The Briefly for October 17, 2018 – The City’s Chief Democracy Officer Botched Their First Project

Videology is closing, Louis CK might actually feel bad for what he’s done, the Brooklyn diocese hired a reverend with child sex abuse claims, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The State Assembly met on Tuesday to discuss legalization and regulation of marijuana in New York, ahead of the 2019 legislative session. (amNY)

The office run by the city’s new chief democracy officer botched its first assignment, caused confusion among hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and blamed the board of elections in the process. Perfect. (NY Post)

Beloved Williamsburg video rental store turned bar and theater is closing at the end of the month. They didn’t post a reason, but rising commercial rents (despite the L train shutdown) abound be assumed.

20 buildings in the city designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White. (Untapped Cities)

April Bloomfield is ready to rehab her image after being criticized for turning a blind eye to Ken Friendman’s behavior at the Spotted Pig. (Eater) Speaking of rehabbing an image, Louis CK continues to drop in at comedy clubs, but he’s showing some faint signs of actual remorse. (Gothamist)

A peek inside the construction of the future massive WeWork building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Untapped Cities)

The voter turnout for last month’s Democratic primary was considered high, despite a 26.58% turnout. See what the turnout was like in your district in this interactive map. (Gothamist)

Yesterday was a banner day for the MTA. The B and Q trains were stopped for over an hour during the morning rush hour, the 1 and 6 train was running with delays due to signal issues in different locations, and the 7 was delayed after someone had to be removed from the tracks in Queens. (NY Post)

Apple gave the bagel emoji another try, adding cream cheese and making the bagel slightly more realistic, but still no seeds on the bagel. (Gothamist)

The possum that’s the king of the bodega bread pile. (NY Post)

What you need to know about the upcoming NYC marathon. (Curbed)

On October 27, a 1930s subway will take you on a one way trip to the grave. Specifically it is headed to Green-Wood Cemetery for the Nostalgia Ride. (amNY)

State Senator Simcha Felder’s chief of staff, Ridney C. Powis, is accused of drunkenly groping a woman and bragging about it. Powis is now on administrative leave. (Gothamist)

Carrie Fisher smiling while sitting in a garbage bin in 1980. That’s it, just a nice photo. (Viewing NYC)

What the national Democratic Party’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could mean for NYC. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn diocese hired Rev. Roberto Cadavid in 2012 despite accusations of child sex abuse. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

42nd St and 3rd Ave will be renamed Jimmy Breslin Way for the reporter who wrote for decades for The New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday. (amNY)

Have you had a bad day or a “naked on the street punching a cop car” bad day? (@kickzjilla)


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The Briefly for September 21, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Brooklyn Promenade Might Be Closing, and More

BQE construction could shut down the Brooklyn Promenade for years, Battery Park could get a Hurricane Maria memorial, NYC’s only private island, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Before you go anywhere this weekend, check out the changes to the subway. The 2 and M lines look to be especially bad, the L is running, the G is partially running, and the D train is sometimes an A and sometimes an F.

The Brooklyn Promenade could close for six years in order to accommodate construction on the BQE. During construction, the BQE would be elevated to where the promenade currently sits. The promenade would be rebuilt afterwards. The project will cost over $3 billion.

September 22 (Saturday) is Free Museum Day in New York, you can reserve a pair of tickets at one of over two dozen museums throughout the state.

80 Flatbush was unanimously approved by the City Council after undergoing changes to make the project smaller. The next step for the development is seeking Uniform Land Use Review Procedure approval.

One of the city’s top school districts is removing admissions standards in an attempt to diversify the student body. 55% of middle school age students in the district are black or Latino, but 81% of the students in the schools are white. Mayor de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza approved the plan, which The New York Times points out was not de Blasio’s idea.

Ten elevated parks and gardens across the city from Untapped Cities.

The cost of housing the city’s homeless population has increased. The city is spending $117 a day to house a single adult this year compared to $99 last year. A lack of permanent solutions is being partially blamed for the increase.

The Archdiocese of New York hired Barbara Jones to review its procedures for dealing with the ongoing crisis of clergy sexual-abuse allegations. Jones just finished up the Michael Cohen case two weeks ago. The archdiocese has already paid out $60 million to victims.

If you’ve got a transit nerd in your life the New York Transit Museum’s 25th annual Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park in October.

The Museum of Natural History is starting work on the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation despite a lawsuit by Community United to Save Theodore Roosevelt Park (CUSTR?) aimed at stopping the construction. The lawsuit states the construction would “cause catastrophic environmental damage to the area, posing a series of life threatening hazards.”

Meet the man who owns the only private island in New York City.

Police chief James O’Neill claims that the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights plans to bail out all 16 and 17-year-olds and bail-eligible women from city jails will make the city less safe.

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Citiva, is opening across the street from the Barclays Center.

Governor Cuomo’s former top aide and confidante, Joseph Percoco, will serve six years in prison for bribery.

Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection.

Noted racist James Harris Jackson fatally stabbed a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown last year and told the police it was “practice” for a larger racial terror attack he planned to carry out in Times Square.

What is going on at The Edna Cohen School in Coney Island? More than a week after the primary election there are no votes reported while the State Assembly primary has a 70 vote margin between the candidates.

Governor Cuomo has proposed a memorial to those lost or made homeless by Hurricane Maria in Battery Park City. The governor also announced an expansion of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico program, which sends student volunteers to work with non-profits rebuilding homes on the island.


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The Briefly for September 13, 2018 – Polling Locations are Open Between 6am and 9pm. Vote.

It’s primary day and you should go vote. The City Council approved a third gender on birth certificates, how to use an umbrella without being a dick, median income is up in most of the city, and more.

Polling site locator

10 things to watch in today’s primaries.

A primary cheat sheet, from The New York Times

Asian fusion chain 99 Favor Taste is offering free hot pot and Chinese barbecue to anyone who votes in today’s primary.


The City Council approved a law that will allow a third gender on birth certificates and transgender New Yorkers will no longer need a to jump through as many hoops to have their gender changed.

The median household income in most of the city rose between 2016 and 2017, falling only in The Bronx.

The Staten Island Wheel has already spent $400 million and construction on the ferris wheel hasn’t even begun.

Seven NYPD officers were arrested and dozens are being investigated for protecting a prostitution and gambling ring.

How to use an umbrella without being a dick.

Amazon is getting into the Christmas tree business.

Over 3,000 warrants for low-level marijuana offenses were purged this week. The warrants go back as far as 1978 and were vacated by Manhattan DA Cy Vance.

Trump-branded tourist sites in the city have seen declining revenues since the 2016 election.

Admiring the signage throughout Little Italy.


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