In a city built on wacky ideas and unbridled ambition, Yang presents himself as the candidate with the biggest ideas of all. As a presidential candidate, his big idea was to pay every American a “universal basic income,” or UBI, of $ 1,000 per month. The city can’t afford UBI, but it has pledged to give the poorest 500,000 New Yorkers $ 2,000 and create a “people’s bank” so they don’t lose part of their payments to the poor. check cashing businesses. Yang also wants to build a version of the popular Manhattan High Line Park in Queens, turn hotels into affordable housing, and force NYPD agents to live in all five boroughs (51% of them don’t, data shows. of 2020). He often talks about how stupid he finds the mayor not to have control of the city’s buses and subways, which are the responsibility of the state-run Metropolitan Transit Authority.