The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 18, 2018 – 80 Flatbush, Coney Island, the Hottest Subway Car, a New Challenge to the Governor, and more

The Mermaid Parade in review, the latest on 80 Flatbush, the hottest car to hit the rails, and more in the city’s news roundup.

The only Mermaid Parade gallery of photos you’ll ever need.

What are the colors of the city? Color Factory, the Smithsonian, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum have teamed up in “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” a new installation in the back garden at Cooper Hewitt. Admission to see The Color Walk is free.

The latest Mobility Report is bleak. Transit ridership is getting smaller and the average speed on the streets are showing it. The population, employment, and tourism rise in 2017 while subway and bus ridership fell. Ride-hailing might be growing, but it’s not helping congestion.

Bushwick Daily continues to show that Bushwick has happy hours with your time with the latest in their happy hour series based on subway stops on the L with a focus on the Morgan Ave stop.

One of the biggest fights in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future will be about 80 Flatbush. The proposal is for two buildings, one 38 stories and the other 74 (as tall as the Chrysler Building), would include 700 apartments, 200 permanently affordable apartments, a 15k square foot “cultural space,” 40k square feet of retail, and two schools.

Coney Island’s Shore Theater is becoming a seven story hotel. Coney Island could have had a theater that would if it was restored.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 10th and W 25th, John Wick 3 is at 44th and 7th, Ray Donovan is near Washington Square Park, and The Deuce is at 4th and 43rd in Brooklyn.

The never-ending construction on the 2/3 actually has an end. Weekend and weeknight service will be restored by June 25. Only one more week…

The stories of the Sing for Hope pianos in each neighborhood’s local news sites has been a delight. This one is from the Times Ledger and tells the story of the Paul Raymond Playground in Astoria’s piano.

New York’s hottest subway car is 1872 in the 1. It has everything. Sweltering people, panting dogs, melting popsicles, and a faulty HVAC that doesn’t have a backup system.

Residents and participants are unhappy about the last-minute changes to the Pride parade’s route and staging area.

Public service announcement: If you have an unlimited MetroCard, it’s legal to swipe other people in for free.

Takeru Kobayashi returned to Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade to eat some hot dogs in a non-competitive fashion. He was at the Feltman’s of Coney Island, which has no connection to the original Feltman’s of Coney Island.

Move over Cynthia Nixon, because a new challenger has arrived. Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor and a former top Democrat official, is making a run for Governor as an independent.


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