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 August 9, 2018 – Capping Uber, Rezoning Inwood, Building in Sunset Park, and More

It was a good week to get something approved by the City Council. Five regulations aimed at Uber and Lyfy, the new tech hub on 14th, and Inwood rezoning were all approved.

The City Council was approval happy this week. The City Council voted to approve the new tech hub on 14th St near Union Square.

The City Council approved five measures aimed at Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The TLC will stop issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses, set a minimum wage for drivers, forces companies to provide data on usage and charges, as well as impose a fine for non-compliance.

Rezoning in Inwood was also approved, despite recent protests.

The city’s composting efforts kinda stink.

The seven best bookstores in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Upstate Congressman Christopher Collins was busted for insider trading. Collins vowed to continue his campaign for re-election in November.

Filming around town: Gotham w/Ben McKenzie is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is on Norman Ave in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 58th and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at 87th and Columbus, Law and Order: SVU is at 2727 Henry Hudson Parkway, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at Prospect St and Jay St in Brooklyn, and HBO’s High Maintance is at Eastern Parkway between Rogers and Nostrand in Brooklyn.

See the tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s nice 69th St Pier.

Sunset Park’s new mega-development is two avenues with three 18-story towers that will incorporate retail, condos, office space, restaurants, a hotel, gym with a pool, community facilities and parking. This is a separate location from Industry City and the mayor’s proposed TV/Movie studio.

The most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

The MTA is aiming to open the new second Avenue subway stations by 2027, which can only happen if construction starts next year.

Do Brooklyn’s raccoon population owe their lives to one man?

The water fountains in Roosevelt Island’s parks, with the exception of Capobianco Park, are safe meet water quality standards after previously tested with high bacteria levels.

The father of the baby found in the East River was detained in Thailand after leaving New York on Monday afternoon.

The silver lining of the L train shutdown is that Williamsburg rents are back to 2015 levels, a reduction of $250/month. Some rents are being reduced, some buildings are waiving fees, and some are offering multiple months of free rent with a long-term lease. The rent reductions are enough to pay for The New L, if you absolutely must get to Manhattan.


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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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