Gothamist: In Pandemic’s Aftermath, Calls Grow For NYC To Regulate Commercial Rents

Gothamist: In Pandemic’s Aftermath, Calls Grow For NYC To Regulate Commercial Rents. “The City Council’s small business committee is considering a controversial proposal to limit how much landlords can raise rents on commercial tenants. The measure, first introduced by City Councilman Stephen Levin almost two years ago, would apply to storefronts and offices up to 10,000 square feet, which could also include some supermarkets. Levin, who sits on the committee, said rising rents have forced small businesses throughout the city to shut down, and that the pandemic has exacerbated the problem, creating a proliferation of vacant storefronts. ”

CNN: Concert celebrating New York City’s comeback cut short by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri

CNN: Concert celebrating New York City’s comeback cut short by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri. “Thousands of people celebrating the return of New York City at a concert in Central Park were interrupted by severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri’s anticipated Sunday landfall. Some of music’s biggest names descended on the Great Lawn at New York City’s iconic Central Park for the ‘We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ on Saturday to perform for a vaccinated crowd of 60,000.”

Mental Health for All: New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign To Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources (NYC Health + Hospitals)

NYC Health + Hospitals: Mental Health for All: New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign To Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources. “Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today unveiled a new comprehensive website and public education campaign to help New Yorkers navigate all the mental health resources available to them and find substance misuse support that meets their needs.”

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map. “Writer Luc Sante calls them the ‘ghosts of Manhattan.’ Those are the souls of the poor and marginal people, now dead, whose presence can be felt like a shade in the history of now affluent US neighborhoods, ‘where they push invisibly behind it to erect their memorials in the collective unconscious.’ Sante’s poltergeists came to mind after I stumbled on a strange little Twitter account called ‘This Used to Be a Synagogue.’

Vogue: Any New Yorker Can Get the Paparazzi Treatment, Thanks to This Instagram Page

Vogue: Any New Yorker Can Get the Paparazzi Treatment, Thanks to This Instagram Page. “We’ve all seen those ‘candid’ paparazzi shots of celebrities. They know they’re going to be photographed, so they come armed with a strategic (and eye-catching) ensemble, which is often executed by a professional stylist. But the next time you’re wandering around Manhattan and hear the sound of a camera shutter going off, watch out for photographer Johnny Cirillo—because he could be taking your picture, not a celebrity’s.”

New York Times: New York City’s Vaccine Passport Plan Renews Online Privacy Debate

New York Times: New York City’s Vaccine Passport Plan Renews Online Privacy Debate. “When New York City announced on Tuesday that it would soon require people to show proof of at least one coronavirus vaccine shot to enter businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the system was ‘simple — just show it and you’re in.’ Less simple was the privacy debate that the city reignited.”

New York Times: N.Y.C. will require workers and customers show proof of at least one dose for indoor dining and other activities.

New York Times: N.Y.C. will require workers and customers show proof of at least one dose for indoor dining and other activities.. “New York City will become the first U.S. city to require proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine for a variety of activities for workers and customers — indoor dining, gyms and performances — to put pressure on people to get vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday morning.”

Columbia Climate School: New York City’s Hidden Old-Growth Forests

Columbia Climate School: New York City’s Hidden Old-Growth Forests. “Historic preservation has never been New York’s strong point; about 1,000 old buildings are demolished or gut-renovated every year, the remains mostly going to landfills. Now, a team from the Tree Ring Laboratory at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is harnessing the destruction to systematically mine torn-out timbers for data. Annual growth rings from trees that were young in the 1500s may offer records of past climate no longer available from living trees. Studies of timber species, ages and provenances can shed light on the history of U.S. logging, commerce and transport.

‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York. “NYC Mesh is one of many fixed-wireless outfits in New York City. They range from community-owned models — like the D.I.Y. ‘internet in a box’ efforts led by the digital justice organization Community Tech NY, and the internet cooperative People’s Choice, started by former Spectrum strikers — to smaller for-profits like Starry, a Boston-based start-up rolling out flat-rate internet plans of $50 a month in large urban markets including New York City.”

BBC: The Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed

BBC: The Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed. “When the pandemic closed New York’s theatres, thousands of performers found themselves out of work – some were even unable to pay for their health insurance. One top dancer quickly opened a business, inspired by a gift from a fan, which gave people a way to express affection during lockdown.”