The Briefly for July 25, 2018 – No One Can Prevent Subway Fires, The Slowest Bus in the City, and More

The state senate is broken and school speed cameras are shutting down as a result, the slowest bus in the city runs at 3.2 mph, American fascism in Brooklyn, and more in the daily New York City digest.

Today is the day that the State Senate failed us and the speed cameras in school zones will be shut down. Nothing has shown the broken state of Albany quite like this has. Speaking of the State Senate, members of the IDC have to refund up to $1.4 million in campaign contributions after a judge ruled their fundraising alliance with the Independence Party was illegal.

Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, the pizza-deliveryman who was detained at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, was freed on Tuesday.

The M42 is the slowest bus in the city, with a brisk average speed of 3.2 mph across 42nd St.

Roosevelt Island’s water fountains contain unacceptable levels of bacteria and iron.

The MTA’s plan to stop subway fires is failing.

Governor Cuomo wanted the pylons of the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels to match is $20-$30 million blue and yellow tiles. Not only did they cost $253K extra, they may also be illegal.

The fence surrounding the fountain in Bowling Green dates back to 1771.

Someone left a box marked “American Fascism” outside Paul Manafort’s Brooklyn Brownstone.

Your weather report: The weather will remain shitty for the rest of the week.

Citi Bike and JUMP Bikes are filling the bike void in the Bronx after Ofo backed out of the city’s dockless bikeshare pilot program.

These are the elected officials who take campaign contributions from private trash hauling companies. Private trash haulers killed at least 16 people since 2012, including two deaths from Sanitation Salvage in six months. At the top of the list is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at E 92nd and Park, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W 32nd and 7th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at W 54th and 6th, Gotham is at Flatbush and Pacific in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The guide to living on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, from Brick Underground.

The Gowanus Canal cleanup doesn’t start until 2020.

Mayor de Blasio is pleading ignorance in a federal lawsuit against the city for policies in affordable housing lotteries that reinforce residential segregation.

Kristina Newman-Scott is BRIC’s new president. The most well known BRIC project is the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.

Photos from behind the scenes at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Briefly for July 24, 2018 – The MTA Blames Lyft/Uber, 14th St Becoming a Busway, Flying Cars, and More

Subway delays doubled in six years, 14h St will become a busway in January, faux outrage about the Target CBGB’s awning, legal pot and your job, and more.

The MTA is blaming apps like Uber and Lyft on the sharpest declines of subway and bus ridership in decades, and not unreliable subway and bus service causing the sharp rise of use of e-hail apps. 56,000 trains were delayed in June, and the percentage of trains that didn’t reach the end of their runs on time doubled since 2012 from 16.3% to 32%, but yeah, it’s Uber that is causing the decline in ridership.

14th St will become a busway in January, three months ahead of the 15-month L train shutdown.

What does the the potential for legal pot mean for your job?

Flying cars were supposed to take care of our traffic problems by 1973, according to scientists in 1923. Still holding out hope for that jetpack.

The American Kennel Club Canine Retreat opened its doors to people who don’t have a place for their dog to stay if they were displaced from the Flatiron steam explosion.

Young Advocates for Fair Education claim some Orthodox Jewish yeshivas don’t teach enough reading, writing, and arithmetic sued New York state on Monday in an effort to force change.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 36th and 5th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 90th St and 23rd Ave in East Elmhurst, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 61st St and 5th in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Centre and Grand, and Marvel/Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills.

Ugh, look at these dickheads.

Does a record number of homes for sale in the city mean prices are going to drop? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

You can argue that the Target in the East Village re-creating the CBGB’s awning as a stunt is in poor taste, but just about every site in the city covered it, so it’s hard to argue against the idea that it worked. The volume of people who desperately wanted to tell you how upset they were over this is staggering. Punk’s not dead, it’s just too busy blogging.

May Wah Vegetarian Market and the Ng family was featured in Atlas Obscura. The Ng family has run May Wah for over 23 years, and is partially responsible for the vegan boom throughout the city and beyond.

What’s the past tense for scammed? Scrumped?

Governor Cuomo pardoned seven people facing deportation and other consequences as a result of their crimes.

Tronc, the New York Daily News’ new owners, fired half of the reporting staff and Jim Rich, the editor in chief, in a one minute meeting.

A closer look at Park Slope’s Montauk Club, which dates back to the 1880’s.

A party boat dumped 500 gallons of sewage into the Red Hook harbor.

The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.