The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Taco Mural at Parklife in Brooklyn

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.