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7 line extension via Benjamin Kabak on Flickr

Crime-Ridden 125th St. Ignored by Times Sq. Breast-Obsessed Mayor: Critics

EAST HARLEM - Uptown residents say they are frustrated by the city's sudden crackdown on painted women in Times Square - while they're still begging for City Hall help to clean up chronic homelessness, drug use and crime in their neighborhood.

With New Yorkers seeing increases in homelessness and decreases in quality of life, it's not surprising that Mayor de Blasio would face criticism for focusing time on cartoon characters and topless women in Times Square. Members of the Harlem Neighborhood Block Association say the city needs to address crime in their neighborhood long before any more police are assigned to the Times Square beat.


L train conductors attacked; F train window smashed: officials

3 subway operators attacked in less than 2 hours: officials Major crime in NYC by borough Two subway conductors were assaulted in Brooklyn and Manhattan on Tuesday following a spate of attacks on three motormen over the weekend, officials said.

A string of incidents shows the danger subway conductors face while trying to keep the city moving. The week started out with five separate assaults on MTA employees, occurring at all hours throughout the day. Pictured above, one of the suspects in an F train assault.


Under Construction: West 34th Street 7 Train Station

The 7 train was once dubbed the international express for linking the various demographics of Queens above Roosevelt Avenue and running through Midtown. Now, officials and developers are banking it'll have the same success further into Manhattan. After almost eight years of tunnel boring, platform building and elevator tinkering, the long-awaited 7 train extension to...

Although still heavily under development as the grand vision of Hudson Yards starts to take shape, the MTA promises the 7 train station will open on September 13th. Despite previous delays, the MTA has confidently revealed a date and time that the first train will run, and we'll be happy to finally welcome Hudson Yards to NYC.


State Launches Investigation Into Alleged Scam Targeting NY Rising Applicants

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Some Sandy victims on Long Island say they've been targeted by a wolf in sheep's clothing. As 1010 WINS' Mona Rivera reported, Sandy victims who applied for state aid through the NY Rising program began getting emails recently soliciting fees from a group calling itself NY Rising Consultants.

Damage incurred during Sandy is still a real part of people's lives as they try to rebuild, but scammers recently made attempts to squeeze money out of people who had already lost so much. The emails from "NY Rising Consultants" used a similar name and logo as the legitimate NY Rising organization, but requested victims pay extra fees, seemingly in an attempt to confuse residents.

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