The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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Summer Friday Edition of the Briefly for May 18, 2018 – Subway Weekend Woes, The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Staten Island Won’t Be Cool, and More

This weekend’s subway service changes are worse than usual. Disruptions on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, D, F, M, N, and R.

Brooklyn is ready for a lot of shit before the Brooklyn Half.

The best fried chicken sandwiches in the city, rated by Gothamist.

The MTA and Unbound, a sex toy company, had a stare down and the MTA blinked first.

Staten Island remains un-chill about marijuana prosecution.

Something for Everyone by Mark Ittleman via Flickr

An unemployed man in Norwood is challenging New York’s law about non-anonymous lottery winners.

This apartment’s amenities include a million dollar yacht, two Rolls Royce Phantoms, a Lamborghini, court side season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets, a live-in butler, weekly dinner for two at Daniel Bolud’s restaurant Daniel for a year, a Hamptons mansion rental for the summer, a private chef for a year, and a trip to space for two. Common charges are a low $6,000 a month.

After 17 years in prison, John Bunn was fully exonerated of murder charges. The blame falls on retired NYPD Det. Louis Scarcella, who is accused of framing dozens of Brooklyn men in the 1990s for crimes they didn’t commit.

A short film about Milton Glaser, the creator of the I Heart NY symbol.

The Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York City, USA. by Roland Turner via Flickr

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at W 44th and 6th, Billions (Paul Giamatti) at Reade and W Broadway, and Late Night (Mindy Kaling) at 54th and Park. https://www.onlocationvacations.com/2018/05/18/friday-may-18-filming-locations-for-marvelous-mrs-maisel-bachelor-in-paradise-billions-valley-of-the-boom-more/

One man’s trash is another man’s garden. The NY Times look at David Scalza’s garden/art installation on W 56th between 9th and 10th.

Take a behind the scenes tour of Washington Height’s beautifully ornate United Palace Theatre with 6sqft.


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