The Briefly for June 15, 2018 – Les Halles Preserves Notes, Toxic Algae in Back, No Bike Lanes, and More

Subway disruptions, the new owner of Les Halles is preserving the memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory, toxic algae is found in Prospect Park after Central Park was hit earlier this week, Sunnyside doesn’t want bike lanes, and more

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Subway changes seem somewhat minimal this weekend. If you’re going to the Mermaid Parade, check to make sure your train is running.

Les Halles’ new owner is preserving memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory.

Toxic algae was found in Prospect Park Lake in Prospect Park. This is an algae that is fatal to humans and dogs, so be careful. If you or your dog drink any lake water, head to a doctor immediately. The algae hasn’t been found at dog beach in Prospect Park, so you’re safe to bring your pup there. The city has been looking into a natural filtration system to prevent this in the future. Earlier this week toxic algae was found in Central Park.

Sunnyside’s community board voted against new protected bike lanes 27-8 because of a loss of parking spaces. The city is hoping to place bike lanes along Skillman Avenue and 43rd Avenue after a cyclist’s death in April.

Filming Around Town: Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Essex and Broome, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 57th and 10th Ave, Ray Donovan is at Ditmars Blvd and Shore Blvd in Astoria, and The Deuce is at Bowery and Broome.

Eater has a list of 15 reliable vegan restaurants in the city.

Add doctors to the list of people who are calling on the state senate to review and expand the city’s speed camera program. The program would put speed cameras outside 290 public schools throughout the city. The doctors supporting the bill cited over 500 auto injuries this year, and the cameras already installed are credited with reducing speeding by 63% in locations they are installed. The bill is currently in a committee chaired by Simcha Felder, a member of the IDC held up the entire state budget earlier and told a group of democrats “I am not your guy” in the process.

City council member Margaret Chin proposed a new law banning vending around the World Trade Center in order to clear pedestrian traffic, but with 18 of the 22 current vendors being Muslim, it’s hard to not see this as Islamophobic. The new law would not apply to the WTC Greenmarket, which operates inside the no-vending zone and whose vendors are predominantly white.

The NYPD’s use of sound cannons against peaceful protestors was ruled to be an excessive use of force by a federal appeals panel this week. The ruling is, of course, being appealed. The case references use of the cannons during Eric Garner protests in 2014.

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State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the state is punting on a SHSAT decision until next year. Maybe if they wait long enough, it’ll all just go away.

Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza deliveryman detained at the Fort Hamilton military base, was given a stay of removal until July 20. Governor Cuomo issued a letter of support over the weekend. He will remain detained in New Jersey, he can still work on obtaining residency.

This could very well be the most confusing traffic light the city has to offer.

The toll for the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge is being reduced 32% if you live in Brooklyn and cross the bridge more than three times a month. There’s a joke about going to Staten Island that often, but sometimes it’s about the jokes that you don’t make.

Filming Around Town: After the Wedding starring Michelle Williams is at Ludlow and Houston, Still Life is at 69th Park, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is at Forsyth and Rivington, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at W 3rd and 6th, The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy is at Reade and Broadway, and The Deuce with James Franco’s face tickler is at Malcolm X Blvd and W 122nd.

Ephemeral New York dives into the significance behind the bronze relief sculptures at 195 Broadway. The building was completed in 1922 and became the new headquarters for AT&T. There are four 24-foot sculptures from the man who designed 30 Rock’s Prometheus.

The NYPD’s James Frascatore wrongfully tackled and detained returned tennis star James Blake. Two and a half years later, Frascatore was found guilty in an internal investigation of using excessive force and his punishment was a loss of five days of paid vacation. Blake is, as you might expect, not happy about the outcome.

Tompins Square Park has a new resident. Photographer Laura Goggin spotted a baby red-tailed hawk and has some great photos of it. Laura’s blog is worth looking at for the 10+ years of NYC photography she’s posted. Her blog has been added to The Briefly’s sources, so you’ll be seeing more of her work linked here in the future.

The Briefly for May 15, 2018 – Coney Island Boardwalk is Landmarked, Police Body Cam Footage in Question, NY is Suing Ben Carson, and More

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Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk has been named a landmark, which could protect it against the city’s plan to tear out the wood and replace it with concrete and plastic.

The district attorneys in Manhattan said he has no plans to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases beginning in August. Historically, 87% of those arrested for marijuana charges have been black or Hispanic. He expects a 96 percent decrease in marijuana prosecutions.

Hosts find themselves as a target in the center of a war between lobbyists for the city’s hotels, the city government, and Airbnb. The city’s latest salvo against Airbnb might be a bill that would force hosts to register with the city.

It’s tick season, so please be careful out there.

New York is joining an anti-segregation lawsuit against Ben Carson and HUD for its failure to enforce the Fair Housing Act.

$28.43 a month for a two bedroom in Greenwich Village. Take a look at Patricia O’Grady’s “dump with character.”

A state judge issued a temporary order blocking the release of body cam footage from the NYPD. The police union is arguing in a lawsuit that body cam footage is a personnel record and should be protected from the state’s Civil Rights Law.

There’s a decades old legend who lives in the lakes of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Day drinking and day driving don’t mix. A woman in her underwear drove her Jeep into a house in Queens. No one was seriously hurt and the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while impaired.

The federal jail guard who was identified by his weird shaped penis was convicted of sexually assaulting five female inmates and could face life in prison.

You don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Thomas Groarke was sentenced to three to nine years for second-degree manslaughter for the 2017 drunk driving crash that took the like of seventeen year old Sean Ryan in Gerritsen Beach.

CB6’s former District Manager, Craig Hammerman, forged his boss’ signature to give himself a near $40k raise and faces a 17-count indictment for his troubles.

An NYU startup, Sounds of New York City, is installing microphones in Downtown Brooklyn with the goal of curbing noise pollution. That’s a nice, but does installing microphones in public places make anyone else uncomfortable?

NYC Train Sign customers are turning to the Attorney General’s office for help among concerns the company selling has disappeared.


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