Unpaid Parking Tickets Could Mean Jail Time (NY1)
The city’s Department of Finance sent warning letters to 13,000 drivers who have five or more outstanding parking tickets. If they don’t pay, they could have their registrations suspended. If they drive with a suspended registration, they could face heavy fines and jail time. The city says it’s owed some $17 million in unpaid parking tickets.
Korean Grocery Stores Are On the Decline (NYT)
Although Koreans still own 70 percent of the city’s small grocery stores, their ranks are succumbing to the same pressures faced by other New York City small business owners: rising rents, increased competition and more scrutiny from city agencies that impose fines. Families are also adamant that their children not take over the business.
Subway Service Changes Coincide with Arts Fest For Third Time (NYT)
Getting people to come to your underground arts show in Bushwick is hard enough without the MTA mucking things up. For the third time in the 5-year history of the Bushwick Open Studios festival, there will be no L train service. The show’s organizers reached out to local politicians and tried to convince the MTA to change its plans, but the agency said it couldn’t reschedule the signal maintenance it planned for the weekend.
Bronx Apartment Building Designed to Combat Obesity (NYT)
City officials say the eight-story, 63-unit co-op is the first building with design elements meant to combat obesity. The building (for families with incomes of $90,000 or less) has a backyard with excercise equipment for adults and climbing equipment for children and a light-filled gym on the first floor. The stairs are also brightly lit and decorative in order to encourage residents to take the stairs.
Harlem Pastors Fuming Over ‘Harlem Pride’ Events (NY Daily News)
Several Harlem pastors are speaking out against gay pride celebrations, June 24 and 25, called “Harlem Pride.” One of them said the planned events are an “attack” on families and vows not to let his children out of the house the day the group holds its picnic in Marcus Garvey Park. The Harlem Pride president says she isn’t backing down: “We’re people too and deserve our day in the sun.”
Free Wi-Fi Comes to DUMBO (NYT)
DUMBO Wi-Fi will be available outdoors in the neighborgood at the end of June. The DUMBO business improvement district partnered with Two Trees Management Company, which owns about a dozen buildings in the area.
Baby Falcons Living on Verrazano, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck Bridges (Gothamist)
The MTA works to make sure contractors and maintenance workers don’t disturb the nine peregrine falcons chicks nesting on three of its bridges. “This allows the chicks to hatch and gives them a greater opportunity for survival,” says an MTA worker. The baby predators are sort of adorable and sort of terrifying depending on how you look at it.
A Better Way To Get Curb Service in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx (NY Daily News)
In a Be Our Guest column, the spokeswoman for Livery Base Owners Inc.--a coalition of community-based livery owners--offers up a slate of proposals for bringing curbside service to the outer boroughs. Cira Angeles says the city should create borough permits (not linked to yellow-cab medallions) so livery drivers can legally pick up passengers, which they already do anyway. She also proposes GPS locators and meters to avoid the need for haggling and a distinctive color (other than yellow) for this new breed of livery cabs.
New Common Curriculum Brings Structure But Lacks Follow-Thru (Star-Ledger)
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and two other guest columnists, say the new Common Core State Standards, adopted by most states, are good in theory, not in practice. “While the standards offer an important common definition of the goals of schooling, they don’t give teachers, parents, policy makers and others who care about creating a world-class education system the tools they need to get there.” (The other columnists are former Republican governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean and former assistant education secretary Susan Neuman.)