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Amid backlash, Cuomo eyes other sites for COVID workers memorial in Battery Park

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking for a spot in Battery Park City to erect a concrete coronavirus memorial to honor essential workers — despite fierce resistance from local residents who slammed the project as a debacle.

During a presentation Wednesday night before Community Board 1, the Cuomo-controlled Battery Park City Authority recommended two other potential sites on the state-owned property, after scrapping a plan last week to take green space in beloved Rockefeller Park in BPC to make way for the memorial, which provoked protests by residents.

One location for the Circle of Heroes — consisting of 20 Maple Trees representing different branches of front-line workers and an eternal flame — would be adjacent to the existing Irish Hunger Memorial.

Another site would be next to the Esplanade Plaza Volleyball Court.

During a sometimes raucous five hour meeting, BPC residents said they have “memorial fatigue” — the area is already home to the Police Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, Hurricane Maria Memorial, Mother Cabrini memorial statue and the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum nearby.

A site adjacent to the Irish Hunger Memorial was pitched as a potential location. The memorial was built to bring awareness to the Great Famine in Ireland during the 1800s.
A site adjacent to the Irish Hunger Memorial was pitched as a potential location. The memorial was built to bring awareness to the Great Famine in Ireland during the 1800s.
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Residents also oppose having any memorial with a gas flame, which they claim poses a terrorism risk and contributes to climate change. Battery Park City was dramatically impacted by the Sept. 11 attacks.

Board 1 passed a resolution opposing any workers’ memorial that includes a flame.

“A flame is an 18th century idea of a memorial. We’re in the 21st century,” said BPC resident Adrian Mak.

Residents said the Cuomo inspired project was rushed and not well thought out, saying the closed process lacked a design competition and a rigorous review. Residents with architectural design and landscape backgrounds said the drawings for the memorial were embarrassing.

In June, Cuomo released a rendering of the "Circle of Heroes" memorial, which features an eternal flame, prompting criticism.
In June, Cuomo released a rendering of the “Circle of Heroes” memorial, which features an eternal flame, prompting criticism from residents
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They argued the project should be delayed until next year so it can be done right, instead of being completed for Labor Day Sept. 6 — just five days before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Battery Park Authority chairman George Tsunin — a Cuomo appointee — apologized again Wednesday for the lack of consultation with BPC residents. He pulled the plan to put the memorial in Rockefeller Park after talking to residents and agreeing the popular green space used by residents and children was inappropriate for a memorial.

Local residents gathered to protest the building of the "Circle of Heroes" memorial in Rockefeller Park, the original proposed site, on July 5, 2021.
Local residents gathered to protest the building of the “Circle of Heroes” memorial in Rockefeller Park, the original proposed site, on July 5, 2021.
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But Tsunis said the Essential Workers Memorial will be built at one of the other locations in the Battery.

“It is a New York State park and authority. He [Cuomo] represents — we represent — 18 million people. There is a larger constituency that is expecting a memorial,” Tsunis said, referring to 4 million essential workers.

“We’re trying to have a balance here.”

Asked to delay the project until next year, Tsunis said, “I cannot promise or commit to that.”

Tsunis said the COVID memorial workers will be the last in Battery Park.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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