The Briefly for July 11, 2018 – Changes to the Brooklyn Bridge, New Yorkers Don’t Get Enough Sleep, and more

It’s free Slurpee day, how to survive and thrive in the city’s pools, don’t eat the Gowanus Canal crabs, did the mayor illegally cross the US/Mexico border, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

It’s free Slurpee day, don’t forget.

PTSD in civilian 9/11 rescue and recovery workers is linked to heart attack and stroke risks, according to an American Heart Association study. This is the first link discovered between PTSD and heart disease.

Generation Q, a new LGBTQ youth center, opened in Forest Hills.

Mayor de Blasio claims his administration will “eradicate this problem once and for all,” which is difficult to believe, because this wasn’t a priority until it came under scrutiny by local media. NYC Transit president Andy Byford finally had a 90-minute meeting with the Mayor on Monday after six months on the job. It was during a NY Times profile of Byford that it had come up that he was unable to get time with the mayor. More media coverage which jolted the mayor into action.

Did the mayor cross the US/Mexico border illegally?

Will Governor Cuomo sign a bill that would prevent him from using MTA funding as a state slush fund? The Governor has diverted half a billion dollars away from the MTA and it’s hard to ignore the current state of the system. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now it’s up to the Governor to do the right thing.

Throggs Neck has a new farmer’s market every Tuesday through November 13th.

Will rezoning Inwood push out small businesses and lead to gentrification?

Angry Bob Holden is finding out being a city councilperson is more nuanced than he imagined. Holden represents the NIMBY neighborhoods of Middle Village, Maspeth, and Glendale. The Village Voice profiled him and his struggles to transition from civic leader to politician.

The DOT submitted design alterations to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Landmarks Preservations Commission, which will revamp the bridge’s towers and fix up the arch blocks on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and badly need repair. No timetable has been announced, but expect this to take many years.

Untapped Cities was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hudson Yards as construction heads towards a finish in 2019.

It’s hard to believe that people will still fish in the Gowanus Canal while it’s being dredged, but this is the world we live in.

Filming around town: The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is still around 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at 33rd St and 36th Ave in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Duane and W. Broadway, and Otherhood is at Grand and Allen.

Disney is selling their buildings on the Upper West Side for a massive amount of money and moving to Four Hudson Square in Greenwich Village with a 99 year lease.

Take a tour of the brand new portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3, courtesy of Curbed.

42 percent of New Yorkers have reported sleep problems and it would be less if those kids next door ever stopped screaming and stomping around!

What happened when Feminist Apparel’s staffed discovered CEO Alan Martofel’s history of sexually abusing women? He fired everyone on his staff who asked for his resignation.

A guide to survive and thrive in the city’s pools.

One fifth of licensed food trucks in the city go un-inspected because they can’t be found, and that’s why the city wants to add GPS devices to trucks to better track their locations. Opponents of the plan worry it would be used by the federal government against immigrant vendors.

If you’re looking for an eternal home, there’s a vault deep within St. Patrick’s’ catacombs that can be yours for only $7 million.


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The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

RAT FACTS!

A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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The Briefly for June 4, 2018 – Meet the “Mayor,” Cross-Eyed Robber, The Future of Queens Blvd, and More

Back from vacation and at the new morning publishing schedule. The Briefly returns!

The Community Service Society and their Fair Fares initiative held a “Meet the Mayor” event with Alex Low, a member of the Rider’s Alliance, sitting in for the absent mayor. Fair Fares is trying to lobbying for the city to use $212 million to subsidize MetroCards for low income New Yorkers. The Mayor has pushed back against the idea that the city should fund the subsidies. The MTA currently offers half-price fares to seniors and people with disabilities.

The Upper West Side’s cross-eyed robber has a 50% success rate.

The DOT unveiled the next stage of the redesign of Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, adding bike lanes. It’s specifically the bike lanes, that removes 220 parking spots, that lost the support Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. “I can’t go anywhere without someone complaining to me about them. Even when I’m eating in a restaurant, people come up to me constantly.”

Filming around town today: John Wick 3 is killing everyone at 42nd and Lexington through Wednesday, The Punisher is in Astoria, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at 82nd and Broadway, and Ray Donovan is at 133rd and 12th.

LICTalk is circulating that the 4th of July fireworks are going to be on the East side of Manhattan this year. Plan accordingly.

Do you know the difference between ordering a Black Cow with Choker Holes, or All Black with Glob? Atlas Obscura takes a look back at the lost lingo of New York’s soda jerks.

Your guide to Riis Park beach food from Gothamist.

Holy! The rent is too damn high in this building across the street from Zabar’s. The apartments START at $10k/month.


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