Daily digest: New York is bullish on outdoor dining sheds, the world’s largest floating solar farm opens in Thailand, and more

Good afternoon and welcome back to even more happenings around the country (and world).

Here’s what’s going on today:

The New York City Planning Commission okays permanent outdoor dining sheds

In a unanimous 10-0 vote yesterday (with one abstention), the New York City Planning Commission approved a zoning text amendment that would make the COVID-era outdoor dining structures that have mushroomed along the city’s streets permanent. Although a group of 23 residents has filed a lawsuit against the city over what they claim to be trash buildups and late-night partying associated with outdoor dining, it’s likely the measure will pass the City Council next.

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