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Party Crashers, Santa Sunburned, and Hanukkah Handcuffed

One World Trade, from Soho, Lower Manahttan
One World Trade, from Soho, Lower Manahttan via Jeffrey Zeldman on Flickr

Today in History

Studio 54 is raided by federal agents in 1978

(Originally published by the Daily News on Dec. 15, 1978. This story was written by Mark Liff and D.J. Saunders.) Federal agents armed with search warrants swept through the chic disco Studio 54 twice yesterday, confiscated financial records and a stash of drugs and arrested one of the club's owners for cocaine possession.

The Feds took a trip to funky town in the 1978 raid on Studio 54, looking for evidence of criminal activity. Perusing financial records and discovering cocaine and Quaaludes, the info gathered would eventually lead to charges of tax evasion. The former Studio 54 space at 254 West 54th is now home to the Roundabout Theatre Company.


New Yorkers enjoy record high temperature in Central Park

What a difference a year makes. The mercury rose to a record high 67 degrees in Central Park Sunday, smashing the previous high set at 64 degrees on the date in 1923. "This is rather extreme," said Jay Engle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The high temperature on Dec.

Will Santa get a sun tan? This weekend brought record-breaking high temperatures and the heat will be on the rest of the year. AccuWeather's map of where to expect a white Christmas has NYC squarely in the "no" category. With the Bryant Park skating rink beginning to melt back in November, can it survive through the end of the year?


Homeless squatters are taking over LaGuardia Airport

Vice President Joe Biden once compared it to a "third-world country" - but LaGuardia Airport has become so riddled with homeless that it could now even make some of those nations look good.

LaGuardia has its own full-time population of homeless living within the airport. Travelers are shying away from any area where someone has set up camp and the staff of the airport have noticed the increase in homeless sleeping and bathing in various airport facilities. Mayor de Blasio shrugs this situation off, saying it's up to the Port Authority to take action.

Back in October, 61% disapproved how de Blasio was handling homelessness and 60% of residents reported seeing more homeless on the streets.


Boy, 14, Accused Of Knocking Over Menorah In Upper East Side Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a menorah earlier this month near Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side. Police said the boy knocked over the 100-pound menorah at Carl Schurz Park. Police had said the menorah toppled on purpose on the nights of both Saturday, Dec.

On the final day of Hanukkah, we get an update to an earlier story from the first day of Hanukkah: A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for vandalizing the large menorah in Carl Schurz Park. CBS New York reports that the boy is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime.

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