🌱 Judge Might Scorn Rikers + NYC Officially High-Risk COVID

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Hello. A judge holds Rikers Island in contempt of court, the race is on for an open Manhattan-Brooklyn congressional district, and it’s almost time for “Manhattanhenge,” New York’s best sunset photo day.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Pleasant with sun, a few clouds. High: 72 Low: 58.


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Here are the top five stories from today in New York:

  1. A judge can despise New York City for not bringing inmates to their medical appointments at Rikers Island prisons. Detainees reportedly missed tens of thousands of appointments in February and March. The Department of Corrections has 30 days to remedy the problem before he is ordered to pay $100 per missed appointment. (New York City crest)
  2. After a LaGuardia passenger noticed a single beer priced at $28, the Port Authority, which operates New York’s three major airports, updated its regulations. Food and drink must now cost the same as their local ‘street prices’, with a maximum surcharge of 10%. (New York News PIX11)
  3. IIt’s now official – NYC is at “high risk” for COVID-19, with indoor masking “strongly encouraged” but not required. While the city is seeing an average of 3,500 cases a day, hospital capacity and the death rate are both relatively low, according to Mayor Adams. (New York City crest)
  4. A newly drawn congressional district that stretches from 14th Street in Manhattan to parts of southern Brooklyn is without an incumbent, leading many politicians and political hopefuls to put their hats in the ring. That includes former Mayor Bill de Blasio, several state senators and Assembly members, and former Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. (THE CITY)
  5. In sports news, former Mets baseball player Matt Harvey has been hit with a 60-game suspension after admitting to distributing illegal drugs. He also admitted to using substances himself. (amNY)

Photo of the day in New York:

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Central Park Lake in Spring – photo courtesy of Roxanne Eldridge

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Crime Corner:

  • An 11-year-old girl has died after being hit by a stray bullet during a scooter chase on Fox Street in the Bronx. (New York City crest)
  • The state attorney general’s office is investigating the death of a man shot by an NYPD officer on May 13 while holding a pellet gun. (New York City crest)

Mark your calendars:

  • DUMBO celebrates its birthday “Dumbo Drop Block Party” on Saturday, May 21 – a day when thousands of puffy cartoon elephants will descend on the Brooklyn borough to raise money for local schools. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • “Manhattanhenge”, the dates when the sunset aligns perfectly with the borough’s urban canyons, are almost here. Attention, from May 29th. (Gothamist)
  • Singer-songwriter Patti Smith will join an abortion lawyer and other celebrities for Brooklyn Library’s annual “Night of Ideas” on Saturday May 21. (Patch)

Today in New York:

  • The world’s largest public art fair, Cube Art Fair, returns to New York until Sunday, May 22. (all day)
  • Taylor Swift speaks at NYU graduation, live online (9 a.m.)
  • Legendary street artist COSE TDS hosts closing reception at Village Works Gallery (6 p.m.)
  • Concerts in the Catacombs: Firas Zreik, Green-Wood Cemetery (6:30 p.m.)
  • Sunsara Taylor Live Stream: Topple Roe? Surely not! Take to the streets! (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Iconic New York Century 21 department store officially reopens its flagship location across from the World Trade Center in 2023. (Time Out)
  • The Port Authority is preparing to add protected bicycle parking outside New York City train stations, including at the 42nd Street Bus Terminal and the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. (amNY)
  • Acting FDNY Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh accompanied firefighter Abraham Miller to the White House on Monday, where he received a Medal of Valor from President Biden. (Facebook)

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You’re all caught up for today! See you tomorrow for another update.

Dashiell Allen

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