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

By Rosa Goldensohn | July 25, 2014 2:49pm | Updated on July 25, 2014 7:39pm
 Taxi inspectors called out a scam in their department, mysterious white flags flew over the Brooklyn Bridge, and a notorious pig named Piggie Smalls moved to Clinton Hill.
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NEW YORK CITY — It was a hot news week in the city. Here's a hot fudge sundae of the scoops you missed:

Taxi Commission Confiscates New Yorkers' Cars

A DNAinfo investigation showed that hundreds of regular New Yorkers had their cars wrongfully seized by the Taxi and Limousine Commission in the last year. TLC inspectors said that they are under intense pressure to seize cars, even it means breaking the rules, and called the seizures “a corrupt money-making scam for the city." Victims of the seizures accused inspectors of racial profiling, and the city's public advocate and NYCLU called for a probe.

Meet a Micro Pot-Bellied Pig Named Piggie Smalls

A Clinton Hill veterinary clinic adopted a micro pot-bellied pig and named him Piggie Smalls, after the legendary local rapper Notorious B.I.G. The pig was rescued from a life of neglect in Central Florida, and is now spending most of his time with his new older “sister,” Ruby the dog.

VIDEO: NYPD Officers Use Chokehold on Another Man

DNAinfo obtained a video of police choking and punching a man in a Harlem subway station, just days before Staten Island man Eric Garner died after police put him in a chokehold.  The chokehold grip is officially banned by the NYPD.

Police Hunt Brooklyn Bridge Flag-Switchers

Detectives are far from surrender in the case of the white flags that replaced American ones atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning. They’re interviewing anyone who worked on the bridge recently, saying the possible prank required serious professional skills.

Lottery Opens Up for Affordable Chelsea Apartments

Penn South, the high-rise complex that runs from 23rd to 29th street on the West Side, will open up its waiting list for the first time in years, giving New Yorkers who meet income requirements a shot at getting a discount apartment. Studios start at $64,000 and two bedrooms go for a low as $109,500.

Model Crashes Porsche and Threatens Officer

A model who claimed friendship with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg crashed her Porsche on the West Side Highway and then threatened a police officer's job, sources said. Dara Tomanovich, 45, was charged with a DWI.

Hipsters 'Feel Weird' About Starbucks

Williamsburg residents tiptoed into the neighborhood's first Starbucks on Union Ave this week, ambivalently picking up iced lattes despite their friends’ jeers. But local independent coffee shops said they felt no burn, and that their customers were remaining loyal.

5 Spots for Your Dog to Swim

Bring your overheated pup to cool off at doggie beaches in Brooklyn and Queens. Some spots are fenced in for safety, but Red Hook’s pier allows strong paddlers to cover some distance. Humans who want to splash with their dogs can rent an indoor pool in Manhattan.

Foie Gras Doughnut Exists in Bed-Stuy

What’s a non-egg-eater to do in today’s brunchy Brooklyn? If you hate eggs but still want to engage in the social ritual of the day, check out our list of Kings County’s top egg-free options, from shrimp and grits to smoked salmon ramen, to the ultimate in brunch decadence, the foie gras doughnut.