LandlordsNY Briefing for October 31st

Despite repeated denials from city officials in Newark, a recent engineering study found that one of the city’s treatment plants is failing to sufficiently filter the heavy metal out of the water supply. This would contradict the claim that lead is only leaching into the water due to the deterioration of some of the city’s water lines. It would also suggest that the problem could be more similar to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., than previously assumed.

Three numbers saliently present the severity of the problem. First: Nearly 25 percent of the 14,000 children under the age of 6 who tested for potential lead poisoning in 2016 had measurable lead levels in their blood. Second:22 percent of samples taken during a 2017 test of the city’s water supply found lead levels that were over the federal threshold requiring action. Finally: 40,000 water filters were handed out earlier this month. The city has a population of 285,000.

The New York Times has more.

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The de Blasio administration has announced it plans to invest $180 million in Long Island City’s infrastructure. This comes following the 2001 rezoning of the neighborhood, which has turned it into one of the fastest growing areas in the city. The new Long Island City Investment Plan will expand sewer systems, create schools, and improve parks and streets. It may also be a way of showing the community that the city is willing to invest in more meat-and-potato projects that benefit all constituents prior to pursuing a rezoning plan for Sunnyside Yard.

Crain’s New York has more.

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In a Landlords New York Minute – A (Very) Brief Look Around the World

Danish intelligence officers prevented an alleged plot by the Iranian government to assassinate an Iranian dissident in Copenhagen, Turkey is claiming that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled by a Saudi national in a premeditated murder that took place moments after he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (which does not include the United States) will begin to go into effect as soon as December, the U.S. fell from the sixth best to the eighth best place to do business in the world, a tech stock rally is giving the market a much needed boost, bond prices fell after a report was released today indicating the U.S. labor market continues to be strong, third quarter pay gains in the private sector increased at the highest pace in about a decade (0.9% from last quarter and 2.9% from Q3 of 2017), waterfront real estate is performing poorly due to concerns about climate change and rising oceans, a group of park lovers have obtained a temporarily injunction against the American Museum of Natural History that blocks the museum from expanding its footprint in Theodore Roosevelt Park (that park that sits across the street from the 840-acre Central Park) by one quarter of one acre, politicians from Queens are pushing for more solar incentives, the Bronx General Post Office on Grand Concourse and East 149th Street is up for sale again, congestion pricing could save the city’s “super commuters” (those who spend more than 90 minutes traveling each way to and from work) from Brooklyn and Queens up to two hours of commuting time each week, and the 15-month shutdown of the L train will officially begin on April 27, 2019.

People are coloring their teeth as part of a fashion accent and not just for Halloween, the great pumpkin asteroid is flying by Earth again, it is evidently illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft in Canada, and a “vampire burial” dating back to the fifth century was discovered in central Italy.

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