Archive for 2010

Alligator in the Sewer! The Urban Legend Comes True

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

According to the NY Post, an 18-inch gator crawled out of an overflowing storm drain in Astoria yesterday afternoon and quickly sought refuge underneath a car. This all happened on Newtown Avenue and 29th Street, where locals were heard screaming, “Crocodile!”

The police Emergency Service Unit lassoed the animal and bound its snout with tape. The caged gator was kept at the 114th Precinct until it was picked up by Animal Care & Control.

A spokesman for animal control said the alligator would be taken to a licensed rehabilitator or reptile sanctuary.

Small alligator crawls out of Astoria sewer

Want to Buy a Lighthouse?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Ever wanted to live in a lighthouse, or at least have a really cool place for parties?  Now’s your chance!  Two decommissioned lighthouses off the coast of Staten Island are being auctioned off by the General Services Administration (GSA), which is starting the bidding next month at $5,000.  Be warned, the Coast Guard gets to keep a set of keys and come traipsing through whenever they need to.  Oh, and they’re rather prone to flooding.

MTA Employee Falls On Tracks, Rescued By Mystery Do-Gooders

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

An MTA architect on his way to work on Friday found himself deeply indebted to four unidentified good Samaritans after they rescued him from the subway tracks. Michael Lodespoto was waiting for the subway after transferring from Atlantic Terminal when he began to feel dizzy. He told Newsday he remembers leaning on a column, and then looking up at at least four people (he thinks they were construction workers) lifting him from the tracks. He said, “I just want to thank them for their courage…and maybe give them a hug.”

Fire Department officials were called to the station shortly after the accident, but couldn’t find anyone who had helped him out. He was taken to Kings County Hospital with a severe head injury. His wife said, “I know how quickly trains come right after the other. They were little angels placed there just to grab him out.” Lodespoto works as an MTA architect, and says he knows what happens to most people who fall on the tracks. “Anything could have happened,” he said. “I’m very fortunate.”

Star Wars Subway Car

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Quidditch Tournament Takes Over Central Park

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Kids play Quidditch in Central Park

Muggle Quidditch has had to make a few concessions to gravity and other laws of physics. Players must keep a broom between their legs at all times, and instead of a golden, winged ball, the “snitch” is a tennis ball in a sock. Intercollegiate Quidditch Association commissioner Alex Benepe (and son of NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe) told 1010WINS, “This version of the game is the best it could possibly work in real life, short of flying brooms.”
One nine-year-old watching yesterday’s game said, “It’s pretty cool. You never know what you’re going to find in New York.”

Hallelujah, I Love Her So

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Only in New York can you find enough aspiring dancers to realize your dream of having fifty couples burst into dance while you propose.