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Today: Cleaning up the most radioactive block, panic on the subway platform, and flower displays across the city.

Harlem Library Named for Entertainer and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte

Today’s News

More Than $30K Raised for Vendor Whose Skull Was Fractured in Beating An army of caring donors have raised more than $30,000 for Souleymane Porgo, a street vendor whose skull was fractured when five men beat him for stopping one of them from stealing a purse he was selling. (DNAinfo)

Harlem Library Named for Entertainer and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte Belafonte’s love of the library came full-circle Monday as the city renamed the 115th Street branch after the entertainer and civil-rights icon, marking the first time the library system has renamed a branch in a century. (DNAinfo)

‘Help Him Up!’: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform In April, a man fell onto the Brooklyn-bound tracks at the Second Avenue subway station. (New York Times)

Cleaning Up the City’s Most Radioactive Block Threatened by Trump’s EPA Cuts Before the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission started buying thorium byproduct from the Wolff-Alport Chemical Co. in Queens to make nuclear bombs, the chemical company thought it was worthless and dumped the radioactive sludge into the sewer or buried it under its triangular property on the border between Bushwick and Ridgewood. (City Limits)

Cleaning Up the City’s Most Radioactive Block Threatened by Trump’s EPA Cuts

Landmarks Rejects Bid to Save Famed Musican’s Former House in Astoria The Greater Astoria Historical Society submitted a Request for Evaluation to the LPC in March for the pale yellow 3-story house at 31-07 31st Ave. near 31st Street, which they say was home to Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken, a pianist, composer and music teacher. (DNAinfo)

Landmarks Rejects Bid to Save Famed Musican’s Former House in Astoria

Mayhem

430 Bags of Heroin, 6 Pounds of Pot Found During New Springville Raid Police found 430 glassine envelopes filled with heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 cash during a raid at a New Springville apartment, authorities said. (DNAinfo)

Local Color & History

Flushing Line Centennial, Part 4 Auto traffic had the full run of the plaza, which was created when the elevated was built between 1915 and 1917, until just a few years ago, but it’s now a pedestrian-only plaza with tables and chairs during the warm months. (Forgotten New York)

Flushing Line Centennial, Part 4

A Floral Designer Is Turning NYC Garbage Cans Into Giant Vases Floral designer Lewis Miller has been going around the city in recent months leaving gorgeous flower displays in garbage cans, statues and anywhere else that inspires him. (Gothamist)

Food & Drink

Butcher Bar Bringing Its ‘Meat Candy’ To The Lower East Side Butcher shop turned smokehouse Butcher Bar opens its second location on Wednesday, expanding from Queens into Manhattan with a new Lower East Side restaurant. (Gothamist)

Hunts Point station designed by Cass Gilbert may become a food hall A Bronx-based developer is looking to revamp the former station. (Curbed)

Hunts Point station designed by Cass Gilbert may become a food hall

Real Estate & Development

54 Bright Street Brings Jersey City Its First Living Moss Mural 54 Bright Street, by developer JMA Architects Atelier, is the site of the first exterior living green wall in Jersey City. (Jersey Digs)

54 Bright Street Brings Jersey City Its First Living Moss Mural

Affordable Housing, Supermarket Heading to 11th Ave. Slaughterhouse Site More than 230 units of affordable housing, dorm rooms and a grocery store are heading to 11th Avenue as part of a plan to transform an NYPD parking lot into a mixed-use development. (DNAinfo)

10-Story, 12-Unit Mixed-Use Project Moves Forward Design and development firm NAVA Companies is anticipating a $72.4 million sellout for its 10-story, 12-unit mixed-use building under development. (NY YIMBY)

Construction Update: 61 9th Avenue Superstructure is approximately two-thirds complete at 61 9th Avenue, a 170,000 square foot, nine-story office and retail building in the Meatpacking District from developers Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates. (Field Condition)

Business & Shopping

Gulliver’s Gate, a fantastical model of Manhattan and beyond, opens in Times Square The 50,000-square-foot miniature highlights some of Manhattan’s, and the world’s, most notable landmarks. (Curbed)


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