A caller claimed to have kidnapped the victim's best friend and demanded $1,700 in ransom.
Bassam Awad died when fire tore through 267 Flatbush Ave. early Wednesday morning, witnesses said.
The Park Slope hospital agreed to shave a floor off its new building in a settlement with opponents.
A 42-year-old woman had her wallet stolen when she left her hospital room to get tests, police said.
The cyclist's death came after several similar traffic incidents over the weekend.
Rynn Berry's friends are looking for the people who helped him when he collapsed in Prospect Park.
Two civilians and four firefighters were hurt in a fire across from the Brooklyn Museum, the FDNY said.
The Board of Standards and Appeals wants more information before voting on the hospital's new building.
The Board of Standards and Appeals votes Tuesday on New York Methodist's plans for a 9-story building.
Hospital officials said they've responded to neighbors' concerns.
Shannon-Lee Willis came into the world at 12 a.m. at New York Methodist Hospital.
The hospital will present "detailed changes" to its expansion design in January.
William Gary, who worked at The New School for more than a decade, died Tuesday, officials said.
The Community Board 6 land use committee rejected the hospital's request for building variances.
A fire started at 279 Smith St. Monday afternoon, officials said.
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