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.

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.