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Trump's arraignment is a great excuse to call out of work and stay under the blankets.
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• Trump is getting arraigned today, which seems like a great day to avoid using cars. Work from home, take the subway, and avoid cars altogether. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• With the specter of a Trump trial looming, state legislatures are working to change laws around cameras in the courtroom, flipping the state's laws that allow judges to opt-in to cameras into cameras being on by default. (Bahar Ostadan for Gothamist)
• The state missed the deadline for a budget, which was expected, and they punted it to April 10. If they don't have a budget by April 10... they can punt again. (Jon Campbell for Gothamist)
• One last-minute change Governor Hochul tossed into the budget is a one-third reduction in New York's cuts to carbon emission reduction. It exempts biofuels from being counted toward the state's emissions cap. As if there wasn't enough to consider with the state's budget rolling back progress towards less carbon emissions wasn't on my bingo card. (Colin Kinniburgh for New York Focus)
• National Grid's plans to build liquid natural gas vaporizers in North Brooklyn are dead. The company withdrew its application after the Public Service Commission announced they wouldn't be required to meet demands for energy for the next five years or more. (Rebecca Redelmeier for Gothamist)
“I used to be scared of being myself. I wouldn’t even use my chosen name for something silly like my Starbucks order. Back then, Spencer represented a version of me that I thought could only exist in fiction. Now, it’s a symbol for choosing myself in real life. Telling people my name reminds me that I’m writing my own story.”
- Spencer Katz, I’m a trans student. Here’s what my chosen name means to me for Chalkbeat
• It's participatory budgeting time, and this is why you should be involved. (Divya Murthy for The City)
• Kudos to the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center for their twenty-foot inflatable colon for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. (Norwood News)
• Live Video: The NYBG's corpse flower is ready to bloom. (NYBG on YouTube)
• STIs are on the rise and can someone explain why so many teen girls are getting chlamydia? (Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky for Gothamist)
• Photos: Scenes from Coney Island's opening weekend. (Scott Lynch for Brooklyn Magazine)
• A first look inside The House of Cannabis (THC NYC), NYC’s new weed museum opening on Friday. (Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out)
• A visit to Tony’s Billiard Cafe in the Bronx, which serves up serious Dominican food, and the story of chef Anita Belen Romero. No one knows who Tony is. (Mika Diago for Eater)
• Ten public art installations to see in April. (Irene Madrigal for Untapped New York)
• Today I learned there's a black market for temporary license plates. (Jesse Coburn for Streetsblog)
• It's a vegan dinner party, but everyone's naked. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• A look inside Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 food hall. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• The five best dishes at Market 57. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• Apartment Porn: A $3 million Red Hook condo with 1,800 square feet, three beds, two and a half baths, two terraces, private parking, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
“Like it or not, tipping is a non-optional aspect of dining out in America, and the expectation is that diners will add a tip of around 20 percent to their bill. You can argue with the system, or point to its flaws, but by now, we all know the rules, and this money is our staff’s living wage. Anyone who is eating out in 2023 should recognize the work that goes into great hospitality.”
-Emma Steiger, I Manage a Restaurant. Tips Have Never Been More Volatile for Grub Street
• Oh No: The Bronx Highbridge stairs are returning in Joker 2. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Ten secrets of Arthur Ave in the Bronx. (Untapped New York)
• The best omakase sushi for every budget. (Kat Odell for Thrillist)
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