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The "Tropospheric Polar Vortex" Edition
You're not allowed to say it's cold. You have to say "This is some tropospheric polar vortex we're having, right?" If you order food, this is "tip 33%+ weather." No exceptions.
• I once lived downstairs from a guy who never moved his car for alt-side parking. His reasoning for not moving his car was that getting and paying parking tickets when he was actually ticketed was much cheaper than paying for a parking garage. For city employees, even if you're caught with a fake parking placard, paying the fines is cheaper than legal parking. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)
• City Hall is willing to consider hybrid work after being forced to as a part of union negotiations. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)
• Police and sanitation crews swept asylum weekends from the sidewalk outside the Watson hotel, forcing them to move to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Earlier this week, the migrants were told to leave the hotel, despite reports of the Cruise Terminal being cold, without a place to store possessions, and forcing them to sleep on cots. (Gabriel Poblete for The City)
• The city is letting the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal walk away from a $15 million commitment to improve the terminal. The commitment was secured in 2017 by then-Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Instead of their original $15 million commitment, the agreement was amended to lower the amount to $120,000. It seems like weird timing to make this change, as the city uses the terminal to house migrants. (Gabriel Poblete for The City)
• Nine years ago, did Bill de Blasio kill a groundhog on Groundhog Day? Snopes doesn't say no. (Dan Evon for Snopes)
• Staten Island Chuck predicts that spring is coming early this year. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Who the hell dyed this pigeon pink? (Kerry Shaw for Gothamist)
• Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed the Grieving Families Act, which would have given surviving family members more rights to sue for wrongful death. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• WHOLE BEAN. WHOLE! BEAN! (Clio Chang for Curbed)
• George Santos, who represents some of New York City (even if you want to blame his election on the suburbanites of Long Island), will not serve on two congressional committees after refusing himself from them while investigations into his campaign and personal finances are underway. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)
• No one should get away with saying, "it's cold" this weekend. It's called a "tropospheric polar vortex." (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)
• After two months of declines in the city's rental inventory, the number of new rentals available has been described as "a trickle." While more supply seems like a positive, it's not enough to lower prices. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• An aging population, economic opportunity, housing affordability, and gentrification. A look into the African American exodus from New York City. (Arya Sundaram for Gothamist)
• If I were Industry City, I'd be worried about inviting the Museum of Failure under my roof. (Brooklyn Magazine)
• The Oculus sucks; the latest example is the floor crumbling. (Christopher Bonanos for Curbed)
• Ten best public art installations in NYC for February 2023. (Irene Madrigal for Untapped New York)
• Where to Go: Monte's in Greenwich Village. What to Order: Baked clams and manicotti. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• Apartment Porn: Savannah Guthrie's $7.1 million full-floor Tribeca loft. (Davein Ganon for 6sqft)
• Unasked-for plastic cutlery and condiment packets are now illegal. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Pizza Alert: Mama’s Too and L’Industrie are opening slice shops in the West Village. (Emma Orlow for Eater)
• Remember when revenue from legal weed would save us from transit cuts? This year, casinos could save us from transit cuts. The MTA still plans to raise fares this year. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)
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Meet Abby: She enjoys lots of belly rubs, taking long walks in quiet areas where she can explore her surroundings in peace, licking peanut butter out of her kong, and getting lots of cuddle time on the couch while watching a funny movie.
Meet Chula: A loyal couch potato companion who doesn’t love walks and prefers strolls around the block. Same, Chula.