The "They Killed the Damn Owl" Edition

Cuomo says he's the real victim, a basketball court in the basement, essential East Village restaurants, Chris Cuomo ducks out, and more

Today - Low: 71˚ High: 76˚

• You know who the real victim of this Cuomo sexual harassment allegation shitstorm is? Governor Cuomo's the real victim according to his attorney Rita Glavin. I hope Rita is paid well, because I'm not sure how she sleeps at night. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

• A former assistant to Governor Andrew Cuomo who accused him of groping her inside the Executive Mansion has filed a complaint with the Albany County Sheriff, which means we could be looking at criminal charges. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Chris Cuomo is headed on a vacation from CNN at a very opportune time. (Michael M. Grynbaum for NY Times)

• According to reports, Kathy Hochul is "quietly" preparing to replace Cuomo. It's okay Kathy, no one is expecting you to not become governor. (Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)

• Photos: Right under the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Roebling Plaza is taking shape. (Michelle Young for New York YIMBY)

• We never knew what happened to 2018's hot duck in Central Park and maybe not knowing is the better option. RIP Barry the Barred Owl, killed by a Central Park Conservancy vehicle in the early hours of Friday morning. (Willy Blackmore for Curbed)

• A federal judge ordered a temporary pause on plans to move homeless people out of hotels temporarily used for shelters during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the move violated the rights of protected people. Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Real Estate Lust: This $27.5 Upper West Side house, the most expensive house for sale in the neighborhood, includes an indoor double-height basketball court, six bedrooms, controlled wine storage, 2,600 square feet of outdoor space, elevator, full arcade, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• The Illumination Light Art Festival is headed to Greenpoint, underneath the K Bridge Park, in October. A dance floor, ten light installations, and "artworks showcased at the popular Burning Man festival" according to Time Out. I guess Burning Man is too mainstream for Bushwick. (André Wheeler for Time Out)

• Ten hangouts of the Beat Generation. (Bella Druckman for Untapped New York)

• Got a question you can't answer with a simple Google search? Try the New York Public Library's human search engines, which are back to work at the Main Brand of the NYPL. (Christopher Bonanos for Curbed)

• Check your Excelsior Pass status. Now everyone's pass was automatically updated from six months to one year. If yours still expires six months after your vaccination, you need to reload your vaccine card. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

• The new NYC COVID Safe vaccine passport app does literally zero verification of the photos you upload. Fake photo of a vaccine card? No problem. Mick Mouse? That's cool. It's only a matter of time before the app is full of dick pics. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

• New York ToyCon is coming September 4 and 5 to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They're not dolls. They're collectibles. (Ben Brachfield for Brooklyn Paper)

• New York City's role in the Hiroshima bombings, on the 76th anniversary. (Bella Druckman for Untapped New York)

• New York’s Excluded Workers Fund is a $2.1 billion fund for workers — including undocumented immigrants — who weren’t eligible for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. The City has some tips and resources for people applying. (Allison Dikanovic for The City)

• Everything we know about Revel's new rideshare Teslas. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

• Out of over 942,000 certified ballots cast, 140,202 voters did not select either Eric Adams or Kathryn Garcia as part of their ranking for the Democratic mayoral primary, which means about 15% of people didn't include either of the last two candidates standing in their ballots. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

• Harlem Councilmember Bill Perkins has lost his re-election bid, losing the primary to democratic socialist Kristin Richardson Jordan, according to unofficial manual recount results. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

• 20 essential East Village restaurants. (Izzy Baskette for Thrillist)

Featured Pet: Daisy!

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