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🌱 Lawsuit Targets NYC Alfresco Dining + Taxi Driver Rally

Hello New York! New lawsuit targets NYC’s outdoor dining program, judge rules in favor of homeless family trying to find accommodation with city-issued voucher, and taxi drivers would like to see cap removed on the number of new licenses issued. Also find out the latest news from the New York Congressional primaries.

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Here are the top five stories in New York today:

  1. A recently filed lawsuit hopes to end outdoor dining immediately, arguing there is no justification for doing so as other COVID restrictions have been eased. Asked about the suit, Mayor Eric Adams said he supports the program. A subset of New Yorkers have disputed its impact on quality of life for months. (New York City crest)
  2. A large apartment complex in the Bronx must allow a homeless New Yorker receiving a housing voucher to be assigned housing, a judge ruled on Friday. A 34-year-old mother had sued the building’s landlord after she was refused accommodation because she failed to meet an income restriction threshold, despite her town voucher’s assurance that she could afford the monthly rent. (city ​​limits)
  3. New York Comptroller Brad Lander says he’s found a solution to the Department of Education’s over $215 million budget shortfall. He suggests allocating uncommitted federal COVID stimulus funds. There are now less than five weeks until classes start. (NBC New York)
  4. Taxi drivers call on city to remove cap on number of new licenses allowed. First introduced in 2018, the cap was intended to curb the rise of app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, but it has inadvertently harmed the yellow cab industry, drivers say. Now, whenever drivers retire due to the cap, new drivers cannot take their place. It is estimated that the number of taxis in the city has decreased by 80% in eight years. (NAMI)
  5. Construction work on a major renovation of the Times Square building where the ball is thrown every New Year is pushed back by a neighboring property owner, which argues in a lawsuit that placing scaffolding in the area will endanger tourists and make them more vulnerable to crime. (New York City crest)

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Things are heating up in two of the closely watched Democratic congressional primary races in New York:

  • In parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan below 14th Street, 13 candidates are vying for the 10th open seat in Congress. Here’s who approves who. (City and State)
    • One of the nominees, World Congressman Jones who currently represents parts of Westchester, has just been endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (NY Politics)
  • Further downtown, in District 12, two decades of colleagues — Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney – clash and a young rival, Suraj Patel. A recent poll puts Nadler and Maloney neck and neck, with Patel not far behind. (New York Post)
    • Tune in Wednesday night for a live debate on NY-12. (gothamist)

The primary is August 23.

Today in New York:

  • Hurricane Preparedness Webinar (11 a.m.)
  • Hiring event on site!! Come meet The Jewish Board and explore the opportunities (2 p.m.)
  • National Night with the NYPD (4 p.m.)
  • Parker’s at Thompson Central Park Live Summer Jazz Nights (6 p.m.)
  • Comedy and cocktails at the Canary Club (7 p.m.)
  • Nate Smith + Kinfolk at Blue Note Jazz Club (8 p.m.)

Crime and Security Corner:

  • A bike thief stole the phones of five women in a crime spree over two days in June and July. The police are looking for the suspect. (New York City crest)
  • On Monday, three people were injured when a transformer exploded at a tennis stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. (New York City crest)

From my notebook:

  • The Jamaican Jerk Festival took place in Queens on Sunday! (Mayor Eric Adams via Instagram)
  • On the Upper West Side, passers-by wonder about Zabar’s maintenance of Banksy’s graffiti. (
  • The first HIV-positive double heart transplant was performed for a woman in her 60s at a Bronx hospital. This was made possible by the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act passed in 2013. (New York City Patch)
  • If you’ve ever wanted to eat cat food at a fancy Italian restaurant in the West Village, now is your chance. (New York City crest)
  • Residents of Queens are protesting to stop plans to build a football stadium next to Citi Field, calling for affordable housing instead. (QNS)

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