The Neighborhood News

1. Bronx Zoo
The “Skyfari” tram ride was shut down permanently for financial reasons. (The monorail is safe.)

2. Hart Island
A barge carrying 5 million gallons of heating oil was towed to safety by the Coast Guard after it struck an unknown object near Execution Rocks and began to sink.

3. Cobble Hill
A stroller was stolen from in front of Trader Joe’s. There was no child in it at the time.

4. Prospect Park
A man in a banana costume was seen jogging in Prospect Park at 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, January 25. The temperature was 18 degrees.

5. Sunset Park
The Sunset Park Alliance of Neighbors marched on Community Board 7 headquarters to protest a proliferation of strip clubs and X-rated-video stores and specifically request that one club’s liquor license application be denied (it was).

6. Staten Island
A Fresh Kills landfill employee was seriously injured when a bulldozer ran over his feet.

7. City Hall
Bronx City Council member Joel Rivera held a rally on the City Hall steps to protest newly appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s stances on gun control and immigration.

8. Tribeca
The Glad Tidings Tabernacle Church announced it had given up its community-board–opposed plan to install a six-foot-tall cross on the outside of its building.

9. East Village
A man strongly resembling The Sixth Sense star (and current NYU student) Haley Joel Osment was photographed drawing a penis shape in snow that had fallen on the windshield of a parked car.

10. East Village
A Veselka manager said the diner will take down its “Veselkhiarascuro” mural in order to expand. Creator Arnie Charnick is auctioning the piece; he says he has received offers ranging from $500 to $5,000, not counting “drunk chicks calling me up at 2:30 in the morning.”

11. Greenwich Village
A man who’d robbed $1,500 from a bank was arrested when it was discovered that the note he passed a teller was written on paper containing the name of the Staten Island landlord from whom he was renting a room.

12. Times Square
The Hotel Carter on West 43rd Street was voted dirtiest in the country on

13. Upper East Side
The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard Madoff’s assets invited brokers to tour and assess his penthouse apartment—while he remains inside it under house arrest.

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