Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Close Rikers Is Crumbling

Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Close Rikers Is Crumbling A jail on Rikers Island. | Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock A judge’s ruling is the latest bad news for the mayor. A lawsuit has landed a decisive blow to Bill de Blasio’s plan to replace Rikers Island with a smaller network of borough-based jails. Under the vision the mayor put forward in 2018, four new towering jails would rise near courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx at a cost of $8.7…

NYC Delays In-Person Learning (Again) for Most Public-School Students, Sky-High Yoga, and Other News

NYC Delays In-Person Learning (Again) for Most Public-School Students, Sky-High Yoga, and Other News Andrew H Walker/Shutterstock Here’s some of what happened around town this week. In-Person Learning Delayed for Most New York City Public-School Students — Again It was an eventful week for New York students (and stressful for parents and teachers): Four days before kids were set to return to the classroom, the de Blasio administration decided once again to delay in-person instruction at most public schools. The…

Brooklyn Heights One-Bedroom With Sharp Kitchen Reno, Micro Claw-foot Tub, for $675K

Brooklyn Heights One-Bedroom With Sharp Kitchen Reno, Micro Claw-foot Tub, for $675K Photos by Michael Weinstein/Courtesy of Melissa Leifer, Keller Williams NYC So close to the water. Price: $675,000 Location: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn This one-bedroom apartment inside the five-story co-op at 87 Columbia Heights sits right in between an entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the newly reopened, now structurally sound Squibb Park Bridge, which leads to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1. The apartment is a five-minute walk from…

New Yorkers Step in to Keep City Parks From Turning Into ‘Junkyards’

New Yorkers Step in to Keep City Parks From Turning Into ‘Junkyards’ Roxanne Delgado collecting trash grabbers from volunteers in Pelham Parkway. | Caroline Spivack The city is neglecting its parks in the pandemic, just when we need them most. “Hi, do you have five minutes today to help clean the parkway?” asks Roxanne Delgado, armed with mint-colored garbage bags and a clawlike metal trash-grabber, of a couple and their three young children. They agreed and were soon plucking cigarette…

What You Need To Know Now About the Upper West Side Homeless Shelters Saga

What You Need To Know Now About the Upper West Side Homeless Shelters Saga mifl68/Flickr The latest: The de Blasio administration has paused moving people from the Lucerne Hotel as Legal Aid lawyers negotiate terms. A fierce neighborhood conflict has been playing out on the Upper West Side since early in the summer, when residents began complaining about homeless New Yorkers who were temporarily placed in area hotels — including the Lucerne, Belnord, and Belleclaire — to help curb the…

Bloomberg Keeps ‘Tribute in Light’ Shining Through the Pandemic, Cops Save Opossum, and Other News

Bloomberg Keeps ‘Tribute in Light’ Shining Through the Pandemic, Cops Save Opossum, and Other News Gary Hershorn/Getty Images Here’s some of what happened around town this week. 9/11 Commemorated During the Pandemic As is the case with most everything this year, mourning the loss of New Yorkers killed during the 9/11 attacks looks a bit different: The memorial service marking the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack was downsized in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In past…

Rents Are Down in Manhattan, But Up in Neighborhoods Hit Hardest by COVID-19

Rents Are Down in Manhattan, But Up in Neighborhoods Hit Hardest by COVID-19 In some neighborhoods, like Jackson Heights, rents are actually rising. | Shutterstock / James Andrews1 Yes, it’s a good time to get a deal in Manhattan. But in areas hardest-hit by COVID-19, rents are actually going up. It’s a renter’s market in New York — at least in the city’s high-rent districts. For a relatively small, wealthy, and socioeconomically mobile slice of the city’s more than 8.6…

Brooklyn Museum–Adjacent Apartment With Two Large Bedrooms Asks $875K

Brooklyn Museum–Adjacent Apartment With Two Large Bedrooms Asks $875K DDReps/Courtesy of Steve Halpern, Compass It comes with plenty of prewar touches including an arched doorway and base moldings. Price: $875,000 Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn This two-bedroom unit is on the top floor of 125 Eastern Parkway, a six-story I-shaped co-op located right across from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, and the 2 and 3 trains at the Eastern Parkway station. The 1923-built elevator building is also a short walk…

Century 21, the Beloved Fashion Discount House, Is Closing

Century 21, the Beloved Fashion Discount House, Is Closing Oh no. | Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images New Yorkers mourn the loss of “our closet.” Oh, man, this one stings. In a year of retail crises and closures in New York City, Century 21 — the discounter with roots in Brooklyn and a flagship store in the Financial District — is the latest to declare bankruptcy and will likely shut down all its stores, Bloomberg reports this morning. It’s…

Budget Cuts Might Doom de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Legacy

Budget Cuts Might Doom de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Legacy The Edgemere section of the Rockaways. | Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Neighborhoods like Edgemere, Queens, now have to wait even longer for major housing projects to rise. On his 25 minute walk to work through Edgemere — the low-slung beachfront neighborhood of old clapboard houses and public housing east of the newly fashionable Rockaway Beach — Richie Jackson says he might only pass a couple of delis or fast-food joints. “This isn’t Main…