Absolutely nothing. Both of these stories came out this week and we just couldn’t pick one over the other for a post. The monkey story is both interesting and important, and well, the Kosciuszlo Bridge story is something that we can’t pass up since it’s been a big focus of the firm for a few years. So here goes…
We will start with the Kosciuszko Bridge. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 24 at 5am. According to a tentative schedule released by 94th Precinct Captain Peter Rose, that’s when two old sections of the Kosciuszko Bridge are set to be blown to bits. It was supposed to happen on July 26th, but as these things go, it didn’t.
Specifically, the debris will fall on 56th Road, Scott Avenue, Gardner Avenue, Thomas Street and Stewart Avenue, and the roads will be blocked for several hours. It’s safe to assume that streets near the bridge will also be closed for several hours after.
The demolition is only part of the first stage of the $825 million construction of the new Kosciusko Bridge. Back in April the section of the bridge that allows east and westbound traffic to cross it was opened. Once the full bridge is completed, it will only carry Queens-bound traffic, and you will have to wait until 2020 for the second span of bridge, which will eventually carry westbound traffic and feature a broad pedestrian and cyclist pathway.
It sounds like the area will be a zoo! (LOL.)
Speaking of which, we thought it would be of interest to our readers to know about the lawsuit over a monkey’s selfie. Yes, we were thinking the same thing, a monkey that takes a selfie? Apparently so.
The monkey’s name is Naruto and he lives in a rainforest reserve on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. In 2011, Naruto took the selfies in 2011 with a camera that David Slater, a British wildlife photographer, had set up in the reserve.
Slater later published the photos in a book, and in 2015 The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (aka: PETA) sued on behalf of the macaque monkey. The legal battle sought financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey.
A lower court ruled in the photographer’s favor, and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was considering PETA’s appeal. However, on Monday, September 11th, lawyers for PETA said they would ask a federal appeals court to dismiss the case since Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques.
Considering that Slater spent time with the monkeys and probably has an affinity for them, we’d say he did the right thing.