The Day | A Glimpse of Spring

Spring in the East Village, New York City 6Vivienne Gucwa

Good morning, East Village.

Make sure to spend time in the great outdoors today as spring will be on hiatus tomorrow.

The heavily relied upon Chinatown bus circuit is subject to crack downs after two fatal crashes killed 17 people, according to DNAinfo. Senator Charles E. Schumer is spearheading the call to audit drivers’ licenses.

More details have emerged in the case of two East Village police officers who have been charged with sexually assaulting a 27-year-old East Village woman they escorted home. DNAinfo tallies the criminal counts against the officers at 26, up from the original 15.

In news affecting the entire city, landlords may see limits on rent hikes and deregulation for vacant apartments, according to The Wall Street Journal, with the current standards under review. Nearly 100,000 apartments lost their rent regulation from 1994 to 2009.

Next time you’re passing a phone booth — yes, they still exist — check out its advertisement panel. You might be surprised to find street artist Katsu’s name beneath the protective glass. No, companies haven’t teamed up with this alternative artisan. Rather, Katsu has been swapping his artwork for advertisements, Bowery Boogie reports.

This post has been changed to correct an error; an earlier version misstated the effects of rent regulation.