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Daniel Penny's supporter list is a who's who of awful people.
• Daniel Penny was released on bond after pleading not guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Isn't this the kind of person the scaremongers who want to change the state's bail reform have been warning us about or does this not apply because Daniel Penny is white? (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Jordan Neely's family called on Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg to charge Daniel Penny with murder. If convicted, Penny faces a minimum of five years of probation and a maximum of 15 years in prison. (Gwynne Hogan for The City)
• Daniel Penny's attorneys have raised over $2 million in crowdfunding. I can't overstate how depressing it is to see Penny become the new Kyle Rittenhouse with support from such shining lights of our time as Ron De Santis, Kid Rock, or 4chan. (David Gilbert for Vice News)
• Mayor Adams is being fined $19,600 for campaign finance violations related to his transition period between the election and becoming mayor. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)
• Brownstoner asks if the mayor's plans for affordable housing, which include loosening zoning laws, shortening the public review process, and speeding permitting for construction, will save the city or destroy it. As City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams puts it: “A set of ideas focused on increasing the pace of development to confront the affordable housing shortage while simultaneously understaffing and eliminating positions at DOB and the agencies required to do the work will not move us forward." (Anna Bradley-Smith for Brownstoner)
• Mayor Adams was a surprise speaker at the CUNY Law School commencement this year, and the grads turned their backs and booed a mayor that pushed for cuts to public defender and public interest offices, railed against the state's bail reform efforts, and demonized the city's homeless. (Max Rivlin-Nadler for Hell Gate | archive.today link)
• These are the Democrats that could challenge the mayor in 2025. (Amba Guerguerian fr The Indypendent)
• Governor Hochul requested the federal government open military facilities to house migrants in addition to a request for a migrant facility at Floyd Bennett Field. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• A, B, C, D, F, and M lines are being hit with reduced service through July 3 as the MTA upgrades the switches near W 4th. The service cuts seem pretty extensive, so be prepared. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Eric Adams is actively touting the education provided by the city’s yeshivas while his administration is challenging a court ruling that would require the city Department of Education to release some of its own evaluations of yeshivas. The fight against making yeshiva evaluations public goes back nearly a decade. The latest ruling gave the city until this week to release redacted versions and the full assessments by July 30. (Yoav Gonen for The City)
• Say hello to Medical Karen, who tried to take a Citi Bike from a Black man who said he just paid for the ride. Yes, the video does include fake white tears, how did you know? All in all, it was a pretty bold move to make while in your work scrubs with the company's logo on them and while wearing your work ID. Bellevue Hospital has already issued a statement. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Another stadium in the city? Yup. NYCFC released renderings of a new soccer stadium in Willet Point, across 126th St from Citi Field. The plans also include a hotel and affordable housing. The stadium is supposed to be ready for the 2027 MLS season. Despite fitting multiple buildings for apartments, a hotel, and a 25,000 soccer stadium, this hasn't stopped Steve Cohen's wet dreams of slopping a casino in the area too. (Ryan Schwach for Queens Daily Eagle)
• Greenwich Village through the lyrics of Dr. Taylor Swift (honorary from NYU). (Dena Tasse-Winter from GVSHP)
• Photos and Video: Flaco the Eurasian Eagle-Owl has been free for 99 days. (Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)
• Buses on Livingston St in Downtown Brooklyn travel five miles per hour, which might get a boost with a new proposed busway between Elm St and Smith St. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)
• Broadway Junction is getting a $500 million makeover starting in 2027 to be finished by 2032. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)
• A new state directive mandated that when a New York state prisoner dies that their name be included on their headstone instead of only prisoner identification numbers. This includes adding plaques to decades of gravestones that are currently without names. (Matt Katz for Gothamist)
• A first look at the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Van Gogh exhibit at The Met. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• How to become a tour guide in New York City. (Divya Murthy for The City)
• Barnes & Noble's new Upper East Side store will open on July 12. (Bobby Panza for Upper East Side)
• Apartment Porn: Erica Jong's $4.25 million Upper East Side apartment on the 27th floor of the Emery Roth-designed Imperial House with over 3,000 square feet, a solarium with Central Park views, custom bookcases, and more. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)
• Five open-air night markets. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)
• Where to find Asian jellies in the city. (Caroline Shin for Eater)
• 13 knockout vegan and vegetarian restaurants. (Eater)
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