NEW YORK CITY — This week in New York, a rookie police officer shot an unarmed man in the chest and a Starbucks barista rescued a taxi driver. Other top stories include a map of dozens of oyster happy hours, a controversial sauna party and tips on sending your child to a dual language program.
Here's a look back:
Bike Shop Blames Citi Bike for Closure
George Bliss, who has run West Village shop HUB Bicycles for almost a decade, says his sales have dropped dramatically since Citi Bike launched last year. He's closing the shop in December.
Starbucks Barista Rescues 2 People After Manhole Explosion
Bernard Vickers, a 23-year-old Starbucks barista, rescued a taxi driver and his passenger after witnessing a manhole explosion that left both of them stuck inside the cab. "They couldn’t get the doors open. I pulled the driver out the driver-side window and helped the passenger get out of the sunroof," the quick-thinking Vickers said.
City Books 100 Hotel Rooms Without Saying They're for Homeless Families
The city booked 100 rooms for 10 days at the Radisson Hotel in Queens for a “government group,” but later revealed the rooms would actually house homeless families. The families stayed in the rooms temporarily while the Department of Homeless Services looked for a place for them to live.
Ex-Con Arrested After Pushing Stranger in Front of Oncoming Subway
An ex-con was arrested for pushing a 61-year-old father into the path of an oncoming D train in a Bronx subway station, police said. Kevin Darden, who has an extensive criminal history, pushed Wai Kuen Kwok to his death in front of the train on Nov. 17 as Kwok’s wife watched in horror, prosecutors said.
Gowanus Rezoning Proposal Includes High-Rises and New Green Spaces
A new proposal for Gowanus would include eight to 18-story buildings, a “super manufacturing" zone, more school seats and new parks. City Councilman Brad Lander put forward the ideas after getting input from about 300 Gowanus residents though his Bridging Gowanus initiative.
Unarmed Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer
A rookie police officer patrolling the Pink Houses in East New York shot 28-year-old Akai Gurley in the chest as the young man was entering a stairwell Thursday evening. The shooting was an accident and Gurley was a "total innocent," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
Neighbors Angry About Late-Nigh Sauna Parties
Some Clinton Hill residents are tired of having their ground floor transformed into a “spa” party every other Sunday. Residents of The Chocolate Factory, where the “When in Robe” parties take place, say they can’t bear the noise and cigarette smoke from the late-night bashes.
Tips for Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program
Dual language programs are increasingly popular in New York City's public schools — and some research shows that being bilingual is good for the brain — but the programs also come with more homework and can be stressful for kids. DNAinfo's story includes a map of all the dual language programs in the city.
Bone Broth Available in East Village
Customizable bone broths — served in paper coffee cups — are now available as take-away drinks at Brodo, at the corner of First Avenue and 12th Street. The menu includes organic chicken and gingered grass-fed beef broths.
MAP: Where Are the Best Oyster Happy Hours?
Dozens of restaurants across all five boroughs offer regular oyster happy hours, bringing the price as low as $1 per oyster. DNAinfo New York mapped the best oyster deals you can find across the city.