The Briefly for July 19, 2018 – The Second Avenue Subway Did Not Fix the UES’ Overcrowded Subway Problems and More

The Second Avenue subway was a bad investment, the “Oxy Doc” is guilty, Airbnb will have to turn over the names and addresses of their hosts, Cuomo is in the lead, and more in today’s NYC news digest

Central Park’s Lasker pool and ice skating rink will close in 2020 for three years while it gets a $150 million renovation.

The Second Avenue subway did not alleviate overcrowding on the Upper East Side trains. A better investment would have been upgrading the 4/5/6 line. During the average weekday rush hour in June and July of 2017, 57 scheduled trains did not run, and those trains alone could handle the current ridership of the Second Avenue subway.

The city settled a $20.8 million gender discrimination lawsuit with the New York State Nurses Association to classify nursing as “physically taxing” work, which qualifies nurses for early retirement and full pensions.

An Uber driver was caught peeing into a bottle with a rider in the car. Gross.

A bodega worker who set a mentally ill homeless man on fire is out of jail after three months served after the jury acquitted him on more serious charges.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil has used a $4 million federally funded plane “three or four times” because he’s “busy.” This was the same plane that shuttled Mayor de Blasio home from his Canadian vacation on July 5.

Airbnb will be forced to hand over the names and addresses of their hosts. Airbnb will otherwise pay $1,500 per listing (about $78 million) or the total amount of fees collected during the previous year.

BKLYNER got a sneak peek inside the Atlantic Terminal Target remodel. It looks… like a Target.

The State Senate has not reconvened to pass the Every School Speed Camera Act, which expires in less than two weeks.

“Oxy Doc” Dr. Martin Tesher was found guilty on ten counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and faces 20 years to life when sentences.

Filming around town: Happy! w/Christopher Meloni is at 66th and West End Ave, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on Bleecker and 6th, The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at 51st and Madison, Showtime’s Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30th and 6th, and Law and Order: SVU is at E 120th and 3rd.

Robert Owens, a truck driver who hit and killed biker Heather Lough in the Bronx two years ago, will pay a $1,088 fine and face a 75-day license suspension and face no jail time as part of a plea deal.

MSG unveiled a piano and plaque to commemorate Billy Joel’s 100th concert at the venue.

The city and state are suing the justice department over the ICE strings attached to public safety grants.

After $465 million in renovations, the Javits Center’s roof is still leaking.

Girl Scout Troop 6000 expanded city-wide thanks to a $1 million investment form the city and now has over 500 girls and women participating in the program.

Big Bush Park in Woodside is open after a $1.8 million renovation.

*Jerry Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with all these primary elections in the city? Speaking of primaries, Governor Cuomo has a 36 point lead over Cynthia Nixon in the democratic primary for governor.

Chinatown’s Doyers St is getting a mural to resemble 200 foot-long multi-colored flying dragon. “Murder Alley” has come a long way.

Attention: 18 decadently delicious cookies, from Eater.

The Briefly for June 20, 2018 – Curbing Arrests for Smoking Weed, Chelsea Guitars Gets to Stay, Lead Paint on the 7, and More

NYPD will start issuing tickets for people caught smoking weed on September 1, Simcha Felder runs away from a mother, the New York Pizza Festival, and more

Watch State Senator Simcha Felder ignore and run away from a mother whose child died by a speeding motorist in 2013. The Every School Speed Camera Act would put speeding cameras near 290 schools throughout the city, which has been proven to reduce speeding by 63% in New York. The bill cleared the state assembly but Felder is one of the people preventing a vote in the senate. Felder is a Democrat that caucuses with the Republicans.

“The NYPD has no interest in arresting people for marijuana offenses when those arrests have no direct impact on public safety.” -NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. The new policy of issuing tickets instead of an arresting will be enforced beginning September 1.

Don’t eat the paint chips falling off the elevated 7 train. The MTA will start to remove lead paint from the 7 train’s elevated tracks in Queens between 82nd St and 103rd St. The paint used on the elevated tracks and structures is over 50x what is considered safe.

City Hall Park, Mount Pitt, Vauxhall Gardens, and the other must-see spots from NYC’s first guidebook in 1807.

25 must-visit historic LGBTQ sites in NYC from Curbed.

Brownsville and its parks failed 10 of the 14 benchmarks from New Yorkers for Parks’ Brownsville Open Space Index. Two years ago Mayor de Blasio announced that Betsy Head Park would be receiving a portion of a $30 million investment as one of five “anchor parks” in the city, which means a two year closure of Brownsville’s biggest park.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics” is the Transit Museum’s latest exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit celebrates the subways as depicted in comics and includes Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz.

Humanhattan 2050 proposes new infrastructure in Lower Manhattan to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years and make the area more accessible and enjoyable at a cost of $335 million.

We’re inching closer to the latest closures of subway stations for renovations. 57th Street is hit on July 9th, 28th Street closes on July 16, and 23rd Street on July 23. There are five new stations on the list but don’t have dates: 145th Street on the 3, Penn Station 1, 2, 3 (how is that even possible?), 174th-175th Streets D and 167th Street D in the Bronx.

New York Pizza Festival’s organizers promise this year’s event won’t be the “Fyre Festival of Pizza.”

Chelsea Guitars was given a stay of execution by the Chelsea Hotel’s owners.

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC from 6sqft.

Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group are pushing forward on banning cash at their restaurants. Meyers argue that the benefits of people who can afford credit cards outweighs the impact on customers who can only pay with cash.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Nostrand Ave and Avenue P Brooklyn and 33rd St and Ave S, The Sun is Also the Star, starring Yara Shahidi, is at W 124th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and John Wick 3, starring Theodore “Ted” Logan, is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn.

Do you know how to do a “Bronx Cheer?”


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The Briefly for June 19, 2018 – Juneteenth, NYPD vs NYPD PBA on School Cameras, “Spit In It,” and More

The Every School Speed Camera Act has the support of the NYPD’s commissioner, but not the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association.

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill supports the Every School Speed Camera Act, citing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative as reducing pedestrian fatalities by 45% between 2013 and 2017. O’Neill stands at odds with the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who claims that instead of the 150 additional schools to get cameras, 5,000 more police officers can fix the speeding concerns. State Senator Simcha Felder (of course he’s involved) claims to have privacy concerns about the speeding cameras. Streetsblog makes the case that when the Every School Speed Camera Act lapses in a few weeks, that Governor Cuomo can be blamed.

Over 1,000 lives were lost aboard the PS General Slocum, New York City’s worst maritime disaster, in 1904. 6sqft looks back on the disaster over 110 years ago.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden” will be installed at the form Fort Tilden army base at the Rockaways starting July 1. The installation consists of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel one-foot balls. Kusama’s piece is a protest against the commercialization of art and culture, but expect a million selfies this summer.

RIP the midtown Carl’s Jr. Stay out of our city.

Curbed has a map of where you can find areas with air conditioning throughout the city. This will be handy as we slowly forget what winter is like.

6sqft looks at the a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/the-1936-summer-of-pools-when-robert-moses-and-the-wpa-cooled-off-nyc/”>importance of public pools throughout the city in 1936.

A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommends that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state.” The governor said “facts have changed,” which is weird way of saying “we were wrong.”

Would you like some “PLEASE SPIT IN IT TOO” on your burger?

Filming Around Town: The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy his on 47th and 5th, John Wick 3 is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn, The Deuce is at 1st Ave 2nd St and 7th and 30th, Ray Donovan is at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Today is Juneteenth, which marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Local organizers are planning a protest in Foley Square to push for the end of the wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system.

You’ve got until 2023 until the MetroCard as you know it will be OBSOLETE!

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her campaign finance reform platform in the same location that Gov Cuomo announced his candidacy for Governor eight years ago. “If Washington is a swamp, then Albany under Andrew Cuomo is a cesspool.” -Nixon

Xiu Qing You, 39, was living in the United States for nearly twenty years before being arrested by ICE agents while interviewing for a green card.

The Brearley School on the Upper East Side announced all applicants who consider themselves female can apply to the school, which opens the door for transgender students.

The 80 Flatbush development is displacing the HIV-AIDS Services Administration, which is currently at 94 Flatbush, at the end of the month. It is one of three facilities in Brooklyn and will be moving to a temporary location on Third Avenue until it finds a permanent home in Bushwick. For the people who rely on these services, an unannounced change in schedule could have serious consequences.

More toxic algae in a city park. Bowne Park in Flushing is the latest park to issue a warning about algae blooms. These aren’t lethal like the Prospect Park Lake, Morningside Pond, or The Lake in Central Park, but you could still be staying away from the water.

Have you ever had an egg cream?