Just a day after returning from the Olympics, mega-gold-medalist Michael Phelps came to the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street, reports amNY. Phelps presented a $20,000 check from Visa to the Greater New York Y to support its youth swimming programs, and gave swimming lessons to visibly excited kids in McBurney’s pool. Phelps will also be in town to host Saturday Night Live on September 13; musical guest will be Lil Wayne. (Phelps is not the only sports star to make a public appearance in the City this week: former brick-throwing Knicks guard John Starks will help open the new Circuit City at 1610 Flatbush Avenue today between 6 and 7 pm.)
A 43-year-old man was struck and killed by a car at the intersection of Metropolitan and Morgan Avenues in East Williamsburg early yesterday morning, reports WABC. The driver was without ID and will be charged with DWI.
By studying a pattern they perceived in seven armed robberies of livery cab drivers over the last three weeks, police found cause to arrest Paul Newman of Queens in connection with the stick-ups, says the New York Sun. Police allege Newman is part of a team that has worked cabs in Flushing and Astoria.
At the Theatre Development Fund website, Broadway stars recall their unsuccessful auditions for the original production of the musical Hair. Harvey Fierstein wore a dress and sang “Frank Mills”; Priscilla Lopez (of In The Heights) also wore a dress and sang “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.