Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
Outside The Carlos Danger Zone: 7 Things You May Have Missed This Week
Friday, July 26, 2013
WNYC took a look at seven stories you may have missed this week during Weiner Watch 2013 (part II).
1. The Long Goodbye: City Council tells Madison Square Garden time is running out
The City Council votes to limit the lease for Madison Square Garden to 10 years. Council speaker Christine Quinn told reporters on Thursday that it’s been too difficult to improve Penn Station with Madison Square Garden on top of it, so it’s time for MSG to plan to move: “We need to make sure Penn Station becomes what we need it to be a really 21st Century grand entrance into the greatest city in the world. Not what Senator Moynihan and others historically described as a bunch of rat tunnels that lead people in and out of the city every day."
2. This is Not Your Beautiful House: A lengthy list for public housing
Days after Rev. Al Sharpton hosts a sleepover for mayoral hopefuls at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem, a woman was killed in a shooting there. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that there are 227,000 people on the list for public housing in New York – with less than 6,000 units actually opening up annually.
3. Death Row: Ronell Wilson becomes the first New Yorker in four decades to get death penalty
Wilson was convicted in 2006 of shooting undercover detectives during a botched gun sting. Prosecutors said Wilson remained violent in prison, inducting fellow inmates into his gang and plotting against guards.
4. Home Court Advantage: The United States Tennis Association to expand its footprint in Queens
After a year-long battle, the City Council gave permission for expansion at the home of the U.S. Open. The USTA will put just over $10 million toward improvements at Flushing Meadows in return for permission to use parkland to replace two out of three stadiums and add 7,000 seats, parking and walkways.
5. Stop and Frisk Showdown: Bloomberg vetoes two bills to curb stop and frisk
One bill would create an inspector general to oversee the police department. The other would expand the definition of racial profiling to allow people who feel they’ve been discriminated against to sue police. Speaker Christine Quinn says she expects the council to override the vetoes in August.
6. Emergency Room: Temperatures rise over plans to close two Brooklyn hospitals
Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill has only 11 patients left, and owner SUNY downstate promises to move forward with closure despite a week of protests. Meanwhile, the state demands a plan to close Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy. Both hospitals have had major financial problems.
7. "The Hills" Are Alive: New park coming to Governors Island
City officials broke ground for a new park called The Hills at the southern end of Governors Island that will use debris, dirt and remnants of an imploded building to create sloping landscapes and winding pathways. Google chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy promise $15 million, part of $36 million in private funds slated for the park, which will open in 2015.