AGBC News Episode 5: Subway Car Problems, A Long-Distance Phone Call, and Ride a Lime
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14 years ago on January 23, 2005 — The FDNY suffers "Black Sunday" when three firefighters are killed are four are injured in two separate fires. It was the deadliest day for the FDNY since the September 11th attacks. In the Bronx, at 236 East 178th Street at Grand Concourse, an early-morning three-alarm fire erupted in a building containing illegally-converted apartments. The frigid temperatures caused difficulties with frozen hydrants and firehoses. When the fire flashed through an apartment door, firefighters had no escape and jumped from the building. Firefighters Curtis Meyran and John Bellew were killed by the fall, with four others severely injured. The firefighters' deaths renewed interest in a safety device that is designed for those exact evacuation procedures but had been discontinued by the FDNY in 2000, but was still carried by one of the firefighters that survived the jump. Over the next year, the safety ropes were tested and issued to every firefighter. Later that day, temperatures became too high as a group of firefighters were investigating a basement fire on Jerome Street in East New York, and Richard T. Sclafani was killed in the blaze. Candles, holiday decorations, and electric heaters cause an increase in home fires during the winter, and the FDNY asks that all residents take precautions and inspect fireplaces, smoke alarms, and decorations for any potential hazards.
In Episode 1, the most expensive real estate sale of the week being the 95th floor apartment at 432 Park Avenue for $41.25 million, but this week's top sale broke an entirely new record. Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin bought the penthouse at 220 Central Park South for $238 million, setting a record for the highest price paid for a home not just in New York, but in the entire country.
Flights Delayed at LaGuardia Over Staffing Issues — Friday, January 25
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Park of the day
This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the weekend beginning of Friday, January 25
Les Savy Fav and Patio are playing Elsewhere in Bushwick on Saturday, January 26th at 7pm.
Rubblebucket and Diet Cig are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Saturday, January 26th at 8pm.
Cindy Cane, Material Girls, ZZZwalk, and Kissing is a Crime are playing Baby's All Right in Williamsburg on Sunday, January 27th at 8pm.
Bring Me the Horizon, The Fever 333, and Thrice are playing the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown on Tuesday, January 29th starting at 7pm.
Infected Mushroom is playing the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on Wednesday, January 30th at 8pm.
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The historic extreme temperatures for the week were -2°F on January 28, 1925 and 72°F on January 26, 1950
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Intro and outro music: "Start the Day" by Lee Rosevere