Good Wednesday morning in New York City, where the Yankees are still in the playoffs. Here's what else is happening:

  • THE CITY found that New York City landlords are keeping more than 60,000 vacant rent-stabilized apartments off the market in an apparent attempt to create artificial scarcity.
  • The Brooklyn Army Terminal's exterminator service is removing the sticky glue traps that it put around the bases of trees because in addition to killing spotted lanternflies — which was the intent — the traps have also been killing birds.
  • Laura Anglin, New York City's former chief operating officer who was a central figure in the early days of the pandemic response, died last week of lung cancer at the age of 57.
  • A garter snake started slithering across the floor of a United flight just as it landed in Newark earlier this week, terrifying passengers.
  • BravoCon at the Javits Center seemed like an experience.
  • A Texas woman made a TikTok of herself getting gored by a bison.
  • More and more, Zoomers are making a game out of taking their antidepressants by putting them in a little $18 claw game machine.
  • "I’m literally as basic as people think I am": Caitlin Covington, one of the women pictured in the original "Christian Girl Autumn" meme, has created a full influencer business around being Ms. Autumn.
  • Congrats to British rapper Little Simz for winning the Mercury Prize, Great Britain's most prestigious music award.
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