Breaking: Huge Deadly Collapse In Downtown NYC Spans Entire City Block

A massive crane from Bay Crane Company has collapsed in Manhattan. Photos of the scene show the crane fell along the roadway, demolishing several cars and trapping people inside their cars. The collapse happened in Lower Manhattan on 40 Worth St. and West Broadway. According to reports, one person is dead and two are seriously injured. The crane was being used to work on a building at 56 Hudson Street when it collapsed.

The collapse happened just before 8:30 am fire officials said, striking surrounding buildings as it came down. Many people are still trapped in their cars.

More than 100 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene. Sheila Walsh, a women who works nearby where the accident occurred, called NBC News 4 and reported what she saw. “I was sitting in my office,” she said. “…the crane buckled…and collapsed…now lines the street on top of a lot of cars. Two of my colleagues went downstairs to see if they could help because people were stuck in cars.”

Walsh said that only a few days a earlier a co-worker told her, “The crane almost looks like it’s kind of weakened.”  Walsh said Church Street was very busy at the time of the accident and many patrons were getting their pastries at Arcade Bakery on the first floor.

Andrew Siff, a reporter for NBC News 4 in New York, said the businesses all along the street are being evacuated because reports of gas leaks. Sidney Alvarez, spokesperson for the Con Edison Electric and Gas Company, told NBC News 4 they are in the process of isolating the gas leak and evacuating the gas lines to help prevent the possibility of fire or explosion. Any lower Manhattan resident living in and around the area of the crane collapse should report to Con Edison if they smell any rotten egg smell associated with a natural gas leak.

Bay Crane Company, according to NBC News 4, has a history of accidents. In 2010, and in 2015, Bay Crane Company cranes collapsed. Many were injured in the 2015 collapse. As a result, they were hit with over 60 violations and 42,000 penalties. It is uncertain at this time whether Bay Crane Company or the crane operator is responsible for Friday’s deadly incident.

Watch: Krauthammer Identifies Shocking ‘Moment Of The Debate’ That ENRAGED Many

Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer identified what he thought was the moment of Thursday night’s GOP debate, when Trump left Cruz “utterly speechless and essentially beaten.”

Many anticipated a showdown between the two candidates after the back-and-forth in recent weeks following Trump raising the question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, is eligible to be president. The Texas senator has dismissed these attacks as poll-driven, as the two are now running neck-and-neck in Iowa.

In an radio interview on Tuesday for a New Hampshire station, Cruz said rather than playing Born in the USA at his rallies Trump should play New York, New York “because, you know, Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values.”

Fox Business debate moderator Maria Bartiromo, who was born and raised in New York City, asked the candidate what he meant by that. “Everyone understands that the values in New York are socially liberal. are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage [and] focus around money and the media,” Cruz responded. “I can frame it another way, not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan, I’m just saying.”

Bartiromo turned to Trump for a response. “Conservatives actually do come out of Manhattan,” the candidate said and then discussed the New York values on display during and in the aftermath of 9/11.

In very measured tones, he said, “New York is a great place. It’s got great people. It’s got loving people, wonderful people. When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York.”

Trump said that he watched the 110 story buildings come down and, “We saw more death, and even the smell of death, nobody understood it, and it was with us for months … and we rebuilt downtown Manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everyone in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers,” the businessman recounted.

He then pointed to Cruz, “And I have to tell you that was a very insulting statement that Ted made,” which drew strong audience applause.

Krauthammer told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, “I think the telling moment there, was the final split screen. You saw Cruz on the right utterly speechless and essentially beaten.”

The commentator went on to state that Cruz had scored a “minor” win against Trump on the birth issue, but it was overshadowed by the interchange on New York values, which was “electric.” Krauthammer was surprised that Cruz, who he said was the best debater on the stage, “walked into the trap.”

Kelly agreed, saying Trump, “Nailed that answer.” She added that the only thing the Manhattan resident could have added to make it even stronger is if he had talked about the New York firemen and police officers running into the buildings on 9/11. The Fox host showed this image from Mia Farrow, under the hashtag #NewYorkValues

Krauthammer said that “was a moment where Trump clearly had won, Cruz, the main challenger, had lost and that alters the calculus of the whole evening.”

5 Thugs See Teen Girl In Park And Her Dad Runs To Get Cops- When They Return, It’s Too Late

By day, Osborn Playground in Brooklyn offers children a space to run and play. By night, when “bad boys” swarm to prey on the “vulnerable,” it is a very different story.

A man and his 18-year-old daughter learned this brutal lesson last Thursday, as five youths — one armed with a gun — forced the man to leave the playground before they raped his daughter. Although four of five suspects have been arrested, the incident has police on the defensive and neighborhood residents expressing fear for their safety.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, the man and his daughter went to Osborn Park to drink beer. They were confronted by a group of youths, as one pulled a gun and told the father to leave.

Although the father sought help from police, the New York City Police Department reported it was nearly 20 minutes after the man was ordered at gunpoint to leave the park that he found two officers in a patrol car. When police arrived, the woman had already been raped and the youths had fled, police said.

The New York City Fire Department reported that the call for medical help for the rape victims came in at 9:26 p.m., about 16 minutes after the time the attack reportedly began.

Community activists said the time gap shows a delay on the part of police in responding, but police countered that no one other than the father reported the attack and police responded to the father’s report immediately.

As the victim was treated, police searched for the young woman’s attackers. No witnesses could be found Thursday night or Friday. Videos were sought from nearby stores. On Saturday, after a detailed interview with the victim, police released a video showing her attackers. By Sunday, four of the five perpetrators were in custody, two having surrendered and two others being caught by police. Charges are pending against a 14-year-old, 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds. A fifth suspect is still being sought.

Residents of the New York City neighborhood where the crime occurred expressed their fears.

“They’re bad boys,” said Mateo Gomez, who supplied the video footage that helped police identify the suspects. The youths, he said, came into his shop to steal snacks.

“There’s always young guys in this section; if they feel you’re vulnerable they come after you,” said Bernard Briggs, 54, who said he was almost a victim of violence at the playground on one recent night. “I feel so terrible for the young lady.”

Residents who thought the playground was a safe area in their community expressed concerns.

“I have to keep an eye out. To me, I thought this was safe,” said Carrol Brown, 52, who said he won’t let his 16-year-old daughter on the playground at night. “No, no. She’s definitely not hanging out in this park.”

h/t: Fox News

Watch: ISIS Just Made A Threat Against This Very Famous US Site In A New Video

The city where vigilance has never slept since the day the Twin Towers fell is talking tough after ISIS made a threat against them.

“We will not be intimidated and we will not live in fear,” New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday night after ISIS released a video designed to sow fear in New York City a week before millions descend on the city for Thanksgiving holiday events.

The video shows footage of New York City’s Times Square and Herald Square. In between views of New York City, the video shows suicide bombers preparing for attacks. At one point, one terrorist holds a grenade. He pulls the pin, then the screen goes black.

The video then shows French President Francois Hollande speaking after last week’s Paris attacks. “It’s horrible,” he says.

“And what’s coming next will be far worse and more bitter,” say words that flash across the screen.

The video also includes terrorists praising “soldiers of the caliphate in France” for their “blessed operation.”

Bratton said the video appears to be produced from a collection of previously released ISIS videos. Officials noted there is no specific threat against any specific location in New York City, which since the 2001 terrorist attacks has developed extensive programs to investigate and respond to terrorist threats against the city.

“No city is better prepared to protect against terrorist attack,” Bratton said.

“We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will not submit. It’s crucial that people go about their normal business recognizing the NYPD is providing extraordinary protection for the people of this city.”

“One thing that ISIS understands almost better than terrorism is marketing,” said John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism. “What you saw last night was a commercial. It was meant to sell a product. The product is fear. Could it happen here? Of course it could, but that’s because it could happen anywhere. Are we better prepared here than most if not all other places? The answer to that is yes.”

h/t: N.Y. Post

BREAKING: Gunman Triggers Lethal ‘Rush Hour Terror’ In Major City- Manhunt Underway

One person was killed and two others wounded in an early-morning shooting that is spreading fear throughout Manhattan as New York City police engage in a massive manhunt.

Three men were shot at point-blank range in the heart of New York City Monday morning, outside of a McDonalds near an entrance to Penn Station at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue. The shooting took place at about 6:15 a.m. as Penn Station was surging with commuters. Police are seeking a silver sedan in connection with the shooting.

The Daily News quoted sources who reported that three men were seen fleeing the scene.

Police said a 43-year-old man was killed by a shot to the head, a 45-year old man was shot in the neck and abdomen and a 46-year old man was shot in the leg. The wounded victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital, police said.

The victims had attended a methadone program at the nearby West Midtown Medical Group, said two men who are participants in the program. Police were interviewing officials and patients at the clinic, not far from the scene of the shooting.

The victims left the McDonald’s and were followed by the gunman, who opened fire after a dispute, said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. He said the victims were sitting in the McDonald’s when a heavy-set man in a black hoodie approached, spoke to them and left.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen over here,” said Michael Gessow, 39, of the Bronx. “There’s a group of us here that don’t let things like this go down here. They were real nice guys, straight guys. I can’t believe it.”

“I have never seen anything like this happen…This is terrible,” said Richard Buckley of Queens.

h/t: Fox News