Afternoon Bulletin: Amy Schumer’s New Gig and More

Actress Amy Schumer at the Tribeca Film Festival April 2015.  (Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actress and Madonna’s newest opening act Amy Schumer at the 2015 Tribeca Film. (Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Like a prayer, Madonna will open her heart to Amy Schumer. This September, the comedian will express herself by opening for the Queen of Pop’s New York shows on her “Rebel Heart” tour, sending us over the borderline. Ms. Schumer celebrated the news on Twitter by posting a video of herself singing the hit “Like a Prayer” as a kid. (Gothamist)

Central Park will be car-free above 72nd Street, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. However, the electric carts planned to replace the park’s controversial horse-drawn carriages will still be allowed. The mayor said the ban would improve safety while increasing the space available for recreational activities. (Observer)

The famous phrase “Please stand clear of the closing doors” may be phased out, as the MTA tests shorter announcements. Numbers of riders have been skyrocketing recently, and MTA hopes to combat the resulting delays and overcrowding by cutting the time it takes for trains to leave stations. Apparently, shortening the phrase to “Please stand clear” is enough. (New York Post)

Lawmakers in the New York Legislature reached a deal that would regulate nail salons more strictly. The industry was criticized in May for operating unlicensed salons, paying workers far less than minimum wage and not carrying workers’ compensation. The new law would make running an unlicensed nail salon a criminal offense—punishable by a fine of $2,500 and up to six months in jail. (New York Times)

Police presence at the City’s African-American religious institutions will increase in response to the tragic shooting in a Charleston church Wednesday night that left nine dead. Mayor de Blasio addressed the “heart-breaking moment” during an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn Thursday and promised to increase police presence. (Observer)

Afternoon Bulletin: Amy Schumer’s New Gig and More