The Briefly for July 27, 2018 – Two MTA Fare Hikes Planned, the Noisiest Bars, Horse AAA, and More

The MTA is planning two fare hikes in three years, Nigerian princes are in NYC, the Barclays Center is dropping straws, the noisiest bars, the best pies, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Subway lines with service changes this weekend: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, J, L, N, Q, & R.

Get ready for two MTA fare hikes in the next three years because their service has been so stellar as of late.

The MTA is accused of abusing the declared state of emergency to push through bloated projects and spending more money than is necessary without following normal procedures. The emergency order is renewed monthly and has been in effect since June 2017.

Sometimes the original headline is enough. “Inside the girl gang that lures male enemies to their deaths.”

The top ten secrets of the Javits Center, according to Untapped Cities.

What’s the noisiest bar in the city? The Velvet Rope Lounge in Brighton Beach, but don’t worry because everyone’s favorite place to have sex in the bathrooms, Union Pool in Williamsburg, also made the list.

The NYPD has a “Horse AAA” service for their mounted units, which includes a mobile 2,850 degree furnace.

The city will continue collecting data from the mounted speed cameras in school zones, even if they will be unable to ticket speeding drivers. While Governor Cuomo has named Marty Golden by name as someone responsible for their demise, Cuomo has refused to use his power to call a special session of the State Senate.

This bronze elephant statue at the UN is partially hidden to hide it’s two foot long erection.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Greenwich Ave and 7th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Thomson Ave and 31st St in Long Island City, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on W 4th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Gramercy Park and 27th St and 10th.

The 13 best pie places in the city, according to Gothamist. If you have triskaidekpiephobia, this isn’t your story.

The Barclays Center is banning plastic straws by the end this year.

How did your block vote in the 2016 election? The NY Times has an extremely detailed map.

“The New L” wants to drive you to work during the L train shutdown for $155/month.

6sqft found 15 reasons to visit Staten Island.

The man shaking down Queens businesses in a wheelchair was caught walking without issue by the NY Post. His lawyer is dropping all 49 lawsuits.

There are real Nigerian princes in the city, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t scammers.

The Briefly for July 26, 2018 – Summer Streets, Ample Hills in Red Hook, Target Apologizes, and More

Target apologizes to thin-skinned punks, Ample Hills has a new ice cream factory/store/museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built this city, Yelp is including health inspection ratings, and more.

Are you sitting down? Rent for one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the decline according to Zumper’s summer report.

One of Manhattan’s original survey bolts from 1811 is still embedded in a rock in Central Park but it’s location remains a secret to protect it from being damaged, destroyed, or removed.

A guide to Summer Streets, from Curbed.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.” Sean Spicer’s book tour stop in the city didn’t go as planned.

More than 90 percent of the people busted in the city for marijuana possession in the 2018 were people of color. The city’s new policy on pot arrests takes effect in September.

A dead body was found near Trump’s gold course in the Bronx.

Dov Bechhofer, a radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, is suspended while the hospital investigates accusations of having white supremacist views.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 164th and Amsterdam, Gotham is at W 36th and 5th, Netflix and Marvel’s The Punisher is at Butler St and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The legal questions around CBD, answered by Gothamist.

The city’s next big food hall will be at LaGuardia Airport.

NYCHA admitted it’s non-compliance on many issues after years of lying.

Target apologized for your hurt feelings about its one day nod to CBGB during the store opening in the East Village.

This exhibition has everything. Cryptocurreny. Bushwick. Blockchain. Missing vowels in a company’s name. UGH.

Governor Cuomo blames Marty Golden for state Republicans’ inability to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. Golden claims to support the bill, but his support has been all talk and no action.

Yelp now has health scores for restaurants in the city. “Grade Pending” is replaced by “Z,” which indicates failure.

Only five stations are handicap accessible on the J, Z, M, and L trains in Brooklyn, buses have traditionally been talked about as an alternative, but have had increasingly poor service.

Ample Hills’ new ice cream factory, museum, and store in Red Hook opens today.

If it was tall and made of iron, it was likely built by Brooklyn’s Mohawk Native American ironworkers who are still contributing to the city’s skyline today.

Scott Michael Johnson is the 1,642 identified victim in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His remains were identified using DNA testing.

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.