Los Angeles California, Love, New York City, Washington Redskins

BY John Tully

JUNE 17 2004

Being a vocal, loyal fan of the Redskins, Bullets and Redsox at an upstate New York boarding school didn’t go over too well with the lads. He hated their teams right back, as any good D.C.- loving boy would but he was badly outnumbered. The Big Apple’s teams and in turn, the city had been his nemesis for years and moving to the coast only strengthened that rivalry.

He used to fly People Express in and out of Newark and it was hell. The bus to Port Authority and the cruise to Canal Street was always a fun adventure but he had absolutely revelled in not being a Newyorker.

Seventeen years and a minute later he fell hard.

MISTA? Hello?!
Can you blame him?
Every polish waitress, every Ecuadorian launderer,
Indian Cabdriver, downtown hipster, bodega owner and Yankee Stadium attendee treated him like a king.

What gives?

The smell of burnt pretzels and Sabrett hot dogs with cars whizzing/honking by; a beautiful day in Central Park and the sun going down right exactly over the West Village. Thirty Irish bars in ten square blocks, thousands of great restaurants and a subway that works.

He gave in.

Seventeen years later he fell in love with a city that never sleeps and it was all over. But it wasn’t until he flew back to the coast that evening that he choked-up when he figured it out:
this was a truly great town that had been attacked; it’s heart broken just two and a half years before.

Just when he had lost faith in pretty much all of mankind, this good, noble, wounded yet resilient city had given him some hope that America could still be great.

The beautiful woman didn’t hurt either.

Possibly Fatal Stabbing on Lower East Side of NYC

Stabbing-Stanton St.

Stabbing on Stanton St.

by John Tully

The New York Herald Sun

A possibly fatal stabbing on the north side of Stanton St. between Attorney  and Ridge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan may have cost the life of a male victim. It’s unclear if he survived after sustaining multiple stab wounds.

The incident  took place at approximately 3:30 am and the constant sound of a police helicopter with it’s search lights on full blast looking for the perpetrator(s) could be heard for almost an hour in the surrounding neighborhood.

It’s unclear what precipitated the attack or if any suspect is now in custody.  Ofc. Allen of the NYPD  remarked:  “I don’t think he’s going to make it”

The attack happened in the exact same block where 3 people were shot last fall (2010).

Answers About New York Weather

Cold, New York City, Rain, Snow, Weather, Wind

March 4, 2009 T I M E S B L O G


Answers About the Weather

Taking Questions Ask the Meterologist

I. Ross Dickman is answering City Room readers’ questions.

Following is the first set of responses from I. Ross Dickman, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service team serving New York City and the metropolitan region. This week, he is answering City Room readers’ questions about his experience and observations working with weather, community planners and emergency managers in the region. Post a question for Mr. Dickman in the comments box below. Please note that this Q. and A. was scheduled before Monday’s snowstorm.

Maybe you could describe the chain of events leading up to the forecasts for this particular storm. When is a decision made to put out an alert or a warning? How did it play out in this case? How precise can you be about the timing of a storm, when it will hit? What data goes into that prediction?

— Posted by Weatherman

For the March 2, 2009, snowstorm, the forecasts were right on target. The local National Weather Service forecast office here in Upton, N.Y. on eastern Long Island issued winter storm watches and warnings with more than 24 hours of lead time as well as heightened awareness of the event that occurred several days in advance. As you might imagine, timely and reliable dissemination of forecasts and warnings is critical to the protection of life and property. When forecast confidence increases to at least 50 percent based on the interpretation of forecast model output, a watch is issued. When forecast confidence increases to at least 80 percent, a warning is issued. Our goal is to issue watches with lead times of 24 to 36 hours and warnings 12 to 18 hours in advance of the storm. For this storm, we provided longer lead times than our goals.

The National Weather Service follows a specific forecast process for all weather situations before putting out a forecast or warning. The process goes something like this: Observations including satellites, upper air data and radar are collected by the local forecast office and then checked for quality, analyzed, and then infused into a suite of computer models at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. Millions of calculations occur with these models to generate predictions of storm behavior and the general conditions of the atmosphere. The model results are then evaluated and used in the National Weather Service forecast and warning process.

Unfortunately, these models cannot account for all of the short-term changes in the atmosphere, resulting in forecast error or uncertainty. Interpretations of the model guidance are then translated into forecasts and warnings that are coordinated between the national centers and surrounding local forecast offices to ensure consistency. Once completed, the issuing office generates forecast and warning products for release to the public and emergency management groups.

Somehow it seems that New York City is becoming windier. What is causing this, and where do these strong winds we’ve been having recently come from? Thank you.

— Posted by Darinka Zaharieff

Winds in New York City are greatly affected by the buildings, which can greatly increase speeds. We do not have any indication that winds have been on the increase in recent years. Statistically, February and March are the windiest months for New York City, and August and September have the least wind. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service operates the National Climatic Data Center in Ashville, N.C. The Climatic Data Center is the world’s largest archive of climate data, much of which is online for researchers and the public to query.

When the water surrounding Lower Manhattan rises, what is the projected annual rate of increase? Are the rising waters expected to affect the Hudson and the East Rivers similarly, and what measure do engineers recommend to revamp the seawall?

— Posted by Rima Blair

While I can’t comment on the engineering aspects, I can affirm that rising sea levels and other phenomena like hurricanes are a real threat to the New York City region.

The Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University cites these threats. According to the researchers: “Regional sea level trends of the past century range between 0.08 to 0.16 inches per year (2 to 4 millimeters per year). From a suite of sea-level rise scenarios based on an extrapolation of historical trends and outputs from several global climate model simulations, the researchers projected a rise in sea level of 11.8 to 37.5 inches (30 to 95.5 centimeters) in New York City and 9.5 to 42.5 inches (24 to 108 centimeters) in the metropolitan region by the 2080s. Flooding by major storms would inundate many low-lying neighborhoods and shut down the metropolitan transportation system with much greater frequency.”

Severe hurricanes and associated storm surge have the most serious immediate threat to the coastline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea, Lake and Overland Surges From Hurricanes model (SLOSH) shows a Category 3 hurricane on the worst-case track projection has the potential to bring nearly 25 feet of water into Lower Manhattan and surrounding areas.

Is it likely that we will have another big snow event during the rest of the season (winter-spring 2009)? Statistically speaking, where is the coolest place in Brooklyn to chill out during the dog days of summer?

— Posted by Brooklynite

While we could have another significant snowstorm (six inches or greater) this month, it is not likely. Typically, New York has one big snow a year, most commonly in February. On average, March has only a 1 in 5 chance of a significant snowstorm. Interestingly, we have to go all the way back to March 13-14, 1993, to the last time that we had a snowfall of six inches or more, though we came close on March 16, 2007, with 5.5 inches.

As for where to cool off in summer in Brooklyn — Coney Island is the place. The daily sea breeze keeps temperatures the coolest around during a hot summer afternoon.

How can I be a Weather Service storm spotter?

— Posted by David

Your National Weather Service offers the Skywarn Spotter Program to volunteers who are willing to assist Weather Service meteorologists in making warning decisions. A free three-hour spotter training class will be offered this spring, which will be posted to our Skywarn Web site by April 3. You will have to register for a class. You will be trained to recognize and report features associated with rapidly developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms that cause hazardous weather. For further information on our Skywarn program, please contact Brian Ciemnecki.

U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Crash Lands In New York City's Hudson River

Airline Travel, Flight 1549, John Tully, LaGuardia, Manhattan, Michael Bloomberg, Miracle on The Hudson, Port Imperial Ferries, U.S. Airways

Governor Patterson declares: “It’s the Miracle On The Hudson”

John S. Tully

The New York Herald Sun

January 15, 2008

A flock of geese is being blamed for the water-landing of U.S. Airways 1549.

More than half a dozen water-ferries immediately began to rescue the 155 people aboard.

The pilot apparently meant to land it in the water off 48th street and the West side of Manhattan.


The flight originated from Laguardia Airport.

The first call to 911 was made at 3:31

All 150 passengers were rescued including the five crew members totaling 155 people who survived the crash.

Mr. Bloomberg told me at the press conference when I questioned him* that the pilot personally told the Mayor that he went back into the plane twice to check to see if there were any remaining passengers in the cabin.

The pilot has been identified by friends as Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III



Reporter John Tully watches Governor David Patterson talk about the “Miracle on the Hudson”

*(right before the NYPD escorted Mr. Tully out for lack of press credentials)

Woman Goes to Manhattan Nightclub to Present Lil' Kim Flowers and Ends Up Dead

Broadway, Crime, Lil Kim, Manhattan, Nightclub, Rap
About a Tragic Sunday Night In Manhattan:
August 8, 2008

A Night Out at a Superstar’s Party, Then a Deadly Turn

Ingrid Rivera idolized the rap artist Lil’ Kim. So after she learned that the star would appear at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday night, Ms. Rivera, 24, put on a party dress and high heels and bought a large bouquet of flowers to present to her.

But the bouquet never made it to Lil’ Kim. The party at the Spotlight Live club, held in honor of the rapper’s birthday, was packed, the flowers were cumbersome and, at some point, the authorities said, Ms. Rivera and a friend handed them to a bar employee for safekeeping. On Thursday, the police said, that employee, Syed Rahman, 24, was arrested and confessed to killing Ms. Rivera. He faces a second-degree murder charge, the police said on Thursday night.

About 9:30 p.m on Thursday, the police escorted Mr. Rahman from the 18th Precinct station house on West 54th Street to take him to Central Booking downtown. He did not acknowledge reporters’ questions and kept his head down as he was put in an unmarked police car.

One of Mr. Rahman’s neighbors, Annie Jackson, 65, who lives across the hall from his family on West 115th Street in Manhattan, said she did not know them well but that the man who she believed was Mr. Rahman was “quiet and friendly.”

“I pray to God he is innocent,” Ms. Jackson said.

The body of Ms. Rivera was found late Wednesday afternoon in a utility shed on the rooftop of the club, on Broadway near 49th Street.

At a news conference on Thursday, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, said she had been hit in the back of the head with a two-and-a-half-foot-long metal pipe. The cause of death was blunt impact, according to Ellen S. Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.

During the conference, Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Rahman had at first lured Ms. Rivera’s friend, and then Ms. Rivera herself, to the rooftop. He said that Mr. Rahman had a confrontation with Ms. Rivera on the roof but would not discuss the motive for the killing.

When Ingrid Estrada, Ms. Rivera’s mother, learned of her death, “we heard her screams — that’s how we found out they had told her,” said Lizbeth Estrada, a cousin of Ms. Rivera.

Later, the dead woman’s mother described her only daughter as “my life, my happiness,” according to The Associated Press.

A statement released by the club’s management on Thursday said that the club was “shocked” by the tragedy and was cooperating with the police. Ms. Rivera’s killing was the second time this year that the upscale karaoke club has been the scene of a murder. In January, a 20-year old Newark man was stabbed to death after a shoving match that started near the club’s coat check and spilled into the street.

A spokesman for Lil’ Kim, Ronn Torossian, said that the entertainer “mourns the death of Ms. Rivera. She knew nothing of this incident until she heard media reports.”

Mr. Torossian did not respond to further e-mailed questions, and it was unclear whether Ms. Rivera had succeeded in introducing herself to Lil’ Kim.

Sunday night began as an apparently routine outing for a young woman keen on getting close to a celebrity she had admired from afar. She had completed her shift at British Airways at Kennedy International Airport and reached the club, at 1604 Broadway, sometime after 9:30, the police said.

There were about 500 people at the party, Mr. Kelly said.

Ms. Rivera and her friend, whose name the police did not release, met Mr. Rahman, who was working as a “bar back,” stocking the bar, the police said. At some point, the police said, the friends asked him to put the flowers aside for them, which he did.

Ms. Rivera and her friend were drinking. “She was pretty tipsy that night,” said Ms. Estrada, the victim’s cousin, who learned of the night’s events from friends.

Sometime after 2 a.m. on Monday, Ms. Rivera apparently went looking for the flowers, ended up in a men’s bathroom and was kicked out of the club, the police said.

Security guards, meanwhile, prevented others from leaving because of an unrelated dispute outside, a police spokesman said. Ms. Rivera’s friend went looking for her, but was not allowed to leave, the police said. They said that Mr. Rahman approached the friend and lied, telling her that Ms. Rivera was in a penthouse.

The two went to the fifth floor, where Ms. Rivera’s friend later told investigators that she rebuffed sexual advances by Mr. Rahman and managed to get away.

Mr. Rahman then went downstairs, found Ms. Rivera outside and told her he could get her back in, Mr. Kelly said. He took Ms. Rivera through an employee entrance on 49th Street and into a freight elevator to the roof.

Mr. Rahman had keys to a utility shed there, Mr. Kelly said. After a struggle, Mr. Rahman bludgeoned her with the pipe, Mr. Kelly said. That took place about 2:45, the police said. Mr. Rahman then left the club about 3 a.m., according to the police, two hours before his shift was scheduled to end. Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Rahman told colleagues he had a personal emergency.

On Tuesday, Ms. Rivera’s mother reported her daughter missing, Mr. Kelly said. Fliers were still posted on Thursday, taped to a light post near the club, with pictures of the young woman and when she was last seen.

The flier read in part: “Reward! Please help us! $5,000.

Detectives visited the club on Wednesday afternoon, and they searched the five-story building but found nothing, Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Kelly also said that the video surveillance was not working at the club.

Later that day, an air-conditioning repairman discovered Ms. Rivera’s body in the shed, he said.

Mr. Kelly said Mr. Rahman raised investigators’ suspicions because he had left the club early and because of the account Ms. Rivera’s friend gave of their interaction with him.

Reporting was contributed by Al Baker, Jason Grant, Angela Macropoulos, Jennifer Mascia, Andrew Tangel and Mathew R. Warren.

Danny Ackroyd Sells His Fat Penthouse In New York City



DAN AYKROYD, once “live from New York,” may soon be gone from New York, or at least from his spacious penthouse on the Upper East Side.

Mr. Aykroyd, the comedian, actor and writer, who was a mainstay of “Saturday Night Live” in its heyday in the 1970s, along with John Belushi and Gilda Radner, is giving up his triplex penthouse atop a sliver of a postwar high-rise on the Upper East Side.

The apartment occupies half of the top three floors of the 46-story tower at 360 East 88th Street at First Avenue, and includes 3,400 square feet of space, four bedrooms, a terrace and two working fireplaces.

The apartment is in the Leighton House, a high-rise caught up in a housing slowdown in the late 1980s. When many of the condominiums could not be sold when the building opened in 1991, they were rented out.

The penthouse was finally sold for $1.4 million in 1998 and then two years later was bought under the name of Mr. Aykroyd’s wife, the actress Donna Dixon, for $3.7 million, according to property records. The asking price is now $7 million.

“They bought it because it was on 88th and First and is the tallest building in the neighborhood,” said Mr. Aykroyd’s broker, Roger Erickson of Sotheby’s International Realty.

But now the Aykroyds and their three daughters are spending more time on the West Coast and don’t need the spacious New York penthouse.

Another penthouse shares the three top three floors and is a slightly smaller unit with a large terrace. It also has been on the market recently for $7 million, raising the possibility that the two units could be combined for a palatial spread on the top three floors of the building.

But Mickey Roth, a broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman who represents the second owner, said that apartment had recently been taken off the market because the seller hoped to be able sell it for an even higher price.

“This type of apartment is something unique,” Mr. Roth said. “It has nothing to do with the price per square foot in the building.”


World Trade Center Memorial Delayed By Two More Years


From The Associated Press


(AP) – Construction of the memorial and underground museum commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be finished in 2011, two years later than originally planned, officials said Tuesday.

Officials had said for years that Sept. 11, 2009, would be the opening date for the museum and the “Reflecting Absence” memorial, which surrounds two waterfall-filled pools marking the World Trade Center tower footprints.

The builders of the memorial adjusted the timetable last year, saying the above-ground plaza would open in 2009 and the underground museum open a year later.

Steve Plate, who oversees the rebuilding of the trade center site for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said Tuesday that the schedule would be pushed back another year.

Agency spokeswoman Candace McAdams said the schedule was revised to reflect a more realistic schedule that became clear after construction began.

“We see the reality, and want to operate on responsible timelines,” Ms. McAdams said. “We’ll work as aggressively as possible to complete the project as soon as possible.”

Mr. Plate, the agency’s director of priority capital programs, said that by 2009, the reflecting pools in the memorial would be built up to street level. By 2010, the cobblestone-filled plaza surrounding the memorial pools will be “nearly complete,” he said. Ms. McAdams said the plaza would be open to the public by that time.

The entire memorial, museum and pavilion will be finished by 2011, Mr. Plate said.
Construction of the memorial began in spring of 2006, and briefly stopped while architect Michael Arad’s design was altered to cut costs that were approaching $1 billion. The redesign — which cut over $200 million in costs — made the museum a bit smaller and moved stone parapets listing the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks to street level.