The "Whipped Cream? ID Please." Edition
A new NYC nightmare, a serial dog attacker, Blank Street coffee, seltzer returns to Brooklyn, how to get a free Covid-19 test, conditions at Rikers, and more
Apologies that this edition is a day ; I was up at the State Fair! Not a whole lot of NYC representation (read: none) at the New York State Fair.
Today - Low: 70˚ High: 81˚
Clear throughout the day.
• How to get a free Covid-19 test now that the city's locations are harder and harder to find. (Lola Fadulu for NY Times)
• For those worried that there weren't any seltzer factories left in the city, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys are back and making fizzy water in Cypress Hills. (Emma Orlow for Eater)
• There's a loon out there attacking dogs in Prospect Park with a stick, and he's been doing it for years. The attacker recently killed Moose, a Golden Retriever mix. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Despite the primary loss, Yuh-Line Niou may run in the general election in NY-10 on the Working Families Party ticket against Dan Goldman. The district is so DEmocratic that the theory is if you can choose between a true progressive like Yuh-Line Niou instead of the political equivalent of mayo on untoasted white bread with a friend who runs the NY Times like Dan Goldman, without the additional progressive candidates in the primary, that Niou stands a chance. A decision hasn't been made yet. (George Joseph for The City)
• Gothamist assembled a list of 21 concerts, festivals, and music events with some surprising picks. (Precious Fondren, Steve Smith, and Ben Yakas for Gothamist)
• A child in the city has monkeypox, one of the 2,959 currently reported cases. (Joseph Goldstein and Noah Weiland for NY Times)
• Nine cops whose religious exemptions were rejected for the Covid-19 vaccine are suing the city to save their jobs. There are a bunch of lawsuits from former NYPD who live on Long Island and are trying to keep their jobs. Of the 8,487 accommodation applications filed, 2,426 have been approved so far. (Reuven Blau for The City)
• NYPD officer Michael Sher, who took off the face mask and glasses of a protester to pepper sprayed him in the face during the George Floyd protests, and who bragged about it, will not face discipline for the use of force. The video of the incident is blatant, and the NYPD's lack of discipline is unsurprising. (Yoav Gonen for The City)
• The city's Civilian Complaint Review Board has recommended disciplinary charges against an NYPD officer for misleading investigators and crank-calling a Brooklyn man who filed 311 complaints about illegal parking. I wouldn’t bet on there being any discipline. (Jesse Coburn for Streetsblog)
• More on the conditions that Ryder, the horse that collapsed in the August heat, had been kept in. If you can believe this, horses are being kept in stalls that are too small, without "enough slack or room to turn completely around." Every single person responsible for the well-being of these animals has failed in their mission, and it's time to end this practice. (Catalina Gonella for Gothamist)
• If you're gonna try to buy whipped cream, better bring your license. You need to be over 21 to buy whipped cream in New York. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Taking a look at Blank Street Coffee, the middling-at-best coffee shops that are slowly spreading across the city and are one step short of a vending machine in terms of business model. (Julia Moskin for NY Times)
94% of readers think Rough Trade et. al seems less cool for opening locations at Rockefeller Center.
• NYC Nightmare: A woman in the Bronx fell through her bathroom floor into the basement. (Clio Chang for Curbed)
• The Queens Museum is undergoing a very nice $69 million renovation, establishing a new children's museum on site. Construction is not set to begin until 2023 or 2024. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Photos: Inside Peachy Keen in Times Square, a 70's inspired restaurant serving "inventive" comfort food. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)
• One side effect of the law that will ban guns in Times Square is that the city will officially declare its borders. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Despite being the best-funded school district in the country, New York City is only average in testing scores, showing an extreme disconnect between funding and scores. (Matt Barnum for Chalkbeat)
• Lin-Manuel Miranda will have a new Broadway show based on Martin Scorsese's 1977 film New York, New York. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Does the city need another chicken-based fast food chain? Silence knave, Dave's Hot Chicken from Nashville will open 20 locations throughout the city. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)
• Renderings: The new gateway to Williamsburg’s Marsha P. Johnson State Park. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• Farewell: Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza, which used to be a great place to grab a vegan or gluten-free slice on the UWS. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)
• Despite near record-high office vacancies, Governor Hochul wants to add ten towers of mostly offices around the new Penn Station. You can think that Penn Station needs a renovation without also thinking midtown needs ten new office towers. (Matthew Haag, Patrick McGeehan, and Andrew Kudacki for NY Times)
• The city will answer four ballot questions this fall, three amendments to the city's charter to cement equality into the preamble, and one state proposal to use $4.2 billion for climate change mitigation. (Athen Geringer-Sameth for Gotham Gazette)
• Rikers Island is no longer "atrocious," according to a surprise visit from Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Comptroller Brad Lander, and Councilmember Carlina Rivera. Not a "humanitarian crisis" is a pretty low bar. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• The state will not be taxing forgiven student debt. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• City Councilmember Vicky Paladino, a known asshole, is trying to take credit for migrants bused from Texas not being housed in Queens. The real reason is a contract dispute with a landlord, but that didn't stop Paladino from trying to take credit for that decision. Like I said, a huge asshole. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• A literal cat vs. dog court case is dismissed after bodega cat Negrito is exonerated. (Molly Osberg for Hell Gate)
• Everything you can eat at the U.S. Open. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Trash will be picked up on Labor Day to acknowledge how bad the city's trash problem has become. (Dana Rubenstein and Michael Gold for NY Times)
• 11 hottest new bakeries, with picks from Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Melissa McCart for Eater)
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