November 8, 2019 – Weekly News Roundup

November 8th, 2019

N.Y.P.D’s Next Police Commissioner: What to Know About Dermot Shea - NY Times

Williams Remains Public Advocate; Katz Next Queens DA; Ranked-Choice Voting on Its Way; & More: Election Results 2019 - Gotham Gazette

Securing Two More Years as Public Advocate, Williams to Keep Pushing De Blasio on Housing, Policing - Gotham Gazette

Duane Reades Are Disappearing In NYC, Leaving Unexpected Nostalgia In Their Wake - Gothamist

Kenyan Runners Dominate in N.Y.C. Marathon - NYTimes

Thep Brings High Style Thai Food to New York's UES - Forbes

Black Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council Comes Out Against Ranked Choice Voting - City and State

The Subway Is in Financial Crisis. Are 500 More Police Officers Needed? - NY Times

District Attorneys Call For Increased Funding From State Budget - Capital Tonight

Airbnb Suffered a Big Defeat in Jersey City. Here's What That Means - NYTimes

De Blasio: bill to lift cap on street-vendor permits would cause ‘chaos’ - NY Post

Falafel free-for-all: bill would lift city cap on street-vendor permits - New York Post

Mount Vernon mayor fumes over NYC exporting its homeless there - New York Post

"Since the program launched in August 2017, New York City has paid $89 million in rent for homeless families to move out of shelters, according to the Department of Homeless Services. It has spent millions more on travel and moving expenses, but refuses to disclose the price tag."

Old Navy To Open UES Store On 86th Street - Patch

"The clothing store will occupy three floors and 23,000 total square feet at the base of The Hayworth condominium complex, an Old Navy spokesperson said."

$70 Million Expansion for Animal Medical Center - Our Town

Seawright Takes on Extell Over 79th St. Site - Our Town

NYCHA's Turnaround Plan Faces Obstacles - WNYC News

"At Holmes Towers, on the Upper East Side, the city was planning to allow Fetner Properties build a 50-story tower, which would have been wedged between two existing 25-story NYCHA buildings. Residents raised concerns, ranging from how much light their apartments would get next to a building twice the size of theirs, to losing a playground for at least three years during construction."

Hudson Yards Developer Is Adding Another Restaurant and Bar to Roosevelt Island - Eater

A New $6 Billion Subway? Great, as Long as Rents Don’t Rise - The New York Times

"The first phase of the Second Avenue Subway at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets has already brought changes to parts of the Upper East Side [...] Many mom-and-pop shops closed when the subway stations opened in 2017, leaving in their wake more chain stores and luxury high-rises. The median residential rent in buildings surrounding Second Avenue rose by 27 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to Street Easy."

Opinion: City Has Gone from Allowing ‘Poor Doors’ to Permitting ‘Poor Buildings’ - City Limits

"Extell isn’t alone in its outlandish interpretation of the affordability mandate, but the company certainly hasn’t seemed to care or learn from its previous history and PR blunders."

Founder of vaunted city charity accused of creating a 'hostile' work environment - Politico

"Yet over a roughly 18-month period, beginning in 2018, at least seven staffers, all but one of them women, left the Doe Fund’s executive offices, which house about 18 people in all [...] 'In summary, the work environment at The Doe Fund’s Executive Offices at 84th Street is hostile due to the behavior of George McDonald,' wrote one now-former employee ...."

School Lab Funded By Participatory Budgeting Debuts On UES - Patch

"'We must invest in STEM education to prepare students for jobs of the future and today, we cut the ribbon on a $600,000 science lab," Kallos said in a statement [...] Students at PS 183, a pre-k through 5th grade school located on East 66th Street between York and First avenues, will be able to use the facility to grow food and other plants."

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