NYC Driver Crashes U-Haul Van After Finding Live Snake Under His Seat, ‘I Freaked Out’

A New York resident crashed a U-Haul van in Manhattan after finding a live snake under his seat, per the NY Post.

A New York resident crashed a U-Haul van in Manhattan after finding a live snake under his seat, per the NY Post. Jared was on his way back to his apartment in Brooklyn with his roommate after purchasing a sofa from Facebook Marketplace when he suddenly spotted the reptile. Initially mistaking the snake for a large “toy,” Jared reached down to pick it up and realized it was alive. “Maybe someone left their toy snake in the car? So I reached down to pick it up, like what’s this?” Jared told the outlet. “It was warm and heavy. Then it turned its head and looked at me,” he added. Frightened by their discovery, Jared and his roommate panicked and started yelling, “Oh, f–k,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of coherent thought at this point. I hate snakes. I freaked out. I took my foot off the brake and crashed into the car in front of us,” Jared said.  The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Canal Street and Broadway. “I put the car in park, and we had our feet up on the seat. At first, I thought to chuck it out of the window, to get it out of the car, but then I realized we were in Manhattan, there is nowhere for me to really put it. There are pedestrians everywhere,” he recalled.  At first two female officers arrived at the scene but “didn’t want anything to do with” the snake, Jared said. Animal control officers were called to the scene and they had to search the van in order to locate the snake. After locating the reptile, they placed it in a large, white bag before removing it from the vehicle. “U-Hauls are used for many things. I would have no clue how the snake got there. Obviously, I’m surprised,” a U-Haul employee told The Post.  #Clique, what are your thoughts?

NYC Subway Performances Believe You Have To Stay Vigilant Against Mentally Unstable Individuals As Crime Rises, Says ‘We’re Targets All The Time’

Subway musicians express concerns about their safety. Musicians, competing for performance spots at MTA auditions, revealed their fear of violent crime in the underground.

Subway musicians express concerns about their safety. Musicians, competing for performance spots at MTA auditions, revealed their fear of violent crime in the underground. They constantly feel like targets and must be vigilant, per the New York Post. 26-year-old Joshua Oxyer said, “If you’re doing anything like this, you have to look over your shoulder all the time.”  He added, “We’re targets all the time.” A New Orleans-inspired dance band New Thousand drummer, Alan Zavodsky, revealed that sometimes he is forced to avoid unpredictable people.   “There are so many things happening from certain people who aren’t mentally well who are interacting with us… We’ve had situations where somebody was really drunk or aggressive and started knocking over our stuff, and he got dealt with.” Many musicians, with various musical styles, participated in auditions for the MTA’s Under New York music program. Around 25 artists are chosen to perform at popular subway stations, but concerns about subway attacks have intensified due to recent violent incidents. Crime in the subway, especially felony assaults, has increased significantly since the pandemic, according to NYPD statistics. The number of train attacks causing injuries to passengers increased by 53%, from 373 assaults in 2019 to 570 in 2023. Despite the risks, musicians find playing music in the subway worthwhile for the financial benefits and exposure it offers.  MTA’s Music Under New York program brings music to the transit system, entertaining commuters and providing a platform for musicians. The 25 selected artists can schedule performances at busy transit spots and are recognized as special MTA performers with designated banners. #Clique, what are your thoughts? 

Celebrity Chef Madison Cowan Exploits Legal Loopholes To Evade Rent Payment For Over 4 1/2 Years, Claims Landlord

According to his landlord, celebrity chef Madison Cowan has been able to avoid paying over $145,000 in rent, per The Post.

According to his landlord, celebrity chef Madison Cowan has been able to avoid paying over $145,000 in rent, per The Post. For the past four-and-a-half years Cowan avoided paying for his Brooklyn apartment by taking advantage of lenient eviction laws.  The landlord claims that Cowan, a former champion on the Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Iron Chef,” has accumulated 53 months of unpaid rent on his one-bedroom Boerum Hill residence. Cowan and his family have been living in the space since October 2019. Since January 2020, Cowan has not made any rent payments and has relied on legal tactics, such as repeatedly appealing eviction orders, to remain in the apartment on State Street. “I’ve never seen anything more absurd in my life,” said landlord Gus Sheha. “This is why people are getting out of New York. The system is completely broken and purposely set up to punish the landlord,” he added. “I’m out over $140,000 in rent, but I still have to pay for insurance, taxes, water,” he said. Celebrity chef Madison Cowan, took advantage of a pandemic-driven eviction moratorium from March 2020 to mid-January 2022. He is known for catering high-profile events for former President Bill Clinton, actress Scarlett Johansson, and other A-listers. Despite facing eviction orders five times, Cowan has managed to avoid being evicted by filing new appeals.  Landlord Gus Sheha and his brother John, who co-own the three-story building, recently discovered Cowan’s latest appeal when they arrived to evict him. Cowan claimed to have received advice from the state Attorney General Letitia James and even made a call to her office in front of them. Cowan is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Housing Court to address the latest eviction attempt. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

New York City Urologist Found Guilty Of Sexual Misconduct, Including The Inappropriate Use Of Sex Toys On Patients

A urologist in Manhattan, Darius Paduch, was found guilty on all 13 counts of sexually assaulting his patients, reports NY Post.

A urologist in Manhattan, Darius Paduch, was found guilty on all 13 counts of sexually assaulting his patients, reports NY Post. The victims included six boys, and the abuse took place from 2015 to 2019. Paduch, who worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and Northwell Health, would abuse his patients during private consultations. He would instruct them to masturbate or do it himself, use sex toys, and perform unnecessary rectal exams without gloves. “As a unanimous jury has just found, Darius A. Paduch leveraged his position of trust as a medical doctor for his own perverse gratification,” Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “For years, patients seeking needed medical care, many of them children, left his office as victims.” Darius Paduch is being sued by over 130 former patients for alleged sexual abuse and unnecessary medical procedures conducted without anesthesia. “For nearly twenty years, patients who trusted him for their medical care and treatment were instead brutalized by his degrading, sexually violating, and medically unfounded acts while the hospitals where he worked looked the other way,” Mallory Allen, a lawyer representing his victims said in a statement. “The jury verdict in the criminal case affirms that these heinous acts will not be overlooked, and the pending civil cases will ensure that the institutions who repeatedly prioritized profits over their patients will face consequences for their indifference in ignoring years of complaints,” the statement concluded. Darius Paduch, who has been in jail since his arrest in April 2023, could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison for inducing minors to travel for unlawful sexual activity and other related crimes. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Bronx Man Throws Belt Over Unsuspecting Victim’s Neck, Leaving Her Unconscious and Dragging Her In Between Cars To Sexually Assault Her

A disturbing video captured a horrifying incident in the Bronx where a woman was violently attacked and sexually assaulted, as reported by the NY Post.  The masked assailant used a belt to choke the victim until she lost consciousness, then dragged her to the ground between two cars where he raped her. The incident occurred in the early hours of May 1.  The perpetrator followed the victim who was walking on the sidewalk at East 152nd Street and Third Avenue, cops said. Despite ongoing investigations by the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, the attacker remains at large. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Kitchen Worker Injured After Subway Attacker Hits Him With Beer Bottle, Tells Public ‘It’s Not Safe Anymore’

A kitchen worker in Midtown was injured when a stranger struck him in the face with a beer bottle, reports the NY Post.

A kitchen worker in Midtown was injured when a stranger struck him in the face with a beer bottle, reports the NY Post. The incident occurred on Wednesday at the Columbus Circle subway station. The victim, Rafael Galves Garcia, 44, was approached by a disturbed individual who asked him for $1. As a result of the attack, Garcia received six stitches and expressed concerns about the safety of the area. “The guy came up to me and asked for money,” Garcia told The Post in Spanish Thursday afternoon. “I told him, ‘No, I don’t have any money.’” “I thought he was leaving but he came back and asked me the same thing.” That’s when the stranger grabbed the plastic bag that Garcia was holding and tried to tear it away from him, according to his account. “What I had in the bag was a plastic water bottle and some chips,” Garcia said. “He grabbed it from my hand and I tried to get it from him, and in that moment he hit me with a glass bottle.” According to the authorities, Garcia suffered a cut on his forehead and experienced minor bleeding as a result of the impact. He was immediately transported to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where he is currently in stable condition. Garcia stated that he received six stitches to close the gash. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Man Posing As Amazon Employee Robs NYC Homes, Stealing $35K in Cash, Jewelry, and Child’s Savings

A person posing as an Amazon employee is accused of stealing approximately $35,000 worth of jewelry and valuable items, including money that was set aside for a 12-year-old girl, reports the NY Post. 

A person posing as an Amazon employee is accused of stealing approximately $35,000 worth of jewelry and valuable items, including money that was set aside for a 12-year-old girl, reports the NY Post.  The suspect is believed to be responsible for nine burglaries and break-ins in the Astoria, Sunnyside, and Long Island City area between January 2023 and March 5. During a burglary on February 28, the suspect entered a residence in Sunnyside, wearing an Amazon delivery vest. He went through a window and made off with around $9,000 in cash and $1,800 worth of unspecified items.  One of the victims, a single mother named Estrla Islas, shared with FOX 5 that the burglar gained entry through a bathroom window searched through her belongings, and took the money she had saved for her daughter. “He took almost like $9,000,” Islas told the network. “$9,000 in cash.” In the recent March 5 incident, a suspect entered a home in Sunnyside by sneaking in through a window. According to authorities, the thief took jewelry and other belongings valued at $6,500, as well as around $200 in cash.  This burglary is just one of five similar incidents where the thief targeted jewelry. The total of stolen items amounts to approximately $34,705, according to the police. As of Thursday, the cat burglar remains at large. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

8-Year-Old Boy Caught With Firearm In Backpack One Day After Pointing It At Another Student

On Thursday, an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was found with a gun in his backpack at school. The day before, he had threatened another student with the same firearm. The unloaded firearm was discovered during a search at around 10:30 a.m. at P.S. 158.

On Thursday, an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was found with a gun in his backpack at school. The day before, he had threatened another student with the same firearm. The unloaded firearm was discovered during a search at around 10:30 a.m. at P.S. 158 – The Warwick Community School in East New York, per the New York Post.  According to sources, on Wednesday, the boy had threatened another student with the firearm. The student who was threatened informed their mother, who then reported the encounter to the school. School officials later performed a backpack search based on the report. It is currently unclear if anyone will be charged regarding the weapon. Reports added that the school doesn’t have metal detectors. The sources mentioned that letters will be sent to inform families about the incident. “Guns have absolutely no place in the hands of our young people, and this incident is a deeply concerning example of the consequences of the proliferation of guns in our society and in our city,” said Jenna Lyle, the city Department of Education spokeswoman.  #Clique, what are your thoughts? 

Former Nude Art Performer Files Lawsuit Against Museum of Modern Art For Negligence, Claiming That Staff Allowed Patrons To ‘Fondle’ His Genitals

A former nude artist has filed a lawsuit against the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) alleging that the staff “turned a blind eye” to patrons groping his genitals during his performance at an exhibition, as reported by the NY Post.

A former nude artist has filed a lawsuit against the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) alleging that the staff “turned a blind eye” to patrons groping his genitals during his performance at an exhibition, as reported by the NY Post. The plaintiff, John Bonafede, claims that his genitals were touched by five men on seven separate occasions at the 2010 exhibit titled “Marina Abramovich: The Artist is Present”. The lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan court on Monday. In his role, Bonafede was tasked with reenacting one of Abramovich’s previous artworks. This involved standing still for 75 minutes, while maintaining eye contact with a woman in a similar pose, in a piece called “Imponderabilia.” As part of the exhibition, visitors were encouraged to walk between the two performers to go into the next gallery.  However, according to the lawsuit obtained by The Post, Bonafede alleges that on seven separate occasions, he was “fondled and/or groped” by 5 different “older men.” The lawsuit claims that the men would turn sideways, lower their hands, and “linger for a moment before moving through into the next gallery room.” The lawsuit also accuses a MOMA security guard of witnessing the assault but not intervening.  “We are well aware of the challenges posed by having nude performers in the galleries for this exhibition,” the museum admitted in a statement to The Post. “Any visitor who improperly touches or disturbs any of the performers is escorted from the museum by MoMA security.” However, the lawsuit claims that MOMA did not tell visitors not to touch exhibits and refused to provide the identities of the alleged harassers to Bonafede. He filed a lawsuit under the New York Adult Survivors Act and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. The complaint deadline expired, but he was granted an extension. #Clique, what are your thoughts?

Church Employee’s Throat Slashed In NYC For Confronting Man Urinating On Car, Police Say

A man in New York City had his throat slashed after confronting another man who was urinating on a car, according to the police per the NY Post. 

A man in New York City had his throat slashed after confronting another man who was urinating on a car, according to the police per the NY Post.  The incident took place on Sunday evening at 404 East 14th Street. According to authorities, an unidentified individual was caught urinating on a car when an older man approached him to stop. The alleged urinator then pulled out a box cutter and viciously slashed the man’s neck, resulting in a “serious injury with significant bleeding,” reports state. The suspect quickly fled the scene on foot, leaving the victim in critical condition. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rushed the victim, identified as John Mach, a 54-year-old caretaker at Immaculate Conception Church according to The New York Post (despite the NYPD giving his age as 66), to Mount Sinai for immediate medical attention. As of Tuesday, the suspect remains at large, and the investigation is ongoing. Authorities are actively working to apprehend the perpetrator and bring justice to the victim. #Clique, what are your thoughts?