Couple Keeps Hope Alive for Return of Stuffed Monkey Doll, Bongo; Man Will Live Homeless for a Week in Grand Central


Despite ridicule and ransom demands, the couple who lost their monkey doll Bongo in Park Slope are still confident that they will find the stuffed toy, which is “like a son.” Also, don’t go trying to pass off any fake monkeys for the $500 reward — “Bongo has specific marks and features,” [Bonni] Marcus said, refusing to reveal them. “We will definitely know if it’s Bongo.” [NYP]

A black bear was framed. It did not actually injure two New Jersey boys — hospital officials concluded the abrasions found on the 11- and 12-year-old campers were not caused by a bear. The bear is still being hunted with “baited bacon and boysenberry-scented traps,” however. [NBC NY]

Yusef Ramelize of Queens, who works as a graphic designer, will live in and around Grand Central Terminal for a week to raise homelessness awareness. He’s done this in years prior as a “Homeless for One Week” campaign. “He won’t return home, go to work or change his clothes, and will carry no cash or electronics except for a small digital camera to document his journey.” Also, he will wear plastic bags for shoes. [DNA Info]

Unemployment has dipped from 9.2% to 9.1%. Yesterday, however, stocks had the single worst day since 2008. The dip in unemployment is mostly from people leaving the work force, though 117,000 jobs were added. [Atlantic Wire]

10 people (including 9 firefighters) were injured in an early morning fire in Soho today. It started at around 2 a.m. on Thompson Street, breaking out in the basement of a building. [CBS]

Newark has appointed its first female police chief, Sheilah Coley. [Westport-News]