The Briefly for June 19, 2018 – Juneteenth, NYPD vs NYPD PBA on School Cameras, “Spit In It,” and More

The Every School Speed Camera Act has the support of the NYPD’s commissioner, but not the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association.

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill supports the Every School Speed Camera Act, citing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative as reducing pedestrian fatalities by 45% between 2013 and 2017. O’Neill stands at odds with the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who claims that instead of the 150 additional schools to get cameras, 5,000 more police officers can fix the speeding concerns. State Senator Simcha Felder (of course he’s involved) claims to have privacy concerns about the speeding cameras. Streetsblog makes the case that when the Every School Speed Camera Act lapses in a few weeks, that Governor Cuomo can be blamed.

Over 1,000 lives were lost aboard the PS General Slocum, New York City’s worst maritime disaster, in 1904. 6sqft looks back on the disaster over 110 years ago.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden” will be installed at the form Fort Tilden army base at the Rockaways starting July 1. The installation consists of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel one-foot balls. Kusama’s piece is a protest against the commercialization of art and culture, but expect a million selfies this summer.

RIP the midtown Carl’s Jr. Stay out of our city.

Curbed has a map of where you can find areas with air conditioning throughout the city. This will be handy as we slowly forget what winter is like.

6sqft looks at the a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/the-1936-summer-of-pools-when-robert-moses-and-the-wpa-cooled-off-nyc/”>importance of public pools throughout the city in 1936.

A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommends that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state.” The governor said “facts have changed,” which is weird way of saying “we were wrong.”

Would you like some “PLEASE SPIT IN IT TOO” on your burger?

Filming Around Town: The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy his on 47th and 5th, John Wick 3 is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn, The Deuce is at 1st Ave 2nd St and 7th and 30th, Ray Donovan is at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Today is Juneteenth, which marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Local organizers are planning a protest in Foley Square to push for the end of the wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system.

You’ve got until 2023 until the MetroCard as you know it will be OBSOLETE!

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her campaign finance reform platform in the same location that Gov Cuomo announced his candidacy for Governor eight years ago. “If Washington is a swamp, then Albany under Andrew Cuomo is a cesspool.” -Nixon

Xiu Qing You, 39, was living in the United States for nearly twenty years before being arrested by ICE agents while interviewing for a green card.

The Brearley School on the Upper East Side announced all applicants who consider themselves female can apply to the school, which opens the door for transgender students.

The 80 Flatbush development is displacing the HIV-AIDS Services Administration, which is currently at 94 Flatbush, at the end of the month. It is one of three facilities in Brooklyn and will be moving to a temporary location on Third Avenue until it finds a permanent home in Bushwick. For the people who rely on these services, an unannounced change in schedule could have serious consequences.

More toxic algae in a city park. Bowne Park in Flushing is the latest park to issue a warning about algae blooms. These aren’t lethal like the Prospect Park Lake, Morningside Pond, or The Lake in Central Park, but you could still be staying away from the water.

Have you ever had an egg cream?

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.

The Briefly for June 11, 2018 – No SHSAT Decision This Year, ICE Detainee Given Stay, The Most Confusing Traffic Light In The City, and more

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.