Good morning New York City! Get ready for another near 100-degree hot spell later this week. Seventy percent of New Yorkers disagree with the direction the nation is headed, the future of Governors Island park is in limbo, and Governor Hochul leads her GOP challenger by 14 points in a new poll.
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Here are the top five stories in New York City today:
- Seventy-one percent of New York voters believe the United States is headed in the “wrong direction,” according to a new poll. A slightly higher number appears to be appalled by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, and believes there should be legal access to abortion. Fifty percent think NY itself is headed in the wrong direction. (New York City Patch)
- Monkeypox has been disproportionately affecting Latino New Yorkers, who account for 35 percent of cases while making up 20 percent of the population. The state has more cases – over 1,300 – than anywhere else in the country. (New York City Patch)
- A lawsuit that went before a judge on Tuesday challenges a plan approved by the City Council to upzone a large portion of Governors Island, an island park in New York City’s harbor.. The plan involves building a research center, with the potential to also add a hotel and other commercial development. (Gothamist)
New York City’s shelters are at high capacity, and City officials believe that’s partly to do with asylum seekers finding refuge. City Hall estimates that 4,000 asylum seekers have applied for space at city-run shelters since May — but many of those asylum seekers, who traveled thousands of dangerous miles to reach NYC, might have been in the city for a longer time. (THE CITY)
- Related–a Queens nonprofit Commonpoint will help refugees settle in the New York City region starting this fall. (New York City Patch)
- Governor Kathy Hochul has a fourteen point lead over her rival Republican Lee Zeldin in the first publicly released poll before the general election. Hochul has 53 percent of voters’ support, according to one poll. (Gothamist)
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Today in New York City:
- Summer Jazz Sensations at Dante Park (1:30 p.m.)
- Topps Pop-Up Truck Hits the Bronx for International Trading Card Day (4 p.m.)
- Flatiron Nomad Partnership Hosts Free Outdoor Fitness Class with Power Pilates (6 pm)
- Ambush Comedy at Two Boots Pizza Williamsburg (7:30 pm)
- Jubilee for Jimmy: A Celebration of James Baldwin – Lincoln Center (8 pm)
Crime and safety corner:
- The NYPD says it seized 240 illegal dirt bikes on the city’s streets on Sunday. Cops say they’ve confiscated “close to 3,000” this year. (New York City Patch)
- Ten members of the Own Every Dollar Gang (often shortened to OED) were busted and charged for 90 crimes — among them murder — over the course of a year. (New York City Patch)
From my notebook:
- The NYC Department of Aging is giving away coupon books to help older New Yorkers afford “healthy, nutritious, food.” (NYC Department for the Aging via Facebook)
- Broadway is coming to Bryant Park this August, with free mid-day performances on Thursdays, starting off with Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King. (Playbill)
- If you’re still sad about the discontinuing of Choco Tacos then you should head to this Midtown bar that’s serving cocktails inspired by the dessert through this month. (Time Out)
- Thrillist has a new list of the best ‘underrated’ waterfront parks in every borough–from Astoria Park to a corner of Randall’s Island, to Fort Washington Park. (thrillist)
- There’s more vacant apartments in the Upper East Side than there were several months ago — but rents haven’t come down yet, according to a new Street Easy study. That’s because most of the apartments were vacated by tenants with low pandemic-era leases that were facing steep price increases. (New York City Patch)
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