$12M Ramps, Testing, Jazz, and much more

$12M Ramps, Testing, Jazz, and much more

Good evening. Time to plan your weekend and catch up with some of this week's stories:

Vision Festival Returns To Brooklyn + Live Music Picks 7/16 - 22

Piotr Orlov | Jul 15, 2021 • 6 min read

Amina Claudine Myers (photo: courtesy of Vision Festival)

The annual celebration of New York’s free jazz community is coming to Pioneer Works in Red Hook next week, but there are some amazing performers ready to entertain you leading up to it - from West African guitar-funk, to experimental rock guitar, to La India at Coney Island Amphitheater on Sunday to Brooklyn-based Haitian singer Emeline Michel - “Queen of Creole Song” - Piotr has our picks for this week.

Struggling Brooklyn Venues Get Much-Needed Federal Relief, But Smaller Operators Feel Left Behind

Billy Richling | Jul 15, 2021 • 6 min read

Billy looks at how much of the funds aimed at supporting cultural institutions are coming to Brooklyn and who's getting - or not getting them. All in all, so far Brooklyn is not getting its fair share.

I looked at some COVID-19 numbers for Brooklyn, and they don't look so good.

The infection rates among unvaccinated are climbing fast, while vaccination rates in Brooklyn lag other boroughs for almost every group of residents.

Bklyner Bulletin: How Much Things Cost

Image: Gregg Richards

1️⃣ East Flatbush’s Rugby Library has reopened after a $10 Million Renovation, which includes interior gut renovation, enlarged windows, revamped mechanical systems, a new book collection, and a wifi booster antenna that extends free internet access to nearby homes and businesses.

Ramps at Avenue H. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA)

2️⃣ The MTA today announced that the Avenue H station on the Q/B line in Midwood is now a fully accessible station through two ADA-compliant ramps. The project, which was part of the 2020-24 Capital Plan, cost $12.2 million. The average weekday ridership for this station in 2019 was 1,161 customers.

In Their First Joint Appearance Since Mayoral Primary, Cuomo and Adams Pledge Partnership

Billy Richling | Jul 14, 2021 • 3 min read

Image: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The meeting was ostensibly intended to highlight the governor’s announcement of a new youth jobs program to combat gun violence. But it also offered an early glimpse of how the governor and the likely future mayor might engage each other in the coming months.

Cuomo Announces Plan for 4,000 Youth Jobs in Gun Violence Hot Spots

Billy Richling | Jul 14, 2021 • 3 min read

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to create thousands of summer and long-term jobs in New York City neighborhoods struggling with gun violence, part of a broader effort to further reduce a spike in violent crime that began during the coronavirus pandemic.

Image: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The state will provide funding to create 2,000 summer jobs for youth aged 15 to 24 in gun violence hot spots, the governor announced, and will also partner with the nonprofit Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) to create 2,388 “long-term jobs” for young people who are out of school.

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