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• Congestion pricing in Manhattan has some new exceptions including a once-daily fee for taxis and toll reductions in the early morning. These exceptions are from an environmental assessment report from the MTA, giving the federal government 30 days to make their final call on the whole program. (Jose Martinez for The City)
• “Why, after a year, are they scrambling to figure out what housing looks like?” -City Councilmember Shahana Hanif on the city's continual lack of preparedness for more migrants. (Gwynne Hogan for The City)
• How can the city deal with the growing crisis of Texas's inhumane transportation of migrants to New York City? If you're Mayor Adams, if they go low, you go low. Mayor Adams used an executive order to suspend part of the city's right-to-shelter law, which requires the city to find shelter for anyone seeking it. As you can imagine, this wasn't a decision many people love. (Ethan Stark-Miller for Brooklyn Paper)
• Daniel Penn, the man who choked Jordan Neely to death on the subway, is expected to face manslaughter charges this morning. (Samantha Max and Phil Corso for Gothamist)
• Headline: Mayor Eric Adams Uses Jordan Neely's Death To Relentlessly Push Involuntary Hospitalizations. (Candace McDuffie for The Root)
• The City Council passed a bill to hopefully reduce the city's jail population ahead of Rikers Island's closure. The bill establishes a mental and physical health assessment program to assess whether someone can be released. The population of Rikers has increased under the mayor's watch, and the mayor has talked about a Rikers closing "plan b," so we'll have to see if he has any interest in reducing the population or instead he wants to play political games with the lives of the people in Rikers. (Giulia Heyward for Gothamist)
• The Civilian Complaint Review Board will be forced to abandon a new unit assigned to investigate complaints of biased policing and racial profiling by members of the NYPD because its proposed budget won’t cover the cost. This is a result of Mayor Adams's city budget. (Yoav Gonen for The City)
• The massive Two Bridges development in the Lower East Side and Chinatown cleared a legal hurdle after a Manhattan judge tossed out a lawsuit attempting to stop the development because it infringed on New Yorkers' constitutional right to clean air and water. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)
• Have you had enough depressing news yet? No? Cool. Two cases of drug-resistant ringworm were found in the city, according to the CDC. (Matt Tourtman for Patch)
• Guess which part of this headline makes me want to vomit: Huge light installation coming to site of proposed Midtown East casino near the U.N. (Aaron Ginsberg for 6sqft)
• Tony Nunziato, chairman of the Queens County Republican Party, is standing by George Santos because he is "waiting to see what they say in court." Holding out hope beyond logic, reasoning, and evidence? This guy's gotta be a Mets fan. (Haidee Chu for The City)
• The mayor appointed Republican Jimmy Oddo to head the city's Department of Buildings. Oddo brings zero experience in the construction industry to the job. (Jeff Coltin for City & State)
• The 12th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival is this weekend in Queens. Don't lie, you're kinda interested in going to this, right? (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)
• There's a new Kusama infinity room for viewing as part of the new exhibition I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers at David Zwirner Galleries on W 19th. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)
• Photoville NYC is back in two weeks. HQ will be in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but the festival is scattered across the city. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)
• Apartment Porn: An $8 Flatiron renovated loft with 4,100 square feet, five beds, walk-through closets, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
• Mary’s Bar is a new queer Irish pub in Greenpoint in the old One Stop Beer Shop space. Mary's is being opened by Brendan Donohoe, co-owner of Ginger's in Park Slope. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)
• Got $2.5 million? You could buy Kellogg’s Diner. (Luke Fortney for Eater)
• How to throw a block party in NYC. (Divya Murthy for The City)
• 23 hit Harlem restaurants to try. (Kayla Stewart for Eater)
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