Sailboat hits Roosevelt Island Bridge

A sailboat got caught with the top of its sail against the Roosevelt Island Bridge Monday evening. No one was injured and the boat was towed, reports NBC.

A few notes:

  • The city council is investigating Jared Kushner’s company for falsely claiming that buildings it owned and sold in Astoria didn’t have rent-regulated tenants.
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney dismissed the campaign funding of her primary challenger, Suraj Patel by saying “it’s mainly from Indiana, where he’s from… mainly a huge amount of the name Patel, which is his name.” Patel told BuzzFeed that not all Patels are related, suggesting that Maloney is racist. “I guess I didn’t realize Rep. Maloney hired Steve Bannon as her campaign strategist,” he said.

More politics and news round-up after the jump!

  • Jon McMillian, director of planning for TF Cornerstone, not to be confused with Jimmy McMillan, defended the controversial 44th Road waterfront development, telling QNS/Courier the public will eventually catch on. “I think once the community starts to understand what’s really being planned here, they’re going to get much more comfortable with it,” he said. Much of the space will be used for light manufacturing, which could provide jobs for… “Queensbridge Towers.” I think maybe he meant Queensbridge Houses, unless he meant Queens Boro Tower, but not sure about that.
  • Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, in his elegant way, got tough on the Human Resource Admin director Steve Banks on the issue of homeless shelter hotels in LIC. “I actually believe that haphazard is exactly how I would describe the way things are being handled in Community Board 2,” he said.
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney joined a rally to say Macedonia is part of Greece.
  • The state assembly passed State Rep. Catherine Nolan’s bill including private schools in education law requiring school staff and volunteers to report abuse of students.
  • The DOT will study how to make Center Boulevard and 5th St. safer, apparently hearing the Hunters Point Civic Association and JVB’s calls for action.
  • YIMBY reports permits were filed for a 7 story building at 37-01 30th Street but I’m pretty sure it meant Avenue.
  • Environmental group Riverkeeper released a report for cleaning up Newtown Creek and to make it accessible to the communities on both sides.
  • The INSITU Dance Festival is coming back to the Queens East River waterfront on August 4th and 5th. I saw it last year and it was cool. Various dance performances take place at Hunters Point South Park, Gantry State Plaza, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Park.
  • Mu Ramen in LIC could win an I Love Queens award. It’s def great.

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