The Briefly for June 26, 2018 – Vote Today, Bea Arthur LGBTQ residence opens, Water Fountain Quality, and More

Vote in today’s primaries, the city’s water fountains were tested, photos from Punk Island, the do nothing State Senate does nothing, anarchists protest ICE, and more

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Citibikes wait

VOTE. Here’s your guide to today’s primaries.

The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth is open on E 13th.

Staten Island continues to love Michael Grimm, the convicted felon running for Congress.

Holy shit it actually worked” -Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council occupier. The anarchists managed to shut down immigration hearings in Manhattan. The group is calling on more people to show up at Varick St to continually ICE’s presence in the city.

New York’s State Senators are the definition of do-nothing cowards. If they didn’t support the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, they should have voted it down. Instead they did literally nothing and the program will expire on July 25. State Senator Marty Golden was caught speeding three times in 2018 in school zones. His Cadillac has been caught speeding in school zones 14 times since 2014. He killed 74-year-old Hariklia Zafiropoulos with his SUV in 2005. He was caught using a parking placard to impersonate a police officer.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 13th and 4th and on 15th near Union Square, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is on W Broadway and Chambers.

Seven men were arrested related to the stabbing death of a fifteen-year-old.

John Gotti Jr thinks there’s a conspiracy against Gotti: Gabagool Lasagna Bang Bang!, which currently enjoys a ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Babrera want to lower the mandatory fines for taxi drivers who refuse service to passengers from $200-$500 to $100-$200. The NAACP and the TLC are against the idea, calling it a proxy for racial discrimination.

The hipster party is ending. Someone called the cops and everyone has to leave the abandoned warehouse. Bushwick is on the list of the 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the metro area.

The current plan for the L train shutdown in Manhattan is that 14th Street will turn into a busway 17 hours a day according to court documents.

New renderings are available for the $1.5 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia. Spoiler alert, it looks like the AirTrain to JFK.

Check out BrooklynVegan’s photos from Punk Island 2018.

A new study claims that congestion pricing, not limiting ride share vehicles, will fix the city’s traffic problems.

The NY Post tested eight water fountains in parks throughout the city and discovered… the water exceeds the state’s guidelines. Drink up!

The Briefly for June 25, 2018 – Blackface MTA Supervisor Suspended, The Free Store on Ludlow, LGBT Deadlock, and More

The MTA official who partied in blackface is suspended (with pay), Suraj Patel is cat fishing voters, Rockaway Beach is reopening, and more.

Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

New York’s primary is June 26. Vote.

There has been no substantive LGBT legislation in New York State since 2011. State Senator Brad Hoylman came forward in 2016 to point out that all LGBT bills are “dead on arrival” due to the Independent Democratic Conference. That includes bills put forward by Hoylman like surrogacy, ending the gay/trans panic defense, restoring benefits for gay veterans improving HIV-related services, and more.

Park Slope’s Ninth Street is getting updated with a new design that includes pedestrian safety features and protected bike lanes after the March 5 death of two children in a car crash.

The 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue N/W stations in Astoria are open after eight months of esthetic renovations.

Suraj Patel, who is running for Congress in NY-13 against incumbent Carolyn Maloney, is catfishing people on Tinder and in other apps to try to gain support. That’s creepy, dude.

Cynthia Nixon has had some strong takes, but calling ICE a “terrorist organization” is her hottest take.

Filming Around Town: Spike Lee and Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Spring and Wooster, Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts, is at Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is down at Avenue U and 12th St in Brooklyn.

The city’s first “virtual” food hall is opening in Flatiron. No one knows what that means.

A little league baseball game in the East Village was delayed 45 minutes because a red-tailed hawk was eating a pigeon on the field’s backstop.

Governor Cuomo directed the state’s Health Department to prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against transgendered New Yorkers to prevent President Trump from taking away their rights.

A high-ranking MTA employee was promoted despite complaints that he showed up to a party in blackface. Metro-North supervisor Richard Ranallo is suspended indefinitely, but he’s still being paid his $246,255 salary.

The previously closed sections of Rockaway Beach are reopening on June 30 on a trial basis.

The city’s top drug prosecutor seems to be on the wrong side of the evidence when it comes to the city’s proposed safe injection sites. The city had over 1,400 deaths from overdoses in the last two years.

The free store on Ludlow is about 12 years old and still going strong.


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The Briefly for June 22, 2018 – Speed Camera Act is Dead, Weekend Subway Changes, A Food Inspector’s Wildest Stories, and More

The state’s legislative session ended with no vote on the expiring Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, get ready for the weekend’s subway changes, Eataly is going plastic strawless and more.

The Bowery Mural on E Houston St blank in black and white - The Briefly
The Blank Bowery Mural

It’s the weekend, so your usual I am Legend rules apply for the subways. 6sqft has all the expected subway service changes.

The Every School Speed Safety Camera Act is dead. The State Senate’s session ended yesterday with nothing done. NYC’s speed cameras are controlled by the state, which accomplished literally nothing when it comes to protecting pedestrians in school zones. Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives held a rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s office in the city Thursday night, laying blame for the bill’s demise at his doorstep for his failure to act.

Don’t pull the emergency brake on the subway unless someone is in mortal danger if the subway continues to move forward. The police can’t easily get to you if your train is stopped between stations and it takes somewhere between five and fifteen minutes to get a train moving after the brake is pulled.

An NYC Parks Department food cart inspector tells the wildest stories from his career.

Breaking Grounds is purchasing a vacant hotel in DUMBO and plans to fill it with below-rate apartments for the formerly homeless to help people rebuild their lives. This is Breaking Grounds’ sixth building in Brooklyn and the sale is expected to go through this summer.

Governor Cuomo took The New York Times inside a child care agency that’s taking care of children separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. City Council Member Mark Levine is taking donations of children’s clothing, diapers, and toys for the children who were separated from their parents and taken to New York as part of the president’s cruel immigration policy. Donations can be brought to the JCC Harlem.

Photographer Shaun O’Boyle took portraits of Staten Island’s Arthur Kill boat graveyard between 1986 – 2006. The boats were to be broken down and sold for scrap following World War II, but the boats arrived faster than they could be dismantled. The graveyard is still there today, but the boats are mostly submerged.

The Village Apothecary on Bleecker and W 10th is part of a state pilot program to get pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, into the hands of people with a potential recent exposure to HIV. The Village Apothecary was one of the first places to stock the HIV drug AZT in the 80s.

Filming Around Town: High Flying Bird, starring Kyle MacLachlan, is at W 51st and 7th, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Avenue R and E 31st St in Brooklyn, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 46th St and Skillman Ave in Queens, Otherhood, starring Patricia Arquette, is at W 12th and 7th, and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is at Duane and Church.

Eataly is banning single-use plastic straws from its locations in the United States by July 31, ahead of a NYC ban on plastic straws that is currently in committee.

The New York Times asks and answers what is the SHSAT exam and why does it matter.

The Department of Transportation unveiled a new plan to extend the Upper West Side’s bike lanes on Amsterdam Ave from 72nd to 59th, including Columbus Circle. The plan was unanimously approved by CB4.

If you’re into gross smells, the NYBG has a new corpse flower that could bloom this weekend.