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 3, 2018 – Illness, Microbes, and Epidemics Shaped Our City

It’s legal to take your dog on public transit in an emergency, the Lower East Side Mall expands, the Central Park Squirrel Census, neighborhoods for bookworms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Presidential Alert System will be tested at 2:18pm today. If you have a phone that can receive text messages, you’ll be receiving a message. Three New Yorkers are fighting today’s test in court. (NY Post)

How illness, microbes, and epidemics designed New York City. (Curbed)

A NIMBY lawsuit is aimed at trying to stop the addition of bus priority lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk expansions, and anything else that might be helpful during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The check is no longer in the mail. Vanessa Bandie, Lauren Johnson, Paul Daniels, and James Black were charged in connection with stealing more than $29,000 from checks in the mail (BKLYNER).

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought on any public transit during an emergency. (NY Post)

If you left your gun in the Lambs Club bathroom last week, the NYPD has your gun. (Eater)

A 9-year-old girl was sitting on her window-mounted air conditioner when it fell out of the sixth floor and she followed down to the second story roof of a day care next to her building. She survived and suffered a broken ankle. (Daily News)

Rent increases have gone into effect for rent-stabilized apartments, after the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes. One-year leases will increase 1.5% and two-year leases will increase 2.5%. (Curbed)

The city’s 20 premiere pastry shops. (Eater)

After a third daylight shooting in three months near the Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a meeting to prevent future violence. (BKLYNER)

The Central Park Squirrel Census needs volunteers! (amNY)

An accident in Brooklyn turned into a wild gunpoint kidnapping and extortion that ended on an eighth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio created a new position in his administration, a chief democracy officer, whose job it will be to get people registered to vote and civil participation. Critics warn that the $165k/year job is a waste of money, similar to the “night mayor,” who is paid $130k/year. (NY Post)

If you have thoughts on the proposed 40-story jail that Mayor de Blasio wants to put on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, . You can email boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov (Brooklyn Paper)

The Lower East Side Mall is nearly complete. Marshalls is opening next door to Katz’s on Thursday. (Bowery Boogie)

The Trump administration is withholding on over a billion dollars in funding for transit projects and have been fighting against granting any funding for projects. The MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan will cost between $14 and $43 billion and relies heavily on federal funding. (Transit for America)

The best neighborhoods in the city for bookworms in celebration of National Book Month. (StreetEasy)


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The Briefly for October 1, 2018 – Highlights From de Blasio’s Released Emails

Zombie raccoons remain a problem, Brooklyn Democratic County Committee is struggling, the city’s plans for a hostile MTA takeover, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

But his emails! Mayor de Blasio lost a court battle against NY1 and The New York Post and released thousands of emails between his administration and outside advisors. Now the “biased and ridiculous corporate media” (a de Blasio quote) are going to have a field day. The mayor had to be reminded to laugh at Jon Stewart’s jokes when he went on The Daily Show. >He orders his Starbucks double espressos with FOUR sugars! He has three hours a day set aside for working out. Most of that time is driving to and from the Park Slope YMCA and changing clothes (he has one full hour to do that).

A guide to finding fall foliage in Central Park. (6sft)

The Brooklyn Democratic County Committee is struggling to keep up its ways of old school backroom politics under the weight of current wave of young democrats. (Gothamist)

10 tips to ride the subway like a pro. #10 is “get a bike.” (Curbed)

The “zombie” raccoons of Central Park are back in the news with the death count being at least 176. (NY Post)

There was no gunshot at the Global Citizen Festival, but a popping champagne bottle made the crowd panic like there was. (NY Times)

It used to be called Satan’s Circus, for the cathouses, brothels, and houses of ill repute, but today we call it Flatiron. (Town & Village)

Mayor de Blasio threatened of a political takeover of the MTA while speaking at the Texas Tribute Festival in Austin, TX. (NY Post)

#WhyIDidntReport protests signs have begun popping up in different subway signs across the city. (Gothamist)

CitiBike owes the city $1.4 million due to the low number of bikes currently available, but the city has no plans of collecting it. (Streetsblog)

The first public meeting about the proposed temporary removal of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade went exactly as you might imagine it would. (Brownstoner)

19 standout restaurants in Bushwick. (Eater)

Guy Sands, owner of Sands’ on Grand St in Williamsburg continues to insist that he is not a nazi or White Supremacist despite his membership in the Proud Boys, a group with the designation of a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorez plead guilty to using Labrador retriever puppies to smuggle liquid heroin into JFK from 2004 to 2005. (NY Post)

The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock” takes place along The High Line starting Wednesday featuring over 1,000 performers. (NY Times)

The John Jay College professors accused of creating a prostitution and drug ring were given $500k to study prostitution. Seems like they were good students. (NY Post)

Go back in time with the 75-year-old color photo of Broadway. (Viewing NYC)


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