The Briefly for October 5, 2018 – RIP Ms Colombia, A Weekend of Parades, 7 and L Train Closures, and More

No 7 train to Comic Con, RIP to an NYC LGBTQ icon, a century of Italian bread in the Bronx, lots of street closures due to parades and festivals and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Don’t expect to take the 7 to Comic Con this weekend, because it’s not running. (Gothamist) The mini-L train shutdown continues this weekend and every weekend in October.

For the longest time it was a rite of passage to come across Ms Colombia, resplendent in wild colors and bird on her head. Ms Colombia was found in the waters off Jacob Riis Park on Wednesday morning at 3:30am. She was 64. (Gothamist)

This week end is busy with parades and festivals, which means lots of street closures. Oktoberfest, Nigerian Independence Parade, “Weekend Walks,” Korean Parade, the Upper Broadway Fall Festival, Pulaski Memorial Parade, and the list keeps going and going. (Curbed)

JFK is getting a $13 billion overhaul. Here’s what to expect. (NY Post)

Looking to get out of the city? Try Staten Island! All kidding aside, the best things to do in Snug Harbor. (Brokelyn)

The Red Cat in Chelsea is closing after twenty years. The owner and chef Jimmy Bradley is “ready for a change.” (Eater)

A salute to Madonia, the Italian bakery in the Bronx celebrating 100 years. If you want the pretzels, they only bake them on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (NY Times)

The Department of Justice is still trying to deport Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza delivery worker detained by ICE. (Gothamist)

The city is working to preserve the Garment District, but manufacturers predict Sunset Park will be the new actual Garment District thanks to a city project at Bush Terminal. (6sqft)

An update on Wednesday’s fire in the East Village from Carlina Rivera, City Council member.

Harvey Weinstein, out on $1 million bail, made a reservation at Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo. What a pair. Maybe they caught an impromptu Louis C.K. set afterwards and watched some Cosby Show. (Eater)

The 11 best milkshake spots in the city. (Gothamist)

The Slice Out Hunger event on October 10 will offer some of the city’s best slices for only a dollar and proceeds will be split between City Harvest and The Sylvia Center. (Gothamist)


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The Briefly for September 7, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Hurricane Florence is On the Way, and More

The usual chaos of trying to get anywhere on the subway over the weekend, there is a chance that Hurricane Florence will hit New York on Primary Day, and more in today’s daily New York City new digest.

This weekend’s subway changes from 6sqft, including no G train between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Square and there’s no D train between Herald Square and Atlantic Ave. In addition, the Manhattan bound 1 train at 238th is closed through winter 2019.

Don’t look now, but there’s a chance we’re getting hit by Hurricane Florence on Primary day.

If you left a few inert grenades behind in a Staten Island storage facility, check to see if the bomb squad has a lost and found.

As expected, Governor Cuomo unveiled a revamped LIRR concourse and entrance to Penn Station with bigger hallways and higher ceilings. The project is still about two years from completion. The LIRR is currently running with the worst delays in nearly 20 years.

Senate candidate Julia Salazar was accused of having an affair with Mets legend Keith Hernandez. Wait, what?

During the last debate between the four Democratic primary hopefuls for Attorney General, Zephyr Teachout was the obvious target.

A 26-year-old woman was shot in the face outside an illegal club in Brooklyn late on Wednesday/early on Thursday. She survived the shooting and no arrests have been made.

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An expansion to Hudson Yards Park expansion will cost a staggering /$374 million for 3 acres.

The financial District will be the home of the first Alamo Drafthouse in Manhattan. It’s expected to open late 2019.

Current Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed every catholic diocese in New York as part of a broad sex abuse investigation in light of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Sex offenders will be able to vote at schools in the upcoming election, but only after 7pm. Correctional Services created a special condition that will allow offenders on school property, where they are otherwise banned.

Special edition Paul McCartney Metrocards are available at Grand Central. They’re already selling on eBay for $15-$40.

Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca introduced a bill that would prevent the city from being a part of any contract with any entity involved in immigration enforcement. The de Blasio administration has already stated it supports the goal, but won’t support the bill.

Don’t sit on train tracks. Bad things will happen.


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The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.