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Drone footage of devastating St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral fire just west of Madison Square Park

The massive church fire at the 161-year-old St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) was reportedly caused by candles that were not fully extinguished, and not by some act of terror as feared when other Orthodox churches globally also caught fire on Orthodox Easter.

Fortunately, no deaths were caused by the fire.

To see the extent of the damage, Slate has pulled together some drone footage showing the fire and its devastation.

Recent shootings in the Flatiron and Nomad neighborhoods outside of clubs hit bystanders

pergola nycWe do not normally report on shootings in the Nomad/Flatiron area of New York City, because they have been pretty rare over the last decade. But last night a 21 year old woman was allegedly grazed by a bullet while waiting outside of Pergola Bar and ran for safety at the Nomad Hotel, according to CBS. Four men involved in the shooting reportedly fled in a black SUV. Hopefully they will find surveillance video of the crime.

This follows another shooting last month, when a 24-year old woman was shot and KILLED outside of Club Motivo (915 Broadway at 21st Street) in the Flatiron because some guy was reportedly thrown out of the club and went to get his gun. The woman (and single mom of a 3 year old) who was killed was a an unintended victim but may have known the shooter. Read the full story at www.nydailynews.com/new-york/women-shot-critically-shot-flatiron-district-cops-article-1.2393697

Stanford University takes space in the Flatiron for “Stanford in New York” pilot program

Stanford University has reportedly signed a lease just south of Madison Square Park at 915 Broadway in the Flatiron District for their upcoming “Stanford in New York” pilot program. The program allows 20 undergraduate students to live, study and do an internship right in the heart of the city.

Stanford is based in Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area, so this allows students to expand their life and work experience to the East Coast’s largest city and do internships in “arts, design, architecture and urban studies”

The new Stanford in New York program presents our students with distinctive opportunities for dynamic engagement with the global city of New York,” said Harry J. Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Through an intensive quarter of study, reflective practice and experiential learning in the unique environment that is New York, students will hone their intellectual skills and capacities, develop their abilities as adaptive learners and fortify their creative confidence.”

The program is set to start this fall and last one academic quarter.

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The storm that wasn’t: NYC “Blizzard” 2015

After a lot of hype and fear-inducing talk by media and local government, the blizzard in NYC left about 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. Not sure how this one was so incorrectly predicted but the city shutdown seems a bit ridiculous in hindsight. Of course you still do not want to be out […]

2 dead in shooting at Home Depot on 23rd Street

In what is reported to be a murder suicide, two employees of Home Depot on 23rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue) are dead following a shooting in the store this afternoon around 3pm.

According to CNN, a 38-year-old store manager was shot and killed in an aisle of the store, and then the shooter, who apparently worked at the store and may have recently been fired, allegedly killed himself.

The store was reportedly packed with shoppers buying gear for the upcoming blizzard, but fortunately it does not seem that anyone else was targeted or injured. More to come as/if we get it.

 

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