Early Addition: Staten Island wants to secede from NYC (again)

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It’s Wednesday in New York City, where it supposedly smells like “Snoop Dogg’s living room” at the U.S. Open.

It seems no place in the city is immune to the scent of marijuana, and at the U.S. Open, the smell is apparently so pungent it broke the concentration of one of the world’s top players.

Here’s what else is happening:

  • Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis is calling for the borough to secede from NYC over the way Mayor Eric Adams is handling the migrant crisis following protests against a migrant shelter opening at a former Catholic school on the island. 
  • There may be hundreds of bridges in NYC, but these five are particularly impressive (I bet you can guess what the first is).
  • Here’s another ranking for you: The BBC rated the city’s seven best dive bars and I’m feeling a bit nauseated just reading about them.
  • Thousands of workers in the state are victims of wage theft and this new tracker from Documented allows you to see many of the businesses in New York that are accused of it.
  • After creating a partnership last year, Uber has started dispatching yellow taxis to customers requesting rides as part of its UberX offerings on the app.
  • While the rest of us are busy chasing and stomping on lanternflies, one man is up against 47 kinds of mosquitoes as he attempts to prevent a summertime West Nile Virus outbreak in the city.
  • Eminem is protecting us all from having to hear Vivek Ramaswamy rap again by sending the presidential candidate a cease-and-desist letter after his performance of “Lose Yourself” at the Iowa State Fair.
  • And finally, Twiggy just popping in to say hi:

This post has been updated to clarify that Uber’s yellow cab program has been integrated into its app.

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