The Briefly for June 13, 2018 – Fair Fares, Placard Reform, Keeping Chickens in Brooklyn, and More

Low-income New Yorkers will finally have a chance to get subsidized MetroCards thanks to the city’s budget, Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivering food to the Fort Hamilton army base, and more

Brownstoner has instructions on how to keep chickens in your Brooklyn backyard. Perhaps there’s a step by step set of instructions on how to not be a stereotype.

Cobble Hill gained a ten-foot-tall statue of Pablo Picasso wearing flip flops mowing grass by Elliott Arkin. The Spanish Gardener was unveiled by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets and remains there until July 15.

Fair Fares is finally a reality. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson reached an agreement on funding half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

“I feel like Brooklyn has been in my DNA since Welcome Back Kotter. I love you all so very much, thank you for giving me such a foundation for my career.” John Travolta day was a hell of a party.

IHOb’s burgers are… decent. Stick to pancakes.

The New York Transit Museum’s annual Parade of Trains is this weekend. Six different lines will sport vintage cars.

CUNY is renaming its journalism school after Craig Newmark. His $20 million donation helped.

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Astoria Blvd and 27th St in Astoria, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 4th and the Bowery.

It’s been over a year since Mayor de Blasio pledged to “crack down” on parking placard abuse, and there aren’t many signs of change.

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris plead guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and witness tampering. Harris represented Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights and defrauded the city of $45,600 and FEMA of $25,000. She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years.

Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivery of food to the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained.

Street artist Symbol is using Monopoly cards to highlight the insane prices for commercial rents around the city.

The Briefly for June 5, 2018 – Fixing the Subways, Hipster Racist ID’d, Nutcrackers, Pianos Returns, and More

New York City Transit’s new head, Andy Byford, has an plan that calls for spending $19 billion on improving capacity and accessibility for the subways. “The Fast Forward Plan” is a ten year plan that replaces most of the signals and adding step-free stations and elevators to many stations. Of course, the city’s transit chief doesn’t work for the MTA, so these ideas are just ideas for the moment. Cynthia Nixon has a similar plan for fixing the subway, which include congestion pricing, a millionaire’s tax, and imposing fees on heavy polluters.

It’s summertime, which means Nutcrackers. What are the origins of the Nutcracker? Atlas Obscura traces them back to an Upper West Side restaurant.

A proposal from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio will allow adults to change their gender to “X” on their birth certificates. This option would become available to adults, but would not apply to newborns. There is currently an “undetermined or unknown” option available. NYC currently recognizes 31 genders.

The New York Post identified local racist Chris Giardina as the 29-year-old man caught on video throwing around the N word and other racist terms outside of Bushwick’s House of Yes. Giardina was fired from his job at MySpace NYC (it’s not THAT MySpace.)

Sanitation Salvage, the trash-hauling company who was responsible for two deaths in the last six monthsand a host of safety violations, is the subject of a ProPublica and Voice of America exposé. The company’s license has not been revoked.

Filming Around Town: John Wick 3 continues shooting at 42nd and Lexington, The Punisher is in Greenpoint, Ray Donovan is at W 133rd and 12th, Michelle Williams’s latest After the Wedding is at 4th and 2nd and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at Riverside Dr and W 120th.

Long Island City’s development boom is unstoppable, and Curbed has a map.

Woodlawn Cemetery is turning dying and dead trees into works of art.

The mayor’s proposed overhaul of the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools is going to be an enormous fight. His two-part plan aims at making the process more fair, citing that while 70% of the city’s population are black or Latino, they only make up about 10% of students at these high schools. He wants to scrap the SHSAT (Specialize High Schools Admissions Test) and expand the Discovery program. The Discovery program would set aside 20% of seats in these schools for low-income students who just missed the test cut-off.

Sing for Hope’s pianos are returning across the city. This year there are 50 pianos that will live across the city before heading to public schools in the fall.


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The Briefly for June 4, 2018 – Meet the “Mayor,” Cross-Eyed Robber, The Future of Queens Blvd, and More

Back from vacation and at the new morning publishing schedule. The Briefly returns!

The Community Service Society and their Fair Fares initiative held a “Meet the Mayor” event with Alex Low, a member of the Rider’s Alliance, sitting in for the absent mayor. Fair Fares is trying to lobbying for the city to use $212 million to subsidize MetroCards for low income New Yorkers. The Mayor has pushed back against the idea that the city should fund the subsidies. The MTA currently offers half-price fares to seniors and people with disabilities.

The Upper West Side’s cross-eyed robber has a 50% success rate.

The DOT unveiled the next stage of the redesign of Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, adding bike lanes. It’s specifically the bike lanes, that removes 220 parking spots, that lost the support Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. “I can’t go anywhere without someone complaining to me about them. Even when I’m eating in a restaurant, people come up to me constantly.”

Filming around town today: John Wick 3 is killing everyone at 42nd and Lexington through Wednesday, The Punisher is in Astoria, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at 82nd and Broadway, and Ray Donovan is at 133rd and 12th.

LICTalk is circulating that the 4th of July fireworks are going to be on the East side of Manhattan this year. Plan accordingly.

Do you know the difference between ordering a Black Cow with Choker Holes, or All Black with Glob? Atlas Obscura takes a look back at the lost lingo of New York’s soda jerks.

Your guide to Riis Park beach food from Gothamist.

Holy! The rent is too damn high in this building across the street from Zabar’s. The apartments START at $10k/month.


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