Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

Notification issued 5/1/17 at 12:00 PM. Tomorrow and Wednesday, 5/2 and 5/3, a small, black with blue stripe aircraft (Tail number #N355AG) is scheduled to conduct aerial filming over Midtown Manhattan between 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The aircraft will fly at an altitude of approximately 800-1,500 feet.

Introducing Citizen!

The Citizen app notifies you when a crime or other major incident is reported to 911 near you. It allows for the live-streaming of incidents, giving you complete transparency of your neighborhood around you. In New York City alone, there are nearly 10,000 calls to 911 each and every day. Many of these are for life-threatening emergencies or crimes occurring with thousands of people around.

On October 26, 2016, we released a prototype of our technology that we named Vigilante, available on the iPhone. Alongside the app, we published a dramatized video showing an assault incident thwarted by a group of people using the app.

The response was overwhelming; within 48 hours we had downloads and in-app requests for service in all 50 states, in addition to dozens of countries around the world. The importance and need for this app was quickly validated.

But the name Vigilante also created a distraction for some people. And for some, we left the impression that it was encouraged for average, untrained users of the app to race towards any given crime scene.

Vigilante was soon removed from the App Store for a violation of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, with concerns centered around user safety.

This was a good thing. We needed to make some changes.

Our mission has always been to build safer communities through transparency. With the learnings from our first launch, and a renewed determination towards our mission, we have made a series of important changes.

  1. The name is now Citizen. This more accurately communicates our mission, and we have entirely rebranded the app.
  2. We have reinforced our focus on safety. We built this app to create safety; any reckless or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Our in-app messages now more strongly communicate this, and the terms of service have also been updated to reflect this policy.
  3. Our network has broadened. We have incorporated advice from, and are now in active communication with, officials from the City, representatives from the New York Police Department, and a variety of community leaders.

We are proud to announce we are launching on both iOS and Android as Citizen.

Learn the Facts on Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was performed. A living donor gave a kidney to his identical twin. Do you have a story to share or questions about organ, eye, or tissue donation?

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Strong Winds to Diminish this Evening (Citywide)

Summary – Strong Winds to Diminish this Evening. 


  • The strongest winds of the day will begin to subside around 6 PM.
  • Current sustained winds are between 25-35 mph, with gusts of 35-45 mph.
  • Isolated gusts of 45-50 mph are possible until around 6 PM.
  • Tonight, winds continue to diminish, with sustained wind speeds of 10-20 mph, and gusts around 25 mph.


  • Winds should become calm by daybreak tomorrow.
  • There is a 30% chance of a light wintry mix early Friday morning. Northern sections of the City would be more likely to receive precipitation.
    • This event is not currently anticipated to result in frozen accumulation.


  • The strongest winds of the day begin to subside around 6 PM.
  • Wind speeds gradually diminish as the night progresses.
  • Winds become calm by daybreak tomorrow.
  • Should a wintry mix impact part or all of the City on Friday, it is expected to begin between 5 AM and 9 AM. Uncertainty remains as to the exact timing and likelihood of this event.


Today: 39/20 – Daytime wind chills of 25-30 degrees, overnight wind chills between 10-15 degrees.

Thursday: 43/32 – Daytime wind chills between 10-20 degrees.

Friday: 52/45


  • The current Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM this evening.


  • Tonight’s Wind Advisory may be extended by an hour or two if warranted.

Alert – PANYNJ Emergency

Notification issued 3/21/17 at 3:00 PM. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will conduct an emergency exercise at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Wednesday, 3/22, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. There will be an increased presence of emergency personnel around the facility before and during the exercise. Operations at WTC will not be impacted during this time.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Street Closures – Friday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Street Closures – Friday, March 17

 The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm:

* 5th Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street

* Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 46th Street

* Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street

* Madison Avenue between 78th Street and 86th Street

* 43rd Street to 46th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue

* 47th Street and 48th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue

* 62nd Street and 63rd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 64th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 72nd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 78th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 79th Street to 83rd Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 84th Street and 85th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue


Notify NYC – Mass Transit Restoration

Notification issued 3/14/17 at 5:05 PM. Following prior suspensions, MTA has announced the following mass transit restorations: – LIRR service continues to operate on a normal schedule with scattered delays – Staten Island Railway service has resumed as of 3:15PM this afternoon, 3/14 – MTA subway above-ground service will resume at 6PM tonight, 3/14 – Metro-North will resume limited hourly service starting at 6PM tonight until 11PM on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. There will be no branch service. Full Metro-North service will resume tomorrow morning, 3/15, per the regular weekday schedule. – MTA bus service will begin running normally at 5AM tomorrow morning, 3/15 – Express MTA subway service will begin operating normally at 7AM or earlier tomorrow morning, 3/15 – Access-a-Ride paratransit service has begun taking reservations for tomorrow’s commute Commuters should expect residual delays on all mass transit and visit for details. For more information, please see the following press release:

Be Ready, Stay Safe During Storms

Be prepared for seasonal storms that can affect your area:

  • Make sure your emergency kit is up to date and easy to access.
  • If your heat goes out, keep the doors closed off to rooms you are not using and close your blinds or curtains to keep in some heat.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves and avoid burst pipes due to freezing conditions.
  • If you are using a fireplace, make sure you use a screen and it is properly ventilated.
  • Stay on top of weather changes in your area by checking the National Weather Service.

Notify NYC – Mass Transit Disruption

Notification issued 3/13/17 at 7:45 PM. Due to the impending winter storm, the following mass transit disruptions have been announced: • MTA subway express service will be suspended citywide after tonight’s evening rush hour. • MTA above-ground subway service will be suspended citywide beginning at 4:00 AM tomorrow, 3/14. For more details, please view the MTA below-ground-only service map here: • NYC Transit, LIRR and Metro North commuters are encouraged to stay home tomorrow if possible as additional service changes are expected. Customers are encouraged to regularly check for service updates affecting the Tuesday morning commute. For the latest weather information, please visit