The Briefly for October 12, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Biggie Smalls Way, the NYPD’s Lasso Gun, and More

The MTA is still expecting a half billion dollar plus budget gap by 2022, 13 haunted NYC locations, the city’s teachers have a new contract, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Seriously, today is the deadline for voter registration if you’re going to vote in the November 6 election, and you’re going to vote in the election, right? Right? (amNY)

Plan ahead, because the MTA planned another game of “is my subway running this weekend?” All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

MetroCard Vending Machines will be unable to take credit or debit cards starting tonight at midnight until tomorrow at 5am. Just another headache to add to your weekend transit nightmare.

Community Board 7 requested a two way protected bike lane on Central Park West. This is a direct response t the death of Australian Tourist Madison Jane Lyden. (West Side Rag)

What did the city get for the $4.5 billion spent on the Hudson Yards? (Gothamist)

The MTA is ready to build four new Metro North Stations in the East Bronx, but Amtrak is holding the project hostage, demanding a ransom of “access fees” for the use of their rails. The MTA is already paying $1 billion to upgrade the system. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The secrets of the former Bell Labs Research Facility, now known as the Westbeth Artist Housing. (Untapped Cities)

A garbage truck hit and killed a 37-year-old man on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Thursday morning. The driver, Aaron Gilchrist, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and failure to exercise due care. (NY Post)

You can’t bike the perimeter of Manhattan because of multiple gaps in the greenway. The city is planning to invest a quarter billion dollars to close that loop and add 15 new acres of open space. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021. (6sqft)

NYPD officer Vincenzo Trabolse was caught on video repeatedly punching and tasing a 24-year-old William Colon, who has severe medical issues and was in handcuffs at the time. An internal affairs investigation has been opened. (Gothamist)

The same artist who got the city to install the “Respect” tributes to Aretha Franklin is trying to get St. James Place between Gates Ave and Fulton Street Christopher Wallace Way after Biggie Smalls. (Brooklyn Paper)

“Despite an infusion of $836 million in state and city funds, there has been little improvement so far in subway service.” -NYC Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Despite fare increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA is projecting a budget gap that will balloon to over half a billion dollars by 2022, and that doesn’t include the $40 billion needed to enact the fabled 10-year Fast-Forward plan. (NY Post)

How much waste is created by one Manhattan loft renovation? No matter how much you guess, the answer will be more. (Gothamist)

The 13 places in the city you didn’t know were haunted. (Thrillist)

The NYPD is testing a “lasso gun” to use to subdue suspects. (Gothamist)

The city and the United Federation of Teachers reached a preliminary $2.1 billion, 43-month contract that will include more money for hard-to-staff positions, pre-screening of teachers, a $25k innovation fund per school, and more. (Politico)


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The Briefly for October 5, 2018 – RIP Ms Colombia, A Weekend of Parades, 7 and L Train Closures, and More

No 7 train to Comic Con, RIP to an NYC LGBTQ icon, a century of Italian bread in the Bronx, lots of street closures due to parades and festivals and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Don’t expect to take the 7 to Comic Con this weekend, because it’s not running. (Gothamist) The mini-L train shutdown continues this weekend and every weekend in October.

For the longest time it was a rite of passage to come across Ms Colombia, resplendent in wild colors and bird on her head. Ms Colombia was found in the waters off Jacob Riis Park on Wednesday morning at 3:30am. She was 64. (Gothamist)

This week end is busy with parades and festivals, which means lots of street closures. Oktoberfest, Nigerian Independence Parade, “Weekend Walks,” Korean Parade, the Upper Broadway Fall Festival, Pulaski Memorial Parade, and the list keeps going and going. (Curbed)

JFK is getting a $13 billion overhaul. Here’s what to expect. (NY Post)

Looking to get out of the city? Try Staten Island! All kidding aside, the best things to do in Snug Harbor. (Brokelyn)

The Red Cat in Chelsea is closing after twenty years. The owner and chef Jimmy Bradley is “ready for a change.” (Eater)

A salute to Madonia, the Italian bakery in the Bronx celebrating 100 years. If you want the pretzels, they only bake them on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (NY Times)

The Department of Justice is still trying to deport Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza delivery worker detained by ICE. (Gothamist)

The city is working to preserve the Garment District, but manufacturers predict Sunset Park will be the new actual Garment District thanks to a city project at Bush Terminal. (6sqft)

An update on Wednesday’s fire in the East Village from Carlina Rivera, City Council member.

Harvey Weinstein, out on $1 million bail, made a reservation at Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo. What a pair. Maybe they caught an impromptu Louis C.K. set afterwards and watched some Cosby Show. (Eater)

The 11 best milkshake spots in the city. (Gothamist)

The Slice Out Hunger event on October 10 will offer some of the city’s best slices for only a dollar and proceeds will be split between City Harvest and The Sylvia Center. (Gothamist)


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The Briefly for September 5, 2018 – Is The World Ready for Aaron Sorkin’s Lee Harper’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ on Broadway?

To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong are two new shows coming to Broadway this year, half the G train will shut down on weekends this month, paying tribute to Kenny Shopsin, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Half the G train is shutting down this weekend, and every weekend until Columbus Day. Buses will replace the G train between Bedford-Nostrand Ave and Court Square.

Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace tops New York City’s affordable neighborhoods, as weighed by Localize.city. Second place on the list is Roosevelt Island.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “King Kong,” and “The Cher Show” are three of the new shows coming to Broadway this year.

The best art exhibits to see at New York City museums this fall, according to amNY.

A woman on probation for animal cruelty pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her Jackson Heights home last week. Elizabeth Grant was convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty for failing to take care of her 54 cats and dogs.

An ambulette collided with an electric scooter in the Bronx early Tuesday and killed the 25-year-old driver of the scooter and hurt a 42-year-old passenger.

Eater pays tribute to Kenny Shopsin of Shopsin’s General Store.

The Church of God of East Flatbush is getting into the real estate business. The church purchased two blocks on land for $8 million seven years ago and will build a new church and 531 units of affordable housing.

With the new school year restarts the debate about the SHSAT. The New York Times solicited stories from its readers about the admissions test.

Two years after Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in prisons, no findings or recommendations have been made.

Manhattanites are raising funds for laundry gift certificates to help homeless students this school year.

Executive Producer Dick Wolf is at it again.

Will he or won’t he? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t endorsed a candidate for Governor.

At least 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have been stricken with breast cancer, defying astronomical odds. Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke form the attack.

George C. Parker is one of many men who “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge so the potential buyer could build toll booths since it’s construction in 1883. 135 years later and still no tolls.


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