What Happened in New York This Week: 8 Stories You Need to Read

By Rosa Goldensohn on July 18, 2014 2:59pm 

NEW YORK CITY — If you went on a news diet this week, binge now with DNAinfo's top stories:

Brooklyn Bridge Swim Shuts Out Disabled Team

Organizers of a swimming race in the East River this weekend demanded that a team of disabled athletes pay extra fees to participate. The athletes say that's discrimination.

LIRR Strike Averted

The MTA cut a deal with the United Transport Union, avoiding a Long Island Rail Road strike set for Sunday that could have stranded thousands of beachgoers and commuters. Under the deal, the LIRR workers will get a raise and begin contributing to their health care costs.

Fashion Truck Rolls Into Williamsburg

A pair of entrepreneurs priced out of New York storefronts bought a truck on Craigslist, painted it "radiant orchid" and opened the mobile clothing store of their dreams. Le Suite Boutique started this spring and has popped up on corners from Inwood to Soho.

Brooklyn DA May Toss Old Pot Cases

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and his staff are poring over hundreds of old marijuana cases and may drop charges, as part of the office's new policy not to prosecute first-time, low-level pot arrests. The NYPD said officers will continue to make marijuana arrests in Brooklyn, whether or not the DA prosecutes the cases.

Interactive Chart: How the City Council Spent Your Money

DNAinfo mapped out how each City Council person spent discretionary funding this year. Take a look at which organizations got the most money on our detailed breakdown.

5 Best Places to Hike in New York City

We've got everything you need to get your fill of fresh air and greenery, without leaving the five boroughs.  Spot salamanders and frogs in Alley Pond Park in Queens, take a 12-mile hike on Staten Island, check out the osprey in Brooklyn's Marine Park and glimpse the Long Island Sound from the Kazimiroff Nature Trail in The Bronx.

Quiz: What Should You Do This Weekend?

Whether you're a homebody, a barfly or an outdoorsman, DNAinfo can help you plan your weekend. Take our quiz and learn whether you should try a waterfront bar or hit the Appalachian Trail.

5 Daytime Dates You Haven't Been On

Manage to snag a date for this weekend? Make it a special one with our inventive local date ideas. Take a trip to The Bronx's Little Italy, or go on a scavenger hunt at a Superfund site.

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