The Briefly for September 6, 2018 – A New Entrance to Penn Station, Ice Cream Noise Complaints, and More

Is Governor Cuomo’s endorsement toxic? Ice cream trucks generate over 1,000 noise complaints/year, Staten Island’s ferris wheel’s future is in question, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A ballot initiative in November will give voters the option to lower the maximum donation in city elections from $5,100 to $2,000.

There were 1,279 ice cream truck noise complaints in the last year.

Does New York City needs the BQX? Curbed asks if the $2.7 billion streetcar project is worth the price after the recent revision to the plan.

The governor is rumored to announce a new entrance to Penn Station on Thursday morning. 650,000 use Penn Station on a daily basis and that number is expected to double in the next 15 years.

A flight from Dubai to JFK touched down with multiple people sick with flu-like symptoms. One of the people trapped on the “flu plane” was Vanilla Ice.

The World Trade Center/Cortland St subway stop opens this Saturday.

The culture is double parking!” Inwood’s bike lane drama is getting complicated.

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” has an origin story in NYC classrooms.

Landlords in the city owe more than $1.5 billion in fines. Kushner Companies owes the city over $500,000 alone.

The New York Wheel, Staten Island’s giant ferris wheel, may never be built. The contractor walked off the job in May and the whole project has become a series of lawsuits. The original plan had the wheel opening in October 2016 and costing $250 million. The current estimate is $600 million and it’s unknown if it will ever be built.

The Supreme Court decision that allowed government workers to not pay union dues is costing the city’s unions over $100,000 a week.

Will Governor Cuomo’s endorsement hurt Leticia James’s bid for Attorney General?

This year’s cronut is Duck’s Eatery’s smoked watermelon “ham.” Each costs $75 and they’re sold out through November.

The largest state park in New York City will open next summer in Brooklyn and will be named after Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.

LIRR delays are the worst they’ve been in over 18 years. The MTA is fine.

Passenger service ended sixty five years ago on Staten Island’s North Shore Branch and there are still ghosts of the rail line marking the island.


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The Briefly for August 2, 2018 – New Ferry Routes, Turnstile Jumping Policy Change, $2,000 Pizza, and More

A new bill will try to defend the SHSAT from Mayor de Blasio, the West Village’s serial farter is back, NYPD parking in bike lanes, two new ferry routes will debut this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A new bill would preserve the SHSAT, which the mayor signaled out as something he wanted to eliminate in order to boost racial diversity within the city’s eight specialized high schools.

Curbed lays out the case for congestion pricing.

The West Village’s serial farter has returned!

Robert Martinez was killed when a tire came off a private sanitation truck and hit his 2003 Chevy Tracker. The sanitation company, Century Waste Services, has a spotty safety record, cited 76 times since 2016 for a number of safety concerns including “loose and/or missing” wheel fasteners in February.

New ferry routes will launch at the end of the month. The Soundview route will launch August 15 and stop at Clason Point Park, E 90th St, # 34th St and Wall St/Pier 11. The Lower East Side Route launches August 29 and will stop at Wall St/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuvesant Cove, and Long Island City.

The Bronx’s four new Metro North Stations that are coming to Co-op City, Parkchester, Morris Park, and Hunts Point have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

10 secrets of Washington Square Park, from 6sqft.

Great Jones Cafe has no plans to reopen after owner Jim Moffett’s death last month.

This year’s ridiculously priced food item is Industry Kitchen’s $2,000 pizza. If you’re looking to eat an average month’s rent for a one-bedroom in Red Hook, this is your pizza.

The Bronx’s NYPD Capt. Emilio Melendez was caught on video destroying a sidewalk memorial. While not illegal, it certainly won’t help build bridges with the neighborhood.

Filming around town: Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at Dobbins and Nassau Ave, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 39 Ave and 212 St in Queens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at Montaque St and Hicks St in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at 70th Ave and Juno St in Forest Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at Centre St and Chambers St.

Porch Life, a public art project from Music Box Village, is bringing a musical architecture installation to the Coney Island boardwalk this weekend.

The final season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ will air this fall, including an episode dedicated to the Lower East Side and the East Village.

The NYPD will no longer arrest people who jump subway turnstiles who already have an open summons as of August 1. The new policy dictates the officers will issue a second summons.

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. avoided a fine for misusing government resources by promising to stop using his work email address to send his opinionated newsletters.

What is the point of the city installing bike lanes if the NYPD not only won’t enforce cars blocking them, but regularly park there themselves?

French artist JR has a new mural at the corner of Great Jones and Bowery.

50 outdoor art installations not to miss in August, according to Untapped Cities.

“I’m not a Queens bitch, I’m a Bronx bitch.” –Malikah George, while taking a plea deal for crashing her car, fleeing the scene, and hand off her one-year-old to a stranger.


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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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