Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been reading this week:
Watching New Yorkers watch the solar eclipse was almost as good as watching the eclipse itself (Gothamist) – On Monday afternoon, a partial solar eclipse came through New York City and people came out in droves to watch. The people-watching was pretty epic. These photos capture the scene.
The Village Voice will end print publication (Poynter) – On Tueseday, owners of the Village Voice announced that the progressive alt-weekly will end its print edition. A digital edition will remain, but gone will be the iconic red newspaper boxes that have dotted Manhattan street corners for more than 60 years.
We’re losing the Voice and the East Village? Take a tour of the neighborhood with author of Vanishing New York (Curbed) – Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York, takes a tour of some of the few remnants of the old East Village — and the new spots that replaced them.
A replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge is scheduled to open this Saturday … at last (NYT) – Two decades and $4 billion in the making, the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open to its first drivers on Saturday morning, replacing the aging Tappan Zee span.
The Plaza Hotel is looking to sell … again (NYT) – The ultra-luxury Midtown hotel is on the market once again. Subrata Roy, the principal owner of the hotel, has put the property on the market multiple times in the past several years without ever taking an offer. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, another partial owner of the hotel, however, has plans to stay.
Artist Ai Weiwei will bring 300 site-specific installations to NYC this fall (Curbed) – Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a new multi-location installation by the controversial Chinese artist, will come to more than 300 locations throughout the city this October. The Public Art Fund launched a Kickstarter project to help support the exhibition, and has announced a preliminary list of locations.
The NYPD is monitoring a Sunnyside building displaying swastikas and Confederate flags (NY1) – Sunnyside residents report that a neighborhood condo lobby is decorated with pictures of Hitler, Mussolini, a swastika and a Confederate flag. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the situation.
New Yorkers Rally in support as a mother of three seeks asylum from deportation inside a Washington Heights church (Gothamist) – Locals joined together to protest the pending deportation of Amanda Morales Guerra, a Massapequa resident who has taken refuge from federal immigration officials at Holyrood Episcopal Church on West 179th Street.