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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 sentenced with jail time in Manhattan, as NY1 first reported.  Though his crimes were only discovered after the collapse of several cranes in 2008, including one that crashed down on an Upper East Side building, his company was not involved in either job.

And the iconic pink facade of the Village Voice building, at 36 Cooper Square, will lose those letters that make it stand out from any other company on the East Village strip, as the Observer reports.

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