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Friday’s Headlines: City Council Legislation Edition

12:03 AM EDT on August 4, 2023

Say goodbye to this. Photo: Josh Katz

Two important bills passed the City Council on Thursday. You can read about both in Streetsblog.

Intro. 31 makes the city's Covid outdoor dining program permanent — albeit in a scaled back form that will revert curbside eateries back to parking for four months of the year.

Intro. 289, meanwhile, mandates the city create an interactive map that provides New Yorkers with "current conditions" for bike lanes and greenways across the five boroughs — because everyone deserves to know as much as possible about their commute, and the city already collects much of relevant information.

Both bills await Mayor Adams's signature.

The Times, Gothamist, amNY and Eater all covered the outdoor dining bill.

In other news:

  • Ex-Adams Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich will be indicted for "corruption-related crimes." (NY Times)
  • Gothamist went deep on "New York City's vendor boom."
  • The ghoulish Vessel is what happens when you let the rich control public space. (Dezeen)
  • Not unrelated: the most Instagrammed bench in Brooklyn. (Curbed)
  • MTA leaders touted a new on-bus fare enforcement blitz by unarmed "Eagle Teams." (Gothamist, Daily News, NY Post, NY1, MTA via YouTube)
  • Driver in court for Midtown curb jump carnage. (ABC7NY)
  • Cash-cow LIRR derails a train in Queens, injuring 13. (CBS New York, NBC New York, NY Post)
  • DOT will resume its "Summer Streets" this Saturday in Manhattan! Join the Five Boro Bike Club for a ride down tto the festivities beginning at Larry’s Free Wheeling Bike Store on Cathedral Parkway. More information here.

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