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

By Sybile Penhirin | October 31, 2014 3:30pm
 Catch up on this week's best stories with this DNAinfo roundup.
Week in Review, Oct. 27-31
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NEW YORK— This week’s top stories include new signs prohibiting people from entering shops if they're wearing a hoodie or a mask, a map of the city's most competitive middle schools and a guide to your perfect waterproof shoes. Happy weekend!

Some Shops Ban Customers Wearing Hoodies or Masks
Shop owners in Harlem and Brooklyn have started posting signs barring people wearing hoodies or masks from entering their stores. While business owners argue the signs are a way to stop shoplifting, some residents say they are offensive and racially charged.

MAP: What’s the Most Popular Middle School in Your Neighborhood?
Last year, 65 middle school programs in New York accepted less than 10 percent of their applicants, making them as selective as some Ivy League Universities, DNAinfo found out by crunching Department of Education data. See which schools are the most competitive by browsing this interactive map.

City Employee Suspended for Answering Calls With a Robot Voice
A computer technician working at the city Health Department IT desk got suspended after his boss complained he continuously used a robot voice when answering customer service calls. The employee said he was just articulating each word because he usually "speaks fast and has a Brooklyn accent."

Canine-Friendly Bar Forced to Ban dogs After City Crackdown
The Gate, a Park Slope dog-friendly bar for almost 20 years, had to post a “sorry no dogs" sign after a Department of Health inspector fined the owner for allowing pups inside. The Gate’s owner is hoping to collect support statements from local canine-friendly organizations to fight the city’s decision.

City to Clear Homeless From Upper West Side Park
The Department of Homeless Services plans to clear Verdi Square of its homeless population within the next three months. Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers will force the homeless people staying at the public plaza near the 72nd Street subway station to leave after 1 a.m., the square's official closing time. 

Find Your Perfect Stylish Waterproof Shoes
November might be a rainy (and snowy) month. Don’t know what shoes to wear to stay dry? DNAinfo has you covered. We compiled the best waterproof shoes from sneakers to leather boots, for men and women.

Bronx Co-Ops Remain Good Deals Despite Increasing Prices
Bronx co-ops remain affordable and spacious housing options, though prices are on the rise, with some doubling in price in recent years. DNAinfo spoke with real estate experts as well as several recent co-op buyers in the borough.

City Bike Coming to Harlem, Western Queens and More of Brooklyn
City Bike plans to double its bike stations in the next three years, adding new docks in Queens (Astoria and Long Island City), Manhattan (Harlem, Upper East and Upper West Side) and several Brooklyn neighborhoods including Williamsburg and Bushwick. The expansion will come with an increase in membership prices.

MAP: Find the Best Spots To See the NYC Marathon
Tens of thousands of racers will hit New York City's streets to run the world’s largest marathon on Sunday. The marathon route is going to be very crowded so DNAinfo has mapped the best places to see and cheer your running friends and relatives and all the other participants. We’ve also compiled a few tips on how to be a good supporter.