The Briefly for August 28, 2018 – The City’s Speed Cameras Return In Time for School

The city worked with Governor Cuomo to sidestep the State Senate to reactivate the school speed cameras in time for the start of school, the BQX trolley’s future is in doubt, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Speed cameras are coming back to the city, but without the State Senate. It’s a Rube Goldberg contraption, so listen to this: Governor Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a public safety emergency and will sign a second executive order that will allow the city to access the traffic data collected from the cameras. The city council is putting together a piece of complex legislation to reinstate the use of the data from the cameras to allow the NYPD to issue tickets to people found speeding in school zones. 133,000 drivers were found to be speeding in the first two weeks after the cameras went dark on July 25.

Eater says NYC pretzels are garbage compared to Philly’s figure 8 pretzels, and this will be the last link to Eater for the rest of the week. They are in an official time out.

Welcome2TheBronx™ has five West African restaurant suggestions in the Bronx.

Without federal funding, Mayor de Blasio’s BQX trolley pet project is DOA. The federal government has only issued $25 million of the $1.4 trillion in funds allocated for new transportation projects in 2018.

The future of Coney Island’s Abe Stark ice rink is in doubt. The city has already signed off on demolishing the building and considering allowing a private developer to rebuild it, but hasn’t announced a decision yet.

Get mad at Brokelyn, because they probably forgot your favorite record store in their 10 best record stores in Brooklyn.

Airbnb is suing the city saying the new disclosure law aimed at short-term rentals is a violation of Airbnb user privacy, calling it systemic, ongoing, bulk surveillance.

Liberty Island was evacuated after a hundred pound propane tank caught fire. The island was evacuated and one person was injured.

Hank’s Saloon will close on Atlantic Ave, but they will be opening a new location inside a new Downtown Brooklyn food hall. If that doesn’t sound like the Hank’s you know and love, you’d be right. “We can never recreate Hank’s as it is now, nor should we” reads the Facebook post. The new venue will also have live music.

10 minutes of 1970s and 1980s NYC commercials.

Sad to report that the cat who functioned as the mascot of Coney Island’s 60th precinct was hit by a car and killed. RIP Marty.

Today starts the city’s regulation on smoking in apartment buildings. As of today, Local Law 147 mandates a smoking or no smoking policy has to be clearly posted in the building.

The 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway B/C station is set to reopen over Labor Day weekend. The 86th and 72nd Street stations are still closed and being serviced by the MTA’s ghost bus.


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The Briefly for August 27 ,2018 – Get Ready for the Governors Island Mall and Hotel Complex

The city is looking to rezone Governors Island, the Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting a restoration, the zip code with the highest rent is in Manhattan and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Because nothing is safe from development, the city is looking to rezone Governors Island.

Reminder: The 167th St B/D station closes today for renovation

Quickly, name a park in the city that’s named for a poet (not Shakespeare).

Private garbage hauler Sanitation Salvage’s license has been suspended following two deaths due to dangerous working conditions over a six month timeframe.

Two city buses were sprayed with a noxious substance this week. Are we living in a Batman movie?

The New York Times has discovered Coney Island’s Brooklyn Cyclones. No one tell them about the Staten Island Yankees.

Five Brooklyn bars that are as pretty as their happy hour prices, according to Brokelyn.

Eating an oyster from New York’s waterways isn’t a great idea today, but New York was once the oyster capital of the world.

How to legally party in the city’s parks.

Battery Park has the most expensive rent in any zip code in the United States. 26 of the top 50 zip codes are in Manhattan.

Streetsblog takes a look at three different ways the MTA’s finances are screwed.

The New York Times takes to look at the cozy history of Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump.

The Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting an $8.9 million restoration, which will include a cleaning, repairs, and updated lighting.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez introduced a bill that would prohibit ICE and boarder patrol from wearing uniforms that use the word “police” in order to easily distinguish the difference between local police and federal immigration officers.

City Councilman Mark Levine is urging the city Parks Department to terminate its contracts with businesses owned by President Donald Trump.

14 of Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite West African eateries in NYC.

A cop who has been held up as a model example of NYPD diversity was arrested for allegedly forcibly touching two people — including the wife of a police sergeant. Whoops.

Part of Julie Salazar’s platform for state senate is decriminalizing prostitution, repealing the state’s loitering for prostitution law, and repealing the prostitution exception in New York’s rape shield law, and has the support of current and former sex workers while canvassing. Salzar’s opponent, incumbent Martin Malave Dilan, says he is open to discussions about it.

I live completely rent-free in dream destinations by pet-sitting” is the new “A Week In New York City On $25/Hour And $1k Monthly Allowance.”


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The Briefly for August 24, 2018 – No M Train This Weekend, the Central Park Ghost Bus, A City of Vigilantes, and More

Park Slope’s Ninth St redesign is almost complete, Marty Golden has a hall of fame worthy bad idea, a Queens chef wins ‘Chopped,’ and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no M train this weekend, the 167th St B/D station will be closing until January starting on Monday, but this weekend is not an L train mini shutdown. 6sqft has all this weekend’s subway changes.

Waave is a new yellow taxi-hailing app that will be available next week. $0.50 from each ride through Waave goes to the MTA and $0.30 will go towards the Taxi Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to adding more handicapped accessible cabs. Get used to saying “it’s like wave, but with two-a’s”

The man who has terrorizing an E 72nd St apartment building, Farris Koroma, turned himself in. Koroma had fired a gun at the building multiple times from Roosevelt Island.

The L4 is a new bus route aimed at easing the L train shutdown. It will originate neat the Bedford stop on the L, go over the Williamsburg Bridge, go up First Avenue in Manhattan to 14th, and turn down Second Avenue to head back to Brooklyn. This is the fourth new bus route specifically for the shutdown.

This might be in the hall of fame for bad ideas. State Senator Marty Golden plans to introduce legislation that would pay bystanders $500 when they help police when they having “violent confrontations with people resisting lawful arrest.” Break out your nunchucks, because vigilante justice is starting to pay!

Park Slope’s Ninth Street redesign is almost complete, which is about six months from the fatal accident that sparked the calls for a protected bike lane and narrowed traffic lanes. How did it get done so quickly? Being a few blocks form the mayor’s house may have helped.

John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole (for the tenth time).

Is the Central Park West shuttle bus a ghost?

Daniel Jackson, a 39-year-old FDNY lieutenant, has been arrested and faces suspension for punching his wife in the face and throwing her into the bushes near their Bronx home.

Luna Park in Coney Island announced an expansion, which won’t be ready until 2020. Rumor has it that the amusement park’s current employees weren’t told about the expansion.

Go down under with these 13 good Australian cafes in NYC, from Curbed.

David Waldman, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office, pleaded guilty to an “extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign”—which started in 2014. He will be sentenced in November. He was in a relationship with the woman he was harassing for four months before he started his four year campaign against her.

One of Spa Castle’s owners, David Chon, pleaded guilty to attempted tax fraud charges, and Spa Castle will have to pay $2.5 million for cheating the system by under-reporting income.

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale.


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