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 September 24, 2018 – The NYPD Fills Secret Quotas With Bogus Tickets Say Whistleblowers

The NYPD’s secret ticket quotas, a weekend of hell from the MTA, the city gets a new school bus czar, no helmets in Yankee stadium and more

NYPD whistleblowers claim that they are pressured to write bogus tickets to meet secret quotas, which confirms pretty much every single person who has ever gotten a ticket’s suspicions.

Public schools CEO Eric Goldstein was fired by the DOE after over 100,000 complaints were filed about bus transportation in the first month of school. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Moran, a former executive director of the DOE’s field support services in Staten Island.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is the city’s oldest ice cream shop, dating back to 1909.

A tribute to the city car, a “banged up, asthmatic vehicle that is, at times, held together by duct tape,” by The New York Times.

ICE deported Gloria Hernandez Suarez of Queens after living in the Uniter States for 33 years last week without notice. She had been held in a detention facility in New Jersey since July.

Grand Central Terminal is celebrating the twenty years anniversary of its 1998 renovation with 1998 pricing on October 1.

How 1918’s prohibition restructured real estate and architecture in NYC.

A fight on a 2 subway car ended with everyone on board getting hit with pepper spray.

The ceiling collapsed on the 4/5 platform on Friday morning at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway stop. This is the second time this year that a ceiling collapsed.

It was a banner weekend for the MTA. A bus crashed into an apartment building in Crown Heights. The reason is yet unknown, but the bus was empty.

Three babies and two adults were stabbed at a Queens Maternity Center. The suspect was found in the basement with a slashed wrist and was charged with five counts of attempted murder, remains in custody, and will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The father who allegedly tossed the body of his dead seven-month-old baby, Mason Saldona, into the East River was indicted on one count of concealment of a corpse.

Twenty Asian desserts to try in NYC, from Eater.

After the Department of Sanitation was evicted from a garage on 30th St, they moved their fleet of garbage trucks to E 60th, 26th and 10th Streets. The neighborhoods are, as you might expect, not thrilled about having multiple garbage trucks parked on their streets. You might say the situation stinks.

Mayor de Blasio announced that the city won’t bail out the doomed Staten Island Wheel project. After $450 million already spent, four 100-ton pedestals are all that have been built.

Anne Russ Federman, the last of Russ and Daughters’ four daughters, passed away on Thursday at the age of 97.

Add bike helmets to the list of things you’re not allowed to bring into Yankee Stadium. CitiField allows guests to bring their helmets to their seats, and the Barclays Center and MSG require checking the helmets at guest services, but it is a free service.

NYC taxpayers footed the bill for City Councilman Andy King’s $3,500 “sensitivity training” after he violated the council’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy.

Paul Simon retired after his final show at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the last song of the show, tour, and career was “The Sound of Silence.”

S’well is donating 320,000 bottles to the city’s school, one to every high school student in the city, to reduce plastic water bottle waste. It’s also nice advertising for S’well.

The Highbridge Doughboy, a World War I monument, will be rededicated at Macombs Dam Park after 40 years of being in storage.


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The Briefly for September 19, 2018 – Flood Rat is the New Pizza Rat

Flood rat, over 100 city school bus drivers had no background checks, protests over ritualistic killing of chickens in the streets, and more

Forget Pizza Rat, Flood Rat is our new mayor.

The ritualistic slaughter of chickens in Crown Heights by the Orthodox Jewish community was met with protest from people believe that swinging a live chicken over your head and then beheading it is cruel. Roughly 50,000 chickens are killed in ad-hoc slaughter houses throughout Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Borough Park and in the past those animals have ended up in the garbage.

The city’s ubiquitous temporary construction fences are going to get a makeover. The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a pilot program calling for artwork to live on temporary fencing. You can apply through October 12.

$4.1 million is being set aside by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to provide legal assistance for unaccompanied and separated migrant children who are still in New York.

The new Museum of Street Art pays tribute to 5 Pointz, and it’s in the stairwells at the citizenM hotel. The curator is the former 5 Pointz spokeswoman Marie Flageul.

We’re all aware the subway doesn’t know how to handle heavy rain, but these videos compiled by the NY Post shows just how screwed the subways were during the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

19 stand-out restaurants and bars in Red Hook, from Eater.

Are Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo ready to hug it out? The mayor spoke at a Democrat rally on Tuesday and while he didn’t verbally endorse Cuomo for Governor, his spokesman says his speech was an endorsement.

The city gave out 21 million condoms in the year ending June 30, down from 35 million the previous year. The de Blasio administration is blaming the difference on a decrease of federal funding towards traditional safe sex products.

The impact of Schneps Communications purchasing CNG (the local news publication consolidation reported on last week) is less reporters covering certain neighborhoods in the city.

Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The DOE is investigated allegations that more than 100 people were approved to work as city school-bus drivers without any background checks.

Do you know about the ramp in Forest Hills? Atlas Obscura tells the story about the meeting place of The Ramones before they were The Ramones, which now bears a mural of the iconic band by Ori Carino.

Meet the v good dogs that protect Amtrak at Penn Station.


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