The Briefly for September 20, 2018 – Racially Biased Teaching Exam May Cost City $1.7 Billion

The head of the BQX project is quitting, the city’s ferries are going higher capacity for the L train shutdown, a cop accidentally tased another cop in the crotch, and more from your daily NYC news digest.

The city may have to pony up $1.7 billion over a racially biased Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching exam issued between 1993 and 2004.

Mayor de Blasio’s BQX czar Adam Giambrone quit on Monday and his last day on the job will be October 5. The future of the project relies on federal funding, so you may as well kiss it goodbye.

Go inside the abandoned Ellis Island hospital with these photos from an Untapped Cities tour.

The Kings Plaza arsonist says he set fire to the cars in the parking garage because people used them for sex.

Is this man removing a fake “no parking” sign he illegally placed or he illegally removing a “no parking”sign so he doesn’t get caught?

A guide to the restaurants in the Hudson Yards, from Eater.

Reduced fare subway riders now have the option for non-gendered MetroCards.

The West Village’s Cafe Loup was seized by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Electric Citi Bikes are hard to find, and someone’s built a map to track one down.

A public school teacher, Jonathan Deutsch, was arrested for soliciting naked photos of children as young as ten on Facebook.

A man jumped in front of a train and was killed at the Wall St 2/3 station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Brooklyn cop got his eggs scrambled when a fellow officer accidentally hit with a Taser in his groin. Wow.

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade needs your help and donations to avoid going to that farm upstate.

Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, but his plan to add jails on four boroughs is being met with local resistance. Brooklynites are unhappy about the proposed 40-story jail in downtown Brooklyn.

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group in an attempt to dismantle the bail system, which they say discriminates against minorities and the poor. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…for the L train shutdown. Boat capacities are being raised from 149 to 240 riders.

RIP Times Square’s NFL Experience.

The Chinatown Häagen-Dazs is being forced out after 41 years when their $10,000/month rent doubles in December.


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The Briefly for August 24, 2018 – No M Train This Weekend, the Central Park Ghost Bus, A City of Vigilantes, and More

Park Slope’s Ninth St redesign is almost complete, Marty Golden has a hall of fame worthy bad idea, a Queens chef wins ‘Chopped,’ and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no M train this weekend, the 167th St B/D station will be closing until January starting on Monday, but this weekend is not an L train mini shutdown. 6sqft has all this weekend’s subway changes.

Waave is a new yellow taxi-hailing app that will be available next week. $0.50 from each ride through Waave goes to the MTA and $0.30 will go towards the Taxi Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to adding more handicapped accessible cabs. Get used to saying “it’s like wave, but with two-a’s”

The man who has terrorizing an E 72nd St apartment building, Farris Koroma, turned himself in. Koroma had fired a gun at the building multiple times from Roosevelt Island.

The L4 is a new bus route aimed at easing the L train shutdown. It will originate neat the Bedford stop on the L, go over the Williamsburg Bridge, go up First Avenue in Manhattan to 14th, and turn down Second Avenue to head back to Brooklyn. This is the fourth new bus route specifically for the shutdown.

This might be in the hall of fame for bad ideas. State Senator Marty Golden plans to introduce legislation that would pay bystanders $500 when they help police when they having “violent confrontations with people resisting lawful arrest.” Break out your nunchucks, because vigilante justice is starting to pay!

Park Slope’s Ninth Street redesign is almost complete, which is about six months from the fatal accident that sparked the calls for a protected bike lane and narrowed traffic lanes. How did it get done so quickly? Being a few blocks form the mayor’s house may have helped.

John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole (for the tenth time).

Is the Central Park West shuttle bus a ghost?

Daniel Jackson, a 39-year-old FDNY lieutenant, has been arrested and faces suspension for punching his wife in the face and throwing her into the bushes near their Bronx home.

Luna Park in Coney Island announced an expansion, which won’t be ready until 2020. Rumor has it that the amusement park’s current employees weren’t told about the expansion.

Go down under with these 13 good Australian cafes in NYC, from Curbed.

David Waldman, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office, pleaded guilty to an “extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign”—which started in 2014. He will be sentenced in November. He was in a relationship with the woman he was harassing for four months before he started his four year campaign against her.

One of Spa Castle’s owners, David Chon, pleaded guilty to attempted tax fraud charges, and Spa Castle will have to pay $2.5 million for cheating the system by under-reporting income.

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale.


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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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