Sightseers in New York enjoyed an extra-special view at the weekend as the sun set on the city's iconic skyline.
More than 12 years after the horrifying 9/11 attacks, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum has opened its doors at Ground Zero.
The iconic singer's doodle-covered lyrics to his 'most popular song of all time' is set to go under the hammer.
Animal protection investigators in a New York suburb are investigating the "violent" deaths of about 25 cats who were killed with blows to the head before being hung in plastic bags from trees.
The bodies of the cats were found yesterday in a wooded area of Yonkers and appear to have been killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, local animal welfare charity director Ernest Lungaro said today.
A baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene, though investigators have not yet confirmed whether they were the weapons used on the animals - some of which were killed only a few days before the grim discovery.
"Pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that," Mr Lungaro said. "We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we've never seen anything where they're killing them this violently."
A charity ice hockey game between the New York Police Department and the city's firefighters erupted into a brawl this weekend.
Video footage on YouTube shows players throwing punches and grappling on the ice as the teams were tied 3-3 during the second period.
Warning: Video contains some graphic language from the crowd:
Eventually referees were able to break up the scuffle and the game continued, ending in a 8-5 win for the NYPD.
The bodies of all eight people reported missing after a gas explosion destroyed two New York apartment buildings have been recovered, but workers are treating the scene as a rescue operation in case there are survivors in the rubble.
Fire commissioner Salvatore Cassano said no one else is known to be unaccounted for but workers will continue to scour the debris from the flattened buildings for victims.
He predicted detectives and fire marshals would soon gain access to the buildings' basements to begin the investigation into what caused the explosion.
"Right now we are in the process of removing the final amount of debris," Mr Cassano said. "We should be moving much more quickly now."
A police spokesperson has confirmed to Associated Press that the death toll following the explosion at an apartment block in New York has risen to seven.
Seventy four people were also left injured after two buildings collapsed following a gas leak explosion in Harlem.
The New York Fire Department has confirmed to Associated Press that a sixth person has died following a gas explosion at an apartment block in east Harlem yesterday.
BREAKING: Fire department spokesman confirms a sixth person dead in Harlem gas explosion
A NYPD spokesman has confirmed to Associated Press that a fifth person has died following the Harlem gas explosion after a body was discovered in the rubble.
The death toll in the New York gas leak explosion has risen to four, officials confirmed.
Seventy four people were injured and others are missing after two buildings collapsed following a gas leak explosion in Harlem, NBC New York reported.
"This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people," the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio said.
UPDATE: Hospitals now report treating 73 people for injuries after Harlem explosion, most non-life-threatening http://t.co/qHbtWwQ499
Updated injury info for 5-alarm: 3 fatalities, 2 critical/serious, 5 serious/non-life threatening, 20 minor. No #FDNY members injured.
Authorities in New York have released the identities of two of the three victims of a gas leak explosion in the city.
Griselde Camacho, a public safety officer at a public Manhattan college and Carmen Tanco, a dental hygienist died in the blast, NBC New York reported, citing officials.
The identity of the third victim has not yet been made public.