J1)

2005        Feb 11, In NYC ceremonies marked the completion of the 46-story Hearst headquarters building on 8th Ave. between 56th and 57th streets. It was built over Hearst’s original 1927 6-story, Art Deco structure.
    (SFC, 2/12/05, p.A3)

2005        Feb 12, Christo and Jeanne-Claude opened their NYC Central Park Gates project. The $20 million, 16-day exhibit featured 7,532 fabric draped steel gates spanning 23 miles.
    (SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 15, The Gates Foundation granted $32 million for 35 new small schools in NYC. Mayor Bloomberg had recently announced the closure of a number of large, troubled schools to be replaced by 200 new small schools with pupils capped at 500-600.
    (Econ, 3/5/05, p.33)

2005        Feb 23, A real estate report said uptown Manhattan, condo and co-op apartments sold for a median price of $305,490 in 2004, up a whopping 349.3 percent from $68,000 in 1995.
    (Reuters, 2/23/05)

2005        Mar 9, The acting boss of the NYC Gambino family and at least 30 other mob figures were arrested following an undercover FBI operation.
    (SFC, 3/10/05, p.A3)
2005        Mar 9, In Las Vegas 2 retired NYC police detectives, Louis Eppolito (56) and Stephen Caracappa (63), were arrested on federal charges of taking part in 8 murders on behalf of the Mafia. In 2009 both men were sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/11/05, p.A3)(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A5)

2005        Apr 20, The NYSE, in a move toward computerized trading, agreed to buy Archipelago Holdings of Chicago in a reverse merger. The new company, to be called NYSE Group was valued at $3.5 billion.
    (WSJ, 4/21/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 26, Clarence Williams (58), suspected of raping at least 25 women in 3 states, was arrested in NYC following DNA tests that linked him to a 1973 rape case.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A3)

2005        Jun 15, The opera “Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On" with music by William C. Banfield (b.1961) and words by Karren LaLonde Alenier (b.1947) had its world premiere by the Encompass New Opera Theatre in New York City under the direction of Nancy Rhodes.
    (www.steinopera.com)

2005        Jun 23, An indictment, unveiled in US federal court in Los Angeles, said Seymour Lazar and his family were plaintiffs in over 50 class action lawsuits against both large and small companies. Prosecutors claimed that he received $2.4 million in illicit kickbacks from a New York law firm believed to be Milberg Weiss. In 2008 Melvyn Weiss (72) agreed to plead guilty to racketeering and acknowledge that his firm, Milberg Weiss, concealed secret payment arrangements with plaintiffs in class-action suits.
    (Econ, 7/2/05, p.65)(SFC, 3/21/08, p.C3)
2005        Jun 23, Joseph Massino, who went from the New York Mafia's last old-school don to its highest-ranking turncoat in a betrayal that rocked organized crime, was sentenced to life in prison after admitting his involvement in eight mob murders.
    (AP, 6/23/05)

2005        Jun 29, In Manhattan a new design, by architect David M. Childs, was unveiled for the Freedom Tower.
    (WSJ, 6/30/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 4, In NYC Takeru Kobayashi (27) captured the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest for the 5th straight year, gobbling a nauseating 49 dogs in 12 minutes, but missing his own world record of 53 1/2, set at last year's July Fourth competition.
    (AP, 7/5/05)

2005        Aug 23, NYC said it will install 1,000 surveillance cameras and 3,000 motion sensors in its subways and rail stations in a new deal with Lockheed Martin.
    (SFC, 8/24/05, p.A3)

2005        Sep 24, Monica Lozada-Rivadineira (26), an immigrant from Bolivia, disappeared in NYC. Her daughter, Valery, was found in the evening wandering barefoot in Queens. On Oct 6 Police found her body in a Pennsylvania landfill and police said she was killed by her boyfriend. In 2006 Cesar Ascarruna (32) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A3)

2005        Sep 28, In NYC a groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the $3 million memorial design by Rodney Leon, a Yale-trained architect who has lived in West Africa. As many as 20,000 slaves and free blacks who helped build New York's economy from docks to warehouses will be honored with a memorial near their burial ground. Closed in 1794, the five-acre burial ground was forgotten as a construction landfill eventually buried it 20 feet underground. When the cemetery was rediscovered during construction of a federal office tower in 1991, community pressure prompted the government to abandon the project.
    (AP, 9/28/05)

2005        Nov 24, A giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York snagged a street light and caused part of it to fall, injuring a woman and a child.
    (AP, 11/24/06)

2005        Dec 10, In NYC police officer Daniel Enchautegui (28) was shot a killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress while off duty. 2 suspects were arrested. Steven Armento (48), a convicted burglar, and Lillo Brancato Jr. (29), an actor who appeared in episodes of "The Sopranos" and in films including "A Bronx Tale," were shot by the officer and were in stable condition yesterday in the critical care unit of Jacobi Medical Center. Armento was convicted of first degree murder in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison. On Jan 9, 2009, Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/12/05, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/09, p.E4)

2005        Dec 20, In NYC subways and buses ground to a halt morning as transit workers walked off the job at the height of the holiday shopping and tourist season, forcing millions of riders to find new ways to get around.
    (AP, 12/20/05)

2005        Dec 21, Millions of New Yorkers trudged to work in another bone-chilling commute without subways and buses as a transit strike entered its second day. The transit union suggested it would be willing to end the strike if a plan to change workers’ pensions were dropped.
    (AP, 12/21/05)(SFC, 12/22/05, p.A9)

2005        Dec 22, NYC striking bus and subway workers ended a 3-day strike voting to return to work and resume negotiations on a labor contract.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.A3)

2005        Dec 23, In a NYC probe, first reported by the Daily News in October, authorities confirmed this week that investigators found paperwork indicating that bones of British broadcaster Alistair Cooke had been removed and sold by Biomedical Tissue Services, before he was cremated in 2004. Human bone, skin and tendons were allegedly removed from the bodies of hundreds of others without required permission from their families. The Brooklyn case stemmed from a deal struck between Michael Mastromarino (42), a Fort Lee, NJ, dentist who started Biomedical Tissue Services, and Joseph Nicelli (49), an embalmer and funeral parlor operator from Staten Island. In 2006 seven funeral directors pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and agreed to cooperate with investigators.
    (AP, 12/23/05)(SFC, 2/24/06, p.A2)(SFC, 10/19/06, p.A7)

2005        Dec 27, In NYC the executive board of the transit workers approved a tentative contract that included a 10.9% raise over 3 years and a requirement for workers to contribute to their health care plans.
    (SFC, 12/28/05, p.A3)

2005        Stacy Horn authored “The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad." She noted that NYC had 8894 unsolved murders dating back to 1985.
    (SSFC, 7/10/05, p.E6)
2005        Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielwogel, former commissioner of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (1972-1987) authored “The Landmarks of New York."
    (WSJ, 7/8/05, p.W7)

2006        Feb 2, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire known for his philanthropy, anonymously donated $100 million to Johns Hopkins University to support stem cell research.
    (AP, 2/2/06)

2006        Feb 21, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Italy signed a deal under which it will return antiquities Italy says were looted in exchange for long-term loans of other artifacts.
    (AP, 2/21/06)

2006        Feb 23, In NYC Michael Mastromarino, owner of Biomedical Tissue Services in New Jersey, was charged along with 3 others of selling body parts for use in transplants across the US. Joseph Nicelli, owner of a Brooklyn funeral home, was among those charged.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.A2)

2006        Apr 29, Thousands of US anti-war demonstrators converged on lower Manhattan to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 4/29/06)

2006        May 2, A pre-dawn fire in NYC raged through a 21-acre site. It destroyed 15 industrial buildings and was the worst city fire in 10 years.
    (http://nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/home2.shtml)(WSJ, 5/27/06, p.P9)

2006        May 8, Stunt artist David Blaine emerged weak and wrinkly from a week spent submerged within an eight-foot snow globe-like tank in the plaza of New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, but without a world record for holding his breath.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2006        May 9, Victor Gonzalez, former butcher, murdered his roofing foreman Wilfredo Pinto.  He then dismembered and bagged the body parts and scattered them on NYC street corners. In 2009 Gonzalez was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 4/9/09, p.A4)(www.mahalo.com/Victor_Gonzalez)

2006        May 25, A major power outage stranded thousands of rush-hour commuters between New York and Washington, stopping trains inside sweltering tunnels and forcing many passengers to get out and walk.
    (AP, 5/25/06)

2006        Jun 10, In NYC a firefighter’s monument was unveiled for the 343 who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    (SSFC, 6/11/06, p.A2)

2006        Jun 11, In the Tony Awards in NYC the play “The History Boys" won best play and “Jersey Boys" won as best musical. The award for best actor went to Richard Griffiths of "The History Boys." Cynthia Nixon won best actress for her role in “Rabbit Hole."
    (Reuters, 6/11/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.E3)

2006        Jun 14, In NYC Kenny Alexis (20), a homeless man, was arrested following a string of stabbings through Manhattan over a 13-hour period.
    (SFC, 6/15/06, p.A12)

2006        Jun 16, Barbara Epstein (77), co-founder and editor of the NY Review of Books (1963), died in NYC.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.79)

2006        Jun 30, Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, whose Homeland Security nomination was withdrawn because of ethics questions, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of accepting $165,000 in improper gifts while serving as a top city official.
    (Reuters, 6/30/06)(WSJ, 7/1/06, p.A1)

2006        Jul 6, Ralph Ginzburg (b.1929), journalist, magazine publisher and photographer, died in NYC. His magazine included Eros (1962), Avant Garde (1968) and Fact (1964). In 1962 he wrote “100 Years of Lynchings," a chronicle of racist hangings in the South. He was at the center of two First Amendment battles in the 1960s and served 8 months in federal prison for obscenity.
    (AP, 7/6/07)(SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)

2006        Jul 10, In NYC a four-story townhouse collapsed and burned in an apparent gas explosion after what witnesses described as a thunderous explosion that rocked the neighborhood just off Madison Avenue. Dr. Nicholas Bartha (66), owner of the building, was pulled alive from the rubble. He had recently lost a $4 million judgement in a divorce case. Bartha died from his wounds on July 15.
    (AP, 7/10/06)(SFC, 7/11/06, p.A4)(AP, 7/16/06)

2006        Jul 21, In NYC residents of Queens suffered through a 5th day of power blackouts. ConEdison said power blackouts in Queens had affected some 25,000 customers.
    (SFC, 7/22/06, p.A3)

2006        Jul 25, In NYC 14 athletes competed in the 10th annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. The 51-day event was sponsored by followers of meditation master Sri Chinmoy.
    (Reuters, 7/25/06)

2006        Aug 10, In NYC organizers said Germany's Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk (51) won the 3,100-mile Self-Transcendence event, capturing the world's longest foot race in 41 days, eight hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Suprabha Beckjord (50) was 14th overall and the only woman to finish, doing so after 60 days, four hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds.
    (AFP, 8/10/06)

2006        Aug 15, NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg said he is putting $125 million of his own money into a new worldwide anti-smoking campaign.
    (SFC, 8/16/06, p.A2)

2006        Aug 16, New York City officials released new tapes of hundreds of heart-wrenching phone calls from the World Trade Center on 9-11, along with other emergency transcripts.
    (AP, 8/16/07)

2006        Sep 21, In NYC Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez visited the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Harlem and promised to double the amount of discounted heating oil his country is shipping to needy Americans.
    (SFC, 9/22/06, p.A3)

2006        Oct 11, A small plane, carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (b.1972) and instructor Tyler Stanger, crashed into a 50-story condominium tower on Manhattan's Upper East Side killing both men. It was not clear who was at the controls.
    (AP, 10/12/06)(SFC, 10/13/06, p.A12)

2006        Nov 1, Adrienne Shelly (b.1966), actress and director, was found by her husband hanging by a bed sheet in their Manhattan apartment in an apparent suicide. In 2008 Diego Pillco (20), an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Shelly)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A4)

2006        Nov 5, Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the NYC Marathon in 2:09:58. Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia won the women’s race for the 2nd year in a row in 2:25:05.
    (WSJ, 11/6/06, p.A1)

2006        Nov 25, In NYC Sean Bell (23) and two other unarmed men in a car were killed hours before Bell was to have married the mother of his two children. The confrontation with police stemmed from an undercover operation by 7 officers investigating the Kalua Cabaret in Queens. Two officers were later indicted for manslaughter, and a third was charged with reckless endangerment; all pleaded not guilty. In 2008 three NYPD detectives were acquitted of all charges in the case.
    (AP, 11/27/06)(AP, 11/25/07)(AP, 4/25/08)

2006        Dec 5, New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants. The ban became effective July 1,2007.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)

2006        Franklin Acosta de Vargas (34) was arrested in Queens, NYC, on suspicion of drunk driving. Vargas led gang members from the Dominican Republic who preyed on rival drug dealers along the East Coast, stealing their money and cocaine. They allegedly bound their victims with duct tape, beat them and held guns to their heads to get them to reveal information. The bandits also applied pliers to their genitals and pressed hot irons to the soles of their feet. His lieutenant, Rudy Martinez, kept the operation alive, but was arrested in 2007.
    (AP, 7/18/08)

2007        Jan 2, New York City commuter Wesley Autrey Sr. saved a 19-year-old student who had fallen onto subway tracks by leaping down and pulling the teen and himself into the trough between the tracks as a train passed over them.
    (AP, 1/2/08)

2007        Jan 8, In NYC an unidentified rotten-egg smell wafted over the city.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.A2)

2007        Jan 30, Jeanne Kane, a member of the 1960s singing group the Kane Triplets, was shot and killed by her ex-husband John Galtieri, a retired NYC police officer. In 2009 Galtieri was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lhbevm)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)

2007        Feb 8, The Museum for African Art unveiled plans for a new home in Manhattan, becoming the first major addition to New York's Museum Mile in 50 years.
    (Reuters, 2/8/07)

2007        Mar 4, In NYC a videotape captured Rose Morat (101) as she repulsed an attack by a mugger in the vestibule of her apartment. A suspect was later arrested.
    (SFC, 4/28/07, p.A3)

2007        Mar 7, In NYC 9 people, including 8 children, died inside their burning Bronx house. Another child died the next day.
    (AP, 3/8/07)(SFC, 3/9/07, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/11/07, p.A2)(AP, 3/7/08)

2007        Mar 14, In NYC David Gavin (32), with a fake beard and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition, fatally shot a pizzeria employee and two unarmed volunteer police officers in Greenwich Village before other officers shot him to death. Gavin was a former employee at the pizzeria.
    (AP, 3/15/07)

2007        Apr 1, Brooklyn's borough president launched the Coney Island amusement park's last season ahead of a major redevelopment that will raze much of the lovably seedy boardwalk area.
    (Reuters, 4/1/07)

2007        Apr 12, In NYC transit officials and politicians broke ground on the Second Avenue line in East Harlem.
    (Econ, 4/21/07, p.34)(www.mta.info/mta/news/releases07/index.html?en=070412)

2007        Apr 13, In NYC lawyer Moshe Kanovsky (31) leaped to his death from the 69th floor of the Empire State Building. At least 30 people have jumped from the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931.
    (SFC, 4/14/07, p.A3)

2007        Apr 15, Airlines canceled over 400 flights in the NYC area as a hard-blowing nor'easter gathered strength along the East Coast. The storm out of the Great Plains was already blamed for 5 deaths.
    (AP, 4/15/07)(SFC, 4/16/07, p.A4)

2007        Apr 19, A Brooklyn jury convicted Gerald Garson, a former matrimonial court judge, of taking bribes. His arrest in 2003 prompted investigations into judicial corruption.
    (www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/04/20/judge.cigar.ap/index.html)

2007        Apr 20, In NYC 13 people were indicted on charges stemming from their roles in a credit card fraud. Waiters in about 40 restaurants, in New York and as well eateries in Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Connecticut, had quietly recorded customers' credit card information and passed it on to people who used the information to make more than $3 million worth of worth of illegal purchases. The conspirators had operated from November 2005 until this week.
    (AP, 4/21/07)

2007        May 23, Seven insurance companies agreed to pay out over $2 billion in claims related to the World Trade Center. The payout will be split between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, and Larry Silverstein, the developer who took over the site weeks before it was destroyed on Sep 11, 2001.
    (Econ, 5/26/07, p.28)

2007        Jun 2, Four Muslim men were arrested and in connection to a plan to set off explosives in a jet fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods.
    (AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/2/08)

2007        Jun 11, NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city will incorporate biofuel made from corn and soybeans into oil used to heat city buildings starting in 2008.
    (Reuters, 6/12/07)

2007        Jun 18, NYC officials detailed an experimental anti-poverty program whereby poor residents will be rewarded for good behavior, like $300 for doing well on school tests, $150 for holding a job and $200 for visiting the doctor.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

2007        Jun 19, After some six years as a Republican, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (65) announced that he has left the Republican Party and become unaffiliated in what many believe could be a step toward entering the 2008 race for president.
    (AP, 6/20/07)

2007        Jun 26, Liz Claiborne (b.1929), fashion designer died in NYC. She revolutionized the way working women put together their wardrobes. Claiborne launched her label in 1976 after working for years as a relatively unknown dress designer.
    (AP, 6/28/07)(WSJ, 6/30/07, p.A4)

2007        Jul 1, In NYC a ban on restaurant cooking with trans fats went into effect.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A4)

2007        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut emerged as the world's hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting yet repulsive triumph. Chestnut  ate 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes.
    (AP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 18, A massive geyser of steam and debris erupted through a midtown Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal as an 83-year-old steam pipe ruptured. One woman, identified as Lois Baumerich (57) of Hawthorne, N.J., died from cardiac arrest.
    (AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 18, NYC and New Jersey claimed $170.2 million in anti-terrorism funds, LA and Long Beach, Ca., claimed $72.6 million, DC claimed $61.7 million, Chicago got $47.3 million, the SF Bay Area got $34.1 million and Houston got $25 million.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B3)

2007        Aug 8, A tornado struck Brooklyn, NY. This was the first ever tornado in recorded history to touch down in Brooklyn. It was the first tornado to hit New York City since 2003, when a weak tornado touched down in Staten Island, and only the sixth tornado recorded in the city since 1950.
    (http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/37273/)(http://tinyurl.com/3a2npv)

2007        Aug 18, A seven-alarm fire ripped through the former Deutsche Bank next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, killing two firefighters who were responding to the blaze.
    (AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.34)

2007        Aug 20, Leona Helmsley (87), the NYC hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the "queen of mean," died at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
    (AP, 8/20/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.79)

2007        Aug 22, It was reported that some US lawyers in NYC had crossed the $1,000 per hour billing mark.
    (WSJ, 8/22/07, p.B1)

2007        Sep 4, New York city’s first Arab-language school opened.
    (Econ, 9/8/07, p.36)

2007        Sep 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NYC for a speech at Columbia University followed by a scheduled address to the UN General Assembly. Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown at Columbia University.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)

2007        Sep 28, A federal judge refused to block a new NYC city rule that requires taxi drivers to install global positioning systems and credit card machines in their cabs by Oct 1.
    (AP, 9/29/07)

2007        Oct 28, In NYC orthodontist Daniel Malakov was shot and killed when he too his daughter for an arranged meeting with his former wife, Mazoltuv Borukhova. Police soon charged Borukhova with hiring a cousin by marriage to kill Malakov. In 2011 Janet Malcolm authored “Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial.
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, p.G4)(www.fathersandfamilies.org/?tag=daniel-malakov)

2007        Oct 30, Linda Stein (62), a pioneer in the punk music scene and later known as a real estate “broker to the stars," was found murdered in her Manhattan apartment. On Nov 9 police arrested Natavia Lowery (26), Stein’s personal assistant, who bludgeoned her boss to death because Stein “just kept yelling at her."
    (SFC, 11/2/07, p.E2)(SFC, 11/10/07, p.E2)

2007        Nov 4, Paula Radcliffe outlasted Gete Wami to win her second New York City Marathon in 2:23:09. Martin Lel of Kenya won his second men's title, in 2:09:04.
    (AP, 11/4/08)

2007        Nov 5, NYC Mayor Bloomberg announced a new report card for the city’s schools. He said high grade schools will get a budget increase and schools that fail will not be tolerated. Bloomberg and school chancellor Joel Klein announced a plan to in effect charterize the entire school system.
    (Econ, 11/10/07, p.16,35)

2007        Nov 10, A stagehands strike shut down most Broadway shows, with curtains rising again 19 days later.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2007        Nov 16, The first summit of women leaders opened in NYC. The two-day "International Women Leaders Global Security Summit," opened under the co-chairmanship of former Irish president Mary Robinson and former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell. At the close over 70 women leaders issued a call for action on global warming, terrorism, poverty and women's security. The women leadership initiative was launched in October 2006.
    (AFP, 11/18/07)

2007        Nov 28, Broadway stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement on ending a crippling 19-day-old strike.
    (AP, 11/28/08)

2007        Dec 3, In NYC Don Imus returned to the airwaves eight months after he was fired for a racially charged remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team, and introduced a new cast that included two black comedians on WABC-AM.
    (AP, 12/3/07)

2007        Dec 7, In NYC 2 window washers fell 47 stories from a Manhattan skyscraper when their scaffolding failed; Edgar Moreno was killed, but his brother, Alcides, miraculously survived.
    (AP, 12/7/08)

2007        Joseph Dominick Pistone (b.1939), alias Donnie Brasco, authored “Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business." Pistone, a former FBI agent, worked undercover for six years (1976-1981) infiltrating the Bonanno family and to a lesser extent the Colombo Family, branches of the Mafia in NYC.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Brasco)
2007        Graham Russell and Gao Hodges authored “Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver."
    (WSJ, 4/6/07, p.W6)
2007         “Show Choir!, The Musical" by Mark McDaniels and Donald Garverick, made its premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival. The original musical comedy was awarded two awards for Overall Excellence. After a very successful reading in November 2008, the musical is actively making its way to Broadway.
    {Theater, USA, NYC}
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_choir)
2007        A topless advocacy group was founded by a spiritual leader named Rael after a topless advocated in New York was arrested and held in jail for 9 days before winning a lawsuit against the city. An annual topless day began to be held on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day. In 1971 a joint resolution of Congress designated August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day.
    {USA, NYC, Women}
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Equality_Day)(SFC, 8/26/13, p.C3)

2008        Jan 22, The NYC Board of health voted to require restaurant chains to state the number of calories in everything on their menus. Full enforcement began in July.
    (www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2008/pr008-08.shtml)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.64)

2008        Feb 7, Authorities in Italy and the US conducted raids targeting dozens of alleged members of Mafia clans who controlled drug trafficking between the two sides of the Atlantic. A 169-page indictment in the US went back 3 decades and included at least 7 murders. The main targets in NY included 3 of the “five families" controlling organized crime in America: the Genovese, Bonanno and Gambino families.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.41)

2008        Feb 11, It was reported that Patricia Cornwell (51), crime novelist, was donating $1 million to NYC’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help start a Crime Scene Academy.
    (WSJ, 2/11/08, p.B7)

2008        Feb 12, In Manhattan psychologist Kathryn Faughey (56) died in her Upper East Side office after being stabbed 15 times with a cleaver and knife. Psychiatrist Kent Shinbach was also slashed in the attack. The assailant escaped. David Tarloff (39) was arrested on Feb 16. He blamed Faughey for having institutionalized him 17 years earlier.
    (SFC, 2/14/08, p.A3)(SSFC, 2/17/08, p.A2)

2008        Feb 26, Brunei’s Prince Jefri effectively lost control of the 55-story New York Palace Hotel, formerly known as the Helmsley Palace. A firm owned by prince Jefri paid $202 million for the hotel in 1993 using funds from the Brunei Investment Agency (BAI).
    (WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A6)

2008        Mar 11, Paul LeClerc, president of the NY Public Library, said its main Manhattan building on Fifth Ave. would be renamed after Stephen Schwarzman, billionaire chairman of the Blackstone Group, who has pledged $100 million toward library expansion plans.
    (SFC, 3/12/08, p.E2)

2008        Mar 15, In NYC an apartment building on Manhattan’s East Side was crushed in a giant crane collapse that killed 7 people and injured 17.
    (AP, 3/16/08)(SFC, 3/18/08, p.A2)

2008        Apr 20, Pope Benedict XVI held a Mass at Yankee Stadium on his last day in the US.
    (WSJ, 4/21/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 23, New York’s Gov. David Paterson signed into law a $1.25 per pack tax hike on top of the state’s $1.50 per pack cigarette tax. NYC has an additional $1.50 per pack tax. By July 1 smokers will be paying an average $9.00 a pack for legal cigarettes. The taxes have encouraged major criminal smuggling.
    (WSJ, 5/7/08, p.A17)

2008        May 14, A triptych by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), titled “Triptych 1976," sold for $86.3 million in NYC, a record for contemporary art auctions.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.79)

2008        May 30, A construction crane collapsed on New York's Upper East Side, smashing into a 23-story apartment building before crashing onto the street below and killing two workers.
    (AP, 5/30/08)(SFC, 5/31/08, p.A3)

2008        Jun 2, Melvin Weiss (72), co-founder of the NYC law firm Milberg Weiss, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his roll in a kickback scheme targeting US corporations. He was also ordered to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines.
    (SFC, 6/3/08, p.D4)

2008        Jun 5, Alain Robert (45), the man known as the French "Spiderman," climbed The New York Times building to draw attention to global warming, adding to earlier conquests including the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. Hours later a 2nd man ascended the building and was also arrested at the top.
    (Reuters, 6/6/08)(SFC, 6/6/08, p.A4)

2008        Jun 10, In NYC a million pieces of stainless steel toy parts assembled into a nearly seven-story model skyscraper glimmered under the hot sun. It was created by American artist Chris Burden (b.1946). The 16,000-pound (7,250-kg) "poetic interpretation" of the 30 Rock Building at Rockefeller Center was made of replicated Erector set pieces from the toy created by A.C. Gilbert in 1912.
    (Reuters, 6/11/08)

2008        Jun 12, Deaths due to the heat wave across the US East Coast climbed past 30 with at least 15 dead in Philadelphia and 7 in NYC.
    (WSJ, 6/13/08, p.A2)

2008        Jun 15, In the annual NYC Tony Awards “August: Osage County" won 5 awards and the musical “In the Heights" won 4 awards.
    (SFC, 6/16/08, p.E3)

2008        Jun 24, In NYC Robert Williams (31) was convicted of attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, arson and other charges in an attack of a Columbia University graduate student, which was so prolonged and agonizing that Ann Prunty begged her tormentor to kill her and later tried to kill herself.
    (AP, 6/25/08)
2008        Jun 24, In NYC David Fisher, an Italian architect, said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be "the world's first building in motion," an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Jun 28, Ruslana Korshunova (20), a European Vogue cover model, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment building in an apparent suicide. She was originally from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 6/29/08)

2008        Jul 30, Nicholas Corozzo (68), New York City mob captain, pleaded guilty to racketeering and 2 murders in 1996. In 2009 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cz7tj8)(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A10)

2008        Aug 11, Federal prosecutors in NYC charged Joseph Shereshevsky and Steven Byers, partners in Chicago-based WexTrust Capital, with raising over $250 million through a Ponzi scheme, mainly from Orthodox Jews.
    (WSJ, 8/15/08, p.A1)

2008        Sep 10, A regulatory filing revealed that Carlos Slim, Mexican businessman, and his family had purchased a 6.4% stake in the New York Times.
    (Econ, 9/20/08, p.78)

2008        Sep 11, Pres. Bush attended the dedication of a new memorial at the Pentagon in honor of 9/11 attacks in 2001. In NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg led a ceremony attended by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
    (SFC, 9/12/08, p.A3)

2008        Sep 15, Lehman Brothers, burdened by $60 billion in soured real-estate holdings, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in US Bankruptcy Court after attempts to rescue the 158-year-old firm failed. Bank of America Corp. said it is snapping up Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in a $50 billion all-stock transaction.
    (AP, 9/15/08)

2008        Sep 24, In NYC police Lt. Michael Pigott ordered a fellow officer to fire a taser at Imam Morales, who had threatened to kill himself and stood naked on a window ledge. Morales fell about 10 feet and died. A distraught Pigott committed suicide on Oct 2.
    (SFC, 10/3/08, p.A6)

2008        Sep 21, NYC police arrested more than a dozen people for stealing pieces of Yankee Stadium during the 85-year-old ballpark's final game.
    (AP, 9/23/08)

2008        Oct 15, A NYC police officer warned Michael Mineo, a tattoo parlor worker, that if he reported being sodomized with a baton during an arrest at a subway station, officers would lock him up for a felony. Officer Richard Kern (25) was later charged with aggravated sexual abuse and assault. Fellow Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and official misconduct for allegedly covering up the crime.
    (AP, 12/9/08)

2008        Oct 23, NYC Mayor Bloomberg persuaded the city council, in a 29-22 vote, to amend the term limit law allowing him to run for re-election next year.
    (SFC, 10/24/08, p.A4)
2008        Oct 23, In NYC Raffaello Follieri (30) was sentenced to 4½ years in prison for cheating investors by claiming he had ties with the Vatican enabling him to buy Catholic Church property at a discount.
    (WSJ, 10/24/08, p.A2)

2008        Nov 2, Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the NYC marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men's race for the second time in three years.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,445965,00.html)

2008        Nov 5, John Leonard, former editor of the NY Times Book Review (1970-1983), died in NYC.
    (SFC, 11/11/08, p.B4)

2008        Nov 19, In NYC the Triborough Bridge was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
    (SFC, 11/20/08, p.A4)

2008        Nov 25, Gerald Schoenfeld (b.1924), head of the Shubert Organization, died in NYC. From 1972 he and Bernard B. Jacobs (d.1996) reinvigorated the commercial theater business.
    (SFC, 11/27/08, p.B8)

2008        Nov 27, Macy’s held its 82nd Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC.
    (SFC, 11/28/08, p.A2)

2008        Dec 3, Laura Garza, an aspiring dancer, disappeared after leaving a NYC nightclub with a registered sex offender. On April 11, 2010, her remains were found in Olyphant, Pa. DNA confirmation was announced on April 26.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A4)(www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=NEWS67)

2008        Dec 7, NYC police officers escorted a drunken Gap designer (29) to her East Village apartment. In 2011 a Manhattan jury acquitted two officers of rape, but found them guilty of misconduct for three unauthorized post midnight visits to her apartment.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.A6)

2008        Dec 8, Marc Dreier (58), owner of a prominent NYC law firm, was indicted with criminal charges and civil complaints alleging he defrauded investors of some $115 million by selling them phony financial instruments. On Dec 23 federal prosecutors charged Kosta Kovachev (57), a former stockbroker, for his role in Dreier’s 2006 Ponzi scheme. In 2009 the indictment was amended and estimated the alleged fraud at about $700 million.
    (WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/24/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A7)

2008        Dec 11, Bernard Madoff (70), a quiet force on Wall Street for decades, was arrested and charged with allegedly running a $50 billion "Ponzi scheme" in what may rank among the biggest fraud cases ever.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

2008        Dec 18, John Costelloe (47), the actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on "The Sopranos," died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York City.
    (AP, 12/25/08)

2008        Dec 20, The NY Times said China has blocked access to its Web site, days after the central government defended its right to censor online content it deems illegal.
    (AP, 12/20/08)

2008        Dec 23, In NYC police found the body of investor Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet (65) at his Madison Avenue office. He had grown increasingly subdued after the Madoff scandal broke and apparently swallowed sleeping pills and slashed his wrists with a box cutter. His investment fund had lost $1.4 billion with Bernard Madoff.
    (AP, 12/24/08)(SFC, 12/24/08, p.C3)

2008        Dec 25, Eartha Kitt (81), singer, dancer and actress, died in NYC. The self-proclaimed "sex kitten" attracted fans with her sultry voice and catlike purr even as she neared 80.
    (AP, 12/26/08)

2008        Dec 31, SF ended the year with 98 homicides. In Milwaukee, Wisc., the total number of homicides dropped 32%, from 105 in 2007 to 71 in 2008, the lowest number since 1985. Detroit had 344 slayings, a 13% drop from the 396 in 2007; Philadelphia's 332 killings were a 15% drop from the 392 in 2007; and the 234 homicides in Baltimore were 17% less than the 392 the year before. Cleveland recorded 102 homicides in 2008, down from a 13-year high of 134 in 2007. Homicides in New York rose 5.2%, to 522 from 496 the year before. Slayings in Los Angeles were down to 376 in 2008 compared to 400 the prior year. Preliminary data in Chicago showed 508 homicides were reported in 2008, the first time the city had more than 500 murders since 2003 and about 15% more than the 442 homicides reported in 2007. Washington, D.C., ended 2008 with 186 homicides, up from 181 in 2007.
    (SFC, 1/2/09, p.1)(AP, 1/3/09)

2008        Max Page authored “The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction."
    (WSJ, 10/3/08, p.A19)
2008        Darcy Tell authored “Times Square Spectacular," a history of NYC’s Times Square.
    (WSJ, 3/22/08, p.W11)

2009        Jan 15, A US Airways Airbus A320 jetliner, piloted by Chesley B. Sullenberger and bound for Charlotte, NC, landed in the Hudson River after both engines failed shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia and an encounter with a flock of geese. All 155 people aboard Flight 1549 survived.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ, 1/16/08, p.A3)
2009        Jan 16, Citigroup said it is splitting into two businesses as it reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $8.29 billion, its fifth straight quarterly loss.
    (AP, 1/16/09)

2009        Feb 11, In NYC Guido Salvador Carabajo-Jara (26), an immigrant from Ecuador, died after he was hit by a car then trapped under a van and dragged for nearly 20 miles.
    (SFC, 2/13/09, p.A6)

2009        Feb 24, In NYC Monzer al-Kassan, a Syrian-born arms dealer, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to sell weapons to Colombian militants in 2007.
    (SFC, 2/25/09, p.A4)

2009        Mar 6, Former NYC police detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were sentenced to life in prison for their conviction in 8 gangland murders. They had moonlighted as hit men for the Luchese crime family while on the police force during the 1980s.
    (SFC, 3/7/09, p.A5)

2009        Mar 19, In NYC Henry Morris (55), political adviser to former New York comptroller Alan Hevesi, and David J. Loglisci (38), former New York Deputy Comptroller, were arrested on charged in a 123-count indictment that included money laundering, corruption and bribery charges. Some $30 million was allegedly paid to Mr. Morris in a pay-to-play scheme.
    (WSJ, 3/20/09, p.C1)

2009        Mar 29, Helen Levitt (95), photographer of New York City, died.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.87)

2009        Apr 26, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that students at a city high school were infected with swine flu. About 100 students complained of flu-like symptoms at the school. Some students went to Cancun on a spring break trip two weeks ago. The flu has spread beyond Mexico's borders with confirmed cases in the US and suspected cases as far away as New Zealand.
    (AP, 4/26/09)

2009        May 17, In NYC Mitchell Wiener, an assistant principal at a middle school, became the first death linked to the H1N1 flu virus.
    (SFC, 5/18/09, p.A3)

2009        May 20, In NYC four ex-convicts, 3 Americans and a Haitian citizen, were arrested and accused of plotting to place bombs at NYC synagogues and shoot down National Guard jets. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen envisioned themselves as holy warriors. The 4 men were convicted on Oct 18, 2010. They were caught in an FBI sting operation led by undercover informant Shahed Hussain, who faced serious punishment in a separate fraud case.
    (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7642086&page=1)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/19/10, p.A6)

2009        Jun 8, Royal Dutch Shell agreed In NYC to a $15.5 million settlement to end a lawsuit alleging that the oil giant was complicit in the executions of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and other civilians by Nigeria's former military regime.
    (AP, 6/8/09)

2009        Jun 29, Bernard Madoff (71) was sentenced in NYC to 150 years in prison for his multibillion-dollar fraud scheme.
    (AP, 6/29/09)

2009        Jul 2, In NYC federal marshals seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million Manhattan penthouse and forced his wife to move out and leave her possessions behind, including a fur coat she had asked to take with her.
    (AP, 7/3/09)

2009        Jul 4, NYC police arrested a dozen people and seized 33 pounds of heroin worth $30 million that was stuffed inside Build-A-Bear toys.
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A11)
2009        Jul 4, Joey Chestnut (25), of San Jose, Ca., ate a record 68 hot dogs capturing his 3rd straight Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Int’l. Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, NYC.
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 12, Ben Novack Jr. (53) was killed in a NY hotel room. His mother was killed at her Fort Lauderdale home three months earlier on April 4. In 2012 Narcy Novack (55), the Fort Lauderdale wife of Ben, and her brother, Cristobal Veliz (58), were found guilty in White Plains, NY, of orchestrating the murders in a grab for the family estate. On Dec 17, 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/6mdhvmf)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)a

2009        Jul 16, Jeffrey Locker (52), a debt-ridden motivational speaker, was found strangled and stabbed in his car in East Harlem, hours after he was seen buying condoms. In 2011 jurors found Kenneth Minor guilty of helping Locker commit suicide.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.A10)

2009        Aug 11, Bernard Madoff's long-time deputy, Frank DiPascali, pleaded guilty to financial crimes including helping others carry out Wall Street's biggest investment fraud, but shed little more light in court on the decades-long swindle.
    (Reuters, 8/11/09)

2009        Sep 8, Philip Barry (52) of Brooklyn was charged with operating an alleged $40 million Ponzi scheme that stretched for three decades and apparently helped finance a pornography business. He had turned himself in to authorities in August after running the scheme for 31 years. Barry spent a portion of his investors' money on real-estate purchases that he hoped would appreciate. They did not.
    (http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/09/brooklyns_philip_barry_may_hav.html)

2009        Sep 19, The FBI arrested Najibullah Zazi (24) of the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, on charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing terror investigation. Supporting documents contend the man admitted receiving weapons and explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan. Also arrested were Zazi's father, Mohammed Wali Zazi (53) in Denver; and an associate, Ahmad Wais Afzali (37) of Queens, NY. On Feb 22, 2010, Zazi pleaded guilty admitting that he had agreed to conduct an Al-Qaida-led “martyrdom operation" in NYC.
    (AP, 9/20/09)(SFC, 2/23/10, p.A6)

2009        Sep 20, It was reported that US Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (79), the person most in charge of writing the nation's tax laws, had neglected to pay taxes on rental income from his vacation villa in the Dominican Republic, and that he had also failed to report assets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on his annual disclosure forms, including a hard-to-miss credit union account worth up to $500,000.
    (AP, 9/20/09)(http://rangel.house.gov/)

2009        Oct 8, A NYC jury convicted Anthony Marshall (85), the son of Brooke Astor, of grand larceny and conspiracy in a scheme to force the socialite to change her will before she died at age 105 in 2007. Francis Morissey (66), a lawyer who worked with Marshall, was also convicted of conspiracy and forgery. On Dec 21 Marshall was sentenced one to three years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/9/09, p.A8)(SFC, 12/22/09, p.A8)

2009        Oct 16, US federal prosecutors unveiled a broad criminal case against billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, head of Galleon Partners in Manhattan, and 5 others accused of netting over $20 million by trading based on insider information. Investigators had used wiretaps to gain evidence.
    (SFC, 10/17/09, p.D1)

2009        Oct 25, The New York Yankees, baseball's biggest spenders, finally cashed in with their first pennant in six years, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in Game 6 of the AL championship series behind the savvy pitching of Andy Pettitte.
    (AP, 10/26/09)

2009        Nov 1, Meb Keflezighi (27), an Eritrean born American citizen, won the New York City Marathon (2:09:15). Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia was the women's winner (2:28:52).
    (AP, 11/2/09)

2009        Nov 2, The new US Navy assault ship New York arrived at Pier 88. The 684 foot, $1 billion ship was included 7½ tons of steel in its hull from the World Trade Center.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A11)

2009        Nov 3, NYC voters gave a narrow win to Mayor Michael Bloomberg over Bill Thompson. Bloomberg was reckoned to have spent some $100 million to win his 3rd term.
    (Econ, 11/7/09, p.30)

2009        Nov 4, The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6, finally seizing the World Series crown, the team's first since winning three straight from 1998-2000, making it championship No. 27.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
2009        Nov 4, US federal prosecutors In NYC charged 53 people with running open-air drug markets at two housing projects near Yankee Stadium. Early morning raids had resulted in 37 arrests along with seizures of cash, guns and stockpiles of heroin and crack cocaine.
    (SFC, 11/5/09, p.A8)

2009        Nov 5, Bernard Kerik (54), former NYC Police Commissioner, pleaded guilty to 8 felonies including lying to the white House while being considered for chief of Homeland Security and lying on tax returns. On May 17, 2010, he began serving a 4-year sentence for tax fraud, lying to the White House and other felonies.
    (SFC, 11/6/09, p.A8)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)

2009        Nov 10, In NYC Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, former executives at Bear Stearns, were acquitted of lying to investors about the state of the subprime-stuffed hedge funds they ran at Bear Stearns. The funds’ collapse caused losses of $1.6 billion.
    (Econ, 11/14/09, p.85)

2009        Nov 12, US prosecutors filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets. The Muslim nonprofit organization, suspected to have Iranian links, held assets including bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story Manhattan office tower.
    (AP, 11/15/09)

2009        Nov 20, The Manhattan Declaration, signed by about 150 prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars, was released at a press conference in Washington, DC. A number of Christian leaders, known for their public witness on behalf of justice, human rights, and the common good, had come together in shaping the declaration. It was born out of an urgent concern about growing efforts to marginalize the Christian voice in the public square, to redefine marriage, and to move away from the biblical view of the sanctity of life. In December 2010 Apple removed it as an iPhone App.
    (www.manhattandeclaration.org/the-movement/movement.aspx)(SFC, 12/7/10, p.A18)

2009        Nov 25, US federal prosecutors said a young woman from Mexico was smuggled over the border and forced to work as a prostitute for years in Brooklyn, and the remains of an infant were found in concrete at the home where she was held prisoner. NYPD officials discovered the bin a day earlier, with the remains of an infant inside. Domingo Salazar (33) and his wife, Norma Mendez (32), appeared in US District Court in Brooklyn on sex trafficking charges and were being held without bail.
    (AP, 11/26/09)

2009        Dec 1, In NYC John “Junior" Gotti was freed on $2 million bond after a jury failed to reach a verdict over racketeering charges. This was the 4th hung jury for Gotti in 5 years.
    (SFC, 12/2/09, p.A9)

2009        Dec 6, The play “Race," by David Mamet, opened on Broadway.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.95)

2009        Christopher Dickey authored “Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force—the NYPD.
    (Econ, 2/14/09, p.93)
2009        Eric W. Sanderson authored “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City."
    (SSFC, 5/17/09, Books p.H4)

2010        Jan 8, In NYC 2 men linked to an alleged Al-Qaida associate were arrested after one of the men caused a traffic accident while under surveillance. Zarein Ahmedzay (24) and Adis Medunjanin (25), former classmates of Najibullah Zazi, were first publicly linked to an investigation of a plot to attack NYC with homemade bombs in September. Zazi was arrested in Denver on Sep 19 after investigators found evidence of a planned attack in his rented vehicle in NYC on Sep 10. On April 23 Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. He said Al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan in 2008 had encouraged him and Zazi to target structures in NYC.
    (SFC, 1/9/10, p.A9)(SFC, 4/24/10, p.A7)

2010        Jan 27, In NYC an armed robber killed jewelry store worker Henry Menahem (71) and made off with nearly $1 million in jewels.
    (SFC, 1/29/10, p.A6)

2010        Jan 30, In NYC a fire housing Guatemalan immigrants killed at least 5 people in Brooklyn. Arson was suspected.
    (SSFC, 1/31/10, p.A16)

2010        Feb 3, In NYC Aafia Siddiqui, a 37-year-old Pakistani-born mother and neuroscientist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying a firearm and assault of US officers and employees and faces up to 60 years in prison. Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by US forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan on accusation of being a suicide bomber and alleged possession of "chemical and gel substances" for bomb making.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aafia_Siddiqui)

2010        Feb 10, Snow, wind and slush hounded eastern commuters as blizzard warnings from Baltimore to New York City heralded the second major storm in a region already largely blanketed by weekend snowfall. Snow was falling from northern Virginia to Connecticut after crawling out of the Midwest, where the storm canceled hundreds of flights and was blamed for three traffic deaths in Michigan.
    (AP, 2/10/10)

2010        Feb 27, In NYC a new visitor center opened near the rediscovered cemetery from the 17th and 18th centuries to celebrate the ethnic Africans who had toiled, many unpaid, to help make New York the nation's commercial capital.
    (AP, 2/28/10)

2010        Mar 3, NYC Rep. Charles Rangel (b.1930), announced he will temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, saying he didn't want his ethics controversy to jeopardize election prospects for fellow Democrats.
    (AP, 3/3/10)

2010        Mar 11, In NYC lawyers representing construction companies, and rescue and recovery workers agreed to a settlement that could pay as much as $657.5 million to responders sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center. On March 19 a federal judge rejected the ground zero settlement saying it was insufficient and that too much of it would go to legal fees. In June a $712 million settlement was reached.
    (SFC, 3/12/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.A6)

2010        Apr 5, In NYC 4 people were shot and dozens of people were arrested in a mile-long stretch of Manhattan near Times Square in mayhem following the city's annual auto show.
    (AP, 4/5/10)

2010        Apr 30, In NYC an indictment was unsealed against Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff for scheming to provide computer systems expertise and other goods and services to Al-Qaida. Ion June 18, 2012, Hanafi pleaded guilty federal charges of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
    (SFC, 5/1/10, p.A5)(SFC, 6/19/12, p.A8)

2010        May 1, NYC police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/2/10)

2010        May 3, Faisal Shahzad (30), a US citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip to his native Pakistan, was arrested at a New York airport on charges that he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (AP, 5/4/10)

2010        May 5, Faisal Shahzad (30), a US citizen who on May 1, drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square, was sentenced to life in prison. The Pakistani immigrant had pleaded guilty on June 21 to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.
    (AP, 10/5/10)

2010        May 7, Bernard Schoenbaum (89), cartoonist, died at his home in Queens, NY. His work included over 300 cartoons for the New Yorker magazine.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.C5)

2010        May 31, Louise Bourgeois (1911), Paris-born artist, died in NYC. The figures in her 1984 “Nature Study" lacked heads but had multiple breasts, phalluses and claws. Her “Crouching Spider" sculpture was installed at Pier 14 in San Francisco and stayed there from 2003 to 2009.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.C4)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.97)

2010        May 13, US Attorney General Eric Holder said 3 Pakistani men had been taken into custody in a series of raids related to the May 1 failed Time Square car bombing.
    (AP, 5/14/10)

2010        May 16, In NYC 2 off-duty police officers were killed and 4 women injured when their car hit a guardrail in the Bronx.
    (SFC, 5/17/10, p.A4)

2010        Jun 2, The US Embassy said that Polish police arrested Alexsander Efrosman, a businessman from Staten Island, New York, in Krakow last weekend. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said in a complaint filed in 2005 that Efrosman, who also goes by Alex Besser, stole about $5 million from customers of two fraudulent hedge funds that he claimed to manage, Century Maxim Fund, Inc. and AJR Capital Inc.
    (AP, 6/2/10)

2010        Jun 3, NYC agreed to pay $9.9 million to Barry Gibbs, an innocent man who spent 19 years behind bars after being framed by a police dept. detective who had doubled as a killer for the mob.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)

2010        Jun 21, In NYC Faisal Shahzad (30), a Pakistani-born US citizen, pleaded guilty to all charges related to his May 1 driving of a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)

2010        Jul 5, The US deported Imam Ahmad Afzali to Saudi Arabia. He had admitted to lying to the FBI during an investigation into a suicide bomb plot against NYC subway stations in 2009.
    (SFC, 7/6/10, p.A4)

2010        Aug 3, Lawrence Salander (61), NYC owner of a lavish Upper East Side gallery, was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of grand larceny and fraud.
    (AP, 10/24/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Salander)

2010        Sep 22, NYC officials said 59 taxi drivers have been arrested for manipulating their meters to double the fare rate.
    (SFC, 9/23/10, p.A11)
2010        Sep 22, In NYC Cesar Mercado (34), who had worked at the Nicaraguan consulate as acting consul general, was found dead in his apartment in the Bronx by the driver who went to pick him up to attend the meeting. On Oct 29 a medical examiner’s report said he had  committed suicide.
    (AP, 9/24/10)(AP, 10/29/10)

2010        Sep 23,  A New York court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist, to 86 years in prison. Siddiqui (38) was detained in Afghanistan in 2008. She was found guilty of seizing a weapon from one of her captors and trying to shoot US authorities who were interrogating her there.
    (AP, 9/24/10)

2010        Sep 25, In NYC artworks held by Lehman Brothers and a former subsidiary were auctioned by Sotheby’s bringing in almost $12.3 million.
    (SSFC, 9/26/10, p.A14)

2010        Oct 3, In NYC a potential recruit for the Latin King Goonies street gang and 2 other men were beaten and sodomized for their sexual contacts. 8 suspects were later arrested and one more was sought in the gruesome assaults. 2 more suspects were charged on Oct 12.
    (SFC, 10/9/10, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/10/10, p.A10)(AP, 10/13/10)

2010        Oct 15, Israeli police arrested Staten Island resident Eric Bellucci (30), a US citizen who escaped to Israel after allegedly stabbing his parents to death in their New York home earlier this week. Bellucci's parents, Arthur (61) and Marian (56), were found dead the night of Oct 13 in their Staten Island home.
    (AP, 10/15/10)(AP, 10/16/10)

2010        Nov 16, A US congressional panel found New York Rep. Charles Rangel (80) guilty of 11 violations of House ethics rules.
    (SFC, 11/17/10, p.A7)

2010        Nov 19, NYC officials said over 10,000 workers, exposed to toxic dust following the 9/11 fall of the world Trade Center, have ended a legal fight with the city and joined a settlement worth at least $625 million.
    (SFC, 11/20/10, p.A5)

2010        Nov 22, The FBI raided three hedge funds in NYC as part of a sweeping investigation into insider trading.
    (Econ, 11/27/10, p.82)

2010        Dec 2, NYC Rep. Charles Rangel (80) was censured by the US House of Representatives for financial misdeeds.
    (SFC, 12/3/10, p.A14)

2010        Dec 10, In NYC Nicholas Brooks (24), the son of an Oscar-winning songwriter, was arrested on charges of attempted murder and strangulation in the death of fashion designer Sylvie Cachay (33), who was discovered around 3 a.m. the previous day at the Soho House hotel. Brooks' Academy Award-winning father, Joseph Brooks (72), is awaiting trial in an unrelated case. He was accused of raping 11 women he lured to his apartment with the promise of a starring role in a movie. He has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges and is free on bail.
    (AP, 12/10/10)

2010        Dec 11, Mark Madoff (46), one of Bernard Madoff's sons, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.
    (AP, 12/11/10)

2010        Dec 17, The Archdiocese of New York announced that a Roman Catholic tribunal has defrocked former monsignor Charles Kavanagh (73) for molesting a teenage student in the 1980s. Kavanagh denied the accusation.
    (SSFC, 12/19/10, p.A12)

2011        Jan 7, In NYC Carlos Castro (65), a gay Portuguese TV reporter, was found castrated and bludgeoned to death at the InterContinental Hotel. His young boyfriend, model Renato Seabra (21) was arrested by police.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A11)

2011        Jan 20, US FBI agents dealt another major blow to New York's five Mafia crime families by arresting some 127 suspected mobsters throughout the Northeast on charges including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking.
    (AP, 1/20/11)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.29)

2011        Feb 12, In New York Maksim Gelman (23) was taken into custody after a bloody 28-hour rampage across New York City. He had gotten into a fight with his mother after she refused to allow him to use her Lexus. Armed with five knives Gelman fatally stabbed his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother, ran down a pedestrian in a stolen car, and slashed and wounded four other people before being arrested in a Times Square subway station.
    (AP, 2/13/11)

2011        Feb 24, In New Jersey Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi (29) of Woodbridge pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to theft by a government officer. Federal prosecutors say Raimi stole between $10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year from travelers passing through his checkpoint. He gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor, Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty to related charges this month. 2 TSA agents at a NYC airport were arrested earlier this month on charges of stealing $40,000 from passengers' luggage.
    (AP, 2/24/11)

2011        Mar 12, In NYC 13 people died when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on a major highway in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.
    (AP, 3/12/11)

2011        May 11, In NYC hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam was convicted on all counts of fraud and conspiracy, in Wall Street's biggest insider trading trial for years.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 11, In NYC Ahmed Ferhani (26), an American of Algerian descent, was arrested in a sting operation after buying weapons and an inert hand grenade from an undercover officer. He and Mohamed Mamdouh (20) were soon charged with conspiracy for plotting to bomb a synagogue in Manhattan. On March 15, 2013, Fehrani was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/13/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A6)

2011        May 14, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62), the leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France, was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of Nafissatou Diallo, a NYC hotel maid. The immigrant maid from Guinea identified him in a line-up. On Aug 8 Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault. In 2012 John Solomon authored “DSK: The Scandal That Brought Down Dominique Strauss-Kahn."
    (AP, 5/15/11)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.25)(SFC, 8/9/11, p.A5)(Econ, 5/12/12, p.88)

2011        May 22, Joseph Brooks (73), the Academy Award-winning songwriter of "You Light Up My Life" (1977), was found dead in NYC of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and just months after his son was accused of murdering a swimsuit designer.
    (AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 23, Bradley Franzen (41) pleaded guilty in a Manhattan court to bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses. The US president of a Costa Rica-based company faced up to 30 years in prison for illegally processing payments for Internet poker firms.
    (AFP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 31, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar (74), former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, was arrested in NYC for allegedly assaulting a hotel maid the previous evening. On June 24 Omar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge, acknowledging he kissed the woman on the lips and neck and touched her breasts after she brought tissues to his room at the posh Pierre hotel. He completed five days of community service in a soup kitchen, and his case will be closed without jail time or probation if he stays out of trouble for a year.
    (AP, 5/31/11)(http://tinyurl.com/3mjbkkf)(AP, 6/24/11)

2011          Jun 2, The New York Times announced the appointment of Managing Editor Jill Abramson to the position of Executive Editor, effective September 6th. She will become the first woman Executive Editor in the history of the Times.
            (Agence France Presse, 6/2/11)(Washington Post, 6/2/11)

2011        Jun 9, In New York officials of Citibank acknowledged that hackers had breached their system in May and gained access to the names, account numbers and e-mail addresses of about 200,000 customers.
            (AP, 6/9/11)

2011        Jun 13, In NYC Zvi Goffer, former Galleon Group LLC hedge fund trader, was convicted on all counts for insider trading. His brother and Michael Kimelman were also found guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud.
    (SFC, 6/14/11, p.D2)

2011        Jun 14, The much-delayed stage play “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" finally opened on Broadway. Originally scheduled to open on February 18, 2010, the project endured financial problems, accidents that injured several cast members, and criticism from preview audiences, which led to the firing of the play’s original director, Julie Taymor.
            (AP, 6/15/11)

2011        Jun 26, SF held its 41st gay pride parade. NYC held its 42nd.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1,7)

2011        Jul 1, In NYC former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62) was released without bail after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favor. Prosecutors said the credibility of the woman at the center of the case had been thrown into question.
    (Reuters, 7/1/11)

2011        Jul 11, In NYC Leiby Kletzky (8), an Orthodox Jewish child, disappeared. On July 13 the body of the boy was found in the refrigerator of Levi Aron (35), who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. On Aug 9, 2012, Aron pleaded guilty to charges of abducting and dismembering the boy. On Aug 29 He was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
    (AP, 7/14/11)(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A6)(SFC, 8/30/12, p.A5)

2011        Jul 20, NYC authorities said a high-end prostitution ring catering to Wall Street clients, who often would spend over $10,000 for a night bingeing on sex and cocaine, has been busted and 17 people indicted.
    (Reuters, 7/20/11)

2011        Jul 22, In NYC Mohammed Wali Zazi (55), the father of convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi, was found guilty of charges that he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son’s al-Qaida sanctioned plot to attack NYC subways in 2009. On Feb 10, 2012, Wali Zazi was sentenced to 4½  years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/23/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2011        Jul 22, Temperature records tumbled on the US East Coast. Newark, New Jersey saw an air temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), the highest ever recorded in the city since records began there in 1931, and the hottest reported by the National Weather Service on the East Coast. Temperature in NYC hit 104.
    (AFP, 7/22/11)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)

2011        Aug 23, A NYC judge ordered the dismissal of all sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The order was stayed until an appelate court decides whether a special prosecutor should be appointed. The judge cited credibility issues with Nafisssatou Diallo (33), the hotel housekeeper who had filed the initial charges.
    (SFC, 8/24/11, p.A5)

2011        Aug 28, Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
    (AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)

2011        Sep 11, In NYC the 9/11 memorial “Reflecting Absence" opened with two pools in the footprint of the 2001 fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.
    (Econ, 9/3/11, p.27)

2011        Sep 17, The Occupy SF movement began on Sep 17 with 6 people gathering outside the former Bank of America center on California Street in solidarity with protesters in NYC, who had set up camp in Zucotti Park near Wall Street the same day.
    (AP, 10/6/11)

2011        Oct 1, In NYC more than 700 of protesters, speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances, were arrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in a tense confrontation with police. The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza in Manhattan's Financial District for nearly two weeks staging various marches.
    (AP, 10/2/11)

2011        Oct 4, A private helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River, killing one British passenger and injuring a British couple and a New Zealand woman. The helicopter went down shortly after takeoff from a riverbank heliport. On Oct 12 the New Zealand woman died of her injuries.
    (AP, 10/5/11)(SFC, 10/13/11, p.A8)

2011        Oct 7, New York City authorities said bank tellers, restaurant workers and other service employees in NYC lifted credit card data from residents and foreign tourists as part of an identity theft ring that stretched to China, Europe and the Middle East and victimized thousands.
    (AP, 10/7/11)

2011        Oct 15, In NYC thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan.
    (AP, 10/16/11)

2011        Oct 21, US political operative John Haggerty (42) was convicted of cheating NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of some $750,000 of dollars. On Dec 19 Haggerty was sentenced to 1.3 to 4 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/22/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/19/11, p.A8)

2011        Oct 31, MF Global, a New York brokerage firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, filed for bankruptcy.
    (http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/mf-global-bankruptcy-rattles-wall-st-firms/)

2011        Nov 15, In NYC hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park, evicting dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed and economic inequality. Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to the park. About 70 people were arrested overnight.
    (AP, 11/15/11)

2011        Nov 17, Police arrested over 200 protesters who sat on the ground and blocked traffic into New York City's financial district, part of a day of mass gatherings in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps nationwide.
    (AP, 11/17/11)(SFC, 11/18/11, p.A13)

2011        Nov 18, New York authorities said an ambitious and organized identity-theft ring recruited waiters at steakhouses and other high-end restaurants to steal diners' credit-card information, then used it for luxury shopping sprees. 28 people were indicted on racketeering and other charges.
    (AP, 11/18/11)(SFC, 11/19/11, p.A5)
2011        Nov 18, In NYC hundreds of Muslims marched to police headquarters to protest a decade of police infiltrating mosques and spying on Muslim neighborhoods.
    (SFC, 11/19/11, p.A5)

2011        Nov 19, Jose Pimentel (27), a Muslim convert and al-Qaida sympathizer, was arrested for allegedly making bombs in New York City. He was inspired by radical cleric Anwar Awlaki and was allegedly plotting to attack US servicemen and police officers.
    (AP, 11/21/11)

2011        Dec 9, Payroll figures and names released for the first time by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey show 66 police officers have made more than $200,000 so far in 2011, thanks to overtime that in many cases has doubled their salaries.
    (AP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 12, In NYC Officer Peter Figosky was shot and killed while responding to a break-in. Lamont Pride (27) was arrested on murder charges.
    (SFC, 12/13/11, p.A11)

2011        Dec 14, In NYC advertising executive Suzanne Hart (41) was killed in a freak elevator mishap at 285 Madison Avenue. Hart was stepping onto the elevator on the first floor when either her foot or leg became caught in the closing doors. The car then rose abruptly, dragging her body into the shaft and killing her. Investigators later found that a key safety mechanism was turned off.
    (AP, 12/15/11)(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)

2011        Dec 17, Deloris Gillespie (64) burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her afire with a Molotov cocktail. The next day Jerome Isaac (47) told police he set her on fire because she owed him $2,000 for some work he had done for her.
    (AP, 12/18/11)(AP, 12/19/11)

2011        Dec 19, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Cornell University has chosen by New York City to build a technology campus on Roosevelt Island with a grant of city-owned land and $100 million. Charles Feeney of the Duty Free Shopping Group donated $350 million.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.26)(http://tinyurl.com/cz9lz8z)

2011        Dec 31, In NYC dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested as they tore down barricades surrounding Zucotti park just before midnight.
    (SFC, 1/2/12, p.A4)

2011        NYC’s stop-and-frisk policy led to 685,000 stops this year with 90% made on black and Latino men. In 2002 the number of stops was 115,000. The statistics led to a class-action lawsuit and allegations of racial profiling.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.30)

2012        Feb 5, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.B1)

2012        Feb 29, In NYC federal charges were brought against a fraud ring that involved 10 doctors and 105 firms that conspired to steal over $250 million from insurance companies. The case centered on no-fault insurance claims.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A7)

2012        Mar 6, Five members of Anonymous and Lulz Security were charged in an indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. They included 2 men from Britain, 2 from Ireland and an American. Hector Xavier Monsegur (28), who pleaded guilty in August, served as an FBI informant leading to the new charges. Monsegur’s assistance led to the arrest of hacker Jeremy Hammond in 2013 and allowed authorities to disrupt at least 300 cyberattacks on the US government, US military as well as courts and private companies.      
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 5/25/14, p.A8)

2012        Mar 17, NYC police broke up an Occupy Wall Street rally at Zucotti Park and detained 73 people.
    (SFC, 3/19/12, p.A5)

2012        Apr 29, In NYC an out of control SUV flew off an elevated portion of the Bronx River Parkway, falling more than 50 feet before landing in a horrific crash that left seven people dead.
    (SFC, 4/30/12, p.A5)

2012        May 24, New York City police arrested Pedro Hernandez (51) of New Jersey for the killing of Etan Patz (6) in 1979.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A6)

2012        May 27, Earl Shorris, journalist and social critic, died in New York. In 1995 he founded of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a NYC program that offers college-level instruction to disadvantaged people. this earned him the National Humanities Medal, presented to him in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, p.G7)(http://tinyurl.com/7qqsauf)

2012        May 28, In NYC the crippled law firm Dewey & Leboeuf LLP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will seek approval to liquidate its business after failing to find a merger partner, marking the biggest collapse of a law firm in US history.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)

2012        Jun 6, Eight Muslims filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey to force the NYPD to end its surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 6/6/12)

2012        Jun 8, In NYC Christopher “Dudus" Coke of Jamaica was sentenced to 23 years in prison for drug trafficking.
    (SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 17, In NYC thousands of protesters marched down Fifth Avenue to demand an end to the police department’s “stop-and-frisk" tactics.
    (SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 20, Rodney Alcala (68), a convicted California serial killer, was flown to NY to face charges in Manhattan of killing two women in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)

2012        Jun 29, In NYC the younger brother of Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to charges that he doctored documents for years and agreed not to contest a 10-year prison sentence. Peter Madoff said he did not know about the scam until December 2008. On Dec 20 Peter Madoff (67) was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.A8)(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A12)

2012        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Ca., won his 6th straight title matching his own record of eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes at Nathan’s Coney Island contest.
    (SFC, 7/5/12, p.A7)

2012        Jul 26, NYC councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted on 9 of 12 counts in a corruption case accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.
    (SFC, 7/27/12, p.A10)
2012        Jul 26, NYC authorities announced enterprise criminal charges against 33 people involved in a lucrative motorcycle theft and smuggling ring.
    (SFC, 7/27/12, p.A13)

2012        Jul 29, In NYC a 2-year-old girl was among 6 people wounded when a car drove by a playground and sprayed it with bullets.
    (SFC, 7/31/12, p.A6)

2012        Aug 11, NYC police shot and killed Darrius Kennedy (51). They said he lunged at them with a knife in a confrontation that began in Times Square and drew officers and spectators on a chase that ended with shots fired near one of New York's most crowded tourist areas. Two officers fired 12 rounds htting him with at least 7 shots.
    (AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A5)

2012        Aug 20, A Manhattan federal court found Doug Whitman (54), head of Whitman Capital LLC, guilty of insider trading. Prosecutors claimed he traded on illegal tips about Polycom Inc., Goggle Inc. and Marvell Tech.
    (SFC, 8/21/12, p.D3)

2012        Aug 24, In NYC 9 people were wounded and two people were killed outside the Empire State Building after a disgruntled women's accessories designer named Jeffrey Johnson shot his 41 year-old former boss. The two dead include the gunman, who was shot and killed by police near the tourist entrance.
    (AP, 8/24/12)

2012        Aug 27, NYC prosecutors said Democrat state Senator Shirley Huntley helped create a false paper trail to conceal that a nonprofit agency she had founded was a sham charity that allowed her nice and an aide pocket money rather than help poor parents navigate the city’s school system.
    (SFC, 8/28/12, p.A5)

2012        Sep 7, In NYC a police officer shot and killed a convenience store worker who plowed into him on a sidewalk while frantically fleeing an armed robbery, a sudden encounter that the police department called a tragic accident.
    (AP, 9/7/12)

2012        Sep 10, Chris Whittle, education entrepreneur, opened in Manhattan “Avenues: The World School," with partners Benno Schmidt and Alan Greenberg. This was the first of a planned global network for rich kids.
    (Economist, 9/1/12, p.32)

2012        Sep 17, NYC police arrested 185 protesters who had gathered for a one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement to prevent them from forming “People’s Wall" around the NY Stock Exchange.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.40)

2012        Sep 27, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans to build a $230 million, 625-foot-tall Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.
    (SFC, 9/28/12, p.A12)

2012        Oct 17, The FBI arrested 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a banker’s son from Bangladesh, after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) car bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC. On Feb 7, 2013, Nafis pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. On Aug 9, 2013, Nafis was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/18/12)(SFC, 2/8/13, p.A16)(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)

2012        Oct 23, In NYC ex-convict Darrell Fuller (33) was arrested in Queens after he killed a police officer on Long Island and a motorist nearby during a carjacking.
    (SFC, 10/24/12, p.A9)

2012        Oct 24, FBI agents arrested NYC police Officer Gilberto Valle, a 6-year veteran, after they uncovered several of his plots to kidnap women, including one whom he threatened to cook and eat.
    (SFC, 10/26/12, p.A13)

2012        Oct 29, Category one Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. Public transport in NYC shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. The storm made landfall in New Jersey with 80 mph sustained winds. The Hurricane Center later attributed 72 US deaths to Sandy and estimated damages from the storm at $50 billion.
    (AP, 10/29/12)(Reuters, 10/29/12)(AP, 10/30/12)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)

2012        Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy left at least 22 people dead overnight in NYC. Altogether 23 people died on State Island, accounting for more than hald of the 43 deaths in NYC.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.32)

2012        Nov 16, In NYC Adis Medunjanin (28), a Bosnian immigrant convicted of plotting to blow up New York subways and other targets in 2010, was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/17/12, p.A6)
2012        Nov 16, In NYC Shopkeeper Rahmatollah Vahidipour (78) was shot a killed in Brooklyn. Ballistics evidence indicated that he was killed by the same gun that recently killed 2 other shopkeepers in the same area.
    (SFC, 11/19/12, p.A5)

2012        Nov 21, In NYC Salvatore Perrone (63), a balding garment salesman, was arrested for systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

2012        Nov 29, In New York lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and house keeper Nafissatou Diallo reportedly reached an agreement to settle a suit she had brought against him for sexual assault. Attorneys the next day denied a settlement saying they merely “discussed a resolution." A settlement was agreed to on Dec 10.
    (SFC, 11/30/12, p.A10)(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)(SFC, 12/11/12, p.A14)

2012        Dec 3, In NYC Naeem Davis (30) shoved Ki-Suck Han (58) in front of an oncoming subway train. Davis, who later said he was high on drugs, was charged with 2nd degree murder.
    (SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A10)

2012        Dec 27, In NYC Sunando Sen (46) was shoved in ront of a subway train and crushed to death in Queens. On Dec 30 Erika Menendez (31) was charged in the death. Menendez said she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

2012        Dec 29, In Manhattan Morgan Gliedman (27) and her boyfriend, Aaron Greene (31), were arrested on weapons-possession charges after officers with a search warrant discovered a plastic container with 7 grams of HMTD, a highly explosive white powder used in bomb making. Authorities said they also found papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" in their Greenwich Village apartment.
    (AP, 12/31/12)

2012        Greg David authored “Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City."
    (Econ, 4/7/12, p.93)

2013        Jan 7, In New York City Rodney Alcala, a convicted serial killer from southern California, was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in NYC in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 1/8/13, p.A5)

2013        Jan 31, The NY Times said Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader.
    (AP, 1/31/13)

2013        Feb 1, Edward Koch (b.1924), NYC’s 105th mayor (1978-1989), died from congestive heart failure.
    (SFC, 2/2/13, p.A7)

2013        Feb 15, NYC officials said its schoolteacher’s pension fund has sold its stock in companies that manufacture guns and ammunition in response to the Dec 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    (SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)

2013        Mar 11, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city's restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a day before it was to take effect.
    (Reuters, 3/11/13)

2013        Mar 12, NYC police officer Gilberto Valle (28) was convicted of conspiracy that opened a window on the Internet world of cannibalism fetishists.
    (SFC, 3/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Apr 2, Six New York politicians were arrested for their alleged role in a bribery scandal in which Democratic state Senator Malcolm Smith paid 5 top Republicans for permission to run on their ticket in NYC’s city's upcoming mayoral race.
    (Reuters, 4/2/13)

2013        Apr 18, The New York Public Service Commission approved a plan to build the Champlain Hudson transmission line, which will be capable of moving 1,000 megawatts of hydropower from Québec to New York City.
    (Reuters, 4/18/13)

2013        May 9, Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment accusing Lajud-Pena and 7 other New York suspects of withdrawing $2.8 million in cash from hacked accounts in less than a day. The accused ringleader in the US cell, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, was reportedly killed in the Dominican Republic late last month. US federal prosecutors said a worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe. There were two separate attacks, one in December that reaped $5 million worldwide and one in February that snared about $40 million in 10 hours with about 36,000 transactions.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

2013        May 18, In NYC  Elliot Morales (33) fired a fatal shot point-blank into a man's face on a Manhattan street. Morales was arrested on the edge of the New York University campus.
    (AP, 5/18/13)

2013        May 20, A NYPD detective said he’s seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims. Text messages indicated that informant Shamiur Rahman said the NYPD had encouraged him to create conversations about jihad or terrorism, then capture responses and send them to the NYPD.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A5)
2013        May 20, In New York Brooklyn assemblyman Vito Lopez resigned following allegations that he had groped or harassed at least 8 young female staffers.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.32)

2013        Jun 11, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed erecting floodwalls in lower Manhattan and levees, gates and other defenses under $20 billion plan to defend city from rising seas and severe weather.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.A5)

2013        Jul 9, In NYC nine reputed members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in a 158-page indictment of mob activity.
    (SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 30, A New York sate appeals court ruled that NYC’s Board of health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high calorie soft drinks.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 1, In Manhattan federal court jury found Fabrice Tourre guilty on six counts of securities fraud, including one of “aiding and abetting" his former employer, Goldman Sachs.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.62)

2013        Aug 12, A US federal judge said the NYC Police Dept. deliberately violated the civil rights of twns of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy, and an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes.
    (SFC, 8/13/13, p.A5)

2013        Aug 20, The Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight" was launched from NYC. Executives were informed that AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV system was dropping the network. A breech of contract suit was quickly filed.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A12)

2013        Aug 22, NYC’s City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s earlier vetoes of two measures designed to curtail the city’s use of stop-and-frisk. The bills will create an outside watchdog for the police dept.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A4)

2013        Sep 1, New York City officials cancelled the last day of the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall Island following 2 deaths the previous evening due to use of the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
    (SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 1, In NYC Antiq Hennis (1) was shot and killed in his stroller as 2 gunmen fired multiple shots at his father, Anthony Hennis (21). On Sep 6 two men were arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the shooting.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A4)

2013        Sep 27, In NYC two former US soldiers and a German ex-soldier were charged with plotting to kill a US drug-enforcement agent and an informant for $800k. Joseph Hunter (48), described as a contract killer and the leader of the group, was flown in from Thailand.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A9)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A11)

2013        Sep 28, The NYC Opera production of “Anna Nicole," at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, ended.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.34)

2013        Sep 29, In NYC Alexian Lien was pulled from his SUV and beaten in front of his wife and toddler. Lien said he feared for his life after getting caught in a motorcyle rally and plowed through a crowd injuring one motorcyclist. Eight bikers, including an off-duty police officer, were soon arrested on charges ranging from criminal mischief to gang assault.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)

2013        Sep, A US federal judge ruled that a 36-story Manhattan office tower and other properties, belonging to the Iran-linked Alavi Foundation, was subject to forfeiture because revenue from it was secretly funneled to a state-owned Iranian bank in violation of a US trade embargo.
    (AP, 4/19/14)

2013        Oct 1, The 70-year-old NYC Opera announced it was shutting down and would file for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.34)

2013        Oct 4, In NYC Avonte Oquendo (14), an autistic boy, walked away from his school in Queens. His body was found in parts in the East River in January. On Jan 26 NY Senator Chuck Schumer proposed legislation to fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism.
    (SFC, 1/27/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/m3kcsg7)

2013        Oct 21, Israel recognized NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize."
    (AP, 10/21/13)

2013        Oct 26, In NYC a woman and her 4 children were stabbed to death in their Brooklyn home. A cousin, Chinese immigrant Mingdong Chen (25), was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 10/28/13)

2013        Nov 5, Millions of New Yorkers went to the polls to elect a new mayor. Democrats retook New York's city hall with left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio replacing billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)

2013        Nov 11, In NYC 2 members of “The Yellow Dogs," an Iranian band, were shot and killed along with another musician in Brooklyn early today. The gunman, a fellow musician, killed himself.
    (SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Nov 12, In NYC a 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at a Christie’s auction. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud" sold for $142,405,000.
    (SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Nov 13, NYSE Euronext became part of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a 13-year-old outfit based in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (Econ, 11/16/13, p.79)

2013        Nov 15, In NYC hacker Jeremy Hammond (28) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Hammond said his goal was to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)

2013        Dec 1, In NYC a Manhattan-bound commuter train ran off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve in the Bronx. The seven-car train derailment killed 4 people and injured 11 critically. The train went into a curve at 82 mph and engineer William Rockefeller later said he had “nodded" while at the controls.
    (Reuters, 12/2/13)(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A7)

2013        Dec 19, The NYC Council voted to ban electronic cigarettes in indoor public places.
    (SFC, 12/21/13, p.A6)

2013        Robin Nagle authored “Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks With the Sanitation Workers of New York City."
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.F5)

2014        Jan 7, Former NYC police officers and firefighters were among 106 people indicted over a massive disability fraud worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The scheme was estimated to date back to 1988 with some connected to the September 11, 2001, attacks.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)(Econ, 1/11/14, p.26)

2014        Feb 15, In NYC Jerome Murdough (56, a mentally ill former veteran, was found dead in his jail cell on Rikers Island. The temperature in the cell was recorded at 101 degrees due to equipment malfunction. He had been arrested on Feb 7 on a misdemeanor tresspassing charge for sleeping in an enclosed stairwell. In May his mother planned to file a $25 million lawsuit against NYC. On Oct 31 NYC reached a $2.5 million settlement with the mother of Murdough.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)

2014        Jan 19, In NYC Deisy Garcia (21) and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were found stabbed to death in their Queens apartment. Police searched for Miguel Mejia Ramos (28), the father of the girls, as a suspect.
    (SFC, 1/21/14, p.A5)

2014        Jan 23, NYC police arrested Vincent Asaro (78) and charged him with helping direct the Dec 11, 1978, Kennedy Airport robbery that netted almost $6 million in cash and jewelry. Asaro was named along with his son, both captains in the Bonanno crime family, and three other defendants in a wide-ranging indictment.
    (SFC, 1/24/14, p.A22)

2014        Feb 2, Philip Seymour Hoffman (46), who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 as writer Truman Capote, was found dead in his apartment in NYC with what law enforcement officials said was a needle in his arm.
    (AP, 2/2/14)

2014        Feb 4, In NYC four people were arrested in lower Manhattan with more than 350 bags of heroin as part of an investigation into the overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
    (SFC, 2/5/14, p.A8)

2014        Mar 9, In NYC thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews filled the streets of lower Manhattan to protest Israel’s decision to draft strictly religious citizens into its army.
    (SFC, 3/10/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 12, A NYC residential building in an East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke. 8 people were killed and 60 injured in the incident at 116th Street and Park Avenue.
    (AFP, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)

2014        Mar 20, In NYC a 14-year-old boy opened fire in a gang dispute on a city bus in Brooklyn, fatally shooting a bystanding Dominican man in the head. Angel Rojas (39) of Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was arrested the next day and charged with 2nd degree murder.
    (AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 24, In NYC five former employees of Bernard Madoff were convicted after a 6-month trial on charges related to the massive fraud first revealed in Dec, 2008.
    (SFC, 3/25/14, p.D6)

2014        Mar 26, A New York jury found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith (48) guilty on three counts of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)

2014        Apr 28, NY Congressman Michael Grimm (44), a former Marine and FBI agent, was charged with evading taxes by concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan restaurant.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)

2014        Apr 29, Laws in Chicago and NYC went into effect subjecting electronic cigarettes to the same regulations as tobacco.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2014        May 19, A Manhattan jury convicted Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (aka Abu Hamza al-Masri), a former London-based Egyptian Islamic cleric, for providing material to support terrorist organizations, for sending men to establish an al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, and sending at least one man to an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Al-Masri (56) was extradited in 2012 from England where in the 1990s he led London’s Finsbury Park Mosque.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)

2014        Jun 1, In NYC a man fatally stabbed Prince Joshua Avitto (6) and wounded Mikayla Capers (7) as they rode an elevator to a Brooklyn apartment to get ice cream.  A man fled leaving behind the knife. On June 5 police charged Daniel St. Hubert, a recently released convict, with murder and other crimes.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)

2014        Jul 4, In NYC high-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
    (AP, 7/4/14)

2014        Jul 17, In NYC Eric Garner (43) died of a heart attack as he struggled under an apparent police choke hold as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. In Aug 1 a medical examiner ruled that Garner’s death was caused by the choke hold. On Dec 3 a grand jury cleared the police officer involved. US Attorney General Eric Holder said federal authorities would conduct a civil rights investigation. On July 13, 2015, Garner’s family reached a $5.9 million settlement with NYC.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A4)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A5)(SFC, 12/4/14, p.A10)(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)

2014        Jul 25, Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City to protest Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that has already killed nearly 850 Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)

2014        Aug 4, The US federal government said that the NYC Dept. of corrections has systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers at Rikers Island by failing to protect them from rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 9, In NYC a sea of Palestinians and their sympathizers lined Manhattan streets, marching to the UN and shouting that Israel's response to missile attacks was genocide that took children's lives.
    (AP, 8/9/14)

2014        Sep 22, Hundreds of protesters assembled in New York City's financial district, with some planning to risk arrest during an unsanctioned blockade on Wall Street to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)

2014        Sep 23, In NYC Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (48), the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison for acting as the spokesman of al-Qaida after the Sep 11, 2001, terror attack.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 25, The human rights group American Justice Center filed suit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of two unnamed survivors of the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India. The suit summoned India's PM Modi to respond to accusations of human rights abuses, casting a shadow over the Indian leader's first trip to the US on Sep 26 as head of government. Immunity rules for visiting foreign leaders mean Narendra Modi can't be served papers to start a lawsuit.
    (AP, 9/26/14)(AP, 9/27/14)

2014        Oct 6, NYC’s Hilton Worldwide announced that the Waldorf Astoria, opened in 1893 on the site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor's Fifth Avenue mansion, has been sold to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion. Waldorf's cousin and fellow millionaire John Jacob Astor IV reconstructed the hotel a few years later at a nearby location. It was torn down in 1929, making way for another landmark: the Empire State Building. The Waldorf Astoria has been at its current location on Park Avenue since 1931. 
    (http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/06/news/waldorf-astoria-hotel-sale/)

2014        Oct 15, In NYC David McCallum was ordered free from prison after serving nearly 30 years. Prosecutors concluded that he and the late Willie Stuckey (2001) had falsely confessed.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A16)

2014        Oct 23, In NYC four rookie police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when Zale Thompson walked up and without saying a word attacked them with the hatchet. Officers shot and killed Thompson.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 23, NYC officials said Dr. Craig Spencer (33), a physician for doctors Without Borders, has tested positive for Ebola after returning from Guinea last week.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.A7)

2014        Nov 3, In NYC the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center opened for business on the site where the WTC twin towers were decimated in terrorist attacks in 2001.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)

2014        Nov 6, Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Trendon Shavers (32), founder of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, with fraud and accused him of masterminding a $4.5 million Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.C2)

2014        Nov 9, NYC’s biggest subway hub opened in lower Manhattan. The $1.4 billion Fulton Center, a vital link to the new World Trade Center, will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders.
    (SFC, 11/10/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 20, In NYC rookie police officer Peter Liang (26) shot and killed Akai Gurley (28) in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood. Police called the shooting an unfortunate accident. Liang was indicted on Feb 10, 2015.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A6)

2014        Dec 6, A fourth consecutive night of protest against police brutality got off to a slow start in New York City, after mourners held an interment for a black man shot dead by a white cop in a Brooklyn apartment house.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)

2014        Dec 8, The International Criminal Court's 122 member states opened their annual meeting at UN headquarters in NYC with Africa the focus.
    (AP, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 9, In NYC Calvin Peters (49) stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a synagogue at the Brooklyn headquarters of an international Jewish organization before being fatally shot by police after refusing to drop the knife. Peters was emotionally disturbed and had a documented history of mental illness.
    (AP, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 13, Thousands of protesters paralyzed parts of New York and Washington, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)

2014        Dec 20, African-American Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley (28) shot dead New York City police officers Rafael Ramos (40) and Wenjian Liu (32) in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent US police killings of unarmed black men. Brinsley fled to a nearby subway station where he shot himself in the head and died.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)

2014        Michael Gross authored “House of Outrageous Fortunes: Fifteen Central Park, The World’s Most Powerful Address."
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.82)
2014        Vicky Ward authored “The Liar’s Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World’s Toughest Tycoons," a look at the history of the 50-floor General Motors Building on Manhattan’s Fifth Ave.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.85)

2015        Jan 1, Mario Cuomo (b.1932), former three-term governor of New York state (1983-1994), died of heart failure at home in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)

2015        Jan 4, Thousands of police officers in NYC defied calls not to stage a protest at the funeral of a slain comrade, pointedly turning their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio paid tribute to the murdered patrolman.
    (AFP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A5)

2015        Jan 24, In NYC security guard Jonathon Walker (34) killed his daughter (7), his girlfriend (31) and her mother (62) at a house in Queens before killing himself  a few miles away.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A15)

2015        Feb 3, In New York 6 people killed when a packed commuter train crashed into an SUV outside NYC in the worst accident in the history of Metro North.
    (AFP, 2/4/15)

2015        Feb 4, In NYC Ross William Ulbricht (30) of San Francisco was convicted of creating and operating the underground Silk Road website that enabled drug dealers around the world to reach customers.
    (SFC, 2/5/15, p.C1)(Econ, 1/17/15, p.33)

2015        Feb 6, In  NYC Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian lawyer who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Americans, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Bary would face about eight more years in prison because he has been incarcerated since 1999.
    (AP, 2/6/15)

2015        Feb 11, In NYC Bob Simon (b.1941), a CBS correspondent, was killed in a car crash in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 2/12/15, p.A11)

2015        Feb 12, NY Times media columnist David Carr (58) collapsed at the newspaper’s headquarters. He died of complications from metastatic lung cancer.
    (SSFC, 2/15/15, p.A14)

2015        Feb 26, In NYC Khaled al-Fawwaz (52) of Saudi Arabia, a reported confidant of Osama bin Laden, was convicted of conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.
    (SFC, 2/27/15, p.A5)
2015        Feb 26, In NYC three men were arrested and charged with providing support to the Islamic State militants.
    (SFC, 2/27/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 4, A US federal court in Brooklyn convicted Abid Naseer (28) of Pakistan of a failed al-Qaida subway bomb plot.
    (SFC, 3/5/15, p.A5)
2015        Mar 4, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the the city’s pulbic schools will observe the Muslim holdy days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
    (SFC, 3/5/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 5, Albert Maysles (88), emmy-award winning documentarian, died in NYC. His work included “Gimme Shelter" (1970), based on the 1969 Rolling Stones US road tour.
    (SSFC, 3/8/15, p.C9)

2015        Mar 14, The tugboat Sea Bear sank off New York’s Fire Island. Capt. Donald Maloney died after jumping into icy water without putting on his immersion suit. 3 crew members survived after donning protective gear.
    (SFC, 3/16/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 21, In NYC 7 children from the same family died when their home was engulfed in flames after a portable cooker malfunctioned in Brooklyn.
    (AFP, 3/21/15)

2015        Mar 27, In NYC Moises Lucon (26) and Nicholas Figueroa (23) were killed after an explosion brought down three buildings and damaged a fourth property in the East Village, injuring 22 people.
    (AP, 3/27/15)(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A12)(SFC, 3/30/15, p.A5)

2015        Apr 2, In NYC Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui were arrested on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.
    (AP, 4/2/15)

2015        May 1, In NYC the new $422 million Whitney Museum, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.80)

2015        May 4, NYPD officer Brian Moore (25) died, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked car in Queens. Demetrius Blackwell (35) was arrested and held without bail.
    (SFC, 5/5/15, p.A6)

2015        May 11, In NYC a Christie’s auction sold Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers" (Version O) for a record $179.4 million. Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man" sculpture sold for a record $141.3 million.
    (SFC, 5/12/15, p.A7)

2015        May 12, In NYC three Somali-born men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to support terrorism.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A5)

2015        May 13, In NYC Charles Huggins (69), a former music producer, was sentenced to ten years in prison for a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 5/14/15, p.A6)

2015        May 17, In NYC Lionel Pickens, aka Chinx, a rapper who won a growing following by turning his bleak experiences as a drug-dealer into verse, was shot dead.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)

2015        May 19, NYC authorities said an investigation of a pair of drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million. Agents over the weekend arrested Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx, and recovered $2 million in cash.
    (AP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 29, In NYC the One World Trade Center observatory officially opened.
    (SFC, 5/30/15, p.A5)
2015        May 29, In NYC Ross Ulbricht (31), the American convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road, was sentenced in court to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)

2015        Jun 13, Hillary Clinton formally launched her bid to become America's first woman president, holding in New York her first big campaign rally.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 29, In NYC a young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury. Hanna Bouveng (25) accused Benjamin Wey (43) in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend.
    (AP, 6/29/15)

2015        Jul 4, In NYC Matt Stonie downed 62 hot dogs to beat Joey Chestnut and win the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.
    (SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A12)

2015        Jul 30, NYC said 31 cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been reported in the South Bronx since July 10. NYC reported more than 100 cases since January 1.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A7)

2015        Aug 4, NYC officials said the number of people sickened by Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx has climbed to 86. Water cooling towers were thought to be the source of the problem, which has left 7 elderly people dead.
    (SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)

2015        Aug 30, Oliver Sacks (b.1933), neurologist and writer, died at his home in NYC. His books included “Awakenings" (1973), “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" (1985), and “The Island of the Colorblind" (1977).
    (SFC, 8/31/15, p.A12)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.90)

2015        Sep 11, The US government said it is abandoning decades of tradition and moving out of New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which a Chinese firm bought last year from Hilton Worldwide, and move to the New York Palace Hotel for UN work.
    (AP, 9/11/15)

2015        Sep 17, NYC officials said 25 people have been accused of being part of heroin trafficking ring following a months-long investigation.
    (SFC, 9/18/15, p.A12)

2015        Sep 25, In NYC Pope Francis declared that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2015        Oct 20, In NYC Tyrone Howard (30) stole a bike and fatally shot Guyana-born Officer Randolph Holder (33) in the head after a chase. Police said Howard has been arrested 28 times since age 13 and had a history of violence.
    (AP, 10/22/15)(SFC, 10/28/15, p.A5)

2015        Nov 9, In NYC a Chinese collector snapped up Modigliani's "Nu Couche" or "Reclining Nude", painted in 1917-18, for $170.4 million, setting a new world record price at auction for the Italian artist in a bumper Christie's sale.
    (AFP, 11/10/15)

2015        Nov 12, In NYC two nephews of Venezuela's first lady appeared in court charged with conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US. They were arrested in Haiti on Nov 10 by local police, handed over to US agents and flown the same day to New York.
    (AFP, 11/12/15)
2015        Nov 12, In NYC mobster Vincent Asaro (80) threw his hands into the air and shouted "Free," grinning as he walked out of a courthouse following his surprising acquittal on charges he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit Mafia film "Goodfellas."
    (AP, 11/13/15)

2015        Nov 24, In NYC Abid Naseer (29) a Pakistani former school cricket captain, was jailed for 40 years over an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb a British shopping center in 2009. He was extradited to the United States from Britain in 2013 for helping al-Qaida target attacks on the New York subway.
    (AFP, 11/24/15)

2022        The 1973 film "Soylent Green" with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson in his last role was set in NYC in 2022. The screenplay play was by Stanley R. Greenberg (d.2002).
    (SFC, 8/28/02, p.A19)(MoTV, 1977, p.667)

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