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Teenager hit by cab

The Daily News reported that a 13-year-old boy was riding his bike on West 108th Street on Sunday when he was struck by a taxi. He was riding toward Central Park near Manhattan Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. when he was hit by the minivan cab. The teen was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical but stable condition, suffering from severe head trauma and cuts to his arms and legs. The 51-year-old cab driver stayed on the scene and was not charged. Daily News

Stritch moved to Michigan last year after a career in New York.

Stritch moved to Michigan last year after a career in New York.

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.

The actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Stritch moved to Michigan last year, bidding farewell to New York after 70 years as a tart-tongued monument to old-school show business endurance.

Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys, she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

She worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music.” She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

In 2013, Stritch — whose signature “no pants” style was wearing a loose-fitting white shirt over sheer black tights — retired to Michigan after 71 years in New York City and made her final performance at the Carlyle Hotel “Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out.” She said she suffered from diabetes, a broken hip and memory loss — all of which she nakedly documented in the film “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a documentary released in February. AP

Woman Left in Phone Booth as a Baby Searches for Birth Mother

A woman who was abandoned in an Upper West Side phone booth as a baby is now searching for her birth mother, according to Gothamist. Posting flyers near the booth where she was found, the woman, who won’t reveal her name for fear of interfering pranksters, has also hired a private investigator. The flyers stated that the woman was looking for any information that could produce a lead, and that she could be found on the corner near the phone booth on her birthday, July 15. West Side Rag, who first noticed the sign, however, noted that she did not end up appearing on the corner because of bad weather. Gothamist

Another Pedestrian Death Spurs Driving Restrictions

DNAinfo reports that, following yet another pedestrian death, the Department of Transportation plans on implementing new restrictions on West End Avenue in the 90s. According to DOT officials, drivers headed east along West 95th Street from Riverside Drive and the Henry Hudson Parkway can no longer make left-hand turns northbound onto West End Avenue between 7 and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. This recent move hopes to prevent any crashes involving elementary school children headed to P.S. 75, located at West End Avenue and West 95th Street. In response to the latest crash that claimed local artist Jean Chambers’s life, the DOT is also considering allowing pedestrians more time to cross the street by giving all vehicles a red light at the intersection. DNAinfo.com

Weill Sells Maid’s Apt for $5.33 Mil

Former Citigroup chairman, Sandy Weill, has sold his maid’s apartment at 15 Central Park West for $5.33 million, reported the Daily News. The sum is three times more than the average price for a Manhattan apartment, Weill, who broke records when he sold his own apartment for $88 million in 2011 to Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, paid just under $1 million for the maid’s apartment back in 2007. The one bedroom, 1.5-bathroom condo is 1,079 square-feet and comes with a private terrace, a marble bathroom and a chef’s kitchen. Brown Harris Stevens broker Kyle Blackmon decline to comment. Daily News

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