They might be rapping about a failing relationship, but the love between Polo G and Nicki Minaj is all real . The two artists have dropped their first collab, “For the Love of New York,” which dropped on June 11 along with 19 other tracks on Polo G’s third album, Hall of Fame . Though Polo G is a Chicago native, the track is about a girl from New York who could have his heart if he “wasn’t so heartless.” So perhaps it’s not a surprise that Nicki, who proudly reps Queens, agreed to provide the perspective of the other side of the relationship. “I’d rather physical, emotional’s the worst pain,” she says in her verse, closing out the song by warning, “This is toxic, don’t act like it’s normal.” She’s one of a dozen artists who feature on the album, which is composed of half solo tracks and half featuring tracks. The other inductees into Polo G’s personal hall of fame are the Kid LAROI, Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, Scorey, G Herbo, Rod Wave, DaBaby, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Pop Smoke, and Fivio Foreign. Check out the full track list below.
After more than a decade’s crusade by preservationists, Sterling Forest has finally been acquired by the State of New York from its private owners, creating a beguiling new terrain for hiking, fishing, skiing and ambling that is 18 times as large as Central Park and an hour-and-10-minute drive from midtown Manhattan.
The acquisition, the largest by the state’s park system in 50 years, is to be formally announced today at nearby Bear Mountain Inn by Gov. George E. Pataki of New York and Gov. Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey, whose residents will gain protection of an important watershed. But the purchase is already a fact: the closing on the heart of the complex real estate deal, valued at $55 million, was completed quietly last Thursday by a bevy of lawyers and bureaucrats at the modest offices of the land’s private owners, Sterling Forest L.L.C., in Tuxedo, N.Y.
The deal gives the public 15,800 acres of rugged woodland 40 miles northwest of New York City that is studded with crystalline lakes and streams and is a habitat for bobcat and black bears. Cobbling together that acreage has taken five years of pleading, haggling and Byzantine lobbying to corral the purchase money from the Federal Government ($17.5 million), New York State ($16 million), New Jersey ($10 million) and several foundations.
Even though a sales contract was signed a year ago, the last major financial piece in the puzzle was not plugged until December, when a $5 million donation was announced by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The public acquisition of Sterling Forest completes the dream of a Manhattan couple, Paul Dolan, an executive at ABC News, and his wife, JoAnn, executive director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. In 1985, the Dolans were hiking in a part of the area skirted by the Appalachian Trail when they learned that the pristine surroundings might be used for development. They began knitting together a coalition that eventually recruited such disparate allies as Newt Gingrich, the House Speaker, and the Sierra Club.
The deal was given urgency in 1993 when the private owners threatened to build a utopian city for 35,000 inhabitants and 20,000 workers, a complex that would dwarf all but a few towns between New York City and Albany. Critics, however, said the threat of development was a bargaining strategy designed to get top dollar from state and Federal Governments.
The acquisition still leaves 2,250 acres in the hands of the Sterling Forest company, which is controlled by Zurich Insurance, a Swiss company. They want to build hundreds of homes and some commercial buildings on their remaining Sterling land and plan to apply for development permits to the town of Tuxedo’s planning board in a few weeks.
As a result, preservationists are beginning a second campaign to acquire the remaining Sterling acreage. They are also concerned about plans for an unrelated development of 2,000 homes bordering Sterling Forest that will be known as Tuxedo Reserve. Yesterday they were still not drinking champagne.
”It is clear there is a remaining threat,” said John Gebhards, executive director of Sterling Forest Partnership, one of the main groups fighting for the public acquisition of the forest.
The new park will be operated by the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission, which already oversees 23 parks in New York and New Jersey. Although the public will be able to visit Sterling immediately, the commission will take the next year to draw up a plan for managing a park that to date has little in the way of parking areas, picnic tables, beaches or bathrooms but which at the same time does not want to encourage overuse.
The commission’s executive director, Robert Binnewies, is credited by preservationists as the crucial official whose persistence made the acquisition possible.
”There were many moments when people didn’t think this would happen but somehow it did,” Mr. Binnewies said yesterday. Governor Pataki, who hiked and skied in the area as a boy and represented part of it as an assemblyman, has also been credited with pressing for the acquisition.
The Sterling Forest acquisition comes on top of the recent deal by the state to buy a 15,000-acre Whitney family property in the heart of the Adirondacks, a deal that will not be closed until June. ”This is a tremendous accomplishment,” Mr. Pataki said in an interview yesterday. ”The largest single piece of open property in the metropolitan region will be protected and preserved for the people of New York and New Jersey forever.”
New Jersey was also interested in the purchase and contributed $10 million because it wanted to protect a watershed for the Wanaque-Monksville reservoir system, which provides water for more than 2 million inhabitants in the northern part of the state. Years ago, Passaic County acquired 2,000 acres of the forest on the New Jersey side of the border as a water resource.
Getting Federal aid proved most complex of all. In exchange for their votes for purchase money, several Congressmen insisted on approval of pet projects, including a long-term extension of logging in an Alaskan forest. Mr. Gingrich persuaded his colleagues that such provisions would invite a veto by President Clinton.
The Sterling Forest deal has several intricate features.
Under one, the Sterling company will continue to exercise ownership over 1,000 acres for up to eight years. The company needs the town of Tuxedo’s approval to transfer development rights on those 1,000 acres to the 2,250-acre parcel it still owns so it can build more densely. Louis Heimbach, the company’s chairman and chief executive, said he believes that the transfer of rights will take place rather quickly so the state can have clear title to the 1,000 acres in the near future.
An additional 1,400 acres is technically owned by the Open Space Institute, a state conservation group, which was given $5 million by the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Fund for the Hudson Highlands to make the down payment on the purchase last August and secure the bigger Sterling Forest acreage. The institute plans to turn the land over to the state.
Finally, the Sterling Forest company has agreed to make a donation of an additional 500 acres once it attains the necessary approval for its housing development from Tuxedo and two other municipalities, Warwick and Monroe.
Older New Yorkers best remember Sterling Forest for botanical gardens with lush floral arrangements and romantic touches such as bow bridges. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands once opened a tulip festival there.
In the 19th century, the forest was the location of a thriving iron industry. The property was bought in 1895 by the Harriman railroad family, which sold it for $750,000 in 1953 to a real estate developer that set up the Sterling Forest company. The company developed homes for 250 families and offices in scattered park areas, but ran into financial difficulties and has been trying to unload the larger property for years.
The company has permitted hunters and hikers to use the vast Sterling reserve, but they must apply for permits at its headquarters.
The damage had been done on Saturday, as England collapsed to 122-9 in their second innings, leaving the Black Caps on the verge of their first Test series win in England since 1999.
Trent Boult sent Olly Stone back to the pavilion with the first delivery of day four, leaving New Zealand chasing a mere 38.
Devon Conway was dismissed in the second over, though stand-in captain Latham (23) ticked off a milestone as New Zealand cruised to a maiden Test win at Edgbaston, setting themselves up for the ICC Test Championship final against India in emphatic fashion.
Any possibilities of complacency creeping in from New Zealand were dashed before a minute of play, Boult’s supreme delivery nicking off Stone’s edge and through to Tom Blundell.
A maiden over from James Anderson – whose record-setting Test match has not gone according to script – kept Latham, six off his 4,000th run in the longest format, at bay, and Stuart Broad subsequently gave the crowd something to cheer.
Conway fished at a delivery outside his off stump, with James Bracey gathering it in.
Latham and Will Young knew the Test was won, though, with sensible shots from New Zealand’s stand-in skipper ticking him towards the landmark, which came when he nudged Broad for a single.
Mark Wood very nearly ran Latham out with an acrobatic, underarm throw from close range, though even that wicket would have been immaterial.
After clipping a brilliant shot through backward point, Young dragged a wider Stone delivery onto his stumps, but Latham fittingly had the final say.
A sublime flick to the legside boundary was followed up by a deft touch through to third man to seal a 1-0 series win, just New Zealand’s second in England.
No home comforts for sorry England
England’s footballers get their Euro 2020 campaign started on Sunday, and the Edgbaston crowd were singing “football’s coming home” as they watched the cricketers learn a brutal lesson in the Birmingham sunshine.
Joe Root’s team, who have lost a series on home soil for the first time since 2014, do not convene again until they host India in August. While they had injuries to key players, along with off-the-field issues that marred the first Test, England have much to improve on, with their batting once again letting their bowling attack down.
Black Caps top the rankings as dominance over England rolls on
With this triumph, New Zealand have moved ahead of India to the top of the ICC Test rankings, though the ultimate test will of course come in the inaugural ICC Test Championship final against Virat Kohli’s team in Southampton next week.
New Zealand may have ended a dismal run in England, but overall, they have now not lost a Test to them since 2015 – a run of seven.
A stellar New Zealand bagged the series with a comprehensive eight-wicket win against England in Birmingham on the fourth day of the second Test. After having bowled out England for their overnight score of 122, they chased down the required 38 runs in 10.5 overs to cruise to victory on Sunday (June 13) that helped them seal their first series on English soil since 1999.
It took Trent Boult just one ball to quash any hope of England extending their overnight lead of 37, ekeing out an edge off Olly Stone’s bat. England were bowled out for 122, leaving New Zealand a paltry total to chase down. Although they lost Devon Conway and Will Young on the way, skipper Tom Latham hit the winning runs to take New Zealand to only their third series victory in England.
New Zealand had made as many as six changes from the first Test with even regular skipper Kane Williamson missing out. Yet, the replacement personnel were impressive leaving New Zealand with a happy selection headache ahead of the impending World Test Championship final. England have a lot of thinking to do after their dismal batting performances, but it was their poor catching that cost them in the end that allowed New Zealand to get away with more than they’d have hoped.
Brief scores: England 303 & 122 (Ollie Pope 23, Mark Wood 29; Matt Henry 3-36, Neil Wagner 3-18, Trent Boult 2-34, Ajaz Patel 2-25) lost to New Zealand 388 & 41/2 Tom Latham 23*) by eight wickets.
New Zealand clinched just their third series win in England – and first since 1999 – as they eased to a win which takes them to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
The Black Caps, who face India in the ICC Test Championship final next week, did the damage on Saturday, leaving England heading into day four on 122-9 in their second innings.
Trent Boult dismissed Olly Stone with the first delivery on Sunday, and New Zealand tallied up the 38 they required to win within the hour, although Devon Conway and Will Young lost their wickets.
England do not play another Test series until August, when they host India, and Root knows there is much to improve upon.
“More than anything, it’s what we can take from it. You can have bad sessions on occasion with the ball but you can’t have a session like that with the bat,” he said at the post-match presentation.
“That’s cost us, but throughout the game New Zealand outplayed us. If we lose quick wickets, how are we going to get through that? Mentally we have to make sure we’re resilient and we manage passages of play better.
“It’s the lessons from watching the opposition, using the experience in the dressing room, and trying to make sure when you’re in the same situation to don’t make the same mistakes.
“You can look for excuses but they outplayed us, they played good cricket and we’ve not matched that. We know we’re better than this.”
England have white-ball series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan coming up, and Root is hoping a switch to a different format will offer a reset for some of the squad.
“Freeing the mind, look at the game in a different context, it can liberate you. It’s the chance to go back into a different format and find rhythm,” he added.
“You can never beat wickets and runs.”
New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham surpassed 4,000 Test runs on Sunday, and fittingly clipped away the winning boundary.
“Great to have that performance, through the four days it was outstanding, with a few changes, everyone came out and did their roles. It was a complete team performance,” he said.
“[England have] a fantastic attack, a lot of wickets among them. We played them really well on surfaces we weren’t expecting at Lord’s and here. I thought we adapted well.”