WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: AN ICY PLUNGE, RATTY HOUSING, AND THE GROWING ANIMAL KINGDOM

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Photo by Sarah Ackerman.

From an ill-advised lake excursion to a lawsuit filed by public housing residents, our latest bulletin is filled with intriguing news.

A man fell through the Central Park Lake ice on Saturday after walking on the ice despite being warned that the ice was too thin. Luckily for him, the FDNY was conducting a drill nearby. “Firefighters were already wearing their ice-rescue gear and were able to get to the man within two to three minutes, the FDNY said. Rescuers were unsure of the temperature of the lake water, but said it was about 20 degrees outdoors.” (NBC)

Tenants at the Frederick Douglass Houses have sued NYCHA over mold, rats and leaks. “Antoinette Holman moved out after a leak in her ceiling ‘was so large and continuous that occupants in the apartment were forced to set an alarm for every half-hour to remind them to empty the large trash containers that fill with leaked water during that period,’ the suit states.” (DNAinfo)

A German student is helping residents of a Jewish shelter on the Upper West Side. “Jansen, of Frankfurt, Germany, is living in a shelter with 14 Jewish men and women, all aged 60 or older, as part of his own faith’s quest to atone for the Holocaust. The shelter is run by Dorot, a social service agency that provides services for older people, and is located in an old brownstone on Manhattan’s upper west side.” (Fox News)

Mt. Sinai is selling 4 buildings on Morningside Drive between 113th and 114th streets. (The Real Deal)

The Central Park Zoo got two grizzly bears, Betty and Veronica. (Central Park Zoo)

And harbor seals. (Guardian)

The basketball courts outside the Amsterdam Houses will get a long-awaited upgrade. (DNAinfo)

Jennifer Aniston stopped by her old workplace, Jackson Hole on 85th street and Columbus. (E Online)

Governor Andrew Cuomo overstayed his welcome during a arty at Ouest. (NY Post)

An Upper West Side tree-seller is also a cowboy from the Bronx. (NY Times)

More than 2,700 hypodermic  needles went missing a few years ago from the Martin Luther King Jr. educational complex on the Upper West Side and weren’t found for two years. (NY Post)

Fordham students are studying rats, and have discovered some gross facts. “The students believe that there are genetic differences in rats that are specific to their area in the city, that is, rats in downtown Manhattan could be genetically different from those in the Upper West Side. (Daily Mail)

How one Upper West Side condo got rid of its rats. (Habitat Magazine)

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