The Briefly for June 4, 2018 – Meet the “Mayor,” Cross-Eyed Robber, The Future of Queens Blvd, and More

Back from vacation and at the new morning publishing schedule. The Briefly returns!

The Community Service Society and their Fair Fares initiative held a “Meet the Mayor” event with Alex Low, a member of the Rider’s Alliance, sitting in for the absent mayor. Fair Fares is trying to lobbying for the city to use $212 million to subsidize MetroCards for low income New Yorkers. The Mayor has pushed back against the idea that the city should fund the subsidies. The MTA currently offers half-price fares to seniors and people with disabilities.

The Upper West Side’s cross-eyed robber has a 50% success rate.

The DOT unveiled the next stage of the redesign of Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, adding bike lanes. It’s specifically the bike lanes, that removes 220 parking spots, that lost the support Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. “I can’t go anywhere without someone complaining to me about them. Even when I’m eating in a restaurant, people come up to me constantly.”

Filming around town today: John Wick 3 is killing everyone at 42nd and Lexington through Wednesday, The Punisher is in Astoria, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at 82nd and Broadway, and Ray Donovan is at 133rd and 12th.

LICTalk is circulating that the 4th of July fireworks are going to be on the East side of Manhattan this year. Plan accordingly.

Do you know the difference between ordering a Black Cow with Choker Holes, or All Black with Glob? Atlas Obscura takes a look back at the lost lingo of New York’s soda jerks.

Your guide to Riis Park beach food from Gothamist.

Holy! The rent is too damn high in this building across the street from Zabar’s. The apartments START at $10k/month.


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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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The Briefly for May 16, 2018 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave, Dog Flu, Betsy DeVos Visits, Moving A Shark, Fergie Rides the Rails, and More

There’s a Laurel Ave in Brooklyn, but no Yanny anywhere in the city. Debate settled.

bkskymay18-4 by bslax28 via Flickr

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now the law of the city. It allows victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking to go on paid leave. It includes paid leave for a family member to support the victim. This applies to employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year. Employers with under five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave. You accrue one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours per year and 40 hours can be carried over from one year to the next.

Have you ever been as happy as Fergie was on the subway during last night’s storm?

There’s a dog flu outbreak in Brooklyn that is fatal for up to 10% of dogs who contract the flu.

A trio of bills aimed at encouraging voter turnout would amend the state’s constitution to allow voting by mail without stating a reason, expand voting hours, align state primaries with federal primaries, maintain complete and accurate voter lists, and establish an early voting system. New York ranked 42 in voter turnout in 2016.

Filming around the city: Sunlit Night (Jenny Slate) at Adams St and Plymouth St, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Rachel Brosnahan) at Broadway and Driggs, Brooklyn, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Orange St and Henry St, Brooklyn, The Punisher at Hampton St in Jackson Heights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) at Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn.

Spring visit to Central Park and 3 Midtown museums by Terry Ballard via Flickr

Moving a shark isn’t as easy as buying a goldfish. NY Times shows how sharks are being moved to Coney Island ahead of the aquarium’s June 30 shark exhibit opening.

There will be eight new Target stores in the city by the end of next year, the latest opens on July 21 and will be on the corner of 14th and Avenue A.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” –local racist Aaron Schlossberg at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown who called ICE on a woman speaking Spanish.

The city’s trash bins haven’t changed in design since the 1930s. Think you have a better design? Prove it!

Frames by Billie Grace Ward

E-bikes continue to remain illegal, but the city is moving forward to exempt the much more expensive than the ones being confiscated from delivery workers ($5,000 vs $1,500) e-Bikes. Jump, a Brooklyn-based e-bike sharing company acquired by Uber, is spending $25k/month lobbying for the change.

Say hello to Velina Mitchel, the new voice of the MTA.

Betsy DeVos was in the city yesterday to visit exactly none of the 1,800 schools in the city, choosing to visit a yeshiva instead and not speak to the press. Last week the NY Post published an interview with former yeshiva students who claimed they were being denied an education that includes science, math and English books.

What would you do if you found $52,000 in buried treasure in your backyard?