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

Happy flag day.

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.

The Briefly for June 13, 2018 – Fair Fares, Placard Reform, Keeping Chickens in Brooklyn, and More

Low-income New Yorkers will finally have a chance to get subsidized MetroCards thanks to the city’s budget, Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivering food to the Fort Hamilton army base, and more

Brownstoner has instructions on how to keep chickens in your Brooklyn backyard. Perhaps there’s a step by step set of instructions on how to not be a stereotype.

Cobble Hill gained a ten-foot-tall statue of Pablo Picasso wearing flip flops mowing grass by Elliott Arkin. The Spanish Gardener was unveiled by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets and remains there until July 15.

Fair Fares is finally a reality. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson reached an agreement on funding half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

“I feel like Brooklyn has been in my DNA since Welcome Back Kotter. I love you all so very much, thank you for giving me such a foundation for my career.” John Travolta day was a hell of a party.

IHOb’s burgers are… decent. Stick to pancakes.

The New York Transit Museum’s annual Parade of Trains is this weekend. Six different lines will sport vintage cars.

CUNY is renaming its journalism school after Craig Newmark. His $20 million donation helped.

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Astoria Blvd and 27th St in Astoria, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 4th and the Bowery.

It’s been over a year since Mayor de Blasio pledged to “crack down” on parking placard abuse, and there aren’t many signs of change.

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris plead guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and witness tampering. Harris represented Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights and defrauded the city of $45,600 and FEMA of $25,000. She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years.

Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivery of food to the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained.

Street artist Symbol is using Monopoly cards to highlight the insane prices for commercial rents around the city.