People on the Brooklyn Bridge are getting a whif of a foul smell, but it’s not the result of any foul play.
Drivers who have to cross the East River were relieved that the bumper to bumper traffic has cleared in time for the morning rush, but some were angry over the weekend disruptions.
The upper level of the bridge was closed well before dawn and stayed closed for the better part of the night Saturday.
Harriet Nicholson died at Bellevue Hospital of “respiratory complications of near-drowning” — meaning a shortage of oxygen to the brain, according to Ellen Borakove, the medical examiner’s spokeswoman.
Bellevue Hospital has confirmed Helen Tamaki, the other female passenger during last week’s helicopter crash in the East River, died Tuesday night.
Detective Ben Kalinsky is the same man who helped rescue two women from the East River after last week’s helicopter crash.
New details came to light Monday about a seemingly dangerous agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration and private helicopter tour companies.
“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the rescue teams who acted with great courage, and also to hospital staff at Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYPD, for their compassion, kindness and great care,” said the statement.
The investigators found no metal particles on a magnetic monitoring device inside the helicopter’s engine that could have indicated damage, said National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind.
Paul Dudley told his colleagues “I don’t know why, I just know it happened very, very fast.”
Is it safe to have such a high volume of helicopter traffic over our city? That’s what many New York politicians want to know.
NTSB officials said the chopper likely did not have a flight data recorder, or “black box,” but engine monitors and Global Positioning System navigation equipment may have stored useful information.
The crash happened at around 3:22 p.m., shortly after the chopper took off from the 34th Street helipad. Crews at the scene lifted the chopper out of the water Tuesday evening and were able to get it onto a recovery boat.
Police say Officer Sherman Abrams went running along the East River in downtown Manhattan with his academy class on Monday. After completing the run he collapsed and died a short time later.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says after years of revitalizing the East River waterfront, building a garbage station would damage the health and safety of those living in the residential neighborhood.
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