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Protesters pound on windows at NYC outdoor dining area: video

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A crowd of protesters pounded on the windows of the outdoor dining area at upscale Soho French restaurant Balthazar as people dined there Thursday night, video shows. 

Dozens of demonstrators crowded the restaurant’s outdoor space — some repeatedly banging on the windows in support — as one of them, identified as Qween Jean, delivered a speech, video originally tweeted by the Protest_NYC page shows

“So many black and brown indigenous community members are often left out,” Qween Jean can be heard saying. “They are often neglected, left out, unhoused, without food, without medication, without medical care, without mental health access. And we’re here with the message because we believe that black lives matter.”

Police could not officially confirm on Friday whether anyone from the restaurant filed any complaints, and the extent of any damage was unclear. 

But the NYPD News page fired off a tweet late Thursday, with a video outside a restaurant that appears to be Balthazar in Soho.

“Tonight, in Lower Manhattan demonstrators purposely caused property damage to a local restaurant by breaking several windows while patrons were eating dinner,” the tweet says. “Small businesses need our support, vandalism is not the answer especially during these trying times.”

Balthazar was closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and owner Keith McNally didn’t make plans to reopen until Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised the indoor dining capacity to 50 percent earlier this month.

Meanwhile, at another nearby restaurant, Omen Azen, a Japanese eatery on Thompson Street near Prince Street, police confirmed that protesters from Black Trans Lives Matter damaged the outdoor dining area around 10:30 p.m. 

Screenshot of the aftermath of protestors vandalising Omen Azen in Lower Manhattan.
A screenshot at Omen Azen shows the aftermath of protesters’ vandalism in Lower Manhattan.
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A manager of the restaurant, who only gave his first name, Michael, told the Post protesters in the street broke about six plexiglass windows.

“We had customers at the time and luckily we didn’t have any injuries to the customers,” he said, adding that employees were fixing the damage Friday.

“We weren’t really expecting it, because we kind of assumed people are aware that we’ve been going through difficult times, especially the restaurant business, and it just kind of came out of nowhere,” Michael added.

Police also confirmed that demonstrators damaged the roof of a police cruiser near Columbus Park by standing on top of it.

A police car was damaged amid the protests.
A police car was damaged amid the protests.
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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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