The Briefly for June 29, 2018 – The MTA Chief has Conflicts, Secluded Gardens, “GOOD MORNING,” the Subways This Weekend, and More

Joe Lhota’s side jobs are cause for concern, the best secluded gardens, there are people whose job it is to be nice on the subway, and more in today’s news digest

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Get ready for the weekend with the weekly 6sqft roundup of just how screwed the subways are.

The MTA chairman, Joe Lhota, has side jobs that are conflicts of interest according to Common Cause NY. Lhota is a vice president on NYU Langone Hospital, which pays over $2.3 million annually, and a paid board member at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking for anti-terror protections for high traffic areas like Eastern Parkway, the Coney Island Boardwalk, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Par and sections of Ocean Parkway.

The race for a new Attorney General is heating up between four frontrunners on the Democratic side.

If you’ve noticed someone at a subway station saying “good morning” and hated their friendliness, being nice to people is their job.

The city council is gunning for Airbnb with a new bill. The bill will require hosts to share their identities and addresses of their listings with the city’s Office of Special Enforcement and provide more information about what is being rented.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd Ave, The Deuce is at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Hudson and Franklin, and John Wick 3 is at 45th and Madison.

As a result of his awful views on how to keep pedestrians safe and his blatant abuse of the city’s parking laws, there is a 24-hour vigil protest outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge.

Kudos to Gothamist for thoroughly covering the last Department of Labor hearing about the minimum wage for tipped workers.
The NY Aquarium’s shark exhibit opens in Coney Island on Saturday.

Zoinks!
It’s about to be as hot as hell, so this guide to install a window unit air conditioner in your apartment may come in handy. An alternative? Date someone for their air conditioning.

The ten best secluded gardens in Manhattan, from Untapped Cities.

An elegy for the sublimely crappy Chambers Street subway station.

The last thing Richard Schilling expected to find in his garage was a 225-year-old gravestone.

Scott Rogowsky of HQ Trivia gets the New York Times Sunday routine treatment.

The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Election Results, Pools Open Today, NIMBY in Brooklyn Heights, and More

The best dog friendly bars, State Senator Marty Golden doesn’t care about parking regulations, TOMS comes to Williamsburg, election results are in, and more in today’s news digest.

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Contested Primary winners:
House District 5: Gregory Meeks (D)
House District 9: Yvette Clarke (D)
House District 11: Max Rose (D) and Dan Donovan (R) – Michael Grimm lost!
House District 12: Carolyn Maloney (D) beat the Tinder catfishing candidate Suraj Patel
House District 14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) over incumbent Joseph Crowley

Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the congressional giant-slayer. The big story to come from this primary election will be the low turnout. Confusion, purged voter rolls, and closed polling sites cast a shadow over yesterday’s elections, further disenfranchising people from voting.

Our parks are aging, underfunded and plagued by infrastructure problems according to a 53-page report from The Center for an Urban Future.

The Boerum Hill historic district was expended by the Landmarks Preservation Commission by 300 buildings. A historic district is a designation that is mostly honorific.

Eater has a map of dog-friendly bars so you and your best friend can hang out.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts,is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 104th and Madiso, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 74th and 5th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Court Square Station in Queens, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is on Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

Today is the last day of hearing over abolishing the tipped minimum wage. Different restaurant lobby groups are on different sides of the debate. Currently the tipped minimum wage is $8.70 and that will rise to $10 by year’s end, which is lower than the $15 full minimum wage for non-tipped workers.

It’s unbelievable that there’s another story about Marty Golden skirting the law when it comes to his car, but here we are. Golden’s Cadillac was parked in a bus stop and after giving a traffic agent his card and a fist bump, he walked away without a ticket, but it was caught on film by a passerby.

Three city council members are calling for the bodega where 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman was stabbed to death to be closed. Ritchie Torres, Vanessa Gibson, and Rafael Salamanca cite the owner’s actions that lead to Lesandro being dragged out of the store as the reason to pull the deli’s license. Over 42k New Yorkers had signed an online petition making the same request.

Trump’s family separation policy is being challenged by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood in New York along with 17 other Attorneys General.

TOMS is opening its first Brooklyn store in Williamsburg. No word on if they will be buying a second store for those in need.

NYPD declined to file charges against a motorist who killed 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick and left the scene. Brooklyn’s District Attorney Eric Gonzalez does not have a strong history when it comes to hit and run killings.

Brooklyn Heights is feeling NIMBY fever. a pedestrian bridge to connect the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park would ruin the “peace and relaxation” and “kill the neighborhood.”

Marco! The city’s pools open for summer today. Polo!


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The Briefly for June 26, 2018 – Vote Today, Bea Arthur LGBTQ residence opens, Water Fountain Quality, and More

Vote in today’s primaries, the city’s water fountains were tested, photos from Punk Island, the do nothing State Senate does nothing, anarchists protest ICE, and more

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VOTE. Here’s your guide to today’s primaries.

The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth is open on E 13th.

Staten Island continues to love Michael Grimm, the convicted felon running for Congress.

Holy shit it actually worked” -Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council occupier. The anarchists managed to shut down immigration hearings in Manhattan. The group is calling on more people to show up at Varick St to continually ICE’s presence in the city.

New York’s State Senators are the definition of do-nothing cowards. If they didn’t support the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, they should have voted it down. Instead they did literally nothing and the program will expire on July 25. State Senator Marty Golden was caught speeding three times in 2018 in school zones. His Cadillac has been caught speeding in school zones 14 times since 2014. He killed 74-year-old Hariklia Zafiropoulos with his SUV in 2005. He was caught using a parking placard to impersonate a police officer.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 13th and 4th and on 15th near Union Square, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is on W Broadway and Chambers.

Seven men were arrested related to the stabbing death of a fifteen-year-old.

John Gotti Jr thinks there’s a conspiracy against Gotti: Gabagool Lasagna Bang Bang!, which currently enjoys a ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Babrera want to lower the mandatory fines for taxi drivers who refuse service to passengers from $200-$500 to $100-$200. The NAACP and the TLC are against the idea, calling it a proxy for racial discrimination.

The hipster party is ending. Someone called the cops and everyone has to leave the abandoned warehouse. Bushwick is on the list of the 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the metro area.

The current plan for the L train shutdown in Manhattan is that 14th Street will turn into a busway 17 hours a day according to court documents.

New renderings are available for the $1.5 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia. Spoiler alert, it looks like the AirTrain to JFK.

Check out BrooklynVegan’s photos from Punk Island 2018.

A new study claims that congestion pricing, not limiting ride share vehicles, will fix the city’s traffic problems.

The NY Post tested eight water fountains in parks throughout the city and discovered… the water exceeds the state’s guidelines. Drink up!