Happy Friday! Leading with the most important news of the day:
• Today’s National Grouch Day. “A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else.” Go to it. (It’s also, coincidentally, National Boss’s Day.)
• Switzerland is almost done building the world’s longest tunnel. Said Peter Fueglistaler, director of Switzerland’s Federal Office of Transport: “We are not a very emotional people, but if we have the longest tunnel in the world, this also for us is very, very emotional.”[NPR]
• The Fed will take steps to try to fight low inflation and high unemployment — among them, purchases of government debt to lower long-term interest rates. [NYT]
• There’s a luxury club for dogs open in the Financial District that features massages, pedicures, aromatherapy, and even glasses of “non-alcoholic Sauvignon Bark or Pinot Leasheo.” In other news, we are doomed. [DNAInfo]
• Summer’s officially over, folks. The ice rink at Rockefeller Center is now open.
• There’s a protest against “Mayor Bloomberg’s new bike lanes/pedestrian islands and dangerous bikers” at 14th and First today at 5 p.m. [EV Grieve]
• Here is a sneak peek of Sarah Palin’s new reality show. Because we know you want to watch this. Like a train wreck. [NYP]