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there might be a future out there for me. first lady michelle obama has said she'd like to see smith play her husband at least on the big screen. >> all right. very nice. >> that's a start. it's 4:59. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching by downloading the news 4 mobile app. new this morning, it's happened again. a suspicious fire destroyed another home in the same queens neighborhood. and a man sneaks into a local home where several children are sleeping inside. and in just a little while, the crowds will gather. everything you need to know about the macy's thanksgiving day parade as we look live there at tom turkey. "today in new york" "today in new york" starts now. our own tracie strahan next to mr. turkey. good morning, everybody. i mean that in the best possible way. >> of course. >> 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, november 26th. i'm michael gargiulo.
storm team 4's chris cimino here with the fwraft. >> there's a line there, michael, but i'm not going to touch it because tracie know where is i live. temperatures in the upper 30s. 27 in stonykill. beacon at 29. towards the city, lower 40s. northwest new jersey, still in the 20s. a cold start in the burbs. a little better in the city. a milder day on this thanksgiving with patchy cloud cover. 55 by noon. forecasting a high of 59 degrees and no rain to worry about. anything to worry about on the roads so far, lauren? >> a couple accidents out there. one of them shutting down the ramp from the southbound fdr drive to 63rd street. you'll need to use either the ramp before or after to get around this. heading over to long island, deer park avenue, montauk highway is shut down in both directions because of a water main break.
we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. today, the biggest thanksgiving day celebration in the country will roll right through manhattan. it's the macy's thanksgiving day parade. our thanksgiving parade correspondent, expert, tracie strahan, is near the starting point. you cannot say thanksgiving without saying tracie strahan. >> reporter: you can't spell thanksgiving without the "t," right? that is me, every year. i've done this parade, michael, in the rain, in the snow, in the freezing cold. first year, really, that i can remember doing it when it's supposed to be in the 60s. that's why i just spoke to parade organizers. they're expecting so many more people to line the parade route to see floats like the one behind mep. this is the goldiblocks float. these are toys for young girl to stimulate s.t.e.m. learning. doesn't mean there's no shortage of excitement to see.
this float and many others that will line the route this year. let's show you video of all of on. not only with the floats but also we saw the inflation last night. so many people come to see all of the floats being inflated on the west side. this year it includes four giant new ones. it includes scrap from the "ice age" movie. i keep talking about angry bird, because i have to show my son that. there are also the classic favorites like ronald mcdonald and sponge bob. the parade will also be lined with counterterrorism units and 2500 extra police officers from the nypd. that's all in light of recent events in paris and other things that have happened overseas. police commissioner bill bratton continues to say there's no specific threat to new york city, but as a result of it, this is a precaution. they still are asking everyone to come out and have the good time they usually do.
let's bring you back live to my favorite float. "sesame street," haven't seen any action from big bird and elmo just yet, but a lot of people are here earlier than usual this year. we've seen people blowing up the floats. the baloonicles, the ones that actually roll down the street, are getting prepped. and mariah is here. we'll tell her you said hello. >> tell her i said hello and our duet is waiting. but those are the driving balloons as opposed to the flying balloons. >> reporter: yes, it rolls down the street. >> the fabulous tracie strahan. remember,. you're getting up to head to the parade, here is the route. it starts west 77th street. they're going to go south along central park west, and then they're going to head right down 6th avenue, all the way down to
34th street. of course, that's the big review down there. you can watch the parade this morning here on nbc 4 at 9:00. it's great having tracie out there. she really has become like the expert on all things parade. >> absolutely. and she loves doing it. all right. that little boy of hers, dylan, who's adorable, is enjoying his mom gets to be out there. >> no one talks balloonicles like tracie strahan. parade. mild temperatures heading our way. more clouds may pop up as the day wears on. for the most part, no rain to worry about. that's the good news. mild for the shoppers tomorrow. of the weekend. maybe a couple showers early on saturday. that should be about it. for the time being in the city, temperatures mild, relative to where they've been over the past few mornings at 42. suburbs. look for sun mixing with more
clouds through the day. 54 by noon. 58 at 3:00. forecasting a high of 39 degrees. rest of the weekend forecast just ahead. it's almost 5:06. let's find out how the roads are handling all of this so far this morning. >> the roads are doing okay. if you need to get around today, mass transit, we have a lot of changes. new york city transit buses and subways are operating on a sunday schedule. nj transit buses will vary by route. no service for beeline today. for the ferries, staten island ferry will operate every 30 minutes, which is their weekend schedule. new york waterway has a modified schedule. some of the lines are not running. check in with them. sea streak has a holiday schedule in place. all of the major commuter lines, modified schedules with extra trains around parade time. and it should be easy for you to park today. i really do not recommend that you drive in because we're already seeing a lot of street closures out there. alternate side is suspended as well as meter rules. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you so much, lauren. new this morning, a home
it is the seventh suspicious fire in one neighborhood in just over a month. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is there with what we know. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, darlene. arson investigators are here on the scene. they've been taking pictures and looking for evidence, trying to figure out who could possibly set fire to this home here, which has been undergoing some construction. the fire broke out just after 11:00 last night here on 67th drive and 110th street. the fire chief telling us it appears to be suspicious, making this the seventh suspicious fire in forest hills in the last month. in each case, the fire started in vacant buildings or homes under construction or undergoing renovations here like this one. the first fire happened back on october 20th on 113th street. we made a map here showing you where the other fires broke out. police now stepping up security in the area and working with the fire department to get to the bottom of this. here's what the chief tells us. >> the fire was made suspicious
due to the large volume, and there has been a number of fires in this neighborhood in recent weeks. so the fire marshals have been actively engaged and, you know, trying to check out to see if, in fact, we do have an arsonist on the loose in the area. >> reporter: you can see here the fire has been put out but the home is still taped off for the investigation. neighbors here telling us it's very frightening, knowing that someone could be going around and possibly setting these homes on fire. back to you. >> all right. thank you so much, lori. 5:08 now. new this morning, police are on a desperate search for a violent thief who they say robs people inside new york city banks. he struck at least six times since sunday. police say he robbed three people in separate incidents at the same bank of america in hell's kitchen. he also struck at three different banks all on the upper west side. and this is the man police are looking for. they say he approaches his victims while they're using or
they've just finished using that atm. police say he threatens them with a knife, takes off with their cash. they say in some cases, he's gotten violent and choked or punched his victims. a big mistake may help police catch three guys who are targeting commuters on the 6 train in the bronx. police say one of the men took this selfie with a cell phone he stole from a teen at east 149th street at the station there tuesday. investigators say these three men also attacked and robbed at least two other commuters at the same station. police. and right now, police are hoping someone can identify a suspect in a scary home invasion in queens. very scary. you can see the man they're looking for on surveillance cameras throughout the home in flushing. early wednesday morning, he broke in, he's crawling around with a knife in miss mouth. the homeowners and their three kids were there sleeping in separate beds just steps away. the thief took a cell phone from a dresser, but he took off when
>> very, very scared because he had a knife in the mouth. >> i think that was for protection for himself in case somebody came to him. >> police describe the suspect as 6'2", about 200 pounds. he was wearing a black winter hat with the word "diamond" in white and red letters. in chicago, protesters marched for a second straight night demanding justice for a teen gunned down by a police officer. protesters started marching during the evening rush hour, disrupting traffic throughout the city. police barricades tossed out into the street. president obama also weighed in on the dash cam video of laquan mcdonald being shot, calling it, quote, deeply disturbing. >> and now they're unfortunately looks like there's some damage to the christmas tree. >> meanwhile, protesters tried to rip down chicago's christmas tree in millennium park. you can see them starting to rip off the lights before police started disperse ing the crowd and arresting people.
protests are being planned for tomorrow. demonstrators hoping to disrupt black friday shopping. 5:10 right now. just ahead, a look at what thanksgiving dinner is like at the international space station. plus, we have an i-team exclusive. what our cameras spotted at a local airport. and a look at your thanksgiving forecast. your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new york." this is more than just a town. this is our home. and small business saturday... is more than just a day. it' s our day... to shop small at the places we love... with the people we love. for stuff we can' t get anywhere else. and food that tastes like home. because the money we spend here... can help keep our town growing. this saturday is small business saturday, let' s all shop small. for the neighborhood, the town, the home we love.
5:14 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, it is a beautiful morning out. coming to work, i saw a lot of people who have been out celebrating, telling each other how much they love each other. >> yeah, that usually happens about this time. i did see a lot of that. >> he's really nice. that's how he sees it. >> love you, man. >> a lot of that. >> and the guy was with his dog. makes plenty of sense. in the meantime, our headlines for today. if you're heading out to the parade, and i saw folks already lining up their chairs, it's looking good. temperatures pretty comfortable, light wind. mild for the shoppers tomorrow. well into the 60s, we think. a cooling trend into saturday and sunday. maybe a couple showers early on saturday. still pretty chilly.
stanford this morning. most of new jersey still in the 20s this morning. just about three or four degrees milder than they have been in recent mornings. meantime, a system across the nation's midsection beginning to get organized. that's where the unsettled weather it. here in the northeast, pretty quiet. you can see some clouds starting to push towards us. these are the clouds we think that will mix in with our sunshine at times for today. some low clouds will probably get going, pushing in from off the atlantic as well. won't be a bright and sunny day, but we'll see a little bit of sun at times. great for the parade, certainly. your high temperature in the upper 50s. a south to southwest wind ahead of a cold front tomorrow with sun and clouds. even milder, into the 60s we go. portions of central new jersey could get into the mid, maybe upper 60s tomorrow afternoon. i think the city does low and mid-60s. a shower or two early saturday. turns cooler, though. a cold front will slide on through. temperatures in the low 50s. later in the day, those temperatures are likely to continue to drop. the details on the parade,
looking fine. 00 a.m., 46. 9:00 a.m., around 50. climbing into the 50s by 11:00 a.m. fall jacket should do it. light winds, no problems for the balloons. maybe a bit of sun early on before the clouds take over. shoppers have it good. low 60s on friday. 53 on saturday. upper 40s on sunday. still a fair amount of cloud cover around on sunday. monday looks cool with a mix of clouds and sun. wet weather and showers on tuesday. 54 and back to the low 50s on wednesday. over to lauren scala. >> let's avoid manhattan. let's talk about the street closures already out there. we have quite a bit streets closed for the parade. 7th avenue already shut down between 42nd street and 34th as well as many of the cross streets in this area. a little bit later, we'll see 8th avenue shut down in the same area, although right now it's open. heading up to the upper west side where all the balloon inflation is taking place,
central park west shut down from 8 86th to columbus circle as well as some of the cross streets. while you think it might be easy to get around because it's early, that's not really the case. stay on the east side, all the way downtown, or all the way uptown. fdr southbound, the ramp to 63rd street is closed with an accident. montauk highway shut down in both directions out by deer park avenue because of a water main break. otherwise, roads are free and clear, especially in the suburbs. very easy to get around. alternate side of the street parking rules and meetser er meters rules are suspended today. new this morning, police are investigating reports of a rape on the lower e east side. the 26-year-old victim says she was jogging in east river park near jackson street and says a man approached her, allegedly dragged her into the park's amphitheater and attacked her. the woman said he also stole her phone and credit cards. we're hearing emotional new details from the band that was playing in paris when the concert hall was attacked.
the lead singer says he wants to be the first to perform at a reopened bataclan theater. he says he wants to return to where 89 people were killed, and he wants, quote, to live. a news 4 i-team exclusive that raises the alarm over security at the kennedy airport. our cameras caught workers entering secured areas with just the swipe of an i.d. card. no extra screening, no bag checks. that could potentially allow someone to get inside with a stolen card or expose passengers to the danger of workers who may become radicalized. >> i think the threat from an insider is probably a more significant threat right now. >> we're evaluating whether more is necessary right now. that's something that i and tsa have been focused on as recently as today. >> kennedy airport, operate the d by the port authority, say the airlines and terminal managers are responsible for keeping an eye on worker security. new this morning, we're seeing video from that rare
event, talks between north and south korea. both sides sat down this morning at a border truce village. they're trying to arrange future level officials. both countries want to ease tensions and cooperate on matters like tourism and cross-border family reunions. 5:19. preparing to deliver an environmental speech in kenya. it's where he held an outdoor mass just a short time ago. this happened in nairobi. the pontiff drawing a crowd that's estimated to be nearly a million people. hearing, though, some left early. it was so packed, they were afraid there might be a stampede. the pope's message to the faithful, reject abortion and embrace a respect for human dignity. in today's cnbc money report, not everybody is going to be home for the holidays. 22% of workers surveyed by careerbuilder.com say it's a workday for them. they've got to be at work. that's up from 16% last year. according to the survey, most of the workers who are giving up
in the hospitality, retail, and health care fields. unfortunately, those are all fields that are 365 day a year, 24 hour a day fields. >> and we appreciate them. when you're out and about on a day like thanksgiving and you need services, there are people providing that for you. so we are thankful. it's 5:20. american astronauts on board the international space station will have their own thanksgiving feast. >> scott kelly showed off a sample of their dinner and how it's made. it includes some radiated smoked turkey, candied yams, and rehydratable corn. one positive note, at least they can do it quick. in most cases, you just add hot water. in others, only the bags need to be opened. >> the candied yams -- [ laughter ] man, they are delicious. happy thanksgiving, everybody. >> i'm convinced, darlene, aren't you?
>> especially when the other one is laughing. >> then they flip upside down. the astronauts also plan to watch some football, like so many americans, on their day off. kelly also added he's very thankful to be able to represent his country on the space station. he's part of this year-long mission. his twin brother is down on earth. they're going to compare. someone's getting the better thanksgiving meal. >> that's right. happy thanksgiving to them as well. 5:21. just ahead, the local group that just made a lot of money off a new album that we may never hear. and it's a west point tradition. one that's been put to bed. why there will be no more pillow fights. you're watching "today in new
back now on this thanksgiving morning. you may remember this pillow fight. yes, a pillow fight at west point back in august. two dozen freshmen cad s suffered concussions. those fights will be officially banned now at west point. some of the students are actually facing discipline for stuffing the pillows -- they put dangerous objects in there. >> messed it up for everybody. all right. 5:24 this morning. one very devoted fan of the wutang clan will get to decide if the world gets to hear the group's new album. the staten island rap group made one copy of their new album and auctioned it off. an unidentified american buyer purchased it for an undisclosed amount in the millions.
the album comes in a hand-carved box with a 174-page manuscript. the buyer can do whatever he or she wants with the album but cannot commercialize it for 88 years. this is a fascinating situation. >> agreed. >> but you know what, it's wutang. i'm not completely surprised. i'm a big fan of their music. >> are you really? >> i am. >> but they didn't say what the album was called. >> i don't know. >> i suggest mine, mine, all mine. >> victory boulevard. >> highland boulevard. they are from staten island. >> that's a weird story. i want to read into that one. >> but if you know method man and red man, you know how they are. it's interesting. >> it is. we're talking about it. they got attention. that's for sure. we're going to talk a little weather now. we're looking at some sun and clouds for today. more clouds as the day wears on. low clouds will build in and take away any early sunshine we do see. look at the temperature for
fine for the parade. starting out in the 40s, ending up in the 50s. no strong wind. should be nice and mild. into the evening hours as well. 49 the overnight low. not so chilly in the suburbs. maybe a few upper 30s and low 40s already found. 60 for the shoppers tomorrow. you don't want to carry the coat. this will be great. >> leave as much room as possible for packages. what's happening, lauren? >> we've been saying things have been moving along nicely in the burbs, but we have our first accident. it's on the northern state parkway eastbound by post avenue. that shuts down two lanes. i'll keep a close eye on that for you. better news, we'll take a live look outside at the brooklyn bridge. no road work around the area today, which is something we can enjoy. the manhattan bound side of the span is open. all of your lower east river crossings are moving along nicely. >> good to hear. just ahead at 5:26. in pursuit of a motor suspect, dramatic new video shows the dangerous chase involving some local police officers. plus this morning, new concerns in a local neighborhood. another fire that's being called
suspicious. >> reporter: and it's the event that ushers in the holiday season every year. i'm tracie strahan live from the macy's thanksgiving parade. more on why you need to scope out your spots right now. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
new this morning, a suspicious fire in queens. the seventh in one neighborhood in just over a month. what we learned overnight. plus, a one-man spree. police just releasing this picture of a man targeting people at atms. and ready to flight. tight security and huge crowds for today's macy's thanksgiving day parade. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning, november 26th. happy thanksgiving. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. big day for so many people. chris cimino here with the forecast. for anyone coming out for the parade or just going out. >> yeah, happy thanksgiving and the weather is cooperating. relatively milder this morning compared to where we've been the past few mornings, especially in and around the five boroughs. 44 at murray hill. city island down to 39. there are 20s out there.
a little frosty to start this morning in the suburbs. city is not bad at all. roads stay dry. we'll mix in some clouds. more clouds as the day wears on. temperatures climb to the mid-50s at noon. forecasting a high of 59 degrees. 5:31 on the nose. let's find out about the commute. >> sure, still pretty quiet out there, as one would expect. we have a couple accidents. we have one of them coming off the fdr drive southbound on the ramp to 63rd street. that ramp is actually shut down. then heading over to montauk highway, we have a closure in both directions out by deer park avenue. there's a water main break there. of course, you can get around this using other local streets. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:31. today, millions of people will gather along 6th avenue in manhattan for the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. tracie strahan is near the starting point on the upper west side. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, i've been benched. i am on the nhl float, believe
why do i love that so much? apparently, once again, i'm in the black friday commercial that's airing. that will air on nbc on friday. today, however, if your turkey is still on ice, defrost it and then watch the macy's thanksgiving day parade. let's show you everything that went down already just in preparation for today's event. the inflation drew thousands to the west side yesterday. so many people coming to see them blow up not only the beloved balloons but some of the new ones that you're going to see this year as well. in addition to everything here, including the floats you'll see and the celebrities, there's also going to be a beefed-up security presence. still, officials are telling everyone not to be deterred and to still come and have a good time. take a listen. >> there are some in this world who are trying to stir fear. they're trying to make us afraid. they're trying to make us change our lifestyle, change our values, lose our spirit, lose our values.
>> i'd also encourage people that as they come to this parade to enjoy. really enjoy. it's a way of pushing back on some of the events that are going on around the world where there's efforts being made to intimidate. this country cannot, this city cannot be intimidated. >> reporter: let me bring you back live now. you're looking at the cracker jack float. we went from baseball to hockey now. andy grammar is going to be on that float when everything kicks off today. they're telling everyone not to be deterred, but officials are your spot now. already, darlene, as we look around, especially at the parade route and even around columbus circle, people are already staked out from all over the positions. coming up in our next half hour, we're going to speak to an official from the parade about where the best spots to scope everything out could be. we'll send it back to you. >> all right, tracie. we'll wait to see if you see santa at some point. >> reporter: i don't know. i've been pretty naughty this >> no.
all right, tracie. it's 5:33 right now. if you're up getting ready to head to the parade, here's the route. it starts at west 77th street, marches south along central park west, then heads right down 6th avenue to 34th street. and you can watch coverage of the parade this morning here on nbc 4. it begins at 9:00. now, you may have to skip dessert if you want to spend thanksgiving hunting down holiday bargains. toys r us, target, and best buy will open tonight. k-mart is going to open even earlier. most of them will be open about a half hour from now at 6:00 a.m. nearly all walmart stores are already open 24 hours, but their black friday sales, if you want to get those bargains, begin tonight at 6:00. holiday shoppers will also be heading out to our local malls. most will be open for at least a few hours tonight. in new jersey, both garden state plaza and paramus park mall will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. last year was the first time
either mall opened on a thanksgiving night. here's my thoughts. just as the dinner conversation turns to the areas that you should never discuss with your family, politics, religion, time to go to the mall. >> let me tell you, there's something on social media, and it's a hashtag called thanksgiving clap back. let me tell you, it's got all the answers for those questions. when are you having a baby? when are you getting married? you gained a little bit of weight. stuff like that. >> the jimmy fallon story where he said it might be a ring around mars. mars has got a ring now. i don't know. where's yours? >> exactly. >> i like the idea of escaping to the mall. that's a good one. i have a hankering for some gloves and a scarf. meantime, no gloves, no scarves, no hats needed today at the parade. a mild thanksgiving heading our way. temperatures climbing into the 50s. mild for the shoppers yet tomorrow too. we're talking well into the 60s. a cooler trend over the weekend.
we get back to reality by sunday. enjoy this couple of mild days we have coming up. 42 right now in the city. not as chilly as recent mornings. suburbs still chilly, finding 20s and 30s there. you'll warm up into the 50s this afternoon. more clouds, taking away any sunshine. a high of 59 degrees this thanksgiving day. if you're heading out, what are we looking at, lauren? >> let's talk about the rails. lots of changes today. we have our thomas the tank engine here. if you're coming in to' him and hello kitty, all of our major rail lines are operating on modified schedules with extra trains to and from the parade around those times that it'll be starting and ending. on a sunday schedule today as well as the buses. if you're getting on the ferries, all modified schedules as well. some of the new york waterway lines are not operating today, check on that. sea streak is on a holiday schedule. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended as well as meter rules. effect. we'll have more weather and
traffic coming up. >> thank you very much. 5:36 now. new this morning, another suspicious fire in a queens edge. a home under construction went up in flames this morning. it's the seventh suspicious fire in forest hills just since late october. bordonaro is there with what we now know. they've been trying to put these events together to see a pattern there, lori. >> reporter: and michael, right now the fire is out, but here. they are gathering evidence. the fire chief told us a little earlier that this does appear to be the work of an arsonist. this fire here broke out a little bit after 11:00 last night in forest hills. it is the seventh suspicious fire in the last month here in forest hills. again, breaking out a little after 11:00. just like the other recent fires, this home was undergoing construction. that appears to be the common thread here. all of the homes targeted have either been vacant or undergoing renovations. we've made a map here showing
you all of the homes hit. the first fire happened back on october 20th. those who live here in forest hills telling us this rash of fires here is frightening. >> it's pretty scary. it's not -- especially in the proximity to other houses in the neighborhood. it's not something you want to see, obviously. this is a pretty scary moment. >> reporter: and the nypd is working with the fire department to investigate. they are stepping up security here in the neighborhood, but also, michael and darlene, asking for the public's help, anyone who may have any information, they're asking to please come forward. back to you. >> okay, lori. thank you very much. 5:38. right new this morning, a good look at a man robbing people at manhattan atm machines. he struck at least six times since last sunday. the other banks are on the upper west side. here's a picture police gave us. the man is armed with a knife and approaches as people are using the atm.
in some cases, he has even choked or punched his victims. caught on camera, it's a high-speed chase that involves new york state police hot on the trail of a suspected killer. >> southbound, northbound lanes. >> this slid yoe video showed new york state troopers chasing david campos. that chase ran for 30 miles through new york and new jersey on monday. the officers finally catching up to campos during a traffic tie-up in secaucus. campos will be transferred to upstate new york, where he's accused of killing a woman. a new jersey man is now facing murder charges in the death of a retired fdny firefighter. police arrested 52-year-old conrad sepa of colts neck yesterday. they believe he murdered richard dudy. the 60-year-old was found dead at his long beach island home on monday. police say he suffered a blow to the head and had slash wounds to his neck. they did not reveal a motive or whether the two men even knew each other. a woman hit by an mta bus in brooklyn has died.
so far no charges have been filed against the driver. police say that woman was crossing ocean avenue midblock when she was hit by that bus. surveillance video showing the bus driver stopped right away, but people who knew the woman are in disbelief. >> i did come to her house once. she was a very beautiful lady. i just -- i'm shocked. i'm shocked. our kids went to the same school. >> it's the fourth accident involving an mta bus and a pedestrian in just the last month. the agency currently evaluating technology that alerts a bus driver when somebody is crossing the street. mean while, police are hoping this video will help them find a man who endangered the lives of passengers on an mta bus in the bronx. investigators say this man aimed a laser pointer at the driver's rearview mirror. the light temporarily blinding that driver. the driver did manage to pull over. the man hopped off the bus and ran away. he's not yet been found and arrested. another high-ranking officer is stepping away from the suffolk county police department. chief of detectives william madigan announced he'll retire
next month. this follows the resignations of police commissioner edward weber and chief of department james bourke. bourke is at the center of a federal investigation into the alleged beating of a robbery suspect in 2012. some believe madigan's depar chu may be connected to that probe. well, still to come at 5:41, the a-list hollywood actor who's hinting he could jump into politics. plus, what new surveillance video reveals about the woman who left a newborn baby at a queens church's nativity scene. and the holiday forecast is ahead as we look at the long island expressway by the gcp. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
welcome back. 5:44. chris just caused some panic for a second. he asked if his turkey was in the oven. we eat a little bit later. we don't have to put it in yet. >> you have some time. >> how many pounds is it? >> 22 pounds. >> that's hefty. >> we have the roast pork as well because we're puerto rican. you know how it goes. >> that's the best. >> you'll be sitting down about 10:00 p.m. in the rodriguez house. >> also because we're puerto rican. >> bring the spare stomach.
you know, italians, they like to do a little eating, too, themselves. meantime, i feel like i'm treading on tracie's territory. you okay, mr. hooper? there it is right there. >> call the police. there he is. >> everything is good. he did pay his electric bill. big bird still sleeping. i think everything is safe. we have enough police to protect mr. hooper's store. let's hope so. here he is. how did a miner get on the float? i don't know. all right. happy thanksgiving. it's 42 degrees. as we check out the floats at the parade, things are looking good this particular year. in the past, it's been chilly. we have to go way back to find the coldest parade weather in 1927 at 72 degrees. i should say that was the warmest. this year, we're much closer to the warmest one in 1920 with a high today of about 59 degrees. last year we had snow flurries.
if you're traveling today, northeast corridor is fine. into the southeast, you're good. chicago, so the rain. minneapolis, some snow. heavier snow possible in denver. nasty weather toward dallas and houston. you go further west of there, it gets much quieter from san francisco to l.a. back closer to home, in and around the five boroughs, we're see 40s to upper 30s. 44 in chelsea right now. 42 in the park. another cold start. suburbs. not quite as cold as the last couple mornings. everyone starts to warm up today. future tracker starts out with sun. we build in some clouds. this is 1:00 as we're starting to sit down for dinner. darlene's house, they're just having hors d'oeuvres at this point. things will thicken up later tonight. notice a cloudy start to the day. some thin spots, allowing for sunshine. tomorrow, temperatures well into the 60s. a cold front will arrive on saturday. that brings a couple showers. best chance tending to be the first half of the day. the front stalls to the south of us.
the fringe of that cloud line. we'll watch that closely, but we'll see cooler temperatures head our way sunday. for the parade, breaking it down this way. 46 degrees at 7:00 a.m. 50 at 9:00. 53 at 11:00. just a light wind. no issues. nice fall jackets will do it, really. no problems for the balloons today. that's good news. if you're doing some shopping tomorrow, we're talking about temperatures heading to the 60s. for today, we'll have to settle on 59 for a high with varying amounts of sun and clouds. no rain to worry about tonight either. nor tomorrow. 62 tomorrow. chillier weather sunday and monday with clouds. back to a few more showers tuesday with a high of 54. let's get back over to lauren scala. anything new to tell us? >> nothing really new. things still moving along nicely for the most part. if anything, the new thing is the accident we had on the ramp to fdr is cleared.
pretty heavy delays on 8th avenue earlier as i was trying to get in. prepare for that. over on the upper west side, where all the balloons are, a bunch of closures. the biggest one being central park west from 86th to columbus circle. on long island, we have an accident on the northern state parkway eastbound just after post avenue. earlier it was blocking two lanes. the right lane now. it's a very, very nigh more minor delay through here. the connecticut turnpike in stanford. see how quiet it is? smooth sailing, no construction on the roads for a change. if you had to commute today, it would be awesome. alternate side and meter rules suspended. more weather and traffic ahead. the woman who left a newborn baby in a nativity scene at a queens church will not face charges. security video obtained by news 4 shows the woman buying towels inside a 99 cent store. she later wrapped those towels around her newborn son before leaving him at the holy child of jesus catholic church in richmond hill.
authorities managed to locate the woman yesterday. the da says she did make an attempt to follow new york safe haven law. we're getting details now of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by paul walker's family. they claim the automaker porsche failed to build in certain protections. not saying how much they're seeking in damages. paul walker was riding in one of those sports cars when hefs killed in a fiery crash. the brain of giants hall of famer frank gifford will go to help study the effects of concussions. his family revealed he was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease called cte. it's caused by head trauma. they say by examining his brain, they hope to advance the research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injuries. he died in august at the age of 84. well, still no verdict in the corruption trial of sheldon silver. the jurors deliberated for 2 1/2 hours yesterday, but they didn't
they're going to start again on monday. meantime, the judge rejected a request from one of the jurors who wanted a private meeting. that juror sent a note to the judge on tuesday claiming that she was stressed and that she needed to be dismissed. from bel aire to washington, d.c., the fresh prince is hinting at a possible political career. actor will smith said, quote, as i look at the political landscape, i think there might be a future out there for me. first lady michelle obama has said she'd like to see smith play her husband on the big screen. >> still could happen. here's a reason to get a little puppy for the kids. dogs are already shown to reduce allergies and asthma. now a new study by basset medical center shows dogs are also reduce separation anxiety in children. it shows just 12% of children with dogs tested positive for clinical anxiety compared to 21% of children who don't have a dog. well, this is a day to share food with loved ones, but not
your pets. veterinarians say a lot of the food you'll be putting on the table can be toxic to pets. we all know chocolate can be dangerous, but so are grapes, raisins, ham, scallions, onions, and garlic. also, poultry bones are listed on the no-no list. >> it can actually penetrate through the stomach or the intestines and can potentially cause a life-threatening infection. >> so what can you give your pet? vets say turkey breast is fine. you can also put some gravy on their dog food. they will be very happy with that. like the pan drippings. that's always -- they love that. >> you feel bad because they're like this. >> oh, of course. you got to give them something. all right. ahead, 5:51 now. >> just like that. >> forget the plastic pop-up timer. the high-tech way to make sure your turkey is cooked. got to put it in the oven first, darlene. >> you guys are all over me. and the hotline subpoena is ready.
love our team. >> that's right. we have some breakfast a little later. for the rest of you, maybe putting the turkey in the oven right now or not. temperatures starting out this morning in the low 40s. i didn't mean you, darlene. 30s and 20s in some of the suburbs suburbs. 59 the expected high today. more clouds building in, taking away that sunshine. partly cloudy tonight, 49 the overnight low in the city. 60s tomorrow for the big shopping spree day. we're looking good. near 60 degrees on thanksgiving, a lot to be thankful for. >> parking two miles from the mall entrance, so that's good. >> i'm a cyber monday kind of girl. i'll just enjoy the weather tomorrow, walk off some of what i'm going to eat today. if you're getting on the roads right now, we have a couple problems out there. one of them a jackknifed tractor trailer. i hope it wasn't carrying anything important. 684 northbound just before route 84.
no delays in this area. also on the taconic heading northbound, an accident by 141 that blocks a lane. just be careful. really, the suburbs are doing great. manhattan is already a little jammed up with the closures. more on that coming up. >> thank you so much, lauren. it's 5:55. today is thanksgiving. while you may not be a turkey expert, there is one a phone call away. they've been doing this since 1981. butterball's talk turkey hotline is up and running. they're also giving advice on social media and other digital platforms. call takers recently shared some of their more memorable stories. >> she had just baked a cake. she saw how the cake rose. she thought the turkey was going to expand in her oven. >> he lived in hawaii. he put it in the lagoon. when he went back for it, it was gone. >> we hear water splashing. we're thinking, what kind of phone call is this? she had asked him to thaw the turkey and bathe the toddler twins. he decided he was going to multitask. >> all right.
well, the number to call is 1-800-butterball with your questions. this year spotify could serve as your turkey timer. you tell them how big the turkey is, and they build you a play list to last the recommended cooking time. you can pick categories from family time, feeling thankful, and golden oldies. then you have to listen to that music as your turkey cooks for like five hours. >> pick whatever you like. it's 5:57. coming up next, the balloons are up, they're ready to go. are you? >> look at that. >> tracie is. we're live near the starting point of the parade, where we're going to have where you should line up and when next. >> excellent. and then also at 6:00 a.m., we're going to have an exclusive look at airport security. we'll tell you want a the hidden danger we found at kennedy airport. 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're back in two minutes.
accident or arson? the flames that broke out in queens overnight may be the latest in a string of suspicious fires. a warning about the brazen robber who's targeting women at atms. and today's the day. the balloons are up. so are the spectators. so are we. ready to line the route for this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. happy thanksgiving. it's november 26th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with chris. we can call this a parade-friendly forecast, right? >> it really is. about during this type of parade is the wind for the balloons. we don't have that. the really cold temperatures, we don't have that. the rain and snow, we don't have that. we're starting out on the chilly side. farmingville at 37. in the city, we are the warmer spot, holding on to a little of the heat overnight. 42 in town. a lot of 20s through new jersey
and the hudson valley. everybody will warm up well into the 50s on this thanksgiving. we'll have sun mixing with more clouds. the clouds will take over the sky as the day wears on. 55 by noon. forecasting a high of 59. details on the parade forecast coming up. let's find out about the roads. >> so far, so good out in the burbs. no major problems. let's heads into manhattan where those closures are already out there on many streets. especially in the area of 34th street and macy's herald square. 7th ave shut down from 42nd street to 34th. some of the cross streets as well. this is 7th avenue and 34th street right now. you can see all the barricades are up. macy's is over here. lots of people outside already. people are excited. we have a bunch of street closures on the upper west side with the balloon inflation. tracie strahan is out there keeping us updated on that. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you so much. in just a few hours, millions of people will line 6th
avenue for the 89th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. in fact, some people are already in place, including police for protection. tracie strahan is near the starting point on the upper west side. checking out the balloons and the balloonicles too. >> reporter: and everything in between for the 89th year. not my 89th year. i'm not that old. but this is the 89th annual parade. so many familiar sights. i'm joined now by the executive director of the macy's thanksgiving day parade. look at the frock first. >> feeling good. i have to be in the parade spirit i have to match big bird and everybody else. >> reporter: you gou there special fittings for this every year. you're looking good. >> i do. thank you very much. i've got a cohort with me who's going to be cutting the ribbon. we're both going to look spanking great. >> reporter: you're looking good, feeling good. a lot of preparation going into this year's parade. i'm going to start off talking
over our heads we have an nypd helicopter. that's something we usually see, but we've seen a couple more this year. security is a big issue. >> absolutely. when we plan the parade, we go at it in two facets. the first is to make sure we have the most entertaining parade possible, the best floats, balloons, and incredible talent. the other piece is the safety of everybody coming who's in it, who's watching it, and being a part of it. we work with local state and federal officials. we take our cues from them. they're the bosses. we build floats. they keep us safe. >> reporter: we've heard from commissioner bratton. we've heard from mayor de blasio. your message to anyone who may be hesitant in coming out. >> if they're hesitant, don't come out. we want everybody to have a good time. this is our gift to the country. we're going to kick off the holidays in perfect spirit. >> reporter: i'm glad you talked about people lining the parade route. this is where i need the inside stuff. a lot of people watching are saying, where should i go?
where are premium spots to see everything this year? >> well, all along 6th avenue is really great. we have a straight shot down 6th to macy's herald square. if you want to get the inside scoop, to go to macys.com/parade. we give you all the information you need. >> reporter: i also have to tell everyone, the app is pretty cool. i got to elf myself. take that as you will, but it's a cute app. finally, what are you looking forward to? you have to be honest because every year there's certain things you love to see. >> that is true. it's remarkable that we're here because every year i'm asked, what is your favorite float? i'm really not allowed to say. but growing up it was "sesame street," seeing big bird and everybody coming down the parade route is a big deal. from a music perspective, pat benetar will be a big deal. >> reporter: love is a battlefield. happy thanksgiving to you, guys. back to you in the studio. we'll have more from the parade route coming up.
>> talk to you again in a few minutes. thank you. for those of you who want to join tracie, see the parade in person, here's a look at the route. starts at west 77th street, south along central park west, then south down 6th avenue to 34th street. of course, if you want to watch it from home, we have you covered there. our friends at the "today" show will have coverage of the big event. it starts at 9:00 a.m. and it's 6:05. we're going to check weather and traffic. everything looking good. >> for a minute, i didn't see anything behind me. it was dark. yes, i have the parade forecast. we're talking about temperatures starting out in the 40s, which is pretty comfortable. normally this time of the year, we'd be in the 30s. we're starting out in the 40s about 7:00. climbing into the 50s during the parade. there will be some sun, and the clouds will start to gather. fall jackets should do it. you don't need the heavy-duty coats. with a light wind, great for the balloons as well.
in case every once in a while the buildings don't block the sun. you want to have a nice view of the balloons. meantime, looking at temperatures starting out in the low 40s in the city. 20s and 30s in the burbs. it's still frosty and chilly there. we climb into the 50s everywhere this afternoon. by noon it's 54. by 3:00, it's 58. forecasting a high of a toasty 59 degrees. let's see what's going on as you're trying to head out and move around the roads this morning. >> looks like you'll have problems if you're headed to jfk airport. we can see delays coming off the van wyck getting on to the expressway here. we're trying to figure out what's going on, whether it's an accident or disabled vehicle. it is not moving through here right now. looks like no one is getting into the terminals. we'll let you know exactly what's going on. if you're getting on the trains, right now we have a modified schedule in place all day long. metro north, lirr, nj transit and path all operating with extra trains to and from the city for the parade today. again, you shouldn't have any issues. in fact, a lot of them have
some kids are riding for free today. alternate side and meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic coming up. >> lauren, thank you very much. zblrngts new this morning, firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire in forest hills. what do we know so far, lori, about this particular fire? >> reporter: michael, like all of the other fires that happened, this home here was under construction. the fire chief telling us a little bit earlier that this appears to be the work of an arsonist. the fire here broke out a little bit after 11:00 on 67th drive and 110th street. it's the seventh suspicious fire in forest hills since last month. arson investigators have been out here all night taking pictures, looking for evidence. all of the homes in this string of fires have been vacant or undergoing renovations. the first fire happened back on
the nypd and fdny now working together to find out who's responsible. >> the fire was made suspicious due to the large volume, and there has been a number of fires in this neighborhood in recent weeks. so the fire marshals have been actively engaged and, you know, trying to check out to see if, in fact, we do have an arsonist on the loose in the area. >> reporter: and neighbors around here tell us it's frightening to think somebody may be going around and setting all these fires. the nypd, however, says it's stepping up security in the neighborhood. michael and darlene, they're also asking anyone who may have information about this to come forward. back to you. >> lori, thank you. new this morning, police investigating reports of a rape on the lower east side. a 26-year-old woman said she was jogging in east river park last night when a man approached her. she told police he dragged her into the park's amphitheater, attacked her, and rode away on a bicycle.
the man also stole the woman's phone and credit cards. new this morning, police are on a desperate search for a violent thief who they say robs people inside new york city banks. he struck at least six times since last sunday. police say he robbed three people in separate incidents at the same bank of america in hell's kitchen. he also struck at three different banks on the upper west side. this is the man police are looking for. they say he approaches his victims while they're using or just finish using an atm. police say he threatens them with a knife and takes off with their cash. they say in some cases, he's even choked or punched his victims. right now, pope francis is in africa with a busy schedule of events. this morning he held an outdoor mass in nairobi, kenya. we're told there were nearly a million people there. the pope's message, the need for dialogue between christians and muslims to prevent attacks by extremists. soon the holy father will deliver a speech about the environment. new this morning, we are
down and talk to ease increasing tensions. representatives from both sides met this morning. they're trying to set the agenda and the timing for negotiations by higher ranking officials. both sides agreed to meet after an incident this summer when two south korean soldiers were wounded by a northern land mine. take a good look at this picture. police say this is one of three men who have been robbing commuters on the 6 train in the bronx. this selfie actually taken from a cell phone that was stolen from a teen at the east 149th street station on tuesday. investigators say these three men also attacked and robbed at least two other commuters at the same station. if you recognize anyone here, you are asked to call police. one of the band members who was inside that paris concert hall when gunfire erupted says he wants to go back. we're hearing more from that vice tv interview by the eagles of death lead singer. he says he wants his band to be the first to play when the bataclan theater reopens. they were performing when
killed 89 people inside that hall. 6:10 now. now to a news 4 i-team exclusive. the hidden danger you could face this holiday a at one of our lig local airports. our cameras caught workers entering secured areas of kennedy airport with just the swipe of an i.d. card. the bags are not checked. there's no extra screening. someone could get inside potentially with a stolen card. even word, a radicalized worker could sneak in something harmful. >> i think that the threat from an insider is probably a more significant threat right now. >>st we're evaluating whether more is necessary right now. that's something that i and tsa have been focused on as recently as today. >> port authority says the airlines and the terminal managers should be checking who comes in and out in the secured areas. it is 6:11 right now. still ahead on "today in new york," the family of paul walker says his deadly crash was caused by something that went wrong long before the actor set foot in that porsche.
6:15. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. i just got an e-mail from our producer because you're giving me a hard time about the turkey. the e-mail has a raw turkey on a platter and says 4:00 p.m. at the rodriguez house. it made me laugh. it's not true. >> no, i'm sure it'll be just the way you want it. >> it'll be great, at some point, eventually. >> may not be this thanksgiving. >> not this thanksgiving. >> there's always tuesday. anyway -- she's going to kill us. 50 is the normal high temperature for this time of year. i think we get close to 60 this
afternoon. thanksgiving day. we're starting out in the 40s. midtown the warm spot at 44. out across the island, some 30s and 40s. variation of temperature here. 44 in baiting hollow. southampton also 44. 36 in point pleasant. 29 in long branch. east brunswick is 27. a lot of 20s into the hudson a couple of l er 30s here and there. everybody will be heading into the 50s this afternoon, if not close to 60. travel-wise today, if you're trying to get out of town last minute, up and down the eastern seaboard we're fine. towards the midwest, chicago some rain. some delays if you're flying in the direction of places like dallas or have a connecting flight there because of thunderstorms and severe weather potential. houston as well. snow in denver could be a problem. west of there, the west does quiet down. for us, though, really beautiful weather. great parade weather. temperatures starting out in the 40s, going into the 50s. upper 50s this afternoon.
away the sunshine. for tomorrow, sun and clouds, even milder. we're into the 60s for the shoppers. looking pretty good as we head into the weekend. saturday, a light shower is possible. maybe during the first half of the day, your best chance of that, up until about mid afternoon. temperatures will drop into the 40s towards the evening. the trend will be toward some chillier temperatures. you can see that on the seven-day forecast. changes heading our way. 59 today on this thanksgiving. 62 tomorrow. that could be conservative if we see a little more sun. 53 saturday. a few showers first half of the day. back to 40s and clouds on sunday. sun on monday. a few showers likely by tuesday with a high of 54. if you're heading on out, what can we expect on the roads, lauren? >> very few problems on the roads. just a couple. i want to let you know where they are. we'll head to new jersey where on 280 westbound by eisenhower parkway, exit 4, there's an accident there. let's head over to jfk airport. a little more information on this. we had reports of an overturned vehicle out there. this is actually on airport property. you can see the delays getting into the terminals here.
the good news is the delays are easing out a bit. so this likely is clearing. again, i'll continue to keep a close eye on it. we'll take a live look outside at the george washington bridge. a very pretty sunrise. very pretty also because at 6:17 normally it doesn't look like this. no delays getting into your tolls at any of the hudson river crossings. all mass transit today, or most of it, is operating but all on modified schedules. you should be able to get around. beeline is not operating today. alternate side of the street parking rules and meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic coming up. a new jersey man now facing murder charges in the death of a retired fdny firefighter. police arrested 52-year-old konrad sipa of colts neck yesterday. they say they believe he murdered richard doody. he was found dead at his long beach island home on monday. police say he suffered a blow to the head and had slash wounds on his neck. they did not reveal a possible motive. actor paul walker's father is suing porsche over the "fast
and furious" star's traffic death. his dad claims the sports carmaker failed to build in certain protections that could have saved walker's life. that claim is made in a wrongful death lawsuit filed yesterday in los angeles. walker was killed two years ago while riding in a speeding porsche that crashed and burst into flames. and we're learning more about the jerry sandusky scandal. the university says it paid out or set aside nearly $93 million to settle 32 claims and prepare for any future abuse cases. sandusky was penn state's assistant football coach. he's still appealing his conviction on charges of abusing ten boys. and the brain of giants hall of famer and broadcasting legend frank gifford will go to help study the effects of concussion. gifford's family revealed he was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease called cte. it's caused by head trauma. they hope to advance the
research between football and traumatic brain injuries. gifford died in august at the age of 84. we're coming up on 6:20. still ahead on "today in new york," local officers in a high-speed chase trying to find a murder suspect. we'll tell you how they finally caught him coming up next. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter, michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
welcome back. 42 degrees. it is 6:23. >> some people lining up already. >> people were screaming and running for their lives after a powerful wind storm blew through an outdoor flea market in california. some tents went flying through the air. 11 people now have minor injuries. 6:24 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, we've seen that before where suddenly the wind was very intense and it just takes away things. >> that was outflow out of thunderstorms. it wasn't raining where they are, but you get these downburst winds that lead ahead. it spreads out. again, always a danger. meantime for us, no wind to worry about today. always concerned about that for the parade. the balloons get to fly as high as they want today. not too high. we're looking for clouds that will gather. starts out sunny. about 46 at 7:00. 50 by 9:00. 53 by 11:00.
i think santa will be happy with that. light winds, maybe the sunglasses early on before the clouds take over. the clouds will gather in the sky as we go through this thanksgiving day. the temperatures will keep on rising into the upper 50s. flirting with 60 in parts of the area. relatively mild night too. partly cloudy and low of 49 in the city. 60s tomorrow and then we cool it down over the weekend. really a nice holiday weekend for travel. no problems. no issues. i like that. >> this is good. i feel like everyone deserves it. last winter was so rough. this is a nice thing. >> and what you were just seeing is people lining up on 6th avenue and 42nd street. already the city is busy. we have a couple problems out there as well. we do have a water main break for long island commuters or people just really headed out the door right now. so montauk highway shut down in both directions at deer park avenue because of this. but if you are getting on the rails, plenty of ways to get around today. they're all operating on a modified schedule with extra trains around the times that the
parade will be starting and ending. you should be able to get in and out of the city relatively easy today. a lot of them are offering kids for free. >> fantastic. >> just for kids, though. children. >> we'll be there. >> you'll have to look up which ones exactly. >> thank you. >> all right. coming up next, we're going to turn to our news and bring you the latest in a string of suspicious fires. >> reporter: i'm lori bordonaro in forest hills where arson investigators are looking into another suspicious fire. the common link coming up. >> reporter: and it's all happening here on the west side. i'm tracie strahan live with the start of the 89th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. i'll bring you the sights, the sounds, and the best places to see it coming up. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
a family sleeps nearby. and the balloons are inflated -- >> happy thanksgiving! >> happy thanksgiving to you guys. the macy's thanksgiving day hours. tom turkey there. tracie strahan as well. she'll be on the ground. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this i think that day, november 26th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. a happy thanksgiving. there. right? >> they're so excited. you need some training to be a balloon handler. raphael miranda has been many times. >> doing it again this year. i think this is his third or fourth year. it's not easy. this year might be a little bit easier. not as much of a struggle because there won't be too much wind out there. did i see a guy riding a flamingo playing a trumpet? >> could be.
we start out in the 30s and 40s. a frosty start early this morning. city pretty comfortable. skies generally clear early on. we'll build clouds in through the late morning and amp hours. fine for the parade. 55 at noon. forecasting a high close to 60 at 59 degrees. it's 6:31. if you're heading out the door, what's going on, lauren? >> things look good out there. in the manhattan, already starting to see major closures out there for the parade. a lot of them in the area of macy's herald square. they go down as far south as 23rd street. this is 23rd street and 6th avenue. all lanes already closed there. expect a lot of delays in the city. today is not the day to drive in. definitely use the trains. they're all operating on a modified schedule with extra trains to get you in and out before and after the parade. subways operating on a sunday schedule today. we're not seeing any other kinds of service changes. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thank you so much, lauren. the balloons are ready to fly in this year's macy's
thanksgiving day parade. police are out in full force as well along the route. tracie strahan is near the starting point on the upper west side. we're looking at you in the cameras during the commercial breaks. we see you dancing it up. we want to see a little bit of that. >> reporter: please, nobody those days are long gone. there's not enough bengay and knee pads in the world to help me out for afterwards. it's like a controlled chaos going on right now. as you said, we're at the start of the parade. we have the clowns. we have the parade marching bands. we have the balloons. we have the cheerleaders. hey, ladies. say hello to new york city. everybody is getting started for the prep of this. it's been so much prep in just the floats and everything along with the parade route. there's also security preps that have been going on in light of recent events. we've seen an nypd chopper hovering over this area for a while now with the beam on. that's just part of the security that's been beefed up as a result of the parade.
we've also seen a lot of canine units in the area as well. i'll bring you back live now to not only the cheerleaders, but this is the only parade where you could say they're the cheerleaders, and there's a chicken on stilts. because that's what happens in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. there are going to be a lot of new floats this year. also a lot of new balloons. we're going to see angry birds. we're going to see "diary of a wimpy kid," which raphael miranda is one of the handlers. watch out for him. we'll bring you more on this at the end of the show when things really get intense. i can't believe i just had to tell my cameraman, watch out, the flamingo is moving. >> only in new york, trace. thank you. if you're heading out to the parade, you want to line up along the route. it starts at west 77th street and marches south along central park west and heads to 6th avenue to 34th street. if you want to watch from home,
we have you covered. our friends at the "today" show will have live coverage of the big event beginning at 9:00 a.m. right here on nbc 4. that's always the best seat. it's a front-row seat. such a beautifully done parade. >> absolutely. >> the entertainment is wonderful. the weather today is great. >> weather today is great. at 6:34, time for weather and traffic on the 4s. we'll check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. this is the only time when you're looking at weather not just for pedestrians, but turkeys, flamingos, guys on trumpets. >> things like that. it's all pretty good. that's the good news about this particular parade. no pressure on the meteorologists. we're in clear mode right now. temperatures, while they're chilly in the suburbs, milder yet toward the city. a lot of folks below freezing just outside of town. we're well above the freezing mark by ten degrees already in the city at 42. we're heading into the 50s. during the course of the parade, that temperature will climb.
parade starts out fairly sunny. 59 the expected high later today. tonight, not bad at all either. 49 with a partly cloudy sky. closer to 40 in some of the suburbs suburbs. we'll get to the weekend forecast in a bit. let's get to lauren and find out about the roads and rails. >> overall, roads look pretty good. plenty of changes for mass transit, which is how you should try to get around. new york city buses and subways on a sunday schedule. nj transit buses will vary by route. check in on that. no beeline service today. decamp operating on a saturday schedule. modified service for the ferries. new york waterway, a few of the ferry lines are not operating today. east river ferry being one of them. and you do not have to move any kind of car. you do not have to pay any kind of meter. alternate side of the street parking rules and meter rules are suspended. your next weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks very much. firefighters investigating another suspicious fire in queens, the seventh one in the same neighborhood. they all happened in about a
bordonaro is on the scene, 67th drive and forest hills, with what we know so far about what may be the latest incident in this string, lori. >> reporter: michael, the fire chief tells us this looks like it could be the work of an arsonist and may be linked to a string of recent fires. this is the seventh suspicious fire here in forest hills since last month. it broke out at about 11:00 last night here on 67th drive and 110th street. it appears the home here may have been undergoing construction. a common thread in all of the homes targeted. they've either been vacant or undergoing work. we made a map here showing you all of the homes hit. the first fire broke out on october 20th, just a few blocks from here. those that live around here are worried. >> it's pretty scary. it's not -- especially in the proximity to other houses in the neighborhood, it's not something you want to see. obviously this is a pretty scary moment.
>> reporter: and no one has been hurt in these fires, but some nearby homes have been damaged. michael and darlene, you can see how close some of these homes are. a lot to be concerned about for residents here in this neighborhood. >> certainly a concern. thank you so much. it's 6:36 right now. police are searching for a suspect in a terrifying home invasion. you can see the suspect on surveillance video at the flushing home early wednesday morning. he broke in, and you can see him crawling around with a knife in his mouth. the homeowners and their kids were sleeping close by. the thief took a cell phone from a dresser but took off when someone woke up and yelled. >> very, very scared because he had a knife in the mouth. >> i think that was for protection for himself in case somebody came to him. >> police described suspect as 6'2", about 200 pounds. he was wearing a ing a ing a black winter hat with the word "diamond" in white and red letters.
a woman has died after being hit by an mta bus. now new technology is being tested to try to prevent another tragedy. the woman was crossing ocean avenue when she was hit by that bus yesterday. the driver did stop right away. the driver has not been charged. the people who knew the woman are in disbelief. >> i did come to her house once. she was a very beautiful lady. i just -- i'm shocked. i'm shocked. our kids went to the same school. >> and this is the fourth accident involving an mta bus and a pedestrian in just the last month. the mta is currently evaluating technology that alerts the bus driver when someone is crossing the street. this morning we're getting a look at the man who police say put passengers on an mta bus in the bronx in danger. police say this man aimed a laser pointer at the driver's rearview mirror. that light temporarily blinding the driver. the driver pulled over, the man hopped off the bus and ran away. he's in the been arrested. right now a suspected killer is behind bars after leading
through new york and new jersey. >> you're going southbound in the northbound lanes. southbound, northbound lanes. >> the video obtained by our partners at the bergen record show new york state troopers hot on the trail of david campos. the chase ran for 30 miles on monday. officers finally caught up with campos during a traffic tie-up in secaucus. campos will be transferred to upstate new york, where he's accused of killing a woman. the woman who left that newborn baby at a nativity scene at a church in richmond hill in queens will not face charges. security video from a 99 cent store shows the woman buying the towels that the child was found wrapped in. authorities have not released the woman's name. the district attorney says she was tracked down and interviewed. since she made an attempt to follow new york safe haven law, she will not face prosecution. 6:39 right now. still ahead, some of the more memorable calls to the butterball hotline. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new york" as we look at -- is that hello kitty? i think it is.
live look there at the parade route. the parade floats ready to go. our own tracie strahan has been there with the latest. we'll hear from her in a bit. in today's cnbc money report, more and more americans say they're spending their thanksgiving at work. 22% of the workers surveyed by careerbuilder.com say they are going to be working today. last year, that figure was 16%. according to the survey, most of those who have to work and give up thanksgiving holiday, they're in the hospitality, health care, and retail fields.
>> it really has. you know, i'm thankful to be able to work, right. it's that sort of thing. spotify is giving thanksgiving day chefs music to time their turkey by. so you enter the weight of your turkey in spotify's online turkey timer. you get a play list filled with enough songs to last the recommended cooking time. when the muchk sic stops playing, your turkey should be ready to come out of the oven. >> but darlene, what if your turkey hasn't gone into the oven yet? >> listen, the turkey is going to be fine. oven. >> talking about darlene's family's turkey, which is still >> it's 22 pounds. i don't think we're going to eat until 4:00. >> oh, you're not going to eat until 4:00 -- sunday. >> i think we put it in at 8:00. it's a convection oven. doesn't that work faster? >> can you send pictures? i'm textingulater today.
-- texting you later today. >> the kids will be crying. >> cranberry sauce, get an extra can. let's get a look outside this morning. it really is a beautiful start to this thanksgiving morning. bright and sunny. more clouds will gather. the temperatures are mild. not much of a breeze to wor about, which is good news. as the morning wears on, a little more body heat will gather, and the temperature will continue to climb. right now, skies are mostly clear. milder yet for the shoppers tomorrow. a cooler trend for the weekend. only threat of showers appears to be on saturday. mainly the first half of the day. putting it in perspective, some of the warmest and coldest thanksgivings we've seen. the warmest was in 1920 when we made it to 72 degrees. the low is 15 degrees in 1930. we're expecting a high of 59 today. one of the milder thanksgivings. 55, boston. 61, d.c.
stormy in dallas and houston. delays expected there. denver, too, with snow moving in. the west coast is fine. notice the clouds gathering a little bit by 1:00, 2:00. still thin spots out there. some clouds overnight, patchy in nature, and thickening up tomorrow. i think a lot of clouds early tomorrow. they thin out in the afternoon. we'll watch this line of clouds and showers to the north and west. that's a cold front that slides toward us saturday morning. that's our best chance of seeing a couple showers. most of them are gone by saturday afternoon. the clouds will linger probably saturday on into part of sunday. so for the parade, we start out in the 40s. we'll end up around 50 at 9:00 and into the 50s by 11:00. fall jacket should do it. light winds, great for the balloons. bring along the sunglasses, you'll need them early on. 59 should do it for a high temperature this afternoon. tomorrow, into the 60s we go. just a shower threat possible
saturday up until early afternoon. 53 and turning cooler. in fact, on sunday we probably don't get out of the 40s. big change from today's near 60 and into the 60s tomorrow. only 47 on sunday with a lot of clouds. 40s for monday. few showers tuesday. hopefully for the tree lighting wednesday drew ier. 52 the expected temperature. let's find out how the roads are handling the thanksgiving morning. >> looking good. we have one problem out there in west islip. route 27a or montauk highway shut down in both directions at deer park avenue with a water main break. i'd like to show you the gowanus expressway right now. you might not believe it. you can actually see black top at this hour. things are obviously very quiet out there. we'll show you the cross bronx expressway. another one of our favorites that's always jammed. free and clear. this is really what all the roadways look like in the area, in the suburbs and in the city. at least our major highways. if you're getting into the city by train today, you have plenty of options, but there are modified schedules. you'll have some extra trains in and out around parade time. that's good news.
alternate side of the street parking rules and meter rules are suspended today. back to you. >> lauren, thanks so much. butterball's turkey experts are just a phone call away. the hotline is up and running as they've been doing since 1981. butterball has a staff of people on hand to talk turkey. they're also giving advice on social media and other digital platforms. call takers recently shared some of their most memorable stories. >> she had just baked a cake, and she saw how the cake rose. she thought the turkey was going to expand in her oven. >> he lived in hawaii a put it in the lagoon. when he went back for it, it was gone. >> we hear water splashing. we're thinking, what kind of phone call is this? she'd asked him to thaw the turkey and bathe the toddler twins. he decided he was going to multitask. >> if you need help, here's the number. 1-800-butterball. >> yeah, so call if you need it.
welcome back. 42 degrees out, 6:52. happy thanksgiving. the parade will kick off in just a little while. today, astronauts on board the international space station will be enjoying what they call a feast. it includes smoked turkey straight from a bag. >> we don't have much of this stuff, so i hope he enjoys that because it was his thanksgiving right there. >> there you have it. scott kelly will also be chowing down on candied yams and rehydratable corn. i happen to love the rehydratable corn. >> it's some good stuff. >> put a little butter on. it's just like home. >> then they're going to the mall afterwards.
the "today" show is coming up in just a few minutes. >> we're going to check in with natalie and willie to see what's ahead. happy thanksgiving to both of you. >> happy thanksgiving, my friends. darlene, we're hearing about your cooking, the prospect of raw turkey. >> not quite cooking yet. >> natalie, listen. >> i told willie we have to bust your chops a little bit. >> we're not going to eat until probably 4:00 or 5:00. >> tomorrow. >> how big is this turkey? you know it's going to take a couple hours. >> it's 22 pounds. >> that's a big one. >> you guys, this is not my first rodeo. we're going to be okay. >> it's fine. >> don't you worry, darlene. have no fear. coming up, we're your holiday headquarters. we have complete coverage on everything from that nasty storm in the midwest that could slow your ride if you're traveling to the exciting of the macy's parade and increased security put in place. matt, savannah, and al will be there live. >> plus, if you're getting ready
need some tips, darlene, we have experts to answer your questions. >> we'll make sure to put in extra questions for you, darlene. and buyer beware, why tomorrow's black friday deals on those flat screen tvs may not be all that they seem. all as we get started on "today." anything you want me to preask them? >> i'm going to text you all later with pictures of my feast. >> we have you covered. >> we're going to be live at boston market when darlene's family gets there later on. all right, guys. happy holiday to you and your families. >> same to you. have a great one. >> you too. all right. love them. we'll be back with today's top
6:57. new this morning, firefighters are investigating a possible arson. >> lori bordonaro is in forest hills with that. >> reporter: michael and darlene, you can see the home here has been destroyed. this is the seventh suspicious fire in forest hills in the last wo month. the fire chief telling us that this appears to be the work of an arsonist and may be linked to other recent fires. the common link here, all of the fires have broken out in fay haven't build -- vacant buildings or homes undergoing renovations. the nypd is working with the fire department on the investigation. michael and darlene, the nypd
has now added patrols here in the area. back to you. >> all right. lori, thank you. now to "today in new york's" tracie strahan along the macy's thanksgiving day parade route. >> reporter: so many people already practicing for what's sure to be a great opening number right here at 79th street and columbus. or i should say central park west. this is where everything's happening. let's show you everything. there are bands already performing. the balloons are inflated. everyone ready for the 89 th annual parade. there are going to be new floats, new balloons, but also new layers of security. we need it right now because raphael miranda -- what balloon do you have? >> "diary of a wimpy kid." happy thanksgiving, tracie. >> reporter: where's security when i need it? he's going to be here. it's going to be a great time. i saw the opening number, come,
shake your body, baby, do that conga. everybody tune into the parade. you're going to like it. we should practice because that was not good. happy thanksgiving, guys. hugs and kisses. love you all. >> love you guys too. happy thanksgiving. >> that's fantastic. >> it's going to be a great day. >> guest star, raphael. >> if you're excited and you want to join raphael and tracie and everybody else today, there are plenty of ways to get around. no major problems for the commute. there really isn't one. take the ferries or buses. a lot of changes, though, just keep that in mind. limited service. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended. we like that. >> we're watching raphael and tracie dance off camera. >> fantastic. >> i thought he was going to eat lobster for a minute when he was wearing that. he's ready to go. the good news is no wind. no big issues for the balloons today. the temperatures are getting milder as we speak. we're in the 40s now. suburbs a bit chillier. heading into the 50s. low to mid-50s by the end of the parade. a sunny start but the clouds