In the News: Placard enforcement is over – already

Streetsblog asked the mayor about placard enforcement and he admitted it is beyond back burner: “There’s still all the other ongoing enforcement that happens separate from that specialized unit,” de Blasio said in response to a question from Streetsblog at his daily press conference. “We have much more profound priorities right now in terms of fighting back the coronavirus, … this recent spate of shootings and dealing with the change in the NYPD budget.” More from the blog: “People who reported illegally parked placard-bearing cars to 311 on Sunday were surprised to get this message back: ‘This complaint does not fall under the police department’s jurisdiction.'”

The Broadsheet reports that more than dozen elderly residents of Battery Park City are facing imminent eviction as affordability protections lapse on their apartments, triggering rent hikes of thousands of dollars per month. “These tenants (a racially diverse group, two of whom are disabled, and several more of whom suffer from September 11-related illnesses) reside at 225 Rector Place, in a cluster of 17 apartments, which are all that remain of more than 60 units once set aside as low- and middle-income dwellings, when the building (originally known as Parc Place) opened as a 305-unit rental tower in 1986. The original developer, the Related Companies, accepted substantial government subsidies in exchange for participation in the so-called “80/20” program.”

The Times critic Michael Kimmelman takes a virtual tour of the island we live on with Eric W. Sanderson, a senior conservation ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, who wrote “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City.” The book geolocated old maps onto the modern city to reimagine a cornucopia of hills, beaches, fields and ponds. The tour starts at the Staten Island Ferry docks at Whitehall Terminal. (He discusses his project in the video above from 2009.)

The Trib reports that a sailing instructor from Atlantic Yachting, who run the marina at Pier 25, helped save the life of a woman floundering in the river off Battery Park City last week. “The 24-year-old woman, who police say is homeless, was struggling in the Hudson River near the esplanade outside Stuyvesant High School when an Atlantic Yachting staffer, Ben Kalish, spotted her and contacted his fellow sailing instructor, Jonathan Horvath, who jumped into a dingy docked at the pier and boated to the woman. Horvath, 40, said bystanders had lowered one of the movable metal barricades on the esplanade for the woman to use as a ladder.”