Five Injured After MTA Bus Crashes Into Washington Heights Pizzeria

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An out-of-service northbound M5 MTA bus crashed into a pizza parlor in Washington Heights this morning, injuring at least five people, including the bus driver. The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m. at Broadway and 154th Street; the photo you see above was taken by the NY Scanner Twitter account after the FDNY arrived on the scene.

You might also notice a very battered-looking minivan in front of the bus. ABC News reports that witnesses saw the minivan try to cut the bus off, leading to the crash. Never try to cut off a bus, guys.

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The Anti-Facebook: Photos Unveiled One Year Later in Washington Heights Art Project

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Washington Heights photographer Mike Fitelson is taking Facebook status updates and instant photo sharing and turning them upside down.

That is, he is taking the process of sharing thoughts and photos online and slowing it down and simplifying it dramatically -- and bringing the whole thing off line. It's part of a year-long project he is unveiling tomorrow at a street festival in his neighborhood.

The effort began last June at the Carnaval del Boulevard festival uptown. Fitelson, previously an associate publisher at northern Manhattan's community newspaper, the Manhattan Times, stopped neighborhood residents passing by, took portrait shots of them, and asked them each a simple question: "What's on your mind?"

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Support for Majority Latino Congressional District Grows; Mayoral Hopefuls Like It

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Electeds and advocates rallying for a new Latino congressional district earlier this month.
As delays and uncertainty persist in the redistricting process in Albany, support is growing for a new majority Latino congressional district in New York City.

Pols and advocates have been rallying this month in an effort to pressure the state to draw a majority Latino district that would include parts of upper Manhattan, the west Bronx, and Corona and Jackson Heights in Queens. Advocates say this district would unite communities of interest and give a stronger voice to the city's Latino population which has grown dramatically over the last decade. (Latinos make up the city's largest minority group at 29 percent of the total 8.1 million population).

On Friday, public advocate and likely mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio sent out a statement in support of this Latino district -- which would be the third in the city.

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De Blasio Report: Uptown Has the Worst Landlords

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According to NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's Worst Landlords Watch List, Manhattan's worst-run buildings are mostly in Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood. Forty five of the 56 Manhattan buildings on the list are in those areas. Four of the lowest performing five are in Harlem and one is in Washington Heights. Each of those has over 240 violations. The top five worst landlords are:

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Three Men Wanted in Washington Heights Robbery

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Cops have released photos and video of three men wanted in a home invasion and robbery on West 172nd Street. On Saturday, October 8, the men forced their way into the victim's house at gunpoint and bound their hands with zip ties, then stole stuff.

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Alvin Diaz, New York's Youngest Murderer, is 14

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Alvin Diaz, a 14-year-old kid from the Bronx, just turned himself in for murder after fatally stabbing 18-year-old Dereck Cabejas in the chest on Saturday because of a water fight two days prior. Yes, a water fight. The two boys and Diaz's brother's playfighting on Thursday reportedly turned into real, serious fighting on Friday, when Cabejas slapped Diaz. Diaz returned on Saturday after midnight to Cabejas' apartment building on Audubon Avenue and stabbed the boy. Cabejas was pronounced dead at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Sex Assault Suspect Looked Like a 'Hipster,' Had Star Tattoos on Calves, Says NYPD

New information has been released by the NYPD regarding the suspect in a sexual assault that took place on June 12 in Washington Heights, where there has been a series of recent attacks. According to DNA Info, the 34th Precinct's Capt. Jose Navarro told residents the man "had multiple lip piercings, two nautical star tattoos on the backs of his calves and was wearing a multi-colored beanie hat." Here's surveillance video of the guy, who apparently had some trouble with his Metrocard.

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Sex Predators Roaming Washington Heights, Inwood

Upper Manhattan neighborhoods are jittery after three separate sexual assaults in the past week. Above is the suspect in one attempted assault of a 32-year-old woman at West 184th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, June 12.

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Today in El Diario: Teacher's Fine for Saying 'Coño' is Slashed

Teacher's Fine Reduced for Saying 'Coño'

A high school history teacher in Washington Heights was fined $1,000 for using a Spanish swear word last year during one of his classes, El Diario reports. But the fine is a steep reduction from what a court had originally ordered that Carlos Garcia pay — $15,000 — for using the word 'coño' in front of pupils.

'Coño' originally meant something close to the English equivalent of "cunt," but has generally come to mean "damn it," in modern parlance.

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Rapist on the Prowl in Washington Heights

Alert: Scumbag predator in Washington Heights
‚ÄčCops have put out an alert for a guy accused of attempted rape in Washington Heights. The suspect, described as being bald and 5-10 to 6-0, followed a woman into her apartment building at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and forced his way into her apartment. Grabbing her by the neck, he told her to undress. She refused, and he fled; she was physically unhurt.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.