🌱 70% NY Voters Don’t Like Country Direction + Governor Islands Lawsuit

Good morning New York! Get ready for another hot streak of nearly 100 degrees later this week. Seventy percent of New Yorkers disagree with the direction the nation is heading, the future of Governors Island park is uncertain, and Governor Hochul leads her GOP challenger by 14 points in a new poll.

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Here are the top five stories in New York City today:

  1. Seventy-one percent of voters in New York believe the United States is going “wrong,” according to a new poll. A slightly higher number seem shocked by the Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe V. Wade, and believe there should be legal access to abortion. Fifty percent think NY itself is going in the wrong direction. (New York City Patch)
  2. Monkeypox has disproportionately affected Latino New Yorkers, who make up 35 percent of cases while making up 20 percent of the population. The state has more cases — more than 1,300 — than anywhere else in the country. (New York City Patch)
  3. A lawsuit that went before a judge on Tuesday challenges a city council-approved plan to upgrade much of Governors Island, an island park in New York City’s harbor.. The plan includes the construction of a research center, with the possibility of adding hotel and other commercial development as well. (Gothhamist)
  4. New York City’s shelters are high-capacity, and city officials believe this is partly due to asylum seekers finding refuge. City Hall estimates that as of May, 4,000 asylum seekers have applied for a place in city-run shelters — but many of those asylum seekers, who have traveled thousands of perilous miles to reach NYC, may have been in the city longer. (THE CITY)
    • Related – A Commonpoint, a Queens nonprofit, will help refugees settle in the New York City area starting this fall. (New York City Patch)
  5. Governor Kathy Hochul has a 14-point lead over rival Republican Lee Zeldin in the first publicly published poll for the general election. Hochul has 53 percent of voters, according to a poll. (Gothhamist)

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Today in New York:

  • Summer jazz sensations at Dante Park (1:30)
  • Topps Pop-Up Truck Enters The Bronx For International Trading Card Day (4pm)
  • Flatiron Nomad Partnership organizes free outdoor fitness class with power pilates (6:00 PM)
  • Ambush Comedy at Two Boots Pizza Williamsburg (7:30 PM)
  • Anniversary for Jimmy: A Celebration of James Baldwin – Lincoln Center (8pm)

Crime and security angle:

  • The NYPD says it seized 240 illegal dirt bikes on city streets on Sunday. Police say they seized “nearly 3,000” this year. (New York City Patch)
  • Ten members of the Own Every Dollar Gang (often abbreviated to OED) were arrested over the course of a year and charged with 90 crimes, including murder. (New York City Patch)

From my notebook:

  • The NYC Department of Aging is giving away coupon booklets to help older New Yorkers afford “healthy, nutritious food.” (NYC Facebook Aging Division)
  • Broadway comes to Bryant Park in August, with free afternoon shows on Thursdays, starting with Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King. (Poster)
  • If you’re still sad about the discontinuation of Choco Tacos, this month you need to head to this Midtown bar that serves dessert-inspired cocktails. (Time-out)
  • Thrillist has a new list of the best “underrated” waterfront parks in every neighborhood – from Astoria Park, to a corner of Randall’s Island, to Fort Washington Park. (thrillist)
  • There are more vacant apartments on the Upper East Side than a few months ago — but rents haven’t fallen yet, according to a new Street Easy study. That’s because most of the apartments have been vacated by pandemic-era low-rent tenants who have faced steep price increases. (New York City Patch)

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