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anything you left out, those delicate plants, done. city is at 36 degrees right now. most of long island at the freezing mark from central long island on east. right up against the coast, not quite so bad. there's your freeze warning in effect. all the areas in purple. it excludes the five boroughs. it's a day that features sunshine. slowly we'll feel it warming up a little bit. 49 by noon, forecasting a high of 53 degrees. there are warmer days ahead. get to that in a little bit. let's get to lauren to find out about the commute. >> good morning. no major problems out there. we have one local problem for some suffolk county commuters. 25a or north country road is shut down in both directions by lynam court because of an accident with a downed light pole. you can take local streets to get around it. we'll take a live look ouz at the cross brongs expressway. still pretty quiet out there. things are moving along nicely. this is what most of our major roadways look like right now.
now to breaking news in westchester county. crews spent all night battling a fire that broke out early this morning. flames broke out this morning on gra gramatan avenue. tracie strahan is there. >> reporter: every time we think they're getting it under control, new pockets of flames break out. they have a couple of hoses on it here. they've had their hands full since 1:00 this morning. we'll show you the video of the flames that engulfed this entire strip. it started at 226 gramatan avenue. they say it quickly spread. right now this is a three-alarm fire. hundreds of firefighters on scene from neighboring departments as well. there's also a two-story
structure right on top contain containing contain containing apartments. they did have to be evacuated. where they are right now, it's unclear. we're waiting to speak to the police chief about that. as we bring you back live, you can see the smoke here continues to billow from this strip. again, no signs of slowing down. back to you. >> it's been a long night and long morning for those firefighters. thank you so much. 5:02. right now sports news. the mets in control of the national league championship series. the team beat the cubs to take a 2-0 lead in their series. they tweeted this photo last night boarding a plane on their way to chicago. they're hoping they can close out the series there and then book a trip to the world series. news 4's john chandler as more from citi field. >> reporter: the mets have the cubs in a 2-0 hole in the nlcs, and once again the amazings did it with outstanding starting
pitching. in the frigid flushing air, there's nothing more scorching than daniel murphy's bat. in the first inning, murph with one sweet swing. tied mike piazza for the all-time postseason home run record. five now this october for murph in seven games. he's done it off four of the game's best pitchers. the two-run shot set the tone. noah syndergaar did the rest, striking out nine in 5 2/3 and handing it over to a bull pen that was outstanding. >> makes pitching a lot easier when the offense puts a three spot on one of the best pitchers in the game right now. takes a load off my shoulders. >> hadn't hid the fact we think we have pretty good pitching. they're young. they're inexperienced. they don't have the credentials that kershaw and greinke and lester and arrieta have, but they going to be really good pitchers. >> our confidence continues to remain high. at the same time, we have to realize we're going to chicago. they're going to get their home
fans, their stadium. they're going to get back to their comfort level. can't take anything for granted. >> reporter: the mets not only have a 2-0 lead, they've beaten chicago's two best starters in those games. now they head to chicago with jacob degrom pitching in game three tuesday night. at citi field, i'm john chandler for "today in new york." all right. coming up on 5:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. i don't even know what to say. the mets can't go anything wrong right now. >> seems like they're golden. but one game at a time. we're getting there. i like what's happening. so far, so good. nice to go to chicago two games up. the problem weather-wise for a lot of folks, too cold, too soon in the season. a lot of 20s in the suburbs. plenty of sunshine will brighten our day today. the wind turns more southwest later this afternoon. that will allow the temperatures
not quite as cold overnight tonight. coldest morning of the season so far. a little breezy at times. 53 by noon. here's lauren with the latest on the commute. >> good morning. we have one issue out there for mass transit commuters. delays on uptown n and r trains due to signal problems. otherwise the trains look good. if you're getting on the buses, about five detours out there this morning, all in manhattan. you do need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. >> lauren, thank you. 5:05 right now. today grief counselors will be at a long island school. a student there, a 12-year-old girl, was killed by a bullet fired from outside her home. katherine creag is in hempstead with more. >> reporter: darlene, if you can imagine, some of the students here at the middle school of dejah joyner, they saw her
during the school day on friday, and now she's gone. that's why counselors will be here to talk with grief-stricken classmates. she's been described as wonderful, friendly, always smiling. she was shot friday around 5:00 p.m., a bullet striking her in the head as she walked into her living room. she died saturday night. her devastated parents gathered with hundreds of people at a church in hempstead. investigators vow finding dejah's killer is their top priority. it is believed rival gangs are responsible for the shooting. a relative who's also a pastor led the prayer service and talked about how wvrl dejah was. >> there's a personality behind the bullet that was shot. that's what's most important. she was a loving, kind, caring, generous person, even at 12 years old. >> reporter: and relatives told us dejah had just walked into her living room to hand her brother his dinner when the one
bullet went through a closed window and struck the 12-year-old girl. as we mentioned, counselors will be here today at the middle school to talk with students. if students, classmates, friends need to talk with someone in the future, they're always available as well. back to you, darlene. >> katherine creag, thank you. happening today, 11 bikers are set to face a judge after police raid a party hosted by long island's notorious pagan motorcycle club. investigators say they seized weapons, drugs, and three vehicles during this gathering this weekend. men from five different motorcycle groups are facing a variety of drug and weapons charges. and happening today, the man allegedly behind that heist that was immortal ietzed in the movie "goodfellas" goes on trial today. prosecutors allege he helped plan the $6 million lufthansa heist at kennedy airport back in 1978. they say the evidence against the 80-year-old includes
wiretaps and the testimony of former mobsters. the israelis plan to expand a wall in east jerusalem to end violent attacks. the new barrier is meant to stop the fire bombing of jewish residents by palestinians. this follows sunday's bloodshed at a bus station in southern israel seen here on security video. an arab man killed an israeli soldier and wounded ten other people. then he was shot dead by police. mayor de blasio spoke out against the violence while he was in israel. on sunday he was at the holocaust memorial. he said city governments, especially in europe, must lead the fight against religious intolerance. >> we're here at a painful moment. more and more terrorist attacks on absolutely innocent civilians. something unconscionable and unacceptable according to all our values and something that must end. >> the mayor also spent time at jerusalem's western wall. that's where he left a note. we're told it said, quote, we
the mayor left last night to return home to new york. 5:09 now. today's cnbc money report, a look at how widespread identity theft has become. a new report from bankrate.com shows 46% of americans have either been a victim of identity theft or know somebody who has. that's up 12% from seven years ago. the report also shows 77% of americans say they're frightened of having their identity stolen. many, though, not taking the recommended precautions to prevent it. amazon's now going after people who post fake reviews for products on their website. the company has filed lawsuits against more than 1,000 reviewers in seattle. amazon alleges they were paid to post glowing reviews, mostly of books, to help boost sales. the company says in turn its brand is being tarnished by the fake and misleading reviews. now here's a question, what can you as a consumer do? >> the only way for consumers to
for patterns, to look for comments that you see over and over again about specific aspects of a product. >> now, according to the suit, in at least one case, a reviewer received empty envelopes, not from the product, but from a company, to create a shipping record to post a verified review. so whether it's a restaurant website or amazon, people are always wondering if those comments are for real. >> right. and a lot of times they're not. and people claim that they're not. all right. 5:10. just ahead this morning, eddie murphy back on stage telling jokes. also ahead, the first lady's launching a new website. we're going to tell you who she's trying to help. and your weather and traffic on the 4s.
4-1 and now head to chicago for game three tomorrow night. despite a vote approving a strike, school buses will be picking up students from dozens of long island schools. if a walkout does happen, some 15,000 students would be affected. today, first lady michelle obama will unveil a new website called bettermakeroom.org. it'll help students with the tools they need to continue their education after high school. and a piece of music history for sale in new jersey. this is the long branch home where bruce springsteen wrote his album "born to run." it's listed for $299,000. i was just thinking about that. imagine bruce was walking around, coming up -- hey, i think "born to run." >> where the genius took place. all that good stuff. all right. 5:14. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. >> you're overthinking it. >> michael has his ideas of how
>> bruce will say, it came to me in 30 seconds. i just wrote it down. that's how it goes with the geniuses. weather this morning is cold. frosty and freezing in a lot of the suburbs. low to mid-20s in some locations. a freeze warning in effect for most of the suburbs. in terms of the overall week ahead, a quiet weather week. no big storms. no dramatic changes. other than we get a nice midweek warmup. close to 70 degrees if not better by wednesday and thursday. the counties shaded in purple, that's where the freeze warning is in effect. the five boroughs not in it. the lower end of nassau county also not in the freeze warning. normal high, 63. where are we today? 53. that's not too god, but we're going to flip this around as we get to the middle of the week and pop these temperatures back above normal. it's cold in connecticut as well. 25 in redding.
fairfield down to 23 degrees. out across long isle, 24 in westhampton. below the freeze mark at islip, 31. there's the city, 36. one of the rare places above freezing. a lot of low to mid-20s in northwest new jersey into the hudson valley. storm tracker is quiet. nothing to worry about in terms of organized cloud cover. in fact, not much going on from about omaha all the way east. there's pretty much high pressure in charge here. our weather picture stays quiet. bright sunshine today. the chill still lingers. not as cold tonight. the wind starts to turn more southwest. we'll see 30s in the suburbs north and west. no 20s showing up. a milder push of air tomorrow. a nice afternoon warmup after a cool start. we expect temperatures to climb back to about 70 degrees before the day is through on wednesday. maybe a brief sprinkle around thursday.
that would be about it. then it cools down behind that front friday. upper 50s to near 60 on saturday. right now the weekend looks quiet and dry as well. almost 5:17. let's find out about the commute. >> first big accident of the morning. it's on long island. we're going to take a live look at the long island expressway in suffolk county where there's an accident out there that shuts down two lanes heading westbound out by exit 48. definitely backed up already. avoid this altogether. head over to the northern state parkway. that's moving along nicely. i'll continue to keep a close eye on that. and then in smithtown, not all that far from there on route 25a, lanes shut down in both directions. in much better news, we'll look at the lincoln tunnel. here's what it looks like on the inbound side. no delays inbound or outbound at any of your hudson river crossings. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. it is 5:17 now.
this weekend we saw the return of tracy morgan to "saturday night live." from the first words in his monologue, he joked about the crash that almost ended his life. >> people were wondering, can he speak, does he have 100% mental capacity? but the truth is, i never did. i might actually be a few points higher now. >> his fellow cast members from the show "30 rock" also joined him for a skit. there they a it was a funny yet emotional night, and it ended with his wife and little girl by his side. so many people talking about this. larry david returned to "snl." he was actually a writer there, one season only, 30 years ago. he came back and played bernie sanders in this famous skit now. >> we're doomed. we need a revolution. millions of people on the streets!
and we got to do something and we got to do it now! ah! >> on sunday, the real bernie sanders said he liked larry david's impression of him. no word as to whether larry david will return to play sanders again. >> hilarious. >> i don't even have a super pac. i don't even have a backpack. >> funny. did a great job. it's 5:19. we already know eddie murphy is a master of comedy. >> now he's being raised to legendary heights. last night eddie murphy given the mark twain prize for american humor. the huge honor was celebrated at washington's kennedy center. he was joined by former "saturday night live" cast members, tracy morgan, chris rock, and kevin neilen. >> actually, it's an award even though they call it a prize. it's an award.
there's money involved. >> there was no cash, but eddie murphy joins some greats who were honored. jay leno, will ferrell, and the great carol burnett as well. eddie hasn't lost a step. >> that's great. you see dave chappelle on the stage? that's incredible. all right. 5:19. a late night at the white house. the event that will have people looking up. also, it was supposed to be a wedding reception, but this actually turned out bad for a second and turned into something much, much more meaningful. follow the "today in new york" team on facebook and twitter. check out michael's picture of what i saw outside my window. please go to twitter.
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5:23 right now. grand central parkway by laguardia airport. president obama will be looking at the stars tonight, and he'll have company at the white house. it's the second annual astronomy night. lots of students and teachers and scientists will be brought together. among those invited, ahmed mohammed. he's the young texas teenager
who got arrested after his lig homemade clock sparked a security scare at his school. there they are looking through the -- that's really cool you can do that. >> absolutely. >> of course, the irony is the vice president's house is at the naval observatory. so it's probably even better suited there to see the stars. >> but they have nice telescopes there. compared to the one i had when i was a kid. basically see your thumb. >> but that was cool. >> it was cool. love the large thumb shot. we've got chilly temperatures out there this morning. if you're gazing up, you're probably walking very quickly. 53 by afternoon. it does start to feel better. there's lots of sunshine out there throughout the day. just a cold, cold start. 44 the low tonight. the trend is not as cold. 30s in those suburbs. we'll build into the 60s and maybe near 70 by the middle of this week. you saw the flurries. everybody thought it's over, it's done. no, not yet.
we have a few nice days yet. >> thank you. >> lauren, what's going on? >> we have some issues and changes on the subways. we have delays right now on uptown n and r trains because of signal problems. if you ride the e train, trains are running on the f line in both directions between west 4th street and 36th street in queens. that one is due to track maintenance. your major commuter lines look good. we have a big accident on the long island expressway westbound. i'll show you the delays coming up. >> all right, lauren. thank you. a california woman made the most out of her daughter's canceled wedding by hosting a dinner dozens of strangers will never forget. instead of being filled with wedding guests, the citizen hotel in sacramento was filled with the city's homeless. everyone from grandparents to newborns were there getting the chance to dine on food normally served in the hotel's four-star restaurant. >> when i found out on monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course this would be something that we would do to give back.
to lose out on something so important to yourself and give it to someone els is really giving. >> more than 120 guests had been invited before the wedding was canceled, to there was plenty of food to go around. >> how great for them. >> what a beautiful thing. that can be such a traumatic experience to go through as a family. the fact they turned it around, it's incredible. >> absolutely. all right. the advertisement placed in one local paper has some calling for an investigation. plus a rat record. the benchmark set here in new york city. and a stubborn three-alarm fire keeps crews can busy here in mt. vernon. we have an update from the chief on what's making it so tough to knock down. if you're about to head out the door, take uses with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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breaking news this morning. up in flames, firefighters battling a raging fire right now. we just received an update from the chief. and also today, the amazing run continues. the mets now two wins away from the world series. and they're on their way to chicago. and a dramatic drop. this morning we're waking up to really cold air.
a shock to see those numbers on a screen. chris is going to make us feel better in a minute. good morning, everybody. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's get to chris cimino with the forecast. i know it's going to change, but we have to deal with it this morning. >> it's a temporary state, mainly this morning into this afternoon. it gets better later today. you'll notice it more significantly in terms of warming up tomorrow. it's downright cold this morning. murray hill is 35. 29 in white plains. 19 in monticello. low 20s from sussex to morristown and bridge water. we have a freeze warning in effect for a good part of the viewing area except the five boroughs, southern half of nassau county. otherwise, look for temperatures by low freezing for a few hours this morning. lots of sunshine.
it gets bet we are ter with a high of 53 degrees. >> we have some problems on the long island expressway on the nassau-suffolk border. this accident out there in the westbound lanes is really causing a jam. it blocks at least the two left lanes. delays are building quickly. they go back to route 110. head to the northern state parkway. then if you're getting on the subways, we have e trains running on the f line in both directions between west 4th street and 36th street in queens. we also have delays on uptown r trains due to signal problems. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. 5:31 right now. breaking news in westchester county. a fire that started in a business quickly grew out of control. those flames broke out early this morning on gramatan avenue in mt. vernon. tracie trey han strahan is there.
chief. >> reporter: let's start with that update. no civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported. but the wind has shifted, bringing a large cloud of smoke our way. believe it or not, this is an improvement. take a look at the video we shot as soon as we got on scene here. this is gramatan avenue. not only a commercial strip of four different stores but a three-story residential apartment that's right on top. according to the deputy fire chief, that residential apartment building collapsed in under one hour. the good news in this, all four residents were able to get themselves to safety. again, no injuries to report so far, but we spoke to the chief about why this thing is still going and they can't get it under control. >> what they have is a roll tin ceiling and multiple ceilings in the stores. so to get access is very difficult under those conditions. >> reporter: and now you're
looking live at what is making this so difficult. you can see they're attacking the hoses on that ceiling that has collapsed partially. again, that three-story residential building collapsed here on gramatan avenue as well, but the people inside were able to get themselves to safety. the first call they received was about smoke coming out of sal's deli. when they arooufed, there was a lot of fire in the basement. that spread up and quickly spread throughout the whole area. again, this fire still not under control. >> all right, tracie. thank you. long island bus company is promising to have school buses rolling this morning despite the looming threat of a strike. unionized workers at the bowman bus company rejected their latest contract offer this weekend, and they did vote to strike. but the school district said it was told the company's buses will run on the regular routes today. the mets are now headed to the windy city to take on the
cubs for game three of the nlcs. last night's game two, daniel murphy came through again. this time he had a two-run homer off cubs' ace jake arrieta. it's murphy's fifth homer of the playoffs. pitcher noah syndergaard had a strong outing as well, going 5 2/3, allowing one run while striking out nine batters. the mets win it 4-1. >> makes pitching a lot more easy when you go out there and the offense puts a three spot on one of the best pitchers in the game right now. kind of takes a load off my shoulders. >> the fans have done a great job of helping everybody focus. as much energy as it is, it really helps you to laser in your focus one pitch at a time. >> game three is tomorrow night. meanwhile, travel plans could be amess for thousands of fans heading to citi field if the series going to same six or seven. the long island railroad scheduled to replace the ellison avenue bridge this weekend. it'll suspend service between
hicksville and mineola, but mets fans won't have to worry if the series never leaves chicago. if they handle their business in chicago, we don't have to worry about that. >> get it done. all right. 5:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, another reason for a sweep hopefully. >> works for me. sooner they do it, the better. getting to the world series, that would be wonderful. we'll do it in shuck chicago, not a problem. feels more like chicago weather this morning. 20s in the suburbs, 30s in the city. freeze warnings in effect. the good thing about today, plenty of sunshine. the winds turn a little southwest in the afternoon. that'll ease some of the chills somewhat. it's not quite as cold tonight because of that southwest breeze. the coldest morning at season at 36 in the city, 20s suburbs. 49 by noon. 53 by 3:00. all featuring sunny skies. quiet week ahead. we'll get to that in the seven day.
>> we have a couple detours out there on the buses. the m-9, 11, 21, 101, 102, and 103 today. heading to long island, we have a local closure. 25a shut down in both directions between woodlawn avenue and middle country road. an accident with a downed light pole in the roadway. you can take local streets to get around it. we have a bad accident on the l.i.e. westbound by exit 48. two lanes shut down there. you'll want to head to the northern state parkway. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. today grief counselors will be at a long island school trying to help the children there make some sense of a terrible tragedy. their classmate, a 12-year-old girl, killed by a bullet fired from outside her home. katherine creag is in hempstead with more. >> reporter: michael, that 12-year-old girl, dejah joyner, she was just here at school on friday.
they're going to talk with counselors who will be available for friends and classmates of the 12-year-old girl who died saturday night. this after she was shot in the head friday in the afternoon. she had just walked to her living room when a bullet struck her. her devastated parents gathered with hundreds of people at a church in hempstead last night. investigators vow finding dejah's killer is their top priority. it is believed rival gangs are responsible for the shooting, that dejah was not the intended target. community leaders and elected officials are asking for the public to come forward if they have any information on the gunman. >> i know people say snitches get stitches, but you know what? in order for hempstead to be a better place, i need the residents, i need the people in the community to come, let us know what's going on. and there is a $75,000 reward being offered for
also, the nassau police commissioner called the shooting the act of a coward. this tragedy really elicits strong emotions from so many people. that's why counselors are here to talk with students who they believe are overwhelmed by emotion. just a community and family devastated by this. >> certainly understandable, kat. such a senseless tragedy. thank you so much. a new york state senator wants an investigation into a help wanted ad that he calls outrageous discrimination. the ad is for a sfael nurse in west haverstraw, but listed among the job requirements are the words no haitians. it appears to have been placed by interim health care. the state senator is now calling for the labor department and the equal opportunity employment commission to investigate. happening today, a public hearing in coney island as to whether the city should seize land for redevelopment. the city wants to take over three store front lots -- shore
that would allow finally the completion of the entertainment area known as the people's playground. the project started back in 2009 under mayor bloomberg. today's public hearing will take place at 1:30. donald trump is taking jabs again at jeb bush. this time trump says his immigration reforms would have prevented the september 11th attacks that took place during president george w. bush's administration. >> i believe that if i were running things, i doubt those families -- i doubt those people would have been in the country. >> mr. trump talks about things that -- as though he's still on "the apprentice." >> trump warned bush not to say that the u.s. was safe under his brother's presidency. trump tweeted, jeb, why did your brother attack and destabilize the middle east by attacking iraq, bad info? on the democratic side, vice president joe biden remains silent. he gave no hint this weekend of whether he's running for president. reports continue to say a decision is expected nid ed
ed any day. we're told one person he spoke with is the head of a firefighters union. china may already be violating its recent no-hacking pledge. last month china's leaders promised president obama trade secrets would not be stolen. one security firm says chinese hackers attacked u.s. corporate computers many times since then. the firm crowd strike says one breach was attempted the day after the agreement was announced. it's 5:40 right now. still to come, your chance to get inside gracie mansion. plus, pope francis breaking new ground. what he did over the weekend. and storm team 4 tracking seriously cold temperatures. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
head to nyc.gov/gracieopenhouse. the event will be november 10th. the upper east side mansion hasn't been open to the public since the first family moved in last year. there's the invitation. >> very nice. >> handwritten. 5:43. >> hope the heat works. >> hope so. that looks like a drafty place, doesn't it? >> well, it's an historical home. >> exactly. >> but yeah, you need the heat today. you need the heated seats in the car. temperatures in the 20s in a lot of the suburbs. however, we have some good news if you want milder temperatures. they're coming back. despite seeing a few snow flurries this weekend, we get into some nicer fall weather again by midweek. 36 crisper, clear degrees right now. weather headlines talking about
a quiet week ahead. storm free here. the midweek temperatures will warm up. we could get to the 70 degrees or better. here are your counties officially under the freeze warning. it excludes the five boroughs. everybody else looking at temperatures below the freezing mark. in some cases below the freezing mark. 36 in howard beach. at the freezing point in oyster bay. 30 in palisades park. you go further north and west, a lot of 20s. rock hill down to 21. westport, connecticut, 28 degrees. colts neck, 29. 36 in seaside heights. up against the water, a little milder temperatures. there's your clear sky. nothing really going on. no fronts to talk about of consequence. there will be one that will eventually drop down from the northern. the entire eastern half of the country, nothing going on. with that in mind, our weather will stay quiet.
future tracker points just to that. 2:00 this afternoon, looking at a clear sky. sunshine, temperatures low 50s. into tonight, nice and clear. then a few clouds start to move in, mixing with the sun during the day tomorrow. still a nice day. gets milder, well into the 60s tomorrow. a front is going to try to press down. should break back into sunshine wednesday afternoon. that could allow temperatures close to 70 degrees. thursday, still on the warm side of that front. most of those sprinkles and showers stay to the north and west of us as we go through time. maybe a sprinkle thursday. that would be about it. 53 is what we recover to today. 55 in ramsey. 51 in brewster. notice tonight these temperatures not as chilly. still chilly in the mid-40s in the city. that's more seasonable. no 20s showing up overnight tonight. 68 tomorrow. 71 wednesday. 70 thursday. that's the chance of a couple
cooler behind that front. 59 friday, 60 saturday but dry through the weekend. 64 on sunday. here's lauren with the commute. >> good morning. we have two problems on the long island expressway right now. this one just came in. disabled vehicle eastbound by exit 41 in the h.o.v. lane. you see the red over here. we have a pretty bad accident heading westbound out by exit 48. that shuts down two lanes. it is pretty jammed up at least for an exit or so. head to the northern state parkway to get around this. i'll continue to keep a close eye on it. heading over to the brooklyn bridge, construction looks like it has been wrapped up. the inbound side or at least heading intoman manhattan has reopened. if you're getting on our major commuter lines, they're looking good. none with delays or service changes. more weather and traffic coming up. 5:47. police are investigating a sex assault in the bathroom at a
popular manhattan park. it happened yesterday afternoon in union square. a 63-year-old woman told police a home lest man confronted her in the restroom and demanded he perform a sex act. police say the woman bit the suspect's left hand during a struggle before he got away. this year we're on pace to set a record for the number of rat complaints here in new york city. it could top 24,000 complaints. the number actually from each of the past two years. cities comptrollers calling it a rat crisis and criticizing the city for not responding to those complaints. a group of car wash owners are suing the city. they're fighting the new regulations that require car wash owners to obtain a bond to cover claims against their business. the law requires unionized shops to secure a $30,000 bond but nonunionized car washes have to get $150,000 bond. car wash owners say the law is
illegal and will unfairly force them to unionize their businesses. if you're dining out, your leftovers could some day be handled a little differently. a bill introduced in albany would keep them from being put in foam containers. the ban would cover restaurants and delis with indoor seating. one assemblyman says his legislation could help protect the environment. new york city's ban on foam containers was overturned in court. coast guard video shows two remarkable rescues on the jersey shore this weekend. first crews hoisted a man to safety after he fell overboard in freezing water. that's near atlantic city. then in another rescue, crews hauled a disabled sailboat to safety after it broke down and began taking on water. we're told the one person that was aboard was not hurt. the american academy of pediatrics is now warning expectant mothers no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. new research shows women who drink during the first trimester are 12 times more likely to give birth to a child with an
brain, heart, and kidney defects or learning disabilities. doctors say women who drink throughout their entire pregnancy are 65 times more likely to have a child with these problems. 5:49 now. pope francis did something that has not been done in modern times. on sunday he canonized a married couple. they were made saints in their own right. the pope said they set a great example for their doctor. today the giants take on the eagles on monday night football. the giants are riding a three-game winning streak. one good sign, o'dell beckham jr. traveled with the team to philadelphia. he's nursing a hamstring injury. and this week jason pierre-paul is set to meet with the giants' doctor, according to nfl.com. pierre-paul has not played this season. he seriously injured his hand in
talked about over the summer. now to the jets. they were taking on washington. all tied up in the third. quarterback ryan fitzpatrick shows off some nifty moves, runs the ball in himself. later on, it's fitzpatrick again, but this time watch the pass to brandon marshall. watch the catch. great catch and great run getting into the end zone. jets win this one 34-20. the jets are 4-1 for the first time in five years. jets momentum, mets momentum. >> a lot of momentum. good for new york fans. just ahead, the big announcement today about drones. plus, just days away from halloween, there's a warning about what some makeup and what's in there that's on store shelves. >> and follow us on facebook and twitter.
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welcome back. days before halloween, here's a scary sight. october snow. this video recorded in the catskills yesterday. we had reports of snow as far south as rockland county. i'm going to say westchester, even though michael didn't believe me. you saw the flurries. >> you didn't show the video of you running around with your tongue out trying to catch snowflakes.
>> that's tomorrow. >> it was cute, but you know, there's a time and place for everything. >> i know. one gets a bit old for such behavior. >> we did have flurries. middle of october, it's a bit premature. but nonetheless, a lot of cold air in place this morning. a lot of 20s and low 30s. low 50s is what we recover to later this afternoon with a good deal of sunshine. the breeze eases a bit too. tonight, not as cold. 44 in the city with a clear sky with some 30s in the suburbs. this will be the trend through at least thursday this week, meaning warmer temperatures. we could get to 70 by the middle of the week. >> all right. what's going on, lauren? >> one subway problem left for people who commute on the e train. it's running on the f line in both directions between west 4th street and 36th street in queens because out of track maintenance. let's look at the holland tunnel. no delays yet coming from either ramp. linken lincoln tunnel is in good shape. we have an accident on the l.i.e. on the county border.
details coming up. >> all right. thanks very much. happening today, we're going to find out the federal government's new rules for what they're calling rogue drones. transportation secretary anthony fox and the head of the faa will unveil these new regulations today. nbc news says the government plans to require anyone buying unmanned aircraft to register the device with the d.o.t. it stems from concerns over recent close calls between drones and commercial airliners. while your child's halloween costume may be spooky and scary, what it's made of may be frightening. new york senator chuck schumer is sounding the alarm about halloween makeup. he says products from china are not regulated and can contain harmful materials like lead. he's urging the fda to take action. >> an industry report tested products that were made in china, face paint and makeup. ten out of ten had the dangerous chemicals. ten out of ten. >> schumer's urging parents to avoid cosmetic face paint made in china.
meanwhile, experts say always read the packaging. if there are any questions about the ingredients or chemical makeup of the ingredients, don't buy it. >> want to be safe. coming up next, taking aim at fake reviews. what amazon is doing to build back trust with some of its consumers. also at 6:00 a.m., an update on the breaking news we're following in westchester county. a raging fire has destroyed several apartments and businesses. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york." i'm bobby flay and new york is my home. there's no place like it in the world. come fall, i like to get a taste of everything the state has to offer. like this famous winery nestled in the hudson valley. or the award-winning
storm team 4 will tell us how long this taste of winter will last. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. taste of winter, sounds so appetizing, right? no, it's monday morning, october 19th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris, my wife was covering some of the plants because of the freeze and stuff like that. >> absolutely. >> had to cover my mums. >> please do. >> there's one thing you should do when you're out there. cover your mums. they're one of the more hearty plants, actually. this is a deep freeze. 21 in sussex. that's a deep, deep freeze. 23 in morristown. the city above the freezing mark as it is in farmingdale, just barely. we've got that freeze warning in effect all over areas shaded in purple. excludes the five boroughs and the southern portion of nassau county.
lots of sunshine throughout the day. we warm it up a little bit. forecasting a high of 53 degrees. it will get milder yet. we'll get to that in a little bit. let's get to lauren scala. >> good morning. we have some problems on the long island expressway. we're going to take a live look at an, out accident out there. this blocks the h.o.v. lane and left lane. delays go back to route 10, which is exit 49. we have an accident on the cross bronx expressway. stop and go traffic building here. then we just got word of a debris spill from a truck on the turnpike northbound in the truck lanes. that takes out the left lane. more weather and traffic coming up. 6:01 right now. now to breaking news in westchester county. crews working to contain a huge fire on gramatan avenue in mt. vernon. the flames have spread to several businesses. tracie strahan is there.
what exactly is hammer manager the fire fight? >> reporter: it's that roll tin on roof on the strip all throughout. made it difficult for firefighters to vent this structure and get the flames out. it really engulfed four businesses here as well as a three-story apartment structure on top that collapsed in under an hour. let's show you video of what it looked like when he arrived. flames were shooting out of this structure. it's been going since 1:00 this morning. they encountered heavy fire as soon as they arrived. there were 37 firefighters on hand from departments all around here. we spoke to the fire chief just a short time ago about what they encountered when they first arrived. >> upon arrival, we had tremendous spoke pushing out, intense heat in the basement. it ran right across the roof into the other stores. >> reporter: all of those structures destroyed. as you take a look from chopper
still smoldering. all four residents who were inside were able to get themselves to safety. again, this fire still not deemed under control. still smoldering as you can see. the ladders are extended right now. perhaps they'll get it under control in a short time now. back to you. >> tracie strahan, thank you. today grief counselors will be at a long island middle school to help the classmates of a 12-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet. dejah joyner was killed by a stray bullet that pierced a closed window in her home. katherine creag is live with the latest. >> . unionized bus workers at the bowman bus company voted to strike this weekend after rejecting their latest contract offer. but the school district says it
will run on their regular routes today. this morning the mets are closer to heading off to the world series. they do need two more wins though. last night's game two of the nlcs, daniel murphy coming through again. this time he hit a two-run home run off the cubs' ace jake arrieta. it's murphy's fifth homer of the playoffs. pitcher noah syndergaard also had a strong outing, going 5 2/3, striking out nine. the mets take game two 4-1. >> it makes pitching easier when the offense puts a three spot on one of the best pitchers in the game right now. kind of takes a load off my shoulders. >> the fans have done a great job of helping everybody focus. as much energy, it really helps you to try to laser in your focus one pitch at a time. >> very calm, the mets. game three tomorrow night in chicago. mets are going to go with jacob degrom pitching. kyle hendricks will be on the
mound for the cubs. i was talking to chris. he said -- i thought, wow, it's cold here in new york. imagine what it's going to be like in chicago. that may not necessarily be the case. >> may not. let's check in with chris. you know he's paying attention to the chicago weather too. >> we always think chicago must be so much colder than us. this was unseasonably cold for us. chicago, it's modified air. should be comfortable. meantime for us, a freeze warning. not so comfortable for a lot of the suburbs. plenty of sunshine today. that's the bright news. the wind will gradually turn southwest. when that happens, it will boost up the temperatures and prevent the temperatures tonight from being as cold as they've been the last couple nights. 35 now. coldest morning so far, especially in the suburbs. seeing low and mid-20s there. we bounce back slowly to the 40s by noon and low 50s by mid to late afternoon. forecasting a high of 53. rest of the seven day is just ahead. let's get to lauren. >> let's talk about mass transit. we still have e trains running on the f line in both directions between west 4th street and 36th
street in queens. that's all because of track maintenance. that's our only subway change. if major commuter lines look good. buses have about five detours this morning. otherwise, things rolling along nicely. you do need to move your car today. we still have an accident on the long island expressway. i'll have the details on that coming up. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 6:06 right now. donald trump making waves again on the campaign trail, this time battling with jeb bush over the legacy of his brother george w. bush. >> i don't want jeb bush to say my brother kept us safe because september 11th was one of the worst days in the history of this country. >> look, my brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. he united the country. >> well, trump also says his immigration policy could have prevented the september 11th attack. he says the hijackers would have
never been in the united states. the "today" show has much more on this war of words between the two republican candidates. they will have the latest in a live report ahead at 7:00 a.m. >> right now, it's coming up on 6:07. israel appearing quiet this morning, but more steps are being taken to end a wave of violence there. a wall is being widened in east jerusalem to prevent attacks on jewish residents by palestinians. it follows a deadly shooting and a knifing attack at a bus station in the southern part of the country. it was actually caught on surveillance video. an arab man killed an israeli soldier and wounded ten others before he was fatally shot. mayor de blasio is wrapping up his weekend visit to israel. on sunday he spoke at the holocaust memorial. that's where he said city governments must lead the fight against religious intolerance. >> we're here at a painful moment. more and more terrorist attacks on absolutely innocent civilians, something unconscionable and unacceptable according to all our values and
something that must end. >> the mayor also visited jerusalem's western wall, and he left a note. aides say it said, quote, we're reminded here of the power of faith. the mayor should be back home in new york. the chinese may already be violating their agreement not to cyber snoop on american businesses. last month china's leaders promised president obama that trade secrets would not be stolen, but one security firm says there have been many cyber attacks from china since then. one happened the day after the security agreement was announced. the firm crowd strike promises to reveal details today. happening today, the public can give its input as to whether the city should seize land for redevelopment in coney island. the city wants to take over three shore front lots next to mcu park under the laws of eminent domain. this would allow completion of the entertainment area known as the people's playground. the project started in 2009 under mayor bloomberg. today's public hearing, if you
and in this moalrnin os cnbc money report, an online retail giant going after internet fakers. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with those details. darlene and i were talking about this, whether you can tell or not these reviews you see for products are real. >> hey, michael. good morning to you. that's right. it's very hard to tell. amazon is going after fake reviewers. the commerce giant filing a complaint in a seattle court, accusing more than 1,000 individuals of misleading customers by selling fake product reviews. it's not the first time amazon has taken legal action against this sort of deception. the company went after a group of websites doing the same thing back in april. and nearly after of americans know someone who has been a victim of identity theft, including themselves. a report released today by bankrate.com finds 46% of americans have either been a victim of identity theft or know someone who was. that's up 12 percentage points from 2008.
americans are frightened of the identity theft, but many are not taking necessary precautions to protect themselves from it. 42% aren't checking their credit reports regularly. 41% are conducting banking and other sensitive business on unsecured wi-fi networks. so michael and darlene, always a good reminder to be checking your credit reports. double checking those credit and debit card statements. >> very important. good information there. landon, thank you. up next, the political impersonation so many people are talking about. here are some of the best lines. hear what the real bernie sanders thinks about his "saturday night live" portrayal. and later, ad backlash. see the help wanted request sparking outrage in our area. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
welcome back. now back to that breaking news we're following in westchester county. a huge fire damaged several apartments and businesses in mt. vernon. chopper 4 is over the scene. >> darlene and michael, good morning to both of you. you can see this fire is still going. just a little over five hours before it was first reported, it's up to a three alarm now. live pictures from chopper 4, the first news helicopter to bring you live pictures of all this. the fire started in the basement according to reports of this deli. sal's deli. several apartments and businesses have either been destroyed or severely damaged. four residents were able, thankfully, to evacuate this building on their own. no injuries have been reported amazingly. you can see over toward the
lower right-hand portion of your screen. that is mandela high school. this is the schoolyard in here. even though the school has not been damaged itself, firefighters are now telling us that they did have to cut the power in the area in order for them to fight this fire. now, the school may be on a back-up generator because even though we got that report, you can see there's a light on in there. they have had to close down that school for today because of those power issues. of course, we will continue to keep you up to date. back over to you. >> all right. thank you. >> right now we want to check the weather. chris, this is one of the first cases this year. firefighters fighting fire in the cold, below freezing temps in some cases. >> so early on in the season. mid to late october. it's a little premature. the good news is we come out of this over the next two or three days. a nice warmup is heading our way. freeze warnings in effect for most suburbs through the morning hours. no storminess to talk about.
come wednesday and thursday. we're in a deep freeze right now in the suburbs. nassau county not in it and not the five boroughs. even there, our temperatures are slipping into the low to mid-30s. normal high temperature this time of year, pleasant 63. we only make it to 53. we made it to 50 yesterday. well below normal. we're going to pop above normal by tomorrow. across long island, low 30s. towards the north and west, it really drops off. sussex, 21. 22 in poughkeepsie. 25 in danbury. at freezing mark in bridgeport. cold air in place early. lots of clear skies. it is going to be a sunny day. that's the good news. notice as we move further west and i open up the scope to show you how quiet the weather is. very quiet stuff. nothing to worry about in terms
of any significant rains this week. maybe a sprinkle thursday. bright sunshine, the chill lingers today. a high of 53. it'll feel better mid to late afternoon. not as cold certainly tonight. 44 in midtown. 30s in the suburbs. no 20s to worry about. during the day tomorrow, we're looking at sun mixing with a few clouds. 68 the expected high. that trend will last into wednesday and thursday as we start to see temperatures pop towards 70 degrees. it should stay quiet. maybe a sprinkle around thursday afternoon with a weak frontal passage. the chill ends after today. 68 tomorrow. 71 and 70 for wednesday and thursday. we cool it down again friday. upper 50s. near 60 saturday with sunshine and dry on sunday with a high in the mid-60s. let's see how that commute is treating us. lauren? >> a whole bunch of problems out there. staten island ferry commuters, a modified schedule, which means it runs every 20 minutes. that's because of mechanical problems. the other ferries look fine. i'll let you know if that changes. prepare for that. big problems on the road. a live look outside at the long
island expressway right at the nassau-suffolk border by exit 48. an accident has been out there for quite a while now. it does block the h.o.v. lane. there are heavy delays getting into this area. also on the service road it's a bit heavy. the northern state parkway may be your best bet. once you get past this, you're going to sit in more delays because on the l.i.e. westbound by exit 41, there's a disabled vehicle that's now been moved to the shoulder. as you can see, still very slow going heading through there. cross bronx expressway westbound by the sheridan, an accident out there. also one on the major de, egan. over in new jersey on route 1-9 northbound by 278, there's an accident in the center lane causing a problem there. we had a debris spill on the turnpike. that's cleared out. e trains still running on the f line in both directions between west 4th street and 36th street in queens. now delays on uptown q trains. major commuter lines look good.
the 4s. comedian tracy morgan made his triumphant return to "saturday night live." he wasted little time joking about his recovery after that crash on the new jersey turnpike. >> people were wondering, can he speak, does he have 100% mental capacity? the truth is, i never did. i might actually be a few points higher now. >> his fellow cast members from the show "30 rock" also joined him for a skit involving his character on the show recovering from an accident. it ended with his wife and little girl by his side. meanwhile, everyone's also talking about larry david's impression of vermont senator and presidential candidate bernie sanders. >> i own one pair of underwear, that's it! some of these billionaires, they got three, four pairs. i don't have a drier. i have to put my clothes on the
so who do you want as president? one of these washington insiders or a guy who has one pair of clean underwear that he dries on a radiator. >> the skit was in the show's open and parodied the recent democratic debate. the real bernie sanders says it was great and had some fun with it. >> yes, last week i bought my second pair of underwear. that's a joke. >> my name is larry david and bernie asked me to do this. >> larry david was a writer, by the way, for "snl" 30 years ago. he did leave after one season. i thought it was great. i actually have to say that before -- i could see that one reminded me of the other occasionally. >> oh, man. all right. still ahead, another comedian, eddie murphy is honored. you'll hear the joke he crack during the special awards ceremony. not a prize ceremony. plus, a jilted bride with a big heart. how she turned her ruined wedding reception into something
6:24 right now. tonight the giants will be in philadelphia taking on the eagles. jason pierre-paul might be closer to eventually rejoining the team. he's set to meet with giants' doctors this week according to nfl.com. he's not played since seriously injuring his hand in a fourth of july fireworks accident. the jets are off to their best start in five years taking on washington. the game was tied in the fourth quarter. that's when ryan fitzpatrick shows off some nifty moves.
this time he tossed one to brandon marshall, who makes the catch and outraces everyone into the end zone. the jets win it 34-20. nice, good work. >> giants doing well, jets doing well. this is like uncharted territory. >> i'm not even concentrating that much on the jets because the mets have me a little preoccupied. that's awesome. 4-1 start. we have winning teams in new york. we will get winning weather eventually. today it's a little cold to start. starting out in the 20s and 30s. a lot of the suburbs in the low and mid-20s. it gets better this afternoon, a high of 53. still well below normal, but it will be a bright and sunny day. tonight, not as cold. we slip to 44 in the city. we're in the upper 60s tomorrow. maybe 70 or better come wednesday. so we'll turn the corner on this a little bit. it's not done yet, the nice weather. >> this is good. >> i don't have good news for the commute.
we'll start with the staten island ferry. it's operating on a modified schedule this morning, which means it runs every 20 minutes. that's due to mechanical problems. a disabled vehicle southbound on the taconic after peekskill hollow road. a quick live look outside at the grand central parkway, where we have a disabled vehicle out there. that's heading westbound by laguardia airport. things slowing down there as well. we have two accidents in the bronx and on long island. i'll have the details coming up. >> all right, lauren. thank you. it's 6:26. we also have an update coming up on that breaking news in westchester county. >> reporter: i'm tracie strahan live in mt. vernon where crews are still working to contain a three-alarm fire. we'll have an update on what's happening here coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in hempstead on long island where grief counselors will be at this middle school for the classmates of a 12-year-old girl who was shot and killed in her living room. we'll have the details and the latest on this case coming up.
breaking news. huge flames tear through several westchester county buildings and force the closure of a local school. the mets power past the cubs, leaving them just two wins away from the world series. and bundle up before you head out the door. storm team 4 is going to tell us how long this unseasonably cold weather will be sticking around. "today in new york" starts now. god good morning, everybody. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino here with the weather. >> good morning. i was talking with lauren earlier this morning about the cold. we said, is it really fa-fa-cold worthy just yet? it's getting close. that's all relative, i guess. towards the city, we're in the mid-30s. below freezing in white plains. look at this, long branch down to 28 degrees.
freeze warning covers just about everybody but the five boroughs. a nice day in terms of sunshine, yes. a little less breeze. 49 by noon. forecasting a high of 53 degrees. in this chilly morning, how is the commute rolling along so far? >> not so great in certain areas. we have a bunch of accidents out there. we'll start with the major deegan where southbound after the cross bronx expressway there's an accident in the left lane there. this is also causing exiting delays off the george washington bridge to get on the deegan. ten-minute wait inbound already. we have an accident on the cross bronx by the sheridan expressway that just cleared. still bad on the l.i.e. westbound actually looks like it just cleared. don't you love traffic? things are moving along slightly better. we have this disabled vehicle westbound by exit 41 jamming things up. one spot a little better, one spot not so much. more weather and traffic coming up. now for an update on that
breaking news we've been following this morning in westchester county. crews are wrorking to contain a huge fire on gramatan avenue in mt. vernon. the flames have spread to several businesses. they've even forced the closure of a local school. tracie strahan is there. they're still hard at work. >> reporter: they are. let's show you right now what's happening on the ground. we see a power crew it looks like. they have the flashlights out. it looks like they're looking for a main right in front of the strip that's smolder. the fire started at a deli there about 1:00 this morning. it's showed no signs of slowing down until about right now. let's show you the flame video, what it looked like when when we arrived. a three-story apartment on top of this. fire crews tell us that building collapsed within an hour of this fire. there was in particular one thing that made getting things under control that much more difficult. take a listen.
ceiling and multiple ceilings in the stores so that fire traveled across there. to get access is very difficult under those conditions. >> reporter: difficult, but they're still working on it. let's show you a bird's eye view from chopper 4 at this hour. you're looking at mandela high school. we found out they'll be closed today because the fire department has cut off all power in the vicinity of this building because of the fire. according to the fire chief, the heavy fire was in the basement of the deli. it came aboveground and quickly spread. there are four people inside the apartments that actually collapsed. the good news is they were able to get themselves to safety. back to you. >> certainly is good news. thank you very much. 6:33. happening now, police are working to identify the suspect in a sex assault in the bathroom at a manhattan park. it happened in union square park yesterday afternoon. a 63-year-old woman told police a homeless man in a camouflage
yakt confronted her in the restroom and demanded he ed ed she perform a sex act. police say she bit his left hand in a struggle and he ran off. happening today, the man allegedly behind the heist immortalized in the film "goodfellas." prosecutors allege he helped plan the $6 million lufthansa heist at kennedy airport in 1978. they say the evidence against the 80-year-old includes wiretaps and former mobsters. this morning, the mets find themselves in the driver's seat of the nl championship series. last night's game two, daniel murphy came through again. this time he hit a two-run home run off cubs' ace jake arrieta. pitcher noah syndergaard went 5 5 2/3 while striking out nine batters. >> we got to realize we are going to chicago now. they're going to get their home
they're going to getac back to their comfort level. can't take anything for granted. it's going to be another tough series. >> the mets now lead the series 2-0. game three tomorrow night in chicago. 6:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, it's so interesting to see this turnaround from the team they lost seven straight games to, to what's happened the past couple games. >> that happened before the fourth of july. so the mets are a different team since then. obviously picked up new players. the pitching has really cranked it up a notch. looking forward to going to chicago. why not? we're not afraid of chicago anymore. we've got a freeze warning in effect for most suburbs this morning. we have cold air in place at least for the next 12 to 24 hours. plenty of sunshine today. it turns milder this afternoon. not quite as cold tonight. the real mild stuff it waiting in the wings for the middle of this week. it's the coldest morning we've had so far this season. 35 in the city. we'll get to the upper 40s by noon. low 50s by 3:00. 53 should be the high for the day. much better days ahead. it's been a little rocky on the monday morning commute.
>> it has. pl. thenty of problems on the roads. we have some changes to mass transit as well. staten island ferry commuters, operating on a modified schedule today, which means it runs every 20 minutes. that's all because of mechanical problems. then we have delays on uptown q and r trains and delays on downtown e and f trains. if you're getting on the major commuter lines, they all look good. you do need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. your next update on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. well, it will be a somber day at a long island school as students mourn the loss of a classmate. the 12-year-old girl was fatally shot inside her own living room by a stray bullet. katherine creag is in hempstead with more. >> reporter: and that child, darlene, dejah joyner. she was well liked her at her school, according to school administrators and also bright, friendly, always smiling. this is where counselors will be for her grief stricken classmates and friends, to talk with them because clearly they are emotionally overwhelmed by
the 12-year-old girl was shot friday around 5:00 p.m. a bullet striking her in the head as she walked into her living room. she died saturday night. her devastated parents gathered with hundreds of people at a church in hempstead last night. investigators vow founding dejah's killer is their top priority. it is believed rival gangs are responsible for the shooting. neighbors describe the girl as loving and thoughtful about the people in her neighborhood. >> just doing what a 12-year-old would like to do. she went to school. she went to church. she was in the scouts. she was just a sweetheart. >> reporter: and there is a $75,000 reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest. relatives also told us dejah had just walked into her living room to hand her brother his dinner when that one bullet went through a closed window. as we mentioned, darlene, counselors will be here at agv schultz middle school. they'll be here in the morning,
if they're needed in the future, in the weeks and months ahead, they'll come back to talk with students. >> thank you very much, katherine. coming up on 6:38. happening today, 11 bikers are set to face a judge after police raid a party hosted by long island's notorious pagan motorcycle club. investigators say they seized weapons, drugs, and three vehicles during the gather this weekend. men from five different motorcycle gangs face a variety of drugs and weapons charges. a new york state senator wants an investigation into a help wanted ad in a rockland county penny saver. the ad seeks a female nurse in west haverstraw, but it says no haitians will be accepted. one state senator calls the ad outrageous discrimination in its purest form. he wants the labor commission to look into it. coast guard video shows two remarkable rescues on the jersey shore this weekend. first crews hoist a man to
safety after he fell overboard in freezing water near atlantic city. in another rescue, crews hauled a disabled sailboat to safety after it broke down and began taking on water. we're told the one person on board was not hurt. this year we're on pace to set a record number of rat complaints in new york city. could top 24,000 complaints. that's the number from each of the past two years. city's comptrollers calling it a rat crisis and criticizing the city for not respondsing well to those complaints. meanwhile, some officials argue the rise in complaints doesn't niece necessarily mean there's more rats living here. new york city tried to get rid of foam containers. that got thrown out of court. now one westchester lawmaker wants to put a partial ban in place statewide. it would stop some restaurants and delis from packing leftovers in those types of containers. one assemblyman says the foam cannot be recycled and harms the environment.
your child's halloween costume may be spooky and scary. what they wear on their face can be frightening. new york senator chuck schumer is sounding the alarm about halloween makeup. he says products from china are not regulated and can contain harmful chemicals like lead. he's urging the fda to take action. >> an industry report tested products made in china, face paint and makeup. ten out of ten had the dangerous chemicals. >> schumer is urging parents to avoid cosmetic face paint made in china. coming up on the "today" show, jeff rossen looks at safety concerns surrounding popular costumes. 6:40 right now. up next, eddie murphy's honored. hear what the star had to say after he accepted the top american prize for humor. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
welcome back. 6:43. a beautiful sky. 35 degrees out. a little chilly. we'll check with chris in a minute. a family friendly monster movie scared off the competition at the weekend box office. >> i could have killed you! >> that's "goosebumps." it's based on the popular book series. it took first place in its opening weekend starring jack black as the author r.l. stine. "the martian" came in second followed by "bridge of spies." based on chris cimino's last vacation. you saw the pictures? not a very good spy tweeting out pictures. >> but chris, you've got your mets orange and blue on this morning. >> i do. even down to the socks. feeling good about it. as we head out to chicago, hopefully get rid of it there. get rid of the series then and there.
meantime for us, we can't get rid of the cold just yet. we will. just be patient. we've got another day or so to go. that's it. basically it's just today that's left now. we're down to 35 degrees in the city. the sky is nice and clear. we're clinging to staying above the freezing mark. a lot of the suburbs have not. because of that, a freeze warning is in effect for all of the suburbs. quiet weather week ahead. no storms of consequence. no rain to speak of. just a little fluctuation in temperatures. midweek, we get that nice warmup. maybe near 70 degrees by the time we get to wednesday and thursday. doesn't feel to nice right now. all the counties shaded in purple under a freeze warning. temperatures down in the low and mid-20s in some cases. it excludes the five boroughs, portions of hudson county and nassau county as well. look at these numbers right now. 26 in jersey city. 32 in floral park. across the island, some upper 20s. 31 in farmingville. some upper 30s as you get close to the water. down the jersey shore, just above the freezing mark.
you just away from the water, temperatures drop off. 29 in toms river. up towards the north and west, a lot of lower 20s. chester, 23. high point, new jersey, at 24 degrees. a deep freeze certainly this morning. nothing to talk about in terms of any cloud cover. a patch or two here or there. that's it. really, most of the country east of the mississippi is extremely quiet. high pressure is in charge. we expect bright sunshine today. the chill will linger. temperatures in the low 50s this afternoon. just a little better than yesterday. not as cold tonight. with a more southwesterly breeze and a clear sky, only slips to about 44 in midtown. tomorrow we really start to feel things warming up in the afternoon. should be very nice, actually. a few clouds in the mix with the sunshine at 68 degrees. that'll be the trend on into wednesday and thursday. a few more clouds in there as well. maybe a sprinkle by thursday. look at that temperature both days close to the 70-degree mark. the seven day looks like this. 53 today. that's the chilliest day of the
71 on wednesday. still mild and 70. cooler behind that front. near 60 saturday and back to mid-60s on sunday. back to miss scala now. >> thanks, chris. roads are crowded out there. a slow ride for most of the morning. a couple problems to know about. an accident southbound on the deegan causing heavy delays. one after the cross bronx expressway as well. delays at the george washington bridge are 15 minutes. a slow ride getting up the ramp there is on to the southbound deegan. an accident northbound by exit 140 on the garden state parkway. that blocks the left lane. heading over to long island, this has been out there for quite a while. there is an accident out there that's been moved to the shoulder, but westbound by exit 41 it's a very slow ride because of this. you can see plenty of rubber necking through here. let's talk about the trains. a lot of changes. the one thing we can like here, these are mets colors. uptown a and d trains running
delays on uptown b and c. delays on uptown a and c. delays on downtown e and f trains. a lot of subway problems. your major commuter lines look good though. back to you. >> all right, lauren. thanks very much. 6:47 now. eddie murphy is the latest recipient of one of our country's highest honors. >> last night he received the mark twain prize for american humor. the big presentation was held in washington's kennedy center. murphy was roasted on stage by lots of friends, including former colleagues from nbc's "saturday night live." >> i think it's obvious why producers wanted me on the show. they know i love eddie murphy, and they know i have a huge following on pbs. >> eddie murphy is to comedians what nicki minaj is to spanx. >> even though they call it a prize, it's an award because usually when there's a prize, there's money involved. >> that's true though. murphy's in good company. he joins other award recipients
crystal, and jay leno. so deserved. when you think of comedy and humor, that sound track of your life, eddie murphy raw, delirious. all those movies. incredible stuff. >> dplags congratulations. all right. 6:48 now. up next, a wedding called off just before the big day. we'll show you what the would-be bride made sure her extravagant reception wouldn't go to waste. and don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter.
already paid for, she invited more than 100 of the city's homeless to dinner. for one night, they got in on the chance to have salmon and sirloin at one of sacramento's finest hotels. >> when i found out on monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like of course this would be something that we would do to give back. >> i think it's very generous, actually, to lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is like really giving. >> so this was a $35,000 wedding. the plans also included a nonrefundable honeymoon to belize. that trip will now be taken by the would-be bride and her mom. what a lovely family. they'll always remember this in a tough time but in a positive way. >> absolutely. they did something that i think most people wouldn't be able to bring themselves to do. certainly hat's off to them. 6:53. the "today" show coming up. we'll check in with matt and savannah, see what's ahead. >> good morning. so there was like salmon, prime rib, and little dogs?
>> i heard michael say yorki. >> it's italian. gnocchi. >> oh. >> guys, good morning. coming up on the show this morning, a southwest flight that had to make an emergency landing in los angeles overnight after a fight between passengers over a reclining seat. >> crazy story. also ahead, can you spot him? an urgent warning on the popular halloween costume that makes children invisible to drivers. this morning what you might want to add to that costume to make your kids safer. and two big stars in studio 1a. bruce willis is here live for the first time in 21 years. plus, molly wingw -- ringwald. >> molly wingwald, that's me, savannah right there. claire from "breakfast club." of course. good stuff. looking forward to it. have a great show, guys. >> thanks so much. up next, we'll check in with
now for an update on that breaking news in westchester county. here are live pictures from chopper 4. huge fire damaged several apartment and businesses in mt. vernon. >> tracie strahan is on ground there. tracie? >> reporter: as they continue to put water on this fire, the red cross has shown up, helping
this three-alarm fire started at 1:00 this morning on gramatan avenue and is still not under control. it affected a commercial strip that houses a deli, a laundry mat and a pizza shot. there's also a three-story apartment on top of it. that collapsed in under one hour. again, all four residents got themselves to safety. right now it's believed that it started in the basement of that deli. of course, it's unclear at this point what may have started all of this. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you. now to katherine creag outside hempstead middle school, where grief counselors will be on hand for grieving students. >> reporter: they certainly will, darlene and michael. the 12-year-old girl, dejah joyner, she loved her friends, enjoyed her school. this is where counselors will be to talk with those grief-stricken class mates and friends. dejah was shot friday afternoon as she walked into her living room. a stray bullet. she died saturday night. her devastated parents joined hundreds of others at a prayer vigil last night. there will be another service tomorrow night. today is when counselors will be
talk with those classmates and friends. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. want to check in with lauren right now, see what's going on. >> for staten island ferry commuters today, mechanical problems. it's operating on app modified schedule, running every 25 minutes. a new accident on the taconic, southbound near underhill avenue. that's in the left lane. then we still have an accident out there on the deegan southbound by exit 9, fordham road. on the whitestone expressway southbound by exit 15, 20th avenue, an accident there is causing delays back across the whitestone bridge and on the cross island in this area. one more for you. garden state parkway northbound by exit 140, another crash out there as well. >> lauren, thank you. chris, another check of the weather. >> busy for a monday morning out there commute-wise. quiet weather-wise. just cold. a freeze warning in effect for all of the suburbs. you step outside this morning, you want the coat on. 53 by this afternoon. much better tomorrow. 68. we bring in a few clouds. same thing for wednesday.