The Briefly for November 8, 2018 – The “No One Wants to Be On El Chapo’s Jury” Edition

Albany’s new faces, an investigation into Eric Garner’s death starts today, the elections aren’t over yet, a jury has been chosen for El Chapo’s trial, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Meet the five new faces headed to Albany to represent the city in the State Senate. (amNY)

The jury has been selected for the El Chapo trial, despite an “open rebellion” against the idea of being on the jury. (amNY)

Low-level marijuana enforcement is down 58% and arrests are down by 90% in one year’s time, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s policy change in the spring. While the overall numbers decreased, it did not change the racial disparities of who is being policed. (Politico)

This is a different type of defense. A Columbia University student is claiming that he couldn’t have raped another student because he was “too drunk.” He claims to have drank enough to black out and claim he has a blood ties to Nazis. He sounds like a real winner. (NY Post)

10 memorable art installations at the Brooklyn Bridge, past and present. (Untapped Cities)

Of 142 garbage trucks from private companies inspected during the city’s one week crackdown, only ten were allowed to stay on the streets. During the week the city issued 1,070 summons. (NY Post)

You thought we were done with elections? With Letitia James becoming Attorney General on January 1, the city will schedule an election for Public Advocate. Anyone who can get enough signatures will be on the ballot. (amNY)

Not to be outdone by Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park’s SummerStage will also be getting an upgrade and will be ready for the 2019 season. (6sqft)

Is the Museum of Pizza “fine art”? (NY Post)

It’s time to go to The New York Botanical Garden, we’re almost at peak foliage. (amNY)

A guide to our current elected officials. (Curbed)

WFAN’s Craig Carton from “Boomer and Carton” is guilty of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He could be going to prison for 45 years. (NY Post)

Rudy Giuliani divorce is shining a light on his peculiar spending habits. (Gothamist)

The NYPD blames the “current atmosphere” for the rise in hate crimes across the city. Don’t forget the NYPD blamed the increase in reported rapes on the #MeToo movement earlier this year. (Gothamist, amNY)

Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014. Four years later, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is beginning an investigation. (NY Times)

7 of the city top chefs share their favorite bodega food. (NY Post)

The average salary in NYC is $68,992. (TitleMax)

The Board of Elections can’t promise that the 2020 election will be better than 2018’s. In 2016, the BOE rejected a city offer of $20 million to find and fix systemic problems. (NY Post)

Not to be outdone by Amazon, Google is planning on hiring thousands of new employees and adding 1.3 million square feet of office space on the West side of Manhattan. (NY Times)

A restaurant where you dine alone and don’t speak to, or see, your waiter. (NBC New York)

All the free museum days across the city. (Time Out)


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The Briefly for September 17, 2018 – The MTA Will Address Your Problems in “5-10 Years”

Did your neighborhood vote Nixon or Cuomo, more people are getting on subway tracks, 17 speakeasys, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The most hated buildings in Brooklyn, from the New York Post.

There has been 621 reported incidents of people on subway tracks or that have been hit by a train, an increase from 2017.

The MTA will be working on your train delays sometime in “the next 5-10 years.”

Another school ride from hell. This time it was a five-year-old girl in Queens whose bus-ride home from school took five hours on Friday. There have been 76,223 complaints abuot late or no-show buses this school year, up from 57,575 last year.

If you’re obsessed with the price of houses on Zillow, you’re not alone.

We Heart Astoria is hiring a Social Media Coordinator and a Junior Writer. Amid firings and consolidations, it’s nice to see a site announce open positions.

If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to avoid the Museum of the City of New York’s “germ city” exhibit.

Eater has a list of 17 hidden bars worth seeking out. Yes, Please Don’t Tell is on the list, but don’t hold it against them.

Who owns the city? Here are the ten largest property owners in New York City.

How former NYPD cop Ludwig Paz became the ringleader of brothels in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Did your neighborhood vote Cuomo or Nixon? Check the map.

Has the Brooklyn Democratic Party been working to silence new voices? In the wake of a primary election that changed the political makeup of the state, New King’s Democrats is encouraging anyone who can to show up to the next party meeting on September 27 to make new voices heard.

There was only one day in August without subway delays during the morning commute. Mark it down on the calendar, August 23, the citywide day without delays.

If you are worried about local media consolidation, Schneps Communication purchased Community News Group and NYC Community Media last week. This is an incomplete list of the publications and websites now owned by one company: The Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, Bay News, Mill Basin Marine Park Courier, Brooklyn Graphic, Gay City News, Caribbean Life, TimesLedger, BaysideTimes, FlushingTimes, Bronx Times, Bronx Times Reporter, The Villager, The Villager Express, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express, BORO Weekly, Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx Family, Manhattan Family, Brooklyn Tomorrow, Queens Tomorrow, Brooklyn Uncovered, Airport Voice, Eat Up, NYParenting.com, BrooklynDaily.com, Bxtimes.com, Rivendell School, CNG Radio Podcast, The Queens Courier, The Courier Sun, The Ridgewood Times, The Times Newsweekly, El Correo, Brownstoner.com, Brownstoner Magazine, QNS.com, The North Shore Towers Courier, LIC Magazine, BORO Magazine, LeHavre Courier, Cryder Point Courier, Queens in Your Pocket, Best of Brooklyn, and Best of the Boro


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The Briefly for September 5, 2018 – Is The World Ready for Aaron Sorkin’s Lee Harper’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ on Broadway?

To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong are two new shows coming to Broadway this year, half the G train will shut down on weekends this month, paying tribute to Kenny Shopsin, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Half the G train is shutting down this weekend, and every weekend until Columbus Day. Buses will replace the G train between Bedford-Nostrand Ave and Court Square.

Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace tops New York City’s affordable neighborhoods, as weighed by Localize.city. Second place on the list is Roosevelt Island.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “King Kong,” and “The Cher Show” are three of the new shows coming to Broadway this year.

The best art exhibits to see at New York City museums this fall, according to amNY.

A woman on probation for animal cruelty pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her Jackson Heights home last week. Elizabeth Grant was convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty for failing to take care of her 54 cats and dogs.

An ambulette collided with an electric scooter in the Bronx early Tuesday and killed the 25-year-old driver of the scooter and hurt a 42-year-old passenger.

Eater pays tribute to Kenny Shopsin of Shopsin’s General Store.

The Church of God of East Flatbush is getting into the real estate business. The church purchased two blocks on land for $8 million seven years ago and will build a new church and 531 units of affordable housing.

With the new school year restarts the debate about the SHSAT. The New York Times solicited stories from its readers about the admissions test.

Two years after Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in prisons, no findings or recommendations have been made.

Manhattanites are raising funds for laundry gift certificates to help homeless students this school year.

Executive Producer Dick Wolf is at it again.

Will he or won’t he? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t endorsed a candidate for Governor.

At least 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have been stricken with breast cancer, defying astronomical odds. Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke form the attack.

George C. Parker is one of many men who “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge so the potential buyer could build toll booths since it’s construction in 1883. 135 years later and still no tolls.


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