Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon discusses her platform at an event hosted by local political clubs. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon made her case to East Side Democrats at a candidate event co-hosted by various local political clubs on Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo did not make an appearance, instead sending Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to speak for both herself and the current governor. The event was called a debate by organizers but was set up more like a forum, with candidates taking turns speaking,
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was also supposed to send a representative but a scandal that erupted in the middle of the event explained the absence of his office. Journalist Ronan Farrow broke a story in the New Yorker just before 7 p.m. that night with four women accusing Schneiderman of violent sexual assault. Village Independent Democrats President Erik Coler said that the AG’s office canceled the appearance 20 minutes before the event was supposed to start. Schneiderman ultimately announced his resignation from the office a few hours later.
Nixon, meanwhile, was greeted warmly at the event, with enthusiastic cheers, especially at mentions of the governor’s shortcomings although Hochul was greeted warmly as well when she came up to speak about her advocacy in women’s rights and healthcare.
Rendering of entrance at the 23rd Street F/M station (Renderings courtesy of MTA)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The MTA confirmed with little fanfare at the end of April that two stations in the Flatiron and Kips Bay neighborhoods would be closing this summer until the end of the year as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative program. The 28th Street station on the 6 will be closed starting on July 16 and the 23rd Street station on the F/M will be closed beginning on July 23, with both expected to reopen sometime in December.
The agency presented the plan to Community Board 5 on April 23 but specific information about the closures is not available on the MTA’s website. Photos included in the presentation to the community board show significant rusting and water damage in both stations and one of the MTA’s stated goals for the project is to “address structural and cosmetic deficiencies,” as well as improve wayfinding services, navigation and communication to customers.
Renderings of the entrances at 23rd and 28th Streets show inconspicuous improvements, with the most noticeable changes being the addition of new electronic signs announcing service changes and updates, as well as maps to help with navigation.
The interior of the stations will be getting upgrades as well, with renderings showing improvements in lighting, new turnstile areas and wayfinding screens on the platforms.
In addition to the two local stations getting the improvements, 57th Street on the F will also be closed for about six months from July to December for similar cosmetic upgrades and both the 1/2/3 and A/C/E areas in Penn Station will be renovated as well, but work there will be phased and the station will not be fully closed.