Tuesday News Links

There's a deal to rescue the MTA but no one likes it very much. The Times says lawmakers took the easy way out. The Daily News skewers Governor Paterson.

The next big fight in Albany: Mayoral control of the schools.

Your Cinco de Mayo taco and tequila guide, courtesy of the Gothamist.

It hasn't gone viral just yet, but this ad on YouTube from the Wildlife Conservation Society earns points for creativity.

Tuesday News Links

There's a deal to rescue the MTA but no one likes it very much. The Times says lawmakers took the easy way out. The Daily News skewers Governor Paterson.

The next big fight in Albany: Mayoral control of the schools.

Your Cinco de Mayo taco and tequila guide, courtesy of the Gothamist.

It hasn't gone viral just yet, but this ad on YouTube from the Wildlife Conservation Society earns points for creativity.

Wednesday News Links

Another day… still no resolution to the MTA bailout standoff in Albany. Now no vote is expected until next week. See the story in Newsday. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports the MTA has given the union a list of 600 employees who could lose their jobs due to the agency's financial crisis.

Starting Friday, the New York City Housing Authority will ban pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and any dog over 25 pounds at its apartment buildings. Any residents who already have dogs in these categories can keep them as long as they register with the city. The Daily News talked with two pit bull owners at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D.

Rooftop Film's new season kicks off May 15 on the Open Road Rooftop above the New Design High Schhool on Essex Street. See the complete schedule here.

The Village Voice checks out some of the LES's more intertesting art galleries and investigates whether gentrification has "hopelessly degraded" the neighborhood.

Tuesday News Links

It's come to this: State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says "it's not about merit… it's just about what gets us there with the votes that we need to get it passed." Yes, they're still arguing over an MTA bailout bill in Albany. It's still a city vs. suburban tug of war.  The New York Times has the full saga here. Meanwhile, as predicted, the MTA says its budget woes have only gotten worse.

Banh Mi Beat: An Choi on Orchard Street, one of the darlings of the Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich craze sweeping the city, is stepping up its quest for a liquor license. Grub Street explains.

As part of Mayor Bloomberg's "Million Trees" program, 20 thousand trees were planted in 77 parks and public spaces, including East River Park, this past weekend. See the press release here.

Monday News Links

Brace for more bad news from the MTA - they're "re-forecasting" the agency's budget today, and the cuts are sure to be even more draconian than they feared just a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, state lawmakers meet again today in search of a compromise bailout plan (NY1)

He doesn't make house calls on his harley but Lower East Side doctor David Ores is making headlines for his non-profit health care cooperative for New York's restaurant workers (NYT)

Sustainable in the city: a new restaurant on the Bowery will grow most of its vegetables on the roof (NYP)