Plan for the Tangled Baby Hawk Is to Wait and See, For Now

For the last three days, one of the baby red-tailed hawks in Washington Square Park has had one leg tangled in a white plastic bag, causing panic among Hawk Cam fans about her well-being.

A team of wildlife experts, including the executive director of NYC Audubon, Glenn Phillips, has been closely monitoring the situation and working out how best to reach the baby hawk should it become necessary to intervene. The plan, for now, is to wait until next week before taking action on the nest.

“We all agree that the chick is not in any immediate danger, and that there is a good chance that the chick will free itself from the bag,” Mr. Phillips said in an e-mail.

But, he added, if by next week the eyas has not freed itself from the disposable bag, then a Long Island-based wildlife rehabilitator, Bobby Horvath, will attempt a rescue with a long-polled net.

“The nest itself may get damaged in the process, but at this stage in the game, it’s not critical,” Mr. Phillips wrote. “There are any number of things which may interfere with this plan should it even prove necessary, but we are all working together.”

We’ll keep you posted.

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Police Officers Rescue 5 People From Queens Blaze

Police officers who had gone to a Queens housing project on a search warrant ended up rescuing five people trapped in an apartment by a fire that was raging in the kitchen, the authorities said on Saturday.

Several officers and members of the Emergency Services Unit were just finishing fulfilling the search warrant at 84-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard when, at 7 p.m. on Friday, one of them, Sergeant John Patterson, saw a young man hanging out of a sixth-floor window of a neighboring building, 84-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. That man was waving his arms and screaming for help as smoke poured out from behind him.

The officers called the Fire Department as five of them headed upstairs. They tried to open the door with a key and then tried to break down the door, the police said, but the door was made of steel and the lock was broken; it would not budge. So they called the Emergency Services officers for help. Two of those officers, Detective Hassan Hamdy and Detective Frank Shomaker, forced the door open using a hydraulic drill that they wedged between the door and the door jam.

The apartment was thick with smoke as flames crawled up the walls of the kitchen, just to the left of the front door. Some of the officers began dousing the flames with pots of water, while others dropped to their hands and knees and went in search of the people trapped further inside.

“We did almost everything by feel,” said Detective Hamdy, who looked for the victims and found them by following the curves of the walls and the sounds of their voices.

He and other officers found five people, ranging in age from 8 to 22, cowering in a back bedroom. Everybody was conscious, and the officers hustled them out of the apartment. The fire was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived, Detective Hamdy added.

The 11 officers who were involved were all taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation. The people they rescued, three of whom lived in the apartment and two of whom were visiting, were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. One of the rescued people, a young man, also suffered a laceration to his hand. Their identities were not released.

Everybody is expected to survive.

“We were in the right place at the right time,” Detective Hamdy said. “I don’t know what could have happened,” if they hadn’t arrived, he said. “It could have probably been a lot worse.”

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Tell Us About the M.C.A. You Knew

Adam Yauch was a New Yorker of countless locations — from the halls of Brooklyn Friends School and Murrow High School to the streets of the East Village to seemingly every single loft, club and venue where noise could be made and shows bum-rushed. Perhaps in his travels across the city, you met Mr. Yauch, before he was a Beastie Boy, when he was touring, or when he went by M.C.A. or Nathanial Hornblower. Tell us about it.

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Big Ticket | Sold for $31,500,000

A full-floor apartment at 1030 Fifth Avenue that sold for $31.5 million was the biggest sale of the week, according to city records.

The sale of the six-bedroom apartment, on the ninth floor, is also evidence that the wealthiest buyers still want to live in spacious prewar co-ops, despite a recent flurry of astronomical prices in luxury condominium buildings like 15 Central Park West and the Plaza.

In fact, the buyers at 1030 Fifth — Zachary Jared Schreiber, a managing director of Duquesne Capital Management, and his wife, Lori — are moving from a 33rd-floor condo at 15 Central Park West. They were represented by Kyle W. Blackmon, an agent at Brown Harris Stevens.

The seller was George S. Blumenthal, a founder of Cellular Communications, who bought the apartment in 1995 for $5.7 million, according to city records.

Bonnie Chajet, the Warburg Realty vice president who represented the seller, said a lack of large apartments was driving up all prices.

But, Ms. Chajet said: “I think that the condo buyer and the co-op buyer are not really aligned. There are some people who say, ‘Just show me condos.’ ” And, conversely, others who really want the kind of elegance that comes with prewar construction — properties that tend to be co-ops.

Of course, that prewar elegance comes with the scrutiny of a co-op board. So it might be a heady feeling to know that not only can you afford a home at a prestigious address like 15 Central Park West but you are also deemed worthy by your peers of calling their building at 1030 Fifth Avenue home.

Big Ticket includes closed sales from the previous week, ending Wednesday.

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