The "Just name ANY Jay-Z song" Edition
The best burgers, "It's Showtime!," Brooklynites are about to get even more smug, a rosé pop-up... pops up, and more.
Today - Low: 61˚ High: 85˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Thank you to reader Katie Anderson for these photos from the opening morning of Little Island at Pier 55!
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• After only been 23 years, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk is now complete. (Nathan Kensinger for Gothamist)
• The highly controversial rezoning of Soho and Noho is moving forward. (Devin Gannon for 6qsft)
• Real estate lust: There are a lot of city homes that get linked to in the newsletter where you can have an idea of the space. This $7 million landmarked Gothic-Revival mansion in Riverdale has so many photos, one with an actual basketball hoop inside of a room, that I can't fathom what this eight-bedroom, six-bathroom home is actually like. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)
• The Department of Parks & Recreation released a 30-year plan, which identifies more than 300 acres of wetland restoration projects in the city to help fight against rising coastal waters up to 2.5 feet. (Nathan Kensinger for Gothamist)
• A guide to the best South Asian food in Queens from a Bengali snack expert. (Devorah Lev-Tov for The Infatuation)
• If you thought the "I don't leave Brooklyn on the weekend" people were insufferable before, just you wait! Brooklyn is taking over Manhattan as the city's food capital. (Ann Choi for The City)
• Sigh. It's "Showtime" again on the subway. (Ali Kate Cherkis for NY Times)
• The Five Boro Bike Tour is returning on August 22. (Brooklyn Eagle)
• 8 art shows to go see before the city fully reopens. (Meredith Craig de Pietro for Brooklyn Based)
• Updated this week: The 27 best burgers in the city. (Robert Sietsema and Eater Staff for Eater)
• Google is opening a retail store in Chelsea this summer on the ground floor of their NYC headquarters. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)
• Letitia James seeks to create a “last resort” rule for officers’ use of physical force and to impose new criminal penalties for those who break it. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Ali Watkins for NY Times)
• What would New York City be without a rosé pop-up? Thank god someone has answered the call. Calafuria will open on Broad St will be open through the summer and fall. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Time Out)
• Three LGBTQ political clubs in New York City are denouncing mayoral hopeful Shaun Donovan for his cross-endorsement of Bronx borough president candidate Fernando Cabrera in light of the city lawmaker’s history of anti-LGBTQ remarks and votes. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)
• RIP George Schneider, the man behind Ozone Park's greaser on a clock. (Max Parrott for Queens Chronicle)
• Video: The Brooklyn Borough Democratic Primary debate. (NY1)
• What you need to know about the city's Comptroller and Public Advocate races. (Rachel Holliday Smith with reporting from Allison Dikanovic for The City)
• "I think every voter should look at the experience and the connection between the experience and the platform and see if it rings true." After a week of Andrew Yang proving he has very little understanding of basic knowledge of city governance, Mayor de Blasio is trying to tell you not to vote for him without saying "Don't vote for Andrew Yang." (Matt Troutman for Patch)
Come on Andrew, just name ONE Jay-Z song.
• Andrew Yang has been showing off his lack of knowledge about the city, from being unable to name ONE Jay-Z song to not having any knowledge of what the 50-a rule is for the NYPD to not knowing that the city has dedicated resources for domestic violence victims to being educated during a press conference that the Department of Transportation already controls some bridges within the city. It's a real wonder that anyone would choose this idiot as their first choice for mayor. (Brigid Bergin and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)
• The 10 most exciting dinner spots in NYC right now. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, and Arden Shore for The Infatuation)
Featured Pet: Willow!
Thanks to reader Naomi for sending in this photo of Willow! Believe it or not, I’m running low on pet photos! Send in your pet photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve still yet to see a fish or a lizard.