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14th Street Busway Sees Increasing Speeds And Ridership, As Planned What was once a 15-minute slog between 3rd and 8th Ave, now only takes 10 minutes. Weekday ridership between October 2-11 on the M14 also went up 15 percent over September last year-from 27,500 riders to nearly 32,400. "This is what it's all about folks," New York City Transit President Andy Byford said Thursday.

Despite Community Pushback, Council Votes in Favor of Mayor's Jail Plan By Shane O'Brien and Christian Murray. The New York City Council voted in favor of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to close Rikers Island Thursday overcoming fierce opposition from community boards and neighborhood groups.

The 14th Street busway is a success. Where should the next one be? The success of the 14th Street pilot may pave the way for similar interventions on other major thoroughfares; DOT commissioner Polly Trottenberg said that the program will "be a template" for the rest of the city. And regular bus riders can probably think of many roads on which a car-free busway is sorely needed.

3 People Killed In Early-Morning Crash On I-80 In Parsippany New Jersey State Police say multiple vehicles crashed around 1:45 a.m. near exit 45. As CBS2's Christina Fan reports, one car is crushed, and another has flipped onto its side. Multiple injuries are also reported. All eastbound express lanes are currently closed, and drivers should expect delays in the area.

NYPD: Armed Robbers Targeting People With Pricey Jewelry Police say the men struck 10 times since Aug. 26 in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. They allegedly stole more than $92,000 worth of jewelry, watches and cash. Most of the robberies took place in the early-morning hours and involved two suspects, but some included a third man.

Funeral Today For Homeless Man Beaten To Death In Chinatown Rampage Chuen Kok was among four men killed in their sleep on Oct. A fifth man was hospitalized with critical injuries. Randy Santos, also homeless, was taken into custody and charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said he beat the victims with a metal pipe in what investigators called a random attack.

Do Or Die: Yankees Down 3-1 Against Houston Astros Heading Into Game 5 They trail the Houston Astros 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Yankee Stadium. The Astros dominated with an 8-3 win Thursday, putting them on the brink of their second World Series in the last three years. The Bronx Bombers had their chances but couldn't live up to their nickname.

Rikers Island: The Closing of the Notorious Jail, Explained Dance it out to a lineup of DJs at "Papi Juice Vol. 50: Papi Dreams" at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. 11 p.m. Join the author of "Who Put This Song On?" for a conversation at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lower East Side Children's Halloween Parade Marches this Weekend Time to test run those kiddie costumes! The Henry Street Settlement's second annual children's Halloween costume parade and party is happening this weekend, and promises plenty of spooktacular fun for all ages.

Here's Why DOT Shouldn't Move Forward with Hated Chinatown 'Gateway' Art Design A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown "Gateway" marker.

The Return of Golden Age Design "But we were always drawn to the prewar aesthetic and wanted to create something prewar-like but with modern amenities." "It's much warmer than the glass boxes," Mr. Cohen added.

The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools Can the largest public school system in the U.S. educate students fairly if it’s also one of the most segregated?

With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art The project pushed midcentury engineering to the limits. What looks today like a prophecy of late-20th century computer-generated design could only be achieved back then with reinforced concrete, poured into wooden molds. All those structural curves involved lots of eyeballing, crossed fingers and educated guesswork.

Ocasio-Cortez Will Be Very Tough to Beat. Why Are 11 People Trying? "When she's forced to explain what she stands for and what she has pushed the Democratic Party to embrace from a policy standpoint, that is an electoral boon for Republicans," said Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

How Angela Yee, Hip-Hop Radio Host, Spends Her Sundays I have a housekeeper that comes once a month, and I tend not to make things too messy for her. But I do have clothes everywhere. A lot of times what I'm doing is putting together the dry-cleaning I haven't dropped off. I also empty the garbage cans and make sure the laundry is done and take stuff out of the fridge that's expired.

Lebanese Eatery 'Manousheh' Signs Lease for Seward Park Location The year-long dormancy of the former Grand Street 7-Eleven is drawing to a close. In its place, a familiar Lebanese restaurant. Word on the street is that Greenwich Village import, Manousheh, just signed a lease for the vacated space. We're told that asking rent had been about $18,000, but final price is unknown.

New York Weather: 10/18 CBS2 Friday Morning Headlines Lots of places below the 50° mark, and paired with the wind chill, it will feel like the upper 30s in the Hudson Valley, and the 40s closer to NYC. Definitely coat time. Skies are brighter today with clouds decreasing as the day moves along. Today's high: 57-62°.

Butch Judy's pops up behind Performance Space 122 on 1st Avenue EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by last Saturday afternoon for a look at the space…: Butch Judy's serves several natural wines as well as a few specialty beers… including Gay Beer and the Butch Judy's canned cider collaboration called LoverBoi…: Butch Judy's is open Friday from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m.

Dog-gone: Kimomi Pet opening on St. Mark's Place This is said to be an actual pet store opening soon on the block between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. The Kimomi Pet owners also ran the previous business here - Chi Snack Shop, which moved to a larger retail space a few storefronts away at 4 St. Mark's Place, as reported here.

No Address, No Next of Kin: Homeless in Life, Anonymous in Death It took days to identify a homeless man killed in Chinatown. The name of a man who died in a manhole remains a mystery.

Trump bashes Democrats as 'crazy,' unpatriotic at Texas rally DALLAS - President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations.

Watch: Buff-burglar bares all, swipes American flag off yacht The suspect, who was sporting a number of tattoos and zero clothes, jumped onto the boat owned by Delray Yacht Cruises at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 in Delray Beach, local police said. He then grabbed the stars and stripes from the yacht and jumped onto another boat before diving into the intracoastal waterway where the boats were docked.

Ex-NFL lineman Justin Bannan hit with attempted murder charge - Former NFL and University of Colorado football player Justin Bannan has been charged with attempted murder and assault following a shooting in Boulder.

Judges grapple with misconduct claims in Jodi Arias case A lawyer for Arias told the Arizona Court of Appeals that prosecutor Juan Martinez improperly questioned witnesses, ignored rulings on evidence, courted publicity and made an unfounded accusation that an expert on her defense team had an inappropriate relationship with Arias.

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