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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The Briefly for May 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

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If you have yet to visit the Wilson Avenue station, you need to. Its nestled in between Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and the New York Connecting Railway and LIRR (which the walkway from fare control to the platforms goes over), although it currently only is used by freight, which goes to Bay Ridge. This is the upper level, Canarsie bound, and to the right is the cemetery. The tracks below, Manhattan bound, appear to be underground but sit at street level. The station is touched by a beautiful mosaic design in many different colors, but that you will have to go see for yourself! #thecityandthesubway #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #nycsubway #nycsubways #newyorkcitysubway #subway #mta #ltrain #brooklyn #bushwick #wherebrooklynat #fuggedaboutit #nyloveyou #nyc4all #nyctagged #nycprimeshot #nyc_explorers #newyork_instagram #newyork_ig #ig_nycity #topnewyorkphoto #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny #cbsnewyork #pix11 #ny1pic

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.


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