The Briefly for August 1, 2018 – Single-Payer Healthcare in NY, No More Pot Arrests in Manhattan, Film Forum Re-opens, and More

The Manhattan DA will stop prosecuting most pot arrests, a plan to turn around the city’s buses, the dumbest arsonist in Staten Island, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Single-payer healthcare is viable in New York, according to a new study, but that statement comes with HUGE caveats like waiver form the Trump administration and higher taxes across the board.

A disagreement between NYPD pilots and James Coan, the head of the Aviation Unit, lead to five pilots flying a penis-shaped route in protest. It was noticed and all the pilots involved were disciplined.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance will not prosecute marijuana possession or smoking cases starting today August 1.

Film Forum re-opens today after a $5 million expansion and renovation to add a fourth theater, improve the sightlines, and seats.

The Bus Turnaround Action Plan comes from a bunch of advocate groups working together under the name the Bus Turnaround Coalition. It calls for a 100 mile expansion of bus lanes, step-up enforcement of blocking bus lanes, changing curbside delivery policy, and more to improve the system used by two million city residents.

One of the dumbest arsonists imaginable was caught trying to set a Staten Island gas station on fire.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 39th and 5th, Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30 Ave and 30 St in Astoria, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Hillcrest Ave and Hillside Ave in Queens, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at E 12th and 4th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is in Brooklyn Heights, and Law and Order: SVU is at W 26th and 11th.

The Fulton Street Fish Market is going to be disassembled and moved 33 feet.

Neo-Nazis held a rally in Fort Tryon Park over the weekend in support of ending immigration. It was a rare protest in the city by a group that supports the president, who are also identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Spend a day in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, home of this year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn, guided by amNY.

A guide to identifying different subway train car types, from Curbed.

A map of all the private elevators in the city. Everyone need a hobby.


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The Briefly for July 31, 2018 – The Typo That Caused Commute Chaos, Junior Guzman’s Way, Cuomo Leads, and More

It was a simple typo that prevented any advanced notice (or any notice at all) to warn people about a five month stretch of work on an express train in Brooklyn. The MTA is very sorry and they say it won’t happen again.

No announcement was made before Monday’s commute went to shit on the D/N/R in Brooklyn. A typo prevented any announcements ahead of five months of work on the local tracks between 36th St and 59th St.

Governor Cuomo has a sizable 31 point lead of Cynthia Nixon with likely Democratic primary voters. Kathy Hochul leads Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor, and Leticia James is ahead of Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General.

While the “Yes in My Back Yard” episode of Planet Money isn’t about New York, but it’s very àpropos of the constant conversation surrounding new construction and housing.

Dirty but delicious: Mapping where we love to eat regardless of the health inspection status.

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, State Senator Michael Gianaris released a report showing New York City as dead last nationwide for wheelchair-accessibility public transit. Happy anniversary!

Revel, a shared electric moped company, launched in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on Monday. They’re limited to a 30mph max speed and aren’t supposed to leave Brooklyn or Queens.

Brooklyn’s least favorite restauranteur/local asshole/tree murderer’s Bar Salumi has closed. Adam Harvey is due in court in September for allegedly drilling holes in his neighbor’s tree and filling them with herbicide.

The corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue will be renamed for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 74th and 1st, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Court St and Butler St in Brooklyn, The Last OG w/Tracy Morgan is at 6th St and 5th Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 160th and Amsterdam, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Ave and Avenue K in Brooklyn.

Sushi Roxx, the sushi restaurant with “sexy choreography,” closed after double charging credit cards for at least $20,000 in “mystery charges” and the staff claims they haven’t been paid in two weeks.

Smoking is now illegal inside and within 25 feet of NYCHA public housing, conforming with a mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

Brooklyn’s major streets owe their layout to Native American trails.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez hasn’t charged or issued a ticket to the hit-and-run driver who killed four-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick.

NYPD is refusing to release demographic and location information of turnstile jumping enforcing, despite a law that requiring it to be posted on its website.

City Councilmember Mark Gjonaj suggested the city place speed radar signs at nearly 1,200 public schools as a speed deterrent while the state’s speed cameras are not operating. The city’s Transportation Department say the signs aren’t as effective as speed cameras, but at some point something is better than nothing.

Photoville is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park with an exhibit called “Humble Cat,” and they want your cat photos.

The Briefly for July 30, 2018 – NY to Spectrum: Get Out, Pot Prosecutions in Brooklyn are Down 91%, Illegal Roosters, and More

The city has a rooster problem, an FDNY captain is acused of racism, the white supremecist doctor is sorry he was caught, and more in the NYC news digest.

Low-level marijuana prosecutions dropped by 91% in Brooklyn after a pilot program which stopped prosecution of personal possession.

New sirens could be coming to emergency vehicles in the city. The mayor’s ordered study into reducing noise pollution caused by sirens should be announced in the fall.

NY to Spectrum: Get Out. New York state revoked the Charter/Spectrum-Time Warner Cable merger from 2016 due to a failure to live up to their promises. Charter could be forced to spin off Time Warner Cable in New York as a separate company.

One of the Tompkins Square Parks red-tailed hawks died due to secondary poisoning.

There is no dog thief in Central Park, despite last week’s rumors.

Cynthia Nixon was endorsed by NYC’s Democratic Socialists. Nixon and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams have endorsed each other, effectively becoming running mates. Governor Cuomo was endorsed by NARAL and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC.

The rising cost of cigarettes are also giving rise to “buttleggers,” who purchase cigarettes in other states and sell them illegally in the city.

Of the 369 calls to 311 about illegal animals, 190 of them were rooster-related.

The FDNY’s $10 million minority recruitment drive failed to reach its goals. The NY Post cites a lack of people paying the $30 application fee, the percentages of minorities applying were below the goal of the program. Related, a lawsuit makes the claim that FDNY captain of Ladder 103 is East New York is racist.

This is why you don’t scream “fire” in a crowded theater, or that someone has a gun at the Bedford stop on the L.

After a second guilty verdict of wire fraud, mail fraud, extortion, and illegal money transactions, Sheldon Silver is headed to jail for seven years.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave is Astoria, God Friended Me w/Brandon Micheal Hallis at 72nd and Broadway, The Last OG w/Tracy Morganis at Hicks St and Pierrepont St in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 92nd and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at E 3rd St and Greenwood Ave in Brooklyn, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Cross Bay Blvd and E 8th Rd in Queens.

The (Manhattan centric) 13 best bars in the city with the most legit free food, according to Eater.

Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station continues to fall apart, literally.

Everything you need to know about the new dockless bike share programs.

Are barns upstate the “new Williamsburg?”

Dov Bechhofer, the Bronx Montefiore white supremecist doctor, is sorry he was caught and claims his online postings that called for a white ethnostate and expulsion of people of color and Muslims “do not reflect how I was raised or how I actually treat others.” Right.

Mos Def and Set Free Richardson are bringing a hip hop art gallery called The Compound to the South Bronx. The first exhibit will be the work of photographer Jonathan Mannion. Mannion’s work was used on the cover of multiple Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, OutKast, The Game, and more.