The Briefly for September 5, 2018 – Is The World Ready for Aaron Sorkin’s Lee Harper’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ on Broadway?

To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong are two new shows coming to Broadway this year, half the G train will shut down on weekends this month, paying tribute to Kenny Shopsin, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Half the G train is shutting down this weekend, and every weekend until Columbus Day. Buses will replace the G train between Bedford-Nostrand Ave and Court Square.

Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace tops New York City’s affordable neighborhoods, as weighed by Localize.city. Second place on the list is Roosevelt Island.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “King Kong,” and “The Cher Show” are three of the new shows coming to Broadway this year.

The best art exhibits to see at New York City museums this fall, according to amNY.

A woman on probation for animal cruelty pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her Jackson Heights home last week. Elizabeth Grant was convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty for failing to take care of her 54 cats and dogs.

An ambulette collided with an electric scooter in the Bronx early Tuesday and killed the 25-year-old driver of the scooter and hurt a 42-year-old passenger.

Eater pays tribute to Kenny Shopsin of Shopsin’s General Store.

The Church of God of East Flatbush is getting into the real estate business. The church purchased two blocks on land for $8 million seven years ago and will build a new church and 531 units of affordable housing.

With the new school year restarts the debate about the SHSAT. The New York Times solicited stories from its readers about the admissions test.

Two years after Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in prisons, no findings or recommendations have been made.

Manhattanites are raising funds for laundry gift certificates to help homeless students this school year.

Executive Producer Dick Wolf is at it again.

Will he or won’t he? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t endorsed a candidate for Governor.

At least 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have been stricken with breast cancer, defying astronomical odds. Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke form the attack.

George C. Parker is one of many men who “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge so the potential buyer could build toll booths since it’s construction in 1883. 135 years later and still no tolls.


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The Briefly for August 23, 2018 – L Train Shutdown Delays Will Be Only 10 Minutes If You Trust the Mayor

The mayor took a very rare ride on the subway to talk to reporters about the L train shutdown. City Councilmember Stephen Levin joined in to say it will only add 20 minutes to a commuters day, every day, for 15 months.

Yeah, a working subway system is cool, but have you ever heard of finding it? Despite all the talk about the “Fast Forward” plan to modernize the city’s transit system, it does not have a source of funding. According to New York City Transit chief Andy Byford “Fare bucks absolutely cannot fund this plan.” Byford held a town hall on Tuesday that was criticized for its last minute announcement and said there will be more in the future.

The Mayor took a rare subway ride to tell reporters that when it comes to the L train shutdown “We’re on this.” Remember this number. The Mayor and City Councilmember Stephen Levin said the average delay in a commute should be 10 minutes each way and New Yorkers should take it “in stride.”

Farewell to the IHOP in Jackson Heights on Northern Blvd. You’ll always have a blace in our hearts.

An update on where the Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz case stands now.

Sometimes a list is full of the best, sometimes the places are unique, but this one is 25 dependable restaurants and bars on the Upper East Side, according to Eater.

The city released a new tool that allows you to see information about every construction project in real time. Poke around in the Active Major Construction tool to see what’s being built in your neighborhood.

An unidentified man was found dead in the East River.

Despite their war of words, Andrew Cuomo has not returned the $64,000 donated to his election campaigns over the years by Donald Trump. His opponent on September 6, Cynthia Nixon, pointed this out in a campaign stop on Wednesday.

State Senator Jesse Hamilton is calling for an apology and more arrests to be made after the fight that broke out in a Brooklyn nail salon.

Women have been legally allowed to be nude from the waist up in the city since 1992 and the GoTopless parade this Sunday is a celebration of women expressing that right.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced that a first-of-its-kind “Freelancer’s Hub” will be coming to DUMBO in two months.

82-year-old pervert Conrado Aleman was arrested on Friday for allegedly groping two women. It’s his sixth arrest in two years. He alleges that the two women were conspiring against him.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. donated over $100k to the HYCHA for new computers and technical assistance. Never jumping on an opportunity to embrace failure, the NYCHA did nothing with that money.

After 14 years, Kwahuru Govan has been convicted of the murder of Sharabia Thomas, a teenager from Bushwick who was killed in 2004.

amNY takes a look at the candidates for the Democratic primary for Attorney General, which takes place on September 13.

State Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan twice accused his opponent, Julia Salazar, of not being eligible to run for office twice and lost both court cases. The mayor endorsed Dilan, but when pressed on it, he claims his reasons for the endorsement were personal and not political.


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The Briefly for May 8, 2018 – Schneiderman Out, The End of Poke, Online Bail, James Beard Winners, A Disappearing Ferris Wheel, and More

What a difference a day makes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after four women came forward to accuse him of nonconsensual physical violence. Schneiderman had been an advocate for women and a foil or President Trump. Barbara Underwood, New York’s Solicitor General, will become the state’s Attorney General.

Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry were exonerated after nearly three decades of being wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1991.

Whoops! The $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project was left off the Economic Development Corporation’s budget for 2019.

Jeremy Safran from Prospect Park South was killed in a suspected burglary gone wrong. A suspect was found in the basement and arrested, but no charges have been filed yet.

The city is introducing an online bail system which eliminates the need to be present to bail someone out doing business hours and can spread across multiple credit cards (with a current maximum of $2,500).

Filming today: Marvel is still in town with The Punisher in Long Island City and Daredevil in the Bronx. Jon Hamm and The Torture report is at Broadway and Worth, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st and 11th, Mindy Kaling and Late Night is at 54th and Park, Law and Order: SVU is solving cases in Chelsea Piers, Sunlit Night starring Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Gillian Anderson at Grand and Forsyth, and The Deuce, James Franco, and his mustache are at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd.

All the city’s James Beard Award winners in the city, highlighted by Eater.

A second protest hit the New School as faculty and students strike together to get graduate students recognized as workers. Their goal is to completely shut the school down during the strike.

Can the city achieve it’s zero traffic related death goal? Curbed takes a look through the lens of March’s fatal accident in Park Slope. 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuer was the fifth child hit and killed by a car on Northern Boulevard, and city council members and sanitation workers are rallying to revoke the license of Sanitation Salvage after two deaths in six months and fail safety inspections at four times the annual rate.

The Poké hype train is slowing down and will soon join cupcakes, Pokémon Go, cronuts, froyo, and pogs.

Is there anything better than Drag Queen Story Hour in Queens libraries through the month of May? Will Brooklyn follow suit with a Drag King Story Hour?

The superintendent of the Port Authority’s police force for airports and bridges retired after Rush Limbaugh claimed that he got a police escort with lights and sirens from Newark airport to a Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation gala (the former superintendent is the vice president of the foundation). Maybe they’re unrelated stories.

A look at NYC’s “Zombie Home” problem in 6sqft. The city has nearly a quarter million empty apartments and the number of zombie homes increased by 35% since 2014.

A look inside the Fresh Pond Crematory in Queens.

Central Park in the 1980s and now. Gothamist republished a 2015 slide show showing the NYC that the Ninja Turtles warned you about compared to modern times.

Work begins (again) on the Roosevelt Island tram on May 15th and serviced will be reduced to 1 cabin for 30 days.

After 108 counts of animal abuse, this Queens woman is not allowed to own pets for ten years.

Here comes the 7 makeover!

The giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island is in danger of not being built at all.

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