The Briefly for August 3, 2018 – Summer Streets, Weekend Subway Changes, Violence Interrupters, and More

The Governor named a panel of people who will draft a bill to legalize marijuana in New York, the rat-infested “Relaxation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up, a history of marijuana laws in NY, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Reminder: Summer Streets is this weekend

Check the weekend’s subway changes before making any plans.

Inside the abandoned First Church of Christ on the corner of 96th and Central Park West.

A city sanitation truck hit a bicyclist in Bushwick and kept driving. The woman reportedly has a broken clavicle.

. The “micro-transit” vans offer a $4 ride and most weeks ridership fails to hit 1,000.

There are 18 taxpayer-funded “violence-interrupter” groups throughout high crime areas of the city, which mostly consist of former gang members and dealers. The groups work hand in hand with the police and intervene in situations where police interactions may do more harm than good.

The history of the 1977 law that was supposed to fix the high volume of arrests for marijuana possession, but skyrocketed to over 50,000 arrests under the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

$20 million over budget and after years of delays, the Rector St pedestrian bridge originally destroyed in the 9/11 attacks will not be ready for its fall deadline.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with race,” says hispanic Park Slope resident Arabel Torres, who called the police because a black woman was standing in her building’s doorway during a sudden downpour.

Most bodegas are Dominican-American owner and here’s why.

Governor Cuomo named a panel of 20 people to draft a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Filming around town: Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones w/Krysten Ritter is at W 45th and 10th, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is near Court Square in Long Island City, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 11th and 7th, and NBA 2K League is at Vernon Blvd and 43 Ave in Long Island City.

A condo board on the UES is trying to evict Chabad Lubavitch for running an illegal day care that is destroying their plumbing system with flushed diapers.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the city’s “Pooper Scooper” law, and to celebrate the Parks Department is installing 1,000 dog poop bag dispensers in parks.

The state approved funding for an MTA Sustainability Advisory Workgroup with the idea they would create a proposal to implement the Governor’s “Fix NYC” plan. The workgroup has not met and most positions have not been filled.

Brooklyn’s Republic of Booza is the only place in the city that servers booza, a traditional, stretchy ice cream, and has its roots in the Middle East.

After violating the law for months, Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will release data on turnstile jumping enforcement on its website in a “matter of a few weeks.”

The City Council added an additional million dollars to city funding of anti-sex trafficking organizations.

The East Village’s rat-infested “Relation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up.

The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.