What Happened in New York This Week: 5 Stories You Need to Read
NEW YORK — This week, FDNY firefighters in training were hospitalized after a serious drug-resistant bacterial infection outbreak in their training facility, those close to Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed concern that he was preparing to side with The Rev. Al Sharpton against his NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton amid mounting criticism of the death of Eric Garner during an NYPD arrest and fed up residents launched a “Hall of Shame” campaign to target dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets.
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'Mosaic Man' Tears Down His Artwork to Protest Astor Place Redesign
Longtime artist Jim Power, also known as “Mosaic Man”, started ripping down his multicolored mosaics from Astor Place lampposts in anticipation for the city's forcible removal of the posts. The Department of Transportation said it would have to remove the decorated lampposts when it redesigns the area in the fall to make it more pedestrian-friendly. DOT said it would try to preserve the poles’ “historic artifacts” but said it hasn’t decided yet where they would be kept.
Student Firefighters Contract MRSA Superbug at FDNY Academy
Several firefighter trainees at the FDNY Academy contracted the drug-resistant staph infection MRSA, which sent at least one of them to the hospital. The bug, known as MRSA, can cause life-threatening infections such as pneumonia. The FDNY scrubbed clean all his equipment and said it was in contact with the Department of Health to prevent the spread at the Randall's Island facility.
Video of Dog Poop Scofflaw Sparks Ft. Greene Shame Campaign
South Oxford residents fed up with dog owners leaving their pets' waste on public sidewalks have launched a “Dog Walkers Hall of Shame” campaign. The South Oxford Street Block Association is asking residents to photograph or videotape scofflaws caught in the act and post it on the group’s Facebook page. The Fort Greene-based block association kicked off the campaign by posted a video showing a woman deliberately not cleaning up after her dog.
De Blasio Would Dump Bratton in Showdown with Sharpton, Sources Say
Insiders close to Mayor de Blasio told DNAinfo's Murray Weiss that if he had to choose between keeping Reverend Al Sharpton in his inner circle or ditching NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, De Blasio would not hesitate to dump Bratton, insiders told DNAinfo. Insiders say the conflict between the mayor's close ties to the civil rights advocate and his public support for the rank and file of the NYPD has been increasing amid the outcry over Eric Garner's apparent chokehold death in police custody.
10 Unpretentious Rooftop Bars in the City
Looking for chill and inexpensive drink that you can enjoy with a view? DnaInfo has compiled the top 10 rooftop bars in the city, from a Long Island City rooftop with 360-degree view on the Queensboro Bridge, the Chrysler and the Empire State buildings, to a Meatpacking district bar serving over 100 different kinds of beers.