The "Does the W 4th Subway Puncher Exist" Edition

The best pizza places, no more library late fees, NYCC, a one-man Titanic production, NYCC, de Blasio wants to run for governor, and more

Today - Low: 61˚ High: 75˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend - Low: 62˚ High: 69˚

Thank you to reader Steph for this photo of the weeping willow on 15th and 7th in Park Slope! I once saw the mayor here ignoring people trying to talk to him. Send your NYC photos to to be featured.

• Photos: New York Comic Con is back and everyone is wearing masks, regardless if they're wearing costumes or not. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

• Does the West 4th Subway Puncher exist? (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

• In an attempt to figure out how to keep Joe Rogan from coming back to NYC until absolutely necessary, a new state bill would close the loophole for unvaccinated performers and athletes from out of town. The bill is still in the early stages, but we can all have hope. (Danny Lewis for Gothamist)

• Interview: Michael Kinnan is performing in Never Let Goa one-man theatrical realization of Titanic. (Billy McEntee for Greenpointers)

• If you were someone focused on the rising stats of violent crime towards the end of t last year, you also have to focus on the drop in violent crime compared to last fall. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Real Estate Lust: A $17.95 million Carnegie Hill brownstone on 92nd with 7,000 square feet of interior space, a brick solarium, a wine cellar, garden, roof deck, terrace, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The best restaurants in Windsor Terrace. (Carina Finn Koeppicus for The Infatuation)

• What to do when you've got no heat or too much heat. (Brick Underground)

• There are no more late fees at NYC's public libraries. If you had late fees, they're forgiven. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• The World's 50 Best Restaurants were announced, with NYC's Le Bernardin, Atmoix, and Cosme making the list. Previous winners, like Eleven Madison Park, become ineligible to be listed. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Time Out)

• These two stories go great together. Bill de Blasio misused $320,000 in public resources during his failed presidential run and in addition, he used NYPD resources for his personal benefit, using the NYPD as a concierge service. Unless forced to, the mayor does not plan on paying the city back. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Bill de Blasio has also begun to privately tell people he plans to run for governor because he wants to remain in public life. (Katie Glueck and Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)

• The city's schools will phase out their gifted and talented program in favor of incorporating accelerated learning for students into regular classes. The mayor waited just long enough to make this announcement that all the headlines earlier in the week were about how he blew another deadline. (Eliza Shapiro for NY Times)

19 steller vegan and vegetarian restaurants. (Emma Orlow and Eater Staff for Eater)

• As time marches on with the Crown Heights armory, we're going to discover over and over how the city agreed to a bad deal and trumpeted about how it was doing great work for the community. It's a complete embarrassment and unfortunately for Laurie Cumbo, this is her legacy. (Gabriel Sandoval for The City)

• This fall's biggest drinking trend: Martini menus. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Time Out)

• As the sinkhole on 1st Ave and 5th St is repaired, there’s another sinkhole forming in Tompkins Square Park. (EV Grieve)

• The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is investigating itself and how it rubber-stamped resigned-in-disgrace Andrew Cuomo's $5 million book deal. (Grace Ashford for NY Times)

The 24 best pizza places in NYC, ranked. This list is considered suspect by placing a Jersey City pizza place at #2, above Di Fara, L&B, Paulie Gee’s, and more. Lucali hits the #1 spot. (The Infatuation)

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