The Briefly for July 2, 2018 – 820 Children Poisoned with Lead, Astoria Subways Closing, High Line Honey Controversy, and More

Two Astoria subway stations close for renovations, and there is too much poop in the water, too much lead paint on the walls, and too many postal parking placards being abused in Park Slope.

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The Broadway and 39th Avenue Q/N stations in Astoria are closed for renovations beginning today.

Expect lots of police around the city during the fireworks this Fourth of July. Lots.

Flushing Bay no longer smells like a toilet because 89,000 cubic yards of decaying organic material (that’s poop, they’re talking about poop) was dredged from the bay as part of a $200 million cleanup project. The wetlands restoration project will be complete by the end of July.

Three Brooklyn beaches were closed for 101 days last summer because there was too much fecal bacteria (poop, again, it’s poop). The poop beaches in question are Kiddie, Manhattan, and Kingsborough Community College beaches. Check the city’s know before you go program to see if your beach is to poopy. 27 billion gallons of raw sewage are dumped into the New York Harbor every year.

The quaintest dead end streets of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, from Untapped Cities.

WNYC and Gothamist’s coverage and investigation into Gramercy Park has reached the mayor, who said the city should reassess the private park’s tax-free status.

Start talking to your neighbors and stop calling 311, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods. BuzzFeed dove into 311 complains to discover the friction between new residents and the neighborhood.

Two days after NYC Parks Commissioner declared Central Park “will be entirely and permanently car-free,” a cyclist collided with a garbage truck. Turns out “car-free” doesn’t apply to city vehicles.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at Remsen and Clinton in Brooklyn, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 7th and 2nd, and Aviva is at 72nd and 5th.

City councilperson Brad Lander was one of the people arrested protesting outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office.

The John J. Harvey for a World War I era makeover from artist Tauba Auerbach and is a sight to behold.

A look inside Overthrow Boxing, part boxing gym and part throwback to the Bleecker Street of old.

State Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson appears to to be living in New Jersey and stretching the definition of what it means to “reside in New York” to keep her job on the court.

820 kids in NYCHA apartments have been poisoned by lead paint. The NYCHA has been avoiding lead-paint regulations for years and the cost of avoiding those regulation is poisoning children.

TD Bank created High Line Honey to show how important bees are to a sustainable food supply, but their choice of Andrew Cotes as beekeeper is proving to be controversial.

On the same block where two children were killed in a car accident in Park Slope is the Van Brunt Post Office, notable for the volume of double parking that regularly occurs. Employees of the post office have been caught abusing parking placards by the Brooklyn Paper. Their placards are being revoked and postal placards will no longer be issued.

The Briefly for June 29, 2018 – The MTA Chief has Conflicts, Secluded Gardens, “GOOD MORNING,” the Subways This Weekend, and More

Joe Lhota’s side jobs are cause for concern, the best secluded gardens, there are people whose job it is to be nice on the subway, and more in today’s news digest

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Get ready for the weekend with the weekly 6sqft roundup of just how screwed the subways are.

The MTA chairman, Joe Lhota, has side jobs that are conflicts of interest according to Common Cause NY. Lhota is a vice president on NYU Langone Hospital, which pays over $2.3 million annually, and a paid board member at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking for anti-terror protections for high traffic areas like Eastern Parkway, the Coney Island Boardwalk, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Par and sections of Ocean Parkway.

The race for a new Attorney General is heating up between four frontrunners on the Democratic side.

If you’ve noticed someone at a subway station saying “good morning” and hated their friendliness, being nice to people is their job.

The city council is gunning for Airbnb with a new bill. The bill will require hosts to share their identities and addresses of their listings with the city’s Office of Special Enforcement and provide more information about what is being rented.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd Ave, The Deuce is at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Hudson and Franklin, and John Wick 3 is at 45th and Madison.

As a result of his awful views on how to keep pedestrians safe and his blatant abuse of the city’s parking laws, there is a 24-hour vigil protest outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge.

Kudos to Gothamist for thoroughly covering the last Department of Labor hearing about the minimum wage for tipped workers.
The NY Aquarium’s shark exhibit opens in Coney Island on Saturday.

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It’s about to be as hot as hell, so this guide to install a window unit air conditioner in your apartment may come in handy. An alternative? Date someone for their air conditioning.

The ten best secluded gardens in Manhattan, from Untapped Cities.

An elegy for the sublimely crappy Chambers Street subway station.

The last thing Richard Schilling expected to find in his garage was a 225-year-old gravestone.

Scott Rogowsky of HQ Trivia gets the New York Times Sunday routine treatment.

The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

RAT FACTS!

A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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