What’s News for May 17-18
Two luxury residential towers planned for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park will include a substantial percentage of affordable housing, according to BBP’s Request for Proposals (RFP), issued on Tuesday. In synch with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ten-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable units, BBP said the development would incorporate approximately 130,000 square feet of housing affordable to middle- and moderate-income residents. The announcement didn’t sit well with those opposed to the idea of tall buildings going up in a public park. (Brooklyn Eagle)
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) have partnered to present a season of free arts programming in select NYRP community gardens in Brooklyn. NYRP gardens are available for anyone to volunteer in, grow produce, and host their own events. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting.
The NYC Department of Education has agreed to expedite urgent repairs of the fire alarm at P.S. 90 in Coney Island after Councilmember Mark Treyger raised his concern with the current situation at the school during a recent City Council Education Committee hearing. The fire alarm was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy 18 months ago, which forced the school to assign a staff member to sit in the hallway and use a whistle to alert staff and students in the event of a fire. Immediately after Council Member Treyger expressed his concerns at the hearing earlier this month, DOE officials committed to having the fire alarm system repaired and fully operational as soon as possible.
New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton has announced the appointment of Kevin P. Wardally as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Wardally, an experienced political and government operative, began his career as an aide to the Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation, Charles B. Rangel. He then worked for the New York City Council for nearly a decade, working as Senior Political Advisor to then Speaker Peter F. Vallone, then as Director of the Member Services Division to then Speaker A. Gifford Miller, and eventually as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Speaker Christine Quinn. Wardally was most recently appointed to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the Downstate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. (NYPD DCPI)
Thousands of postal workers are attacked by dogs every year, and it turns out that of all the cities in the tri-state area, Brooklyn dogs attack mail carriers the most, according to a ranking by the U.S. Postal Service. Eighteen dog attacks on postal workers occurred last year in the borough. (NBC New York)
Brooklyn might just because a major pie destination this summer when Emily and Melissa Elsen, the sisters behind Gowanus pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds, open a 3,000-square-foot pie palace at a new location at Third Avenue and Sackett Street. There will be a cafe, garden seating and a rooftop herb garden. (NY Mag)
New York’s attorney general plans to issue a new subpoena on Wednesday seeking information about people using the global website Airbnb to make short-term apartment rentals in New York City after a state judge blocked his earlier attempt. Justice Gerald Connolly ruled Tuesday that the subpoena filed last year by AG Eric Schneiderman was “overbroad,” granting Airbnb’s motion to quash it. State investigators are seeking information about Airbnb’s hosts going back three years, noting many listings appear to offer unoccupied apartments for very short periods, violating the law against unregulated hotels. Schneiderman’s subpoena will be reissued to address the technical issue the judge raised while dismissing the global website’s other arguments, his spokesman Matt Mittenhall said.
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