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"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,12:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Central Park Carriage Horse Takes a Loop around the Park with No Driver, Damages Taxi Door

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A carriage horse at Central Park decided to make a run around the park by itself with no driver or any passengers on Monday.

Around 5:45 p.m. on Monday, a 7-year-old horse named Pumpkin ran Central Park pulling a carriage without a driver or any passengers. The incident occurred when the horse became detached from its bridle. Fortunately, there were no injuries other than a taxi vehicle’s door getting damaged.

Pumpkin ran the usual route it takes at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and looped back when its carriage hit a taxi’s open door.

Pumpkin had slowed down towards the end of the run, but when a bicyclist  ended up jumping in the driver’s seat trying to stop Pumpkin, it only cause Pumpkin to speed up and hit the taxi on Central Park South.

The carriage operator Christina Hansen was unable to stop Pumpkin from making the run once the bridle was off, according to reporting from NBC New York. A group of carriage drivers waited to corral Pumpkin upon return.

Pumpkin was unharmed and was taken back to the stable.

While this latest incident caused no harm to horse or person(s), it draws up discussion again between supporters and opponents on whether horse-drawn carriages belong on New York City streets.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to end horse-drawn carriages in Central Park when he was elected. Mayor de Blasio would like to replace them with vintage-looking electric cars.

[Source: NBC New York]

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