The Briefly for September 21, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Brooklyn Promenade Might Be Closing, and More

BQE construction could shut down the Brooklyn Promenade for years, Battery Park could get a Hurricane Maria memorial, NYC’s only private island, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Before you go anywhere this weekend, check out the changes to the subway. The 2 and M lines look to be especially bad, the L is running, the G is partially running, and the D train is sometimes an A and sometimes an F.

The Brooklyn Promenade could close for six years in order to accommodate construction on the BQE. During construction, the BQE would be elevated to where the promenade currently sits. The promenade would be rebuilt afterwards. The project will cost over $3 billion.

September 22 (Saturday) is Free Museum Day in New York, you can reserve a pair of tickets at one of over two dozen museums throughout the state.

80 Flatbush was unanimously approved by the City Council after undergoing changes to make the project smaller. The next step for the development is seeking Uniform Land Use Review Procedure approval.

One of the city’s top school districts is removing admissions standards in an attempt to diversify the student body. 55% of middle school age students in the district are black or Latino, but 81% of the students in the schools are white. Mayor de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza approved the plan, which The New York Times points out was not de Blasio’s idea.

Ten elevated parks and gardens across the city from Untapped Cities.

The cost of housing the city’s homeless population has increased. The city is spending $117 a day to house a single adult this year compared to $99 last year. A lack of permanent solutions is being partially blamed for the increase.

The Archdiocese of New York hired Barbara Jones to review its procedures for dealing with the ongoing crisis of clergy sexual-abuse allegations. Jones just finished up the Michael Cohen case two weeks ago. The archdiocese has already paid out $60 million to victims.

If you’ve got a transit nerd in your life the New York Transit Museum’s 25th annual Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park in October.

The Museum of Natural History is starting work on the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation despite a lawsuit by Community United to Save Theodore Roosevelt Park (CUSTR?) aimed at stopping the construction. The lawsuit states the construction would “cause catastrophic environmental damage to the area, posing a series of life threatening hazards.”

Meet the man who owns the only private island in New York City.

Police chief James O’Neill claims that the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights plans to bail out all 16 and 17-year-olds and bail-eligible women from city jails will make the city less safe.

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Citiva, is opening across the street from the Barclays Center.

Governor Cuomo’s former top aide and confidante, Joseph Percoco, will serve six years in prison for bribery.

Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection.

Noted racist James Harris Jackson fatally stabbed a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown last year and told the police it was “practice” for a larger racial terror attack he planned to carry out in Times Square.

What is going on at The Edna Cohen School in Coney Island? More than a week after the primary election there are no votes reported while the State Assembly primary has a 70 vote margin between the candidates.

Governor Cuomo has proposed a memorial to those lost or made homeless by Hurricane Maria in Battery Park City. The governor also announced an expansion of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico program, which sends student volunteers to work with non-profits rebuilding homes on the island.


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The Briefly for September 17, 2018 – The MTA Will Address Your Problems in “5-10 Years”

Did your neighborhood vote Nixon or Cuomo, more people are getting on subway tracks, 17 speakeasys, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The most hated buildings in Brooklyn, from the New York Post.

There has been 621 reported incidents of people on subway tracks or that have been hit by a train, an increase from 2017.

The MTA will be working on your train delays sometime in “the next 5-10 years.”

Another school ride from hell. This time it was a five-year-old girl in Queens whose bus-ride home from school took five hours on Friday. There have been 76,223 complaints abuot late or no-show buses this school year, up from 57,575 last year.

If you’re obsessed with the price of houses on Zillow, you’re not alone.

We Heart Astoria is hiring a Social Media Coordinator and a Junior Writer. Amid firings and consolidations, it’s nice to see a site announce open positions.

If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to avoid the Museum of the City of New York’s “germ city” exhibit.

Eater has a list of 17 hidden bars worth seeking out. Yes, Please Don’t Tell is on the list, but don’t hold it against them.

Who owns the city? Here are the ten largest property owners in New York City.

How former NYPD cop Ludwig Paz became the ringleader of brothels in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Did your neighborhood vote Cuomo or Nixon? Check the map.

Has the Brooklyn Democratic Party been working to silence new voices? In the wake of a primary election that changed the political makeup of the state, New King’s Democrats is encouraging anyone who can to show up to the next party meeting on September 27 to make new voices heard.

There was only one day in August without subway delays during the morning commute. Mark it down on the calendar, August 23, the citywide day without delays.

If you are worried about local media consolidation, Schneps Communication purchased Community News Group and NYC Community Media last week. This is an incomplete list of the publications and websites now owned by one company: The Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, Bay News, Mill Basin Marine Park Courier, Brooklyn Graphic, Gay City News, Caribbean Life, TimesLedger, BaysideTimes, FlushingTimes, Bronx Times, Bronx Times Reporter, The Villager, The Villager Express, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express, BORO Weekly, Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx Family, Manhattan Family, Brooklyn Tomorrow, Queens Tomorrow, Brooklyn Uncovered, Airport Voice, Eat Up, NYParenting.com, BrooklynDaily.com, Bxtimes.com, Rivendell School, CNG Radio Podcast, The Queens Courier, The Courier Sun, The Ridgewood Times, The Times Newsweekly, El Correo, Brownstoner.com, Brownstoner Magazine, QNS.com, The North Shore Towers Courier, LIC Magazine, BORO Magazine, LeHavre Courier, Cryder Point Courier, Queens in Your Pocket, Best of Brooklyn, and Best of the Boro


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The Briefly for September 14, 2018 – Weekend Subways, Election Results, Billy Eichner, and a Kitten is Saved

Progressive Democrats sent a message to Albany with six of the eight former I.D.C. aligned Democrats losing primaries.

The Cortland St subway station is open, which is just about all the good news that exists about the subways this weekend. Consult 6sqft’s weekend roundup of construction and closures.


Andrew Cuomo won the Gubernatorial Democratic nomination over Cynthia Nixon.

Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor over Jumaane Williams.

Leticia James won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her three opponents.

Julia Salazar defeated incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan for the Democratic nomination for NY State Senate in district 18.

Alessandra Biaggi defeated former IDC leader and incumbent Jeffrey Klein for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 34.

John Liu defeated incumbent and former IDC member Tony Avella for the Democratic nomination in State Senate Destrict 11.

Marisol Alcantara sent a text message telling supporters to get to the polls before they closed at 7:30pm. They closed at 9pm and Alcantara, the incumbent formerly aligned with the IDC, lost the nomination to Robert Jackson.

Zellnor Myrie defeated incumbent and former IDC member Jesse Hamilton for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 20. Jesse Hamilton will be running as a Republican in the general election.

Mass confusion and massive turnouts marked election day. Gothamist kept a running post throughout the day with reported issues and updates. Even for Dante de Blasio, who was forced to vote via paper affidavit.

Six of the eight former IDC State Senators lost their nomination bids, as progressive insurgents will confront Governor Cuomo with a radically different Albany.

A very complete list of results from NY1.


“Proudly elitist gay Jewish liberal native New Yorker piece of sh*t snowflake” Billy Eichner is back with Billy on the Street. New York, get yourselves ready to be asked some questions on the street.

David Wright will play with the Mets one more time before retiring.

The hunt to find the source of the Times Square bees.

News for the weekend: A kitten was rescued after getting stuck on a Staten Island bridge. Of course there are photos.


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