AGBC News Episode 9: Amazon Leaves New York, a World Trade Center Fire, and a Killer is Sentenced
Amazon breaks up with NYC on Valentine's Day, declaring HQ2 in LIC is DOA.
14 years ago on February 12, 2005 — "The Gates" open in Central Park
44 years ago on February 13, 1975 — A three-alarm fire burns in the World Trade Center North Tower for three hours
Timothy Caughman is stabbed with a sword and killed on 36th Street in Hell's Kitchen by a white man from Baltimore who had traveled to Manhattan planning to kill black men — White supremacist will face life in prison
7 years ago on February 16, 2012 — Crane Accident at the World Trade Center
3 years ago on February 21, 2016 — A Great Big City began tracking the outbreak of knife slashings that had begun in late 2015. Slash Tracker: Following the Outbreak of Knife Slashings in NYC — Woman slashed on the face after being harassed in Williamsburg by an unknown attacker
Update on plans for New York City headquarters — A December 2018 survey of 1,075 New Yorkers showed a 57% approval for Amazon's HQ2 in Long Island City — Amazon posted a 2018 profit of $11.2 billion and will pay $0 in federal income tax for 2018 thanks to strategic tax avoidance using reinvestments and carrying forward tax credits from previous years
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Park of the day
Concert Calendar for the weekend of Friday, February 15
Sevendust, Cane Hill, and Kira are playing the Starland Ballroom on Saturday, February 16th beginning at 5pm.
Owen is playing Rough Trade in Williamsburg on Saturday, February 16th at 9pm.
Interpol, Car Seat Headrest, and Snail Mail are playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.
Beirut is playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.
House of Waters are playing Joe's Pub on Saturday, February 16th at 7pm.
Tim Hecker and The Konoyo Ensemble are playing National Sawdust in Williamsburg on Monday, February 18th at 7pm.
Bob Mould and Titus Andronicus are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm.
Julia Holter is playing the Warsaw in Greenpoint on Friday, February 22nd at 8pm.
Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 78°F on February 21, 2018
Record Low: -8°F on February 15, 1943
Weather for the week ahead:
Mixed precipitation on Sunday through Thursday, with high temperatures falling to 37°F on Wednesday.
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Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere