The Briefly for June 19, 2018 – Juneteenth, NYPD vs NYPD PBA on School Cameras, “Spit In It,” and More

The Every School Speed Camera Act has the support of the NYPD’s commissioner, but not the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association.

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill supports the Every School Speed Camera Act, citing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative as reducing pedestrian fatalities by 45% between 2013 and 2017. O’Neill stands at odds with the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who claims that instead of the 150 additional schools to get cameras, 5,000 more police officers can fix the speeding concerns. State Senator Simcha Felder (of course he’s involved) claims to have privacy concerns about the speeding cameras. Streetsblog makes the case that when the Every School Speed Camera Act lapses in a few weeks, that Governor Cuomo can be blamed.

Over 1,000 lives were lost aboard the PS General Slocum, New York City’s worst maritime disaster, in 1904. 6sqft looks back on the disaster over 110 years ago.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden” will be installed at the form Fort Tilden army base at the Rockaways starting July 1. The installation consists of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel one-foot balls. Kusama’s piece is a protest against the commercialization of art and culture, but expect a million selfies this summer.

RIP the midtown Carl’s Jr. Stay out of our city.

Curbed has a map of where you can find areas with air conditioning throughout the city. This will be handy as we slowly forget what winter is like.

6sqft looks at the a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/the-1936-summer-of-pools-when-robert-moses-and-the-wpa-cooled-off-nyc/”>importance of public pools throughout the city in 1936.

A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommends that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state.” The governor said “facts have changed,” which is weird way of saying “we were wrong.”

Would you like some “PLEASE SPIT IN IT TOO” on your burger?

Filming Around Town: The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy his on 47th and 5th, John Wick 3 is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn, The Deuce is at 1st Ave 2nd St and 7th and 30th, Ray Donovan is at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Today is Juneteenth, which marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Local organizers are planning a protest in Foley Square to push for the end of the wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system.

You’ve got until 2023 until the MetroCard as you know it will be OBSOLETE!

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her campaign finance reform platform in the same location that Gov Cuomo announced his candidacy for Governor eight years ago. “If Washington is a swamp, then Albany under Andrew Cuomo is a cesspool.” -Nixon

Xiu Qing You, 39, was living in the United States for nearly twenty years before being arrested by ICE agents while interviewing for a green card.

The Brearley School on the Upper East Side announced all applicants who consider themselves female can apply to the school, which opens the door for transgender students.

The 80 Flatbush development is displacing the HIV-AIDS Services Administration, which is currently at 94 Flatbush, at the end of the month. It is one of three facilities in Brooklyn and will be moving to a temporary location on Third Avenue until it finds a permanent home in Bushwick. For the people who rely on these services, an unannounced change in schedule could have serious consequences.

More toxic algae in a city park. Bowne Park in Flushing is the latest park to issue a warning about algae blooms. These aren’t lethal like the Prospect Park Lake, Morningside Pond, or The Lake in Central Park, but you could still be staying away from the water.

Have you ever had an egg cream?

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.

The only Mermaid Parade gallery of photos you’ll ever need.

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.