Motorcyclist arrested in gang beating after high-speed New York chase
The company is expected to declare bankruptcy early this week, cutting short its 2013-14 season. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years The expected closure of City Opera — whether it be temporary or permanent — is seen as a major blow to New York’s cultural community. Earlier this month the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million toward its $7 million goal. But the online campaign has brought in less than $300,000 in pledges as of Monday. City Opera, which was formerly located at Lincoln Center , has faced serious financial problems for the past several years and has recently presented scaled-back seasons at venues around New York. During its heyday it nurtured the early careers of such notable singers as Domingo and the late Beverly Sills . “It would be an absolute tragedy for that legacy to come to an end,” said Domingo,in statements sent by his spokeswoman. The tenor is currently conducting performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at Los Angeles Opera, where he is general director. Here are Domingo’s full statements about City Opera: “I have strong personal feelings about New York City Opera. I had my first really important New York engagements with City Opera in the mid-1960s, I sang the U.S. premiere of Ginasteras ‘Don Rodrigo’ there, and I even toured with City Opera — in fact I made my debut in Los Angeles, which has played such an important part in my life, with City Opera, before LA had a major company of its own. And I am only one among many, many singers who have had essential early training and encouragement with this company over the 70 years of its existence. CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat “I think its terrible that a city as big and as wealthy as New York cant support a second major opera company one that is able to take risks with repertoire, engage relatively inexperienced singers, and make other experiments in a way that a huge ensemble like the Met simply cant do. This is the role that it has filled in the past and it would be a shame if it cant continue to fill it in the future… “My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride.
New York City’s tech industry saved it from worst damage of 2008 financial collapse: Bloomberg Philanthropies
Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, New Jersey, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child, said Sergeant Lee Jones of the New York City Police Department. “The investigation is continuing with regards to other participants in this assault,” Jones said. Cruz was arrested early Tuesday after he was asked to come to the NYPD’s 33rd Precinct, Jones said. The chase and subsequent attack on Sunday were captured by a video camera attached to the helmet of one of the motorcyclists and posted online on Monday. The video appears to show an accident involving the victim’s sport utility vehicle and one of dozens of motorcycles being driven north on the Henry Hudson Parkway in upper Manhattan. The video showed the group of bikers suddenly slowing and stopping en masse, bringing northbound traffic to a halt. The SUV, a dark-colored Range Rover, suddenly accelerated, rolling over several motorcycles and knocking at least one rider to the ground. The video then showed dozens of motorcyclists giving chase and catching the driver in traffic in upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights. The driver was dragged from the SUV and beaten, according Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “He’s taken out of the car,” Kelly told reporters. “He’s assaulted.” The victim, identified only as a resident of New York City, was treated for facial lacerations and chest wounds at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to a police source. A police source said authorities believed the motorcyclists who chased the SUV were part of a large group that had planned an unauthorized gathering in New York on Sunday. This was similar to an event last year, when the riders organized online and gathered in large groups in Times Square without permission, the source said. This year, the police source said, authorities set up a series of checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to prevent the motorcycle group from gathering in large numbers in the city. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Chris Francescani; Editing by Scott Malone and Lisa Von Ahn)
By Annie Karni / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:28 AM A report commissioned by Mayor Bloombergs foundation says tech and info firms, such as Viacom and Digg, helped the city avoid the worst damage of the 2008 financial collapse. Related Stories Wanted: An education reformer The city’s tech industry, with Mayor Bloombergs support, helped prevent the worst damage of the 2008 financial collapse at least according to the mayors own philanthropic foundation. The tech and information industry which includes Internet startups and app developers, as well as old media companies like Time Warner and Viacom was responsible for a third of the jobs created in the city since 2007, according to a new report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies. After the financial collapse of 2008, it was predicted that New York . . . was going to have a deep recession and a weaker recovery than the national economy, said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist for the Progressive Policy Institute and the author of the report. The big surprise here is it has outperformed the national economy by a significant amount. Social media news aggregator Digg was launched in 2004 and is headquartered in New York City. Private-sector employment declined by 3% nationally between 2007 and 2012, but it increased by 4% in New York City, Mandel said. And the growth of the tech industry in Brooklyn has outpaced the rate in tech hubs such as Austin, Tex.; Seattle; Cambridge, Mass., and Silicon Valley, according to the study, Building a Digital City. RELATED: NYC AIR IS THE CLEANEST AMONG AMERICAN CITIES In addition, the tech sector which employed 262,000 people in 2012, or 8% of the citys workforce comprises well-paying jobs. The $30 billion in wages earned by New York techies constitutes 11% of the citys private-sector income. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Viacom, also headquartered in New York, is the fourth-largest media conglomerate in the world. San Francisco and Silicon Valley were the birthplace of the industry with West Coast universities serving as midwives but New York City has the creative capital to feed the next phase of the tech boom, experts said. RELATED: IPHONE 5S RELEASE: HACKERS TRY TO CRACK SMARTPHONE’S NEW SECURITY SYSTEM The first boom in the last decade was essentially infrastructure companies, explained Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of Digg and Instapaper. (But) now, people want to create content, which requires more creativity and communication and New York is well-situated to dominate that wave.
New York City Marathon bans hydration backpacks, strollers in security measures prompted by Boston Marathon bombings
By Nicole Lyn Pesce AND Thomas Tracy / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:46 AM Comment CamelBaks, hydration backpacks like the one a runner is wearing here, won’t be allowed at this year’s New York City Marathon. The security measures are a setback for runners that have been training for the Nov. 3 event with the backpacks. Related Stories New York Post sued for labeling two young men as Boston Marathon bombers This year’s New York City Marathon is going to be a drier run. Security prompted by the lethal Boston Marathon bombings led race officials to ban CamelBaks hydration backpacks filled with water or containers bigger than 1 liter. Some of the 48,000 runners expected after Hurricane Sandy washed out last years race were hardly in step with the crackdown. RELATED: HALF-MARATHONER ACCIDENTALLY WINS WHOLE MARATHON IN ONTARIO, CANADA Ive been training with my CamelBak all this time! runner Tami Mask wrote on Facebook in response to a rules notice posted Friday on the New York Road Runners Club page. Im screwed! Other banned items for the Nov. 3 event include strollers, vests with pockets and costumes covering the face or any nonformfitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body. The changes were instituted immediately after the April terrorist attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the Boston finish line. RELATED: CELEBS JOIN PAMELA ANDERSON IN RUNNING NYC MARATHON Strollers and costumes ‘covering the face,’ like the one seen here, are also banned from the New York City Marathon. Runner Lisa McGarry, prepping for her 11th New York City Marathon, called hydration packs lifesavers for those who need water but dont want to lug bottles in their hands. I opened (the New York Road Runners) email to see that I can carry water or tea in anything but a vest or a pack, she said. I know this is just one race in one city. And I can adapt and deal … but I had just solved my issue and now I need to come up with another, new solution just for New York. Joanna Prisco, making her city marathon debut, shared McGarrys pain but she took the new rules in stride.