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Barnum Andrew Underwood was a lover of rooftops and adventure. He stole underwear, shredded toilet paper with gusto and ran wild through a newspaper distribution center in Long Island City more than once.
Barnum was also a dog – a black lab mix – and one of the last of what Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS) members call the “SUDS originals.” Those were the dogs there at the beginning, the ones who inspired their owners to create a popular dog run in Lou Lodati Park that opened nearly 18 months ago.
Since Halloween, 12 New Yorkers have lost their lives in deadly traffic accidents across the city, adding additional poignancy and urgency to local commemorations of the Nov. 15 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Meanwhile, some Queens residents and officials are pressing the city’s Department of Transportation to improve street safety in their neighborhood as part of the Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan which seeks to end traffic fatalities. citywide. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) led a call for improvements at the dangerous intersection of 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
Rikers Island has been at the center of controversy amid allegations of mismanagement, mistreatment of inmates and a lawsuit filed earlier this year accusing correctional staff of sex abuse.
Protesters mounted a sit-in at the city’s largest jail complex to call for the facility’s closure and an end to police brutality nationwide. The demonstration was part of #RiseUpOctober, a series of rallies against abuses by law enforcement authorities.