40 years ago today, on December 11th, 1978, the Lufthansa heist took place at JFK Airport in New York. An estimated $5.875 million ($22.1 million today when adjusted for inflation) was stolen, with $5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry, making it the largest cash robbery committed on American soil at the time. The heist was reportedly planned by Jimmy Burke, an associate of the Lucchese crime family, and carried out by several associates. The heist’s magnitude made it one of the longest-investigated crimes in the United States; the latest arrest associated with the robbery was made in 2014. It has also become a part of pop culture with several made for TV movies about the heist having been made as well as serving as a main plot point in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas”.
For the second time this year, the Time Warner Building that houses CNN in New York City has been evacuated due to a bomb threat. An anonymous caller stated that there were five bombs in the building this evening prompting the evacuation. The NYPD has cleared the facility after several hours.
Wait a second. How is CNN reporting the news if there’s no one in the building to give us the news?
Fake News! (yeah, we know…this is how nonsense like this gets started!)
Twenty-five years ago today, on November 18th, 1993, the rock band Nirvana recorded their classic Unplugged In New York album. Filmed before a live audience and using only acoustic instruments, the band ripped through a number of their hits as well as several classic covers. The album would be released a year later and go on to become one of the most popular MTV Unplugged recordings.
Amazon.com has announced that it’s new Headquarters #2 (with the first based in Seattle, WA) will be established in Long Island City, NY and Crystal City which is based in Arlington, VA. In someone of a surprise move, the online shopping behemoth separated the second headquarters between two cities due to the large talent pools based in both areas. Of course, it didn’t hurt that each state offered mucho incentives to be chosen for the Amazon branches. New York offered approximately $1.5 billion in incentives while the Northern Virginia bid was in the range of 573 million in incentives. In exchange, Amazon guarantees the hire of over 25,000 workers in each location with salaries in the average annual area of $150,000 a year.
And the rich get richer…
Rap diva Cardi B turned herself in this morning after assaulting two female bartenders last night at a Flushing, Queens New York strip club. Apparently Cardi was incensed that one of the bartenders had slept with her boyfriend and it was on! She has been charged with endangerment and assault.
Yup, that same Cardi B that attacked Nicki Minaj with a shoe last month.
Courtesy of ABC News New York:
MARINE PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) — Firefighters battled a seven-alarm fire after several cars went up in flames inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center parking garage in Brooklyn.
The vehicles burned on the second and third floors of the parking garage in Marine Park. Officials say there were as many as 120 cars being stored in the structure by a local car dealer.
Investigators want to question a man caught on surveillance video leaving the Kings Plaza shopping center parking lot before Monday morning’s fire. The unidentified man was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark pants and dark-colored footwear.
Eighteen firefighters and three civilians were being treated for smoke inhalation.
“None of these 21 injuries is life-threatening or critical, everyone is stable,” the FDNY said. “Our members have various levels of smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion, working under those conditions. Smoke and heat, wearing what they wear, one can only imagine what they are going through.”
Kings Plaza is currently closed due to the fire and smoke conditions in and around the mall.
Thankfully there were no deaths or critical injuries. Someone’s going to have a big insurance bill however…
32 years after the last one closed in New York City, the Playboy Club is making a comeback this week. Opening tomorrow, September 13th, the new establishment is opening at 512 W. 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square. Owners say that the club will be a celebration of “millennial luxury” and a top-tier membership will reportedly cost $250,000. One source for the Playboy Club told the New York Post that $2.2 million worth of memberships had already been sold. A press release for the club stated the following:
“The space will feature a lounge area, a game room and a full-service dining room, but by far the most attractive feature of Playboy Club New York will undoubtedly be the return of the Playboy Bunnies to Manhattan. The alluring Playboy Bunny hostesses, waitresses and cocktail servers have a worldwide, well-deserved reputation for their style and graciousness.”
It will be interesting to see how long the club lasts in this #MeToo era. As they say, timing is everything.
A plane from Dubai landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and was held away from the terminal after several passengers on board reported feeling sick.
The Emirates Airbus A380 arrived at Terminal 4 after 13 hours in the air and was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority police.
After interviews and inspections, 10 crew members and passengers were transported to a Jamaica Hospital in Queens. Nine others showed symptoms but refused medical treatment.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Emirates Airlines said only about 10 passengers from Dubai had taken ill. Passengers said the number was in dozens, and the CDC issued a statement that 100 people were sick.
Emirates home office told U.S. officials it believes this incident was caused by food poisoning, but passengers also suggested a nasty flu virus could also be to blame.
“Even well before the flight when we were on line getting on board (in Dubai), there were people that were obviously very sick that should not have been allowed to get on board in the first place,” said passenger Erin Sykes.
Let’s face it, if this ordeal can bring back Vanilla Ice from the dead(he was on the plane that landed and tweeted about the incident), then the zombie apocalypse has already begun…