The Briefly for July 19, 2018 – The Second Avenue Subway Did Not Fix the UES’ Overcrowded Subway Problems and More

The Second Avenue subway was a bad investment, the “Oxy Doc” is guilty, Airbnb will have to turn over the names and addresses of their hosts, Cuomo is in the lead, and more in today’s NYC news digest

Central Park’s Lasker pool and ice skating rink will close in 2020 for three years while it gets a $150 million renovation.

The Second Avenue subway did not alleviate overcrowding on the Upper East Side trains. A better investment would have been upgrading the 4/5/6 line. During the average weekday rush hour in June and July of 2017, 57 scheduled trains did not run, and those trains alone could handle the current ridership of the Second Avenue subway.

The city settled a $20.8 million gender discrimination lawsuit with the New York State Nurses Association to classify nursing as “physically taxing” work, which qualifies nurses for early retirement and full pensions.

An Uber driver was caught peeing into a bottle with a rider in the car. Gross.

A bodega worker who set a mentally ill homeless man on fire is out of jail after three months served after the jury acquitted him on more serious charges.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil has used a $4 million federally funded plane “three or four times” because he’s “busy.” This was the same plane that shuttled Mayor de Blasio home from his Canadian vacation on July 5.

Airbnb will be forced to hand over the names and addresses of their hosts. Airbnb will otherwise pay $1,500 per listing (about $78 million) or the total amount of fees collected during the previous year.

BKLYNER got a sneak peek inside the Atlantic Terminal Target remodel. It looks… like a Target.

The State Senate has not reconvened to pass the Every School Speed Camera Act, which expires in less than two weeks.

“Oxy Doc” Dr. Martin Tesher was found guilty on ten counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and faces 20 years to life when sentences.

Filming around town: Happy! w/Christopher Meloni is at 66th and West End Ave, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on Bleecker and 6th, The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at 51st and Madison, Showtime’s Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30th and 6th, and Law and Order: SVU is at E 120th and 3rd.

Robert Owens, a truck driver who hit and killed biker Heather Lough in the Bronx two years ago, will pay a $1,088 fine and face a 75-day license suspension and face no jail time as part of a plea deal.

MSG unveiled a piano and plaque to commemorate Billy Joel’s 100th concert at the venue.

The city and state are suing the justice department over the ICE strings attached to public safety grants.

After $465 million in renovations, the Javits Center’s roof is still leaking.

Girl Scout Troop 6000 expanded city-wide thanks to a $1 million investment form the city and now has over 500 girls and women participating in the program.

Big Bush Park in Woodside is open after a $1.8 million renovation.

*Jerry Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with all these primary elections in the city? Speaking of primaries, Governor Cuomo has a 36 point lead over Cynthia Nixon in the democratic primary for governor.

Chinatown’s Doyers St is getting a mural to resemble 200 foot-long multi-colored flying dragon. “Murder Alley” has come a long way.

Attention: 18 decadently delicious cookies, from Eater.

The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.

The Briefly for July 17, 2018 – Environmental Racism, the Unique New York Bagel, Schneiderman’s Millions, and More

The NYPD gave the DOJ a deadline for their probe into the death of Eric Garner, Schneiderman has millions in his campaign account, & more in today’s NYC news digest

The city council will work to curb environmental racism. The proposed bill would precent any one community from handling more than 10% of the city’s trash. Currently four low-income communities of color handle 75% of the trash.

A brothel operating inside a spa in Sunnyside was shut down last week.

Advocates for the disabled are pushing back against a proposed plastic straw ban, arguing that an outright ban ignores the needs of people who need them and have proposed some alternatives.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Housing Rights Initiative are suing Kushner Companies for $10 million for their tenant harassment policies.

If you’re scared to ride a bike n the city Curbed has the eight best bike rides for beginners.

Congratulations to Bowery Boogie for their ten year site birthday!

New York bagels are special. 6sqft runs down why.

Newtown Creek’s Grand St Bridge will be replaced, but not so quickly. The city requested proposals and the new bridge is expected to open in 2023, when the bridge will be 120 years old.

If the Justice Department doesn’t file charges in the 2014 death of Eric Garner by August 31, the NYPD will conduct their own disciplinary probe.

Three men were caught mail fishing in Forest Hills. Mail fishing is mostly done to steal checks from the mail after they’re dropped in blue boxes around the city.

Moms Demand Action endorsed State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes based on his positions on gun safety. Gounardes is running against Ross Barkin in a primary with hopes to unseat Marty Golden.

The vegan Impossible Burger is now available at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island and other Live Nation venues new the city like Jones Beach and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey.

Disgraced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman returned $1 million in campaign funds but still has $7.4 million left in his campaign account.