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Friday, July 01, 2011
Port Authority Refusing to Pay Extra $3 Million to Complete 9/11 Memorial (NY Post)
The extra cash was needed for things like a security fence and visit check-in. But after paying some $4 million for those expenses, the PA’s executive director says some other group should have to pay the needed $3 million. The opening of the memorial is just two months away.
UES Public Housing Residents Organize in Opposition to Waste Transfer Station (NYT)
The city is considering re-opening a waste transfer station on the East River on 91st Street as a way to counteract criticism that it only puts the unsightly and smelling stations in economic disadvantaged areas. But area residents say the location still takes advantage of the economically disadvantaged because of the station’s proximity to a public housing building. The city argues--despite the public housing units--the area is not economically disadvantaged, but is in fact one of the richest in the city.
Owners of Fire Trap May Face Criminal Charges (NY Daily News)
Building owners who ignore citations for dangerous code violations, including having illegal fire traps, will now face criminal charges. In the past month, 110 owners have been charged in criminal court for failing to appear in court.
Straphangers Using Yelp to Review Subway Lines (WSJ)
Yelp has traditionally been used to review restaurants, clothing stores and other small businesses, but now users are turning their critical eye to public transportation. The Q train, with 3 ½ stars, is the most well reviewed line. Though one user describes his or her relationship with the line as “toxic.” “Sometimes it's blazin’ fast, sometimes it just, well, lurches. Sometimes the cars don't smell like McDonalds, sometimes they do."
Wall Street Bails Out Harlem Bank (Crain’s)
Carver Federal Savings, the nation's largest bank founded and run by African-Americans, has staved off possible collapse by raising $55 million in fresh capital. The Harlem-based bank was ordered by federal regulators earlier this year to raise additional cash as it staggered under a hefty load of delinquent real estate loans.
NYC Food Bank Loses Funding in State Budget Cuts (Crain’s)
The Community Kitchen and Food Pantry on West 116th Street will lose around $800,000 of its $1.3 million annual budget because of state funding cuts. The Kitchen, which distributes meals and groceries and provides support services like free tax assistance, is one of the Food Bank's flagship programs and one of the largest facilities of its kind in New York. The non-profit is also threatened by federal budget cuts.
City Wants to Boot Buses Off Old Fulton Street (Brooklyn Paper)
The city’s Department of Transportation has unveiled a new plan for Brooklyn’s Old Fulton Street that would turn it into a pedestrian plaza. The thoroughfare has been overrun by tour buses due to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and busy with other traffic as a result of the new ferry stop nearby. Residents in the area are hailing the plan.
Smelly Puddle Stinking Up West 33rd Street (DNAinfo)
An oily, green-tinged puddle on a Midtown side street has metastasized into a foul-smelling bog full of cigarette butts and other refuse. One person interviewed by DNAinfo’s Jill Colvin seemed to capture the feeling about the pond-sized pool of water: "It's disgusting. It's vile," said Sinead Noone, 21, a hostess at Jack Dempsey’s restaurant.