The "This Whale Might Explode" Edition

A new Korean food hall, the NYPL's picture collection stays open, dance away the honking, San Gennaro, and more

Today - Low: 65˚ High: 78˚
Clear throughout the day.

• A dead humpback whale washed up on Staten Island. The cause of death is being investigated with hopes of being able to move the 30-ton beast before it might explode. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Ten years after Occupy Wall Street, protestors returned to Zuccotti Park to mark the anniversary. (Joseph Gedeon for Gothamist)

• 80% of New York City has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. (Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

• Afternoon is a new food hall cafe hybrid that features a Korean food tour, including corn dogs, scrambled egg sandwiches, mochi and doughnuts, a croissant-waffle hybrid, and more. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffnew for Time Out)

• A story about three Black women from Texas being arrested after a fight over some of their party not being allowed into Carmine's on the Upper West Side due to not having proof of vaccination has gotten messy with an accusation that one of Carmine's staff used the N-word in an argument. It's an extremely messy situation that was probably inevitable when the burden of enforcing the city's mandate falling solely on restaurants. Black Lives Matter is planning on protesting outside the restaurant, saying they're using the vaccine mandate as a way to enforce racist beliefs. (Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

• The last Sears in New York City is set to close on November 24. The building in Flatbush was declared a landmark in 2012 and according to the company that bought Sears' assets after bankruptcy says the building will be open for redevelopment. (Gabriel Sandoval for The City)

• Video: If they won't stop honking: Dance the honking away. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• Rendering: The 1,000+ apartment Gotham Point tower coming to Hunter's Point South in LIC. This is part of Mayor Bloomberg's plan from 2013 to redevelop parts of the neighborhood and 75% of the apartments will be rent-stabilized. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• In a change of heart The New York Public Library’s Picture Collection will remain open in a new location. Original plans were to close the collection to public browsing and only allow individual pictures to be retrieved by librarians upon request. (Christopher Bonanos for Curbed)

• The NYPL announced a Lou Reed exhibit their the archives they acquired in 2017. Lou Reed: Caught Between The Twisted Stars will open March 2, 2022, on what would have been Reed's 80th birthday. (Ren Yakas for Gothamist)

• Sheepshead Bay and Forest Hills top this list of the best neighborhoods for first-time homebuyers. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Foo Kanegae from Carroll Gardens' Karazishi Botan in on what it's like to run a restaurant in NYC when you don't speak English – through an interpreter. (Marisel Salazar for The Infatuation)

• On Monday, the City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal that would extend voting rights in local elections to legal, permanent, non-citizen residents who have been living in New York City for more than 30 days and are otherwise eligible to vote. Mayor de Blasio does not support the proposal but Eric Adams does. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

• In an attempt to end the re-imprisonment of individuals for technical parole violations and get as many people out of Rikers as possible, Governor Hochul ordered the release of 191 detainees on Friday and will move 200 people to state jails over the next week. Despite the moves, Rikers will still have a higher population than it did last year at this time. (Chelsea Rose Marcius for NY Times)

• 11 best spots for beers and brats in NYC this Oktoberfest. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• Review: Mo's General in Williamsburg is a general store-meets-slice shop with slices that sit between the L&B and Detroit-style pizza. Each bite is "this little shot of fatty goodness that mingles with whatever toppings you ended up getting." (Jason Diamond for Grub Street)

• Photos: The Feast Of San Gennaro and what to eat. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• The U.N. General Assembly convenes next week, so be aware that getting around above ground in that area is gonna be a nightmare. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

• Between September 21-24, a video installation will be on the side of the UN facade, "Vertical Migration" by SUPERFLEX features a 500-foot sea creature climbing up the side of the building. The installation is drawing attention to the important region of the ocean below where the sun can be seen in the water. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Climate change is putting more poop in the city's waters. (Lauren Vespoli for Curbed)

• The MTA estimated there was $75-to-100 million in flooding damage across subways and commuter rails during Tropical Storm Ida. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

• 23 places to gorge yourself in Sunset Park. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

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