The Briefly for June 6, 2019 – The “We Can’t Stop The Ratpocalypse or Rising Sea Levels” Edition

The MTA discrimination disability lawsuit can move forward, ThriveNYC is failing the city’s schools, Uber will helicopter you between Manhattan and JFK, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Uber is offering helicopter rides between lower Manhattan and JFK Airport. Uber Copter kicks off on July 9 and will be available during afternoon commutes. (NY Times)

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is pushing a new program that would name a “Tenant of Record,” which would end succession rights, which allows relatives to take over their homes after the primary resident dies or moves out. (Patch)

We are headed for a ratpocalypse. Is climate change to blame? (Grist)

Before steam, NYC homes were heated with coal. If you look carefully on some sidewalks you can still find “coal holes,” which allowed for easy delivery. (Ephemeral New York)

After 20 years and two locations, Park Slope’s gay bar Excelsior will close on July 31. This is the second closure due to rising rents. (Brooklyn Paper)

A sealed arrest record is supposed to reduce the unjust and disproportionately burdensome effect of those records on minorities. The NYPD has decided to have its own interpretation of the law. (Gothamist)

Congrats to this year’s Excellence in Design winners, which “reflect the very best of design in public works, housing, and libraries, parks, and public art.” (Curbed)

Notice something new floating around the city this week? The Sing for Hope pianos are back, celebrating their 500th piano. You’ve got until June 23 to find a piano in the city before they are donated to schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers. (Untapped Cities)

The NYPD is withholding its lists of which officers work at which precincts, claiming stating who is working where would endanger public safety. A lawsuit from the Legal Aid Society will decide if that reasoning is valid. (Patch)

A Midtown fender bender is not news, but it is when one of the cars is driven by Tracy Morgan and it’s a new $2 million Bugatti. (Gothamist)

It seems former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case Linda Fairstein doesn’t know about the Streisand Effect. The woman who coerced confessions from children about a crime they didn’t commit took to the internet to defend her honor after being forced to resign from Vassar’s board of trustees from a student body that did not want her there because of her involvement in the case. (The Root)

Where to eat something quick if you’re running late to a Broadway show. (The Infatuation)

How long would you stay in a rent-stabilized apartment if you could? Ed Higgins has been renting an apartment on Ludlow St for 43 years. His rent in 1976 was $100 a month and now it’s still under $600. (6sqft)

Polly Trottenberg, a voice of sanity on the MTA’s board, is resigning effective immediately upon being replaced. She was a de Blasio nomination in 2014 and has been highly critical of Governor Cuomo’s initiatives in the past. She did not state a reason for her resignation. (Politico)

What’s going on with the F train this week? A dead baby shark (do do do do do do) was found on an F train platform in Manhattan. (Gothamist)

The city’s Fair Fares program has 50,000 participants, and a big help was the expansion of the program in April. The program will expand in 2020 to any New Yorker living under the poverty line. (Curbed)

The de Blasio administration has begun seizing ice cream trucks from owners who are accused of evading nearly $4.5 million in fines. It seems that shell corporations aren’t just for our presidents anymore, because 76 ice cream trucks changed hands between shell corporations to avoid paying traffic and parking tickets. The city has seized 46 trucks so far. (Patch)

It seems the one thing the city’s politicians can agree on is the new entrance designs for Penn Station. (Downtown Express)

ThriveNYC provides no tangible support for the city’s students and councilmember Mark Treyger is calling for a “significant investment” in social and emotional services for students. There are over one million students in the city’s public schools and only 1,335 social workers, 2,958 guidance counselors and 560 school psychologists supporting those students. There are more safety agents than all those combined. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A paid witness used by the defense of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer accused of killing Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold, claimed Garner’s death could not have been caused by the hold. He was not present when it occurred and his appearance in court was paid by the defense. (amNY)

Over 100,000,000 have seen The Lion King on Broadway with over 9,000 performances, which are two staggering numbers. (CBS New York)

Councilman Antonio Reynoso announced he is running for Brooklyn Borough President once Eric Adams’ term limits have run out in 2021. (Brooklyn Paper)

After months of presentations and public feedback, the MTA announced a draft plan to improve the Bronx’s buses by improving speeds, reliability and streamlining routes that haven’t changed in decades. (Curbed)

The lawsuit against the MTA that would force the construction of elevators whenever a station is closed for improvements was given the go-ahead in the state’s supreme court, stating the MTA is not about the city’s Human Rights Law’s prohibition of discrimination based on disability. (amNY)

15 stellar spots for raw bar. (Eater)

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The Briefly for June 29, 2018 – The MTA Chief has Conflicts, Secluded Gardens, “GOOD MORNING,” the Subways This Weekend, and More

Joe Lhota’s side jobs are cause for concern, the best secluded gardens, there are people whose job it is to be nice on the subway, and more in today’s news digest

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Get ready for the weekend with the weekly 6sqft roundup of just how screwed the subways are.

The MTA chairman, Joe Lhota, has side jobs that are conflicts of interest according to Common Cause NY. Lhota is a vice president on NYU Langone Hospital, which pays over $2.3 million annually, and a paid board member at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking for anti-terror protections for high traffic areas like Eastern Parkway, the Coney Island Boardwalk, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Par and sections of Ocean Parkway.

The race for a new Attorney General is heating up between four frontrunners on the Democratic side.

If you’ve noticed someone at a subway station saying “good morning” and hated their friendliness, being nice to people is their job.

The city council is gunning for Airbnb with a new bill. The bill will require hosts to share their identities and addresses of their listings with the city’s Office of Special Enforcement and provide more information about what is being rented.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd Ave, The Deuce is at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Hudson and Franklin, and John Wick 3 is at 45th and Madison.

As a result of his awful views on how to keep pedestrians safe and his blatant abuse of the city’s parking laws, there is a 24-hour vigil protest outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge.

Kudos to Gothamist for thoroughly covering the last Department of Labor hearing about the minimum wage for tipped workers.
The NY Aquarium’s shark exhibit opens in Coney Island on Saturday.

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It’s about to be as hot as hell, so this guide to install a window unit air conditioner in your apartment may come in handy. An alternative? Date someone for their air conditioning.

The ten best secluded gardens in Manhattan, from Untapped Cities.

An elegy for the sublimely crappy Chambers Street subway station.

The last thing Richard Schilling expected to find in his garage was a 225-year-old gravestone.

Scott Rogowsky of HQ Trivia gets the New York Times Sunday routine treatment.

The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

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A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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