The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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The Briefly for August 7, 2018 – An L Train Shutdown Preview, Mayor Signs Airbnb Bill, and More

The L train will shut down for fifteen weekends before the actual shutdown, the East Flatbush nail salon protests mirror the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Cynthia Nixon has a date and time for a debate if Cuomo wants to show up, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The state’s adversarial stance against Spectrum is changing how Governor Cuomo is covered by NY1.

The L will shutdown on FIFTEEN weekends between now and the L shutdown, including this weekend.

Here’s a clearer picture of the racist idiots from Identity Europa that protested in Fort Tryon Park to end immigration “invasion.” Credit to Uptown Collective for capturing images of their faces.

The ten bast spots for an under-the-radar picnic, from 6sqft.

An MTA bus driver was arrested for driving a bus into a row of cars while extremely drunk. How drunk was he? Two hours after his arrest his BAC was three times the legal limit.

Parking in a metered area in lower Manhattan is about to get more expensive.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Water St and Pearl St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at  Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Blacklist w/James Spaderis on Roosevelt Island, The Deuce w/James Franco is at 6th and 1st, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Vernon Blvd and 46th Ave in Long Island City, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison, Instinct w/Alan Cummingis at Flushing Ave and Navy St in Brooklyn.

There’s a date and a time for a Gubernatorial Democratic primary debate, if Andrew Cuomo decides to show up.

Tonight is the National Night Out Against Crime, with events all over the city with small fairs and barbecues. The city’s website lists every percent and the corresponding events.

The Chris Gethard Show has come to an end.

A guide to Fort Greene, from Untapped Cities.

The tensions following a fight at an East Flatbush nail salon mirrors the 1991 Crown Heights riots, sparked from tensions between the black and Asian communities after a fight in a grocery store.

Mayor de Blasio signed a bill requiring Airbnb hosts to register with the city.

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The Briefly for July 19, 2018 – The Second Avenue Subway Did Not Fix the UES’ Overcrowded Subway Problems and More

The Second Avenue subway was a bad investment, the “Oxy Doc” is guilty, Airbnb will have to turn over the names and addresses of their hosts, Cuomo is in the lead, and more in today’s NYC news digest

Central Park’s Lasker pool and ice skating rink will close in 2020 for three years while it gets a $150 million renovation.

The Second Avenue subway did not alleviate overcrowding on the Upper East Side trains. A better investment would have been upgrading the 4/5/6 line. During the average weekday rush hour in June and July of 2017, 57 scheduled trains did not run, and those trains alone could handle the current ridership of the Second Avenue subway.

The city settled a $20.8 million gender discrimination lawsuit with the New York State Nurses Association to classify nursing as “physically taxing” work, which qualifies nurses for early retirement and full pensions.

An Uber driver was caught peeing into a bottle with a rider in the car. Gross.

A bodega worker who set a mentally ill homeless man on fire is out of jail after three months served after the jury acquitted him on more serious charges.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil has used a $4 million federally funded plane “three or four times” because he’s “busy.” This was the same plane that shuttled Mayor de Blasio home from his Canadian vacation on July 5.

Airbnb will be forced to hand over the names and addresses of their hosts. Airbnb will otherwise pay $1,500 per listing (about $78 million) or the total amount of fees collected during the previous year.

BKLYNER got a sneak peek inside the Atlantic Terminal Target remodel. It looks… like a Target.

The State Senate has not reconvened to pass the Every School Speed Camera Act, which expires in less than two weeks.

“Oxy Doc” Dr. Martin Tesher was found guilty on ten counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and faces 20 years to life when sentences.

Filming around town: Happy! w/Christopher Meloni is at 66th and West End Ave, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on Bleecker and 6th, The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at 51st and Madison, Showtime’s Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30th and 6th, and Law and Order: SVU is at E 120th and 3rd.

Robert Owens, a truck driver who hit and killed biker Heather Lough in the Bronx two years ago, will pay a $1,088 fine and face a 75-day license suspension and face no jail time as part of a plea deal.

MSG unveiled a piano and plaque to commemorate Billy Joel’s 100th concert at the venue.

The city and state are suing the justice department over the ICE strings attached to public safety grants.

After $465 million in renovations, the Javits Center’s roof is still leaking.

Girl Scout Troop 6000 expanded city-wide thanks to a $1 million investment form the city and now has over 500 girls and women participating in the program.

Big Bush Park in Woodside is open after a $1.8 million renovation.

*Jerry Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with all these primary elections in the city? Speaking of primaries, Governor Cuomo has a 36 point lead over Cynthia Nixon in the democratic primary for governor.

Chinatown’s Doyers St is getting a mural to resemble 200 foot-long multi-colored flying dragon. “Murder Alley” has come a long way.

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