tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC January 1, 2016 6:00am-7:00am EST
good morning, we're following breaking news at 6:00. we're live on lower east side where a 25-year-old man died in front of his friends in a horrific elevator accident. we'll give you an update on the investigation. seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! happy new year! >> more than a million people packing into times square to night. and into this morning, and now on. >> and it was a mild night for the revelers in times square but the cold air of the season is -- coldest air of the season is now upon us and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and i'm ken rosato. thank you for joining us, it is friday, january 1st. and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. beginning with meteorologist bill evans and the accuweather forecast. >> well, happy new year everybody. it's going to be a great start
looking at some very nice weather. your temperature 6:00 a.m. 40 degrees and we've got a west wind here at about 10, 15 miles an hour. and it's 39 poughkeepsie and 39 white plains and a great day. 42 by noontime and 45 this afternoon. a beauty of a first day of 2016. we'll talk about the weekend coming up next. debbie duhaime is looking at the commute for you this morning what commute there is on the new year's day. what is going on out there? average couple of problems believe it or not bill. good morning bill and good morning everybody. happy new year and still seeing delays on the subways right now on the a. c. and e. uptown delays with a police investigation. also a switching problem at franklin avenue so still seeing delays on the 4 and 4 as well. now on -- 2 and 4 as well. now an the van wyck northbound at the grand central. accident reported and the grand accident there as well. fdr drive northbound in the 70s still cleaning up the accident and traffic light but watch for that accident investigation. lirr, new jersey transit, metro- north on a reduced schedule to help you out today.
as we go to the web cam and this problem now over on route 1. reports of all lanes subject to close your on route 1 getting over to south brunswick by dean's lane. some type of accident investigation. watch that for you. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you ken, lori? all right debbie thank you. we continue to follow breaking news this manhattan. a man is dead after -- in manhattan. a man is dead after trying to get out of a stuck elevator. this happened on the lower east side at 131 broom street just after midnight. police say the 25-year-old man was with his friends when the elevator became stuck on the third floor. his friends were holding the door open for him to get out but that's when the elevator suddenly started moving again. the victim was severely hurt and then pronounced dead at the hospital. this morning, we've learn odd three active -- learned of three active violations on the building department from the elevators they were issued in may of 2014. and also we continue to follow breaking news.
get breaking news wherever you are. sign up for breaking news alerts on the mobile device. just head to abc7ny.com. 6:02 and more than a million people marked the beginning of 2016 by joining together in times square for the biggest party around. >> yeah, and this year, the temperatures made it a lot easier to enjoy all the festivities. >> dray clark is there with it all. dray good morning and happy new year. >> reporter: yeah. good morning guys and happy new year to you as well. you know it's really amazing watching the crews work because they do it so well and they move so fast. what you have really happening right now are on one end you have the crews breaking down the stages that were put up for the entertainers and international media here on times square.
city sanitation workers using street sweepers, trash trucks, blowers, and brooms to clean up tons of confetti and trash left behind from that very big new year's eve party here last night in the heart of times square. we're talking about a million people here squeezing in and covering roughly 20 blocks all here to watch the ball descend and bring in 2016. this really is an iconic celebration here in new york city. and it brings people from all around the world and they had a really good time last night. now there were some folks who were a bit nervous and perhaps oh reluctant about coming down here because we had the recent attacks in paris and then in san bernardino, california. so terrorism was in the back of a lot of people's midnights but the nypd made it very clear that this would be the safest place in the world to bring in 2016. >> actually do feel safer with like -- the police and being wanded on the way in. so i feel safer and a lot
i did before i got here. >> i feel comfortable with all the police here. i feel pretty safe. so -- new york's done a great job. >> reporter: and we saw an unprecedented show of force from the nypd last night. they really cast a very wide security net. there were police officers looking over from helicopters and rooftops and then you had 6,000 officers on the ground here. some of them very visible and carrying high powered weapons and then other officers in plain clothes and blending into the crowd. they really wanted to make sure that people felt safe and comfortable. now back here live at times square, again, city crews moving very quickly in terms of getting everything cleaned up in the time that we've arrived here, at around 3:30 this morning, they were really moving on down but they have done a tremendous job. in getting everything out of the way here, still going to be some time before things get back to normal but they do it so well. every year. we're live in times square,
eyewitness news. >> all right dray thank you. it was not the only place in new york city holding a big new year's eve party. people packed luna park in coney island last night and fireworks went midnight and laser lights were from the jump. and revelers joined runners in central park for a new year's fireworks show and 5k. the colorful display filled the sky over manhattan at midnight. and lasted about 15 minutes. there was also music and sparkling cider to go along with the celebration. 6:06 and some celebrations were overshadowed this year with fears looming of a possible terror attack. spectacular fire in one of dubai's tall towers captured the world's attention while most displays went off without a hitch. abc's megan hawks taking -- hughes takes a look at the sell braces and tensions on this holiday. >> reporter: around the world, 2016 got a warm and safe welcome from sydney harbor to moscow.
and beautiful. >> reporter: pasadena police are partnering with the fbi and homeland security for today's parade. that event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. eastern. in washington, megan hughes, channel 7 eyewitness news. and you can look back at all of the new year's celebrations at abc7ny. we set up a slide show as well as a behind the scenes look from times square. send us your pictures of your new year's celebrations just use the hashtag #abcny7. time is 6:08 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and even on a holiday. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> well, here we go. we take a look from our roof caplet up the hudson river to the george washington bridge. looking good. got a great visibility. and actually you can see beyond up the palisades and great visibility and you make the turn around the bend there going up to the tappan zee. here we go today we look from the camera around four times square looking south and lights are on at the empire state building to celebrate the beginning of 2016.
40 degrees right now is our temperature. and it might drop another degree or two this afternoon but the berkshires down to sea level and coastal connecticut and jersey shore. 39 by 9:00 and 10:00 about 41, 42, 43 by noontime and warming town 45 this afternoon. -- up to 45 this afternoon. the weekend next and debbie duhaime has been very busy this morning. she's up in the traffic center in for heather this morning. what's begin on? well a problem now on route 1. let's see what's happening with the web cam. route 1 northbound subject to closure here at deans lane? south brunswick. an accident investigation we're going to watch this for you. again it's 1 northbound into south brunswick. and an accident as we highlight the maps, you may want to avoid that and head over to the new jersey turnpike instead. 17 north closed into union avenue. accident with a downed traffic signal there and some delays on the fdr drive northbound in the 70s. with a collision being cleared. and the northbound van wyck
central, a collision still being cleared. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back over to you, ken, lori? all right, debbie thank you and 6:09 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, unique way to start 2016. just hours from now, and hundreds of people will mark the new year with an ice cold plunge into the atlantic ocean. and it's all to benefit children in need. >> and we're taking a look at new year's celebrations all around the country this morning, nevada definitely knows thousand put on a show on -- how to put on a show on the famous las vegas strip. look how fun that looks, wow. >> and -- >> this is a look at seattle. washington state welcomed 2016 with a fireworks display fired off the space needle.
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happying today, in a -- happening today, tradition lives on in coney island. the coney island polar bear club will l hold its annual new year's day swim this afternoon. now the swim is open to the public. and will raise money for camp sunshine in maine. provides support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families. >> wow. it is 6:13 and today ohio's -- excuse me the ohio state and
battle frog fiesta bowl game. got allotheria? it kicks off at glen -- all that? it kicks off in glendale, arizona but earlier this week they were watching the orangutan in the phoenix zoo. he was set to predict the winner he does this. daniel chose between two shirts red for the buckeyes and blue for the footing' circumstance. sorry lori, notre dame. >> we'll see. well security will be tight today to keep the crowds safe at the annual rose bowl parade. pasadena police will have the assistance of the fbi and homeland security as well as k- 9 units and undercover officers. people began lining the route last flight to get the best view of the festive floats and musicians. and you can watch the parade live right here on abc7 at 11:00. and you can also catch all of today's bowl games on abc's sister station espn. notre dame takes on the ohio state university at 1:00 in the fiesta bowl.
iowa against stanford and then at 8:30, tonight, ole miss takes on oklahoma state in the sugar bowl. >> tense talk. [ laughter ] i was just -- breddy to go -- ready to go jumping the gun. 6:14 time to check the accuweather forecast. >> and check in with bill. >> all of the mississippi schools went to ghoul becames this -- bowl games this year. mississippi stayed in the belk bowl and ole miss going to be playing later on on espn this evening and that will be a great bowl game. there's a lot today. and there's a lot of great weather so you got choices. you can be outside today dress warmly. there's a little bit of some wind out of the west but even this morning, it's suit weather where it's very comfortable here on the upper west site. but -- side. but i have never seen it so quiet. for a new year's morning. here we go, we start out with skies that are partly cloudy to cloudy. still the party rages on at the empire state building as we look south all the way down to one world trade. we have a temperature here that's been right around 40 degrees. normal overnight low this time of the year in the park is 29.
the winds are west and we're looking at some really nice weather to start 2016. normal high is 39. we're going to be right around 40 today. yesterday we were at 40. it will be around 45 today so we're going to be really warmer than normal. and the sun is up at 7:20 and it will be a gorgeous sunrise as well as sunset is at 4:39. did you see that? daylight hours getting a minute longer. 41 around laguardia. 39 poughkeepsie. really, we are looking at temperatures this morning warmer than normal. and pretty close to one another because of the cloud cover. but there's a little bit of that wind i was talking about. the windchills are in the 30s this morning, we have some clouds and you see the whiter clouds, those are the thicker clouds and the grayer clouds to the west are higher thinner clouds and sun will breakthrough those today. and we'll have a fair amount of sunshine today with the of about 8:00, 9:00 in the -- temperature abou 8:00, 9:00 in
then tonight 32 in the city and 20s north and west and tomorrow we're back into the low 30s. tomorrow we're at 42 and 43 on sunday. beautiful weather. clouds and sun and 45 today and sunset is going to be beautiful. 22 in the bub, tonight. tomorrow lots of sun and i call it seasonably chilly. because 42 is a couple of degrees warmer than normal and pretty much close to normal weather saturday and sunday and then it's medieval cold on tuesday. 31 the high. count even get above -- doesn't even get above freezing on tuesday but notice by thursday next week it warms right back up. so there you go. nice seven day accuweather forecast. happy new year i hope you have a great day and a great weekend. >> all right thank you bill you too. >> nobody out here, someone do the back rub. [ laughter ] crazy man. okay. check in with debbie duhaime for a check of whatever commute we have. >> actually a couple of problems out here ken and bill. let's show you one right now on
into south brunswick, it's an accident investigation right at deans lane. so avoid route 1 as we highlight the minneapolis i'll tell you try to -- maps i'll tell you try to take route 130 instead. 1 is closed and south brunswick. 17 northbound closed in east rutherford with an accident being cleared. a. c. and e. uptown delays with a police investigation and delays on 2 and 4 and going out to our other cameras here's a look at times square. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you ken, lori? all right debbie thank you. facebook users got a rather unique and confusing note on the feeds at 2015 closed. >> abc reports. >> reporter: in today's techbytes, happy 46th anniversary facebook. no wait the guy who invented the social network is only 31. >> that didn't stop messages yesterday from congratulating members for being facebook friends for nearly half a century.
operating system. mark the calendar, we know when the year's first big tech release this happen. >> the new smart phone will launch in march for samsung. the s 7 is expected to have a curved screen and also include 3d interface touch similar to the iphone 6 s. and finally, nielsen is out with the most popular apps of 2015. >> at the top facebook with 126 million active users. then youtube with 97 million. in third is facebook messenger with 96 million. google search and play round out the top five. those are your tech bites. all right, it is 6:19 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the new fare hikes are going into effect today for some metro-north commuters. the keyword though is "some." >> also ahead another way to get around. bicycles. the new record celebrated by citi bike today. >> first though a message from a member of the military who
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on the money this morning, and wall street is closed today. u.s. stocks closed lower yesterday. capping the worst year for the market since 2008. dow jones also closed down 178 points at 17,425. is nasdaq composite closed more than 1% lower. and the s&p 500 closed nearly 1% lower. asian markets are closed for the holiday. some commuters in connecticut will be paying more to get around in 2016: starting today fares on the connecticut portion of metro- north's new haven line on the shoreline east rail lines increased by 1%. the actual cost change varies depending on the type of pass purchased. this was approved to help pay for new train cars. new york city's bike sharing program pedaling past
the de blasio administration says the citi bike ridership increased 24% in 2015 and in fact, there were seven days that had more than 50,000 individual rides including two during pope francis' visit in september. time is 6:24 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> and today we're looking at some really nice weather to start off 2016. got a great visibility from our camera here in brooklyn. over to the lower east side. we got temperatures around 40 to 37 at the hudson river valley. right around newark and elizabeth to staten island about 40 degrees and we got a little wind here out of the west 13, 12 miles an hour that makes it feel a little chilly. grab the coats you'll need that today. but we'll have a lot of sunshine 45 this afternoon and warmer than normal to start off 2016. we'll talk about your weekend coming up next. some bitter cold next tuesday. >> ooh. >> all that in the accuweather forecast. happy new year debbie duhaime. happy new year to you too bill evans and to everybody.
show you a look another route 1. route 1 is subject to closure heading northbound getting into south brunswick at deans lane. accident investigation, try 130 instead or the new jersey turnpike. over on 17 north closed at highland cross in rutherford. an accident as well. over on the uptown a., c. ande ., still seeing delays because of a police investigation at west 4th. 2 and 4 back on or close there. today. remember the fdr drive northbound in the 70s that accident still being cleared. clean-up continuing here on broadway and 7th avenue. that whole area around times square as we go over to the times square. again clean-up continuing you can see some cars starting to go through though. so it looks like some roads alternate side of the street parking is suspended.
all right debbie thank you. closing in on 6:30 and also are breaking news in -- have breaking news in new jersey. crews are battling a fire at a historic church in west orange. coming up. >> also breaking a tragic start to the new year in manhattan. a man dead after a freak elevator. >> and meteorologist bill evans
get the recipes at walnuts.org. and that breaking news is in new jersey. a historic church is up in flames. this is a live look at st. mark's episcopal church in west orange. we'll have a live report on the battle for firefighters coming up. we're also covering breaking news in manhattan. a man is dead after trying to get out of a stuck elevator. and we've also learned this morning that the building has experienced several elevator violations. and also in 2015 is over and times square is empty except for the crews cleaning up after last night's massive party. and if it hasn't been cold enough for you yet this winter, yeah, just hang on.
season coming right at us. coming right for us. good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> and i'm lori stokes, thank you for joining us. it is friday, january 1st and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and meteorologist bill evans. well, let's take a look at the temperatures shall we? just want to start off the new year by looking at very mild numbers for this hour of the day. should be about 29 and we're at 40 teterboro and 41 laguardia and we have some wind out there that's about 7, 13, 10 miles an hour out of the west-northwest. that will make it feel a little bit chilly this morning and there you go with the windchills. 33, 34 is the real feel this morning. so dress warmly if you're about to head out and traveling but today, we'll have 39 by 7:00. 42 at noon and 45 this afternoon. going to be really nice today with a west wind at 10 to 20 makes it feel a little bit cooler and we have a lot of sunshine today. 45 degrees. should feel nice and even tonight, 36 degrees with the wind dying down. as we go into the evening hours and your weekend is going to
so grab a coat you'll need that. sunrise 7:20. we have a beautiful sunrise and sunset today. weather and traffic together every seven minutes. the subway lines, a. and c. and e -- is that right. yeah misbehaving right now. let's see what's happening. uptown delays on the a., c. and e. and all due to a police investigation at west 4th. watch for delays uptown on the a. c. and e.. the 2 and 4 back on or close to schedule. signal problems cleared in brooklyn. lirr and new jersey transit and metro-north a reduced schedule for today for new year's day and over on 17 northbound this is right at highland cross and rutherford. all lanes closed it's an accident with a downed traffic signal. knew route 1 still closed heading northbound into south brunswick. an accident investigation and you may want to use route 130 instead. let's go outside and show you the flashing lights here, again this is on route 1 heading northbound getting into south brunswick as we head over to the web cam, i can show you all of the activity going on there.
try 130 or the new jersey turnpike. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you lori, ken? debbie thank you. 6:32 and we have breaking news in new jersey, a church dating back to 1827 now up in flames. eyewitness news reporter kala rama just arrived on the scene in west orange. >> reporter: ken, exactly what this looks like here, take a look, flames have been shooting out of the st. mark's church here for the last 90 minutes. it's engulfed and moments ago i saw part of the building in the back collapsing. take a look at what it looked like when we first got here. fire crews again have been fighting this since 5:00 not morning. -- in the morning. the church was recently rented by episcopal diocese of newark do a local con gig. this -- congregation. that's according to the preservation of new jersey. it was listed as one of the ten
in new jersey. again, right now the building is engulfed here and flames. it has been like this for the past 90 minutes. the fell tower at the to -- bell torot the very top of -- very top of the church here. they had no one inside it at this point and no reports of any injuries. live in west orange, kala channel 7 eyewitness news. very sad. all right thank you. 6:33 and we're also following breaking news in manhattan. a mane is dead after trying to get out of a stuck elevator. happening on the lower east side on beam street just after midnight. the 25 ed-year-old man was with friends when the elevator became stuck on the third floor. his friends were holding the door open more anymore to get out. -- for him to get out. the victim was hurt and pronounced dead at the hospital. this morning we've learned of three active violations from the building department on the
and new york city closed out 2015 with more murders than the previous years. of the 27th of december there were 340 murders in the city. that's an increase of 326. the last one happened at 109th avenue. a man in his 20s was found on the street with a gunshot wound to the head. he died at the hospital. more than one million people marked the beginning of 2016 by joining together in times square for the biggest party around. >> and this year the temperatures made it a heck of a lot easier to enjoy the big celebration. we were over the crossroads of the world for the spectacular view. >> and channel 7 eyewitness news dray clark is there in the center of it all. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, that clean-up effort is now winding down. now we know that because traffic is now once again rolling through times square here.
san station workers still wore but at the peak -- here but at the peak of the work close to 200 workers doing a good job of cleaning up here using their street sweepers and trash trucks and brooms and blowers to clean up confetti and other garbage left behind. as you said a moment ago, a million people squeezed into the square last night. to watch that 11,000-pound crystal ball slowly descend at midnight and bring in the new year 2016. and by the looks of it and by the sounds of it. everyone had a pretty good time. no real worries fears or concerns their safety at all. that's -- about their safety at all. that's because the nypd cast a very wide security net to make sure times square was cover and safe. police officers -- covered and safe. police officers were in helicopters and they were on rooftops and on the ground there were 6,000 police officers many of them heavily armed and also blending into the crowd as well. but again, it was all about
the nypd said all along this would be the safest place to ring in the new year. and they delivered on that promise. >> more cameras, more dogs, secondary screening to get into a pen you go through two screenings. and a lot more officers in the pens in plains clothes. >> reporter: and back here live again with a look at times square. a lot of that work now winding down. traffic rolling now through times square. you still see the stages though, they are still set up it's going to take some time before crews are really break them down because they're so large, but again city crews do this so well every year and waste no time because they realize that times square certainly is the busiest tourst attraction in all of new york city, quickly try and get things back to normal. live in times square, delay clark, eyewitness news -- dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. and times square wasn't the
holding a big new year's eve party. people packed luna park in coney island last night and fireworks went off at midnight. and laser lights shined from a parachute jump. families were also treated to free rides on the b and b carousel and the thunderbolt roller coaster. if you were anywhere near central park for new year's celebrations, this is what was happening. thousands of runners race in to 2016 including our very own meteorologist amy freeze. fireworks lit up the sky at the stroke of midnight for the 37th annual new york road runners' midnight run. apartments received -- participants received glow in the dark shoe laces for the four mile trek and of course afterwards they then enjoyed sparkling cider. and 6:37. >> what are yores louis for 2016? go to the facebook page and let us know. and we'll talk about them this weekend during eyewitness news saturday morning along with health and financial experts.
was sent out from bill cosby one day after his arrest on charges of sexual assault. cosby sent out the tweet last night quote -- friends and fans, thank you. cross by's out of jail on $1 million bail after arraignment wednesday in a court outside philadelphia. prosecutors say that he drugged and assaulted a woman in his home in 2004. meanwhile kamille cosby is trying to avoid a deposition in a lawsuit against her husband by seven alleged rape victims. she was ordered last judge to testify. well, the newest batch of hillary clinton e-mails from her time as secretary of state, they are now public. shortly after making them available in portions of 275 e- mails were newly classified. they were in a batch of 5500 pages released yesterday. state department fell short of its goal to get 82% of the e- mails out by the end of the year. on president obama's agenda as we start the new year, his long promised response to mass shootings and sources say that he will push through a package
control expected before the january 12th state of the union. measure is expected to target the gun show loophole which allows some sellers to avoid conducting bat checks on the customers. the -- background checks on the customers. the nra claims the president is defying the will of the people. 6:38. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and bill with your accuweather forecast. >> we look outside and we are looking at a beautiful day. this is our camera on the roof looking to 59th street south down toward midtown and we've got a great visibility here. we're going to have a pretty sunrise, sun in is up if about 30 minutes from -- from about 30 minutes from now. and we're looking at a temperature of 40 degrees. we're going to be looking at a few clouds with sun breaking through today. more so when this first layer -- this first deck of clouds goes by. the sun will breakthrough that and around 39 at 8:00 and noontime today, we're looking at about 43 and 45 degrees for the high this afternoon.
the first weekend of 2016. no harsh, no snow and ice or freezing rain. but some very cold weather for next tuesday in your accuweather seven day forecast. debbie duhaime still looking at the subways this morning. it's a bummer to bet into the subway delay. really thanks right? not a good way. but let's see what's just some uptown delays right now bill on the a. c. and e. with a police investigation. 2 and 4 signal problems cleared and lirr and new jersey transit on time but on a reduced schedule. a problem on 287 eastbound into exit 6 getting up to white plains and out past greenberg with an accident being cleared. the l.i.e. reports of an accident now eastbound passenger toe turnpike. a look at -- past jericho turnpike. a look at route 1. heading northbound into deans lane with an accident investigation there and going to the other camera a look at times square. clean-up continuing here at times square and some of the
alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you lori, ken? all right debbie thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, george lieus can issues a -- lucas issues a public apology. >> also ahead, what started the new year and hawaii has a new plan to prevent young people from picking up a nasty habit. >> also -- couple of the unique new year's eve ceremonies around the country and memphis they lower a guitar to count down the end of the year, this time around though the guitar got stuck at the stroke of midnight but finally lowered about 30 seconds later. >> in atlanta, georgia, it's a
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you on this throughout the newscast. and actor wayne rogers who played trapper john on the tv series "m*a*s*h" has died. the actor's family said he passed away yesterday in los angeles due to complications from pneumonia. he played a wisecracking army sergeant and he also appeared in several other shows and had a very successful business career. rogers was 82 years old. 6:45 and a woman injured in a fatal crash involving caitlyn jenner settled the lawsuit against her. jessica steindorff sought unspecified damages against jenner in the crash earlier this year. one of jenner's lawyers stated the suit had been settled and dismissed and no terms of the settlement were mentioned. well, film maker george lucas is apologizing for his comments about the newest installment in the "star wars" series.
said that giving the movie rights to disney was like selling his kids to white slavers. he also implied that he did not like the direction the studio took with the story in the new film. lucas has since issued a statement saying that he made the comments before seeing the force awakens. and that disney is quote -- doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. hawaii is the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21. the public health officials are hoping it will keep young people from developing the unhealthy addiction. one in four high school students in hawaii tries their first cigarette every year. a ban on styrofoam food and drink goes into effect today in washington, d.c.. businesses that continue to use the containers after a warning will be fined. by 2017 all dc businesses will be required to use disposable
time for a check on the accuweather forecast. >> meteorologist bill evans live outside the studios on the upper west side. >> temperatures in the 40s or right around 40 degasses nothing harsh. so start off 2016. look at that some great weather this morning. here's the live cameras this morning showing you the empire state building with the lights. 41 to 40 degrees now around the five boroughs and a west wind at 9. the pressure is recall really good and -- all really good and the high yesterday was 48 degrees. that again today and temperatures about in the mid 40s today. normal high is 39. so it's great start to 2016. we've got sunshine and above normal temperatures and cooler temperatures for the weekend and bitter cold by tuesday next week. 40 around north port and massapequa. around coastal connecticut it's 40 degrees. 39 up toward poughkeepsie. the numbers are way warm for the overnight hours and clouds have been keeping the temperatures warm at the surface and pretty uniform. to the west we have skies that
by 9:00 the temperature 39. this afternoon 43, 45, tonight. we're looking at temperatures dropping down to 32 in the city to the 20s north and west. for saturday morning. and then we're back into the low 40s for the afternoon. and we're looking at 42 on saturday. we're looking at 43 on sunday. just a gorgeous first weekend of 2016. sunshine breezy today. the high is 45. clear and chilly tonight. 32 in the city and 28 in the suburbs and then tomorrow, we got sunshine but tuesday, look at that. below normal and very below freezing. much of the day on tuesday. but notice it warms back up on wednesday to a high of 45. well, if you really want to make yourself feel good to kick off the new year of 2016. drop on by north shore animal league and pick up a new family member. >> like you did? >> that's what i did yesterday. it's the twins my twin girls' 16th birthday and well, they wanted a puppy and we added a new family member and they
b. e. a. u.. i became a grandpa yesterday. >> oh wow. >> thomas a little -- but we want to thank the folks at north shore animal league for their wonderful help. it's a wonderful place and they bring in pets from all other the country and world. and if you would like a pet new addition to the family, adopt one. adopt a dog. >> yeah. >> my girls were leading the charge on that and i'm very proud of them for that. so -- we're all very excited around our place for a joyous and puppy filled 2016. >> we look forward to watching beau grow up. >> and meet maximus maybe? >> wow that'd be a big meeting. >> chewing off my fingers yesterday. [ laughter ] all right, thanks bill. >> over to heather -- not heather, excuse me. sorry debbie duhaime. >> that's fine and best of luck with beau. and let's go right outside and i want to show you guys an accident over on the l.i.e.. this is on the island it's the l.i.e. eastbound getting out toward 1067. you can see some flashing lights in the background. so do watch out for some delays there.
and -- over to the maps and a problem 287 eastbound the ramp at exit 5 in greenburg a collision there. and a., c. and e. delays uptown because of a police investigation. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back over to you ken, lori? all right, debbie thank you and breaking news in new jersey. a historic church is on fire. >> take a live look here at st. mark's episcopal church in west orange. now engulfed in flames. our own kala rama is there and will have the very latest on firefighters i efforts to knock
the first new york city baby of 2016 was born in brooklyn. coney island hospital announced zayden noel was born at exactly midnight weighing in at 7 pounds and 1 ounce. here's a picture of him. with his mom stephanie. both mother and baby are doing well and congratulations to the whole family. a good samaritan in michigan gave one single mother a very happy start to the new year. it all started at a saab repair dealership. cynthia phlegmings' car was not safe to drive. it's in bad steering problems. well the price to fix it a whopping $800. and cynthia recently lost one of her jobs and spent everything she had on christmas for her two young children. luckily for her the dealership cut the bill almost in half and a good samaritan took care of the rest. >> i cried. it was tears of joy organize
>> in really pay attention to what's going on around us. then -- this world would be a whole lot better. >> absolutely. in the end the final cost to repair the car, $430, again take taken care of by a good samaritan. we have brans in new jersey. >> -- breaking news in new jersey. >> eyewitness news has a live crew at the scene and we'll bring you the latest
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"good morning america" is coming up next. >> but first, we continue to follow some breaking news out of new jersey. a historic church dating back to 1827 up if flames right now and -- in flames right now and eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live on the scene. >> reporter: at this point flames have been shooting outside of st. mark's i pace which will church here for the last two hours and almost at the point of collapsing, at least some areas here. we've already seen part of the building here in the back collapse. they've been here since 5:00 this morning. the church was recently rented by episcopal diocese of newark to a local con grace. this church dates back to -- congregation. this church dates back to 1827 and that's all according to the preservation new jersey. it's one of the ten most endangered historic sites in new jersey and heart-breaking for the community to see this cornerstone here of west orange
again, no word on a cause. it is just too early to tell as this all broke out at 5:00 this morning. at this point, we don't have any reports o any injuries but -- of any injuries but as you can see the episcopal church here is in flames. live in west orange, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you. >> all right debbie duhaime now. deb? >> thanks a lot lori, right to the a. c. and e. trains. and everything back on or close to schedule. as police investigation just cleared here to the a. c. and e. everything back on or close to schedule. may see some roads being reopened at times square but definitely you may see some subject to closure so be careful there. route 17 northbound at high land cross and rutherford al lanes still closed due to the downed signal. and watch for slowdowns here heading over to route 1 northbound. getting into deans lane and south brunswick. an ongoing accident investigation. the flashing lights here and
northbound still closed at deans lane and south brunswick. and accident investigation. so definitely watch out for delays there. and going back outside to our other camera, again a look at times square. clean-up continuing here but looks like most of the roads starting to be reopened. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you. lori, ken, bill? all right, thank you deb. >> all right bill. >> a little chilly out there this morning but still a great start to 2016. as far as our weather goes. we've got clouds we'll have breaks of sun. and sun is up at 7:20. 39 degrees going to be the 7:00 temperature and 42 at noon and 45 this afternoon. and then tomorrow, at 42 and 43 on sunday. and then we get some cold air from monday and tuesday. coldst day of the winter -- coldst day of the winter so far will be on tuesday but it warms back up next week. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. [ laughter ] >> that's the news for now. i'm ken rosato. >> and i'm lori stokes, thanks