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Washington Square Parkour: Traceurs Have Turned the Arch Into a Gym

(Photos: Matthew Silver)

From a distance, the people charging madly at the Washington Square Arch seemed a bit suspicious. They looked like midnight vandals, jumping and clinging to the side of the monument, their long shadows cast spookily on the marble façade. But these gloomy figures weren’t executing some byzantine heist – they were doing parkour.

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14 Ways to Savor Your Labor Day Weekend

Tiki Disco at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. (Photo: Justin Jay)

Summer is just about over, which means we’re clocking out early today, pouring some Rum Chata into our newly arrived Aliens tiki mug, and spending the long weekend asking ourselves where the days went. Oh, god, where did they go? You, however, should get out there and enjoy one last blast of fun in the sun before its Oktoberfest time.

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Citi Bike Sets Up Shop in Riis Houses, Hoping to Boost Low-Income Ridership

(Photo: Citi Bike on Instagram)

The operators of Citi Bike are set to open facilities in the Jacob Riis Houses in Alphabet City, a move that they hope will bring more low-income riders to the bike-share program and make it easier for existing users to score a ride.

The new base of operations is located in what the New York City Housing Authority describes as “an existing facility in an underutilized space,” at 152-154 Avenue D. Motivate, the operators of Citi Bike, hope it will lead to a more balanced system, meaning no more showing up to stations to find there are no bikes to rent. Citi Bike general manager Kris Sandor also hopes it will help with community outreach. “We are again looking to support and engage with everybody, especially for ridership, but then also for our hiring practices,” Sandor said. “We’re really looking to make sure that we’re engaging with lower-income communities.”

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PMS Got You Down? This Masseuse Wants to Give You a ‘Moon Cycle Massage’

(Photo: Wellness Business Consulting on Instagram)

Rachel Beider, owner of Massage Williamsburg and Massage Greenpoint, is making your monthly visit from Aunt Flo a whole lot easier. Yesterday Beider and her massage studios rolled out a new service, her first in nine years, specifically to help ease period pain, which nearly all women experience

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Vermin Got You Squirmin’? Here’s 10 Things We Learned at Rat Academy

Rat Academy graduates collecting their free rat-proof garbage bins. Photo: Shannon Barbour

In a city with as many rats as there are children, New York has taken on several methods of eliminating the pests from city streets, homes and sewers. Birth control, dry ice, and bait have all been employed to curb the ever-growing population. Just last month Mayor de Blasio declared a $32 million war on rats, which has already proven to be successful in the East Village. But rats aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and they’ve even been linked to a Bronx resident who was killed by leptospirosis this year. So last night, a few dozen New Yorkers scurried over to Midtown to attend the third annual Rat Academy and get schooled on all things vermin by a health department rat expert, Caroline Bragdon. Graduates of the talk, hosted by Council Member Corey Johnson, walked away with brand-new rat-proof garbage bins and two hours worth of rat facts. Here are 10 lessons we learned at Rat Academy.
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New LES Beer Store Promises to Cure What Ales You

Credit: Beer Fridge.

A new craft beer store is coming to the Lower East Side: Beer Fridge, at 41 Essex St., is currently in soft launch, with the official opening “hopefully sometime in the next few weeks,” according to owner Cat DiPaci.

“We’re working out the kinks,” she added. DiPaci, 26, is a first-time entrepreneur. In terms of industry qualifications, “I’m a very avid beer drinker,” she said.

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Take It From This Bushwick Peacock Owner, That Wasn’t a Live Peacock on the Subway

Ventiko feeding Dexter yogurt and blueberries in her Bushwick loft. (© Zito)

A photo of a peacock on the subway created a social media frenzy on Friday. People crowed not just about the peacock, but also the fellow passengers who seemed unfazed by the feathery giant. Only in New York City, New York City exclaimed.

We wondered whether the mystery bird was the one and only Dexter the Peacock, so we reached out to his owner, Ventiko. Turns out the subway peacock didn’t belong to the Bushwick-based conceptual photo and performance artist, but Ventiko had a theory: “By the way the human is holding a small stick with the bird perched on it, it must be stuffed.”

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Bike Fatalities Decreasing, Says New City Study

Despite the rash of horrific headlines about bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in New York, including the deaths of cyclist Neftaly Ramirez and skateboarder Alejandro Tello just two weekends ago, the results of a new city-wide study released today claim the streets are actually getting safer.

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Can We Talk About the VitaminWater Jukebox On Bedford Avenue?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When Williamsburg longtimer Bliss Cafe closed at the end of last month, Free Williamsburg snarked that it “will be missed when it’s replaced by Zara, or whatever ends up there.” Well, it’s not a Zara, but a little further north, Bedford Avenue has suffered yet another corporate indignity. Currently lodged in the facade of the 101 Bedford luxury apartments, off of McCarren Park, is a VitaminWater vending machine/jukebox.

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