Bahar Ostadan

Public Safety Reporter, WNYC & Gothamist

Bahar Ostadan covers the NYPD and public safety. Got a tip? Email or message Bahar on Signal at 646-740-7335.

Bahar Ostadan appears in the following:

FBI agents raid home of NYC Mayor Adams' key fundraiser

Thursday, November 02, 2023

The FBI has not confirmed the target of the raid.


What to know about the 2nd in command at NYC jails

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

What New Yorkers should know about Charles Daniels, who has been appointed to the No. 2 job in the city jails department for a second time.


New York and New Jersey declare a state of emergency amid floods

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Heavy rain flooding roadways and snarled travel in New York and New Jersey, causing governors of both states to declare states of emergency.


NYPD officers are making 84% more drug arrests per month since Mayor Adams took office

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The NYPD is making nearly twice as many narcotics arrests per month since Mayor Eric Adams took office — a strategy police say is key to reducing community violence.


The Latest on the Police Killing of Eric Duprey

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Last Wednesday, Eric Duprey was killed when a plain clothes NYPD officer knocked him off a motorbike by throwing a picnic cooler at his head.

A 'teen council' at the Brooklyn Public Library combats book bans nationwide

Thursday, August 03, 2023

A teen from New Mexico recently had an urgent message for his peers in New York City: “You always think it can’t happen to you until it does.”


Brooklyn mystery solved: serial litterer was NYPD sergeant

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The NYPD docked Sgt. John Trzcinski just one vacation day for the bizarre, years-long littering on one block of Noble Street in Greenpoint.


Mother of victim slain in 2019 Brownsville Old Timers' Day shooting awaits sentencing of gunman

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Bernice Perez said the shooting that killed her son and wounded 11 others has left a hole in her heart. Kyle Williams, 24, faces up to life in prison at the Wednesday sentencing.


Classrooms serve as cells at NYC’s troubled juvenile detention centers

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The Administration for Children’s Services acknowledged that classrooms are among the spaces used at the detention centers when teens and young adults need to be separated from rivals.


Video of NYPD officer pushing father with toddler raises questions about police use-of-force when a child is in harm’s way

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

After being arrested when police responded to a noise complaint, John Guerra was charged with child endangerment and says he lost custody of his 20-month-old son.


Listen: Mayor Adams fights rat ticket in NYC administrative court

Thursday, March 30, 2023

The mayor blamed his neighbor for a rat problem at the building he owns in Brooklyn.


NYPD officers shot man in Bronx after his father called 311 for help with mental health crisis

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Raul de la Cruz, 42, was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday after he was shot by police in the Bronx. His father said doctors gave him a slim chance of survival.


Drugs, cash and razor blades flow into NYC juvenile centers through staff smuggling network

Thursday, March 16, 2023

"You name it, they’ll bring it,” a current New York City juvenile detention center employee said, referring to staffers.


State investigation of baby’s death at Mount Sinai NICU underway

Thursday, March 02, 2023

The distraught parents of 4-month-old Noah Morton say they felt left in the dark as their son died in the neonatal intensive care unit on Jan. 11.


What New Yorkers need to know as thousands of NYC nurses begin strike

Monday, January 09, 2023

Roughly 7,100 nurses are poised to walk off the job Monday.