Metrocards may be on the rise next year because the MTA has no money. Start panicking. (Gothamist)

And Columbia had to give out fewer faculty awards because we don’t have a whole lot of, say, discretionary income. (Spectator)

Bike groups like Critical Mass are getting the legislative equivalent of a cop’s two-handed shove, and will be forced to organize events like, well, every other protest-ish group in the city. (The New York Times)

That HUGE, SEX- AND DRUG-FILLED David Paterson story isn’t so big after all. (The New York Times)

Coney Island will open a new amusement park, Luna Park, next year. Cheap amusements! (New York Post)