The Briefly for August 2, 2018 – New Ferry Routes, Turnstile Jumping Policy Change, $2,000 Pizza, and More

A new bill will try to defend the SHSAT from Mayor de Blasio, the West Village’s serial farter is back, NYPD parking in bike lanes, two new ferry routes will debut this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A new bill would preserve the SHSAT, which the mayor signaled out as something he wanted to eliminate in order to boost racial diversity within the city’s eight specialized high schools.

Curbed lays out the case for congestion pricing.

The West Village’s serial farter has returned!

Robert Martinez was killed when a tire came off a private sanitation truck and hit his 2003 Chevy Tracker. The sanitation company, Century Waste Services, has a spotty safety record, cited 76 times since 2016 for a number of safety concerns including “loose and/or missing” wheel fasteners in February.

New ferry routes will launch at the end of the month. The Soundview route will launch August 15 and stop at Clason Point Park, E 90th St, # 34th St and Wall St/Pier 11. The Lower East Side Route launches August 29 and will stop at Wall St/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuvesant Cove, and Long Island City.

The Bronx’s four new Metro North Stations that are coming to Co-op City, Parkchester, Morris Park, and Hunts Point have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

10 secrets of Washington Square Park, from 6sqft.

Great Jones Cafe has no plans to reopen after owner Jim Moffett’s death last month.

This year’s ridiculously priced food item is Industry Kitchen’s $2,000 pizza. If you’re looking to eat an average month’s rent for a one-bedroom in Red Hook, this is your pizza.

The Bronx’s NYPD Capt. Emilio Melendez was caught on video destroying a sidewalk memorial. While not illegal, it certainly won’t help build bridges with the neighborhood.

Filming around town: Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at Dobbins and Nassau Ave, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 39 Ave and 212 St in Queens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at Montaque St and Hicks St in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at 70th Ave and Juno St in Forest Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at Centre St and Chambers St.

Porch Life, a public art project from Music Box Village, is bringing a musical architecture installation to the Coney Island boardwalk this weekend.

The final season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ will air this fall, including an episode dedicated to the Lower East Side and the East Village.

The NYPD will no longer arrest people who jump subway turnstiles who already have an open summons as of August 1. The new policy dictates the officers will issue a second summons.

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. avoided a fine for misusing government resources by promising to stop using his work email address to send his opinionated newsletters.

What is the point of the city installing bike lanes if the NYPD not only won’t enforce cars blocking them, but regularly park there themselves?

French artist JR has a new mural at the corner of Great Jones and Bowery.

50 outdoor art installations not to miss in August, according to Untapped Cities.

“I’m not a Queens bitch, I’m a Bronx bitch.” –Malikah George, while taking a plea deal for crashing her car, fleeing the scene, and hand off her one-year-old to a stranger.


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The Briefly for August 1, 2018 – Single-Payer Healthcare in NY, No More Pot Arrests in Manhattan, Film Forum Re-opens, and More

The Manhattan DA will stop prosecuting most pot arrests, a plan to turn around the city’s buses, the dumbest arsonist in Staten Island, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Single-payer healthcare is viable in New York, according to a new study, but that statement comes with HUGE caveats like waiver form the Trump administration and higher taxes across the board.

A disagreement between NYPD pilots and James Coan, the head of the Aviation Unit, lead to five pilots flying a penis-shaped route in protest. It was noticed and all the pilots involved were disciplined.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance will not prosecute marijuana possession or smoking cases starting today August 1.

Film Forum re-opens today after a $5 million expansion and renovation to add a fourth theater, improve the sightlines, and seats.

The Bus Turnaround Action Plan comes from a bunch of advocate groups working together under the name the Bus Turnaround Coalition. It calls for a 100 mile expansion of bus lanes, step-up enforcement of blocking bus lanes, changing curbside delivery policy, and more to improve the system used by two million city residents.

One of the dumbest arsonists imaginable was caught trying to set a Staten Island gas station on fire.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 39th and 5th, Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30 Ave and 30 St in Astoria, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Hillcrest Ave and Hillside Ave in Queens, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at E 12th and 4th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is in Brooklyn Heights, and Law and Order: SVU is at W 26th and 11th.

The Fulton Street Fish Market is going to be disassembled and moved 33 feet.

Neo-Nazis held a rally in Fort Tryon Park over the weekend in support of ending immigration. It was a rare protest in the city by a group that supports the president, who are also identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Spend a day in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, home of this year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn, guided by amNY.

A guide to identifying different subway train car types, from Curbed.

A map of all the private elevators in the city. Everyone need a hobby.


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