What Happened in New York This Week: 9 Stories You Need to Read

By Natalie Musumeci on August 8, 2014 5:57pm | Updated on August 8, 2014 7:37pm

NEW YORK — This week a Brooklyn eatery sparked controversy by urging diners to “stop and frisk your appetite," developers struggled to fill cheap luxury apartments, and thieves swiped dozens of mysterious street signs. Check out our coverage:

Crown Heights Restaurant Tries to Lure Customers With 'Stop and Frisk Your Appetite' Sign

The owners of the Nostrand Avenue restaurant Chop Chop Grub Shop had to yank down a handwritten sign that used the controversial NYPD tactic as a catchphrase for battling hunger after the sandwich board sparked outrage.

Developers Have a Hard Time Filling Affordable Apartments in Downtown Brooklyn

Nine residential high-rises are coming to Downtown Brooklyn over the next three years, but affordable units in the luxury buildings — some as low as $546-a-month for studios — are sitting empty because developers can’t find locals qualified to fill them.

Teen Claims Subway Gives Her Panic Attacks After F Train Derailment

A Hunter College student who was on the Queens F train that derailed in May plans to sue the MTA, claiming she has been too traumatized to take the subway since the the accident. Straphanger Melanie Chandan said she injured her knees, arms, head and neck when the Brooklyn-bound F train jumped the tracks in a tunnel near the 65th Station in Woodside.

Thieves Swipe Dozens of Weird City Street Signs

Crooks have stolen dozens of the bizarre street signs that were hung only two weeks ago by the Department of Transportation and feature head-scratching images of skulls, oozing clouds and coat hangers. The swiped signs are worth more than $800, a DOT spokesman said.

Free Sex Therapy for New York University Students

New York University plans to post fliers offering free sex therapy for freshman — as well as returning students — on every floor of every one of the school’s 23 dorms this fall, the program director told DNAinfo. The sex therapy program is open to the public as well as NYU students.

18-Foot Invasive Weeds Take Over Prospect Park

Towering weeds, known as Phragmites, are blocking scenic views of Prospect Park’s massive lake and hurting neighboring wildlife, according to the Prospect Park Alliance, which launched its “Fight the Phrag” campaign this month. The Alliance is enlisting volunteers on Aug. 16 and 23 for the labor-intensive work of destroying the hardy species.

‘Spin the Bottle’ at New East Williamsburg Eatery

Amancay’s Diner, a 24-hour restaurant and music venue, will open next month with what the owner is touting as “the world’s first dedicated Spin the Bottle” table. The table, surrounded on three sides by a red leather booth, will have a bottle secured to the top, like a Lazy Susan.

New Yorkers Dish Their Dating Deal Breakers

Being a vegetarian, having a nonchalant outlook on marriage, being rude to your mother, and having a conservative political stance are some dating deal breakers among New Yorkers that we talked to.

Queens Man Charged With Killing Football Coach in Napkin Fight

A St. Albans man was charged with the murder of a Jamaica youth football coach during a fight over a napkin at a Queens bar in June, according to police and sources. Fruitquana Hawkins is suspected of shooting Jamaica Bulldogs league football coach Timothy Tripp during an argument inside the Edge Bar.
 

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