The Briefly for August 24, 2018 – No M Train This Weekend, the Central Park Ghost Bus, A City of Vigilantes, and More

Park Slope’s Ninth St redesign is almost complete, Marty Golden has a hall of fame worthy bad idea, a Queens chef wins ‘Chopped,’ and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no M train this weekend, the 167th St B/D station will be closing until January starting on Monday, but this weekend is not an L train mini shutdown. 6sqft has all this weekend’s subway changes.

Waave is a new yellow taxi-hailing app that will be available next week. $0.50 from each ride through Waave goes to the MTA and $0.30 will go towards the Taxi Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to adding more handicapped accessible cabs. Get used to saying “it’s like wave, but with two-a’s”

The man who has terrorizing an E 72nd St apartment building, Farris Koroma, turned himself in. Koroma had fired a gun at the building multiple times from Roosevelt Island.

The L4 is a new bus route aimed at easing the L train shutdown. It will originate neat the Bedford stop on the L, go over the Williamsburg Bridge, go up First Avenue in Manhattan to 14th, and turn down Second Avenue to head back to Brooklyn. This is the fourth new bus route specifically for the shutdown.

This might be in the hall of fame for bad ideas. State Senator Marty Golden plans to introduce legislation that would pay bystanders $500 when they help police when they having “violent confrontations with people resisting lawful arrest.” Break out your nunchucks, because vigilante justice is starting to pay!

Park Slope’s Ninth Street redesign is almost complete, which is about six months from the fatal accident that sparked the calls for a protected bike lane and narrowed traffic lanes. How did it get done so quickly? Being a few blocks form the mayor’s house may have helped.

John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole (for the tenth time).

Is the Central Park West shuttle bus a ghost?

Daniel Jackson, a 39-year-old FDNY lieutenant, has been arrested and faces suspension for punching his wife in the face and throwing her into the bushes near their Bronx home.

Luna Park in Coney Island announced an expansion, which won’t be ready until 2020. Rumor has it that the amusement park’s current employees weren’t told about the expansion.

Go down under with these 13 good Australian cafes in NYC, from Curbed.

David Waldman, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office, pleaded guilty to an “extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign”—which started in 2014. He will be sentenced in November. He was in a relationship with the woman he was harassing for four months before he started his four year campaign against her.

One of Spa Castle’s owners, David Chon, pleaded guilty to attempted tax fraud charges, and Spa Castle will have to pay $2.5 million for cheating the system by under-reporting income.

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale.


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The Briefly for August 20, 2018 – Pharma Bro’s Lawyer is Going to Jail, Sharks at Jacob Riis, and More

A teenager was caught going 136mph in Staten Island, an NYPD offer is accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face, Martin Shkreli’s lawyer is going to jail and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Administration for Children’s Services will help sex-trafficking victims and reformed gang members to remove any tattoos forced on them by their old lives. The program is voluntary and still in the planning stages.

What’s $100 worth? In New York City it’s worth $86.51, according to the Tax Foundation.

The apartment directly underneath President Trump’s apartment is for sale. Due to the national security concerns, if the condo board doesn’t buy the apartment to control the sale, the American taxpayers will. The apartment is currently listed for $25 million.

The top 12 BYOB restaurants in the city, according to Eater.

New York City has 370,000 food-insecure school children.

Aretha Franklin tributes are spreading throughout the city. The first popped up at the Franklin Street stop on the subway.

A fight broke out last week during a Parks Department training sessions and Emerald Gentles swung a chair and hit a 55-year-old co-worker. Neither appeared at the WWE’s Summerslam. Gentles was arrested.

A man was hit with a machete by his girlfriend’s brother near Union Square Park on Friday. The attacker is still at large.

A shark was spotted on the beach at Jacob Riis Park Beach. Don’t worry, it was a dogfish, which is harmless unless you’re a clam.

Twig Terrariums’s hamster Princess Ophelia is missing after their move from Gowanus to Ditmas Park.

A man who forced a couple to have sex at gun point is going to jail for 148 years. Rasheed Powell was convicted on 60 counts.

An 18-year-old was caught doing 136mph on the Korean War Veterans Parkway on Staten Island.

“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s lawyer, Evan Greebel, is going to jail for 18 months and will pay back more than $10 million after being found guilty of assisting the weasel-faced bro in defrauding investors.

NYPD officer Ritchard Blake, 40, was fired after being accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face.

The New York Times dives into the world of underground wrestling in New York City, including talking to yours truly.

The FDNY is being sued for a facial hair policy that is allegedly discriminatory towards black men who have a skin condition that cannot be completely clean shaven.

A city initiative to clear traffic on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is dead. Clear Curbs had banned curbside parking during rush hours to allow traffic to flow more easily in Jackson Heights, but local businesses complained it impacted business too harshly.

Expect a reprise of heightened security measures during Labor Day weekend for the J’Ouvert parade.


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The Briefly for July 30, 2018 – NY to Spectrum: Get Out, Pot Prosecutions in Brooklyn are Down 91%, Illegal Roosters, and More

The city has a rooster problem, an FDNY captain is acused of racism, the white supremecist doctor is sorry he was caught, and more in the NYC news digest.

Low-level marijuana prosecutions dropped by 91% in Brooklyn after a pilot program which stopped prosecution of personal possession.

New sirens could be coming to emergency vehicles in the city. The mayor’s ordered study into reducing noise pollution caused by sirens should be announced in the fall.

NY to Spectrum: Get Out. New York state revoked the Charter/Spectrum-Time Warner Cable merger from 2016 due to a failure to live up to their promises. Charter could be forced to spin off Time Warner Cable in New York as a separate company.

One of the Tompkins Square Parks red-tailed hawks died due to secondary poisoning.

There is no dog thief in Central Park, despite last week’s rumors.

Cynthia Nixon was endorsed by NYC’s Democratic Socialists. Nixon and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams have endorsed each other, effectively becoming running mates. Governor Cuomo was endorsed by NARAL and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC.

The rising cost of cigarettes are also giving rise to “buttleggers,” who purchase cigarettes in other states and sell them illegally in the city.

Of the 369 calls to 311 about illegal animals, 190 of them were rooster-related.

The FDNY’s $10 million minority recruitment drive failed to reach its goals. The NY Post cites a lack of people paying the $30 application fee, the percentages of minorities applying were below the goal of the program. Related, a lawsuit makes the claim that FDNY captain of Ladder 103 is East New York is racist.

This is why you don’t scream “fire” in a crowded theater, or that someone has a gun at the Bedford stop on the L.

After a second guilty verdict of wire fraud, mail fraud, extortion, and illegal money transactions, Sheldon Silver is headed to jail for seven years.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave is Astoria, God Friended Me w/Brandon Micheal Hallis at 72nd and Broadway, The Last OG w/Tracy Morganis at Hicks St and Pierrepont St in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 92nd and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at E 3rd St and Greenwood Ave in Brooklyn, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Cross Bay Blvd and E 8th Rd in Queens.

The (Manhattan centric) 13 best bars in the city with the most legit free food, according to Eater.

Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station continues to fall apart, literally.

Everything you need to know about the new dockless bike share programs.

Are barns upstate the “new Williamsburg?”

Dov Bechhofer, the Bronx Montefiore white supremecist doctor, is sorry he was caught and claims his online postings that called for a white ethnostate and expulsion of people of color and Muslims “do not reflect how I was raised or how I actually treat others.” Right.

Mos Def and Set Free Richardson are bringing a hip hop art gallery called The Compound to the South Bronx. The first exhibit will be the work of photographer Jonathan Mannion. Mannion’s work was used on the cover of multiple Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, OutKast, The Game, and more.