The Briefly for July 9, 2018 – The Subways are HOT, the L Gets An Elevator, We Ruined Lemonade Stands, and More

In April Joe Lhota said he would “make sure there are no hot cars” on the subways and complaints doubled. Children selling lemonade on the sidewalk are breaking the law, because we can’t have nice things anymore. Those stories and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Schools Chancellor and head of the Department of Education and NYC Public Schools Richard A. Carranza wrote an op-ed for Streetsblog about the importance of speed cameras near schools.

Congratulations New Yorkers! We did it! Children’s lemonade stands require a temporary food serve establishment permit according to Carolina Rodríguez, a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The best part of the video of this idiot subway surfing is the guy who doesn’t even look the entire time.

57th Street F Station is closing today and will remain closed through December for a renovation. The 167th Street and 174-175th Street B/D stations will close August 27th for renovations.

A lawsuit aimed at stopping the L train shutdown was partially settled with the addition of elevators for the Sixth Avenue L stop, which will also make the 14th Street 1/2/3 stop accessible to the disabled.

TrueBlueNY has a target on IDC aligned State Senator Tony Avella. They’re collecting signatures for former city Comptroller John Liu. Liu’s run for mayor in 2013 was cut short with a fundraising scandal focused on his former campaign treasurer.

Watch the corpse flower bloom and collapse at the New York Botanical Garden, stink free.

Filming Around Town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 12th and 2nd, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, and The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 46th and 3rd.

Council Member Mark Gjonaj introduced a bill to help micro-businesses in the city (under ten employees). Micro-businesses account for 80% of all jobs created in the city. Mark Gjonaj also blamed the two people who were killed by Sanitation Salvage for their own deaths. Sanitation Salvage is a private garbage company that Gjonaj collected almost $10,000 from since 2012.

Did MoMA PS1 discriminate against Nikki Columbus because she was pregnant? The museum says she turned down a job offer, but her story is vastly different.

The oldest restaurants in the city.

Are you a snitch? The city is paying cash bounties for ratting out idling commercial trucks and buses for more than three minutes (or one minute in a school zone).

If you think your commute is stupid, please meet Google engineer Tommy Lutz. Tommy rows to work across the Hudson from New Jersey to Manhattan.

Can you legally flip off a cop? A court will decide after a New Jersey man was arrested for flipping off some Times Square cops.

Complaints about subway cars without AC doubled from last year to this year. Chairman Joe Lhota vowed to “make sure there are no hot cars,” which would indicate that Joe Lhota is a damn liar.

How is this even possible? Another Christmas tree was trashed THIS WEEK in the East Village.


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The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

RAT FACTS!

A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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The Briefly for June 22, 2018 – Speed Camera Act is Dead, Weekend Subway Changes, A Food Inspector’s Wildest Stories, and More

The state’s legislative session ended with no vote on the expiring Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, get ready for the weekend’s subway changes, Eataly is going plastic strawless and more.

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It’s the weekend, so your usual I am Legend rules apply for the subways. 6sqft has all the expected subway service changes.

The Every School Speed Safety Camera Act is dead. The State Senate’s session ended yesterday with nothing done. NYC’s speed cameras are controlled by the state, which accomplished literally nothing when it comes to protecting pedestrians in school zones. Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives held a rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s office in the city Thursday night, laying blame for the bill’s demise at his doorstep for his failure to act.

Don’t pull the emergency brake on the subway unless someone is in mortal danger if the subway continues to move forward. The police can’t easily get to you if your train is stopped between stations and it takes somewhere between five and fifteen minutes to get a train moving after the brake is pulled.

An NYC Parks Department food cart inspector tells the wildest stories from his career.

Breaking Grounds is purchasing a vacant hotel in DUMBO and plans to fill it with below-rate apartments for the formerly homeless to help people rebuild their lives. This is Breaking Grounds’ sixth building in Brooklyn and the sale is expected to go through this summer.

Governor Cuomo took The New York Times inside a child care agency that’s taking care of children separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. City Council Member Mark Levine is taking donations of children’s clothing, diapers, and toys for the children who were separated from their parents and taken to New York as part of the president’s cruel immigration policy. Donations can be brought to the JCC Harlem.

Photographer Shaun O’Boyle took portraits of Staten Island’s Arthur Kill boat graveyard between 1986 – 2006. The boats were to be broken down and sold for scrap following World War II, but the boats arrived faster than they could be dismantled. The graveyard is still there today, but the boats are mostly submerged.

The Village Apothecary on Bleecker and W 10th is part of a state pilot program to get pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, into the hands of people with a potential recent exposure to HIV. The Village Apothecary was one of the first places to stock the HIV drug AZT in the 80s.

Filming Around Town: High Flying Bird, starring Kyle MacLachlan, is at W 51st and 7th, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Avenue R and E 31st St in Brooklyn, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 46th St and Skillman Ave in Queens, Otherhood, starring Patricia Arquette, is at W 12th and 7th, and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is at Duane and Church.

Eataly is banning single-use plastic straws from its locations in the United States by July 31, ahead of a NYC ban on plastic straws that is currently in committee.

The New York Times asks and answers what is the SHSAT exam and why does it matter.

The Department of Transportation unveiled a new plan to extend the Upper West Side’s bike lanes on Amsterdam Ave from 72nd to 59th, including Columbus Circle. The plan was unanimously approved by CB4.

If you’re into gross smells, the NYBG has a new corpse flower that could bloom this weekend.