The Briefly for July 16, 2018 – Baby Steps Towards Legal Pot, Cuomo Has a Buffalo Billions Problems, and More

The city is looking into helping renters with security deposits, the woman tax hits Washington, Cuomo tries to distance himself from multiple scandals, the red-tailed hawks are flying in Tompkins Square Park, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Up to 90% of the speedometers on D trains aren’t functioning properly. The MTA tells operators they should be able to tell their speed “by feel.”

The city’s nightlife advisory board has 14 new members.

“It hasn’t been a problem for the past 100 years, so I don’t know why it would be today” Governor Cuomo is trying to distance himself from former SUNY Poly president Alan Kaloyeros after Kaloyeros was convicted of bid-rigging last week as part of the “Buffalo Billions” program. This is the second scandal related to Governor Cuomo’s economic development projects.

New York took another baby step towards legalizing marijuana.

The parents of the four-year-old girl who was killed by a hit-and-run in Bushwick didn’t attend her funeral in her native Mexico out of fears of being unable to return to the US. They are both in the process of applying for green cards.

Shawn Williams was the 14th person to have their conviction overturned as a result of NYPD Detective Louis Scarella’s misconduct. Williams was in prison for 24 years.

Filming around town: The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at Marion Ave and E 188th in the Bronx, Erase w/Denis Leary is at 46th Ave and Vernon Boulevard in Queens, John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Front St and Jay St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Queens Plaza and 23rd Stis Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star w/Yara Shahidi is at Rutgers and Broadway, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Church and Leonard St, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at 3rd and 6th, and The Deuce w/James Franco is at E 96th and Madison.

An off-duty corrections officer pointed his gun at a stripper when she refused to go home with him.

Michael Palamar continues to work as a supervisor for the Parks Department earning over $100k annually after a 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a woman while he was on the job, a 1982 conviction for manslaughter, and now a lawsuit that alleges he pressured young female trainees for sexual favors, earning him the nickname of “pedophile” from his male co-workers.

Congresswoman Grace Meng from Flushing is fighting the woman tax in Washington after being denied reimbursement from Paul Ryan for feminine hygiene products for congressional staff and office visitors by requesting those items be made available for those who need them.

The city is paying $950k to a disabled teen after she was gang-assaulted in the stairwell of her high school and suspended when the school told her it was her fault.

The city is looking into helping renters when it comes to security deposits. Recommendations include capping security deposits at one month’s rent, paying security deposits monthly, or not requiring a security deposit in a renter has security insurance coverage.

A library card from the Brooklyn Library, Queens Library, or New York Public Library will get you free admission into 33 different cultural institutions once a year. The only catch is that you have to make reservations in advance.

The red-tailed hawks in Tompkins Square Park are growing up so fast!

The Briefly for July 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th, the Weekend in Subway Delays, Take A Nap, and More

The weekend’s subways are a mess, Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”, dockless bike share programs are coming this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The weekend in closures, delays, and headaches for nearly every subway line. The 28th St station 6 station will be closing on Monday until December for renovations.

It’s Friday the 13th, which means $13 tattoos + $7 (minimum) tips in many parlors around the city.

The amazing story of how the gregarious Ray from Ray’s Candy Store hustled and bribed his way from the Iranian Navy to a naturalized citizen and a staple in the East Village.

Despite evidence that bike lanes have made neighborhood streets safer, the Upper East Side’s CB8 still can’t decide if it wants bike lanes after three years. Woodside will get new bike lanes on 43rd Ave and Skillman Ave this summer.

The dockless the bike share pilot neighborhoods are on pace to start this month, but not Coney Island. The city delayed the program’s rollout in the people’s playground due to construction and large summer crowds. The latter will never not be an issue.

Urby, Staten Island’s hipster apartment complex, was hit with a discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of trying to force out black residents with frivolous housing court cases.

A Queens man plead guilty to helping ISIS.

Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”

$25 buys you 45 minutes for a nap in Greenwich Village.

NYPD continue to investigate the death of Lara Prychodko, who died falling 27 stories into a trash compactor.

Will the New York Football Club end up with a new stadium in the Bronx?

The Coffee Shop in Union Square is closing in October.

Is Joe Crowley refusing to accept defeat against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Filming around town: Isn’t It Romantic w/Rebel Wilson is at 44th and Lexington this weekend, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is atAtlantic Ave and Clinton St in Brooklyn, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Court St and Pacific St in Brooklyn, John Wick 3 w/ Keanu Reeves and dog is at 8th and W 46th, and also Liberty and Nassau and Bay 23rd St and 86th St in Brooklyn this weekend, The Sun Is Also A Star is at Joralemon St and Court St in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at W 106th and Broadway, and Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at Duane and W. Broadway. Busy shooting day in the city.

New York, despite Hollywood’s assumptions, we are not a city full of alleys. Look closer at Cortland Alley, the most filmed in alley in the city.

The best eggplant parms in the city, according to Gothamist.

Governor Cuomo says the city should pay half of the more than $30 billion of the state’s “Fast Track” program, as if the city isn’t roughly 50% of the state already.

The lieutenant governor race is getting nasty with Kathy Hochul criticizing Jumaane Williams, her opponent in the September primary, over not constantly supporting abortion rights.

Homeless Girl Scout Troop 6000 is expanding to all 5 boroughs.

Noted LIRR racist Edward Ruggiero plead guilty to aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct.

The video of an attempted hit on the son of a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in the Bronx is insane. Stop, drop, and roll appears to work for multiple scenarios.

Six ducklings were rescued by the FDNY after falling down a drain on Roosevelt Island and have been reunited with their mom.


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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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