The Briefly for September 12, 2018 – Sometimes You Gotta Break Some Stuff

Primaries are tomorrow, voting guides, polling locations, a guide to the IDC, 11 gila monsters in a car, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

VOTE TOMORROW

Look up where you will vote on Thursday.

Educate yourself with what to expect on Thursday’s ballot with the NYC campaign finance board voting guides.

If you or someone you know are hospitalized, you can request an absentee ballot today for tomorrow’s primaries.

An explanation of the I.D.C. and how it plays into this year’s elections, by The New York Times.

A last minute guide to voting on primary day, from the Gotham Gazette.


Forgotten New York gets nerdy about entrances to subway stations, including some historic work that dates back over 110 years at Borough Hall and Wall St.

Sometimes you gotta break some stuff, and there are two places in the city where you can pay to do just that.

There are still 1,100 of 12,457 school faucets throughout the city that are contaminated with lead.

Tips for new students in NYC from StreetEasy.

It’s almost fall, which means it’s almost food market season!

The NYCHA developments in the Upper East Side were ranked as some of the worst in the country.

The Staten Island Wheel was given another extension to get construction back on track, so we’ll come back to this on January 7, 2019.

State Senate primaries should never receive this much national attention, but Julia Salazar and Martin Malavè Dilan’s election keeps getting more bizarre. Salazar came out as a victim of sexual abuse at the alleged hands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson. This was ahead of The Daily Caller publishing a story about it.

Cultural Academy for the Arts And Sciences teacher Deidre DeLoatch won a $2,000 grant so that she and her students can immortalize Henrietta Lacks. Students will write poetry, conduct research and debate what it means to participate in a clinical study.

The mother of Madison Lyden, the Australian tourist killed while riding her bike in Central Park last month, against one of the drivers involved in the accident. Community Board 7 is calling on the DOT to install a two way bike lane to precent more deaths along Central Park West.

Are those 11 illegal Gila monsters in your car or are you just happy to see me?


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The Briefly for September 10, 2018 – Brooklyn DA Will Absolve Low-Level Pot Possession Charges

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced a program that will allow New Yorkers to work towards wiping any low-level pot posession charges from their record, WTC Cortland is open, the election gets dirty, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that his office will offer New York residents with a low-level conviction for marijuana possession the opportunity to wipe their record completely clean.

The last-minute mailer that the New York State Democrats sent in support of Andrew Cuomo that loosely implied Cynthia Nixon may have been an anti-Semite was poorly thought out to say the least. Scott Stringer is calling for state Democratic Party executive director Geoff Berman to resign as a result.

It took 11 months, two pairs of shoes, and 721 miles, but William B. Helmreich’s book “The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide” is ready. This is his extensive second walking guide to an NYC borough.

“If you choose not to decide, you have still made a choice.” -Rush, Spirit of Radio. Dedicated to Bill de Blasio’s decision not to endorse either Gubernatorial Democratic primary candidate.

How will rezoning transform Governors Island’s evolving landscape? A photo essay from Curbed.

New York property tax has outpaced the growth of incomes by 300%.

The Department of Sanitation is being evicted from a garage in Kips Bay next week and their solution to this problem is parking garbage trucks on the street. The community is, as you might expect, not thrilled with this idea.

Mannie Corman’s 100th Birthday turned into a surprise wedding for attendees with his 72-year-old girlfriend.

Where do you find out about public meetings? Gothamist answers.

How do you become a, as The New York Times puts it, “underpaid, underappreciated, and absolutely necessary” poll worker?

What to do and eat in East Williamsburg, which amNY says can feel “post-apocalyptic.”

amNY endorsed Letitia James for NY attorney general.

The WTC Cortland St station on the 1 opened for the first time on Saturday since 9/11. It sports a cooling system for hot days, is handicapped accessible, and a piece of art named “CHORUS” by Ann Hamilton that displays the text from the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Human rights.

The city is looking at what options it has for enabling congestion pricing without Albany’s approval, as it did with school zone speed cameras.

Four pedestrians were killed on Northern Blvd this year and 19 have died since 2009. A 70-year-old man was hit on Sunday morning while crossing the road. Multiple advocate groups are lobbying the city to change the Boulevard of Death.

Is it safe to walk on subway grates? Streeteasy has your answer.

Miss America 2019 is Nia Franklin, Miss New York.

Another blow to the Staten Island Wheel as the city will no longer provide $140 million in funding to the ferris wheel that is expected to cost nearly a billion dollars.


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The Briefly for September 7, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Hurricane Florence is On the Way, and More

The usual chaos of trying to get anywhere on the subway over the weekend, there is a chance that Hurricane Florence will hit New York on Primary Day, and more in today’s daily New York City new digest.

This weekend’s subway changes from 6sqft, including no G train between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Square and there’s no D train between Herald Square and Atlantic Ave. In addition, the Manhattan bound 1 train at 238th is closed through winter 2019.

Don’t look now, but there’s a chance we’re getting hit by Hurricane Florence on Primary day.

If you left a few inert grenades behind in a Staten Island storage facility, check to see if the bomb squad has a lost and found.

As expected, Governor Cuomo unveiled a revamped LIRR concourse and entrance to Penn Station with bigger hallways and higher ceilings. The project is still about two years from completion. The LIRR is currently running with the worst delays in nearly 20 years.

Senate candidate Julia Salazar was accused of having an affair with Mets legend Keith Hernandez. Wait, what?

During the last debate between the four Democratic primary hopefuls for Attorney General, Zephyr Teachout was the obvious target.

A 26-year-old woman was shot in the face outside an illegal club in Brooklyn late on Wednesday/early on Thursday. She survived the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Refinery 29 is thirsty for your Instagrams with Room29.

An expansion to Hudson Yards Park expansion will cost a staggering /$374 million for 3 acres.

The financial District will be the home of the first Alamo Drafthouse in Manhattan. It’s expected to open late 2019.

Current Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed every catholic diocese in New York as part of a broad sex abuse investigation in light of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Sex offenders will be able to vote at schools in the upcoming election, but only after 7pm. Correctional Services created a special condition that will allow offenders on school property, where they are otherwise banned.

Special edition Paul McCartney Metrocards are available at Grand Central. They’re already selling on eBay for $15-$40.

Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca introduced a bill that would prevent the city from being a part of any contract with any entity involved in immigration enforcement. The de Blasio administration has already stated it supports the goal, but won’t support the bill.

Don’t sit on train tracks. Bad things will happen.


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