NYC RFD: Weekend Update


“Don your scarcest apparel and head to Union Square at 3pm [Saturday] for the NYC Water Gun Fight,” announced last week’s Time Out New York, “a sopping-wet precursor to September 8’s Street Wars.” Unfortunately for those who attended, the cops broke up the permit-challenged assembly, and arrested Australian visitor and 30th birthday celebrant Cassandra Wu for tossing water, reports the New York Daily News. “Damn,” said, “does this not remind you of the Giuliani era?

Benjamin Sanz, the baby delivered of the traffic cop who was killed in an accident on August 14, died this weekend. He and his mother, Donnette Sanz, will be buried tomorrow at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. Bereaved husband and father Rafael Sanz told the New York Daily News, “I just wanted to end his pain… I think he will be okay with his mother. That’s the only comfort that I find.”

Police found the body Ebony Garcia in her cousin’s College Point, Queens apartment Saturday morning, over a half an hour after she started screaming for help. WNBC reports, “One neighbor said she ignored the cries because she thought the victim had been drinking.” Police seek Segundo Penafiel, her ex-boyfriend, against whom Garcia had previously obtained a restraining order.

Per AP, the White House reports that Brooklyn artist James Powderly and seven other Westerners detained in Beijing last week for their part in protests at the Olympics have been deported to Los Angeles.

The Syracuse Post-Standard hears that the Mets are working “behind the scenes” to move their Triple-A team from New Orleans to Syracuse. [h/t Dom D’s Mets Fan Blog]

The Daily NewsRush & Molloy say the Steinbrenners are working on a “musical extravaganza” to close down the current Yankee Stadium, with Paul McCartney and Bruce Springstee mentioned as possible headliners.

A large motorcycle escort, including many NYFD members and retirees, left Floyd Bennett Field Saturday morning with a truck carrying a cross made of steel from the World Trade Center. They took the cross to a volunteer fire company in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where today it was mounted on a replica of the Pentagon, reports the New York Sun, as part of a tribute to the nearby crash of United 93, which was taken down by passengers fighting terrorists on September 11, 2001.

Police believe Daniel Brandt expected to meet a woman with whom he had been corresponding online at 2770 West 33rd Street in Coney Island. He went to the fourth floor, where he was met instead by two men who robbed him and then shot him to death, reports NY1.