AGBC News Episode 25: Subway Stopper is Captured and Goats Go Green
Measles, Mopeds, and Manhattanhenge
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72 years ago on May 29, 1947 — United Flight 521 crashes during takeoff from LaGuardia Airport
The city's number of measles cases have flattened out in data this week showing just 12 new cases since May 20th and 54 new cases in the month of May. This brings the total number of cases observed during the current outbreak to 535 within the city and 940 cases nationwide in 2019. As of May 24, there have been 122 summonses issued to individuals for failing to comply with the city health commissioner's public health emergency plan introduced in April, which required everyone within affected zip codes to show proof of vaccination. Although new cases have been seen in Sunset Park outside the initial Williamsburg cluster, the health commissioner is confident that the high vaccination rates in Sunset Park will prevent the disease from spreading. Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air as sick individuals cough or sneeze. The measles vaccination is included in MMR shots, standing for measles, mumps, and rubella, that contain a specially-weakened form of the virus that trains the body's immune system on how to defend against that virus in the future. For information on where to obtain a measles vaccination, call 311 or view information from the Department of Health at nyc.gov/doh.
Weed may not be legal in NY, but some new residents have been spotted enjoying edibles in Riverside Park: The Riverside Park Conservancy brought in a pack of goats to do some weeding at the park.
Back in the summer of 2018, a start-up company named Revel brough electric mopeds to the streets of Brooklyn, and this week, Revel announced they will be adding 1,000 more mopeds to their rental fleet.
100 years ago on June 2, 1919 — A bomb explodes outside a judge's home at 151 East 61st Street, killing a night watchman
143 years ago on June 1, 1876 — The Transcontinental Express leaves the New York area to attempt a record-breaking coast-to-coast train trip
4 years ago on May 29, 2015: One World Observatory opens at the top of One World Trade Center
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Park of the day
- Devanney Triangle — E. Burnside Ave. bet. Creston Ave. and G, the Bronx — Devanney Triangle is in the historic central Bronx neighborhood of Tremont, which includes the smaller neighborhoods of Claremont, Mount Eden, and Mount Hope. On February 1, 1888, the City of New York acquired the land that is now Devanney Triangle as a street by condemnation. Bounded by Burnside Avenue and Grand Concourse, Devanney Triangle opened as a small sitting park with a series of walkways, 12 benches, and 15 decorative trees and greenery, encompassed by a pipe rail fence.
- City beaches opened last weekend, and now the countdown begins to the opening day of city's public pools. In one month, The Parks Department's free outdoor pools will open on Thursday, June 27. The city's 53 free pools will be open from 11am to 7pm, and the Parks Department even provides learn-to-swim programs and free sunscreen!
The Distillers and Starcrawler are playing Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, May 29th
Weyes Blood is playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, May 29th
Apocalyptica is playing Bergen Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 30th
Anderson .Paak with Earl Sweatshirt and The Free Nationals and Thundercat are playing Madison Square Garden on Thursday, May 30th
Hippo Campus is playing the Warsaw in Greenpoint on Thursday, May 30th
L7 and Le Butcherettes are playing Elsewhere on Friday, May 31st
Bikini Kill is playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, May 31st and Terminal 5 on Saturday, June 1st
Trade Wind, Only Sibling, and semaphore is playing Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Friday, May 31st
Kevin Morby and Sam Cohen are playing The Town Hall on Friday, May 31st
Anthony Santos is playing United Palace Theatre in Hudson Heights on Friday, May 31st
Yanni is playing Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Midtown on Friday, May 31st
Soccer Mommy and Pom Pom Squad are playing the Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday, June 1st
Sunflower Bean is playing the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, June 1st
Glen Hansard is playing the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Saturday, June 1st
Twenty One Pilots are playing the Barclays Center on Tuesday, June 4th
David Gray is playing the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, June 4th
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Did you know?
- New York was the most populous state until the 1960s, and is now the fourth-most-populous state, behind California, Texas, and Florida
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 99°F on June 4, 1925
Record Low: 42°F on May 30, 1884
Weather for the week ahead:
Rain through Thursday, with high temperatures rising to 84°F on Saturday.
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