The "'No Deaths At Disney' Approach to City Jails" Edition
The mayor's migrant tent moves to Randall's Island, Queens' pizza war, the Brooklyn Democratic Party keeps its leader, gas-powered cars will not be sold after 2035 in NY, low-key date spots, and more
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• The mayor is moving his tent encampment for asylum seekers from a parking lot in Orchard Beach to Randall's Island after discovering that when you put a test in a parking lot in a flood zone, it's susceptible to flooding. (Joseph Konig for NY1)
• Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn was reelected as the ringleader of the shitshow, aka the Brooklyn Democratic Party. Every headline about how the party is a complete mess has been under her leadership, and she's maintained her position by hook or crook. (George Joseph and Yoav Gonen for The City)
• A study of what NYC's coyote population is eating finds something surprising; Unlike other wild animals in the city, urban coyotes have a similar diet to their rural compatriots. (Bethany Brookshire for NY Times)
• The Legal Aid Society's "Law Enforcement Lookup" database unveiled Monday is the most comprehensive collection of city police misconduct files. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Louis A. Molina, the city's jail commissioner, shifted to the "no deaths at Disney approach" to deaths inside the city's jails. He pressured his people to release a dying man to remove him from jail, and when he died at Bellvue Hospital, he didn't count the death as being in custody. A jail oversight panel found Molina's emails. (Jan Ransom for NY Times)
• Did you know that St Patrick's Cathedral is more than a tourist attraction, and there are actual Catholics there? To protest the start of the Catholic Church's "40 Days of Life" anti-abortion campaign, NYC for Abortion Rights held a pro-abortion protest for Catholics on their way to mass. (Dean Moses for amNY Metro)
• Two 23-year-olds were arrested in the live-streamed robbery of Bishop Lamor Whitehead. A third person is still at large. (Rebeca Davis O'Brien, Michael Wilson, and Hurubie Meko for NY Times)
• In a 600-page, $52 billion plan released late last week to fight climate vulnerability, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, with several permanent storm surge barriers as well as temporary, deployable sea gates and flood barriers that would reduce damage to protect particularly vulnerable areas. (Ximena Del Cerro & Kristyn Brendlen for amNY Metro)
• On a related note: Gas-powered cars will no longer be sold in the state starting in 2035. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• And in a sign that our waters are less polluted: The whale population off the coast of Brooklyn has been rapidly growing. (Eric Feldman for NY1)
• AOC, Chuck Schumer, and Mayor Adams celebrated over 1,000 taxi drivers' medallion debts being closed through the Medallion Relief Program. I wish this were through forgiveness, but federal funds are being used to close the loans. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• This story about a community board member's retirement in Williamsburg is wild. First, I had no idea that community board members earned over $100k a year. Second, this is the community board member that bought an SUV with board funds. Third, they've accumulated so many paid days off that their cashout will leave the board without enough money to remain operational. The board is pretty much dead until June of next year, when the current financial year ends. Like I said, wild stuff. (Claudia Irizarry Aponte for The City with additional reporting from Reuven Blau)
• A bill kicking around the city council would reward you with cash for reporting illegally parked cars. Let me be clear: If this passes, we all agree that our number one priority is reporting illegally parked cops. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• The city will convert some unused city-owned newsstands into rest stops for food delivery workers to allow workers to charge their bikes and phones, repair their bikes, and take shelter from the heat or cold. Previous laws allowed workers to use the bathrooms at restaurants where they deliver food. (Claudia Irizarry Aponte for The City)
• Queens' pizza war: Bellucci’s vs Bellucci’s. (Clodagh McGowan for NY1)
• Montefiore had its sixth data breach since September 2020, a remarkable number, to be frank. This one happened because a research coordinator's USB drive was stolen. The USB drive, of course, had more than 1,3000 patients' personal information on it. (Aliya Schneider for Bronx Times)
• Business grew after a bike lane was installed on a seven-block commercial stretch of Skillman Avenue in Queens, which included a net increase in new businesses. Next time someone complains about bike lanes hurting local businesses, tell them to take this study and shove it up their ass. (Jesse Coburn for Streetsblog)
• Hours after Russia annexed occupied areas of Ukraine, the Russian Consulate on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was vandalized. I'm not losing any sleep over this. (Erica Brosnan for NY1)
• The worst apartment reviews. It's okay. You can click on it guilt-free. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• A free pumpkin patch is opening on Governors Island on October 22. Snag a pumpkin with a suggested donation. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Katz’s Deli and Alidoro partnered with the MTA, in an admittedly weird pairing, to create a limited-edition sandwich to celebrate the subway's 118th anniversary through the end of the month. The 1904 sandwich has Katz's pastrami, confit garlic cream, Calabrian pepper dijon slaw, and aged provolone on rye sourdough. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• Apartment Porn: A $12 million Upper East Side townhouse with 6,400 square feet, elevator, greenhouse, solarium, wood-burning fireplaces, a dining patio, walk-in closets, five floors, a cellar, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
• Spots for a low-key date night for when things aren't too serious just yet. (Emma Orlow for Eater)
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