Capital Playbook: Stormy getaway day
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By Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, and Mike Allen in Washington
STORMED -- Facade at Brooklyn Bridge underpass collapses; lightning strikes 1 World Trade Center. SEE IT -- News: http://goo.gl/m3d6Ah and Reuters: http://goo.gl/ZYzYxk -- Footage of lightning striking 1 World Trade Center, from an NY1 viewer named Caroline: ny1ne.ws/C4hY16 -- NYmag’s Margaret Hartman has more: http://goo.gl/IsfKdU
--“New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Collapse Buries Family in Rubble” by IBT’s Umberto Bacchi: “Authorities said a section of a decorative facade about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide fell off inside an underpass of the bride at about 7:30 pm … Jerome Dilligrant … and his family had taken shelter under the bridge from the torrential rain … Dilligard said he rushed to get their car but the facade collapsed as soon as he left. … Dilligard’s wife and their children … suffered minor injuries … FDNY said that the collapse didn’t affect retaining walls and the structural integrity of the bridge.” http://goo.gl/7eLH60
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- FARIÑA on ‘the only thing that’s going to change the system’ -- Capital’s Eliza Shaprio: “New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña laid out a partial blueprint for improving student performance across the school system in an interview with Capital on Wednesday, after months of questions on how she plans to implement the sorts of systemic change she's talked about in broad terms. ...’I believe strongly that what we missed in the past was that we worried so much about structures, that we forgot that real change happens in the classroom,’ said Fariña.
“Fariña said she does not believe the school system can ‘handle” a series of large, system-wide changes, as were implemented during the Bloomberg years. ‘This is not about making change for its own sake to create a chaos theory,’ she said, adding that professional development, which she called a ‘missing piece’ during the Bloomberg years, ‘is the only thing that’s going to change the system.’” http://goo.gl/dny0Vg
BRATTON’S SUMMER PLANS -- Capital’s Azi Paybarah: NYPD Commissioner Bratton has said he plans to temporarily reassign 400 officers to help reduce crime as the city heads into the long, hot days of summer and he offered details about that effort which is he calling a “summer violence-reduction plan,” in a June 30 memo to top police officials, a copy of which was obtained by Capital.
-- ‘Summer All Out’: As part of the 90-day program, 400 police officers and detectives “will be temporarily assigned to patrol precincts to assist those commands in their crime suppression efforts,” Bratton wrote in the memo. The memo is labeled as a "personnel request" and asks deputy commissioners to identify officers and detectives who could be deployed from bureaus under their command. READ THE MEMO: http://bit.ly/1qRDztN
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lie is in the ears of the beholder,” Joe Bruno, who was found not guilty of corruption charges in May, told New York Post columnist Fred Dicker during a radio interview about Tom Libous. http://bit.ly/1mUSfHW
FRONT PAGES -- News: “NEW YORK’S 50 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN” -- Times, 1-col above the fold: “ARAB BOY’S DEATH ESCALATES CLASH OVER ABDUCTIONS“ -- Post: “$ICK!: Why America just voted Obama the worst president in 70 years” -- Metro: “WELL DONE” -- amNY: “HAVE A BLAST!: Our guide to a fantastic Fourth of July” -- WSJ, 2-col below the fold: “Top Spy Battles Congress Over Classified Report”; and 1-col below the fold: “U.S. Gives New Contract to Firm That Vetted Leaker”
VACATION WATCH – “Hamptons-Alcohol Ban: Officials fight rowdy Hamptons beach parties,” by Michael R. Sisak in East Hampton: “East Hampton lawmakers are close to [a daytime] alcohol ban at Indian Wells Beach -- a usually family-friendly stretch that peeved residents are now calling ‘Fratster Beach’ .. In addition to being the only municipality on the east end of Long Island that allows alcohol on the beach, East Hampton is one of the few tourist destinations in the country where drinking on the beach is still allowed. …
“East Hampton councilwoman Sylvia Overby proposed a measure in the spring to completely ban alcohol at Indian Wells and an adjacent beach during daytime lifeguard hours. That proved too broad for another group with authority over East Hampton's 26 beaches, the town trustees, a body established by King James II's royal governor in 1686. This week, … they came to an agreement: a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ban on alcohol on the main 2,000-foot stretch of the beach where most visitors congregate and lifeguards patrol during swimming hours. A public hearing on the proposed ban is scheduled for July 17.” http://bit.ly/1khnfgt
THANK YOU, Playbookers, for a fun start to summer. Enjoy the Fourth, and we’ll see you Monday!
DANNY MEYER, chief executive of the Union Square Hospitality Group, in a Times op-ed, “There Goes the Neighborhood Café: Rising rents are killing off Manhattan’s local restaurants”: “Union Square Cafe’s second 15-year lease will expire at the end of December 2015, and unless we’re able to complete a Hail Mary pass with our landlord before that point, we will have to move. … Because the market suggests they can, landlords are using this moment to demand the significantly higher rents they’ve been waiting for since first betting on their neighborhoods.
“In our case, the advertised rent is triple what we are now paying. We aren’t alone. In the past year, all kinds of pioneering restaurants that helped set the table for their respective neighborhoods — including Mesa Grill, in the Flatiron district, and WD-50 on the Lower East Side — have each lost out to untenable rent escalations. My hunch is that they won’t be replaced by restaurants that will become similar pillars of their neighborhood.” http://nyti.ms/1mmS2OQ
REAL ESTATE - “It's A Sellers Market For Manhattan Real Estate,” by Business Insider’s Mamta Badkar: “[According to the] latest Douglas Elliman report[:] ‘Manhattan housing prices continued to press higher, driven by low inventory and seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year sales growth’ … Homes spent a lot less time on the market and sold at or above the asking price. Homes spent 96 days on the market, down from 115 days in Q1 2014, and 178 days a year ago.” http://read.bi/1maHbWr
PROPERTY TAX BILLS KEEP RISING -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg and Ryan Hutchins: “Many New York City homeowners are facing another spike in their property tax bills even though the overall tax rate is not increasing and the mayor said this week he is “proud” his Fiscal Year 2015 budget did not raise taxes. … due to a combination of factors, including an increase in overall assessed value, a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that banks on more money from the real-estate levy than last year and a state-mandated increase in bills, most homeowners will indeed pay more this fiscal year.” http://capi.tl/1lAvcxg
HOW THEY SPEND IT - “The Most Expensive Celebrity Homes In New York City,” by Business Insider’s Melissa Stanger and Melia Robinson: “30. Daniel Radcliffe's riverside apartment [Estimated value: $5.2 million] … 29. Nate Berkus' impeccably decorated West Village home [$5.25 million]… 28. Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy's Greek revival townhouse [$6.9 million] … 27. Arianna Huffington's party pad … 26. Drew Barrymore's family home [$8.3 million] … 25. Judge Judy's Midtown penthouse [$8.5 million] … 24. Cameron Diaz's quiet getaway [$9 million] … 23. Chelsea Clinton's starter home [$9.25 million] … 22. Rosie O'Donnell's apartment-flip project [$9.5 million] … 21. Uma Thurman's art deco sprawl [$10 million] … 20. Leonardo DiCaprio's green sanctuary [$10 million] … 19. Keith Richards' eclectic penthouse [$10.5 million] … 18. Bob Costas' exclusive apartment [$11 million] … 17. Beyonce and Jay Z's renovated loft [$12.5 million] … 16. Julianne Moore's vintage villa [$12.5 million] …
“15. Sofia Coppola's garden retreat [$13 million] … 14. Denzel Washington's high-style unit [$13 million] … 13. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy's Turtle Bay townhouse [$13.5 million] … 12. Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen's One Madison mansion [$14 million] … 11. Alec Baldwin's family home [$14.75 million] … 10. Peter Jackson's duplex duo [$20 million] … 9. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' private penthouse [$24.5 million] … 8. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's East Village villa [$25 million] … 7. Hugh Jackman's West Village triplex [$26.5 million] … 6. Sting's Central Park West sanctuary [$26.5 million] … 5. Spike Lee's historic Hatch House [$28.5 million] … 4. David and Lauren Bush Lauren's ivy-covered compound [$28.5 million] … 3. Jon Bon Jovi's SoHo setup [$37.5 million] … 2. Demi Moore's towering triplex [$75 million] … 1. Tommy Hilfiger's fashionable flat [$80 million]”. With lots of pictures: http://read.bi/1jM5XIz
BACKSTORY -- “How the New York Post may have caused Seinfeld’s early demise” by Richard Johnson: “Adam Buckman, The Post’s TV editor and TV columnist for 18 years, reveals in ‘Jerk: How I Wasted My Life Watching Television,’ how in 1997, he promoted ‘an innocuous fax poll.’ Seinfeld called the editor-in-chief that Friday to try and have the poll results killed.
“The editor refused on the basis that we had already promised we would publish them that weekend,’ Buckman wrote. ‘So he got Seinfeld to agree to an interview that afternoon that we would run next to the poll results. As for the poll results, they ran 50-50, and were largely meaningless. But just about two months later, Seinfeld made the famous Christmas Day announcement that he would end the show that spring. Our poll may or may not have had something to do with that.” http://goo.gl/ayVhTq
HOT DOG WEIGH-IN: Bill de Blasio officiates the weigh-in for Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest, in the Blue Room of City Hall, at 2 p.m. today.
--10 best hot dogs -- Gothamist’s Rebecca Fishben: 1. Nathan’s, in Coney Island; 2. Gray’s Papaya, 2090 Broadway; 3. Asia Dog, Kenmare Street; 4. Crif Dogs, 113 St. Marks Place; 5. Bark Hot Dogs, 474 Bergen Street; 6. Shake Shack (any of them); 7. La Perrada De Chalo, 8312 Northern Blvd.; 9. Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 284 Bedford Avenue; 9. Papaya King, 179 East 86th Street; 10. Los Perrors Locos, 201 Allen Street. http://goo.gl/iwmTWQ
SILVER’S GOLD—Capital’s Jimmy Vielkind & Laura Nahmias: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver nearly doubled his income from a Manhattan plaintiffs' firm between 2012 and 2013, according to financial disclosure forms released Wednesday. The Democrat from Lower Manhattan was paid between $650,000 and $750,000 in 2013 for his “of counsel” work for Weitz & Luxenberg. According to his form, Silver engaged in “general practice of law with emphasis on representation of individual clients and personal injury actions and 'of counsel' to law firm.”
But he brought in far more than any other lawyer-legislator, for an unclear amount of labor. The Speaker has long been criticized for sitting on measures that might restrict the size of verdicts won by trial lawyers as a result of his outside engagement. His spokesman has denied any connection, and says his opposition to tort reform measures is based on principle. Legislative leaders fought to keep the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which was convened by Cuomo, from subpoenaing records from their firms and others that employ legislators that would detail the extent of their work and their exact clients. Commission officials said such outside employment raised the “risk of criminal behavior.” Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a deal to disband the commission in exchange for changes to the state bribery statute, a new enforcement counsel at the Board of Elections and a pilot program for public campaign finance.
UNION DEAL -- 10 percent raise and a bonus -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg and Gloria Pazmino: If ratified, the contract will give DC 37 employees retroactive raises for the four years they’ve worked without a contract: 1-percent raise each year for 2011 through 2013 and increases of 1.5 percent in 2014, 2.5 percent in 2015 and 3 percent in 2016. There is also a .52 percent increases for four months beyond the final full year of the contract. The deal also includes a one-time $1,000 payment once the contract is approved by the union membership--the same bonus that was granted to the teachers.
ELDRIDGE LOSES CAMPAIGN MANAGER—Capital’s Scott Waldman: Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge has fired his campaign manager, Michael Reid, in the final months of the race. Reid left the campaign last week, spokeswoman Sophie Friedman confirmed. “We decided to bring in new leadership for the final few months of the campaign,” Friedman said. “We wish Mike well and are appreciative of all of his hard work and efforts.” http://bit.ly/1lUPMgD
WORST POLITICIANS -- Rep. Tim Biship, a Democrat from Long Island; State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat from Queens, and Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, a Democrat from Brooklyn, all make the Village Voice’s list: http://goo.gl/GHsxbh h/t @Jack_Buehrer
MICHELLE OBAMA’s Wall Street fund-raiser on July 10 -- Page Six’s Emily Smith: “Evercore Partners’ Charles Myers is hosting a “round-table discussion” with the first lady at his Midtown home July 10 with tickets from $10,000 to $32,400. Myers e-mailed prospective attendees including Wall Street colleagues, ‘This will be a small lunch limited to only 20 guests, and therefore an opportunity to have an open conversation with the first lady on a wide range of issues (as well as a personal photo opportunity).’ He added, perhaps with Hillary Clinton in mind, ‘I’m sure you are aware of the various efforts to convince certain candidates to run in 2016. The most effective way that we can ensure the Democrats keep the White House is to make the [DNC] as strong as possible today.’” http://goo.gl/L0NNzN
GROWING IN BROOKLYN — “Vice Media Moving to New Williamsburg Headquarters,” by WSJ’s Laura Kusisto: “Vice Media, the online-content company that has grown into an international symbol of hipness along with its home base of Williamsburg, is doubling the size of its presence in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The company's move to a 60,000-square-foot former industrial building at South Second Street and Kent Avenue will allow it to add 525 employees to its 400 who now work in Williamsburg, where it is one of the largest tech and creative employers. Three-quarters of its workers live in the neighborhood, the company said… It now occupies 30,000 feet of space. http://on.wsj.com/1vy2UsR
THE TALK OF WALL STREET - “Goldman says client data leaked, wants Google to delete email,” by Reuters’ Jonathan Stempel: “Goldman Sachs Inc said a contractor emailed confidential client data to a stranger's Gmail account by mistake, and the bank has asked a U.S. judge to order Google Inc to delete the email to avert a ‘needless and massive’ breach of privacy. The breach occurred on June 23 and included ‘highly confidential brokerage account information,’ Goldman said in a complaint filed … in a New York state court in Manhattan.” http://reut.rs/1obzyO7
THE HOME TEAMS: N.Y. Post cover, “The Bronx is burning: Yanks fall below .500” (.494, with 41 wins and 42 losses, behind Toronto and Baltimore in the AL East, after a 6-3 loss last night to Tampa Bay). The Mets lost to the Braves 3-1, and are .435 (37-48), behind Atlanta, Washington and Miami in the NL East – but ahead of Philly!
#UpstateAmerica: “Yes, we have no worms,” Stewart’s Shops president Gary Dake tweeted on Wednesday. “Who knew night crawler harvesting was affected by weather? We'll be back in stock next week.”
DESSERT – “Best Spots to Watch 4th of July Fireworks on East River, Rain or Shine,” by DNAinfo’s Janet Upadhye: “[In] BROOKLYN[:] Piers 1 to 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park … Brooklyn Heights Promenade … Grand Ferry Park, … East River Park … Berry Park … QUEENS[:] Z Hotel … Gantry Plaza State Park … MANHATTAN[:] South Street Seaport and FDR Drive … The Manhattan entry ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge … The Water Club … Bentley Hotel”. http://dnain.fo/1s1dBUq