Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Trip Through New York City Over 100 Years Ago

Stunning high-quality video shows 1911 NYC when horses and trams filled the streets and everyone wore a HAT 

New York City has gone through a lot of changes - and now people are getting a the chance to see what the Big Apple looked like more than 100 years ago.

The Museum of Modern Art released surprisingly clear footage of what life was like in New York in 1911. 

The video, a part of the museum's June 2017 collection, was filmed by a team of cameramen with the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern. The cameramen were sent around the world to take photos and videos of well-known places.

'Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here - street traffic, people going about their business - has a casual, almost pastoral quality,' the museum wrote. 

YouTuber Guy Jones recently edited the footage to slow it down to a natural rate and add sounds for ambiance.

While in New York, the team with Svenska Biografteatern shot video of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, the New York Harbor and the famous Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue.

Some of the landmarks - like the Statue of Liberty - look very much similar to how it was in 1911. Other areas have changed drastically over the past century.

Fifth Avenue in 1911 wasn't as busy as it is now. People back then weren't always in a hurry and dressed up in suits. Now, Fifth Avenue is a major tourist attraction and shopping destination.

The Brooklyn Bridge has also gone through a lot of changes in the past 100 years. When the video was filmed in 1911, the bridge had a lot of space for commuters crossing the bridge. The bridge now has about half the space for those walking across the bridge.

Herald Square in 1911 and Herald Square in 2018  have very few similarities. In the film, the New York Herald Building is seen but the building no longer exists. The area is still known as Herald Square, but it's now full of restaurants and shopping stores.

Kung Fu Master Jaw-dropping Special Tricks

A Chinese Kung Fu master has stunned his audience with special tricks playing with sharp blades and metal bars.

Video emerged online showing the 55-year-old man, Yuan Linlin, bending three metal bars against his throat and walking on blades with water buckets.

Hundreds of villagers were left in awe of Mr Yuan's performance as they gathered to see the show.

Mr Yuan performed as part of a circus show at Hongtong county in Shanxi Province on April 18.

The 55-year-old Kung Fu master can bend metre-long reinforced steel bars by hi s throat as his helper pushed the metal towards him.He then carries two full bucket of water and walks on stairs full of blades. 

Villagers were shocked to see Mr Yuan not getting injured as he performed rounds of dangerous tricks.

Tfila Lshlom Hamedina - FDD Vocal & Cantor Dov Heller


Thousands at Yahrtzeit Of R' Shayele Kerestir In Hungary

VIN News - Thousands made the trip to the northeastern Hungarian countryside on Wednesday to the village of Bodrogkeresztúr to mark the 93rd yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner, known to his followers as Reb Shayale Kerestir.

Known as a miracle worker and the scion of the Keristerer dynasty, people traveled from miles around to visit with Reb Shayale and obtain his blessings during his lifetime, a tradition that continues even today, nearly a century after his death.

In recent years, visitors from all over the world began flocking to Reb Shayale’s house and gravesite in greater numbers, with the crowds increasing annually.

Organizers of this year’s massive pilgrimage to Kerestir to mark Reb Shayale’s yahrtzeit on the third day of Iyar arrived in the village in advance of the event to ensure that everything would flow smoothly once the more than 10,000 men, women and children from all across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel began to arrive.

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Insta-Justice

Sitting in a traffic jam is bad enough. Watching someone speed by on the shoulder only makes it worse.

Then, something happens to change your mood.

This beautiful moment of “Insta-Justice” was caught on video by Matt Bentkowski

Suddenly, every moment spent in that traffic jam was worth it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Police Officer Narrowly Avoids House Explosion

Newly released dash-cam footage from the Hurst Police Department captures the precise moment a house explodes in brilliant detail — and sends an officer scurrying for his life.

A car crashed into the home in the 400 block of Myrtle Drive on April 7, severing the primary gas line and meter at the home. That allowed gas to build up inside before the explosion.

The consequences of the crash were catastrophic, as Officer Travis Hiser found out as he calmly walked toward the scene of the crash.

The blast injured three people in the home, one critically, but all are expected to recover. Hurst resident Alejandro Enriquez-Castro, 35, was arrested at the scene of the explosion on a charge of not having a driver's license.

He was held on an immigration matter and was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Hiser, who was treated and released at a local hospital, and another officer escaped with minor injuries.

"There was definitely some divine intervention that was reaching down and slowing those vehicles down from making [the] scene and then taking a finger and pushing me away from the house and the path that I went," Hiser told KXAS-TV (Channel 5). Otherwise, I would have been up on the wall and it would have exploded completely into my face."


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Man Rides Motorbike Across Italy's Third Largest Lake

This is the mind-bending moment a daredevil rides his motorbike across the third largest lake in Italy. Luca Colombo,

a biker from Milan, set a world record for the longest distance ever traveled by motorbike on fresh water on July 31, 2017. To achieve the remarkable stunt, Luca rode from all the way from the town of Gravedona to Colico on the other side of the famous Lake Como - a distance of around 5km.

Armed only with an inflatable bracelet, capable of expanding like a life-jacket, the Italian rode at breakneck pace at the water and hydroplaned his way across in just five minutes.

Luca's bike, a Suzuki RMZ 450, was specially adapted by Vercar Moto to be able to deal with the pressures of hydroplaning and make it less likely to sink. It was equipped with nautical skates and with special rubber blades that provided the hydrodynamic thrust and gave it buoyancy. After the modifications, all Luca had to do to achieve the amount of lift required to skim across the surface of the water, was maintain a terrifying speed of 40 knots, or 75km/h.

The nerve-shredding footage, shot by support boats traveling close behind the biker, show him racing along the lake's surface. He can be seen opening the throttle from the beginning to end of the run while being slapped around by surface waves. Despite the turbulence, Luca manages to retain his composure and fires his motorcycle through the finish posts on the other side of the lake.

Malchus & Zanvil Weinberger - The Torah and the Nations

Song and Lyrics Composed by Reb Yom Tov Ehrlich Z"L, Later Recorded by Avraham Fried on Yiddish Gems, Vol. 1

Jewish Men Attacked by Arabic Speaking Youth in Berlin

Footage has emerged showing the moment that a Jewish man was attacked by a suspect with a belt in Berlin. The attacker called the victim "Yahudi," an Arabic word for "Jew."

The person in the video was one of three suspects that insulted two Jewish men in Berlin's affluent Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood on Monday evening, according to German media. One of the trio was filmed attacking one of the Jewish men with his belt. The attacker can be heard shouting "Yahudi" in the video, an Arabic word for "Jew."

The Jewish man who was being attacked was accompanied by his friend. Both of them were wearing yarmulkes, 

The suspect is then pulled away by another member of his group. This happens as one of the victims shouts "Jewish or not, you need to deal with it" in German.


Adam Armush, the victim who filmed the incident, told Israel's Kan public broadcaster that he and his friend weren't doing anything to provoke the attack, which happened after the men left his house in the direction of a nearby train station. “We weren’t talking with anyone else. Three people came from over there... and started cursing us from over there. We didn’t talk to anyone, didn’t answer them. So when they kept cursing us, my friend asked them to stop cursing, and that got them angry. So one of them ran at me," he said, adding that he felt it was important to film the incident to assist police inquiries.



The video was first published by Germany's Jewish Forum for Democracy and against Anti-Semitism (JFDA). Levi Salomon, a representative from the organization, said in a statement that it is "unbearable to see that a young Jewish man is attacked on a public street... because he is showing himself to be a Jew.

"...Now it's up to politicians and civil society. We don't need any more sermons, something needs to be done," Salomon said.

One of the Jewish men reportedly tried to follow the attacker after the incident, but stopped after the group threw a glass bottle in his direction. Police say they are investigating the attack.

The incident comes amid numerous cases of anti-Semitism in the German capital and across the country. In March, a report emerged of a Jewish girl who was reportedly told by a Muslim classmate that she deserved to be beaten and killed because of her religion. Another Jewish student in Berlin was recently forced to change schools after violent bullying by classmates who threatened him with a fake gun.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Philadelphia

A Southwest Airlines plane en route from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday morning after an engine blew in flight, authorities said.

143 passengers and five crew members were on board, according to Southwest.

At least one person, believed to be a woman based on passenger accounts on social media, was injured by shrapnel that pierced the aircraft’s body after the engine exploded. Officials have not commented on injuries, but did say that the plane landed safely and that most passengers were being bused to the terminal after getting off on the runway.

According to Flightaware.com, the jet was approaching Central Pennsylvania when it diverted to Philadelphia International Airport.

The plane is a Boeing 737-700 that went into service in 2000.
Southwest said in a statement that it was “gathering more information” about the incident.

Lucky Escape for Girl Who Got Pushed into Moving Bus

Street camera footage released by local police in Poland on Tuesday showed the 17 Year old falling down on the street, being nearly missed by the wheels of the moving bus last Thursday (12 April 2018) in the town of Czechowice-Dziedzice. She quickly gets up and her companion hugs her in apparent apology.

Police fined the 17 year old who pushed her companion, but the regional police commander wants to press charges against her for endangering the life and health of her friend. If found guilty, she can spend a year in prison.