It’s Wednesday afternoon in New York City, where there’s a new sewer alligator statue in Union Square.
Here’s what else is happening:
- One way to solve what Mayor Eric Adams has called a “crisis” of e-bike and moped collisions with pedestrians is to make more street space available for people to safely ride the vehicles.
- Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is suing New Jersey in federal court to try to penalize cops for using legal weed in their time off, arguing that because THC stays in a person’s system for weeks, this could create credibility issues for officers and liability headaches for the city.
- Suffs, a new musical about the suffrage movement that’s co-produced by Hillary Clinton, is coming to Broadway next spring.
- Happy 21st birthday to Park Slope Parents, the famed parenting forum that has vigilantly avoided becoming an anti-vax conspiracy platform.
- Meanwhile, on the r/Bushwick forum on Reddit, people are arguing about whether UFOs or regular airplanes flew over Queens last weekend.
- Guy Fieri is opening a chicken finger restaurant in Times Square. (Yes, really.)
- Someone has used AI to figure out at least one word on an ancient scroll excavated in 1752 from what was possibly Julius Caesar’s father-in-law’s villa that got buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. (The word means “purple” in Greek.)
- Flag football is finally coming to the Olympics.
- And finally, this is probably a deepfake, but whatever, it’s adorable: