Morning Buzz, April 2: Knicks’ Convenient Silence

Good morning. Today will be windy with highs in the upper 50s. 

Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with the N.Y./Region section in The Times. 

Charles Lockwood, an architectural historian who chronicled the revival of New York’s brownstones in the early ’70s, has died. In the Dec. 1, 2003, issue of The New Yorker, Judith Thurman called Mr. Lockwood’s book, which traced the history of brownstones back to the 1780s, a “bible for buffs, architects and preservationists.”

A nonprofit microlender is providing loans to entrepreneurs, like the owners of Brooklyn Taco Company, who have not been in business for long.

The United States Census Bureau will not change its 2010 population total for New York City. The city had argued last year that at least 50,000 residents of Brooklyn and Queens had been overlooked.

“Low annoyance” horns, skyline-view roofs, and floor pads that absorb unpleasant odors were among the options on the table as final decisions were made about New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow

For 10 years, a media activist, Lenny Charles Labanco, made television segments and organized left-leaning fund-raisers and panel discussions, surviving in large part because it paid nominal rent at 56 Walker Street in TriBeCa. The building is now facing bankruptcy.

Much to the delight of shoppers, New York State reinstated its sales-tax exemption for clothing and footwear that cost less than $110.


The Knicks’ medical staff knew that Jeremy Lin was suffering from a torn meniscus in his left knee and probably done for the season, but the team held off on announcing the injury until the deadline for season ticket holders to purchase all four rounds of the playoffs had passed. [Daily News]

Former Police Commissioner William Bratton has a permit that lets him park his Lexus SUV anywhere in the city, even though he resigned 16 years ago. [New York Post]

History suggests that New York’s gambling industry attracts corruption and scandal, just as much as it does jobs and development. [City & State]

On Saturday night, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took the stage with reporters at this year’s Inner Circle Show to sing and dance in various numbers from the musical “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” [Politicker]

The Bloomberg administration is fighting disclosure of a report that shows that emergency response times have slowed despite $2 billion invested in fixing the 911 system. [New York Post]

New York’s recycling rate has dropped significantly over the past five years even as the Bloomberg administration has tried to define the city as a leader in sustainability. [DNA Info]

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget eliminates funding for a major anti-gun-crime program of one of his predecessors, George E. Pataki. [New York Post]

If New Yorkers approve full-scale casino gambling in a public referendum, there will be billions of dollars at stake and many winners and losers. The only sure winners in the debate, regardless of what the referendum determines, are the lobbyists. [City & State]

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