New York City News

Lawmaker Proposes New Safety Rule After New York City High-Rise Fire

A week after a Manhattan fire killed a young playwright, a New York City lawmaker proposed a new fire-safety requirement for high-rise apartment houses that could save lives. City Councilman Corey Johnson told a news conference Monday that buildings taller …

Wire Likely Caused New York City Fatal Apartment Fire

Fire officials say a faulty electrical wire caused a blaze in a Manhattan high-rise apartment building that killed a young New York playwright and seriously injured his husband. Daniel McClung, 27, died and Michael Todd Cohen, 32, was badly hurt …

Feds Warned of Chemistry Experiment Dangers Before New York City School Blast

Federal safety officials had issued warnings about the dangers of a popular chemistry experiment before a New York City teenager suffered life-threatening burns in a blast during a demonstration in his high school class. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board circulated …

New York City Woman Hit by Car While Sunbathing Settles Suit

A woman who said a Parks Department vehicle hit her while she sunbathed on a New York City beach has settled her suit against the city for $300,000. The Staten Island Advance reported the settlement Monday. Aneta Kurkowska says she …

Grease Buildup is Main Cause of New York City Sewer Backups

An expanded remote sewer monitoring program in New York City is helping crews to respond before sewage backs up into homes, businesses and streets. In 2012, 21 monitoring devices were installed. Another 25 were added this year. They’ve helped the …

Governor Orders Safety Upgrades for New York City Trains

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told New York City transit officials to adopt several safety changes following the deadly derailment of a commuter train. Cuomo directed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Friday to expedite speed controls for areas vulnerable …

New York City Train Derailment Airs Queries About Technology

The revelation that a New York City commuter train derailed while barreling into a sharp curve at nearly three times the speed limit is fueling questions about whether automated crash-avoidance technology could have prevented the carnage. Safety officials for decades …

Judge Says New York City Doesn’t Protect Disabled in Emergencies

A judge cited disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers to illustrate his conclusion that New York City violated laws designed to protect the disabled – about 11 percent of the city’s more than 8 million residents – as …

New York City Construction Scaffolding Collapses, Injuring 4

Authorities say construction scaffolding collapsed in New York City, injuring four people, and that high winds may have been a factor. The city fire department says three people were taken to a hospital. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. A …

Settlements Reached in New York City Commuter Ferry Crash

Several settlements have been reached in lawsuits stemming from January’s crash of a Wall Street-bound ferry from New Jersey that was carrying hundreds of commuters. More than 80 people were injured in the crash, including one seriously. More than three …