Two of the five men who launched a homophobic attack on Taj Patterson—which left him blind in one eye—in December 2013 were sentenced to probation and community service. [Gothamist]

Last week, after a Williamsburg store clerk asked a man not to smoke pot in front his business, the man hit the employee in the arm with a bat and threatened him with a gun before police made an arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

Near the intersection of Union and Metropolitan Avenues, a woman’s purse was taken last week as she sang karaoke. [Brooklyn Paper]

Fineline Tattoo will fete it’s 40th anniversary in the East Village this Friday night at Lucky on B. [Bowery Boogie]

The recently-renovated DumplingGuo debuted on Second Avenue. [EV Grieve]

It remains to be seem whether the just-announced 90s-style store and cereal bar, Brooklyn Pogs, is in fact a hoax. [Brokelyn]

If New York City had won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics, Bushwick Inlet Park would have been the site of both beach volleyball and aquatic events. [DNA Info]

On September 25, the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day will return to Orchard Street. [Bowery Boogie]