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.

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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.

The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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“No Standing”

A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 20, 2018 – Curbing Arrests for Smoking Weed, Chelsea Guitars Gets to Stay, Lead Paint on the 7, and More

NYPD will start issuing tickets for people caught smoking weed on September 1, Simcha Felder runs away from a mother, the New York Pizza Festival, and more

Watch State Senator Simcha Felder ignore and run away from a mother whose child died by a speeding motorist in 2013. The Every School Speed Camera Act would put speeding cameras near 290 schools throughout the city, which has been proven to reduce speeding by 63% in New York. The bill cleared the state assembly but Felder is one of the people preventing a vote in the senate. Felder is a Democrat that caucuses with the Republicans.

“The NYPD has no interest in arresting people for marijuana offenses when those arrests have no direct impact on public safety.” -NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. The new policy of issuing tickets instead of an arresting will be enforced beginning September 1.

Don’t eat the paint chips falling off the elevated 7 train. The MTA will start to remove lead paint from the 7 train’s elevated tracks in Queens between 82nd St and 103rd St. The paint used on the elevated tracks and structures is over 50x what is considered safe.

City Hall Park, Mount Pitt, Vauxhall Gardens, and the other must-see spots from NYC’s first guidebook in 1807.

25 must-visit historic LGBTQ sites in NYC from Curbed.

Brownsville and its parks failed 10 of the 14 benchmarks from New Yorkers for Parks’ Brownsville Open Space Index. Two years ago Mayor de Blasio announced that Betsy Head Park would be receiving a portion of a $30 million investment as one of five “anchor parks” in the city, which means a two year closure of Brownsville’s biggest park.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics” is the Transit Museum’s latest exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit celebrates the subways as depicted in comics and includes Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz.

Humanhattan 2050 proposes new infrastructure in Lower Manhattan to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years and make the area more accessible and enjoyable at a cost of $335 million.

We’re inching closer to the latest closures of subway stations for renovations. 57th Street is hit on July 9th, 28th Street closes on July 16, and 23rd Street on July 23. There are five new stations on the list but don’t have dates: 145th Street on the 3, Penn Station 1, 2, 3 (how is that even possible?), 174th-175th Streets D and 167th Street D in the Bronx.

New York Pizza Festival’s organizers promise this year’s event won’t be the “Fyre Festival of Pizza.”

Chelsea Guitars was given a stay of execution by the Chelsea Hotel’s owners.

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC from 6sqft.

Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group are pushing forward on banning cash at their restaurants. Meyers argue that the benefits of people who can afford credit cards outweighs the impact on customers who can only pay with cash.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Nostrand Ave and Avenue P Brooklyn and 33rd St and Ave S, The Sun is Also the Star, starring Yara Shahidi, is at W 124th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and John Wick 3, starring Theodore “Ted” Logan, is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn.

Do you know how to do a “Bronx Cheer?”


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