🌱 NYC Close To Housing Migrants On Cruises: Report + Taxi Debt Relief

Happy Saturday, New York City! Here’s today’s run-down:

  • 🛳 The city is nearing a deal to house newly arrived migrants on a cruise ship, according to reports.
  • 🚕 Taxi drivers and politicians are celebrating $225 in loan debt forgiveness.
  • 💰 NYC’s average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rose by a grand total of $10 last month.

But first, today’s weather:

Tropical Rainstorm Ian. High: 57 Low: 54.

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

  1. The Adams administration is nearing a deal to rent a luxury cruise ship to house migrants, although advocates are concerned that the ship would be unable to provide them with necessary services, according to reports. As the New York Post reports, the ship, which would be in addition to a camp at Orchard Beach, could cost up to $15 million. (New York City Patch)
  2. Over 1,000 taxi medallion owners have had their loans closed under a new city program with a total of $225 million in debt forgiven. Prominent elected officials, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortés and Mayor Eric Adams, celebrated the announcement on Friday. (New York City Patch)
  3. New York Republican Party leaders are challenging the state’s absentee voting process, taking issue with a pandemic-era rule that allows anyone registered to vote by mail if they voice concern about contracting COVID-19. This comes after party leaders successfully challenged the Democratic-approved redistricting process for Congress and the state legislature. (Gothamist)
  4. Timothy Pearson, a retired police inspector and close confidant to Mayor Eric Adams, is on the city’s payroll for a yearly salary of $242,000 per year, making him one of the highest-paid employees. He had previously worked for a private casino while also collecting a police pension. (Subscription/The New York Times)
  5. New York City average rents only rose $10 in September, a new study found. Overall though the median rent is still at an all-time high of $3,950 for a one-bedroom apartment. Meanwhile the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment rose $20. (New York City Patch)

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  • If you’d like a chance to see the Northern Lights from the heart of New York City this weekend, the Great Lawn in Central Park is probably your best bet, according to an expert. (Time Out)
  • A building housing the Russian Consulate on the Upper East Side was vandalized with red paint, after it was announced that Russia was annexing occupied Ukraine territory. (AMNY)
  • Check it out as this hawk dives into a trash can and emerges with a “fat rat lunch.” (New York City Patch)
  • The ice rink at Bryant Park will be skating back this year on Oct. 28. (AMNY)
The hawk, clutching its lunch in its talons. (Courtesy of Ceridwen Morris, instagram/ceridwenmorris)

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2022-09-30 19:21:00

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