The Briefly for August 13, 2018 – Machete Bandit, Subway Platforms are Boiling, No More Watchtower Sign, and More

The city’s Subway platforms are regularly over 100 degreees, the Watchtower sign overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park can’t be replaced, and more in the NYC news digest.

The temperature on subway platforms regularly comes close to 100 and when the Regional Plan Association tested last week, Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall were over 100, with Penn Station’s 2/3 platform and Times Square sitting 99.

One portion of the Uber “cap” that passed the City Council last week was a minimum wage for drivers. Despite the growth of Lyft and Uber, the median hourly earning of a driver was $14.25. The new $17.22/hour wage brings drivers in line with the minimum wage that the state is moving towards while also taking considerations into the cost of driving the cars themselves. 40% of drivers qualify for Medicaid and 18% for food stamps.

The “zombie” raccoon problem persists in Central Park. The city is warning dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes to prevent from from catching distemper from the trash pandas.

Vegan tacos in Brooklyn? Brokelyn runs down the best you can find.

New ferry schedules are available for preview on the Soundview and Lower East Side routes. Each runs once every 30 minutes during work hours and hourly at nights and on weekends. The Soundview line starts operating this week.

Jim Allen, thirty-year pianist at Marie’s Crisis Cafe, lost his battle with cancer at 52.

NYPD are looking for the “Machete Bandit,” who robbed six women who were walking alone between 29th Street and 43rd Street in Astoria.

Is Instagram culture ruining sushi?

The Commuter’s Lament” poetic installation between Times Square and the Port Authority has lost its humor in 2018.

The MTA had their stupidest idea ever to stop subway car graffiti in 1981.

Filming around town: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahanis at Lorimer St and Calyer St in Brooklyn and also Waverly Pl and Macdougal St, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Walnut Ave and E 136th St in the Bronx, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W. 81st and Central Park West, Leave Not One Behind is at 2nd and Bowery, Orange Is The New Black is at 33rd St and 30th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 23rd Ave and 37th St in Astoria, Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 51st and Park and 58th and 6th Ave, Law and Order: SVU is at Pierpont St and Montague St in Brooklyn, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 17th and 3rd.

Over 10% of privately owned rental housing in Bushwick had serious violations between 2016 and 2017.

Mayor de Blasio says the city will “aggressively enforce the current policy” regarding the 90 degree cap on carriage horses operating in Central Park but his record on keeping promises when it comes to those horses is already full of failures.

State Sen. Simcha Felder lost his attempt to throw his primary challenger off the ballot for using a middle name. “Blake Morris” will appear on the ballot instead of “Lawrence Blake Morris” thanks to the Marty Markowitz defense.

A series of tragic actions lead to the death of 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden on Central Park West. She was biking in the bike lane when an Uber double parked ahead of her. To get around the illegally parked car, she merged into traffic and was hit by Felipe Chairez, who was driving a Mellifont Construction Corp private sanitation truck while under the influence. A protected bike lane would have prevented her death.

Ben Shapiro, an insufferable asshole who is not running for Congress, challenged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate and offered her campaign $10,000 to do so. She said no and likened being catcalled, calling it an “unsolicited request from men with bad intentions.” Shapiro, of course, missed the point of the metaphor and likened Ocasio-Cortez’ challenge to Joe Crowley, who she was actually running against in the primary, catcalling.

The “Watchtower” sign that once overlooked Brooklyn Bridge Park can’t be replaced because it was illegal the whole time. The developer who purchased the buildings are appealing the city’s decision.

Halloween comes earlier and earlier each year.


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The Briefly for July 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th, the Weekend in Subway Delays, Take A Nap, and More

The weekend’s subways are a mess, Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”, dockless bike share programs are coming this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The weekend in closures, delays, and headaches for nearly every subway line. The 28th St station 6 station will be closing on Monday until December for renovations.

It’s Friday the 13th, which means $13 tattoos + $7 (minimum) tips in many parlors around the city.

The amazing story of how the gregarious Ray from Ray’s Candy Store hustled and bribed his way from the Iranian Navy to a naturalized citizen and a staple in the East Village.

Despite evidence that bike lanes have made neighborhood streets safer, the Upper East Side’s CB8 still can’t decide if it wants bike lanes after three years. Woodside will get new bike lanes on 43rd Ave and Skillman Ave this summer.

The dockless the bike share pilot neighborhoods are on pace to start this month, but not Coney Island. The city delayed the program’s rollout in the people’s playground due to construction and large summer crowds. The latter will never not be an issue.

Urby, Staten Island’s hipster apartment complex, was hit with a discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of trying to force out black residents with frivolous housing court cases.

A Queens man plead guilty to helping ISIS.

Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”

$25 buys you 45 minutes for a nap in Greenwich Village.

NYPD continue to investigate the death of Lara Prychodko, who died falling 27 stories into a trash compactor.

Will the New York Football Club end up with a new stadium in the Bronx?

The Coffee Shop in Union Square is closing in October.

Is Joe Crowley refusing to accept defeat against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Filming around town: Isn’t It Romantic w/Rebel Wilson is at 44th and Lexington this weekend, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is atAtlantic Ave and Clinton St in Brooklyn, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Court St and Pacific St in Brooklyn, John Wick 3 w/ Keanu Reeves and dog is at 8th and W 46th, and also Liberty and Nassau and Bay 23rd St and 86th St in Brooklyn this weekend, The Sun Is Also A Star is at Joralemon St and Court St in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at W 106th and Broadway, and Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at Duane and W. Broadway. Busy shooting day in the city.

New York, despite Hollywood’s assumptions, we are not a city full of alleys. Look closer at Cortland Alley, the most filmed in alley in the city.

The best eggplant parms in the city, according to Gothamist.

Governor Cuomo says the city should pay half of the more than $30 billion of the state’s “Fast Track” program, as if the city isn’t roughly 50% of the state already.

The lieutenant governor race is getting nasty with Kathy Hochul criticizing Jumaane Williams, her opponent in the September primary, over not constantly supporting abortion rights.

Homeless Girl Scout Troop 6000 is expanding to all 5 boroughs.

Noted LIRR racist Edward Ruggiero plead guilty to aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct.

The video of an attempted hit on the son of a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in the Bronx is insane. Stop, drop, and roll appears to work for multiple scenarios.

Six ducklings were rescued by the FDNY after falling down a drain on Roosevelt Island and have been reunited with their mom.


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The Breifly for July 12, 2018 – Manhattanhenge, Another NYCHA Disgrace, Ocasio-Cortez Wins Twice, and More

Everything is aligned in Manhattan, a set of 31-foot fingernails comes to Times Square, NYCHA embarrasses the city again, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Manhattanhenge returns tonight at 8:20 and tomorrow night at 8:21.

Movimiento Cosecha shut down Amazon’s book store on 34th in protest of their supplying ICE with surveillance equipment.

Another NYCHA embarrassment. Dozens of apartments lost gas in the Rockaways last week and officials are estimating it could take up to two months to fix. In the meantime, they are distributing single-pot hot plates.

The best vegan pizza in the city, according to amNewYork.

Without a dedicated bus lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, the DOT’s shuttle bus plan for the L shutdown is a recipe for gridlockpocalypse.

“Careless cooking” caused a four-alarm fire at Szechuan Gourmet on 39th.

Marty Golden has come to his senses and is calling for the state senate to reconvene to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. While Golden looks good in this moment, do not forget that his refusal to back the commonsense put the senate in a place where it had to be reconvened.

Eater updated their map of legit happy hour deals.

Meet Mary French, the woman archiving New York City’s 140 cemeteries.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a second primary that she wasn’t involved in. The same night of her Democratic win in the 14th district, she also won the primary for the Reform Party in the 15th district with nine write-in votes. She declined the nomination.

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Planned Parenthood endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor, citing his experience. “We need an experienced leader who will fight to protect New Yorkers from federal attacks on our rights an values.” -Robin Chappell Golston, Planed Parenthood President

Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million, roughly 1% of his net worth. Is setting bail another way that the 1% receives preferential treatment?

Help liberate NYC from broken AC on the subway with Gothamist’s #WetheCommuters campaign.

The major power outage in Dyker Heights was caused by a ConEd worker who damaged equipment during routine maintenance.

City Winery will need a new home by 2020 to avoid being demolished by Mickey Mouse.

Legionnaires’ disease hit multiple people in lower Washington Heights in the last week with no reported deaths. If you have pneumonia-like symptoms, see a doctor asap.

A set of 31-foot long fingernails are the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Shridhar Chillal hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.