Good Morning: MTA Fare Increase, Bedbug Fears in NYC Schools, Bowery Rezoning
The forecasters promise we’ll see some sunshine today but it’s going to be windy this afternoon. Look for a high of 72. The Museum at Eldridge Street has been getting quite a bit of attention in the last week or so, as this weekend’s debut of a new stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith approaches. We’re heading over to the museum this morning for a press preview and will have more details about the weekend’s festivities later.
In the news, the MTA board is expected to approve its fourth fare increase in five years later today. The most painful part of the plan: a 30 day unlimited MetroCard would jump from $89 to $104. The Times looks at a specialized mental health program for kids under 5 at University Settlement, which has become the victim of the City Council’s budget axe. And even a plea from State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Observer suggests, may not be enough to persuade the city to down-zone the east side of the Bowery.
The Wall Street Journal’s report on bed bug fears in the city’s schools begins on the Lower East Side. The article highlights the following notice sent to the homes of kids at New Explorations into Science Technology and Math: “We have recently found a bed bug specimen in an administrative office.”
EV Grieve has details about several events planned to remember LES activist and squatter Michael Shenker, including the funeral on Saturday evening.