Knicks coach Isiah Thomas hoped the jury in his sexual-harassment case would buy his explanation that it was okay for a black man to call a black woman bitch. President Bush hoped to avoid a confirmation crisis by nominating well-respected Bronx native (and Giuliani pal) Michael Mukasey to replace forgetful pincushion Alberto Gonzales as attorney general. The defendant in a Brooklyn gay-¬bashing murder claimed he was gay, too. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a half-point, recharging the stock market, though city economists estimated that 10,000 Wall Street jobs were still on the chopping block. Preservationists protested Donald Trump’s already-under-construction Trump Soho.
A cross-dressing bank robber got busted in Long Island when he forgot to shave his mustache. The MTA gave the thumbs-up to cell-phone service in subway stations (though not, mercifully, on trains). The National Park Service nixed any plans to reopen Lady Liberty’s crown. A Bronx soldier facing a second tour of duty admitted he’d paid someone $500 to shoot him in the leg. Sex and the City’s craft-service trucks once again clogged our sidewalks as a movie version started shooting. AOL announced it was moving from Virginia to the Kmart building in Astor Place. Competitive pooches soared through the air at a long-jump contest in Bryant Park. And a cow marked for death at a Queens butcher shop took a gamble on a late-night escape — and milked its media moment for a full pardon to an animal sanctuary upstate. —Mark Adams