The Briefly for September 14, 2018 – Weekend Subways, Election Results, Billy Eichner, and a Kitten is Saved

Progressive Democrats sent a message to Albany with six of the eight former I.D.C. aligned Democrats losing primaries.

The Cortland St subway station is open, which is just about all the good news that exists about the subways this weekend. Consult 6sqft’s weekend roundup of construction and closures.


Andrew Cuomo won the Gubernatorial Democratic nomination over Cynthia Nixon.

Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor over Jumaane Williams.

Leticia James won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her three opponents.

Julia Salazar defeated incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan for the Democratic nomination for NY State Senate in district 18.

Alessandra Biaggi defeated former IDC leader and incumbent Jeffrey Klein for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 34.

John Liu defeated incumbent and former IDC member Tony Avella for the Democratic nomination in State Senate Destrict 11.

Marisol Alcantara sent a text message telling supporters to get to the polls before they closed at 7:30pm. They closed at 9pm and Alcantara, the incumbent formerly aligned with the IDC, lost the nomination to Robert Jackson.

Zellnor Myrie defeated incumbent and former IDC member Jesse Hamilton for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 20. Jesse Hamilton will be running as a Republican in the general election.

Mass confusion and massive turnouts marked election day. Gothamist kept a running post throughout the day with reported issues and updates. Even for Dante de Blasio, who was forced to vote via paper affidavit.

Six of the eight former IDC State Senators lost their nomination bids, as progressive insurgents will confront Governor Cuomo with a radically different Albany.

A very complete list of results from NY1.


“Proudly elitist gay Jewish liberal native New Yorker piece of sh*t snowflake” Billy Eichner is back with Billy on the Street. New York, get yourselves ready to be asked some questions on the street.

David Wright will play with the Mets one more time before retiring.

The hunt to find the source of the Times Square bees.

News for the weekend: A kitten was rescued after getting stuck on a Staten Island bridge. Of course there are photos.


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The Briefly for September 10, 2018 – Brooklyn DA Will Absolve Low-Level Pot Possession Charges

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced a program that will allow New Yorkers to work towards wiping any low-level pot posession charges from their record, WTC Cortland is open, the election gets dirty, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that his office will offer New York residents with a low-level conviction for marijuana possession the opportunity to wipe their record completely clean.

The last-minute mailer that the New York State Democrats sent in support of Andrew Cuomo that loosely implied Cynthia Nixon may have been an anti-Semite was poorly thought out to say the least. Scott Stringer is calling for state Democratic Party executive director Geoff Berman to resign as a result.

It took 11 months, two pairs of shoes, and 721 miles, but William B. Helmreich’s book “The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide” is ready. This is his extensive second walking guide to an NYC borough.

“If you choose not to decide, you have still made a choice.” -Rush, Spirit of Radio. Dedicated to Bill de Blasio’s decision not to endorse either Gubernatorial Democratic primary candidate.

How will rezoning transform Governors Island’s evolving landscape? A photo essay from Curbed.

New York property tax has outpaced the growth of incomes by 300%.

The Department of Sanitation is being evicted from a garage in Kips Bay next week and their solution to this problem is parking garbage trucks on the street. The community is, as you might expect, not thrilled with this idea.

Mannie Corman’s 100th Birthday turned into a surprise wedding for attendees with his 72-year-old girlfriend.

Where do you find out about public meetings? Gothamist answers.

How do you become a, as The New York Times puts it, “underpaid, underappreciated, and absolutely necessary” poll worker?

What to do and eat in East Williamsburg, which amNY says can feel “post-apocalyptic.”

amNY endorsed Letitia James for NY attorney general.

The WTC Cortland St station on the 1 opened for the first time on Saturday since 9/11. It sports a cooling system for hot days, is handicapped accessible, and a piece of art named “CHORUS” by Ann Hamilton that displays the text from the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Human rights.

The city is looking at what options it has for enabling congestion pricing without Albany’s approval, as it did with school zone speed cameras.

Four pedestrians were killed on Northern Blvd this year and 19 have died since 2009. A 70-year-old man was hit on Sunday morning while crossing the road. Multiple advocate groups are lobbying the city to change the Boulevard of Death.

Is it safe to walk on subway grates? Streeteasy has your answer.

Miss America 2019 is Nia Franklin, Miss New York.

Another blow to the Staten Island Wheel as the city will no longer provide $140 million in funding to the ferris wheel that is expected to cost nearly a billion dollars.


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The Briefly for September 6, 2018 – A New Entrance to Penn Station, Ice Cream Noise Complaints, and More

Is Governor Cuomo’s endorsement toxic? Ice cream trucks generate over 1,000 noise complaints/year, Staten Island’s ferris wheel’s future is in question, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A ballot initiative in November will give voters the option to lower the maximum donation in city elections from $5,100 to $2,000.

There were 1,279 ice cream truck noise complaints in the last year.

Does New York City needs the BQX? Curbed asks if the $2.7 billion streetcar project is worth the price after the recent revision to the plan.

The governor is rumored to announce a new entrance to Penn Station on Thursday morning. 650,000 use Penn Station on a daily basis and that number is expected to double in the next 15 years.

A flight from Dubai to JFK touched down with multiple people sick with flu-like symptoms. One of the people trapped on the “flu plane” was Vanilla Ice.

The World Trade Center/Cortland St subway stop opens this Saturday.

The culture is double parking!” Inwood’s bike lane drama is getting complicated.

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” has an origin story in NYC classrooms.

Landlords in the city owe more than $1.5 billion in fines. Kushner Companies owes the city over $500,000 alone.

The New York Wheel, Staten Island’s giant ferris wheel, may never be built. The contractor walked off the job in May and the whole project has become a series of lawsuits. The original plan had the wheel opening in October 2016 and costing $250 million. The current estimate is $600 million and it’s unknown if it will ever be built.

The Supreme Court decision that allowed government workers to not pay union dues is costing the city’s unions over $100,000 a week.

Will Governor Cuomo’s endorsement hurt Leticia James’s bid for Attorney General?

This year’s cronut is Duck’s Eatery’s smoked watermelon “ham.” Each costs $75 and they’re sold out through November.

The largest state park in New York City will open next summer in Brooklyn and will be named after Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.

LIRR delays are the worst they’ve been in over 18 years. The MTA is fine.

Passenger service ended sixty five years ago on Staten Island’s North Shore Branch and there are still ghosts of the rail line marking the island.


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