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

By Natalie Musumeci | September 5, 2014 3:29pm
 Photos from DNAinfo New York's best stories of the week.
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NEW YORK CITY — This week DNAinfo New York revealed that more than a dozen newly graduated Port Authority Police are under investigation after going on a drunken post-graduation rampage, the “Queen of Williamsburg” dished it all, and city teachers defied education officials by wearing pro-NYPD shirts to school.

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Mom Arrested for Standing on Sidewalk While Waiting for Family to Use Bathroom
Human rights lawyer Chaumtoli Huq, 42, was arrested for blocking the sidewalk while waiting for her husband and kids to use the bathroom at a Times Square restaurant, according to a lawsuit. The former top government attorney claims the arrest was an attempt by the NYPD to target her for being Muslim.

Teachers Warned Not to Wear Pro-NYPD Shirts to School
City teachers were slapped with a stern warning by education officials this week not to wear pro-NYPD T-shirts to school, but some teachers and staff wore them anyway on the first day of classes to protest their union’s backing of an Eric Garner rally on Staten Island.

These Ridgewood Shops Are Where It’s At
While trendy restaurants have begun to pop up in gentrifying Ridgewood, there's still plenty of old-school mom and pop stores. Vaya Bags, American Houseware, Ridgewood Coins and Collectibles, Art Cove, Gotham Thrift Shop, and E&J Cards and Gifts are some of the shopping gems that Ridgewood has to offer.

Newly Minted Port Authority Police Go on Drunken Rampage After Graduating
More than a dozen new Port Authority police officers are under investigation for partying so hard after their recent graduation that local police had to be called, DNAinfo New York learned earlier this week. The rowdy officers ended up causing a ruckus at Texas Arizona Bar and Grill in New Jersey.

Treasure Hunters Blame City Park Restrictions for Lack of Loot
Records from the city Parks Department show that people who regularly search its green spaces and beaches with metal detectors didn't find anything of historical importance or significant value in 2013. Metal-detector hobbyists say it's because the Park Department bans them from many locations.

More Changes Coming to the City’s Public School’s This Year
The city’s expanded pre-K program may be the biggest change to the city’s school system this year, but it’s by far not the only one. Check out our breakdown on what to expect for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña's first full year.

Meet the Queen of Williamsburg
Leonora Russo, 89, has lived in the same rent-controlled apartment on North 11th street for 66 years and has become a local icon known for her extravagant wardrobe and brassy commentary.

Shack Shack Spruce Up Could Damage Madison Square Park Trees, Plan Shows
The popular fast-food joint’s park location will shut down later this year for a five-month makeover
, but a 66-and-a-half-foot London plane tree lies in the path of construction work, according to a plan obtained by DNAinfo New York. The plan says the tree “will suffer a number of inevitable insults as a result of construction.”