The Briefly for September 28, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, A Pre-Obituary for Governors Island, and More

Fetch is finally a thing, the weekend subway changes, saving NYC could destroy its coastline, new art in Madison Square Park, and more

There is no 5 train this weekend, the D & F trains are messed up, the G is only partially running, it’s the last weekend of L service for the next month, and everything you need to survive the weekend’s subway changes. (6sqft)

A pre-obituary for Governors Island as we know it. (NY Times)

Will the proposed storm surge barrier designed to save New York City destroy the coastline in the process? (NY Times)

Take a subway vacation and try one of the city’s 15 other modes of transportation. (Untapped Cities)

There hasn’t been any enforcement action taken against any landlord in the city for failing to conduct annual lead inspections in the 14 years there has been a law on the books. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Isn’t everyone a bridge and tunnel type?” This question was asked, of course, by someone in Staten Island. (StreetEasy)

Workers at the area’s three airports will have the highest minimum wage of any public agency in the country at $19/hour by 2023. (NY Times)

Fifteen breweries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Ruth Bader Ginsberg Brooklyn Municipal Building has a nice ring to it. (Curbed)

Cats do not control rat and mouse populations in cities. Sorry to disappoint. (Atlas Obscura)

What’s the history of Gay St? Glad you asked! (6sqft)

Dumbo is getting a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library35 seconds to learn about the history of Central Park, there’s a video you should see. (Viewing NYC)

Will Dan Donovan’s embrace of Trump cost him a seat in Congress? Donovan’s opponent Max Rose received an endorsement from train enthusiast-turned-Vice President Joe Biden. (NY Times & Brooklyn Eagle)

By Chloe’s new CBD-infused line of vegan treats, reviewed. (Gothamist)

Madison Square Park unveiled 11 sculptures by sculptor Arlene Shechet as part of her “Full Steam Ahead” installation, using forms suggestive of nature. (Town & Village)

One city council member has an wacky idea on how to stop noise pollution from music venues. It’s a radical idea called soundproofing. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Congratulations Gretchen Weiners, you finally made fetch happen. On October 3rd (Mean Girls Day), W. 52nd St is becoming W. Fetch Street. (amNY)

Zagster is pulling out of the Rockaway dockless bike share program earlier than anticipated. Lime bikes will replace the bikes pulled from the program. (Curbed)

This 18-inch cheeseburger pizza weighs 40 pounds, is a foot tall, and costs $2,000. Champion Pizza will donate the profits to Hurricane Florence recovery. (amNY)


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The Briefly for Labor Day 2018 – The City Has A New Pot Policy

The NYPD will issue summons instead of arrests in most cases involving smoking pot in public, but critics point out the new policy may continue to allow for racial profiling in arrests made.

There’s a new pot policy in the city, which started September 1. Anyone caught smoking marijuana in public will receive a summons instead of being arrested. There are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being that police can “exercise discretion” on how best to proceed.

The Village Voice has ceased publishing new stories, as reported by the re-animated corpse of Gothamist. The owner, Peter D. Barbey, is going to continue to make the paper’s archives available online. Gothamist suffered a similar fate, but was brought back to life by WNYC.

Less than a month after Inwood’s rezoning, the first 30-story rental tower is planned. The purpose of the rezoning was to encourage 5,000 new apartments in the neighborhood.

The city, working with Legal Aid, is working to get the 6,000 eligible people in Rikers Island registered to vote. The deadline to vote in the general elections on November 6 i October 12.

Another chapter in the long and complicated story of 85 Bowery has come to an end. On Thursday, tenants returned to their renovated homes almost two years after they were vacated from the building due to deteriorating conditions. In 2016, the owner filed a lawsuit to evict (rather than vacate) all tenants of the building, which spurred a legal argument about rent stabilized apartments. The story of the struggle between the tenants and the landlord isn’t over, but tenants once again have their homes.

Despite big promises about Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero, the NYPD has investigated less fatal collisions between pedestrians and cars. Investigations are down 19% and there are two fewer officers in the unit since 2013 (a promise was made to add more).

1,160 kids in NYCHA housing tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. That number started as 19, then was revised to 820 and has ballooned to over 1,000. On the radio on Friday Mayor de Blasio made attempts to deflect the blame, insisting that the city hadn’t violated the CDC’s instructions, rather they hadn’t adhered to its guidance.

The Leave Behind Naloxone Program will leave a drug overdose kit with overdose survivors. Friends and family of survivors can also request a kit. Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids in an overdose.

It’s been ten years since Coney Island’s Astroland closed. The Coney Island History Project is celebrating the lost amusement park throughout this month.

What is going on with The Michelle Obama Political Club that is in no way affiliated with Michelle Obama and why did this oddly named and seemingly newly formed group endorse State Senator Jesse Hamilton against Zellnor Myrie?

After declaring he would stop balancing the Sisyphus Stones, Uliks Gryka has stated he will return to Fort Washington Park to balance the stones after the stones were vandalized.

Melissa and Michelle Jones have become the NYPD’s first ever black twin-sister detectives.

Here it is, the dumbest opinion about bike lanes in history.

Juliio C. Ayala, an 18-year-old believed to be affiliated with MS-13, was arraigned on Sunday that he raped an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn.

At 8.4%, Queens had the highest year-over-year rent hike in the country in August.

Another account of the Central Park West ghost bus, which the MTA says does not exist… but it does.

The man who sprayed a mystery substance on NYC buses was 46-year-old Andre Chandler and the mystery substance was bear repellant (twice as strong as pepper-spray). He faces 20 counts of assault and as far as we know there were no bears aboard those buses.

Please stop feeding the squirrels in Madison Square Park!


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