The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 7, 2018 – Dept of Health Issues A Cocaine Warning, Domino Park, The Rent is Too Damn High, and More

Two Customs and Border Patrol officers at Newark airport were indicted on assaulting two fellow officers on what’s reported as a “rape table.” Gross.

Williamsburg’s Domino Park opens this weekend.

Is the rent too damn high? The Affordability Index from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office answers that question.

The Queens Gazette has two opinion pieces for and against the SHSAT.

A teenager jumped 130-feet off the Queensborough Bridge and was saved by a bystander who waved down a ferry. He’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries at New York Presbyterian.

We’re less than 300 days until the L train shutdown and dozens of economic justice and environmental advocates rallied to call for a greater focus on helping low income residents.

The story of the pizza delivery man who was detained and handed over to ICE is a microcosm of a larger story playing out across the country. The family has a GoFundMe page set up to help with the associated costs.

Brokelyn proves that if you are in Brooklyn, someone’s fucked there.

Turns out we’ve been spelling Verrazzano wrong this entire time.

State Comptroller DiNapoli released a report that found “private elevator inspectors in New York City are missing hazardous violations and allowing unsafe conditions to go unrepaired.” Whoops?

Opening a fire hydrant is illegal, unless you get a spray cap from the FDNY. amNY explains how.

The NYPL’s podcast goes in-depth into the dark past of Roosevelt Island with Stacy Horn talking about her newest book Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

The Department of Health wants to warn you about the dangers of cocaine… laced with fentanyl. On the serious side, the DOH is training some bar staff to identify the signs of a fentanyl overdose and administer Naloxone, which can help block the effects of an overdose. 18 bars have signed on to the program.

The Briefly for May 17, 2018 – Kickstarting A Bridge, Pay For Drinks with a Drawing, L Train Displacement, and More

Does removing seats from a subway train speed up your morning commute? After a few months of testing this theory on the E train, the MTA doesn’t have an answer.

Letitia James, the New York City public advocate, declared her candidacy for attorney general.

The city signed 11 new bills into law aimed at fighting sexual harassment. The bills range in scope, but mostly help workers know their rights, making sure city contractors have policies and procedures in place, and include sexual harassment in gender-based discrimination.

There was a time where you could pay for your bar tab by drawing cartoons on the walls.

How much does having a roommate annually save you in NYC? StreetEasy did the math and on average it’s $12,600 for one roommate and $16,000 for two with Brooklyn having the highest savings.

Filming in the city: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at W 4th and Jones, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on 24th, The Deuce (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mustache Franco) at W 43rd and 6th.

Bye bye Broadway-Lafayette Bowie.

Ruthie Ann Miles, who was in the recent fatal car crash in Park Slope, lost her unborn baby. The driver of the car plead not guilty to multiple charges.

If you earn less than $58,450, you might quality for low-income housing.

When the L train shuts down, about 24,000 riders/Hour will be displaced. The MTA has been promoting the idea of the J/M/Z train picking up the slack to cross the river. Turns out the Williamsburg Bridge can’t accommodate more than 6,000 additional riders per hour, and that’s in an ideal scenario. Can the bridge accommodate 18,000 bikes per hour?

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You can live like a Ghostbuster or Anderson Cooper with this former $5.5 million firehouse in Long Island City. Actually, the Ghostbusters never had this level of luxury.

City officials are filing grievances to the bar association after attorney Aaron Schlossberg racist rant. It’s almost like actions have consequences.

Ice Town all over again. An 18-year old republican is running for assemblyman in Staten Island.

A Kickstarter for a pedestrian bridge between Greenpoint and Long Island City. No, seriously.

It’s like Super Mario 64 to get out of the Fort Hamilton stop on the F.


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