• Today’s City Briefs

    Jess Wisloski, New York Editor

    Today was the second hurricane watch in two weeks, and a mess of tree remnants and felled branches are still being collected in Park Slope from the September 16 onslaught today. Luckily the storm and rains came and went this morning, though the weather forecast continues to look grim.

    It was a day of upheaval in the city, from the courthouse to Columbia to the creeks. Columbia- Presbyterian hospital up on E.168th St. accidentally leaked thousands of patient records - 6,800 to be exact - online as reported yesterday by the CityRoom blog of the NY Times.

    The grimy Newtown Creek made its way into Superfund status, joining the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Does that mean it will also soon be slated for Enrique-Norten designed proposed luxury housing? Only time, and a housing recovery, will tell.

    The Long Island owner of a crane company who was discovered to have been bribing city inspectors to give him a clean bill of health plead guilty today and was

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  • Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

    Whether you're a history buff, a romantic or just a fan of drumsticks the size of small dogs, the 26th Annual Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan will be an event no one should miss. There will be festival staples such as dancing, music, food and vendors, though all with a medieval twist of course. In addition, there is the potential for heroics--not to mention gratuitous bloodshed--at the event's jousting competition.

    True enthusiasts can dress for the occasion in their best 1,000-year-old garb, one of the few occasions where a pointed hat and fairy wings will be more appropriate than shorts and sunglasses.  Best of all, it is completely free to enter, though once inside vendors will do their best to encourage spending.

    If the day's events still sound too mundane, Harry Potter fans should be aware that an exhibition match of Quidditch will be played during the festival as well.   After the match, future Quidditch players can take their own turn at the game.  After

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