June 7, 2021 Weather: Humid and partly cloudy, with a high of 88 degrees.
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New York’s rent relief program is now accepting applications. The City news website has a guide for tenants and landlords.
There were two recent subway slashings in the area, the New York Post reported. First, around 8 p.m. on Thursday, two men got into a dispute on the platform of the Central Park North-110th Street station. Hours later, on a 3 train nearing the West 96th Street station, “a transgender man and his female partner were slashed during a fight with a felon who hurled homophobic slurs at the pair on a Manhattan train early Friday…The alleged slasher bolted from the station after the assault, but was quickly busted by cops, with charges still pending by the afternoon.”
Ground is being broken for one Upper West Side project, while another prepares for demolition, YIMBY reported. “Excavation has begun at 1841 Broadway, the site of a 24-story residential building…which will rise from a corner site at the intersection of Broadway and West 60th Street, just north of Columbus Circle and the southwestern corner of Central Park.” And, “Demolition preparations have begun at 266 West 96th Street, the site of a 23-story residential building…planned to yield 171 apartments, with 91 regular-sized homes and 80 micro units marketed to seniors ranging from 290 to 340 square feet each. Sixty-eight apartments would be allocated toward permanent affordable housing, while all residents would be provided free amenity access that includes a health club. The site is located between Broadway and West End Avenue.”
Should “public-facing building employees,” like doormen and concierges, be mandated to get the vaccine? “So far…the biggest pushback against a mandate is coming not from individual doormen but from their union. Most doormen in New York are members of SEIU 32BJ, which represents 35,000 residential-building workers throughout the Northeast. Although 32BJ has been encouraging its members to get the vaccine through information sessions and seminars, it’s against any mandate. ‘We’re trying to figure out a way to meet the perfectly reasonable desire to have employees vaccinated,’ Carolina Gonzalez, a union spokesperson, told Curbed. ‘I understand why people would feel more comfortable with a staff that is vaccinated, but that is not something that is accounted for in any way in the contract of these workers.’”
Stephen Ross, who gained local notoriety when he hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump in the Hamptons in the summer of 2019, has acquired Magnolia Bakery, which has two locations on the Upper West Side, the Wall Street Journal reported. “The venture-capital firm co-founded by developer Stephen Ross, a key figure behind the Hudson Yards development, and entrepreneur Matt Higgins has acquired the bakery chain from owner Steve Abrams and his fellow investors in a deal that closed earlier this year…Magnolia Bakery rose to prominence in the 2000s, when it appeared on the ‘Sex and the City’ HBO series and on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Since then, the chain has grown to encompass more than 25 locations across the U.S. and overseas.”
Also, there was quite a stir on 92nd Street on Sunday after a car burst into flames across from the Trader Joe’s line:
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