Afternoon Bulletin: Creepy Conflagration at NYU, Cannibal Cop Looks for Love and More

An NYU student is in trouble because of a crazy, exploitative stunt.

An NYU student is in trouble because of a crazy, exploitative stunt. (Photo: Getty)

A former NYU student has been charged with reckless endangerment and assault because of a crazy, exploitative stunt. Jaime Castano set fire to his drunk classmate’s bedding last August while she was sleeping and sang to her as she fought the flames. When the woman woke in the morning she had no memory of the incident, but her body, clothes and comforter were all burned. The whole incident was thankfully recorded on Snapchat to traumatize her even more. When asked about the delay in arraignment, an NYU spokesman admitted the incident should have been reported immediately, though the victim was reluctant. (Gothamist)

The “Cannibal Cop” who was accused of trying to kill and eat his wife is hungry for love again. Gilberto Valle is now on Match.com under the name “AmicableOne14.” He wants a “non-judgmental” woman who’s “a little kinky.” His bucket list includes seeing Jerry Seinfeld live. There’s no mention of the fact that Mr. Valle wanted to have his last wife for dinner, but he does list cooking as one of his hobbies. Ladies? (New York Post)

City commuters will have to keep using MetroCards until 2022. The MTA had been hinting that the new fare payment technology would be available in 2019, but top brass want to wait and see if the cost goes down–the current overhaul estimate is $450 million. In seven years subway riders can look forward to an EZ Pass-esque system in which riders would tap a credit card, smartphone or keychain and go straight through the turnstile. The MTA would save millions if it didn’t have to produce MetroCards or keep the vending machines running. But alas, commuters will just have to keep swiping for now. (Gothamist)

A skit from this week’s SNL parodying Bushwick gentrification has inspired the mayonnaise store whose exterior was used on the show. Empire Mayonnaise, called “Martha’s Mayo” in the skit, supposedly carried a “must try” garlic truffle variety. That flavor doesn’t exist yet, but the store owners say they might start selling limited edition jars if taste tests are successful. Empire produced more than 60,000 jars of mayo last year and has consistently doubled production every year. (DNAinfo)

Flavor Flav is still trying to fight the power. The rapper has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of driving with a suspended license after a traffic stop on the way to his mother’s funeral on Long Island last year. Prosecutors say he is a public enemy because his license had been suspended 16 times prior to the stop. (NBC New York)

Afternoon Bulletin: Creepy Conflagration at NYU, Cannibal Cop Looks for Love and More