The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for July 26, 2018 – Summer Streets, Ample Hills in Red Hook, Target Apologizes, and More

Target apologizes to thin-skinned punks, Ample Hills has a new ice cream factory/store/museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built this city, Yelp is including health inspection ratings, and more.

Are you sitting down? Rent for one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the decline according to Zumper’s summer report.

One of Manhattan’s original survey bolts from 1811 is still embedded in a rock in Central Park but it’s location remains a secret to protect it from being damaged, destroyed, or removed.

A guide to Summer Streets, from Curbed.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.” Sean Spicer’s book tour stop in the city didn’t go as planned.

More than 90 percent of the people busted in the city for marijuana possession in the 2018 were people of color. The city’s new policy on pot arrests takes effect in September.

A dead body was found near Trump’s gold course in the Bronx.

Dov Bechhofer, a radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, is suspended while the hospital investigates accusations of having white supremacist views.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 164th and Amsterdam, Gotham is at W 36th and 5th, Netflix and Marvel’s The Punisher is at Butler St and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The legal questions around CBD, answered by Gothamist.

The city’s next big food hall will be at LaGuardia Airport.

NYCHA admitted it’s non-compliance on many issues after years of lying.

Target apologized for your hurt feelings about its one day nod to CBGB during the store opening in the East Village.

This exhibition has everything. Cryptocurreny. Bushwick. Blockchain. Missing vowels in a company’s name. UGH.

Governor Cuomo blames Marty Golden for state Republicans’ inability to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. Golden claims to support the bill, but his support has been all talk and no action.

Yelp now has health scores for restaurants in the city. “Grade Pending” is replaced by “Z,” which indicates failure.

Only five stations are handicap accessible on the J, Z, M, and L trains in Brooklyn, buses have traditionally been talked about as an alternative, but have had increasingly poor service.

Ample Hills’ new ice cream factory, museum, and store in Red Hook opens today.

If it was tall and made of iron, it was likely built by Brooklyn’s Mohawk Native American ironworkers who are still contributing to the city’s skyline today.

Scott Michael Johnson is the 1,642 identified victim in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His remains were identified using DNA testing.

The Briefly for July 20, 2018 – The Steam Pipe Explosion, LaGuardia’s $8 Billion Overhaul, Ice Cream Breakfast Sandwich, and More

Rikers inmates will no longer be charged for phonically, a two-way toll on the Verrazzano will relieve Manhattan traffic, an ice cream breakfast sandwich, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Looking to picnic this weekend? Curbed has the seven best parks to host a summer picnic.

A brief history of the Kushner Companies and tenant lawsuits.

Playground Coffee’s non-profit roots lay in Bed Stuy’s Home Depot driving Zenat Begum’s father’s hardware store out of business.

amNY guides you through spending a day in East New York.

The danger from Thursday’s steam pipe explosion comes from the asbestos shot into the air, contaminating anyone and anything it touched. Anyone who was nearby needs to have their clothing decontaminated and hopefully you’ve taken a shower since it happened.

There’s a street in Queens that’s just named “Boulevard.” Sure, why not?

An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street
An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street

LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul is making headway. Thankfully the subway system has picked up the slack as the city’s ongoing sad punchline.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at North Dr and 144th St in Queens, HBO’s Crashing w.Pete Holmes is at Bleecker and 6th Ave The Deuce w/James Franco is at Knickerbocker Ave and Harrison Place in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Court St and Remsen in Brooklyn, Awkwafina (Music video we assume? )is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, CBS’ Bull is around Varick St and Franklin St, God Friended Me is at 86th and York, and John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Water and Wall St.

“The pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to legal marijuana, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The NYPD is launching an internal trial and disciplinary process for Officer Daniel Pantaleo ad Sgt Kizzy Adonis for Eric Garner’s death.

Brokelyn’s summer bucket list is a good place to start when planning the rest of your summer.

The Color Factory will be the next place your friends will go to look interesting on the internet.

Forget your egg and cheese, Pasta Flyer’s Sicilian Breakfast Sandwich features vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry gelato on a mini brioche bun.

The NYPD has to start a pilot program to determine if it should be recording all encounters with civilians as a result of a lawsuit over the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

The City Council passed a bill this week to end the practice of charging Riders inmates for domestic phone calls. Inmates paid $8 million last year oh phone calls.

A two-way toll on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

A Week In New York City On $25/Hour. Filed under “have you seen this shit?”

The city filled one of the potholes that artist Jim Bachor covered with a tile mosaic of Donald Trump, in seeming record time after the mosaic received media attention.


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