Weekly News Roundup – January 21, 2022

January 21st, 2022

Opinion: Feed The Hungry: How New York Must Work with the Human Services Sector to End Food Insecurity by Roderick Jones & Gregory J. Morris - Gotham Gazette

Down Come the Barricades - Our Town

New York’s governor announces a significant drop in daily cases, a rare sign of hope.

Weekly News Roundup – January 14, 2022

January 14th, 2022

Bronx apartment fire kills 19, including 9 children - AP

More Patients, Fewer Workers: Omicron Pushes New York Hospitals to Brink - NY Times

They Had Reasons for Leaving the City. So Why Are Their Friends Mad? - NY Times

Conflict Quickly Emerges Between Top Prosecutor and Police Commissioner - NY Times

New York Business Owners Sidestep Billions in Federal Taxes With State’s Help - WSJ

Tracking the Number of People in NYC Homeless Shelters in 2022 - CityLimits

Local COVID contact tracing now optional in New York - AP

New York City's New Mayor Tells the City It's Time to Stop Wallowing in Covid - Bloomberg

Eric Adams Faces Second Council Defeat in Fight Over Investigations Post - The CityFeds Send MTA $6 Billion To Keep "Secret Sauce" Flowing - Gothamist

Mayor Adams orders ‘difficult’ 3% cut in NYC government spending after budget spike under de Blasio - Daily News

What does the female City Council majority want to do for women? - City & State

NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools - AP

Manhattan Rents Break Another Record, as Market Shows Signs of Cooling - NY Times

NYC to tackle double-parking on the Upper East Side - Fox 5

Upper East Side Councilwoman Funds More Frequent Litter Bin Pickups - CBS NY

Ruppert Park's Latest Redesign Adds Dog Run, Pleasing UES Board - Patch

New York’s Eviction Moratorium Is Expiring Saturday.

Weekly News Roundup – January 7, 2022

January 7th, 2022

NY Obliterates Single-Day Case Record With Nearly 70K New Positives; Hochul Warns Peak Yet to Come - NBC NY

Eric Adams Takes Office as New York City’s 110th Mayor at a Perilous Moment - NY Times

Adrienne Adams elected first Black City Council speaker - City & State

Meet Your City Council: Learn More About NYC’s New Lawmakers - The City

Menin Plans New School, Open Spaces & More As UES Council Member - Patch

Amid omicron surge, NYC schools prepare to reopen after winter break - Chalkbeat

COVID Schools Crisis Tests Eric Adams in First Days as Mayor - The City

Omicron wreaks havoc on NYC, causes crippling staff shortages - NY Post

COVID cases among NYC students and school staff spiked over winter break - Chalkbeat

City Employees Press Adams For Work-From-Home Option After De Blasio Refused - Gothamist

Eric Adams defends his pandemic response as N.Y.C. virus cases surge.

Weekly News Roundup – Holiday Edition

January 3rd, 2022

Design Unveiled For Upper East Side's New Ruppert Park: See It - Patch

Parks Department Unveils Concept for Ruppert Park - Tapinto

New York Businesses Ordered to Require Masks Indoors or Vaccine Proof - NY Times

Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandate - Politico

New York City businesses react to new state masks-or-vaccinations rules: ‘Most people, they understand.

Weekly News Roundup – December 3, 2021

December 3rd, 2021

Mayor de Blasio reinstates mask advisory as NYC braces for Omicron - NY Post

NYC offers 2nd dose of COVID vaccine at public schools starting today - ABC NY

New York closely monitoring nursing homes, Hochul says - Specturm

New bill proposes additions to cannabis law's equity category - Times Union

Can New York Really Get to 100% Clean Energy by 2040? - NY Times

De Blasio plan would replace horse carriages with electric cars - Politico

Nation’s First Supervised Drug-Injection Sites Open in New York - NY Times

Did De Blasio Make A Dent In The ‘Tale of Two Cities’? A New Analysis Of NYC Income Inequality Makes A Case - Gothamist

Women Are Changing the Look of Leadership - The Nation

Hochul: Streamlined SNAP application will boost enrollment in older residents, people with disabilities - Times Union

De Blasio Releases Final City Budget Update as Mayor, Setting Fiscal Stage for Adams - Gotham Gazette

Lefty groups seek to limit GOP clout in Council speaker's race - Politico

De Blasio, DOT propose ambitious ‘streets plan’ weeks before term ends - NY Post

New York City Voter Turnout Hits Record Low For A Mayoral Election - Gothamist

Porter to step down as NYC school chancellor, clearing the way for Adams to make his pick - Chalkbeat

Hundreds Of Correction Officers Defy New Vaccine Mandate, Compounding Staff Crisis On Rikers - Gothamist

Nearly Half of NYC Buildings Fail to Make the Green Grade - The City

James Whelan wants to start converting commercial real estate into housing ASAP - City & State

Hochul: Five cases of omicron in NY, delta variant remains acute concern - Times Union

Developers drop $70M on UES building for likely redevelopment - Crain's

New Upper East Side Trader Joe's Finally Opens: See Inside - Patch

First Omicron COVID Cases Confirmed In NYC - Patch

Met Museum To Rebuild Unpopular Wing Thanks To $125 Million Gift - Patch

Holiday Lights: The Season of Stars and Candles - Patch

How will NY schools handle omicron? - City & State

Fourth NYC School Shutters Due To COVID, Hinting At City’s Rules For Closing - Gothamist

Teachers Union, Parents Push For Class Size Bill As Legislative Session Winds Down - Gothamist

MTA Way Behind On Spending And Projects, State Comptroller Report Finds - Gothamist

Lawmakers Accuse Brooklyn Judge Of Subverting NY’s Landmark Discovery Reforms - Gothamist

Midtown Will Become More Pedestrian-Friendly For The Holidays - Gothamist

Crowds return to Rockefeller Plaza for tree lighting - NY1

Mount Sinai nurses protest, say staffing levels are dangerously low - NY1

Planting Hope in Lower Manhattan - NYTimes

The Cold Is Coming.

Weekly News Roundup – November 26, 2021

November 26th, 2021

Council Approves Plan For High-Rise Blood Center On Upper East Side - Gothamist

Approving Blood Center Project, City Council Overrides 'Member Deference' for First Time in Over a Decade - Gotham Gazette

Is the New York Blood Center approval the end of City Council’s member deference? - City & State

City Council greenlights Gowanus, Blood Center rezonings.

Weekly News Roundup – November 19, 2021

November 19th, 2021

OPINION: This debate is not about blood: An Upper East Side councilman explains his opposition to the Blood Center rezoning - Council Member Ben Kallos - NY Daily News

‘So Much Ugliness’ as Upper East Siders Battle 16-Story Tower - NYTimes

NYC developer in controversial Upper East Side rezoning could get $100M in tax breaks - Daily News

Opinion: Upper East Side NIMBYs Try for the Jugular - Mara Gay - NY Times

Upper East Side Community Board Chair Re-Elected Over Challenge - Patch

MTA officials eager for President Biden’s infrastructure bill to greenlight Second Ave.

Weekly News Roundup – November 12, 2021

November 12th, 2021

Council reverses longstanding trend on development posture with historic committee vote - Politico

Blood Center Rezoning Nears Last Approval After City Council Deal - Patch

Bad blood: City Council approves project in rare break with custom - Real Deal

Deal reached on New York Blood Center rezoning - Crain's

Council land use chair to back Blood Center over opposition by local member - Politico

What’s the deal with the New York Blood Center? - City & State

Blood Center Opponents Invoke Rare Clause In Bid To Kill Project - Patch

From SoHo to Gowanus to the Upper East Side, de Blasio Legacy Projects Hit Crossroads - The City

NYC Mayor de Blasio’s support of rezoning on the UES is a ‘potential conflict of interest’: community group - NY Daily News

OPINION: A worthy transfusion: Let the Blood Center build a bit higher on the Upper East Side - NY Daily News Editorial Board

OPINION: Out for blood: A new headquarters for the Blood Center on the Upper East Side takes a step forward, and maybe one back - NY Daily News Editorial Board

Ben Kallos Really Didn't Want the Blood Center Redevelopment - Curbed

Democrats grapple with Election Day losses amid SOMOS revelry - Politico

New York To Reap Billions Of Dollars For Mass Transit In "Monumental" Infrastructure Bill - Gothamist

Access-A-Ride Service Quality Stuck in Reverse as Traffic, Driver Absences Mount - The City

N.Y.C. Rats: They’re in the Park, on Your Block and Even at Your Table - NY Times

More than 100,000 NYC students are homeless, new report finds - Chalkbeat

NYC Residents Can Weigh In On Proposed Redistricting Maps At Hearings Starting Next Week - Gothamist

Thousands Of NYC Police Officers, Firefighters Want COVID Vaccine Exemptions.

Weekly News Roundup – November 5, 2021

November 5th, 2021

Revamp Of Upper East Side Park's Sitting Area Breaks Ground - Patch

NYC Parks and Elected Officials Break Ground for John Jay Park Renovations - TapInto

Council caucus representing members of color urges body to 'get to yes' on Blood Center - Politico Pro

NYC puts 9,000 workers on unpaid leave as vaccine mandate kicks in - Politico

Domestic violence survivors get more confidentiality when they vote with new law - Spectrum

Hochul expands NY's paid family leave to include siblings' care - Newsday

Bill to Require All-Electric Buildings in New York State Gets a Jump-Start - The City

Housing advocates say there's urgency for new capital plan - Spectrum

NYC middle and high schools head into another murky admissions season - Chalkbeat

NYC’s New Housing Voucher Rules Will Drastically Expand Income Eligibility for Renewals - City Limits

Adams declared winner of New York City mayor's race - Politico

Adams rips 'dysfunctional' city and promises reset, hours after election win - Politico

Republicans poised to expand footprint in New York City Council - Politico

Democrat Brad Lander Elected Next New York City Comptroller - Gotham Gazette

Alvin Bragg Elected Manhattan’s First Black District Attorney - Bloomberg

Mark Levine to succeed Gale Brewer as Manhattan borough president - AM NY

Upper East Side City Council Results: Keith Powers Wins 2nd Term - Patch

Julie Menin Wins Upper East Side City Council Election - Patch

NY ballot proposals: Voters reject voting reforms backed by Democrats - USA Today

Why New Yorkers Rejected Ballot Proposals on Voting and Redistricting - NY Times

De Blasio’s Order to Delay Solitary Confinement Reforms Over Rikers Chaos Slammed - The City

Squeezing the brakes: Mayor’s Queensboro Bridge bike and pedestrian lane project stalled by roadway rehab - AM NY

Census undercount cost New York a congressional seat, report says - Rochester First

NYS, NYC Officials Pledged To Reduce Maternal Mortality—Then The Pandemic Struck - Gothamist

Taxi Drivers Savor Victory as Medallion Debt Bailout Deal Ends Hunger Strike - The City

With Cuomo Gone, Hochul Revises Plan for Penn Station - NY Times

Supreme Court appears likely to void New York's gun permit law - Politico

SantaCon To Emerge From Pandemic Stupor On December 11th - Gothamist


Weekly News Roundup – October 29, 2021

October 29th, 2021

Hospital for Special Surgery scores more room to operate - NY Post

The Conscience of a Community - Our Town

De Blasio connected to firms working on controversial NYC Blood Center tower - NY Post

Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ 1165 Madison Avenue Begins Ascent On Manhattan’s Upper East Side - YIMBY

Extell building 30-story medical tower on UES - Real Deal

Extell unveils plan for 400,000 s/f medical office building on Upper East Side - Real Estate Weekly

Early Voting Kicks Off In NYC With Voters Trickling In To Polls To Choose Next Mayor - Gothamist

NYC Tried To Remove NYPD From 911 Mental Health Emergencies—But It’s Had Little Success - Gothamist

NYC subway extension to LaGuardia idea gains steam after Cuomo’s AirTrain nixed - Daily News

De Blasio administration pushes to approve supervised injection sites - Politico

Hochul vows to investigate harassment, discrimination in state government - Spectrum

Amazon workers file for a union election in New York - C&S

Homeless Bounced From Hotels to Streets and Shelters: A NYC Pandemic Odyssey - The City

Faster Buses on 5th Avenue? Not if Business Leaders Get Their Way.