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The Kosciuszko Bridge is falling down.
The state plans to blow up the old Kosciuszko Bridge within the next couple of months, as soon as it can move traffic to the new span running alongside it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
The desperately-needed new bridge, which carries the Brooklyn Queens Expressway over the Newtown Creek, has been under construction since 2015 and is expected to open in April. And then the state will dynamite the decrepit 78-year-old bridge, said Cuomo.
Crews will explode the Brooklyn and Queens approaches of the old bridge and then grab it by the middle to haul it away, said officials.
Blowing the bridge up instead of taking it apart will save the state several months of work.
“Think of the commuter point of view, every day, every hour matters. so let’s find out a way to accelerate it, get it done,” said Cuomo.
Police on Wednesday morning were trying to figure out who left a fake bomb in Linden, New Jersey, the night before — a device that forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes as local and federal agencies investigated.
The bomb squad and Linden police ultimately dismantled the hoax device hours after it was found between two residential buildings around 6 p.m., law enforcement sources said.
Homes in the area were evacuated as police and the FBI responded to the suspicious device discovered near W. St. Georges Avenue and N. Stiles Street.
"Cops banged on our door, said our lives were in danger," said Anthony Smith.
Mayor Derek Armstead told NBC 4 New York photos of the device showed a bunch of dynamite-like objects tied together with tape and a device attached to them.
Armstead said that the object "appeared to have a detonation device on it."
The Union County bomb squad and Linden police used a robot to "disrupt" the device as a protective measure. A neighbor said he heard the boom as the robot moved in.
About 200 residents were allowed back into their homes by late Tuesday night, but the area was closed off for hours as investigators combed the area.
A fire on the Upper West Side Tuesday afternoon exposed what appeared to be a dangerous crowding situation, with firefighters dumping huge piles of debris out of an apartment window.
Live video from a helicopter showed firefighters tossing significant amounts of material from the window of a third-floor apartment at 91st Street and West End Avenue.
"It almost looked like they were shooting a movie," said neighbor Yechiel Rubin, who thought it was a scene from a comedy.
"It was just funny, he threw out a mattress and a bunch of garbage," he said. "Never-ending stuff just coming out there and coming out."
Fire officials say one civilian was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, and the blaze was contained to the one apartment in the 12-story building.
By the time the fire was under control just after 4 p.m., workers were left to clean the mounds of items on the street below, using shovels and even their hands.
But the piles of everything from prescription bottles to letters and plastic bags to appliances barely seemed to move.
Neighbors Darryl and Karen Foster feared they would come home to find their building burned down.
"It's a disaster," said Darryl. "It was a bad situation waiting to happen."
While the FDNY has not pointed to hoarding, the Fosters, who have lived in the building for 20 years, say it was common knowledge that the older couple who lived inside the apartment were hoarders.
"They're not well. They're just not well people," said Karen.
If true, clinical psychologist Jeffrey Gardere says the fire has now dealt the victims a double-blow.
"Not just the fire, but everything they treasure is out on the street."
An 88-year-old woman plowed through a house in New Jersey Monday, destroying the front of the home, authorities say.
Police said the driver lost control and crashed through the house next door to where she lives on Mountain Avenue in Washington Township at about 1:30 p.m., throwing debris into the front yard.
The homeowner was the only person home at the time but was in another room and uninjured, police said. A dog in the living room was briefly trapped by the vehicle but was rescued and is OK, the homeowner said.
The house sustained serious structural damage, and buildings inspectors will determine if the home will need to be condemned.
The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. She received a summons for careless driving.
A suspect who attempted to evade police by climbing down on the cliffs of the Palisades Monday evening has been rescued, officials say.
Anthony Lora, 22, was stopped by Parkway police just before 5 p.m. as authorities were conducting a controlled narcotics purchase in a stairway off Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, police said. During the transaction, Lora fled on the undercover officer into the wooded park just north of the George Washington Bridge until he crossed over a fence-line and began scaling down the Palisades Cliff.
As more officers arrived at the location, he stopped moving and became stuck in a tree on the cliff side, facing a potential fatal fall.
The suspect was pulled from the cliffs by a rappel team and taken into custody by police. He was not injured.
Lora, who was also wanted on armed robbery charges from the NYPD, faces multiple drug related charges, resisting arrest and un-sworn falsification, police said.
A three-alarm fire is burning in a diner in Midtown.
Firefighters responded around 5 a.m. Tuesday to 723 Seventh Ave.
The fire appears to be in TSQ Brasserie and was in the duct work.
It spread to a neighboring building, but was being extinguished.
No injuries were reported.
Flames poured out of a manhole in Queens Sunday after a series of underground explosions that had residents on edge.
The manhole fire happened just before 11 p.m. on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
Con Edison says a defective cable made three manholes smoke, causing a power outage. Crews cut the defective cable.
At least 3 separate manhole explosions in Forest Hills, Queens Blvd and 68th. Rocking street, building. Power now out. pic.twitter.com/Yg8EJUAEBs— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) February 20, 2017
Three cars were damaged by flying debris.
Users took to social media, saying the fire sounded like a large explosion.
Just underground on E train stuck right outside of 71st #ForestHills stop. Loud sound and then train shook. Anyone know what's going on??— Josh Rhett Noble (@JoshRhettNoble) February 20, 2017
One person who lives on Queens Boulevard says his building shook.
No injuries have been reported and power is back on in the area.
Motorists crossing the Bayonne Bridge will have a better view of the New York City skyline Monday as they are directed onto a new roadway 64 feet higher than the original span.
They will be able to cross the bridge faster too, thanks to a cashless toll system using cameras mounted on an overhead gantry to record every vehicle.
Drivers will not have to slow down when they drive under the gantry. Those without an E-Z Pass will receive a bill in the mail.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised the roadway to accommodate a larger class of container ship that has become more popular thanks to the recent widening of the Panama Canal.
The road has been raised to 215 feet above the Kill Van Kull waterway to allow the ships to dock at Newark and Elizabeth.
But those ships will not be able to reach the ports until the bi-state agency removes the lower roadway, a process that is expected to begin shortly and which should be completed by the end of this year.
Initially, the new roadway will have just one lane in each direction. Over the next two years, the Port Authority will add two more lanes as well as a 10-foot path for cyclists and pedestrians.
The project was initially budgeted at $1.3 billion. Following delays caused by construction issues and bad weather, the Port Authority reported in a May 2016 bond statement that the final cost may be up to 25 percent higher.
A forest fire burning in Ocean County that caused a road to close is about 80 percent contained, New Jersey officials said.
Firefighters expect the blaze at Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area in Manchester to burn about 570 acres, or slightly less than a square mile.
County Road 539 was reopened at about 4 p.m. with smoke advisory signs, according to Bob Considine, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
No property has been damaged, no structures threatened and there have been no evacuations, Considine said.
The fire was discovered at about 10 a.m., he said. Firefighters plan to monitor it overnight.
The cause is under investigation.
Part of an indoor garage collapsed in the Bronx Sunday morning, leaving cars hanging in the balance or crushed by concrete, officials from the city's Office of Emergency Management said.
Around 6:30 a.m., part of the second floor of an indoor garage at 3000 Jerome Avenue collapsed in Bedford Park, officials said. The garage was unoccupied at the time, and there were no injuries.
There's no word on what caused the collapse, officials said.
4 trains are running with delays in both directions due to the collapse, the MTA said.
OEM is investigating.