The Briefly for August 15, 2018 – Hang Out with Dogs, El Chapo Shuts Down the Brooklyn Bridge, and More

Every time El Chapo is in court, the Brooklyn Bridge has to be shut down, the Pulaski Bridge is closing at night, the MTA wants body cameras, the insane parking in Bushwick, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Hang out with dogs without being life partners with one, a guide from Brokelyn.

If you want to support former-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, you can rent an apartment from him for $25,000 a month.

Just in case getting around the city was too easy, the Pulaski Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens will be closed to cars, buses, pedestrians, and bikes between midnight and 5am every weekday until September 7.

City Council Member Helen Rosenthal is calling on the city to install a two-way protected bike lane on Central Park West after a garbage truck driver struck and killed 23-year-old Australian tourist Madison Lyden.

According to the DOT “132,253 drivers have been observed through Friday, August 10th exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour during school hours.” The city can no longer issue tickets to people who speed in school zones with cameras because the State Senate has been impotent to reauthorize the Every School Speed Camera Act.

The sets of yellow footprints on a C train have been seen for the last three months have not inspired confidence in the MTA’s ability to clean its subway cars.

Despite the raising minimum wage and displayed calorie counts, fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A are thriving throughout the city.

Despite his primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s weird election laws will ensure that Joe Crowley’s name is still on the ballot for the general election.

Candytopia is the latest eye-rolling Instagram-trap dressed up like an interactive art installation.

Did Andrew Cuomo promise Donald Trump he wouldn’t run against him in 2020? Cuomo says no, Trump says yes.

Six unique New York stories, from Great Big Story.

Ever wonder how the dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History get clean? Wonder no more!

An unidentified body was discovered in the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. NYPD are investigating, but have not released any other information.

Agostinho Sinclair, 41, of Far Rockaway, was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operator after hitting an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle on Monday. The boy is in stable condition.

A female professor at NYU has been suspended for the coming academic year after an 11-month Title IX investigation found that she had sexually harassed, both physically and verbally, one of her former male students.

El Chapo is being held in a high-security federal prison in Lower Manhattan, but each time he has to appear in court in Brooklyn, the entire Brooklyn Bridge needs to be cleared of all cars. When the trial begins in November, both sides of the bridge may become the city’s latest commuting nightmare.

The MTA is calling for voluntary body cameras to help identify people who assault MTA workers. Bus and subway worker harassment has increased 11% in the last year, which included the recent story of a woman attacking a subway conductor.

Why bother with alternate side parking rules when you can just park directly in the middle of the street?


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The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for July 27, 2018 – Two MTA Fare Hikes Planned, the Noisiest Bars, Horse AAA, and More

The MTA is planning two fare hikes in three years, Nigerian princes are in NYC, the Barclays Center is dropping straws, the noisiest bars, the best pies, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Subway lines with service changes this weekend: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, J, L, N, Q, & R.

Get ready for two MTA fare hikes in the next three years because their service has been so stellar as of late.

The MTA is accused of abusing the declared state of emergency to push through bloated projects and spending more money than is necessary without following normal procedures. The emergency order is renewed monthly and has been in effect since June 2017.

Sometimes the original headline is enough. “Inside the girl gang that lures male enemies to their deaths.”

The top ten secrets of the Javits Center, according to Untapped Cities.

What’s the noisiest bar in the city? The Velvet Rope Lounge in Brighton Beach, but don’t worry because everyone’s favorite place to have sex in the bathrooms, Union Pool in Williamsburg, also made the list.

The NYPD has a “Horse AAA” service for their mounted units, which includes a mobile 2,850 degree furnace.

The city will continue collecting data from the mounted speed cameras in school zones, even if they will be unable to ticket speeding drivers. While Governor Cuomo has named Marty Golden by name as someone responsible for their demise, Cuomo has refused to use his power to call a special session of the State Senate.

This bronze elephant statue at the UN is partially hidden to hide it’s two foot long erection.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Greenwich Ave and 7th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Thomson Ave and 31st St in Long Island City, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on W 4th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Gramercy Park and 27th St and 10th.

The 13 best pie places in the city, according to Gothamist. If you have triskaidekpiephobia, this isn’t your story.

The Barclays Center is banning plastic straws by the end this year.

How did your block vote in the 2016 election? The NY Times has an extremely detailed map.

“The New L” wants to drive you to work during the L train shutdown for $155/month.

6sqft found 15 reasons to visit Staten Island.

The man shaking down Queens businesses in a wheelchair was caught walking without issue by the NY Post. His lawyer is dropping all 49 lawsuits.

There are real Nigerian princes in the city, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t scammers.