Morning Links, the NYC Edition: Cat Woman Robber Busted; Sunny Days Are Here Again; Shepard Fairey Gone


• The cat woman robber — remember her? The one who wore a cat mask as a disguise while stealing from a number of high-end boutiques? — has been busted in Soho and identified as Shanna Spalding, 28, of Queens. As chance would have it, she also “sings with a death-metal band called Divine Infamy under her stage name, Purgatory.” There goes that schtick. Now for Darth Vader. [NYP]

• The sun is back out for the first time since Saturday, and sunny days are predicted for the entire weekend. Also, it’s Thursday! Feel better? We do. [Weather]

• Another day, another set of LIRR disruptions. Expect delays. (Meanwhile, the New York Post takes a look at the diabolical burned-out cables that caused the trouble.) [AP]

• 15 Penn Plaza, the tower near Penn Station that will be just 34 feet shorter than the Empire State Building, has been approved, despite the Empire State Building owners’ protests. [NYT]

• A New York City “fab fashionista” tells her “highly relatable” tale of bedbug woe. [NYP]

• The Shepard Fairey mural at Houston and Bowery is gone. [EV Grieve]

• Traces of the V train remain. [Bowery Boogie]

• An allegedly unpaid Chinatown bus employee is protesting the old-fashioned way, albeit multilingually. [NYC The Blog]

• Riverside Park has proposed a composting restroom. [NYT]

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