Saturday, April 25, 2015

Carneige Deli temporarily closed




I'm at the Carneige Deli for 1010 WINS interviewing New Yorkers and tourists hungry for corned beef but turned away at the door because the place has been shut down, at least temporarily, due to what Con Ed says is a "diverted" gas line hook-up. Some here are comparing this to the explosion several weeks ago in the East Village.

New York cops shoot, kill man in the East Village




Police Chief James O'Neill says detectives from the Morningside Heights secton of Manhattan went to an address on E. 6th Street in the East Village to arrest a man wanted for a robbery on Thursday. When they confronted him, he says, he ran out a sixth floor fire escape - then back into the building. 

The cops caught up with him on the first floor where a "violent struggle" ensued. O'Neill says it wasn't until he grabbed one of the detectives' walkie talkie and began beating him over the head with it that one of the officers opened fire fatally striking the suspect.

The cops were taken to the hospital too, for their injuries.

I'm covering the story for 1010 WINS.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Good news for NY City subway riders



People riding the most crowded in the city L Train through Brookyn say they're so happy to learn of good news from the MTA for a change. Starting in December, they're adding more trains to this and three other busy lines to relieve overcrowding. Covering the story for 1010 WINS.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The mean streets of Paterson, NJ claim a good kid's life





Here in Paterson, NJ a memorial's been set up for 15-year-old Armoni Sexton. A good student in a charter school. And a stand out basketball player. Who apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time. When what is believed to be a gang-related drive-by shooting claimed his life. Three others wounded are expected to survive. 

I'm covering the story for 1010 WINS. 

Man left dead in room for days




This rooming house in Somerville, NJ has been problematic for years. Bedbugs have been a complaint for five years alone. But now, residents say, a guy died in his room and perhaps wasn't removed for weeks despite their complaints about the smell. I covered the story for 1010 WINS.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

How the plot of a romantic comedy is helping dementia patients in the Bronx

I'm working on a very interesting story that's airing on 1010 WINS about an idea that was "stolen" from the film "50 First Dates" in which Adam Sandler's character plays videos of their times together to spur the memories of his love who is brain injured and can't otherwise remember their life together when she wakes up in the morning.

Someone in the Hebrew Home in Riverdale decided to try showing videos of happy times together with loved ones to dementia patients. And guess what? Life imitates art. It works!

Noted psychologist Dr. Patricia Farrell​ tells me in an interview that this is such a great idea - one that brings joy not only to the patients but to their families - that the Hebrew Home should be sharing it with other caregivers. She says, with all of us, as we age, our oldest, strongest memories remain. Newer ones are sometimes fleeting.