The Briefly for August 3, 2018 – Summer Streets, Weekend Subway Changes, Violence Interrupters, and More

The Governor named a panel of people who will draft a bill to legalize marijuana in New York, the rat-infested “Relaxation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up, a history of marijuana laws in NY, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Reminder: Summer Streets is this weekend

Check the weekend’s subway changes before making any plans.

Inside the abandoned First Church of Christ on the corner of 96th and Central Park West.

A city sanitation truck hit a bicyclist in Bushwick and kept driving. The woman reportedly has a broken clavicle.

. The “micro-transit” vans offer a $4 ride and most weeks ridership fails to hit 1,000.

There are 18 taxpayer-funded “violence-interrupter” groups throughout high crime areas of the city, which mostly consist of former gang members and dealers. The groups work hand in hand with the police and intervene in situations where police interactions may do more harm than good.

The history of the 1977 law that was supposed to fix the high volume of arrests for marijuana possession, but skyrocketed to over 50,000 arrests under the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

$20 million over budget and after years of delays, the Rector St pedestrian bridge originally destroyed in the 9/11 attacks will not be ready for its fall deadline.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with race,” says hispanic Park Slope resident Arabel Torres, who called the police because a black woman was standing in her building’s doorway during a sudden downpour.

Most bodegas are Dominican-American owner and here’s why.

Governor Cuomo named a panel of 20 people to draft a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Filming around town: Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones w/Krysten Ritter is at W 45th and 10th, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is near Court Square in Long Island City, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 11th and 7th, and NBA 2K League is at Vernon Blvd and 43 Ave in Long Island City.

A condo board on the UES is trying to evict Chabad Lubavitch for running an illegal day care that is destroying their plumbing system with flushed diapers.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the city’s “Pooper Scooper” law, and to celebrate the Parks Department is installing 1,000 dog poop bag dispensers in parks.

The state approved funding for an MTA Sustainability Advisory Workgroup with the idea they would create a proposal to implement the Governor’s “Fix NYC” plan. The workgroup has not met and most positions have not been filled.

Brooklyn’s Republic of Booza is the only place in the city that servers booza, a traditional, stretchy ice cream, and has its roots in the Middle East.

After violating the law for months, Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will release data on turnstile jumping enforcement on its website in a “matter of a few weeks.”

The City Council added an additional million dollars to city funding of anti-sex trafficking organizations.

The East Village’s rat-infested “Relation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up.

The Briefly for August 1, 2018 – Single-Payer Healthcare in NY, No More Pot Arrests in Manhattan, Film Forum Re-opens, and More

The Manhattan DA will stop prosecuting most pot arrests, a plan to turn around the city’s buses, the dumbest arsonist in Staten Island, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Single-payer healthcare is viable in New York, according to a new study, but that statement comes with HUGE caveats like waiver form the Trump administration and higher taxes across the board.

A disagreement between NYPD pilots and James Coan, the head of the Aviation Unit, lead to five pilots flying a penis-shaped route in protest. It was noticed and all the pilots involved were disciplined.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance will not prosecute marijuana possession or smoking cases starting today August 1.

Film Forum re-opens today after a $5 million expansion and renovation to add a fourth theater, improve the sightlines, and seats.

The Bus Turnaround Action Plan comes from a bunch of advocate groups working together under the name the Bus Turnaround Coalition. It calls for a 100 mile expansion of bus lanes, step-up enforcement of blocking bus lanes, changing curbside delivery policy, and more to improve the system used by two million city residents.

One of the dumbest arsonists imaginable was caught trying to set a Staten Island gas station on fire.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 39th and 5th, Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30 Ave and 30 St in Astoria, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Hillcrest Ave and Hillside Ave in Queens, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at E 12th and 4th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is in Brooklyn Heights, and Law and Order: SVU is at W 26th and 11th.

The Fulton Street Fish Market is going to be disassembled and moved 33 feet.

Neo-Nazis held a rally in Fort Tryon Park over the weekend in support of ending immigration. It was a rare protest in the city by a group that supports the president, who are also identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Spend a day in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, home of this year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn, guided by amNY.

A guide to identifying different subway train car types, from Curbed.

A map of all the private elevators in the city. Everyone need a hobby.


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The Briefly for July 30, 2018 – NY to Spectrum: Get Out, Pot Prosecutions in Brooklyn are Down 91%, Illegal Roosters, and More

The city has a rooster problem, an FDNY captain is acused of racism, the white supremecist doctor is sorry he was caught, and more in the NYC news digest.

Low-level marijuana prosecutions dropped by 91% in Brooklyn after a pilot program which stopped prosecution of personal possession.

New sirens could be coming to emergency vehicles in the city. The mayor’s ordered study into reducing noise pollution caused by sirens should be announced in the fall.

NY to Spectrum: Get Out. New York state revoked the Charter/Spectrum-Time Warner Cable merger from 2016 due to a failure to live up to their promises. Charter could be forced to spin off Time Warner Cable in New York as a separate company.

One of the Tompkins Square Parks red-tailed hawks died due to secondary poisoning.

There is no dog thief in Central Park, despite last week’s rumors.

Cynthia Nixon was endorsed by NYC’s Democratic Socialists. Nixon and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams have endorsed each other, effectively becoming running mates. Governor Cuomo was endorsed by NARAL and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC.

The rising cost of cigarettes are also giving rise to “buttleggers,” who purchase cigarettes in other states and sell them illegally in the city.

Of the 369 calls to 311 about illegal animals, 190 of them were rooster-related.

The FDNY’s $10 million minority recruitment drive failed to reach its goals. The NY Post cites a lack of people paying the $30 application fee, the percentages of minorities applying were below the goal of the program. Related, a lawsuit makes the claim that FDNY captain of Ladder 103 is East New York is racist.

This is why you don’t scream “fire” in a crowded theater, or that someone has a gun at the Bedford stop on the L.

After a second guilty verdict of wire fraud, mail fraud, extortion, and illegal money transactions, Sheldon Silver is headed to jail for seven years.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave is Astoria, God Friended Me w/Brandon Micheal Hallis at 72nd and Broadway, The Last OG w/Tracy Morganis at Hicks St and Pierrepont St in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 92nd and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at E 3rd St and Greenwood Ave in Brooklyn, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Cross Bay Blvd and E 8th Rd in Queens.

The (Manhattan centric) 13 best bars in the city with the most legit free food, according to Eater.

Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station continues to fall apart, literally.

Everything you need to know about the new dockless bike share programs.

Are barns upstate the “new Williamsburg?”

Dov Bechhofer, the Bronx Montefiore white supremecist doctor, is sorry he was caught and claims his online postings that called for a white ethnostate and expulsion of people of color and Muslims “do not reflect how I was raised or how I actually treat others.” Right.

Mos Def and Set Free Richardson are bringing a hip hop art gallery called The Compound to the South Bronx. The first exhibit will be the work of photographer Jonathan Mannion. Mannion’s work was used on the cover of multiple Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, OutKast, The Game, and more.