Happy Long Weekend — proceed safely for any of you with a freezer full of pre-made martinis. Here's what's happening:

  • Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg, who's faced an onslaught of tabloid coverage painting him as soft on crime, has actually sent pre-trial defendants to Rikers Island at a higher weekly rate than his predecessor, which has angered some of the reform advocates who supported his campaign.
  • New York State has given almost $3 billion in subsidies to the horse racing industry since 2008, and a recent study found that if the state hadn't been so generous with taxpayer money, eight of its 11 tracks would've closed.
  • The CEO of Threes Brewing, a popular craft beer company in Brooklyn, recently came out against vaccine mandates, comparing them to the kind of discrimination seen in the Jim Crow South and Nazi Germany.
  • Speaking of beer, a writer for Cheers estimated that Norm's infamous-but-never-stated bar tab was close to $1.2 million.
  • "I'm so stressed out right now," explained an 8-year-old in this Cut story about the boom of stress-relief toys for children.
  • After reportedly telling social media companies that he wants them to ban drill rap videos from their platforms to reduce gun violence, Mayor Eric Adams met with a group of drill artists this week to discuss collaborating with them on solutions instead.
  • "Despite all of this, I want the record to show that I love sharks," said a 42-year-old Florida woman who escaped a shark attack by repeatedly punching it in the head.
  • Space Coke is here. And Gawker said it "will fix everything."
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  • And finally, the wind is no joke, be careful out there: