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

By Sybile Penhirin on August 22, 2014 4:30pm 

NEW YORK — This week in New York, a youth football team got in hot water over its use of the Washington Redskins name, the ASPCA euthanized a homeless man's dog without telling him and a new bar in Bushwick offered "color my boobs" coloring sheets.

Check out our coverage:

Youth Football Team Abandons 'Redskins' Name After Complaints
A Brooklyn youth football league that had named one of its teams after the Washington Redskins changed the team’s name after outraged parents complained it was racist. The Saint Francis Xavier Youth Sports league decided to rename the team after the Chicago Bears instead.

Teen Dies in Solitary Cell After Begging for Help, Lawsuit Says
A 19-year-old Rikers Island inmate who complained about chest pain for several months died in his solitary confinement cell without being properly treated, according to a lawsuit filed by the teen’s mother. Andy Henriquez, who had a tear in his aorta, died several hours after a doctor prescribed him a hand cream unrelated to his condition, according to the suit.

Teen Killed in Fire Dreamed of Becoming Doctor
Melissa Mendez, who died trying to escape a fast-moving fire in Hamilton Heights, was a church choir singer, who dreamed of a career in medicine, according to her friends and relatives. Her family's church is seeking donations to bury her in the family's native Dominican Republic.

10 Pounds of Cocaine Discovered in FIT Student's Luggage
A Fashion Institute of Technology student flying back from Trinidad and Tobago found 10 pounds of cocaine when she opened her luggage back in New York. The 21-year-old woman, who flew into JFK Airport, discovered the four bricks of alleged cocaine in her suitcase when she was back in her Midtown dorm and told police she had no idea how it got there.

ASPCA Euthanizes Homeless Man's Dog Without Telling Him
The ASPCA euthanized a border collie mix named Spot without notifying the dog's owner. Police said they took the dog from James "Jimmy" Tarangelo, a homeless man who’s been living out of a van in Greenwich Village for several years, based on concerns about the pet’s health. Tarangelo had just raised $1,000 to treat his dog's tumor before authorities took his pet away, he said.

'Boobie Trap' Bar Welcomes Customers With Breast-Themed Decor
The new Boobie Trap Bar in Bushwick features a shirtless female mannequin with the bar’s two beer taps attached to it, “color my boobs” coloring sheets, nude magazine centerfolds and breasts inside glass ornaments on the wall. The bar’s “quirks” are there to make everyone feel welcome, the owner said.

VIDEO: Dancing Traffic Officer
A traffic officer likes to dance salsa, merengue and sometimes belly dance while directing cars at 34th Street between First and Second avenues in Murray Hill. Carmen Pena, a traffic officer for eight years, said she likes to have fun and brighten the spirits of those passing buy.

Get Fresh Fruits and Veggies From These 5 Queens Farms
DNAinfo recommends five Queens farms where city dwellers can buy fresh produce right where it was grown and picked. The fresh harvests include tomatoes, eggplants, squash, herbs and a plethora of fruits.

Try These Drinks and Treats Before Summer Ends
Enjoy these 13 quirky summer treats before restaurants start launching their fall menus. Brooklyn Soda’s watermelon and tarragon soda and Momofuku’s buttered corn mix are just some of the dishes that will disappear once the weather turns. 

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