Weather: Occasional showers, with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Raised in the mid-1970s.
Parking on the alternate side: Suspended today for Orthodox Holy Thursday and tomorrow for Orthodox Good Friday.
Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller and mayoral candidate, now faces sexual assault charges.
Jean Kim, above, who said she worked on Mr. Stringer’s 2001 campaign for public counsel, said Mr. Stringer “had groped me several times, put his hands on my thighs and between my legs ”without consent.
Mr Stringer denied Ms Kim’s account, saying they had been in a consensual relationship for a few months.
[Ms. Kim said that Mr. Stringer warned her not to tell anyone about his advances.]
Here’s what you need to know:
Ms Kim said at a press conference yesterday that she had not spoken earlier because she feared Mr Stringer would “destroy my career in politics.”
“I’m showing up now because having to see him in my living room on TV every day, pretending to be a women’s rights champion, makes me sick,” Kim said.
Ms Kim’s accusations come about eight weeks before the Democratic primary on June 22, which will likely determine the next mayor.
In his own press conference, Mr Stringer hinted that his relationship with Ms Kim was friendly until 2013, when he did not give her a job as part of his campaign for the comptroller position. .
(Ms Kim’s attorney said she did not believe Ms Kim applied for a job as part of Mr Stringer’s campaign that year.)
“Sexual harassment is unacceptable,” Stringer told reporters. “I think women have the right and should be encouraged to come forward. They must be heard. But it’s not me. I did not do this.
A limited early poll shows Mr Stringer in third place in the crowded mayor’s estate, behind Andrew Yang, the 2020 presidential candidate, and Eric Adams, the chairman of the Brooklyn borough. But his campaign has recently won key support, and his allies have said they fear the accusations could jeopardize his chances.
Mr. Stringer has presented himself as a staunch progressive in recent years. In March, he called on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who also faces allegations of sexual misconduct, to resign.
Yesterday afternoon some of Stringer’s opponents asked him to withdraw from the race.
What we read
Electric motorcycle service Revel plans to start an all-Tesla tele-assistance company in New York, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission may not be on board. [The Verge]
City’s public hospital system provides vaccines against coronavirus and others medical care to the homeless of the city streets on three minibuses. [Gothamist]
Metro attendance is on the rise, but full-time workers commuting don’t help muchFigures from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority showed. [Daily News]
- Who is the mayor? There are more than a dozen people still in the race to become New York’s next mayor, and the primary will be held on June 22. Here is an overview of the candidates.
- What is ranked choice voting? New York City has started using choice voting for primary elections this year, and voters will be able to list up to five candidates in order of preference. Confuses? We can help.
And finally: the battle to develop a South Street Seaport car park
Michael Kimmelman of The Times writes:
As the real estate sagas in New York City unfold, the battle for parking at 250 Water Street in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport neighborhood draws closer to the Thirty Years War.
You might wonder how a historic oasis in picturesque Americana came to include a huge above-ground parking lot that leaves a strange no-man’s land between the low 19th-century warehouses bordering Water to the east and the modern skyscrapers of Lower. Manhattan, west of Pearl.
A full explanation involves reductions in the day by local politicians appeasing NIMBY voters who did not want their waterfront view blocked by a tower at 250 Water.
Now, a new Howard Hughes Corporation proposal for a $ 1.4 billion, 470 foot tall mixed-use development is making its way into the city’s bureaucracy.
The plan initially provided for 260 market-rate condos occupying the towers as well as up to 100 subsidized units for tenants representing an average of 40% of the region’s median income and funding for the South Street Seaport Museum.
Supporters and opponents of the development were vehement in two Monuments Preservation Commission hearings about it, and Hughes responded with a scaled-down plan. Another hearing is scheduled for May 4.
It may not be the perfect way for anyone to tackle the affordable housing crisis in the city, fund a cultural touchstone, or build a skyscraper or a neighborhood.
But one thing is certain.
It’s better than a parking lot.
It’s Thursday – build on the past.
Metropolitan newspaper: spot saver
When my car is parked in a “good place” – a place that I wouldn’t have to give up to comply with the parking rules on the other side – I know when I retire in the morning for my teaching job in Connecticut, the doorman who works in the neighborhood will be waiting for me in his silver Subaru. It’s a parking dance that has been going on for about 20 years.
One Thursday morning, I was in the car adjusting my mirrors and plugging in my phone when the doorman pulled up beside me with his passenger side window down.
“Hey,” he said. “What time are you coming back to town?”
“Um, around 4:30 or 5 pm,” I said.
“If you get here at 4 am you can pick up the place,” he said.
I thanked him, telling myself that he had never asked for this before. And as he stepped back to make room for me to retire, it occurred to me that this would be the perfect time to ask him his name.
After all these years, I still had no idea what it was.
– Kimberly Steinhorn
New York Today is published on weekdays around 6 a.m. register here to get it by e-mail. You can also find it on nytoday.com.
What would you like to see more (or less) of? Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.