The Briefly for August 14, 2018 – Fifteen Years Since the Blackout of 2003, the Cuomo vs Nixon Debate, and More

It’s been fifteen years since the blackout of 2003, the Machete Bandit is identified, the NYPD is being sued for discrimination, how to get an immediate answer from the MTA, and more.

Where were you 15 years ago when the Northeast when dark?

Hart Island’s Hurricane Sandy seawall repairs should begin in 2019 and meanwhile small groups of prisoners bury 30 to 40 bodies each week. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez is trying to shift ownership of the Potter’s Field from the Department of Corrections to the Parks Department.

The NYPD continues their search for a 35-year-old woman who was swept away while swimming in Jamaica Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The Brooklyn Public Library on 4th Avenue and Pacific Street reopened on Monday after a renovation that included a refurbished auditorium and air conditioning. Don’t forget that your library card can get you free access to over 30 museums in the city.

The Commercial Corridor Challenge is offering grants to existing businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods to improve their signage. The first areas targeted, which are also scheduled to be rezoned, are Flatbush Ave in East New York, Bay Street on Staten Island, and Southern Blvd in the Bronx.

Too much rain caused an eight foot geyser to emerge in the baggage area of JFK Airport, which remains the second most expensive airport in the country.

School is in session in a few weeks, and BKLYNER has a list of events to pick up free supplies for students.

Filming around town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Avenue K and Ocean Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Francois at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Orange Is The New Black  is at 33rd St and 30th Ave in Astoria, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W. 81st and Central Park West, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 12th and Greenwich, Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 56th and Broadway, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 46th Ave and Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.

The Machete Bandit has been identified by the NYPD as Donald Grier of 34-15 12th St. He is still on the loose.

The NYPD is accused of withholding translation services from non-English speakers as a form of discrimination by Make the Road New York, who filed an organizational complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Despite the state of the subways, nice things can still happen underground.

The Trump administration is withholding $1.4 billion in transit funds, including $130 million earmarked for L train improvements.

No cowards here. Governor Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon are going to debate on August 29, finally answering Nixon’s months of requests.

The NYPD is re-opening the case against the doorman accused of sending dick pics to residents.

The man who was high on PCP and killed pedestrians in Times Square with his car in May of 2017 is blaming his victims for his actions.

Treasures of the Gowanus are being unearthed, thanks to the EPA’s dredging. now they have to figure out how to clean off the signature Gowanus black mayo.

How to get an immediate response from the MTA on Twitter.


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The Briefly for August 7, 2018 – An L Train Shutdown Preview, Mayor Signs Airbnb Bill, and More

The L train will shut down for fifteen weekends before the actual shutdown, the East Flatbush nail salon protests mirror the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Cynthia Nixon has a date and time for a debate if Cuomo wants to show up, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The state’s adversarial stance against Spectrum is changing how Governor Cuomo is covered by NY1.

The L will shutdown on FIFTEEN weekends between now and the L shutdown, including this weekend.

Here’s a clearer picture of the racist idiots from Identity Europa that protested in Fort Tryon Park to end immigration “invasion.” Credit to Uptown Collective for capturing images of their faces.

The ten bast spots for an under-the-radar picnic, from 6sqft.

An MTA bus driver was arrested for driving a bus into a row of cars while extremely drunk. How drunk was he? Two hours after his arrest his BAC was three times the legal limit.

Parking in a metered area in lower Manhattan is about to get more expensive.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Water St and Pearl St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at  Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Blacklist w/James Spaderis on Roosevelt Island, The Deuce w/James Franco is at 6th and 1st, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Vernon Blvd and 46th Ave in Long Island City, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison, Instinct w/Alan Cummingis at Flushing Ave and Navy St in Brooklyn.

There’s a date and a time for a Gubernatorial Democratic primary debate, if Andrew Cuomo decides to show up.

Tonight is the National Night Out Against Crime, with events all over the city with small fairs and barbecues. The city’s website lists every percent and the corresponding events.

The Chris Gethard Show has come to an end.

A guide to Fort Greene, from Untapped Cities.

The tensions following a fight at an East Flatbush nail salon mirrors the 1991 Crown Heights riots, sparked from tensions between the black and Asian communities after a fight in a grocery store.

Mayor de Blasio signed a bill requiring Airbnb hosts to register with the city.

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The Briefly for July 31, 2018 – The Typo That Caused Commute Chaos, Junior Guzman’s Way, Cuomo Leads, and More

It was a simple typo that prevented any advanced notice (or any notice at all) to warn people about a five month stretch of work on an express train in Brooklyn. The MTA is very sorry and they say it won’t happen again.

No announcement was made before Monday’s commute went to shit on the D/N/R in Brooklyn. A typo prevented any announcements ahead of five months of work on the local tracks between 36th St and 59th St.

Governor Cuomo has a sizable 31 point lead of Cynthia Nixon with likely Democratic primary voters. Kathy Hochul leads Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor, and Leticia James is ahead of Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General.

While the “Yes in My Back Yard” episode of Planet Money isn’t about New York, but it’s very àpropos of the constant conversation surrounding new construction and housing.

Dirty but delicious: Mapping where we love to eat regardless of the health inspection status.

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, State Senator Michael Gianaris released a report showing New York City as dead last nationwide for wheelchair-accessibility public transit. Happy anniversary!

Revel, a shared electric moped company, launched in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on Monday. They’re limited to a 30mph max speed and aren’t supposed to leave Brooklyn or Queens.

Brooklyn’s least favorite restauranteur/local asshole/tree murderer’s Bar Salumi has closed. Adam Harvey is due in court in September for allegedly drilling holes in his neighbor’s tree and filling them with herbicide.

The corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue will be renamed for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 74th and 1st, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Court St and Butler St in Brooklyn, The Last OG w/Tracy Morgan is at 6th St and 5th Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 160th and Amsterdam, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Ave and Avenue K in Brooklyn.

Sushi Roxx, the sushi restaurant with “sexy choreography,” closed after double charging credit cards for at least $20,000 in “mystery charges” and the staff claims they haven’t been paid in two weeks.

Smoking is now illegal inside and within 25 feet of NYCHA public housing, conforming with a mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

Brooklyn’s major streets owe their layout to Native American trails.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez hasn’t charged or issued a ticket to the hit-and-run driver who killed four-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick.

NYPD is refusing to release demographic and location information of turnstile jumping enforcing, despite a law that requiring it to be posted on its website.

City Councilmember Mark Gjonaj suggested the city place speed radar signs at nearly 1,200 public schools as a speed deterrent while the state’s speed cameras are not operating. The city’s Transportation Department say the signs aren’t as effective as speed cameras, but at some point something is better than nothing.

Photoville is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park with an exhibit called “Humble Cat,” and they want your cat photos.