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

By Trevor Kapp | September 12, 2014 4:57pm
 Here are eight of the biggest stories from the past week in the city.
8 Stories You May Have Missed in New York This Week
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MIDTOWN — This week DNAinfo New York revealed that an eccentric Upper East Side hoarder left behind $18 million when he died last year, that a drag bar’s proposed move isn’t sitting well with Greenwich Village residents and that New Yorkers now have a counter to the “I Love New York” T-shirts.

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Hoarder in Rent-Stabilized Apartment Died With $18M, Widow Says
Lewis David Zagor made a fortune in stocks and mutual funds, but opted to live in a cluttered, two-bedroom Park Avenue apartment, where he hoarded clothes, silverware and paperweights. When he died last year, he left behind $18 million, but the documents detailing this are buried under stacks of boxes in the apartment. His widow has been locked out since the management company changed the locks, his widow and court records say. 

Brooklyn Tech Student Remembered as Kindhearted
A Flushing father slit the throats of his 16-year-old son and 55-year-old wife, before setting their apartment ablaze and turning the weapon on himself Tuesday morning, police said. Lee Joon, 55, left a rambling suicide note detailing the family’s financial woes inside their sixth-floor Roosevelt Avenue apartment, police sources said. His son, Brian Lee, a student at Brooklyn Tech, was remembered by friends as a “sweet” and “very bright” young man.

Boots & Saddle Shot Down by Locals Fearing Noise and Kids Seeing Drag Shows
Greenwich Village drag bar Boots & Saddle was turned away this week in its attempt to find a new home after residents raised several concerns. The bar will need to leave its Christopher Street location after its landlord jacked up the rent. It recently signed a lease for a new space at 47 Seventh Ave., but at a Tuesday night meeting, Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority committee unanimously rejected Boots & Saddle’s bid to transfer its liquor license to a new location.

Bronx Brewery Founder to Open Craft Beer Bar Next to Fort Tryon Park
Ireland native Niall Henry has worked in many bars and even owned a few, including the Bronx Brewery. Now, Henry plans to open a craft beer bar and restaurant overlooking Fort Tryon Park at 4740 Broadway by the end of the year.

East Village Apartments Sit Empty Because Rent Is Too High, Report Says
Sky-high rents in the East and West Village have left the neighborhoods with the highest apartment vacancy rates in Manhattan, according to a new report. The East Village had a vacancy rate of 2.08 percent in August, while the West Village’s was 1.58 percent, according to real estate firm Citi Habitats.

INTERACTIVE: Find Out How Much Crime Was Reported in Your Local Park
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park had the highest crime rate of any park in the city, according to newly released NYPD statistics. The park had 27 incidents of major crime, defined as murder, robbery, rape, felony assault, burglary, auto theft and grand larceny, between April and June. Randall’s Island was second on the list.

Gramercy Power Couple's Noisy Geothermal Well Project Infuriates Neighbors
Gramercy Park residents are up in arms after their socialite neighbors began digging a geothermal well beneath their townhouse. A massive drill for Lauren Santo Domingo, a Vogue contributing editor, and her Colombia beer heir husband, Andres Santo Domingo, began rocking the earth on Monday, rendering the gated Gramercy Park “uninhabitable” because of the noise, residents said. 

Rough Year in NYC Prompts Artist to Create 'NY Doesn't Love U' T-Shirts
You may love New York, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Artist Seth Carnes has put his own spin on the ubiquitous “I Love NY” T-shirts with the counter logo “NY Doesn’t Love U.” The shirts go for $29.95 and are made with organic products and water-based ink.