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Inside NYC (Sep 11th, 2019)

1. On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The New York Times published a haunting profile of a woman who escaped the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, only to experience debilitating PTSD later in life. The story of Kayla Bergeron, who fled from the 68th floor 18 years ago, is emblematic of a more widespread issue: many of those who witnessed the attacks firsthand, including survivors and first responders, have developed PTSD symptoms in the years following. Thousands of people affected by the attacks have been diagnosed with PTSD, and some are worried their experiences will be overlooked. —NEW YORK TIMES 

In an op-ed, Author Omer Aziz describes "The World 9/11 Took From Us" — he was an 11-year-old Muslim boy when the attacks took place, and witnessed firsthand the racism and xenophobia that plagued the U.S. for years to come. He describes the "abrupt recognition that I was different, would always be viewed as different, and that the stakes of this difference could be life and death," and how he had to "tread carefully" in a post-9/11 world. —NEW YORK TIMES 

On Wednesday, ceremonies were held around the country and in lower Manhattan in remembrance of the thousands of lives lost. At ground zero, families of the victims and their supporters gathered to read the names of the deceased and offer their remembrances of the lost loved ones. The Tribute in Light ceremony will be held after 7 pm at the 9/11 Memorial and the time-lapse film “2001” will be shown for free at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights from 7 am to 7 pm.

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2. Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to offer $160 million to take on the vaping industry, specifically targeting flavored e-cigarettes. The former mayor's Bloomberg Philanthropies will aim for a flavored e-cig ban in at least 20 cities and states, Bloomberg said, which follows his $1 billion effort against tobacco. Bloomberg's announcement came soon after Governor Cuomo's announcement that he plans to introduce a bill banning flavored e-cigs, urging New Yorkers to cease vaping in the meantime. —WASHINGTON POST

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3. New York City officials have filed a lawsuit against the fast-casual chain Chipotle for allegedly violating labor laws. The suit alleges that Chipotle violated a NYC law that requires employers to give their employees a two-week notice of their work schedules. Mayor de Blasio's office claims five Brooklyn locations have violated that law, and the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is investigating 11 additional Manhattan locations. The suit seeks $1 million in penalties, which includes restitution for employees. —EATER 

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4. Mayor de Blasio pledged to take action against Elmo and other customed characters in Times Square, following a recent case where a man dressed as Elmo allegedly groped an underage tourist. The Mayor insisted the city will "make sure the NYPD has everything they need there to very aggressively enforce the law," but didn't offer any concrete plans on how to combat creepy behavior from the costumed individuals. De Blasio also acknowledged that the costumed characters often stray from the “designated activity zones” that were introduced in 2016, and assured New Yorkers that the NYPD would be enforcing those zones as well. —NEW YORK POST 

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5. The leader of the Kings County Democratic Committee, Frank Seddio, said the group is struggling to raise money thanks to a new wave of progressive members who reject donations from interest groups like the real estate industry. At a meeting this week, Seddio noted that the group raised $800,000 in 2013, compared to the $400,000 last year — which Seddio attributed to not taking money from "groups we no longer want to participate with." The Committee is operating at a yearly loss of $138,000, and members unanimously voted to introduce transparency about the group's expenses and income. —BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

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6. The NYPD has identified two suspects in the broad-day armed robbery of a Diamond District jewelry store on August 25, and officials estimate the suspects stole $4 million worth of products. Police say the pair acted like customers before brandishing weapons and tying up store employees with zip ties and tape. The third suspect has yet to be identified. —NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 

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7. Following last weekend's vandalism of the “Charging Bull” statue by a man wielding a metal banjo, a bull-riding group has pledged to donate up to $35,000 toward the statue's repair. The group, Professional Bull Riders, says it will donate $1 from each ticket purchase for its season opener at Madison Square Garden in January. Bull riders and their fans often make the trip to the financial district to pose and take pictures with the large metal bull. —NEW YORK POST 

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8. A new report from INRIX Research suggests that NYC is one of the top 10 U.S. cities poised for the introduction of "micromobility" transportation methods like e-scooters. The report included research on car trips in major cities, and found that more than half of the trips in NYC are less than three miles, and 22 percent are between zero and one mile — which suggests that "micromobility" options could replace car trips in many cases. State lawmakers recently voted to allow e-scooters and e-bikes in New York, allowing local municipalities to choose how to regulate the programs, but Governor Cuomo has yet to approve the bill. —CURBED

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9. Gothamist has the "best things" to do in NYC this week, ranging from an "Adult Sleepover" at the Museum of Natural History to the NYC Honey Fest at Rockaway Beach. Other activities include the Radical Film Fair at Kickstarter HQ, the Monarch Celebration at Randall's Island, the Brooklyn Bike Jumble at Old Stone House, and the Photoville Opening Night at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. —GOTHAMIST 

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10. From Reddit: This isn't an official MTA poster found on display at a subway station, but at this point, it might as well be. —REDDIT

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Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editor: David Stegon, senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology.

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