Weekly News Roundup – December 26, 2023

East Midtown Greenway Opens To Huge Crowd And Rave Reviews - Patch

A first look at the new East Midtown Greenway and Andrew Haswell Green Park - Our Town 

New York Wants to Pay Landlords to Fix and Rent Single-Room Apartments - NY Times

Manhattan rent prices fall for the first time in over 2 years - AM NY

City Council Passes Bill Enabling Tenants to Report Vacant Apartments - The City

The High Price of Empty Office Space: Billions in Tax Breaks, With More to Come - The City

Trio Of Upper East Side Buildings To Be Demolished - Patch

Adams administration proposes allowing casinos in wide swaths of city amid bidding war for licenses - AM NY

Community Board Rips Adams Plan to Have Casino Pitches Bypass Them - The City

Six of NY’s Registered Medical Cannabis Companies Receive Adult-Use Licensing Powers - Our Town

‘We’re confused’: Cannabis retail applicants question state’s process - Spectrum News

Congestion Pricing Is Coming. Its Opponents Are Still Furious. - NY Times

Congestion Pricing’s Impact on New York? These 3 Cities Offer a Glimpse. - NY Times

Union Boss Quits Congestion Pricing Panel as It Releases New Details of Tolling Plan - The City

Mayor Adams’s Swagger Is Diminished. His Foes Are Ready to Pounce - NY Times

Council bills could set up Eric Adams’ next veto fights - City and State

The bills still awaiting Kathy Hochul’s signature before the end of the year - City and State

‘Unusually severe’: A once-popular New York mayor now finds critics on all sides amid steep budget cuts - Politico

New York Police oversight body warns of curtailed operations in face of budget cuts - Politico

Council Slams Mayor for Scapegoating Migrants to Justify Budget Cuts - The City

NYC councilmember says Adams tried to stop policing bill by horse-trading budget cuts. It failed. - Gothamist

‘Help is not on the way’: Adams despondent over migrant funding after DC trip - Politico

NYC migrant contractor tossing out thousands of uneaten taxpayer-funded meals a day: report - NY Post

Only a Handful of Migrants at ‘Reticketing Site’ Accept City’s Free Trips Out - The City

City Tweaks Rules at Shelter Re-Up Site to Curb Overnight Camping - The City

NYC buildings department finalizes rules before 2024 climate law goes into effect - Gothamist

Central Park goes more than 650 days without an inch of snow — nearly doubling the record - NY Post

NYC rolls out free online therapy program for teens - Chalkbeat 

A New Push to Improve Mental Health Care for Homeless New Yorkers - NY Times

Adams touts plan to take mentally ill off NYC streets one year after launch - NY Post

Drivers Beware: Bus Lane Crackdown with Hefty Fines Is Underway; Aim is Faster Buses - Our Town

New York state to study paying out reparations for slavery under new law - Gothamist

“Stop The Noise Act” Passes City Council: Consider Fixing Your Muffler To Avoid Fines - Our Town

Spirit of Shed Regs Subverted by Landlords Who Leave Them Up for Years: Report - Our Town

City Taking Steps to Prevent Tragedies from Lithium Batteries and Subway Surfing - Our Town

New York's Millionaire Class Is Growing. Other People Are Leaving. - NY Times

New York City Council Amends Criminal Background Check Bill - The Real Deal

Don’t Count on a 2024 Jobs Boom for New York City - The City

Tips Tricks Dampen Delivery Worker Celebration of New $18-an-Hour Wage - The City

NYPD opposes more stringent reporting requirements in POST Act - City and State

NYC teachers sue Eric Adams over school budget cuts - City and State

A first look at The Met’s fabulous, feminist exhibit ‘Women Dressing Women’ - Time Out

Minimum wage all over New York is increasing on January 1 - Time Out