The Briefly for August 9, 2018 – Capping Uber, Rezoning Inwood, Building in Sunset Park, and More

It was a good week to get something approved by the City Council. Five regulations aimed at Uber and Lyfy, the new tech hub on 14th, and Inwood rezoning were all approved.

The City Council was approval happy this week. The City Council voted to approve the new tech hub on 14th St near Union Square.

The City Council approved five measures aimed at Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The TLC will stop issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses, set a minimum wage for drivers, forces companies to provide data on usage and charges, as well as impose a fine for non-compliance.

Rezoning in Inwood was also approved, despite recent protests.

The city’s composting efforts kinda stink.

The seven best bookstores in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Upstate Congressman Christopher Collins was busted for insider trading. Collins vowed to continue his campaign for re-election in November.

Filming around town: Gotham w/Ben McKenzie is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is on Norman Ave in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 58th and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at 87th and Columbus, Law and Order: SVU is at 2727 Henry Hudson Parkway, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at Prospect St and Jay St in Brooklyn, and HBO’s High Maintance is at Eastern Parkway between Rogers and Nostrand in Brooklyn.

See the tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s nice 69th St Pier.

Sunset Park’s new mega-development is two avenues with three 18-story towers that will incorporate retail, condos, office space, restaurants, a hotel, gym with a pool, community facilities and parking. This is a separate location from Industry City and the mayor’s proposed TV/Movie studio.

The most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

The MTA is aiming to open the new second Avenue subway stations by 2027, which can only happen if construction starts next year.

Do Brooklyn’s raccoon population owe their lives to one man?

The water fountains in Roosevelt Island’s parks, with the exception of Capobianco Park, are safe meet water quality standards after previously tested with high bacteria levels.

The father of the baby found in the East River was detained in Thailand after leaving New York on Monday afternoon.

The silver lining of the L train shutdown is that Williamsburg rents are back to 2015 levels, a reduction of $250/month. Some rents are being reduced, some buildings are waiving fees, and some are offering multiple months of free rent with a long-term lease. The rent reductions are enough to pay for The New L, if you absolutely must get to Manhattan.


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The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Election Results, Pools Open Today, NIMBY in Brooklyn Heights, and More

The best dog friendly bars, State Senator Marty Golden doesn’t care about parking regulations, TOMS comes to Williamsburg, election results are in, and more in today’s news digest.

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Contested Primary winners:
House District 5: Gregory Meeks (D)
House District 9: Yvette Clarke (D)
House District 11: Max Rose (D) and Dan Donovan (R) – Michael Grimm lost!
House District 12: Carolyn Maloney (D) beat the Tinder catfishing candidate Suraj Patel
House District 14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) over incumbent Joseph Crowley

Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the congressional giant-slayer. The big story to come from this primary election will be the low turnout. Confusion, purged voter rolls, and closed polling sites cast a shadow over yesterday’s elections, further disenfranchising people from voting.

Our parks are aging, underfunded and plagued by infrastructure problems according to a 53-page report from The Center for an Urban Future.

The Boerum Hill historic district was expended by the Landmarks Preservation Commission by 300 buildings. A historic district is a designation that is mostly honorific.

Eater has a map of dog-friendly bars so you and your best friend can hang out.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts,is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 104th and Madiso, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 74th and 5th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Court Square Station in Queens, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is on Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

Today is the last day of hearing over abolishing the tipped minimum wage. Different restaurant lobby groups are on different sides of the debate. Currently the tipped minimum wage is $8.70 and that will rise to $10 by year’s end, which is lower than the $15 full minimum wage for non-tipped workers.

It’s unbelievable that there’s another story about Marty Golden skirting the law when it comes to his car, but here we are. Golden’s Cadillac was parked in a bus stop and after giving a traffic agent his card and a fist bump, he walked away without a ticket, but it was caught on film by a passerby.

Three city council members are calling for the bodega where 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman was stabbed to death to be closed. Ritchie Torres, Vanessa Gibson, and Rafael Salamanca cite the owner’s actions that lead to Lesandro being dragged out of the store as the reason to pull the deli’s license. Over 42k New Yorkers had signed an online petition making the same request.

Trump’s family separation policy is being challenged by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood in New York along with 17 other Attorneys General.

TOMS is opening its first Brooklyn store in Williamsburg. No word on if they will be buying a second store for those in need.

NYPD declined to file charges against a motorist who killed 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick and left the scene. Brooklyn’s District Attorney Eric Gonzalez does not have a strong history when it comes to hit and run killings.

Brooklyn Heights is feeling NIMBY fever. a pedestrian bridge to connect the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park would ruin the “peace and relaxation” and “kill the neighborhood.”

Marco! The city’s pools open for summer today. Polo!


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