Is There a Drone Flying Around the Harlem Building Collapse? (Updated)

New Yorkers were shocked on Wednesday morning when reports of a building collapse in Harlem hit the wires. It didn't take long for smartphone cameras to fill up everyone's social media feeds. But wait. In that one… Is that… a drone? (Update: Yep! It's some random guy's DJI Phantom 2.) » 3/12/14 11:19am 3/12/14 11:19am

Should the NYPD Have to Wear Cameras Everywhere They Go?

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that New York City's "stop-and-frisk" violated the rights of minorities in the city. In her recommendations accompanying the ruling, Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the NYPD to test wearable cameras in five precincts where the controversial search tactic was used. But a lot of people… » 8/13/13 5:51pm 8/13/13 5:51pm

How the NYPD Hunted Down an iPhone Thief in an Awesome Subway Chase

The subway is a prime place for phone theft. Snatch, grab, run. Whether you're getting on or getting off, you'll make a quick escape from your target. It doesn't always work, though. The NYPD managed to catch someone who tried exactly that trick by using Find My iPhone and following along on the ground in a righteous… » 5/04/13 7:17pm 5/04/13 7:17pm

The NYPD Is Planning a Simulated Chemical Attack For New York Subways

A subway-borne chemical attack is one of those theoreticals that require the willful ignorance of regular passengers—for most of us, it's just better not to think about it. Not so for the NYPD, which yesterday announced a plan to test how a chemical or radiological attack would spread through the city's 200-odd miles… » 4/25/13 8:50pm 4/25/13 8:50pm

New York Cops Want to Catch Future Mass Shooters Online—Before They Snap

The recent school shooting in Newtown, CT is proving a watershed moment for American gun control efforts—public opinion is quickly coalescing in favor of stringent regulation proposals while civic leaders scramble to respond to the outcry. But fear not New Yorkers, the NYPD has a plan—wait for potential killers to… » 12/22/12 1:00am 12/22/12 1:00am

Meet the Street Artist Who's Wanted by the NYPD for Punking the Police…

His name is 'Essam' and he's a 29-year-old art school grad from Maine, who served in Iraq as a "geo-spatial analyst", and has put up posters like the one above all over New York. It shows drones being used to police regular people in an Orwellian world... with the NYPD logo plastered all over it, as if to endorse it.… » 9/24/12 11:00pm 9/24/12 11:00pm

Here's What Last Night's Occupy Wall Street Raid Looked Like Through…

Early this morning, Mayor Bloomberg had the NYPD clear out Zuccotti Park—the site for the Occupy Wall Street encampment—on the grounds that the protestors were, umm, really gross and posed a health risk. » 11/15/11 9:41am 11/15/11 9:41am

This one's got the NYPD rolling in under cover of either pepper spray or tear gas in what looks like a scene…