The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

RAT FACTS!

A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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The Briefly for June 25, 2018 – Blackface MTA Supervisor Suspended, The Free Store on Ludlow, LGBT Deadlock, and More

The MTA official who partied in blackface is suspended (with pay), Suraj Patel is cat fishing voters, Rockaway Beach is reopening, and more.

Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

New York’s primary is June 26. Vote.

There has been no substantive LGBT legislation in New York State since 2011. State Senator Brad Hoylman came forward in 2016 to point out that all LGBT bills are “dead on arrival” due to the Independent Democratic Conference. That includes bills put forward by Hoylman like surrogacy, ending the gay/trans panic defense, restoring benefits for gay veterans improving HIV-related services, and more.

Park Slope’s Ninth Street is getting updated with a new design that includes pedestrian safety features and protected bike lanes after the March 5 death of two children in a car crash.

The 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue N/W stations in Astoria are open after eight months of esthetic renovations.

Suraj Patel, who is running for Congress in NY-13 against incumbent Carolyn Maloney, is catfishing people on Tinder and in other apps to try to gain support. That’s creepy, dude.

Cynthia Nixon has had some strong takes, but calling ICE a “terrorist organization” is her hottest take.

Filming Around Town: Spike Lee and Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Spring and Wooster, Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts, is at Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is down at Avenue U and 12th St in Brooklyn.

The city’s first “virtual” food hall is opening in Flatiron. No one knows what that means.

A little league baseball game in the East Village was delayed 45 minutes because a red-tailed hawk was eating a pigeon on the field’s backstop.

Governor Cuomo directed the state’s Health Department to prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against transgendered New Yorkers to prevent President Trump from taking away their rights.

A high-ranking MTA employee was promoted despite complaints that he showed up to a party in blackface. Metro-North supervisor Richard Ranallo is suspended indefinitely, but he’s still being paid his $246,255 salary.

The previously closed sections of Rockaway Beach are reopening on June 30 on a trial basis.

The city’s top drug prosecutor seems to be on the wrong side of the evidence when it comes to the city’s proposed safe injection sites. The city had over 1,400 deaths from overdoses in the last two years.

The free store on Ludlow is about 12 years old and still going strong.


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