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they were not blood type compatible. doctors found two more patients who needed kidneys whose donors didn't match as well. remarkably each of those donors matched with one of the other recipients. to all of the patients and donors got together yesterday. some of these folks are meeting one another for the first time. >> i'm thankful for my aunt for starting this process, for having the spirit and attitude that you knew this was going to work even though i wasn't as positive as you were in the beginning. >> it's very, very cool. very sweet. doctors are calling all of the recipients and donors heroes for donating and not giving up hope. coming up on 5:00 a.m., if you're about to head out the door take us with you. >> take us with you by downloading us on your mobile device. paying tribute to prince.
celebrate his life and legacy. >> and where cars will not be allowed today. and police need your help to find robbers who used a rock to beat a man. "today in new york" starts now. good morning 5:00 a.m. on this friday, april 22nd, i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett, darlene is off today. >> as kerry pointed out, chris, a nice warm start. >> starting out above the normal high temperature for this time of year already. it's cooler out east, but not much. east port at 54. wading river, 55 in mastic beach. you get away from the cooler influence of the waters. low to mid 50s throughout northwest new jersey. same locations yesterday morning you were in the low to mid 30s. cloud cover overnight and a southwest wind. those two things trap the heat. that's why temperatures did drop
sprinkles north of the city. our shower threat just sits out to the west, making its way into pennsylvania right now, that's one band. and a second band coming through later tonight. first brand may bring a couple showers our way today. some breaks in the cloud cover. forecasting a high of 79 degrees. some changes coming up for the weekend. let's see if there are changes in the commute. here's lauren. >> we have some of the same delays out there. no new ones, at last for the roads. heading over to the bqe, there are delays eastbound before you get to the brooklyn bridge. road work out there causing this. i'll keep you posted on that. if you're getting on the trains, we have delays on downtown d and n trains because of signal problems. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the fours. now to the reaction to the shocking death of the music icon prince. today an autopsy is planned as fans continue to gather and grieve the music legend.
where a large crowd gathered after hearing the news. news many could not believe. >> reporter: out here there's still a crowd. they've been dancing to "when doves cry" and "purple rain" and there's a memorial on the sidewalk. some flowers and candles. there's been a celebration of prince's life across the city. they sang along and danced. fans by the hundreds gathered in spike lee's neighborhood. there was a gathering that started during the afternoon outside of the apollo and lasted through the night. prince died at his home in minnesota. people finding out yesterday afternoon. it happened days after performing in georgia. a cause of death has yet to be determined. an autopsy is scheduled for today. but there is talk that prince was suffering from the flu since the weekend. for his fans, just the chance to gather and mourn and celebrate men meant a lot to them.
i love him. i'm a big fan of prince. >> his lyrics, his genius, his music. everything about him. i feel like he's a family member. he's been with me all these decades. >> our cameras caught spike lee, a big prince fan doing some da nce moving outside of his home. it was such a huge gathering there. here's a view of the apollo here. in the coming half hour you will hear from fans who drove up from philadelphia. they said they had to be here. you know that always happens. people like to be around people who respected artists, they just want to be here to mourn but also celebrate the life of prince. >> one of those artists were people remember times of their life and the prince song and his era at that time. how it impacted them? >> you'll hear people saying all the time he was the soundtrack of their childhood, their broken hearts, everything that happened in their hearts. >> yes. thank you, kat. for loyal prince fans this could
the new yorker tweeted an early look at this week's edition, an understated tribute, simply purple rain. we have a special section on our website where you can read more about prince's life. for that go to nbcnewyork.com. you can find more on the news 4 new york app. we'll be talking more about this story as the morning continues. it's 5:04. that means right now we need to get over to weather and traffic. >> today is a transitional day. another warm day, unseasonable warm day. a few spifrpg rinkles to the north of the city. in the city, not much to worry about. a few breaks of sunshine in the midday hours. that could warm things up to almost 80 degrees. almost a muggy feel by the afternoon. that's when we will see a chance of scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm. weekend clears out. maybe some clouds linger for a time tomorrow morning.
warm out there, 65 in the city. we are kind of the warm spot, suburbs in the 50s. back to the 70s by noontime. breeze picks up. increasing chance for seeing a shower or storm from the late afternoon to the evening hours. let's see what we find as you head out the door. here is lauren with the latest. >> a couple of detours on the buses. the m41, m4, m9, if you're getting on the major commuter lines. everything on schedule. lirr is offering extra afternoon service for people who need to get out of the town for passover. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. investigators are trying to figure out what caused this massive fire on long island. look at this. firefighters arrived at the blue ridge condo complex in medford to find four units there fully engulfed in flames. then it spread to two others.
under control before midnight. a sudden attack, a man hit with a rock and robbed. now police need help finding the man who did it before they strike again. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is in ozone park, queens with the latest. lori? >> reporter: that most recent attack happened here on 77th street on sunday. police say that three men viciously beat that victim. one of them threw a rock at his head. this was all caught right up here on this camera here on this building. look here at this video. you can see that man throwing the rock at the 32-year-old victim. the other two suspects join in punching and kicking the victim. they took off with his wallet and cell phone. that victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. this was a second attack last weekend. the first on saturday on glenmore avenue and 76th street. police say the same three men came up behind a 25-year-old man, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him in the head and body before taking
that victim was also taken to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises. neighbors here telling us that the attacks are frightening. >> we're scared, everybody. my wife, a lot of people are scared. scared. >> police say the men they're looking for are in their teens or in their 20s. they were all wearing dark hoodies at the time of the attacks. they're asking anyone with information to call crime stoppers at 1-800-577-tips. that's the latest from here, back to you. during this hour, belgian law americas will begin their tribute to the brussels terror attack that happened a month ago. in just about an hour, belgium lawmakers will walk to that subway stations where these scenes occurred. they will lay flowers at the entrance. those attacks destroyed a section of brussels airport. 32 people were killed by three suicide bombers linked to isis. a powerful 6.0 aftershock
ecuador last night. this as the death toll continues to rise from that devastating earthquake. 600 people have died from saturday's 7.8 quake. rescue crews are searching for more than 150 missing. the country's president said he will raise sales taxes and put a one time levee on millionaires to help rebuild. this morning's cnbc money report. sears holding corporation will close 78 stores this summer, trying to increase the company's bottom line. ten of them are sears stores. the other 69 are kmart stores. four kmart also close in new york. however they're all upstate. 2011 sears operated some 4,000 stores. right now they have 1700 left. starbucks says it has seen a rise in sales from loyalty customers despite concerns and some complaints over changes to the way they do the rewards program. the company says the rewards overhaul, they feel it will drive up sales in the long-term and that customers have more ways to earn rewards.
last week, so now instead of getting a star every time you buy something, it has to do with how much money you spend. you get two stars for every dollar you spend. it is 5:09. today is earth day. more than 1 billion people are celebrating by doing something to improve the environment. this year organizers are urging people to plant new trees and forests. this is a nationwide global goal. the goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020. that is one tree for every perso on earth. today leaders from more than 150 countries will be at the u.n. to sign a landmark deal to address climate change. new york is recognizing earth day with its first car-free day. today the city is blocking car traffic on broadway from the flatiron building to union square. streets around washington square park and wadsworth avenue in the bronx. officials are hoping you can bike or take mass transit instead of driving your car. citi bike making it easy to
it is offering free bike rides in honor of earth day. you have to go online to sign up to take part. >> 5:10 right now. a special lunch today. it's for the president and the first lady. of course a special guest. plus why you might soon notice a bit of a change from donald trump. and it is a warm morning. weather and traffic on the fours coming up. a great picture of the statue of liberty and the verrazano bridge.
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here's four things to know this morning. in brooklyn and harlem prince fans gathered to remember him. prince d yesterday at the age of 57. right now president obama and the first lady are in london. in a couple of hours they'll have lunch with queen elizabeth. passover begins tonight at sundown. the nypd is increasing security at synagogues around the city. for the first time ever, the mtv music awards will take place at madison square garden. radio city has hosted the show many times. that show is august 28th. 5:14, friday morning.
temperatures are mild. mid 60s in the city. the headlines, yeah, we have showers in the forecast but also a temperature heading towards 80. the shower threat confined to the late afternoon and evening hours tonight. then it's cooler and eventually the sun will return this weekend. again, it should be dry, sunday probably the brighter of the two days from sun up to sun down. a warmer start again next week with temperatures heading back to the 70s. 65 in chelsea. 64 in dyker heights. city island at 65. 50s across long island, connecticut and the hudson valley. the northern half of new jersey, big difference from yesterday morning where temperatures were in the low to mid 30s, mid 50s this morning. tree pollen out there. and it will continue to be blowing around. a couple of showers out to the west. one here entering western pennsylvania. another one behind that. that's the cold front. i think what we'll see, the morning sprinkles up towards the
i don't anticipate much out of this. if you're watching us in the distant northern suburbs a light spritz or sprinkle possible. clouds could thin out from time to time. upper 70s to more 80. more like a june feel. it gets muggier with the front moving through. the shower chances will increase. overnight from west to east, showers will taper off. low temperature again, mild, around 60. tomorrow starts out with clouds. we'll break out into sunshine in the afternoon, high of 70 degrees. yankees having some problems. let's bring the rays to town. showers and thunderstorms scattered around. 73 degrees. there could be a delay in this one. we'll watch where the showers set up. again, over the weekend, better after the clouds give way to sun. 60s as we work our way into sunday. the clouds start to move back in on monday. could be a couple of showers by night, look at the temperatures.
79 today. some folks could touch 80. lots of sunshine sunday, 66. still warm on monday, watch for another round of shower for tuesday. gone by wednesday. back to a few more showers thursday with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. let's find out about the commute with lauren. >> we just got reports of an accident on 78 eastbound, this is in the express lanes after exit 58. routes 1 and 9. you can see a bit of a delay through there. much better news, a live look at the tappan zee bridge. things are moving along nicely here on both sides of the span. similar story on the grand central parkway. here's what it looks like out by laguardia. few cars on the roads. we have some delays on the bqe making your way into the brooklyn bridge area there. we have delays on downtown d and n trains because of signal problems. more weather and traffic on the 4s.
in britain, it is a trip that will include lunch with queen elizabeth. she is celebrating her 90th. she arrived in london yesterday, he did, after ending his summit in saudi arabia. the president wrote an opinion piece in the uk's daily telegraph urging britain to stay in the european union. now to decision 2016. donald trump's new convention manager saying expect to see a shift in trump's persona leading up to the general election. this as donald trump weighs in on a controversial subject. he did it on the "today" show. tracie potts is in washington with that. so many people talking about trump's remarks on this subject. >> reporter: yeah. it's the north carolina bathroom law, and what trump said not only on the "today" show but also last night in a separate interview, he seemed to back off just a little bit.
convention manager saying trump is didn't in private than he is in public. you will soon see that more presidential trump. for now trump is urging the other candidates to drop out of the race. >> cruz and case kasich have no path to victory. it's over. >> reporter: but kasich and cruz say they're not going anywhere. cruz is pushing back at donald trump on north carolina's bathroom law. trump say it is okay for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. >> that is correct. >> grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls. >> reporter: cruz in indiana overnight. >> we will spend a lot of time here in indiana working to earn your votes. >> reporter: hoping to pick up support. their primary is may 3rd. hillary clinton heads back to pennsylvania today after another gun safety forum.
this country in the wrong hands. >> in many cases i'm being attacked by the clinton people unfairly. >> reporter: bernie sanders tells nbc he won't back off clinton and still thinks he's the democrats best shot of winning in november. and that is what bernie sanders considers his ace in the hole to win over the superdelegates. polls that show him beating republicans by wider margins than clinton. in washington, i'm tracie potts, back to you. >> thank you. you may or may not notice the difference at this year's national spelling bee. there will be harder words. that's not possible. >> i know. scripps organizers say they're changing things up because the last two bees ended in ties. both times the finalists kept going until they exhausted the list of the final round words if
option of switching to 75 tougher words as opposed to the 25 words previously. >> i was spelling news 4 4 f-o-r-e. >> that was this morning. >> i know. we will show you how some broadway shows are paying tribute to prince. and the days of digging through the box for a temporary tattoo are coming to an end. the big change from cracker jack. you're watching "today in new
let's go crazy >> this is broadway last night, the cast of hamilton honoring prince with a musical tribute. jennifer hudson leading the cast of "the color purple" in a powerful performance of "purple rain" after their show last night. 5:24 right now. expert. prince was such a genius, kerry and i were reading this morning, self-taught and played nearly all the instruments in his first several albums. >> would play each instrument at a time and combine them. >> he was such an icon. and i love the wardrobe, quite frankly.
>> he pushed all sorts of boundaries, not only with his music, his wardrobe. >> weather starting out mild. in the mid 60s right now. 50s in the suburbs. by the end of the day, we'll have that muggy feel. almost like a late june afternoon. upper 70s to near 80. a couple of showers, maybe a thunderstorm later in the afternoon. tonight, first half of the night, best chance for spotty showers, about 60. tomorrow, we start out with clouds, maybe a leftover showers in one or two spots. sun returns in the afternoon, up around 70. sunday, a nicer looking day. lots of sunshine, may start out cooler, temperatures back into the mid 60s. for the most part a good looking spring weekend. >> not bad. hi, lauren. >> good morning. starting with the trains, all good news for the major commuter lines. everything operating on or close to schedule. lirr offering afternoon service for people who need to get out of town for passover celebrations a live look at the
things are moving along nicely into the tolls. same at the lincoln tunnel and holland tunnel. here, if you're in for a nice ride. problems on 78. cracker jack is a fan favorite at baseball games to kick off the new season, those prizes found in cracker jack boxes going high-tech. the new prize is a sticker with a digital code. just download an app called blipper on your iphone or android, when you scan that sticker you can enjoy baseball-themed experiences such as seeing yourself on a baseball jumbo screen or a baseball card what did you used to get in there? a ring? >> i'll still take the temporary tattoo. straight ahead who is giving $100 million to help reshape a manhattan museum? and a woman taken to the hospital after a very close call in brooklyn when shots rang out
and i'm katherine creag live in harlem outside the apollo where fans of prince continue to gather and celebrate his life. you'll hear from them and we'll have the latest on the investigation into his death. and if you're about to head out the door. take us with you. keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the app on
purple rain, purple rain mourning the loss of a music legend. some shedding tears, others dancing in the streets. across the country people are gathering to remember prince. and a woman waiting for a bus grazed by a bullet. and out of nowhere a man hit by a rock and robbed. police say it's not the only time these guys have struck. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. 5:30 a.m. on this friday, april 22nd. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett, darlene is off. >> chris, we have to watch out for some rain today? >> mainly late afternoon. the morning commute is dry. a few sprinkles up to the north,
city holding on to this 65. long branch at 57. most of new jersey low and mid 50s. a lot of clouds helping to keep the temperatures up. we were in the 70s yesterday afternoon. the temperatures didn't cool much overnight. look at a few sprinkles, mainly to the north. they'll stay there. the morning commute, as i said, umbrella-free. a couple of bands of showers to the west. these move in later this afternoon and into tonight. day planner, a lot of clouds around. a few breaks of sunshine during the midday hours. gets breezy, we have to watch for the showers. greatest chance after 3:00, 4:00 in the afternoon what are we watching for on the commute, lauren? >> i have more information on the accident on 78 in the express lanes. this is blocking the left lane, it's an overturned truck, after route 1 and 9, just before the turnpike tolls. delays building quickly out there. head to the local lanes. getting on the rails, delays on
of signal problems. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. now to the news that shook the music world. shook the world really and shocked fans. the death of prince at the age of 57. this is his hometown of minneapolis, huge crowds filled the street in an impromptu block party. they listened to prince's music and paid tribute well into the morning. scenes like that taking place across the country including in our own area. fans of prince came together to celebrate his life and listened to the music that resonated with so many people for so many years. katherine creag is at the apollo theater in harlem. kat, that was the scene as well for tributes. >> reporter: for so many fans it's hard to pinpoint an era down and what they loved about them. there's a memorial on the sidewalk. prince was such an amazing songwriter, performer, there's a
across the city. >> reporter: prince fans gathered by the hundreds in spine lee's neighborhood. there was another gathering that started in the afternoon and lasted through the night outside the apollo. prince died at his home in minnesota days after performing in georgia. a cause of death has yet to be determined. he may have been suffering from the flu since the weekend. for his fans, you'll hear from a couple that came up from the philadelphia area, they wanted to be here to celebrate with other fans. >> with the memorial, the music, the energy. turning a tribute into a celebration. >> this is my fiance here, he knows i used to always call prince my husband. when he called me and told me he passed, he didn't want to believe it.
from fans they loved prince for his incredible song writing talents. he wrote so many songs for the bangles, for sinead o'connor. he played almost all the musical instruments in the first album, and you'll get more information on our website, nbcnewyork.com. a wealth of information about prince. back to you. >> and he was self-taught. an amazing person. thank you very much. purple is the color of choice to pay tribute to prince. this is borough hall in brooklyn. it was lit up in his honor. the hard rock in times square changed its marquee and displayed the lyrics to "purple rain" with a message r.i.t. p., prince. we have a special section on our website where you can read more about his life, for that go to nbcnewyork.com. we were saying a person for the generations. everybody remembers a prince song and a certain time in their life.
reading in the "new york times" this morning. he never learned how to read music. he didn't need to but there's so many fascinating tidbits about his life and legacy coming out now. it will be days before we get the full picture of who this man was. a fantastic artist. 5:34, time for weather and traffic on the force. a bit of a transition right now, yes? >> much milder morning compared to the last couple of morning. in the city, still 65 degrees. holding on to the low 70s. a few sprinkles north of town. this is one of those days where i would take the umbrella to play it safe. could be breaks of sun in the midday hours for some time. temperatures climbing towards towards 80 degrees. watch for showers and an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon and the first half of tonight. after that the weekend starts to clear out. tomorrow may start out with clouds and leftover shower, the
afternoon. it does tend to get cooler in a relative sense. mid 60s now. 74 by noon. upper 70s at 3:00. from that point on, 3:00, 4:00, we have an increasing chance for scattered showers and a thunderstorm or two. seven-day forecast coming up. here is lauren lauren with the scala with the latest on your commute. >> on the l.i.e. an accident blocking the right shoulder near exit 41. some rubber neck k rubbernecking as you go by. let's talk about mass transit. getting on the buses, a few detours. the m41, m4, m9, m 15 and the m105. you do need to move your car. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. more weather and traffic on the 4s. new this morning a vicious crime caught on camera. police looking for a group of robbers who have struck at least twice in queens and they say the weapon of choice is a rock.
bordonaro is in ozone park with video that police just recently released. lori? >> reporter: yeah. that vicious attack happened here on 77th street. a residential neighborhood. it was all caught right here on this building surveillance camera. take a look here at this video. you can see one of the attackers there throwing a rock at the 32-year-old victim and knocking him down. then seconds later two other men join in, all three then punch and kick the victim in the head and body before taking off with his cell phone and wallet. this happened on sunday. it was the second attack last weekend. police say on saturday the same three men beat and robbed a 25-year-old man on glenmore avenue and 76th street. they knocked him to the ground and took off with his cell phone and wallet. neighbors here say the first victim was screaming during the attack. many around here frightened now to hear and see what happened. >> all i hear is somebody
a lot of people come outside. the next thing i know, last night it happened here. >> did you hear the screaming? >> no, no, someone told me. >> reporter: both victims suffered serious injuries. the rock victim has fractures to his head. police are asking anyone who may have seen those men to call crime stoppers. that number 1-800-577-tips. back to you. right now police are looking for the man who robbed and choked an 84-year-old woman in the bronx. this happened on monday inside the victim's apartment on hull avenue and east 209th street in norwood. the suspect forced the woman into her apartment, assaulted her and took off with her cash. she suffered bruising to her neck and hip. right now the search is on for a gunman in brooklyn after a woman was grazed by a bullet as she was waiting for a bus. happened at the intersection of mermaid avenue and west 33rd street in coney island.
was in line on the sidewalk when shots rang out. they say she didn't appear to be the intended target, that other people were in the street and shooting at each other. the woman was rushed to the hospital and is in serious but stable condition. we're waiting to find out what will happen to the pit bull that went on a vicious attack in new jersey. this was caught on camera the owner says her pit bull tobey went after a pomeranian, gripped the smaller dog by the throat. this attack happened a week ago. a police officer heard the screams and tried to wrestle the pit bull down. >> he was punching the dog, hitting him with the -- you know, the night stick. the dog had no reaction to it. >> eventually the officer subdued the animal which has attacked before. according to police that pit bull is now with his previous owners. the smaller dog's scars are healing. the so-called ninja burglar has accepted a plea deal. prosecute ors say that robert costanzo confessed to more than 100 break-ins across the tri-state area.
decade. he pled guilty to three counts of burglary. the statue of limitations expired on many of the cases he was accused of. he is expected to be sentenced to 25 years behind bars in june. >> the city's board of elections now investigating itself over tuesday's voting problems in brooklyn. the board is suspending the chief elections clerk, diane haslett-rudiano without pay. the board is cooperating with the state's attorney general's office. they're also looking into why 125,000 names vanished from the voting rolls. connecticut 166 department of correction employees are out of jobs. 40 new correctional officers among those who received layoff notices. the job cuts are part of an effort to cover the state's $922 million budget deficit. hundreds of state employees received pink slips over the past two weeks. these layoffs are effective
entertainment mogul david geffen will now see his name at the museum of art. yesterday he gave moma $100 million. that money will help build a wing with three new floors of gallery space. moma's director says "these are the kinds of gifts that you only dream about." i bet every museum would like that kind of gift. >> amazing. it's 5:41. 5:41. straight ahead, how much money it cost the fbi to get into a locked iphone. and grounded. a plane that's the subject of a neighborhood dispute is hauled away. the fight over the flight not over. and storm team 4 tracking the possibility of perhaps a thunderstorm a little bit later today. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
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it's 65 now. no wind to speak of. conditions are calm, partly to mostly sky out there. scattered showers and a thunderstorm can't be ruled out later today and tonight. cooler over the weekend. gradually becomes sunny tomorrow. sunday a bright and sunny day. another warm up again early next week. back into the 70s. the umbrella tracker today, have one handy throughout. the afternoon and evening hours are the best chance. the morning you probably will not need the umbrella. if you hear thunder that means there's lightning. if you can, get indoors and get to a safe place. temperatures mild for the northern suburbs. upper 50s sleepy hollow, millwood. tarrytown, 59. city has been holding at the 65 degree mark all morning. most of the island is in the 50s. most of the northern half of new jersey also in the low to mid 50s. bus stops a little gray today. starting out in the low 60s. 70s at recess time. dismissal time maybe some
temperatures in the upper 70s. a shower or thunderstorm risk for after-school activities. again, these showers or storms will be widely scattered. i don't see a solid wall of rain. a broken area of showers to the west, that's line number one. line number two behind that. right now just clouds. couple of sprinkles, they're even dying towards the north and west. maybe poconos and catskills the best chance early this morning. a lot of clouds, but breaks in the cloud cover. this is 1:00 in the afternoon. with any sun at all, temperatures should get to 70s, near 80. by 3:00, 4:00, a couple bands of showers developing. most of the area not dealing with rain. around midnight, our best chance of showers. clouds could linger for a time tomorrow morning. this is 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. then it all clears out. that will set the stage for a nice, sunny sunday. upper 70s to around 80 for the city inland. even with a good deal of cloud
you'll be in the 60s. that's eastern long island, south-facing shorelines. interior sections of new jersey, 80 possible. tomorrow, 70, clouds giving way to sunshine. 60s on sunday. mid 70s on monday. scattered showers monday night. better chance of showers and storms on tuesday. it dries out for wednesday before the next round of showers on thursday. lauren scala standing by, what is the commute looking like? >> two trouble spots at the moment. heading over to 78 express lanes heading eastbound before the turnpike tolls there. there is an accident involving an overturned truck block at least the left lane. head over to the local lanes if you can to avoid this. heading over to long island, here's the l.i.e. and an accident out there, westbound out by exit 41. you can see it on the shoulder. plenty of curiosity delays as people drive through the area. head to the northern state parkway if you would like to avoid this one.
things moving along nicely there. just slowing down making their way around the bend. and you do need to move your car, alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. more weather and traffic ahead on the fours. thank you. 5:47. we're getting an idea of how much the fbi paid to hack the locked iphone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. speaking yesterday in london, director james comey hinted the bureau paid a third party more than $1 million. >> how much did you pay for this software? >> a lot. >> really? >> more than i will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure. >> wow. >> and so it's a -- but it was, in my view, worth it. >> so his salary is $183,000 a year. that gives you an idea of how much they paid. federal officials say the method was successful but they have to
was. the feds paid that source to hack into the phone used by sayed farooq and his wife used in the san bernardino attacks. sheldon silver's wife begging the judge to take it easy on him after claiming he has cancer. the former assembly speaker is awaiting sentencing on federal corruption charges. in a letter to the judge his wife asked for a lenient sentence. she claims the 72-year-old has prostate cancer. she says she is afraid silver will end up sick and alone. he's expected to be sentenced may 3rd. and the man who flew that gyrocopter lawn last year will spend 120 days in jail. douglas hughes pled guilty to operating an aircraft without a certificate. after serving four months in jail he will be on probation for a year. before his sentencing yesterday he said he had no regrets
attention to the crisis of corruption in u.s. politics. new york state tax officials say they stopped $400 million in false tax refunds. governor cuomo announcing that figure yesterday. he says the state uses software that potentially detects fraudulent tax returns. he says that software flagged the false tax refunds. officials say the refunds have been set aside for a closer look. on long island a battle over a plane and where it's parked. that battle soaring to new heights. neighbor's complaining a single engine cessna plane sitting in a driveway was not safe. it's been parked there for more than a year. hempstead town officials say he ignored 17 summonses to remove it. yesterday while he was out of town, workers spent the day taking down the plane piece by piece. >> you can't go down the street and take off. what's the point? >> because i'm not there.
anybody who comes near that airplane, i will [ bleep ]. >> we hear him there. he says now he plans on suing the town for taking apart his aircraft. but the town plans to send him a bill for moving the plane. that will fuel another battle. to the nhl, the islanders back in florida for game five of their playoff series. the penguins scoring early and often on the rangers at the garden yesterday. the first goal came almost right out of the gates. 69 seconds into the game. the rangers lost this one 5-0. the penguins lead the series three gape mes to one. jake arrieta celebrating his second -- second career no-hitter. taking on the reds, he got the final batter to pop out. last august he no-hit the dodgers in l.a. he's now 15-0 in his last 16
>> that's impressive. >> the cubs put up 16 runs, that's two runs shy of baseball's most lopsided victory. kerry, that took place back in 1884. when the reds were probably known as the red legs back then. >> were they really? >> i think so. >> that's an old record. it is 5:51. straight ahead, we'll tell you what could vanish from inside new york city's taxis. and there's a high-tech change. we'll tell you what's happening this weekend along the tappan zee bridge. and a big problem on the roads, once that lauren has been telling you about this morning. there's a truck on its side blocking a major route in new jersey. we'll have an update for you on that issue. coming up next on
. welcome back. it's 5:55. time for weather and traffic. we got off to a warm start but a bit of rain on the way. >> we may see showers by the end of the day, especially late afternoon and early evening. look at these temperatures, upper 70s to near 80. if we get some breaks of sun, we could see some sun from time to time today south-facing shorelines a bit cooler. watch for showers and storms mid to late afternoon. tonight, spotty showers around
overnight. clouds could linger for a time tomorrow morning. maybe a leftover shower for eastern long island. tomorrow sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. >> we want to go to kai simonson, east over that scene we've been following, that crash on i 78. kai? >> well, michael and kerry, good morning to you you. continuing troubles out here in newark. live pictures from chopper 4 over the eastbound 78 express lanes. towards the center part of the screen we have an overturned truck by exit 58 just before the new jersey turnpike tolls. delays go back a half mile or so, but they continue to stack up. the longer this stays out here and the deeper we get into the morning rush, it will take longer. you can see the delays. we'll keep you up to date. live in chopper 4, i'm kai simonson, back over to you.
collectors will work their final day at tappan zee bridge. the freeway authority begins cashless tolls tomorrow for the span between westchester and rockland counties. for those without e-zpass, cameras will read your license plates and you'll be sent a bill in the mail. this will keep traffic flowing smoothly across the hudson river. there may be a big change the next time you jump into a cab. according to reports, the taxi and limousine commission is giving drivers the option to remove the partition pa separates them and the passengers in the backseat. those partitions mandated back in 1994 for safety. drivers who opt to take that partition down will need to install a security camera. coming up, a look back at the life and legacy of prince. we'll show you how fans are paying tribute following the star's sudden death. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching.
celebrating the life of a musical superstar. see how fans are paying tribute to prince as we wait to learn what led to his shocking death. and new this morning, an inferno on long island. huge flames tear through a condo community. and president obama is preparing to dine with the royals. "today in new york" starts now. big birthday launch plan unch planned for the president. >> good morning, i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett, i'm in for darlene. she will be back on monday. >> chris cimino with the weather. >> we have an increasing chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm by the end of the day. the morning hours just mild out there. generally low to mid 60s. lost a couple of degrees in the city.
63 in the park. low to mid 50s northwest new jersey, mid to upper 50s for the hudson valley. a lot of clouds, yes. a lot of rain? no. most of that is to the north. i think we get through the morning commute rain-free. the areas of showers out to the west, a couple of bands will move in later this afternoon. for today, lots of clouds, maybe some sun. 74 by noon. breezy and muggy for the afternoon. let's check out the morning commute. here's lauren scala. >> we are a new trouble spot out there on the van wyck exvpressway. northbound to the grand central parkway, watch out for an accident there. we have kai simonson live over an accident involving an overturned truck, this is on the express lanes on 78 eastbound just before the turnpike tolls. delays are building quickly. the local lanes are the way to
we will have more weather and traffic coming up on the fours. now to the news that shocked the world. the unexpected death of prince. we'll show you scenes like this one in the singer's hometown of minneapolis that played out across the country as fans gathered to pay tribute to one of music's most unique and dynamic's performers. katherine creag is in harlem where some fans spent the night honoring prince. >> they sure did, then they had to go to work. one couple had to leave a little while ago to go back to philly to go to work. in new york, taxi drivers have prince blaring, local businesses have prince songs on their businesses. you come to the apollo where there's been a memorial on the sidewalk and dance parties across the city, a celebration
prince fans by the hundreds gathered in spike lee's neighborhood in brooklyn for a huge party last night. there was another gathering that started in the afternoon and lasted through the night outside the apollo. prince died at his home in minnesota days after performing in georgia. only 57 years old. a cause of death has yet to be determined. an autopsy is scheduled for today. he may have been suffering from the flu for several days. for fans they just wanted to get together and celebrate. >> i'm heart broken. i'm a big fan of prince. >> his lyrics, his genius, his music. everything about him. i feel like he's a family member. he's been with me all these decades. >> reporter: our cameras caught spike lee, a big prince fan, doing some dance moves outside his home. he put it out there on social media, to have fans gather out in the streets.
lot of tears, too so many people celebrating the life of prince. back to you. >> we were thinking, all the color purple, the idea of purple rain, all back from the early '80s. it's been with us for 30 years. >> a powerful performance by the performers there from the color purple. so many making tributes to prince. you see it on social media and twitter. a lot of fans devastated but obviously want to celebrate him. >> for a look back at prince's legend dare career, check out nbcnewyork.com. you will find a slide show of some of his biggest moments. some other news to get to. new this morning, a raging fire on long island destroyed at least six units in a condo complex. firefighters arrived at the blue ridge condo complex in medford to find four units there fully engaged in flames.
firefighters got the flames under control about 1:00 this morning. no one was hurt. right now president obama is in london where he'll meet this hour with american embassy officials. he arrived yesterday straight from his summit in saudi arabia. the president will have a royal lunch with queen elizabeth. she celebrated yesterday her 90th birthday. later president obama will meet with britain's prime minister, david cameron, and they'll discuss joint counterterroism efforts. it is 6:05. it's time for weather and traffic. hello, chris. >> good morning, guys. looking at a grayer start to today compared to the last few mornings around here. also a milder start. we have a cold front that will bring wet weather by our way, a couple sprinkles to the north of town. those are dissipating as we speak. we may get sunny breaks during the afternoon hours. giving it a muggy to humid feel to the afternoon hours. could be late showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm. highs approaching 80 degrees in
clearing out for the weekend. right now, down to 63. lost a couple degrees in the last hour. that's close to where the normal high temperature should be. that's our starting point. by noon at 74. again, could be a few breaks in the overcast. watch out for scattered showers. the threat on the increase late afternoon and into the evening. high temperature close to the 80 degree mark. let's find out about the commute. here is lauren. >> if you're getting on the subway, delays on downtown d and n trains because of signal problems. it's the only issue on the rails this morning. everything else is running fine. if you're getting on the roads, quite a few problems. one of them is this accident out on the l.i.e. this is westbound out by exit 41. that accident pushed to the shoulder here. delays go back about an exit or two. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. right now a man who police say choked and robbed an elderly
run. police say the man on this video forced the victim into her apartment on hull avenue and east 209th street in norwood. the suspect forced the woman into her apartment, assaulted her and took off with her cash. the woman suffered bruising to her neck and hip. right now lawmakers are marking one month since the brussels terror bombings. a few moments ago they laid flowers at the entrance to a subway station. two bombings happened at the brussels airport. it is believed isis linked suicide bombers carried out the attack. a powerful 6.0 aftershock striking off the coast of ecuador last night. nearly 600 people have died from saturday's earthquake. rescue crews are searching for more than 150 missing.
possible shift in donald trump's presidential campaign style. his new convention manager assuring the gop that trump will take on a more personal persona for the general election and that trump will run a traditional campaign. he is expected to continue attacks on hillary clinton. trump has been calling her crooked. key allies of bernie sanders are planning a big strategy session coming up in june. it includes groups that came together to back his campaign. and they'll decide what they will do next if saernd nders fails to gather enough delegates to win the nomination. yesterday he did not let up on hillary clinton's record on a number of political issues. the city's board of elections now investigating itself over tuesday's voting problems. the board is suspending the chief elections clerk, diane haslett-rudiano without pay. they're also looking into why 125,000 names vanished from the voting rolls. board of elections says it is
investigation. today world leaders will be signing a new climate agreement at the u.n. and it could affect you. secretary of state john kerry will represent the united states. he will sign a pact that was agreed to in paris. and it cuts worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. lots of streets will be closed around the u.n. east side of manhattan, that will cause extra traffic. you may encounter some pedestrian checkpoints on the sidewalks. new york putting its own spin on earth day with its first free -- not free, but the first car-free day. nothing is free. you will be able to drive on broadway -- or you will not be able to drive on broadway, not be able to drive on broadway from the flatiron building, 23rd street, down to union square, around 14th street. streets around washington square park and wadsworth avenue in the bronx will do the same thing. officials would like you to bike or take mass transit or walk.
citi bike makinrsit easy for you to leave the cars at home. it's offering free rides in honor of earth day. you can go online, sign up and take advantage of this deal at locations across the city. >> the cnbc money report, uber is making a deal to prevent a major lawsuit. landon dowdy has those details and more. happy friday. >> ub hear agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle lawsuits in california and massachusetts. drivers will remain as independent contractors and not employees. sears holdings announced it will close 68 k kmart and ten sears stores by this summer. all of sears and kmart locations will close in late july with liquidation sales to start in the coming days. stock up while you can.
up next, helping you hit the beach, we'll have new plans to end the battle over getting to the beach, beach access in new jersey. and later, new developments in the connecticut dmv mess. what is happening today to keep those headaches and long lines from happening again. plus we'll have weather and traffic on the fours coming up as we look at our new moving george washington bridge cam. >> look at that.
there is a passover commuter alert. the bayonne bridge will remain open this weekend, that's due to observances of the holiday. and for the first time ever, the mtv music awards will be held at madison square garden. the show is scheduled for august 28th. >> 6:14, heading towards weather and traffic now, heading into a day that will be warmer than yesterday. yesterday's official high in the park was 73. started this week with highs in the 80s. we'll get close to that mark again today. some clouds out there and scattered showers. maybe an isolated thunderstorm later this afternoon and the first half of tonight. cooler over the weekend. starting out with clouds saturday. turning sunny by the afternoon. warm start to next week, back into the 70s again. compared to yesterday morning, temperatures are warmer. 13 degrees warmer in the city. 20 degrees warmer in places like sussex. it is 20 degrees warmer in poughkeepsie.
cloud cover overnight, southwest wind, both of those keeping the temperatures up. 59 in sparta. mid and upper 50s for hudson valley. general low to mid 50s across long island. nearest rain we could find is entering western pennsylvania. some showers. there the cold front behind that. another band of shower and thunderstorm activity. couple areas of showers have to push there. that probably doesn't happen until later today. early sprinkles and a shower going through the catskills and poconos. that will be about it. clouds will thip n out for sun at times. feeling more like late june with humidity and temperatures creeping up. showers on the increase this afternoon and tonight. low of about 60. another mild night, too. could be patchy fog. morning clouds a leftover shower in the east. high of about 70. yankees trying to get back on
if you are headed out to the game, a delay is possible because of rain, but muggy. tomorrow, about 7 0. 60s on sunday. monday, showers monday night and tuesday. a break on wednesday. another round of showers on thursday. just a couple of seconds after 6:17. let's find out about the commute. >> not too many problems out there. we still have delays on downtown d and n trains because of signal problems. otherwise subways and major commuter lines look good. not that many problems on the roads. an accident on the l.i.e. westbound out by exit 41. that's on the shoulder. stop and go traffic back to the seifert oyster bay expressway. other accidents on the road, most are cleared. we still have one out there. we head up to kai simonsen live
>> continuing troubles out here in newark on the 78 express lanes, an overturned box truck blocks all but the left lane. cleanup continues, but it looks like it will take a while longer. some degree out there on the roadway. only the left lane is getting by. delays go back about a half mile or so and are continuing to build. the longer this stays out here and the deeper we get into the morning rush, the worse it will get. on the right hand portion of the screen, those are the local lanes. some people are crossing over, that's illegal, but team doing what they can. live on chopper 4, i'm kai kai, back over to you. >> on staten island, the so-called ninja burlg glar is
prosecutors say that robert costanzo confessed to more than 100 break-ins across the tri-state area. those crimes spanned more than a decade. he pled guilty to three counts of burglary. the statue of limitations expired on many of the cases he was accused of. he is expected to be sentenced to 25 years behind bars in june. in connecticut, 166 department of corrections employees are now out of jobs. 40 new correctional officers among those who received layoff notices. the job cuts are part of an effort to cover the state's $922 million budget deficit. hundreds of state employees received pink slips over the past two weeks. these layoffs are effective immediately. now to the latest in the jersey shore beach access debate. a task force divided between business and environmental interests will give recommendations to the state senate to a committee there today. the group wants more public access to the shorelines, but it also wants to limit the cost for businesses and property owners. task force was created after a judge struck down the state's beach access rules back in december. one of the moguls of the
geffen, is helping the museum of modern art expand. yesterday he gave moma $100 million. in return three floors of the new gallery space will be called the david geffen wing. he says his love for modern art dates back to his early days when he ate brown bagged lunches in moma's sculpt sculpture garden. >> things changed for mr. geffen after that. >> he doesn't do that anymore, but we do. still ahead, how some
dodgers at home in l.a. arrieta is now 15-0 in his last 16 starts. the game was a blowout. the cubs put up 16 runs. and that is two runs shy of baseball's most lopsided victory set back in 1884. >> 1884. in hockey, the islanders are back in florida for game five of their playoff series. that series is tied at 2-2. meanwhile, the rangers are in danger of being eliminated. the ping wins putting on a scoring clinic. the rangers lost this one 5-0. game five is tomorrow in pittsburgh. and you can actually watch it to see if the rangers can come back from this playoff deficit. live coverage tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. >> thank you for showing us all those goals. >> you're welcome. wasn't that fun to watch?
>> it shouldn't watch if it's a clinic. >> we'll investigate. >> shooting drill. weather still above normal with temperatures, off track with less sunshine. a lot of clouds around. we will get some sun at times. later this afternoon in particular watch for scattered showers and a thunderstorm. upper 70s to around 80, low 80s in central portions of new jersey. south-facing shore lines, you will be considerably cooler. tonight, showers through the first half of the night. patchy fog overnight. tomorrow starts out kind of gray. not getting into the sunshine until the afternoon for most of us. sooner north and west, later south and east. sunday is the brighter day. cooler with temperatures in the mid 60s. >> hi. >> what's happening, lauren? >> we don't have that many problems on the roads but we have a new one, and it's not in a good spot.
tunnel where you will see a disabled garbage truck out there. as you make your way around the helix, this is on the inbound side. it is causing some delays. once you get past this, there's no delay into the tolls but this is close to the tolls so expect to sit. minor delays at the holland and the george washington bridge. and better news, let's look at your commuter checklist. all the lines are running on or close to schedule. lirr offering extra afternoon service for people getting out of town to observe passover. up next, paying tribute to a music icon. i'm katherine creag live in harlem outside of the apollo where you'll hear from fans who are mourning but also celebrating the life of prince and the latest on the investigation into his death. i'm lori bordonaro in ozone park where police are searching for three men accused of using a rock to beat and rob a man. the video they want you to see coming up. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you.
now at 6:30, celebrating a musical icon. tearful fans pay tribute to prince. and new this morning a shocking attack caught on camera, when robbers used a rock no knock out their victim. and it's earth day. how you can get involved and help the environment as well. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. it is 6:30 a.m. on this friday, april 22nd. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene. >> we want to check in with chris and get the earth day forecast. >> i think we'll have that earthy smell to it. >> excellent. >> that's not the earth, chris. >> i mean the good smells. >> some rain heading in later on today. 62 right now in jersey city. 63 in central park.
westhampton at 48. our threat for showers sitting out across pennsylvania, a few hours away. so no showers here until 3:00, 4:00 in the afternoon. 74 by noon, a high in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. take along the umbrella you will need it later in the day. let's find out if you have to pack your patience on the commute this morning. >> if you take the d or n in the downtown direction you need to. delays out there for a while because of signal problems. we have multiple problems in new jersey on the roads in the newark area. kai simonsen is live in chopper 4 over the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning. unfortunately the problems have gotten worse. live pictures from chopper 4. eastbound 78 express lanes just before the turnpike tolls, you can see towards the center part of the screen we have an overturned box truck out here. you can see down towards the lower right hand portion of your
very unusual, because it's pretty much the same thing as what we have a bit further up by the box truck. a new accident and also an overturn. the left hand portion of your screen, an overturned jeep, over towards the right in that black area we have one of the other vehicles involved in this. so a bit further up near the new jersey turnpike tolls, closer to the tolls we have only the left lane getting by. here only the right lane getting by. delays are continuing to build. not only in the express lanes but also in the local lanes. definitely keep this in mind as you head out to work. we'll continue to keep you up to date. back over to you. >> thank you very much. this morning the world is still reeling from the unexpected death of another music legend, prince. scenes like this one in the singer's hometown of minneapolis played out across the country. fans gathering to pay tribute to one of music's unique and dynamic performers. katherine creag is live outside
where fans gathered last evening and that went well into the morning. >> yeah. it's that time of day, people heading into work, stopping by and taking a photo of that memorial. some housing authority workers taking pictures here a few minutes ago. across the city there's been a celebration of the life of prince. fans gathered by the hundreds in front of spike lee's home. there was a gathering that started during the afternoon outside of the apollo and lasted through the night. only 57 years old, the mega star was found dead yesterday morning at his home in suburban minneapolis. what caused his death is a mystery but he may have been suffering from the flu for several days. he's gone but he lives on through his music. >> he made his own music.
from every nationality, everybody in the world. >> just wasn't real to me. it was like prince. he's supposed to live forever. just hard to believe that he's gone. >> that check you see here for $250,000, prince wrote it out to a children's dance troupe in harlem when it was threatened to close a few years ago. he saved that. he was a singer, songwriter, performer, he did so many. >> the "today" show will have more on the life and legacy of prince ahead at 7:00 a.m. new this morning, some other news now a fast-moving fire ripped through a long island condominium complex. firefighters arrived at the blue ridge condo complex in medford
engulfed in flames. the fire then spread to two other units. firefighters got the flames under control about 1:00 in the morning. today is earth day, new york celebrating with its first ever car-free day. so some parts of the city banning cars. traffic on broadway from the flatiron building to union square. streets around washington square park and wadsworth avenue in the bronx. officials are hoping you can bike or take mass transit instead of driving your car. citi bike is helping out as well offering free rides in honor of earth day. you have to go online to sign up to take part. hopefully a good day. >> rain may be later, but in the morning it should be okay. >> for several hours, it shouldn't be a problem. what happened to walking? nobody wants to walk anywhere. a couple showers later. a few sprinkles to the north of
the first several hours of this day will be rain-free. some sunny breaks, warming up, close to 80. watch for showers and an isolated thunderstorm. the weekend should start to clear out. may take a while tomorrow. but sunday certainly a brilliantly sunny day. partly to mostly cloudy, 63 in the city. right now, 74 by noon. 77 by 3:00. a warm and muggy afternoon. the rest of the seven-day forecast on the fours. here is lauren. >> a problem out there on routes 1 and 9. all lanes shut down approaching the area of the pulaski skyway. delays heavy out here a disabled vehicle at the lincoln tunnel. you can see a garbage truck on the helix or not. but i promise you, they might have just cleared that. towards the top of the screen,
20-minute wait into the tolls here. 15 minutes inbound at the holland. 10 at george washington bridge. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. next weather and traffic update on the fours. 6:36. new this morning, a group of robbers on the run. police say they are using a rock to attack one victim. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is in ozone park queens with the video police would like you to see. >> reporter: neighbor's tell us they could hear the victim screaming during this latest attack. it happened here on the sidewalk on 77th street and it was caught on this building's video camera. look at the video, you can see that man -- one of the men throwing a rock at 32-year-old victim. two other men join in and knock the victim to the ground. all three punched and kicked the victim in the head and body before taking his wallet and cell phone. that attack happened on sunday again here on 77th street. a day before the same three men are believed to be responsible
glenmore avenue and 76th street. the men came up behind a 25-year-old man, knocked him to the ground and beat him as well. they also took his cell and wallet. neighbors tell us that the attacks are frightening. >> we are scared. my wife, a lot of people are scared. for a long time nothing happened here. >> both victims were taken to the hospital. the first victim in critical condition. the men police are looking for are believed to be in their teens or early 20s. police are asking anyone with information to call crime stoppers, 1-800-577-tips. back to you. right now the search is on for a gunman in brooklyn after a woman was grazed by a bullet as she was waiting for a bus. happened at the intersection of mermaid avenue and west 33rd street in coney island. witnesses told news 4 the woman was in line on the sidewalk when shots rang out. they say she didn't appear to be the intended target, that other people were in the street and shooting at each other. the woman was rushed to the
stable condition. right now a vicious pit bull attack in new jersey. this whole thing caught on camera. this was caught on camera the owner says her pit bull tobey went after a pomeranian, gripped the smaller dog by the throat. this attack happened a week ago. a police officer heard the screams and tried to wrestle the pit bull down. >> horrible. to be walking along and something come along and put your dog's head in its mouth. >> she was screaming he's killing my dog. >> eventually the officer subdued the dog which authorities say has attacked before. the pit bull is now with his previous owners. the smaller dog is doing okay. the director of the fbi hinted that the bureau paid more than $1 million to break into that locked iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers.
out more than $1 million. the feds paid a third party to hack into a phone used by sayed farooq, who along with his wife killed 14 people in december in the san bernardino attacks before they died in a police shootout. happening today in connecticut, the department of motor vehicles will be getting help to fix its computer registration system. the dmv demanding more resources from the 3m company. 3m says it will send more computer experts in today. the dmv says it will dissolve its contract with 3m but they're still on the hook to fix the current system. on long island local leaders stepped in to end a bitter battle between neighbor s s and it's about a plane parked in a driveway. neighbor's complaining a single engine cessna plane sitting in a driveway was not safe.
hempstead town officials say he ignored 17 summonses to remove it so they took matters into their own hands. yesterday while he was out of town, workers spent the day taking down the plane piece by piece while the owner was out of town. >> you can't go down the street and take off. what's the point? >> because i'm not there. if i would be there, i have a -- anybody who comes near that airplane, i will [ bleep ]. >> you heard it there, the plane's owner says he intends on suing the town for taking it apart and taking his plan. the town plans on sending him a bill for moving it. this will be an interesting battle. >> that sounds like it will be over quickly. 6:41. up next, why you could have more room during your next ride in a yellow cab. and some big changes happening this weekend at the tappan zee bridge. we'll tell you why today marks the end of an era. >> plus your weather and traffic on the fours is coming up. it is 63 degrees out there right now.
welcome back, 6:44 on this friday morning, some scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm later this afternoon and evening hours. cooler over the weekend. sunshine by tomorrow afternoon, and sticking around all day sunday. back to well above normal temperatures for the start of next week. a live shot from suffolk county. overcast sky, haze in the air, more humidity in the air. there are some breaks so we may get some sunshine from time to time. umbrella size this morning, small one. maybe the larger one this afternoon and evening. showers and thunderstorms popping up. if you hear thunder, that means there's lightning somewhere. at this point we're not anticipating anything too severe. we'll watch it for you this afternoon and evening. today, first half of the day and the morning hours, quiet. 61 in secaucus.
56 in massapequa. southerly wind off the water. 48 in westhampton. inland spots, places like poughkeepsie and newburgh in the upper 50s. mild start. 59 in long branch. northwest new jersey seeing 50s. showers are lining up to the west of us. the frontal boundary back in here. so far not terribly impressive. if we break out more sunshine, the atmosphere gets more stable and can percolate some of these storms. that's what we have to watch for later this afternoon. thin spots at times, allowing for some sun. by 2:00, the birth first band of shoiers shoi ers showers showing up. a large part of the area not experiencing rain. the main emphases 11:00 tonight, 1:00 tomorrow morning. and then clouds dissipate by tomorrow an. smooth sailing saturday night and sunday. 80 today, watch for afternoon clouds late.
back to the 70s on monday. more showers tuesday, a break, a dry day wednesday, showers maybe a thunderstorm returning thursday back into the upper 60s. lauren scala has the latest on the commute. >> two new problems out there on the roads. heading over to the bronx, accident southbound on the bronx river parkway out by pelham parkway. another one -- it was a disabled vehicle on the jackie robinson parkway, this westbound before metropolitan avenue. delays building out there. we have two problems on newark on 78. we'll check in with kai simonsen. >> we have problem number three in the same area. eastbound 78 express lanes before the new jersey turnpike tolls we had two issues earlier, we will show that you a second. this is issue number three. another accident. if you can believe it, all in the same area.
getting by there. again, this is the eastbound 78 express lanes. let's show you problem number two which happened a little while ago, towards the center part of your screen, overturned jeep there. only one lane getting by right there. and then even a little bit further to the east, closer to the new jersey turnpike tolls, you can see there towards the center part of the screen, this is why we first came out here early this morning, an overturned box truck, only the left lane getting by there. delays are beginning to pile up, continuing to pile up. heavy traffic into this area. stick with the local lanes if you have to come over here. we will continue to keep an eye on this for you. live in chopper 4, i'm kai simonsen. >> today is the final day for toll cleshgt ollectors working at the tappan zee bridge. the freeway authority begins cashless tolls tomorrow for the span between westchester and rockland counties. for those without e-zpass, cameras will read your license
this will keep traffic flowing smoothly across the hudson river. something may be missing from your next taxi ride. the tlc is giving drivers the option to remove the partition between the front and backseats. the tlc says it helps drivers make better tips. those partitions mandated back in 1994 for safety. the tlc says they're no longer needed. however drivers who do take down the partition will need to install a security camera. this will be such a change. a lot of people used to driving in uber's now where they don't have that partition. >> and they leave the partition open in the middle any way. how two of broadway's top shows a paying tribute to
>> they did go crazy. that's them dancing to their own rendition of prince's "let's go crazy." they were not the only ones. >> that means you, too, as prince would say. all i want to do is see you laughing in the purple rain purple rain, purple rain >> that gave me chills. jennifer hudson leading the cast of "the color purple" in a powerful performance of "purpose le rain" after their show in new york. the "today" show coming up in a few minutes. let's check in with matt and sav van savannah. >> that gives you chills. >> does. >> coming up, more on the life and legacy of prince and the latest on the investigation into his death. >> and the tributes we're seeing that are pouring in from all around the world and his overwhelming influence on many
>> reporter: for so many fans this is the place to be to celebrate and remember the life of prince. if you look at this, will you see hundreds of people gathering. it really was a momentous occasion in brooklyn. they've been celebrating in harlem as well and beyond. many are in disbelief he's gone but he lives on through his music. only 57 years old, the melg ga star was found dead yesterday at his home in minneapolis. what caused his death remains a mystery, an autopsy is scheduled today. >> for a look back at his career, you can go to nbcnewyork.com and see a slide show of some of his biggest moments. and a raging fire on long island that destroyed at least six units in a condo complex. firefighters arrived at the scene of the blue ridge complex this is in medford.
spread to two others. >> a major mess on 78 in new jersey eastbound. kai simonsen is over the scene in chopper 4. >> good morning. three separate issues all in the same area. live pictures from chopper 4 over the eastbound 78 express lanes in newark. you can see there is problem number one, an accident. they temporarily have all lanes shut down. this is problem number two, this happened after problem number one which we came out here for originally. i'll show that you in a minute. all lanes closed there. even a little bit closer to the east, closer to the turnpike tolls, you can see the reason why we originally came out here. an overturned box truck that happened early this morning. two lanes blocked there. an absolute mess. this is the eastbound side of 78 express lanes in newark. still with local lanes instead. traffic is backing up in this area. i'm kai simonsen, lauren what is
>> a whole lot better than that. that's the worst of it. a couple minor problems. an accident on the bronx river parkway southbound out by pelham parkway. a slow ride westbound on the cross bronx and the bruckner. we have a disabled vehicle on the jackie robinson parkway out before metropolitan avenue. 78 is the problem. >> amazing, three accidents there. >> one after the next. >> chris, what's happening? >> spritz and sprinkle north of town this morning. we get through the morning and early afternoon for the most of us rain-free. turns warm and muggy for the afternoon. could top 80 degrees in some locations, quool cooler at the shore. after 3:00, 4:00, an increasing risk for scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm. after clouds torms morrow morning, we break out in the sunshine. sunday is a nice looking day.
by the afternoon, mid 60s. back to the 70s for monday. a few more showers in the picture tuesday, break wednesday, more showers thursday. we need the on and off rain. >> chris, thank you. the "today" show is next. >> that's what's happening "today in new york." let me guide you good morning. tribute and questions. purple rain, purple rain >> prince being remembered all around the world. landmarks lit up in his signature purple. celebrations of his iconic music from his hometown of minneapolis. to broadway. the cause of his sudden death is being investigated. we'll look back at the life of