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Finally, NYC Gets the Bird We Deserve

All hail our new beady-eyed queen, Astoria the wild turkey! And more news to take you into the long weekend.

Scenes From a Public University Now Occupied by a Private Security Company

"It feels like admin really cares more about keeping some sort of appearance of order up, rather than actually caring about listening to what their students have to say."

Is the NYPD Solving Crimes? Who Knows—Their Last Published Clearance Data Is From 2022

City law requires the NYPD to report its clearance rates quarterly. Under the Adams administration, it just…stopped.

Where to Find the Best Beach Food at Rockaway This Endless Summer

A guide to the finest eats at the city's most magical public-transportation-accessible beach, on and off the boardwalk.

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Climate Change Is Threatening Some of NYC’s Oldest, Most Majestic Trees

Woodlawn Cemetery is a sanctuary for 6,000 trees, including the Japanese umbrella pine and a weeping beech. But for how much longer?

One Step Behind the Coyotes of NYC

"That’s how you always see them. Running away. I’ve seen more coyote butts than coyote faces."

No Heat, Bathroom Mushrooms, Bees in the Wall: Life Under One of NYC’s Most ‘Egregiously Negligent’ Landlords

“How is it possible that a city, a system, allows landlords to profit from their bad behavior?"

Concert-Related Boomer Phone Abuse Has a Carceral Solution

Boomers fruitlessly maneuvering their gigantic cell phones must be stopped.

You Can Find a Rent-Stabilized Apartment in NYC—If You Can Dodge AI Listings, Scammers, and Illegal Fees

How one New Yorker’s harrowing, months-long quest ended with a stabilized, $2,450/month two-bedroom off the Jefferson L stop.

Citi Bike Stations That Charge E-Bikes Are Coming—Maybe

The technology is ready, as long as Lyft, the Department of Transportation, and Con Ed can find some more money.

McGuinness Boulevard Status Quo: Blocked Bike Lanes, Speeding Trucks, Angry Elected Officials

Lawmakers are demanding that the Adams administration do what it said it would do a year ago: Give McGuinness a road diet.

CUNY Gave $4 Million Contract to Security Firm That Claims Protesters Are Using ‘Guerrilla Warfare Tactics’

Strategic Security Corp announced the contract in a press release that used the #StoptheSteal hashtag and warned that campus protesters are working to “instigate violence and chaos.”

Mayor Adams Says NYPD Did a ‘Commendable Job’ Violently Arresting and Punching Pro-Palestinian Protesters in Bay Ridge

The mayor and the NYPD are also repeating the "outside agitator" narrative, plus more links to start your week.

‘He’s Open to Any Ideas We Have’: Mayor Adams Crushed Columbia’s Protests After Attending a Secret Meeting With Billionaires

Chat logs leaked to the Washington Post raise a host of questions about how the raids on student protesters came about

The NYPD Is Increasing Their Ability to Steal Your Face

Drone first responders, real-time Harlem surveillance, and more links for your weekend.

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