The Briefly for Labor Day 2018 – The City Has A New Pot Policy

The NYPD will issue summons instead of arrests in most cases involving smoking pot in public, but critics point out the new policy may continue to allow for racial profiling in arrests made.

There’s a new pot policy in the city, which started September 1. Anyone caught smoking marijuana in public will receive a summons instead of being arrested. There are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being that police can “exercise discretion” on how best to proceed.

The Village Voice has ceased publishing new stories, as reported by the re-animated corpse of Gothamist. The owner, Peter D. Barbey, is going to continue to make the paper’s archives available online. Gothamist suffered a similar fate, but was brought back to life by WNYC.

Less than a month after Inwood’s rezoning, the first 30-story rental tower is planned. The purpose of the rezoning was to encourage 5,000 new apartments in the neighborhood.

The city, working with Legal Aid, is working to get the 6,000 eligible people in Rikers Island registered to vote. The deadline to vote in the general elections on November 6 i October 12.

Another chapter in the long and complicated story of 85 Bowery has come to an end. On Thursday, tenants returned to their renovated homes almost two years after they were vacated from the building due to deteriorating conditions. In 2016, the owner filed a lawsuit to evict (rather than vacate) all tenants of the building, which spurred a legal argument about rent stabilized apartments. The story of the struggle between the tenants and the landlord isn’t over, but tenants once again have their homes.

Despite big promises about Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero, the NYPD has investigated less fatal collisions between pedestrians and cars. Investigations are down 19% and there are two fewer officers in the unit since 2013 (a promise was made to add more).

1,160 kids in NYCHA housing tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. That number started as 19, then was revised to 820 and has ballooned to over 1,000. On the radio on Friday Mayor de Blasio made attempts to deflect the blame, insisting that the city hadn’t violated the CDC’s instructions, rather they hadn’t adhered to its guidance.

The Leave Behind Naloxone Program will leave a drug overdose kit with overdose survivors. Friends and family of survivors can also request a kit. Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids in an overdose.

It’s been ten years since Coney Island’s Astroland closed. The Coney Island History Project is celebrating the lost amusement park throughout this month.

What is going on with The Michelle Obama Political Club that is in no way affiliated with Michelle Obama and why did this oddly named and seemingly newly formed group endorse State Senator Jesse Hamilton against Zellnor Myrie?

After declaring he would stop balancing the Sisyphus Stones, Uliks Gryka has stated he will return to Fort Washington Park to balance the stones after the stones were vandalized.

Melissa and Michelle Jones have become the NYPD’s first ever black twin-sister detectives.

Here it is, the dumbest opinion about bike lanes in history.

Juliio C. Ayala, an 18-year-old believed to be affiliated with MS-13, was arraigned on Sunday that he raped an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn.

At 8.4%, Queens had the highest year-over-year rent hike in the country in August.

Another account of the Central Park West ghost bus, which the MTA says does not exist… but it does.

The man who sprayed a mystery substance on NYC buses was 46-year-old Andre Chandler and the mystery substance was bear repellant (twice as strong as pepper-spray). He faces 20 counts of assault and as far as we know there were no bears aboard those buses.

Please stop feeding the squirrels in Madison Square Park!


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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 August 10, 2018 – Weekend Subway Closures, Falling Air Conditioners, and More

Like a Broadway show, the L train shutdown goes into the first of fifteen preview weekends before the full shutdown in April.

Subway changes this weekend for the 2, 5, 7, A, C, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, Q, and R trains. Like a Broadway show, the L train shutdown is in previews this weekend. The 174-175 Street B/D station is closing on Monday for renovations through December.

Every New Yorker’s nightmare: An air conditioner fell out of a window and hit a man sitting on a bench. Oh god.

Korean K9 Rescue is fighting against the dog meat trade and adopting dogs in Bushwick.

James Dolan sucks as an owner of the Rangers, he sucks at the owner of the Knicks, but that is nothing compared to how much he sucks as a musician. His latest dumpster fire is about how he didn’t stop Harvey Weinstein.

There are no stairs that lead to the platform, so when the elevators at the Clark St 2/3 station are out of order, the entire station shuts down.

The Independent’s guide to the NY Democratic primaries.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at 25th and 6th, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Greenwich Ave and 7th Ave, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 69th Ave and Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is at 45th St and 30th Ave in Astoria, Law and Order: SVU is at 107th and Amsterdam Ave, Central Park 5 w/Michael K. Williams is at 104th and Madison, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 72nd and 5th.

A Texas Chicken and Burgers in Harlem is being sued over LGBTQ discrimination.

A white woman called 911 because a black man was handing out flyers in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The black man was State Sen. Jesse Hamilton.

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamil Jones was arrested after Sandor Szabo, a man he punched in the face, died due to his injuries. The two men had what the Post is calling “an interaction” around 1am on Sunday.

Looking deeper into the Kars4Kids charity than just the annoying song.

Supposedly there are over 10,000 who pickup and cash in cans throughout the city. Canners.nyc tells the story of eight of them.


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