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

By DNAinfo Staff on October 3, 2014 3:58pm

 This week's popular stories out of the five boroughs -- from Ebola in Park Slope to a coffee shop owner accused of anti-Semitism. 
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NEW YORK CITY — Missed this week’s biggest city stories? From a coffee shop owner accused of anti-Semitism to a close call with the Ebola virus in Park Slope, check out DNAinfo’s coverage from across New York City:

Black Teens Told to ‘Get Out' of Park Slope, Witness Says

NYPD officers told a group of black teens to “get out of the neighborhood” as they were walking through Park Slope, according to a witness. Capt. Frank DiGiacomo, commanding officer of the 78th Precinct, said he wasn’t aware of the incident, but he confirmed that officers try to move large crowds of young people from the neighborhood due to recent incidents at the Atlantic Center mall. City Councilman Brad Lander responded to reports of the incident by saying that racial profiling is “unacceptable” and “’hanging out’ is not a crime.”

Coffee Shop Owner Calls Jews ‘Greedy’ on Instagram

Bushwick coffee shop owner is under fire after posting an Instagram rant that called Jews “greedy infiltrators.” Michael Avila, who recently opened The Coffee Shop at 203 Wilson Ave., said he wrote the screed based on his concerns about gentrification and other changes in the neighborhood. He told DNAinfo his post was “misunderstood” and didn’t apply to all Jewish people.

Want Better Sex? Go Vegan

One Bronx doctor believes the secret to fixing your health — and your sex life — is veganism. Dr. Robert Osfeld, a cardiologist, is promoting the plant-based diet for those with heart and vascular disease, and he added that at least five of his patients have seen significant improvements to their erectile dysfunction when they cut out meat and other animal products.

Top De Blasio Aide Failed to Disclose Ex-Con Lover in Background Check

Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to First Lady Chirlane McCray, did not disclose her romantic involvement with convicted killer Hassaun McFarlan during a background check for her government position, as she was required to do, sources said. McFarlan has a history of arrests and posted a series of anti-police rants on Facebook, calling officers “pigs.”

Barcade Comes to the East Village

Grab a drink and get your fix of '90s games at Barcade’s new St. Mark's Place location, which is set to open next week near Third Avenue. Take your pick from classics like “Street Fighter II” or try your hand as dancing hero Michael Jackson in “Moonwalker.” The latest Barcade site joins existing locations in Chelsea, Williamsburg, Jersey City and Philadelphia.

Park Slope Man Survives Close Call With Ebola

Mahmoud Ideraabdullah just completed a 21-day “self-quarantine" after discovering that he was exposed to the deadly Ebola virus. While visiting his wife's health clinic in Liberia, the Park Slope resident visited a staffer who later died of the disease. Ideraabdullah showed no symptoms of the virus while quarantining himself in his home for the recommended waiting period. He plans to return to Liberia next month to continue work combating Ebola.

Upper West Siders Want to Pull Plug on Bar Attracting 'Internet People'

“Internet people” are posing problems for Upper West Side residents who claim online daters are taking over a local wine bar and destroying the neighborhood’s quality of life. Some locals opposed Riposo 72’s bid to serve booze at its sidewalk seating area, saying they don't want their children to be exposed to people meeting for the first time after chatting online — particularly while they're consuming alcohol outdoors in a residential area.

9 Signs of a Good Pre-K Program

How can you find high-quality pre-K classes for your child? DNAinfo asked the experts for tips on choosing a program, including criteria for teachers, classroom organization and information on schools’ safety history.

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Food Stand?

If you’ve ever wanted to bring your taco-making talents to the streets, check out what it takes to start a tiny food stand business. Spoiler: it'll cost about $8,000 a year. From product to permit, find the how-to breakdown from one entrepreneur.