Dead whale washes up on Queens beach

Today: A dead whale washes ashore in the Rockaways, and preparing new buildings for the next hurricane. Also: Cops collar cologne-clad crooks.

Today’s News

At Penn Station, Rail Mishap Spurs Large and Lasting Headache A minor derailment cascaded into a transportation crisis, snarling travel up and down the East Coast, upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and vividly illustrating the fragile state of infrastructure in the nation’s busiest transit corridor. (New York Times)

Dead whale washes up on Queens beach A dead whale washed up on the shores of Queens Tuesday morning. (New York Post)

Chilean Pickpockets Who Wear ‘A Lot of Cologne’ Arrested A crew of four well-dressed Chilean pickpockets, known for smoking cigarettes and wearing “a lot of cologne,” according to police, were charged with stealing wallets from 14 people at mostly Downtown bars and restaurants, then using the victims’ credit cards to buy more than $70,000 worth of electronics. (DNAinfo)


Masked robbers steal over $900 from five men, pistol-whip one in office of Brooklyn housing complex Two masked bandits barged into the tenant patrol offices of a Brooklyn housing development, robbing five men inside and leaving one pistol-whipped and bleeding, cops said. (The Daily News)

Masked robbers steal over $900 from five men, pistol-whip one in office of Brooklyn housing complex

Man Shot In Nostrand Avenue Bar Cops say the shooter fled the scene. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. (Gothamist)

Man Shot In Nostrand Avenue Bar

Teen stabbed during hallway fight at Queens high school Cops arrested three teenagers in the stabbing of a classmate at a Queens high school as the school safety union head blasted Mayor de Blasio for failing to address school security. (Daily News)

Bronx carjacker steals two vehicles at gunpoint, shoots postal worker to continue crime spree A trigger-happy Bronx carjacker took two vehicles at gunpoint and shot a postal worker who tried to block his escape. (The Daily News)

Local Color & History

The many lives of two Chelsea carriage houses These twin carriage houses were built in the 1880s, when the area known today as West Chelsea was a working-class industrial district of low-rise flats and factories. (Ephemeral New York)

The many lives of two Chelsea carriage houses

Explore the history of human communication through 100 Barclay’s ceiling murals The space drips with opulent Art Deco details and is decked out in travertine floors with inlaid bronze medallions, marble walls, and bronze ornamentation throughout. (6sqft)

Preparing for the Future Using Lessons From Hurricane Sandy Electrical switchgear, which would normally be in the basement, has been installed on a much higher mezzanine level in a new building at 540 West 26th Street, to guard against flood risk. (New York Times)

Your Guide to Jamaica: Queens’ First, Bustling Downtown Since its urbanization in the early twentieth century, Jamaica has been a mix of hundreds of ethnicities, religions, and styles. (Village Voice)

Your Guide to Jamaica: Queens’ First, Bustling Downtown

Real Estate & Development

220-Year-Old Home on Roosevelt Island Awaits Bidder for Renovation Roosevelt Island’s oldest landmark — a house dating back to the post-Revolutionary War era — is slated to undergo a major restoration, but the job is still up for grabs. (DNAinfo)

Prominent Long Island City development site at the center of a legal battle The development site behind the Clock Tower sold last year, but the saga continues. (Curbed)

Park Slope’s infamous eyesore is transformed into luxury condos See how this neglected apartment building became a fitting home to swanky condos. (Curbed)

Park Slope’s infamous eyesore is transformed into luxury condos

Food & Drink

Adventure (Try a Goat’s Head?) Is Still on the Menu at Babbo At Babbo, in Greenwich Village, you can still try recipes that sprang from the chef Mario Batali’s forehead when he was only a minor celebrity. (New York Times)

Hot NYC restaurant Balthazar is loaded with juicy secrets A strange and charming new book brings the place to colorful, quirky life, and in the process pays homage to the life-affirming qualities of every place we pay to be fed. (New York Post)


Amazon Opening Second Manhattan Bookstore Across from Empire State Building Amazon’s second New York City bookstore is coming to West 34th Street across from the Empire State Building. (DNAinfo)

A Bookstore With High Concepts, Low Prices and Tight Quarters Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books has occupied the same narrow space on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village for 25 years. (New York Times)

(Feature photo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Other photos: Google Street View)

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