It’s Friday, and let’s face it — you’ve been so busy you haven’t a clue what’s been going on outside your office/apartment/head all week. That’s our cue, so without further adieu, here’s our roundup of the top New York-area stories of the week. Some are newsworthy and some are fun and a couple are just plain odd. Hey, it’s New York!
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Eliot and Ilana Glazer's "Sh*t New Yorkers Say" video went viral this week, and has over 1 million views on YouTube. MetroFocusinterviewed Eliot Glazer about what makes New Yorkers so funny, and what got left on the cutting room floor. YouTube/wexlerglazer
If the San Francisco 49ers win the playoff game on Sunday against the New York Giants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will rename 49th Street in Midtown "49ers Street," according to the New York Times. Flickr/Vincent Desjardins
An opossum rode the D train this week, and has since become a viral hit, according to the New York Times. The creature even has a Twitter account. Flickr/steveburt1947
The City Council voted this week to prohibit the Department of Sanitation from putting the impossibly difficult to remove "sticker of shame" on cars that aren't moved in time for street cleaning, the New York Times reported. Flickr/MrVJTod
The NYPD announced this week that it was developing a new way to check people for guns using radiation scanning, according to the Daily News. Photo courtesy of the NYPD.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are putting pressure on the teachers' unions to agree to a deal on teacher evaluations.
The city could lose out on $700 million in federal education dollars if an agreement isn't reached, according to the New York Times. Photo courtesy of New Visions for Public Schools.
When firefighters were putting out a blaze in a 75-year-old Pratt professor's New Jersey home, child pornography fell from inside the ceiling rafters, authorities said. The professor has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, the New York Post reported. AP/Wayne Parry
A billboard in Williamsburg collapsed onto the B.Q.E on Friday, reigniting the safety debate about the billboards that line New York City's highways, according to the New York Times. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
On Wednesday, websites including Wikipedia and Reddit went black in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two congressional anti-online piracy bills aimed at stopping the illegal downloading of copyrighted content.
Internet companies fear the bills will limit First Amendment rights and threaten free speech on the Internet. MetroFocuspublished an Op-Ed by the co-founder of one of New York City’s largest tech venture capital firms, Union Square Ventures, about why the bills would harm NYC's growing tech industry. Flickr/Just Grimes
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