The Briefly for July 25, 2018 – No One Can Prevent Subway Fires, The Slowest Bus in the City, and More

The state senate is broken and school speed cameras are shutting down as a result, the slowest bus in the city runs at 3.2 mph, American fascism in Brooklyn, and more in the daily New York City digest.

Today is the day that the State Senate failed us and the speed cameras in school zones will be shut down. Nothing has shown the broken state of Albany quite like this has. Speaking of the State Senate, members of the IDC have to refund up to $1.4 million in campaign contributions after a judge ruled their fundraising alliance with the Independence Party was illegal.

Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, the pizza-deliveryman who was detained at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, was freed on Tuesday.

The M42 is the slowest bus in the city, with a brisk average speed of 3.2 mph across 42nd St.

Roosevelt Island’s water fountains contain unacceptable levels of bacteria and iron.

The MTA’s plan to stop subway fires is failing.

Governor Cuomo wanted the pylons of the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels to match is $20-$30 million blue and yellow tiles. Not only did they cost $253K extra, they may also be illegal.

The fence surrounding the fountain in Bowling Green dates back to 1771.

Someone left a box marked “American Fascism” outside Paul Manafort’s Brooklyn Brownstone.

Your weather report: The weather will remain shitty for the rest of the week.

Citi Bike and JUMP Bikes are filling the bike void in the Bronx after Ofo backed out of the city’s dockless bikeshare pilot program.

These are the elected officials who take campaign contributions from private trash hauling companies. Private trash haulers killed at least 16 people since 2012, including two deaths from Sanitation Salvage in six months. At the top of the list is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at E 92nd and Park, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W 32nd and 7th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at W 54th and 6th, Gotham is at Flatbush and Pacific in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The guide to living on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, from Brick Underground.

The Gowanus Canal cleanup doesn’t start until 2020.

Mayor de Blasio is pleading ignorance in a federal lawsuit against the city for policies in affordable housing lotteries that reinforce residential segregation.

Kristina Newman-Scott is BRIC’s new president. The most well known BRIC project is the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.

Photos from behind the scenes at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Briefly for July 24, 2018 – The MTA Blames Lyft/Uber, 14th St Becoming a Busway, Flying Cars, and More

Subway delays doubled in six years, 14h St will become a busway in January, faux outrage about the Target CBGB’s awning, legal pot and your job, and more.

The MTA is blaming apps like Uber and Lyft on the sharpest declines of subway and bus ridership in decades, and not unreliable subway and bus service causing the sharp rise of use of e-hail apps. 56,000 trains were delayed in June, and the percentage of trains that didn’t reach the end of their runs on time doubled since 2012 from 16.3% to 32%, but yeah, it’s Uber that is causing the decline in ridership.

14th St will become a busway in January, three months ahead of the 15-month L train shutdown.

What does the the potential for legal pot mean for your job?

Flying cars were supposed to take care of our traffic problems by 1973, according to scientists in 1923. Still holding out hope for that jetpack.

The American Kennel Club Canine Retreat opened its doors to people who don’t have a place for their dog to stay if they were displaced from the Flatiron steam explosion.

Young Advocates for Fair Education claim some Orthodox Jewish yeshivas don’t teach enough reading, writing, and arithmetic sued New York state on Monday in an effort to force change.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 36th and 5th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 90th St and 23rd Ave in East Elmhurst, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 61st St and 5th in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Centre and Grand, and Marvel/Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills.

Ugh, look at these dickheads.

Does a record number of homes for sale in the city mean prices are going to drop? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

You can argue that the Target in the East Village re-creating the CBGB’s awning as a stunt is in poor taste, but just about every site in the city covered it, so it’s hard to argue against the idea that it worked. The volume of people who desperately wanted to tell you how upset they were over this is staggering. Punk’s not dead, it’s just too busy blogging.

May Wah Vegetarian Market and the Ng family was featured in Atlas Obscura. The Ng family has run May Wah for over 23 years, and is partially responsible for the vegan boom throughout the city and beyond.

What’s the past tense for scammed? Scrumped?

Governor Cuomo pardoned seven people facing deportation and other consequences as a result of their crimes.

Tronc, the New York Daily News’ new owners, fired half of the reporting staff and Jim Rich, the editor in chief, in a one minute meeting.

A closer look at Park Slope’s Montauk Club, which dates back to the 1880’s.

A party boat dumped 500 gallons of sewage into the Red Hook harbor.

The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.