The Briefly for June 18, 2018 – 80 Flatbush, Coney Island, the Hottest Subway Car, a New Challenge to the Governor, and more

The Mermaid Parade in review, the latest on 80 Flatbush, the hottest car to hit the rails, and more in the city’s news roundup.

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What are the colors of the city? Color Factory, the Smithsonian, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum have teamed up in “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” a new installation in the back garden at Cooper Hewitt. Admission to see The Color Walk is free.

The latest Mobility Report is bleak. Transit ridership is getting smaller and the average speed on the streets are showing it. The population, employment, and tourism rise in 2017 while subway and bus ridership fell. Ride-hailing might be growing, but it’s not helping congestion.

Bushwick Daily continues to show that Bushwick has happy hours with your time with the latest in their happy hour series based on subway stops on the L with a focus on the Morgan Ave stop.

One of the biggest fights in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future will be about 80 Flatbush. The proposal is for two buildings, one 38 stories and the other 74 (as tall as the Chrysler Building), would include 700 apartments, 200 permanently affordable apartments, a 15k square foot “cultural space,” 40k square feet of retail, and two schools.

Coney Island’s Shore Theater is becoming a seven story hotel. Coney Island could have had a theater that would if it was restored.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 10th and W 25th, John Wick 3 is at 44th and 7th, Ray Donovan is near Washington Square Park, and The Deuce is at 4th and 43rd in Brooklyn.

The never-ending construction on the 2/3 actually has an end. Weekend and weeknight service will be restored by June 25. Only one more week…

The stories of the Sing for Hope pianos in each neighborhood’s local news sites has been a delight. This one is from the Times Ledger and tells the story of the Paul Raymond Playground in Astoria’s piano.

New York’s hottest subway car is 1872 in the 1. It has everything. Sweltering people, panting dogs, melting popsicles, and a faulty HVAC that doesn’t have a backup system.

Residents and participants are unhappy about the last-minute changes to the Pride parade’s route and staging area.

Public service announcement: If you have an unlimited MetroCard, it’s legal to swipe other people in for free.

Takeru Kobayashi returned to Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade to eat some hot dogs in a non-competitive fashion. He was at the Feltman’s of Coney Island, which has no connection to the original Feltman’s of Coney Island.

Move over Cynthia Nixon, because a new challenger has arrived. Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor and a former top Democrat official, is making a run for Governor as an independent.


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The Briefly for June 15, 2018 – Les Halles Preserves Notes, Toxic Algae in Back, No Bike Lanes, and More

Subway disruptions, the new owner of Les Halles is preserving the memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory, toxic algae is found in Prospect Park after Central Park was hit earlier this week, Sunnyside doesn’t want bike lanes, and more

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Subway changes seem somewhat minimal this weekend. If you’re going to the Mermaid Parade, check to make sure your train is running.

Les Halles’ new owner is preserving memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory.

Toxic algae was found in Prospect Park Lake in Prospect Park. This is an algae that is fatal to humans and dogs, so be careful. If you or your dog drink any lake water, head to a doctor immediately. The algae hasn’t been found at dog beach in Prospect Park, so you’re safe to bring your pup there. The city has been looking into a natural filtration system to prevent this in the future. Earlier this week toxic algae was found in Central Park.

Sunnyside’s community board voted against new protected bike lanes 27-8 because of a loss of parking spaces. The city is hoping to place bike lanes along Skillman Avenue and 43rd Avenue after a cyclist’s death in April.

Filming Around Town: Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Essex and Broome, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 57th and 10th Ave, Ray Donovan is at Ditmars Blvd and Shore Blvd in Astoria, and The Deuce is at Bowery and Broome.

Eater has a list of 15 reliable vegan restaurants in the city.

Add doctors to the list of people who are calling on the state senate to review and expand the city’s speed camera program. The program would put speed cameras outside 290 public schools throughout the city. The doctors supporting the bill cited over 500 auto injuries this year, and the cameras already installed are credited with reducing speeding by 63% in locations they are installed. The bill is currently in a committee chaired by Simcha Felder, a member of the IDC held up the entire state budget earlier and told a group of democrats “I am not your guy” in the process.

City council member Margaret Chin proposed a new law banning vending around the World Trade Center in order to clear pedestrian traffic, but with 18 of the 22 current vendors being Muslim, it’s hard to not see this as Islamophobic. The new law would not apply to the WTC Greenmarket, which operates inside the no-vending zone and whose vendors are predominantly white.

The NYPD’s use of sound cannons against peaceful protestors was ruled to be an excessive use of force by a federal appeals panel this week. The ruling is, of course, being appealed. The case references use of the cannons during Eric Garner protests in 2014.

The Briefly for June 14, 2018 – Affordable Housing for Seniors, Three Rhinos Go to Brooklyn, Spotted Pig’s Future, and More

Spotted Pig has a new owner, the best neighborhoods in the city for rats, new affordable housing for seniors, the best happy hours in Bushwick, and more

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The Upper West Side, Bed-Stuy, and Harlem are the top neighborhoods in the city… for rats!

Newtown Creek is getting a new living dock. What’s a living dock? It’s a “floating structure designed to provide valuable marine habitat within a heavy polluted and largely bulkheaded waterway.” Don’t fall in the water.

A 33-year-old mom was killed and her 6-year-old son was injured when a car jumped a curb on Seaview Avenue in Canarsie on June 12.

The city committed to build thousands of affordable apartments for low-income seniors on unused NYCHA land. There are 207,000 families on the wait list for public housing and 58,700 living in shelters in the city. This is separate from the $2 billion seed aside to right the recent NYCHA wrongs.

The TLC suspended the license of the Uber driver who kicked two women out of his car for kissing. Uber also kicked him out of their app. It’s 2018, jeez.

The Last Three is a seventeen foot tall sculpture of three rhinos stacked on top of each other by Gillie and Marc Schnatter in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. Public viewing started Wednesday, June 13. The statue was previously in Astor Place. The pair previous had a sculpture in DUMBO called Paparazzi Dog.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s The Punisher is at Sutton and Driggs in Brooklyn and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at E 96th and 5th.

Bushwick Daily published their happy hour guide to the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and M stop.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced two more weeks of partial closures of the the Roosevelt Island tram due to recent rain. If you don’t have to, don’t take the tram.

should be allowed to live in rest-stabilized apartments?

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune in Manhattan, and her wife Ashley Merriman will take over of Spotted Pig restaurant. This is a somewhat controversial move, as the NY Times quotes some people who are upset that they are willing to do business with Ken Friedman. Friedman was accused of sexual harassment by at least 10 women earlier this year.

The jackass behind the Fyre Festival was charged with even more fraud. Get in the sea.

Take a look at the future of paying for the subways and buses, as the MetroCard will go the way of the subway token.

Michael Gongora, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was charged with starting a fire in Flushing on June 4 that injured ten firefighters and left two alleged gang members in critical condition.