The Briefly for October 18, 2018 – The “This Will Make the L Train Shutdown Look Easy” Edition

The MTA has not properly maintained the subways, NYC’s haunted history, the mayor is accused of selective animal-cruelty enforcement, this November’s election is going to be confusing, and more.

The L train is not running between Broadway Junction and 8th 8 Ave, from 10:45 pm until 5 a.m. every weekday until November 30. The MTA is also reducing service to one train every 12 minutes between Myrtyle-Wckoff and Rockaway Parkway from 11am to 3pm. Add that to the L not running at all on the weekends during October. Good lord. (Gothamist)

According to the Department of Transportation commissioner Polly Tottenberg, the challenge the impending BQE construction poses to the city “makes the L train look like a piece of cake.” Oh, cool.

15 ways to celebrate Halloween. (Untapped Cities)

Activists are accusing Mayor de Blasio of refusing to enforce animal-cruelty laws against Orthodox Jews who ritually slaughter tens of thousands of chickens Brooklyn streets ahead of Yom Kippur. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaproros wants to show in court that the selective enforcement favors a particular class. (NY Post)

November 6’s election ballots will be two pages for the first time which is expected to cause multiple logistics issues at polling locations throughout the city. Uh oh. (Bklyner)

A sample election ballot.

Could one way to reduce the burden on the subway system be lowering the cost of in-city trips on the LIRR and Metro-North to subway fares? (Curbed)

LA chef Ilan Hall is back in NYC with Ramen Hood, a pop-up vegan noodle bar at the Chef’s Club in SoHo. (Gothamist)

Speaking of challenges Tottenberg also said “I’m the first to admit we have a long way to go.” when talking about parking placard abuse. She’s recommending automatic license plate readers, which likely won’t be a hit with civil liberties groups. (NY Post)

Three Crown Heights parks will see their first improvements in 20 to 30 years. It’s a double edged sword, as investments in these parks could result in higher rents and sale prices in the already fragile neighborhood. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Ferry buffs, sorry to see that Hurricane Michael forced a delay in the delivery of new boats for the Staten Island Ferry. The first boat was opting in late 2019 and there is no new delivery date yet. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo is actually praising Mayor de Blasio. Cuomo is joining de Blasio in calling for a boycott of NY1 by any state officials over an ongoing strike by the electrical workers union. (NY Post)

A new audit of the MTA between 2015 and 2017 shows, surprise surprise, the MTA has not properly maintained the system. 76% of inspections are not completed on time and thousands of inspections never happened at all. (NY Post)

Low-level offenders (disorderly conduct, littering, drinking alcohol in public) with outstanding warrants have the opportunity to clear their record in Woodside on Saturday. (Sunnyside Post)

Trump Place at 200 Riverside Blvd will now be known as…200 Riverside Blvd. The building is the latest of many in Manhattan to dump Trump signage due to the actions of our current president. (NY Times)

The former NYPD detective on the Harvey Weinstein case allegedly told one of his victims that she could delete text messages from her phones before turning them over to prosecutors. She didn’t, but that sounds shady to say the least. (Gothamist)

The baby Trump balloon is making its way to the city for the Impeachment Parade on October 27. (amNY)

10 spots that will reveal the city’s haunted history. (6sqft)


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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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The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.