August 16, 2019 – Weekly News Roundup

August 16th, 2019

Vacant storefronts not a citywide phenomenon, study finds - Crain's


'Worst landlords' will have to pick up tenants' hotel bills under new legislation - Crain's

NYC spends millions on cheap, single-ply toilet paper  - The Daily News

New York Tries to Bring the Subway Fare Into the 21st Century - Bloomberg


City stops work at crane company’s construction sites in wake of accidents including death of a hardhat - Daily News


New York City’s streets are ‘more congested than ever’: report - Curbed

Iconic NYPL Lions Patience & Fortitude Will Get A $250,000 Laser Bath - Gothamist

First Statue Featuring Real Women In Central Park Will Be Redesigned To Include Sojourner Truth - Gothamist

Council not ready to OK paid vacation law de Blasio says will pass ‘this year’ while campaigning for president - Daily News

Restaurants thriving, study by wage-hike proponent finds - Crain's

New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue - WABC

Mayor says city will finally pay nonprofits on time - Crain's

Councilman floats balloon bill - Crain's

About that petition to give Trump Tower an Obama address - City & State

Assessing Alicia Glen's Impact on the City’s Physical Space - Part I: 'We have completely changed the housing landscape' - Gotham Gazette

Opinion: Improving Opportunity Zones to Truly Benefit Needy Communities in New York City - Corey Johnson - Gotham Gazette

Hundreds of NYCHA Evictions Raise Questions About Process - City Limits

Judge Rules That Two Bridges Cannot Proceed Without Full Public Review Process - Gothamist

"In June, after hearing a days worth of testimony, Judge Arthur Engoron had tipped his hand, saying that he simply could not accept that a project so large could be built without a more extensive public review. [...] 'You can’t just do this because the zoning allows it,' [Judge] Engoran told the court. 'I just can’t believe this is the case.'The ruling also represents a setback for the de Blasio administration, which had argued that the mega development would create much-needed affordable housing."

Inside the downfall of Dean & DeLuca, a once dazzling luxury food store dims its lights - Salon

New bill targets domestic violence - Our Town

“'I don’t think there has been particular attention paid to outcomes for survivors of domestic violence,' Kallos said. 'I believe that if the NYPD and District Attorneys know that they’re going to have to report on how they are dealing with domestic violence on a case-by-case basis that they will hopefully pay more attention to these cases which I think are fairly important.'”

At last, a city storefront database - Our Town

"[The legislation] will require building owners to register storefronts with the City to be a part of the first-in-the-nation public database of retail spaces and their vacancy status. The bill will require building owners to submit information on their commercial properties to the City each year, including square footage, current or last asking rental price, use, whether or not the property is vacant, and whether a lease is up for renewal within the next two years. "

‘We don’t need a bridge’: Astoria residents and reps continue push for expanded NYC Ferry - QNS

“'We seem to have everything here on the waterfront. We’re just 1,000 feet from Manhattan. We don’t need a bridge. What we need is a ferry system. We have the Hallets Point dock and we have the dock at 90th Street. We just need the city to provide us with the service,' said [Rep. Carolyn] Maloney. "

DCP Releases Storefront Vacancy Report - CityLand

Related Companies share details on Roosevelt Island’s affordable new digs - New York Post

"It’s the eighth building by Related and Hudson and the first newly built and permanently affordable one on the island. Riverwalk Park will have a mix of studios and units of one to three bedrooms available to families with household incomes ranging from 40% to 165% of median area income."

Three cyclists struck in one afternoon - Metro US

"One cyclist became “logged under a fire truck in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn,” ABC reported. Another cyclist was hit on the Upper East Side at 96th Street when a car turned a corner. Finally, around 4:30 p.m., a cyclist was hit by an MTA bus at 6th Avenue and Central Park South. All the crashes reportedly happened in areas without protected bike lanes."

Block Party: Cop Cars Still Jamming Bus Stops After Exposé - The City

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