The Briefly for September 18, 2018 – NYC vs DOJ, a Seven Alarm Fire, the U.N. and More

Midtown will slow down even more once the U.N. is in town, the DOJ comments about safe injection sites, de Blasio deflects school bus complaints and more.

What you need to know about the United Nations general assembly that’s starting this week.

The worst days of the year for driving in Manhattan aren’t Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s when the U.N. is in session. In Midtown, traffic slows from the average of 4.7mph to 3mph and the city’s new message is simple: “Your trip through Midtown will take three times as long.”

The bridge that connects Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights is indefinitely closed. It seems that high moisture levels are causing the problem with the bridge. That’s outside. Near the water.

The creepy LinkNYC/ice cream jingle mystery is one step closer to being solved.

A seven alarm fire broke out at Kings Plaza Mall’s parking garage. Avon Stephens, 23, was arrested for causing damage to over 100 Mercedes-Benzes. A local dealership was storing cars there, not everyone who goes to Kings Plaza drives a Benz. No one suffered life-threatening injuries. He said he was sorry.

Rose III by Isa Genzken is a new 26-foot-tall sculpture of a rose in Zuccotti Park.

Cuomo defeated Nixon and Gothamist asks “Are the subways screwed forever?

Joe Crowley will remain chairman of the Queens Democratic Party after being defeated by Amexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s remained the chairman since 2006.

A 33-year-old man was found dead at Union Square after attempting to walk between train cars while moving.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Instagram, here comes Human’s Best Friend. It’s an Instagram bait installation, but it’s for dogs.

What’s going on with Australian coffee culture in the city?

The man behind the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, Alan Abel, has earned himself a second obituary in The New York Times 38 years after his first.

The Justice Department is calling NYC’s proposed safe injection sites a “violation of the Controlled Substances Act.” This is coming to a head after a letter from state Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) was sent to the DOJ.

Mayor de Blasio is blaming bus companies for the 82,225 complaints the DOE has already received in the first two weeks of school, but no action has yet been taken by his administration.


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The Briefly for August 15, 2018 – Hang Out with Dogs, El Chapo Shuts Down the Brooklyn Bridge, and More

Every time El Chapo is in court, the Brooklyn Bridge has to be shut down, the Pulaski Bridge is closing at night, the MTA wants body cameras, the insane parking in Bushwick, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Hang out with dogs without being life partners with one, a guide from Brokelyn.

If you want to support former-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, you can rent an apartment from him for $25,000 a month.

Just in case getting around the city was too easy, the Pulaski Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens will be closed to cars, buses, pedestrians, and bikes between midnight and 5am every weekday until September 7.

City Council Member Helen Rosenthal is calling on the city to install a two-way protected bike lane on Central Park West after a garbage truck driver struck and killed 23-year-old Australian tourist Madison Lyden.

According to the DOT “132,253 drivers have been observed through Friday, August 10th exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour during school hours.” The city can no longer issue tickets to people who speed in school zones with cameras because the State Senate has been impotent to reauthorize the Every School Speed Camera Act.

The sets of yellow footprints on a C train have been seen for the last three months have not inspired confidence in the MTA’s ability to clean its subway cars.

Despite the raising minimum wage and displayed calorie counts, fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A are thriving throughout the city.

Despite his primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s weird election laws will ensure that Joe Crowley’s name is still on the ballot for the general election.

Candytopia is the latest eye-rolling Instagram-trap dressed up like an interactive art installation.

Did Andrew Cuomo promise Donald Trump he wouldn’t run against him in 2020? Cuomo says no, Trump says yes.

Six unique New York stories, from Great Big Story.

Ever wonder how the dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History get clean? Wonder no more!

An unidentified body was discovered in the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. NYPD are investigating, but have not released any other information.

Agostinho Sinclair, 41, of Far Rockaway, was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operator after hitting an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle on Monday. The boy is in stable condition.

A female professor at NYU has been suspended for the coming academic year after an 11-month Title IX investigation found that she had sexually harassed, both physically and verbally, one of her former male students.

El Chapo is being held in a high-security federal prison in Lower Manhattan, but each time he has to appear in court in Brooklyn, the entire Brooklyn Bridge needs to be cleared of all cars. When the trial begins in November, both sides of the bridge may become the city’s latest commuting nightmare.

The MTA is calling for voluntary body cameras to help identify people who assault MTA workers. Bus and subway worker harassment has increased 11% in the last year, which included the recent story of a woman attacking a subway conductor.

Why bother with alternate side parking rules when you can just park directly in the middle of the street?


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The Briefly for July 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th, the Weekend in Subway Delays, Take A Nap, and More

The weekend’s subways are a mess, Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”, dockless bike share programs are coming this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The weekend in closures, delays, and headaches for nearly every subway line. The 28th St station 6 station will be closing on Monday until December for renovations.

It’s Friday the 13th, which means $13 tattoos + $7 (minimum) tips in many parlors around the city.

The amazing story of how the gregarious Ray from Ray’s Candy Store hustled and bribed his way from the Iranian Navy to a naturalized citizen and a staple in the East Village.

Despite evidence that bike lanes have made neighborhood streets safer, the Upper East Side’s CB8 still can’t decide if it wants bike lanes after three years. Woodside will get new bike lanes on 43rd Ave and Skillman Ave this summer.

The dockless the bike share pilot neighborhoods are on pace to start this month, but not Coney Island. The city delayed the program’s rollout in the people’s playground due to construction and large summer crowds. The latter will never not be an issue.

Urby, Staten Island’s hipster apartment complex, was hit with a discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of trying to force out black residents with frivolous housing court cases.

A Queens man plead guilty to helping ISIS.

Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”

$25 buys you 45 minutes for a nap in Greenwich Village.

NYPD continue to investigate the death of Lara Prychodko, who died falling 27 stories into a trash compactor.

Will the New York Football Club end up with a new stadium in the Bronx?

The Coffee Shop in Union Square is closing in October.

Is Joe Crowley refusing to accept defeat against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Filming around town: Isn’t It Romantic w/Rebel Wilson is at 44th and Lexington this weekend, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is atAtlantic Ave and Clinton St in Brooklyn, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Court St and Pacific St in Brooklyn, John Wick 3 w/ Keanu Reeves and dog is at 8th and W 46th, and also Liberty and Nassau and Bay 23rd St and 86th St in Brooklyn this weekend, The Sun Is Also A Star is at Joralemon St and Court St in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at W 106th and Broadway, and Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at Duane and W. Broadway. Busy shooting day in the city.

New York, despite Hollywood’s assumptions, we are not a city full of alleys. Look closer at Cortland Alley, the most filmed in alley in the city.

The best eggplant parms in the city, according to Gothamist.

Governor Cuomo says the city should pay half of the more than $30 billion of the state’s “Fast Track” program, as if the city isn’t roughly 50% of the state already.

The lieutenant governor race is getting nasty with Kathy Hochul criticizing Jumaane Williams, her opponent in the September primary, over not constantly supporting abortion rights.

Homeless Girl Scout Troop 6000 is expanding to all 5 boroughs.

Noted LIRR racist Edward Ruggiero plead guilty to aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct.

The video of an attempted hit on the son of a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in the Bronx is insane. Stop, drop, and roll appears to work for multiple scenarios.

Six ducklings were rescued by the FDNY after falling down a drain on Roosevelt Island and have been reunited with their mom.


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