🌱 NYC Mayor Adams visits Texas +250 Water St. Development blocked

Good morning, NYC!

  • Mayor Adams visited El Paso, Texas, one of the places where migrants are bused from to New York City, over the weekend.
  • An NYPD captain lost his job after being paid for hundreds of hours he didn’t work.
  • Two planes narrowly avoided a collision on Friday.

But first today’s weather:

A passing shower in the afternoon. High: 43 Low: 40.


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Here are today’s top five stories in New York City:

  1. Construction on a 26-story skyscraper at 250 Water St. in the Financial District halted last week after a judge found the developer, Howard Hughes Corporation, had made a “quid pro quo” with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, advising them how to get “political cover” from the proposal. The commission had rejected proposals to build towers in the historic district in the past but approved this latest one in 2020. (AMNY)
  2. Mayor Eric Adams visited El Paso, Texas, over the weekend, one of the places migrants have been bused from to New York City in recent months. There he met with the mayor of El Paso and called on the federal government to help states like New York. (CBS New York)
  3. Williamsburg residents raised concerns about gentrification when a street sign reading “Graham Av.-Av of Puerto Rico” was torn down Friday and replaced with a sign that simply reads “Graham Av.” The change was obviously a mistake and was later corrected by the Department of Transport. (Gothamist)
  4. An NYPD police captain was ousted from his job after investigators found he was being paid for more than 400 hours he didn’t work, which totaled more than $60,000. A judge and a prosecutor had recommended the 45-year-old, 19-year-old veteran be fired, but Commissioner Keechant Sewell allowed him to retire. (Subscription/New York Daily News)
  5. Gov. Kathy Hochul rallies politicians — including three NYC congressmen — in support of her election to the state Supreme Court, Hector LaSalle. At least a dozen Democrats have publicly announced they will vote against him, calling his previous decisions anti-union and anti-abortion. (Gothamist)

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Today in New York City:

  • Wellness in the new year: panel discussion and book signing — Chelsea Piers Brooklyn (6:30 p.m.)
  • New York City Ballet Winter 2023 — Start of the season today (7:30 p.m.)
  • CoacheLOL: The World’s Funniest Music Festival — Piano’s Bar (8 p.m.)
  • Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life — Blue Note Jazz Club (8pm)

From my notebook:

  • In honor of “Dry January” or for people who don’t drink regularly, here are bars across the city that cater well to a sober crowd. (Subscription/The New York Times)
  • Two planes collided within 1,000 feet on a runway at JFK Airport on Friday. (Gothamist)
  • A new pilot program beginning in February will monitor noise levels through the city. (Picture 11 New York)

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You are officially posted today. I’ll get back to you tomorrow morning with a new update!

Dashiell Allen

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