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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday.

In the news this past week:

–“In affordable housing vs. parking lot, a judge chooses the lot;’ Times columnist Ginia Bellafante weighs in on a court ruling that, at least for now, has stopped another residential tower from going up in the Seaport area. [The New York Times]

–The Gotham Organization is touting the amenities in its new 30-story residential tower on Suffolk Street, including a rooftop swimming pool and a co-working space for residents. The building also includes three floors of micro-units, a little over 300 square feet apartments “conceived in response to shifting tenant preferences and changing market conditions.” [New York Yimby]

–Community boards and some elected officials are taking aim at those huge 5G towers that have been popping up across the city. [The Broadsheet]

–There’s a chance the city will revive the Brooklyn Banks, a legendary skateboarding spot. [The New York Times]

–Remembering Tom Verlaine, a fixture of the downtown punk scene and guitarist with rock band Television. [NPR]

–Trainings have begun at bars across the city where staff are increasingly being called on to administer Narcan, which is used to treat opioid overdoses. “For Lucky Jack’s owner Meghan Joye, who also owns several other bars in Manhattan, the decision to participate in the program was an easy one. She first put a Narcan kit behind the counter at Donnybrooks in Manhattan in 2019…” [Gothamist]

–The New York State Office of Cannabis Management will be holding an info session on cannabis regulation February 7 on the Lower East Side at Grand Street Settlement [form]

–Veselka is a semi-finalist for a James Beard award. [PIX 11]

–Bongos at 85 Orchard St. did not last long as a restaurant. Just a few months after opening, owner Michael Bray (also behind nightlife spot Kind Regards) says Bongoes will now be a bar. [Eater]

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