The Briefly for November 8, 2018 – The “No One Wants to Be On El Chapo’s Jury” Edition

Albany’s new faces, an investigation into Eric Garner’s death starts today, the elections aren’t over yet, a jury has been chosen for El Chapo’s trial, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Meet the five new faces headed to Albany to represent the city in the State Senate. (amNY)

The jury has been selected for the El Chapo trial, despite an “open rebellion” against the idea of being on the jury. (amNY)

Low-level marijuana enforcement is down 58% and arrests are down by 90% in one year’s time, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s policy change in the spring. While the overall numbers decreased, it did not change the racial disparities of who is being policed. (Politico)

This is a different type of defense. A Columbia University student is claiming that he couldn’t have raped another student because he was “too drunk.” He claims to have drank enough to black out and claim he has a blood ties to Nazis. He sounds like a real winner. (NY Post)

10 memorable art installations at the Brooklyn Bridge, past and present. (Untapped Cities)

Of 142 garbage trucks from private companies inspected during the city’s one week crackdown, only ten were allowed to stay on the streets. During the week the city issued 1,070 summons. (NY Post)

You thought we were done with elections? With Letitia James becoming Attorney General on January 1, the city will schedule an election for Public Advocate. Anyone who can get enough signatures will be on the ballot. (amNY)

Not to be outdone by Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park’s SummerStage will also be getting an upgrade and will be ready for the 2019 season. (6sqft)

Is the Museum of Pizza “fine art”? (NY Post)

It’s time to go to The New York Botanical Garden, we’re almost at peak foliage. (amNY)

A guide to our current elected officials. (Curbed)

WFAN’s Craig Carton from “Boomer and Carton” is guilty of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He could be going to prison for 45 years. (NY Post)

Rudy Giuliani divorce is shining a light on his peculiar spending habits. (Gothamist)

The NYPD blames the “current atmosphere” for the rise in hate crimes across the city. Don’t forget the NYPD blamed the increase in reported rapes on the #MeToo movement earlier this year. (Gothamist, amNY)

Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014. Four years later, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is beginning an investigation. (NY Times)

7 of the city top chefs share their favorite bodega food. (NY Post)

The average salary in NYC is $68,992. (TitleMax)

The Board of Elections can’t promise that the 2020 election will be better than 2018’s. In 2016, the BOE rejected a city offer of $20 million to find and fix systemic problems. (NY Post)

Not to be outdone by Amazon, Google is planning on hiring thousands of new employees and adding 1.3 million square feet of office space on the West side of Manhattan. (NY Times)

A restaurant where you dine alone and don’t speak to, or see, your waiter. (NBC New York)

All the free museum days across the city. (Time Out)


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The Briefly for July 20, 2018 – The Steam Pipe Explosion, LaGuardia’s $8 Billion Overhaul, Ice Cream Breakfast Sandwich, and More

Rikers inmates will no longer be charged for phonically, a two-way toll on the Verrazzano will relieve Manhattan traffic, an ice cream breakfast sandwich, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Looking to picnic this weekend? Curbed has the seven best parks to host a summer picnic.

A brief history of the Kushner Companies and tenant lawsuits.

Playground Coffee’s non-profit roots lay in Bed Stuy’s Home Depot driving Zenat Begum’s father’s hardware store out of business.

amNY guides you through spending a day in East New York.

The danger from Thursday’s steam pipe explosion comes from the asbestos shot into the air, contaminating anyone and anything it touched. Anyone who was nearby needs to have their clothing decontaminated and hopefully you’ve taken a shower since it happened.

There’s a street in Queens that’s just named “Boulevard.” Sure, why not?

An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street
An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street

LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul is making headway. Thankfully the subway system has picked up the slack as the city’s ongoing sad punchline.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at North Dr and 144th St in Queens, HBO’s Crashing w.Pete Holmes is at Bleecker and 6th Ave The Deuce w/James Franco is at Knickerbocker Ave and Harrison Place in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Court St and Remsen in Brooklyn, Awkwafina (Music video we assume? )is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, CBS’ Bull is around Varick St and Franklin St, God Friended Me is at 86th and York, and John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Water and Wall St.

“The pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to legal marijuana, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The NYPD is launching an internal trial and disciplinary process for Officer Daniel Pantaleo ad Sgt Kizzy Adonis for Eric Garner’s death.

Brokelyn’s summer bucket list is a good place to start when planning the rest of your summer.

The Color Factory will be the next place your friends will go to look interesting on the internet.

Forget your egg and cheese, Pasta Flyer’s Sicilian Breakfast Sandwich features vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry gelato on a mini brioche bun.

The NYPD has to start a pilot program to determine if it should be recording all encounters with civilians as a result of a lawsuit over the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

The City Council passed a bill this week to end the practice of charging Riders inmates for domestic phone calls. Inmates paid $8 million last year oh phone calls.

A two-way toll on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

A Week In New York City On $25/Hour. Filed under “have you seen this shit?”

The city filled one of the potholes that artist Jim Bachor covered with a tile mosaic of Donald Trump, in seeming record time after the mosaic received media attention.


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The Briefly for July 17, 2018 – Environmental Racism, the Unique New York Bagel, Schneiderman’s Millions, and More

The NYPD gave the DOJ a deadline for their probe into the death of Eric Garner, Schneiderman has millions in his campaign account, & more in today’s NYC news digest

The city council will work to curb environmental racism. The proposed bill would precent any one community from handling more than 10% of the city’s trash. Currently four low-income communities of color handle 75% of the trash.

A brothel operating inside a spa in Sunnyside was shut down last week.

Advocates for the disabled are pushing back against a proposed plastic straw ban, arguing that an outright ban ignores the needs of people who need them and have proposed some alternatives.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Housing Rights Initiative are suing Kushner Companies for $10 million for their tenant harassment policies.

If you’re scared to ride a bike n the city Curbed has the eight best bike rides for beginners.

Congratulations to Bowery Boogie for their ten year site birthday!

New York bagels are special. 6sqft runs down why.

Newtown Creek’s Grand St Bridge will be replaced, but not so quickly. The city requested proposals and the new bridge is expected to open in 2023, when the bridge will be 120 years old.

If the Justice Department doesn’t file charges in the 2014 death of Eric Garner by August 31, the NYPD will conduct their own disciplinary probe.

Three men were caught mail fishing in Forest Hills. Mail fishing is mostly done to steal checks from the mail after they’re dropped in blue boxes around the city.

Moms Demand Action endorsed State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes based on his positions on gun safety. Gounardes is running against Ross Barkin in a primary with hopes to unseat Marty Golden.

The vegan Impossible Burger is now available at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island and other Live Nation venues new the city like Jones Beach and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey.

Disgraced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman returned $1 million in campaign funds but still has $7.4 million left in his campaign account.