New York Today: Trial Begins for Man Charged With Subway Corridor Bombing


Good morning on this clear Tuesday.The trial of Akayed Ullah, who the authorities say tried to blow himself up with a pipe bomb in a subway passage last year, is underway.The New York Times reporter Benjamin Weiser, who is covering the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said jury selection was expected to conclude today. The jury was also expected to hear opening statements by a prosecutor and Mr. Ullah’s lawyer.[Before he tried to bomb the subway, Akayed Ullah visited a Rohingya refugee camp in his native Bangladesh. Why?]The trial comes at a moment of high tension in the country, just days after pipe bombs were mailed to prominent Democrats and opponents of President Trump, and a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.According to the authorities, Mr. Ullah carried out the Dec. 11 attack during morning rush hour in a corridor linking the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations. He was the only person seriously injured.Later, prosectors said, Mr. Ullah told investigators, “I did it for the Islamic State.”ImageAkayed Ullah is charged in the 2017 attack.CreditNY Taxi and Limousine Commission, via Associated PressMr. Ullah, 28, an immigrant from Bangladesh who had been living in Brooklyn, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, providing material support to the Islamic State and other counts.Some of the charges carry maximum sentences of life in prison.You can follow Mr. Weiser on Twitter for updates on the trial.Here’s what else is happening:WeatherFrom gray to great.Blue skies are back, with temperatures rising to the mid-50s.Trick-or-treaters can plan for temperatures in the mid-60s by tomorrow afternoon. On the first day of November, we just might hit 70 again.Oh, dear.In the News• A new lawsuit links the Trump name to a series of get-rich-quick schemes that harmed investors, many of whom were struggling financially. [New York Times]• As he seeks a third term, New Jersey congressman Tom MacArthur embodies the challenge facing many suburban Republicans who have remained staunch allies of the president. [New York Times]• The dismissal of one of six charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this month raised questions about the rest of the case. [New York Times]• In Connecticut, the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor are each trying to link the other to an unpopular president or an even less popular governor. [New York Times]• No one has claimed the bodies of the two Saudi Arabian sisters that were found along the Hudson River. The police have few answers. [New York Times]• In response to a string of suicides by city cabdrivers, the Taxi and Limousine Commission will waive nearly $20 million in fees in an effort to help struggling medallion owners. [New York Post]• New Jersey’s Congressional delegation is made up of 13 men and only one woman. Mikie Sherrill, a Democratic candidate running for Congress, hopes to change that. [WNYC]• Meet this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot giant from Wallkill, N.Y. [amNY]• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.Coming Up Today• “Spooktacular,” an afternoon of family-friendly Halloween-themed games, face painting and costume contests, at Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn. 4 to 7 p.m. [Free]• “A Love/Hate Comedy Show About the History of the M.T.A.” — a stand-up routine about our subway woes in the 1970s — at Caveat on the Lower East Side. 7 p.m. [$20]• “Reimagining Democracy,” a series of discussions curated by Masha Gessen, begins at Albertine Books, the French Embassy’s cultural hub on the Upper East Side. Tonight’s event: “Beyond States and Borders,” a panel on the global refugee crisis. 7 p.m. [Free]• Halloween meets humor at “Welcome to Your Haunted Airbnb” and “Pam and Sam’s Christ-Approved Halo-ween” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in the East Village. Times vary. [$9]• Looking ahead: On Friday, as part of Gordon Lightfoot’s cross-country tour “The Legend Lives On,” the musician performs at St. George Theatre on Staten Island. [Tickets here]• Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m. (MSG). Devils at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (MSG+). Rangers at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (MSG).• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Nov. 1.• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.Metropolitan DiaryThe Little Prince’s AsteroidDear Diary:Times Square is quite unlike the Little Prince’s asteroid but a single rose would not automatically go unnoticed heredense crowds that are never quite the workers filing into and out of their shifts in Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’but more like a corps de ballet for the streetand on the nights that the temperature dips below zerothe square empties out enough that you can still imagine Antonin Dvorakwalking here among his beloved pigeonsand on other nights some people are not ignoring Emil the Be Bop time travelerwho is still trying to convince everybody thatthings would be very different if Albert Ayler’s bodyhad not been pulled out of the East River in November 1970the grammar of percussion is often accurate here— Peter B. SeloverAnd Finally …Earlier this year, we told you about our trip to a Brooklyn death cafe, part of a global movement to make conversations about dying less taboo.This week in New York, coinciding with Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Souls Day, there’s an entire festival — “Reimagine End of Life New York” — dedicated to exactly that.“In a time of so much division, death is one thing we all share that can bring together people from all walks of life,” said the event’s founder, Brad Wolfe. “Our goal is to inspire New Yorkers to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right until the end.“When you enable people to have this conversation as a community, in creative and surprising ways,” he added, “they often discover that something sad and dark can also elicit laughter, joy and celebration.”Hundreds of free or low-cost talks, screenings, exhibitions, comedy shows and other death-themed events continue through Saturday at theaters, concert halls, houses of worship, libraries, hospitals, cemeteries and other unconventional venues across the boroughs.

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