The Briefly for July 31, 2018 – The Typo That Caused Commute Chaos, Junior Guzman’s Way, Cuomo Leads, and More

It was a simple typo that prevented any advanced notice (or any notice at all) to warn people about a five month stretch of work on an express train in Brooklyn. The MTA is very sorry and they say it won’t happen again.

No announcement was made before Monday’s commute went to shit on the D/N/R in Brooklyn. A typo prevented any announcements ahead of five months of work on the local tracks between 36th St and 59th St.

Governor Cuomo has a sizable 31 point lead of Cynthia Nixon with likely Democratic primary voters. Kathy Hochul leads Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor, and Leticia James is ahead of Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General.

While the “Yes in My Back Yard” episode of Planet Money isn’t about New York, but it’s very àpropos of the constant conversation surrounding new construction and housing.

Dirty but delicious: Mapping where we love to eat regardless of the health inspection status.

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, State Senator Michael Gianaris released a report showing New York City as dead last nationwide for wheelchair-accessibility public transit. Happy anniversary!

Revel, a shared electric moped company, launched in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick on Monday. They’re limited to a 30mph max speed and aren’t supposed to leave Brooklyn or Queens.

Brooklyn’s least favorite restauranteur/local asshole/tree murderer’s Bar Salumi has closed. Adam Harvey is due in court in September for allegedly drilling holes in his neighbor’s tree and filling them with herbicide.

The corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue will be renamed for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman.

Filming around town: The Blacklist w/James Spader is at 29th St and 36th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 74th and 1st, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Court St and Butler St in Brooklyn, The Last OG w/Tracy Morgan is at 6th St and 5th Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 160th and Amsterdam, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Ave and Avenue K in Brooklyn.

Sushi Roxx, the sushi restaurant with “sexy choreography,” closed after double charging credit cards for at least $20,000 in “mystery charges” and the staff claims they haven’t been paid in two weeks.

Smoking is now illegal inside and within 25 feet of NYCHA public housing, conforming with a mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

Brooklyn’s major streets owe their layout to Native American trails.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez hasn’t charged or issued a ticket to the hit-and-run driver who killed four-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick.

NYPD is refusing to release demographic and location information of turnstile jumping enforcing, despite a law that requiring it to be posted on its website.

City Councilmember Mark Gjonaj suggested the city place speed radar signs at nearly 1,200 public schools as a speed deterrent while the state’s speed cameras are not operating. The city’s Transportation Department say the signs aren’t as effective as speed cameras, but at some point something is better than nothing.

Photoville is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park with an exhibit called “Humble Cat,” and they want your cat photos.

The Briefly for July 9, 2018 – The Subways are HOT, the L Gets An Elevator, We Ruined Lemonade Stands, and More

In April Joe Lhota said he would “make sure there are no hot cars” on the subways and complaints doubled. Children selling lemonade on the sidewalk are breaking the law, because we can’t have nice things anymore. Those stories and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Schools Chancellor and head of the Department of Education and NYC Public Schools Richard A. Carranza wrote an op-ed for Streetsblog about the importance of speed cameras near schools.

Congratulations New Yorkers! We did it! Children’s lemonade stands require a temporary food serve establishment permit according to Carolina Rodríguez, a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The best part of the video of this idiot subway surfing is the guy who doesn’t even look the entire time.

57th Street F Station is closing today and will remain closed through December for a renovation. The 167th Street and 174-175th Street B/D stations will close August 27th for renovations.

A lawsuit aimed at stopping the L train shutdown was partially settled with the addition of elevators for the Sixth Avenue L stop, which will also make the 14th Street 1/2/3 stop accessible to the disabled.

TrueBlueNY has a target on IDC aligned State Senator Tony Avella. They’re collecting signatures for former city Comptroller John Liu. Liu’s run for mayor in 2013 was cut short with a fundraising scandal focused on his former campaign treasurer.

Watch the corpse flower bloom and collapse at the New York Botanical Garden, stink free.

Filming Around Town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 12th and 2nd, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, and The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 46th and 3rd.

Council Member Mark Gjonaj introduced a bill to help micro-businesses in the city (under ten employees). Micro-businesses account for 80% of all jobs created in the city. Mark Gjonaj also blamed the two people who were killed by Sanitation Salvage for their own deaths. Sanitation Salvage is a private garbage company that Gjonaj collected almost $10,000 from since 2012.

Did MoMA PS1 discriminate against Nikki Columbus because she was pregnant? The museum says she turned down a job offer, but her story is vastly different.

The oldest restaurants in the city.

Are you a snitch? The city is paying cash bounties for ratting out idling commercial trucks and buses for more than three minutes (or one minute in a school zone).

If you think your commute is stupid, please meet Google engineer Tommy Lutz. Tommy rows to work across the Hudson from New Jersey to Manhattan.

Can you legally flip off a cop? A court will decide after a New Jersey man was arrested for flipping off some Times Square cops.

Complaints about subway cars without AC doubled from last year to this year. Chairman Joe Lhota vowed to “make sure there are no hot cars,” which would indicate that Joe Lhota is a damn liar.

How is this even possible? Another Christmas tree was trashed THIS WEEK in the East Village.


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