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 June 20, 2018 – Curbing Arrests for Smoking Weed, Chelsea Guitars Gets to Stay, Lead Paint on the 7, and More

NYPD will start issuing tickets for people caught smoking weed on September 1, Simcha Felder runs away from a mother, the New York Pizza Festival, and more

Watch State Senator Simcha Felder ignore and run away from a mother whose child died by a speeding motorist in 2013. The Every School Speed Camera Act would put speeding cameras near 290 schools throughout the city, which has been proven to reduce speeding by 63% in New York. The bill cleared the state assembly but Felder is one of the people preventing a vote in the senate. Felder is a Democrat that caucuses with the Republicans.

“The NYPD has no interest in arresting people for marijuana offenses when those arrests have no direct impact on public safety.” -NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. The new policy of issuing tickets instead of an arresting will be enforced beginning September 1.

Don’t eat the paint chips falling off the elevated 7 train. The MTA will start to remove lead paint from the 7 train’s elevated tracks in Queens between 82nd St and 103rd St. The paint used on the elevated tracks and structures is over 50x what is considered safe.

City Hall Park, Mount Pitt, Vauxhall Gardens, and the other must-see spots from NYC’s first guidebook in 1807.

25 must-visit historic LGBTQ sites in NYC from Curbed.

Brownsville and its parks failed 10 of the 14 benchmarks from New Yorkers for Parks’ Brownsville Open Space Index. Two years ago Mayor de Blasio announced that Betsy Head Park would be receiving a portion of a $30 million investment as one of five “anchor parks” in the city, which means a two year closure of Brownsville’s biggest park.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics” is the Transit Museum’s latest exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit celebrates the subways as depicted in comics and includes Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz.

Humanhattan 2050 proposes new infrastructure in Lower Manhattan to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years and make the area more accessible and enjoyable at a cost of $335 million.

We’re inching closer to the latest closures of subway stations for renovations. 57th Street is hit on July 9th, 28th Street closes on July 16, and 23rd Street on July 23. There are five new stations on the list but don’t have dates: 145th Street on the 3, Penn Station 1, 2, 3 (how is that even possible?), 174th-175th Streets D and 167th Street D in the Bronx.

New York Pizza Festival’s organizers promise this year’s event won’t be the “Fyre Festival of Pizza.”

Chelsea Guitars was given a stay of execution by the Chelsea Hotel’s owners.

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC from 6sqft.

Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group are pushing forward on banning cash at their restaurants. Meyers argue that the benefits of people who can afford credit cards outweighs the impact on customers who can only pay with cash.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Nostrand Ave and Avenue P Brooklyn and 33rd St and Ave S, The Sun is Also the Star, starring Yara Shahidi, is at W 124th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and John Wick 3, starring Theodore “Ted” Logan, is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn.

Do you know how to do a “Bronx Cheer?”


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The Briefly for May 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

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If you have yet to visit the Wilson Avenue station, you need to. Its nestled in between Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and the New York Connecting Railway and LIRR (which the walkway from fare control to the platforms goes over), although it currently only is used by freight, which goes to Bay Ridge. This is the upper level, Canarsie bound, and to the right is the cemetery. The tracks below, Manhattan bound, appear to be underground but sit at street level. The station is touched by a beautiful mosaic design in many different colors, but that you will have to go see for yourself! #thecityandthesubway #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #nycsubway #nycsubways #newyorkcitysubway #subway #mta #ltrain #brooklyn #bushwick #wherebrooklynat #fuggedaboutit #nyloveyou #nyc4all #nyctagged #nycprimeshot #nyc_explorers #newyork_instagram #newyork_ig #ig_nycity #topnewyorkphoto #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny #cbsnewyork #pix11 #ny1pic

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

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Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.


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