The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 20, 2018 – Curbing Arrests for Smoking Weed, Chelsea Guitars Gets to Stay, Lead Paint on the 7, and More

NYPD will start issuing tickets for people caught smoking weed on September 1, Simcha Felder runs away from a mother, the New York Pizza Festival, and more

Watch State Senator Simcha Felder ignore and run away from a mother whose child died by a speeding motorist in 2013. The Every School Speed Camera Act would put speeding cameras near 290 schools throughout the city, which has been proven to reduce speeding by 63% in New York. The bill cleared the state assembly but Felder is one of the people preventing a vote in the senate. Felder is a Democrat that caucuses with the Republicans.

“The NYPD has no interest in arresting people for marijuana offenses when those arrests have no direct impact on public safety.” -NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. The new policy of issuing tickets instead of an arresting will be enforced beginning September 1.

Don’t eat the paint chips falling off the elevated 7 train. The MTA will start to remove lead paint from the 7 train’s elevated tracks in Queens between 82nd St and 103rd St. The paint used on the elevated tracks and structures is over 50x what is considered safe.

City Hall Park, Mount Pitt, Vauxhall Gardens, and the other must-see spots from NYC’s first guidebook in 1807.

25 must-visit historic LGBTQ sites in NYC from Curbed.

Brownsville and its parks failed 10 of the 14 benchmarks from New Yorkers for Parks’ Brownsville Open Space Index. Two years ago Mayor de Blasio announced that Betsy Head Park would be receiving a portion of a $30 million investment as one of five “anchor parks” in the city, which means a two year closure of Brownsville’s biggest park.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit In Comics” is the Transit Museum’s latest exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit celebrates the subways as depicted in comics and includes Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz.

Humanhattan 2050 proposes new infrastructure in Lower Manhattan to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years and make the area more accessible and enjoyable at a cost of $335 million.

We’re inching closer to the latest closures of subway stations for renovations. 57th Street is hit on July 9th, 28th Street closes on July 16, and 23rd Street on July 23. There are five new stations on the list but don’t have dates: 145th Street on the 3, Penn Station 1, 2, 3 (how is that even possible?), 174th-175th Streets D and 167th Street D in the Bronx.

New York Pizza Festival’s organizers promise this year’s event won’t be the “Fyre Festival of Pizza.”

Chelsea Guitars was given a stay of execution by the Chelsea Hotel’s owners.

How to choose and install an air conditioner in NYC from 6sqft.

Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group are pushing forward on banning cash at their restaurants. Meyers argue that the benefits of people who can afford credit cards outweighs the impact on customers who can only pay with cash.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Nostrand Ave and Avenue P Brooklyn and 33rd St and Ave S, The Sun is Also the Star, starring Yara Shahidi, is at W 124th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, and John Wick 3, starring Theodore “Ted” Logan, is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn.

Do you know how to do a “Bronx Cheer?”


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The Briefly for June 18, 2018 – 80 Flatbush, Coney Island, the Hottest Subway Car, a New Challenge to the Governor, and more

The Mermaid Parade in review, the latest on 80 Flatbush, the hottest car to hit the rails, and more in the city’s news roundup.

The only Mermaid Parade gallery of photos you’ll ever need.

What are the colors of the city? Color Factory, the Smithsonian, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum have teamed up in “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” a new installation in the back garden at Cooper Hewitt. Admission to see The Color Walk is free.

The latest Mobility Report is bleak. Transit ridership is getting smaller and the average speed on the streets are showing it. The population, employment, and tourism rise in 2017 while subway and bus ridership fell. Ride-hailing might be growing, but it’s not helping congestion.

Bushwick Daily continues to show that Bushwick has happy hours with your time with the latest in their happy hour series based on subway stops on the L with a focus on the Morgan Ave stop.

One of the biggest fights in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future will be about 80 Flatbush. The proposal is for two buildings, one 38 stories and the other 74 (as tall as the Chrysler Building), would include 700 apartments, 200 permanently affordable apartments, a 15k square foot “cultural space,” 40k square feet of retail, and two schools.

Coney Island’s Shore Theater is becoming a seven story hotel. Coney Island could have had a theater that would if it was restored.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 10th and W 25th, John Wick 3 is at 44th and 7th, Ray Donovan is near Washington Square Park, and The Deuce is at 4th and 43rd in Brooklyn.

The never-ending construction on the 2/3 actually has an end. Weekend and weeknight service will be restored by June 25. Only one more week…

The stories of the Sing for Hope pianos in each neighborhood’s local news sites has been a delight. This one is from the Times Ledger and tells the story of the Paul Raymond Playground in Astoria’s piano.

New York’s hottest subway car is 1872 in the 1. It has everything. Sweltering people, panting dogs, melting popsicles, and a faulty HVAC that doesn’t have a backup system.

Residents and participants are unhappy about the last-minute changes to the Pride parade’s route and staging area.

Public service announcement: If you have an unlimited MetroCard, it’s legal to swipe other people in for free.

Takeru Kobayashi returned to Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade to eat some hot dogs in a non-competitive fashion. He was at the Feltman’s of Coney Island, which has no connection to the original Feltman’s of Coney Island.

Move over Cynthia Nixon, because a new challenger has arrived. Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor and a former top Democrat official, is making a run for Governor as an independent.


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