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 July 30, 2018 – NY to Spectrum: Get Out, Pot Prosecutions in Brooklyn are Down 91%, Illegal Roosters, and More

The city has a rooster problem, an FDNY captain is acused of racism, the white supremecist doctor is sorry he was caught, and more in the NYC news digest.

Low-level marijuana prosecutions dropped by 91% in Brooklyn after a pilot program which stopped prosecution of personal possession.

New sirens could be coming to emergency vehicles in the city. The mayor’s ordered study into reducing noise pollution caused by sirens should be announced in the fall.

NY to Spectrum: Get Out. New York state revoked the Charter/Spectrum-Time Warner Cable merger from 2016 due to a failure to live up to their promises. Charter could be forced to spin off Time Warner Cable in New York as a separate company.

One of the Tompkins Square Parks red-tailed hawks died due to secondary poisoning.

There is no dog thief in Central Park, despite last week’s rumors.

Cynthia Nixon was endorsed by NYC’s Democratic Socialists. Nixon and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams have endorsed each other, effectively becoming running mates. Governor Cuomo was endorsed by NARAL and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC.

The rising cost of cigarettes are also giving rise to “buttleggers,” who purchase cigarettes in other states and sell them illegally in the city.

Of the 369 calls to 311 about illegal animals, 190 of them were rooster-related.

The FDNY’s $10 million minority recruitment drive failed to reach its goals. The NY Post cites a lack of people paying the $30 application fee, the percentages of minorities applying were below the goal of the program. Related, a lawsuit makes the claim that FDNY captain of Ladder 103 is East New York is racist.

This is why you don’t scream “fire” in a crowded theater, or that someone has a gun at the Bedford stop on the L.

After a second guilty verdict of wire fraud, mail fraud, extortion, and illegal money transactions, Sheldon Silver is headed to jail for seven years.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave is Astoria, God Friended Me w/Brandon Micheal Hallis at 72nd and Broadway, The Last OG w/Tracy Morganis at Hicks St and Pierrepont St in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 92nd and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at E 3rd St and Greenwood Ave in Brooklyn, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Cross Bay Blvd and E 8th Rd in Queens.

The (Manhattan centric) 13 best bars in the city with the most legit free food, according to Eater.

Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station continues to fall apart, literally.

Everything you need to know about the new dockless bike share programs.

Are barns upstate the “new Williamsburg?”

Dov Bechhofer, the Bronx Montefiore white supremecist doctor, is sorry he was caught and claims his online postings that called for a white ethnostate and expulsion of people of color and Muslims “do not reflect how I was raised or how I actually treat others.” Right.

Mos Def and Set Free Richardson are bringing a hip hop art gallery called The Compound to the South Bronx. The first exhibit will be the work of photographer Jonathan Mannion. Mannion’s work was used on the cover of multiple Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, OutKast, The Game, and more.