Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with The Times’s N.Y./Region section:
Irving Fields, a 96-year-old who has been playing piano in New York since the 1920s, attributes his longevity to two-olive martinis, bedtime ice cream sundaes and his love of his job. “The real secret is that I love what I do, and the piano is my best friend,” said Mr. Fields, who performs six nights a week at Nino’s Tuscany in Midtown.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a 600-property extension to the Park Slope Historic District on Tuesday, creating the largest unbroken stretch of protected buildings in the city.
A black and purple bunting hung from Engine 237 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, honoring the life of Lt. Richard A. Nappi, who died Monday. “If they had a thousand of him, the city would be a great place,” said Ramesh Persaud, who lives near the firehouse.
On some city buses, riders must choose between door No. 1, 2 or 3.
A Web site that promised to connect people with much-needed jobs during the recession was actually a scheme to steal unemployed applicants’ identities, file bogus federal tax returns and collect tax refunds, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
After several mayoral candidates criticized Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s longstanding policy to close poorly performing schools, Mr. Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the city would open 54 new schools in the fall — 24 charter schools and 30 regular public schools, many of which will fill spaces vacated by the schools he closed.
Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn became the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship.
Speaking of chess champions, Morgan Pehme, a born-and-raised Manhattanite and former Dalton chess star, has been hired as the new editor-in-chief for City & State. [City & State]
Structural problems have driven up the cost of renovating City Hall, a 200-year-old building. [New York Post]
Prospect Heights residents are demanding that their soon-to-be-neighbor, the Barclays Center, adopt an alcohol cut-off time and limit the size and number of drinks served to their sports fan patrons. [Brooklyn Paper]
A BP gas station in SoHo is searching for upscale businesses to fill its vacant garage — for up to $27,500 per month. [DNA Info]
State Senate Democrats are nearly broke as they head into the final seven months of their effort to reclaim the chamber. [Daily News]
Mayor Bloomberg said he had “never had a conversation” with Police Commissioner Raymond R. Kelly about plans to run for mayor. [New York Post]
Mario DiRienzo reopened Famous Ray’s Pizza in Greenwich Village this week, renaming the joint “Famous Roio’s Pizza” to distinguish it from other places called “Ray’s.” Mr. DiRienzo originally opened the pizzeria with his brother Lamberto in 1973. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]
Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. collected $256,195, the equivalent of 54 weeks of pay, for “unused vacation time,” an official from Mr. Espada’s taxpayer-financed Bronx nonprofit testified Tuesday at his embezzlement trial. [New York Post]
Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman has accused Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s campaign of planting a Jewish candidate in the Congressional race for New York’s Sixth District, to siphon votes away from his campaign. Ms. Meng denies the allegation, but her top campaign consultant, Michael Nussbaum, used a similar strategy to split votes in the past. [City & State]
A Brooklyn man who spent almost a year behind bars on charges that he raped an Orthodox Jewish woman — even though she recanted her accusation a day after making it — was released on Tuesday. [Daily News]