The Briefly for June 13, 2018 – Fair Fares, Placard Reform, Keeping Chickens in Brooklyn, and More

Low-income New Yorkers will finally have a chance to get subsidized MetroCards thanks to the city’s budget, Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivering food to the Fort Hamilton army base, and more

Brownstoner has instructions on how to keep chickens in your Brooklyn backyard. Perhaps there’s a step by step set of instructions on how to not be a stereotype.

Cobble Hill gained a ten-foot-tall statue of Pablo Picasso wearing flip flops mowing grass by Elliott Arkin. The Spanish Gardener was unveiled by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets and remains there until July 15.

Fair Fares is finally a reality. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson reached an agreement on funding half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

“I feel like Brooklyn has been in my DNA since Welcome Back Kotter. I love you all so very much, thank you for giving me such a foundation for my career.” John Travolta day was a hell of a party.

IHOb’s burgers are… decent. Stick to pancakes.

The New York Transit Museum’s annual Parade of Trains is this weekend. Six different lines will sport vintage cars.

CUNY is renaming its journalism school after Craig Newmark. His $20 million donation helped.

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Astoria Blvd and 27th St in Astoria, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 4th and the Bowery.

It’s been over a year since Mayor de Blasio pledged to “crack down” on parking placard abuse, and there aren’t many signs of change.

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris plead guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and witness tampering. Harris represented Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights and defrauded the city of $45,600 and FEMA of $25,000. She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years.

Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivery of food to the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained.

Street artist Symbol is using Monopoly cards to highlight the insane prices for commercial rents around the city.

The Briefly for June 11, 2018 – No SHSAT Decision This Year, ICE Detainee Given Stay, The Most Confusing Traffic Light In The City, and more

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the state is punting on a SHSAT decision until next year. Maybe if they wait long enough, it’ll all just go away.

Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza deliveryman detained at the Fort Hamilton military base, was given a stay of removal until July 20. Governor Cuomo issued a letter of support over the weekend. He will remain detained in New Jersey, he can still work on obtaining residency.

This could very well be the most confusing traffic light the city has to offer.

The toll for the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge is being reduced 32% if you live in Brooklyn and cross the bridge more than three times a month. There’s a joke about going to Staten Island that often, but sometimes it’s about the jokes that you don’t make.

Filming Around Town: After the Wedding starring Michelle Williams is at Ludlow and Houston, Still Life is at 69th Park, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is at Forsyth and Rivington, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at W 3rd and 6th, The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy is at Reade and Broadway, and The Deuce with James Franco’s face tickler is at Malcolm X Blvd and W 122nd.

Ephemeral New York dives into the significance behind the bronze relief sculptures at 195 Broadway. The building was completed in 1922 and became the new headquarters for AT&T. There are four 24-foot sculptures from the man who designed 30 Rock’s Prometheus.

The NYPD’s James Frascatore wrongfully tackled and detained returned tennis star James Blake. Two and a half years later, Frascatore was found guilty in an internal investigation of using excessive force and his punishment was a loss of five days of paid vacation. Blake is, as you might expect, not happy about the outcome.

Tompins Square Park has a new resident. Photographer Laura Goggin spotted a baby red-tailed hawk and has some great photos of it. Laura’s blog is worth looking at for the 10+ years of NYC photography she’s posted. Her blog has been added to The Briefly’s sources, so you’ll be seeing more of her work linked here in the future.

The Briefly for June 8, 2018 – Fair Fares, Avocado Squirrel, Clothing Recycling, AG Preet?, Pride Subway Ads, and More

The city is closer to subsidizing Fair Fares, half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. It’s not the $216 million requested, but there’s a tentative agreement for $106 million for the rest of the year. It’s being reported that a handshake is expected on Monday.

If your building has more than 10 units in it, you qualify for a refashionNYC bin. The items you dispose of with the bin will be taken to Housing Works to recycle them. The average household in NYC threw out 125.2 pounds of textiles in 2017.

Brooklynites have been calling for the closure of the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained and handed over to ICE since 1906.Hey Ridge goes into the history of people calling for the base’s closure and alternatives proposed to be put in its place. Pablo will likely be deported.

The cardboard box was invented in NYC.

Preet Bharara is one step closer to running for New York Attorney General.

The Pride subway ads celebrating have returned, reminding New Yorkers that it’s 2018, tip your drag queen, and love is love is love.

Filming Around Town: Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber is at Reade and W Broadway, After the Wedding with Michelle Williams is at Bowery and 3rd, The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 28th and 3rd, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 10th St and 36th Ave in Long Island City and at Ditmars and 19th St, and John Wick 3 is at 42nd and Lexington.

The Times goes inside the dollar van wars.

Adam Harvey, owner of Bar Salumi in Gowanus, poisoned his neighbor’s 60-year-old tree when it was obstructing his solar panel’s sunshine. Harvey has a history of being a dick to his neighbors.

Get your mouth hole ready for the NYC Nutella Cafe, opening at University Place and 13th by the end of the year.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch is advertising two days for gender-segregated beach days on a Kingsborough Community College owned beach. The beach is normally closed when classes are not in session and Deutsch is sponsoring the two days for $400 each. The day for men is June 29 and for women it’s July 27. Who knew you could rent a beach in the city for $400?

FaceGym, the world’s first gym for your face, is located on the new second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The city will fund shelter beds for homeless young people 21 to 24 years old in facilities that are LGBTQ-affirming and supportive as part of the NYC Unity Project.

A body was found in the Gowanus Canal on April 3, and the city declared it a homicide.

The best tater tots in the city, ranked by Gothamist.

Say goodbye to artificially black food. The city has banned activated charcoal in food and drink. Turns out it could make to birth control or other medications less effective.

Pizza rat is dead. Long live avocado squirrel!


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