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My Building Exploded. I Survived.

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He may no longer have a home, but unlike some of his neighbors piano man Colin Patterson miraculously escaped from his East Harlem home unscathed after it blew up around him.

After the explosion up in East Harlem on Wednesday, Colin Patterson stood in the street in a flannel pajama top, saying he could not explain how he survived.“It’s a miracle!” he announced. “I’m a miracle!”The 53-year-old piano technician’s eyes were wild and his mouth was caked with black dust. “The whole building fell on me!”He said he was about to get dressed in his first floor apartment at the back of Absolute Piano when a thunderous blast tore through the building.

UP IN THE AIR

Drone Spies Harlem Rescue

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While safety crews were still searching for survivors, a man launched his drone to get a better look, drawing congratulations from some, and criticism for his recklessness from others.

Brian Wilson, a 45-year-old from New Jersey, was just leaving his apartment in New York City for work when his roommate informed him that two buildings at the northwest corner of 116th and Park Avenue in Harlem had collapsed.“[He] said ‘Hey, you should go there with your drone,’” Wilson tells The Daily Beast. “So I grabbed it and ran.”A systems specialist at GAGE Strategies, Wilson spends most of his days developing systems to “help young entrepreneurs” who want to start a drone business.

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America's Knicks Top Model

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Hall of Famer Phil Jackson is set to become head of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. But can he box out owner James Dolan, and rebuild the team from scratch?

The New York Knicks will be holding a press conference on Tuesday at 11am, at which time they will formally announce that Phil Jackson, will be taking over as the team’s new president and Zen Master. For long-suffering fans, this is presumably a moment to rejoice. Jackson has a record 11 NBA championship rings to show for his tenure as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and garnered two more as a player over the course of his 13-year career.

Boom

‘Like Someone Kicked My Door In’

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On the smoky streets surrounding two collapsed buildings, eyewitnesses describe a morning of terror.

“It was so loud. I was in the basement and it sounded like someone was kicking my door in,” Jimmy said on the corner of 117th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, a neighborhood where he lives and works as a superintendent for apartments buildings like the ones that collapsed Wednesday morning, killing two and injuring at least 22.Just around the corner from the wrecked buildings, a woman hurried down the street, pushing a stroller as tears poured down her face while speaking desperate, anguished Spanish to someone on the other end of her phone.

Where Next?

The Best Free Agents

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The Denver Broncos snatched Aqib Talib who was released by the Patriots, it was the first big deal in a frenzy of negotiations. Where are the best free agents going?

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about March Madness, CPAC’s aftermath, or the blind auditions of The Voice. It’s NFL free agency, the annual whirlwind of offseason activity that reshapes the terrain of America’s real pastime. This year, the action began Tuesday afternoon, and with teams allowed to spend $10 million more than last year, the game of hot potato is already scorching.It can be hard to keep track of all the moves, like when the San Francisco 49ers trade a sixth-round pick for a backup quarterback that looks like Sunshine from Remember the Titans.

Parenting

Don’t Call My Daughter ‘Bossy’

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Sheryl Sandberg is launching a new project to stop us from calling little girls bossy when they’re just exhibiting the same behavior as little boys. But what if your kid really is bossy?

When Sheryl Sandberg told me she was launching a project to stop us all from calling little girls bossy, my immediate reaction was, “But what if my daughter *is* bossy?!?!?” My partner and I have a five-year-old daughter, Willa.  A few weeks ago, we got a call from the parents of Willa’s best friend.  During kindergarten recess on a particularly cold day at the playground, apparently Willa told her friend to put her tongue on a metal pole.  When the friend’s tongue became stuck, my daughter (who I guess forgot the rest of the scene in the movie about running for help) pulled her friend and her friend’s tongue off the pole.

REALITY FIGHTS

‘Mob Wives’ ... Mob Rat?

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While the murder trial in Brooklyn Federal court possessed a storyline with all the dramatic trappings of a must-watch reality TV program, the most captivating part was that it wouldn't be publicized.

The mob trial in Brooklyn Federal court channel-hopped from ABC's New York Med to VH1's Mob Wives as two figures from two different reality shows took the stand in as many days.On Monday, there was Dr. Tara Margarella a trauma resident turned plastic surgeon who was once featured on the show New York Med. She testified about her desperate efforts to save the victim in this murder and robbery conspiracy case.On Tuesday, it was Hector Pagan, ex-husband of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano.

Women and Work

Princeton Mom Is Right (Kind Of)

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For many women, the advice from “Princeton Mom’s” new book about marriage and motherhood is salient, despite what feminists may say. But it doesn’t apply to all of us.

Susan Patton, aka Princeton mom, has evoked so much ire from feminists that it almost feels a bit like a betrayal to the sisterhood to give the woman any more ink. But not only am I going to give her more attention, I am going to do something even more shocking for someone who considers myself a feminist. I’m going to admit that part of Patton’s message is right.Before my fellow feminists start chasing me with pitchforks (or do the Internet equivalent of responding angrily on Twitter before actually reading my entire argument), please allow me to explain.

IN MEMORIAM

Joe McGinniss Remembered

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After the death of the writer Joe McGinniss, his son Joe Jr. recalls the brilliance of the author of “The Selling of The President” and “Fatal Vision” whose work “sometimes nearly killed him and emotionally wrecked him, as it does most writers.”

Years ago, Joe McGinniss gave some urgent advice about the writing profession to his eldest son, novelist Joe McGinniss Jr.“He said to not do it,” the younger McGinniss told me Tuesday, the day after his famous father died, at 71, after a year-long battle with prostate cancer. “He was so protective of me…He’d had the highest highs and the lowest lows, and he knew how hard it was. He didn’t want me to begin to think about it. He said find a job that gives you great satisfaction and write on the side if you feel compelled to, but don’t try to make a living as a writer.

Facts

Why Protest ‘Stand Your Ground?’

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The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were tragic, but Florida’s controversial law wasn’t used in the defense of their alleged murderers.

Can we have an honest dialogue about race in America today?  One in which people who genuinely agree to disagree are not immediately branded as racists or bigots?  I’m going to try by looking at a “Stand Your Ground” march held Monday in Tallahassee, Florida led by Al Sharpton featuring the parents of slain teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.However one looks at the case of Martin, we can all agree that a young man tragically lost his life on a night when he shouldn’t have.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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