New York mom, 3 kids die in house fire tragedy
Friday. Some mounted a rescue effort but were beaten back by heat and smoke. Suffolk County police identified the victims as Jennifer McCusker, 41, her son Aidan Tarbell, 7, and her 2-year-old twins, Brendan and Ava Jane Mistretta. McCusker was found holding one of the twins in a bedroom, police said. She appeared to have been trying to grab the children and carry them from the house when she was incapacitated, said police detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick. The other twin lay in a crib nearby. The 7-year-old died in his bed, police said. Authorities said at a news conference Saturday that the fire appeared to have started in the living room of the single-story home. The cause, though, wasn’t immediately clear. One neighbor told authorities the house seemed fine one minute, then was suddenly engulfed in flame 15 minutes later. “The front door of the house was open, the screen door was open and the front of the house was on fire,” Fitzpatrick said. Two men on the block, one an emergency medical technician and the other a volunteer firefighter, tried to enter the house but couldn’t get inside because of the smoke and heat, authorities said.
Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. The opera also has a potential nonprofit buyer for its costume thrift shop, he said. A few cultural institutions are interested in preserving some aspect of the opera, Rosen, of Lowenstein Sandler LLP in New York, said at the hearing. We are entertaining everything and will provide details in the not too distant future. The opera company, created 70 years ago as the peoples opera because of its affordable tickets, filed a Chapter 11 petition on Oct. 3 after it failed to meet an emergency online fundraising goal of $7 million. The nonprofit organization, which this year produced Anna Nicole , about the late tabloid celebrity, listed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in court filings and said it will liquidate. The opera also asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane to let it refund about $323,000 in pre-paid opera tickets and pay laid off workers for their unused vacation time. Lawyers for union musicians objected today, saying their wages may need to come first. The opera said the money doesnt belong to them. The judge put off ruling on the motions and scheduled another hearing for Oct. 24. Office Space Rosen, who has been representing the opera for free for about two years, said his law firm offered its own office space to the operas remaining employees at no charge. The opera laid off most of its workers after deciding to wind down in court. In 2011-12, the last year for which results are available, ticket sales were $1.1 million, down 87 percent from 2005-06.
After Superstorm Sandy, some New York artists struggle to come back
Such was its impact on the New York art world specifically that many joked bitterly that the primary evacuation zone, known as “Zone A,” was short for “Zone Art.” A FORCED RETIREMENT In the fashionable Chelsea art district, on the western edge of Manhattan island with large industrial spaces ideal for showcasing art, scores of works were damaged. Studios in art hubs along the Brooklyn waterfront were laid to waste by surges of dirty water. “It’s one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever experienced,” said Richard Desroche, a co-owner of CRG Gallery in Chelsea, which represents American and European artists. On the morning after the storm, Desroche returned to the gallery to find the tide line five feet high on the wall and a “significant number of artworks” destroyed beyond repair. Computers had to be replaced and the gallery’s walls and flooring torn out. Three days later, mold began to form. Around Chelsea, where work can be seen from modern artists like Chris Ofili and Anish Kapoor as well as old masters like Ellsworth Kelly and Willem de Kooning, owners of a dozen galleries declined to speak to a reporter about the storm. Still, many now agree it could have been worse. A free workshop organized by the Museum of Modern Art allowed impacted artists to collect urgent advice from leading art conservators. Nearly all of the Chelsea galleries re-opened by January, and only a handful shut down. John Cahill, a New York art law attorney, said he heard far fewer complaints from galleries about getting compensated by insurance companies than he did from home owners. “It’s like how you get better treatment at Tiffany’s than Macy’s.