The Briefly for August 10, 2018 – Weekend Subway Closures, Falling Air Conditioners, and More

Like a Broadway show, the L train shutdown goes into the first of fifteen preview weekends before the full shutdown in April.

Subway changes this weekend for the 2, 5, 7, A, C, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, Q, and R trains. Like a Broadway show, the L train shutdown is in previews this weekend. The 174-175 Street B/D station is closing on Monday for renovations through December.

Every New Yorker’s nightmare: An air conditioner fell out of a window and hit a man sitting on a bench. Oh god.

Korean K9 Rescue is fighting against the dog meat trade and adopting dogs in Bushwick.

James Dolan sucks as an owner of the Rangers, he sucks at the owner of the Knicks, but that is nothing compared to how much he sucks as a musician. His latest dumpster fire is about how he didn’t stop Harvey Weinstein.

There are no stairs that lead to the platform, so when the elevators at the Clark St 2/3 station are out of order, the entire station shuts down.

The Independent’s guide to the NY Democratic primaries.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at 25th and 6th, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Greenwich Ave and 7th Ave, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 69th Ave and Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is at 45th St and 30th Ave in Astoria, Law and Order: SVU is at 107th and Amsterdam Ave, Central Park 5 w/Michael K. Williams is at 104th and Madison, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 72nd and 5th.

A Texas Chicken and Burgers in Harlem is being sued over LGBTQ discrimination.

A white woman called 911 because a black man was handing out flyers in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The black man was State Sen. Jesse Hamilton.

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamil Jones was arrested after Sandor Szabo, a man he punched in the face, died due to his injuries. The two men had what the Post is calling “an interaction” around 1am on Sunday.

Looking deeper into the Kars4Kids charity than just the annoying song.

Supposedly there are over 10,000 who pickup and cash in cans throughout the city. Canners.nyc tells the story of eight of them.


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The Briefly for June 5, 2018 – Fixing the Subways, Hipster Racist ID’d, Nutcrackers, Pianos Returns, and More

New York City Transit’s new head, Andy Byford, has an plan that calls for spending $19 billion on improving capacity and accessibility for the subways. “The Fast Forward Plan” is a ten year plan that replaces most of the signals and adding step-free stations and elevators to many stations. Of course, the city’s transit chief doesn’t work for the MTA, so these ideas are just ideas for the moment. Cynthia Nixon has a similar plan for fixing the subway, which include congestion pricing, a millionaire’s tax, and imposing fees on heavy polluters.

It’s summertime, which means Nutcrackers. What are the origins of the Nutcracker? Atlas Obscura traces them back to an Upper West Side restaurant.

A proposal from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio will allow adults to change their gender to “X” on their birth certificates. This option would become available to adults, but would not apply to newborns. There is currently an “undetermined or unknown” option available. NYC currently recognizes 31 genders.

The New York Post identified local racist Chris Giardina as the 29-year-old man caught on video throwing around the N word and other racist terms outside of Bushwick’s House of Yes. Giardina was fired from his job at MySpace NYC (it’s not THAT MySpace.)

Sanitation Salvage, the trash-hauling company who was responsible for two deaths in the last six monthsand a host of safety violations, is the subject of a ProPublica and Voice of America exposé. The company’s license has not been revoked.

Filming Around Town: John Wick 3 continues shooting at 42nd and Lexington, The Punisher is in Greenpoint, Ray Donovan is at W 133rd and 12th, Michelle Williams’s latest After the Wedding is at 4th and 2nd and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at Riverside Dr and W 120th.

Long Island City’s development boom is unstoppable, and Curbed has a map.

Woodlawn Cemetery is turning dying and dead trees into works of art.

The mayor’s proposed overhaul of the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools is going to be an enormous fight. His two-part plan aims at making the process more fair, citing that while 70% of the city’s population are black or Latino, they only make up about 10% of students at these high schools. He wants to scrap the SHSAT (Specialize High Schools Admissions Test) and expand the Discovery program. The Discovery program would set aside 20% of seats in these schools for low-income students who just missed the test cut-off.

Sing for Hope’s pianos are returning across the city. This year there are 50 pianos that will live across the city before heading to public schools in the fall.


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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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