The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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The Briefly for August 15, 2018 – Hang Out with Dogs, El Chapo Shuts Down the Brooklyn Bridge, and More

Every time El Chapo is in court, the Brooklyn Bridge has to be shut down, the Pulaski Bridge is closing at night, the MTA wants body cameras, the insane parking in Bushwick, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Hang out with dogs without being life partners with one, a guide from Brokelyn.

If you want to support former-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, you can rent an apartment from him for $25,000 a month.

Just in case getting around the city was too easy, the Pulaski Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens will be closed to cars, buses, pedestrians, and bikes between midnight and 5am every weekday until September 7.

City Council Member Helen Rosenthal is calling on the city to install a two-way protected bike lane on Central Park West after a garbage truck driver struck and killed 23-year-old Australian tourist Madison Lyden.

According to the DOT “132,253 drivers have been observed through Friday, August 10th exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour during school hours.” The city can no longer issue tickets to people who speed in school zones with cameras because the State Senate has been impotent to reauthorize the Every School Speed Camera Act.

The sets of yellow footprints on a C train have been seen for the last three months have not inspired confidence in the MTA’s ability to clean its subway cars.

Despite the raising minimum wage and displayed calorie counts, fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A are thriving throughout the city.

Despite his primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s weird election laws will ensure that Joe Crowley’s name is still on the ballot for the general election.

Candytopia is the latest eye-rolling Instagram-trap dressed up like an interactive art installation.

Did Andrew Cuomo promise Donald Trump he wouldn’t run against him in 2020? Cuomo says no, Trump says yes.

Six unique New York stories, from Great Big Story.

Ever wonder how the dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History get clean? Wonder no more!

An unidentified body was discovered in the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. NYPD are investigating, but have not released any other information.

Agostinho Sinclair, 41, of Far Rockaway, was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operator after hitting an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle on Monday. The boy is in stable condition.

A female professor at NYU has been suspended for the coming academic year after an 11-month Title IX investigation found that she had sexually harassed, both physically and verbally, one of her former male students.

El Chapo is being held in a high-security federal prison in Lower Manhattan, but each time he has to appear in court in Brooklyn, the entire Brooklyn Bridge needs to be cleared of all cars. When the trial begins in November, both sides of the bridge may become the city’s latest commuting nightmare.

The MTA is calling for voluntary body cameras to help identify people who assault MTA workers. Bus and subway worker harassment has increased 11% in the last year, which included the recent story of a woman attacking a subway conductor.

Why bother with alternate side parking rules when you can just park directly in the middle of the street?


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The Briefly for July 11, 2018 – Changes to the Brooklyn Bridge, New Yorkers Don’t Get Enough Sleep, and more

It’s free Slurpee day, how to survive and thrive in the city’s pools, don’t eat the Gowanus Canal crabs, did the mayor illegally cross the US/Mexico border, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

It’s free Slurpee day, don’t forget.

PTSD in civilian 9/11 rescue and recovery workers is linked to heart attack and stroke risks, according to an American Heart Association study. This is the first link discovered between PTSD and heart disease.

Generation Q, a new LGBTQ youth center, opened in Forest Hills.

Mayor de Blasio claims his administration will “eradicate this problem once and for all,” which is difficult to believe, because this wasn’t a priority until it came under scrutiny by local media. NYC Transit president Andy Byford finally had a 90-minute meeting with the Mayor on Monday after six months on the job. It was during a NY Times profile of Byford that it had come up that he was unable to get time with the mayor. More media coverage which jolted the mayor into action.

Did the mayor cross the US/Mexico border illegally?

Will Governor Cuomo sign a bill that would prevent him from using MTA funding as a state slush fund? The Governor has diverted half a billion dollars away from the MTA and it’s hard to ignore the current state of the system. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now it’s up to the Governor to do the right thing.

Throggs Neck has a new farmer’s market every Tuesday through November 13th.

Will rezoning Inwood push out small businesses and lead to gentrification?

Angry Bob Holden is finding out being a city councilperson is more nuanced than he imagined. Holden represents the NIMBY neighborhoods of Middle Village, Maspeth, and Glendale. The Village Voice profiled him and his struggles to transition from civic leader to politician.

The DOT submitted design alterations to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Landmarks Preservations Commission, which will revamp the bridge’s towers and fix up the arch blocks on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and badly need repair. No timetable has been announced, but expect this to take many years.

Untapped Cities was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hudson Yards as construction heads towards a finish in 2019.

It’s hard to believe that people will still fish in the Gowanus Canal while it’s being dredged, but this is the world we live in.

Filming around town: The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is still around 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at 33rd St and 36th Ave in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Duane and W. Broadway, and Otherhood is at Grand and Allen.

Disney is selling their buildings on the Upper West Side for a massive amount of money and moving to Four Hudson Square in Greenwich Village with a 99 year lease.

Take a tour of the brand new portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3, courtesy of Curbed.

42 percent of New Yorkers have reported sleep problems and it would be less if those kids next door ever stopped screaming and stomping around!

What happened when Feminist Apparel’s staffed discovered CEO Alan Martofel’s history of sexually abusing women? He fired everyone on his staff who asked for his resignation.

A guide to survive and thrive in the city’s pools.

One fifth of licensed food trucks in the city go un-inspected because they can’t be found, and that’s why the city wants to add GPS devices to trucks to better track their locations. Opponents of the plan worry it would be used by the federal government against immigrant vendors.

If you’re looking for an eternal home, there’s a vault deep within St. Patrick’s’ catacombs that can be yours for only $7 million.


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