The "Take Your Nominee and Shove It" Edition
The Hector LaSalle standoff appears to be over in the State Senate, the NY Times trans coverage letter, the state wants to tax NYC to pay for the MTA, where to get fish and chips, and more.
Thank you to Andres, who contributed to The Briefly on Ko-Fi since the last edition.
• The message was clear: Take your nominee a shove it. The State Senate voted down Governor Hochul's nomination of Hector LaSalle to the chief judge of the Court of Appeals. The process starts again, and maybe the governor can read the room next time. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• Is this good news or bad news? The NYPD shot more people in 2021 than in 2020 but shot and killed fewer people. Also, 95% of the people the NYPD shot and killed were Black or Latino. I've decided it's still bad news. (Samantha Max for Gothamist)
We write to you as a collective of New York Times contributors with serious concerns about editorial bias in the newspaper’s reporting on transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people.
- Over 1,000 contributors to the New York Times for nytletter.com
• Interview: Jo Livingstone, who helped organize an open letter to the New York Times, sharing "serious concerns about editorial bias in the newspaper’s reporting on transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people." (Esther Wang for Hell Gate)
• Headline: Human Rights Campaign Calls Out New York Times for Publishing Transphobic Column One Day After an Open Letter Condemning its Anti-Transgender Coverage (Elizabeth Bibi for Human Rights Campaign)
• Mayor Adams was ordered to pay a $300 fine for a rat infestation at his Brooklyn home. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)
• The city's "Nightlife Mayor" is stepping down at the end of April. If we're nominating mayoral candidates, I nominate the guy that runs the skint. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• An Unsolved Mystery: "Sorry we do not supply tape at the." (EV Grieve)
• A payroll tax in the MTA region, extend higher tax rates on wealthy corporations, increase the annual fee for snowmobile registration from $90 to $125 for residents, and more. Meet the ways Governor Hochul wants to pay for her $227 billion budget. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• The legislative momentum to end solitary confinement appears to be dead. After one public hearing last September, there's been nothing scheduled. (Reuven Blau for The City)
• Mayor Adams is starting to come to his senses about remote work, admitting defeat by asking agencies to "come up with creative ways of having flexibility." It's called remote work, Mr. Mayor. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)
• Perhaps the mayor's softening on remote work has something to do with his upcoming bargaining with the city's biggest municipal employees union. (Emily Ngo for NY1)
• The George Washington Bridge's pedestrian and bike path on the North side reopened with brand new entrances on both ends and are now ADA-compliant. (Kevin Duggan for Streetsblog)
• Legends Hospitality is the new operator of Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse. Legends operate Yankee Stadium, One World Observatory, the Intrepid, Circle Line, and the Oculus Beer Garden, which doesn't really seem like a great match for the Central Park boathouse restaurant to me. I wonder if they'll serve hot dogs and ice cream in baseball helmets. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)
• Who would have guessed that Department of Corrections officers and ICE have a cozy relationship, despite being barred from cooperating with federal immigration officials? (Arya Sundaram and Matt Katz for Gothamist)
• The Board of Correction was supposed to vote on Tuesday to replace physical mail with digital scans, but their technology failed. Seems like a poor omen, right? The vote was postponed. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)
• Where to Go: Secret Thai Street Food, hidden in the back of a Latin market in Astoria. What to Order: Whatever combination you're feeling, the menu fluctuates. (Caroline Shin for Eater)
• Photos: New York Fashion Week. (Peggy Bayard for Patch)
• Apartment Porn: A $2.15 million Greenwich Village Junion Four with an enclosed terrace, one block from Washington Square Park. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)
• 19 great restaurants in Ridgewood. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
I believe in learning to bike for yourself (how's that for the end of a rom com), and not for another person. I'd like to believe that if biking in New York City was safer, this would no longer be an issue dividing potential couples. In fact, I'd go as far to say that every relationship voided because of a difference in biking ability is a policy failure.
-Lana Schwartz, I Don’t Bike in NYC. Do I Not Still Deserve to Find Love? for Hell Gate)
• How many landmarks can you name that aren't buildings? Here's a list of 15. (Untapped New York)
• Photos: New York Botanical Garden's 20th annual Orchid Show. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• Flaco is freer than any of us, and Flaco may become a free bird. (Hell Gate)3
• Stories about Sunny’s in Red Hook are being collected for an upcoming documentary. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Time Out)
• Ten spots to find exceptional fish and chips. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
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