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What Happened in New York This Week: 10 Stories You Need to Read

By Ben Fractenberg | December 19, 2014 6:00pm
  From Bill de Blasio delaying a JetBlue flight, to Brooklyn hip-hop star Bobby Shmurda's arrest, here are the big stories from Dec. 15 to Dec. 19, 2014. 
Week in Review: Dec. 15-19
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MIDTOWN — This week in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed a JetBlue flight, Brooklyn hip-hop star Bobby Shmurda was one of more than a dozen people arrested in a guns and narcotics investigation and police canceled their holiday parties because of the ongoing Eric Garner protests.

Here’s a look back:

Tardy De Blasio Made JetBlue Flight Wait at the Gate

Mayor Bill de Blasio was roughly 20 minutes late for a Nov. 6 JetBlue flight to Puerto Rico, leaving more than 100 passengers, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, waiting at the gate.

“There was a long line, but there was no boarding call and no one knew why,” said one passenger. “We were saying, ‘Why are we just standing here? The plane is here. We are here. So what's the holdup?'”

Bobby Shmurda and Members of His GS9 Crew Arrested in Guns and Drugs Probe

East Flatbush rappers Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and 13 other people from their crew were arrested early Wednesday after a 2-year narcotics and weapons investigation. The crew was charged in 24 shootings and one homicide.

Shmurda’s lawyer, Howard Greenberg, called the charges “bulls---t” and motivated by a government that “hates rap.”

Lawyers and Family of Teen Paralyzed in Fare-Beating Arrest Call for Investigation

The lawyers for the mother of 17-year-old Deion Fludd, who was left a quadriplegic and later died after a 2013 arrest, have asked the Brooklyn DA to start a probe. Fludd’s parents claim the teen was assaulted by police, while officers claim he was hit by a train after fleeing through a subway tunnel.

Inwood Hotspot La Marina is One of Park Department’s Top Earners

The popular and controversial La Marina club raked in $18.4 million total revenue from its opening in June 2012 through August 2014. The city made $722,373 of that from the revenue deal, which allows the bar and restaurant to operate on city parkland along the Hudson River.

Police Precincts Cancel Holiday Parties Because of Garner Protests

The protests that have spread across the city after the Staten Island Eric Garner grand jury decision have caused precincts to put the kibosh on their holiday parties because of the need to keep officers on the streets to patrol near-nightly protests.

Man Dies After Tompkins Park Tire Swing Hits Him in Face

A 39-year-old uncle was killed when a tire swing struck his face while he was playing in the East Village park with his young niece. Aleim Perkins was aggressively pushing the swing after his niece had gotten off when it slammed into his head, knocking him unconscious.

Prosecutors Were as Stunned When Grand Jury Did Not Indict Officer Accused of Killing Eric Garner

Staten Island prosecutors felt confident in the case they had laid out against Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold during the arrest that led to his death.

“The prosecutors were extremely disappointed, as much as anyone, when they heard there was no indictment,” one source told DNAinfo New York’s On The Inside.

Police Search for Protesters Who Assaulted Two Lieutenants During Garner Protest

Police released photographs of seven people they say assaulted two NYPD lieutenants during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge as part of an Eric Garner protest.

The scuffle happened after police tried to arrest CUNY professor Eric Linsker while he was trying to throw a garbage can from the bridge’s pedestrian path onto the roadway below.

One of the protesters involved, union organizer Robert Murray, turned himself in to the 5th Precinct on Thursday.

Bed-Stuy Dating Guidebook for Men

A pair of Bed-Stuy business owners created a guidebook for men looking to get married. Childhood friends Jean Alerte and Frank Gateau wrote the tell-all “Single Man, Married Man” to talk about what they think men really feel about romance.

Keep Warm With These Holiday Drinks

A mixologist offers some warm holiday drink recipes that even the non-bartender can make, including an apricot-bergamot hot toddy and maple-spiced hot-buttered rum.