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 July 31, 2018 – The Typo That Caused Commute Chaos, Junior Guzman’s Way, Cuomo Leads, and More

It was a simple typo that prevented any advanced notice (or any notice at all) to warn people about a five month stretch of work on an express train in Brooklyn. The MTA is very sorry and they say it won’t happen again.

No announcement was made before Monday’s commute went to shit on the D/N/R in Brooklyn. A typo prevented any announcements ahead of five months of work on the local tracks between 36th St and 59th St.

Governor Cuomo has a sizable 31 point lead of Cynthia Nixon with likely Democratic primary voters. Kathy Hochul leads Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor, and Leticia James is ahead of Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General.

While the “Yes in My Back Yard” episode of Planet Money isn’t about New York, but it’s very àpropos of the constant conversation surrounding new construction and housing.

Dirty but delicious: Mapping where we love to eat regardless of the health inspection status.

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, State Senator Michael Gianaris released a report showing New York City as dead last nationwide for wheelchair-accessibility public transit. Happy anniversary!

Revel, a shared electric moped company, launched in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on Monday. They’re limited to a 30mph max speed and aren’t supposed to leave Brooklyn or Queens.

Brooklyn’s least favorite restauranteur/local asshole/tree murderer’s Bar Salumi has closed. Adam Harvey is due in court in September for allegedly drilling holes in his neighbor’s tree and filling them with herbicide.

The corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue will be renamed for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 74th and 1st, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Court St and Butler St in Brooklyn, The Last OG w/Tracy Morgan is at 6th St and 5th Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 160th and Amsterdam, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Ave and Avenue K in Brooklyn.

Sushi Roxx, the sushi restaurant with “sexy choreography,” closed after double charging credit cards for at least $20,000 in “mystery charges” and the staff claims they haven’t been paid in two weeks.

Smoking is now illegal inside and within 25 feet of NYCHA public housing, conforming with a mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

Brooklyn’s major streets owe their layout to Native American trails.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez hasn’t charged or issued a ticket to the hit-and-run driver who killed four-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick.

NYPD is refusing to release demographic and location information of turnstile jumping enforcing, despite a law that requiring it to be posted on its website.

City Councilmember Mark Gjonaj suggested the city place speed radar signs at nearly 1,200 public schools as a speed deterrent while the state’s speed cameras are not operating. The city’s Transportation Department say the signs aren’t as effective as speed cameras, but at some point something is better than nothing.

Photoville is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park with an exhibit called “Humble Cat,” and they want your cat photos.