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 26, 2018 – Summer Streets, Ample Hills in Red Hook, Target Apologizes, and More

Target apologizes to thin-skinned punks, Ample Hills has a new ice cream factory/store/museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built this city, Yelp is including health inspection ratings, and more.

Are you sitting down? Rent for one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the decline according to Zumper’s summer report.

One of Manhattan’s original survey bolts from 1811 is still embedded in a rock in Central Park but it’s location remains a secret to protect it from being damaged, destroyed, or removed.

A guide to Summer Streets, from Curbed.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.” Sean Spicer’s book tour stop in the city didn’t go as planned.

More than 90 percent of the people busted in the city for marijuana possession in the 2018 were people of color. The city’s new policy on pot arrests takes effect in September.

A dead body was found near Trump’s gold course in the Bronx.

Dov Bechhofer, a radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, is suspended while the hospital investigates accusations of having white supremacist views.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 164th and Amsterdam, Gotham is at W 36th and 5th, Netflix and Marvel’s The Punisher is at Butler St and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The legal questions around CBD, answered by Gothamist.

The city’s next big food hall will be at LaGuardia Airport.

NYCHA admitted it’s non-compliance on many issues after years of lying.

Target apologized for your hurt feelings about its one day nod to CBGB during the store opening in the East Village.

This exhibition has everything. Cryptocurreny. Bushwick. Blockchain. Missing vowels in a company’s name. UGH.

Governor Cuomo blames Marty Golden for state Republicans’ inability to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. Golden claims to support the bill, but his support has been all talk and no action.

Yelp now has health scores for restaurants in the city. “Grade Pending” is replaced by “Z,” which indicates failure.

Only five stations are handicap accessible on the J, Z, M, and L trains in Brooklyn, buses have traditionally been talked about as an alternative, but have had increasingly poor service.

Ample Hills’ new ice cream factory, museum, and store in Red Hook opens today.

If it was tall and made of iron, it was likely built by Brooklyn’s Mohawk Native American ironworkers who are still contributing to the city’s skyline today.

Scott Michael Johnson is the 1,642 identified victim in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His remains were identified using DNA testing.

The Briefly for July 24, 2018 – The MTA Blames Lyft/Uber, 14th St Becoming a Busway, Flying Cars, and More

Subway delays doubled in six years, 14h St will become a busway in January, faux outrage about the Target CBGB’s awning, legal pot and your job, and more.

The MTA is blaming apps like Uber and Lyft on the sharpest declines of subway and bus ridership in decades, and not unreliable subway and bus service causing the sharp rise of use of e-hail apps. 56,000 trains were delayed in June, and the percentage of trains that didn’t reach the end of their runs on time doubled since 2012 from 16.3% to 32%, but yeah, it’s Uber that is causing the decline in ridership.

14th St will become a busway in January, three months ahead of the 15-month L train shutdown.

What does the the potential for legal pot mean for your job?

Flying cars were supposed to take care of our traffic problems by 1973, according to scientists in 1923. Still holding out hope for that jetpack.

The American Kennel Club Canine Retreat opened its doors to people who don’t have a place for their dog to stay if they were displaced from the Flatiron steam explosion.

Young Advocates for Fair Education claim some Orthodox Jewish yeshivas don’t teach enough reading, writing, and arithmetic sued New York state on Monday in an effort to force change.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 36th and 5th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 90th St and 23rd Ave in East Elmhurst, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 61st St and 5th in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Centre and Grand, and Marvel/Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills.

Ugh, look at these dickheads.

Does a record number of homes for sale in the city mean prices are going to drop? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

You can argue that the Target in the East Village re-creating the CBGB’s awning as a stunt is in poor taste, but just about every site in the city covered it, so it’s hard to argue against the idea that it worked. The volume of people who desperately wanted to tell you how upset they were over this is staggering. Punk’s not dead, it’s just too busy blogging.

May Wah Vegetarian Market and the Ng family was featured in Atlas Obscura. The Ng family has run May Wah for over 23 years, and is partially responsible for the vegan boom throughout the city and beyond.

What’s the past tense for scammed? Scrumped?

Governor Cuomo pardoned seven people facing deportation and other consequences as a result of their crimes.

Tronc, the New York Daily News’ new owners, fired half of the reporting staff and Jim Rich, the editor in chief, in a one minute meeting.

A closer look at Park Slope’s Montauk Club, which dates back to the 1880’s.

A party boat dumped 500 gallons of sewage into the Red Hook harbor.