The Briefly for August 14, 2018 – Fifteen Years Since the Blackout of 2003, the Cuomo vs Nixon Debate, and More

It’s been fifteen years since the blackout of 2003, the Machete Bandit is identified, the NYPD is being sued for discrimination, how to get an immediate answer from the MTA, and more.

Where were you 15 years ago when the Northeast when dark?

Hart Island’s Hurricane Sandy seawall repairs should begin in 2019 and meanwhile small groups of prisoners bury 30 to 40 bodies each week. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez is trying to shift ownership of the Potter’s Field from the Department of Corrections to the Parks Department.

The NYPD continues their search for a 35-year-old woman who was swept away while swimming in Jamaica Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The Brooklyn Public Library on 4th Avenue and Pacific Street reopened on Monday after a renovation that included a refurbished auditorium and air conditioning. Don’t forget that your library card can get you free access to over 30 museums in the city.

The Commercial Corridor Challenge is offering grants to existing businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods to improve their signage. The first areas targeted, which are also scheduled to be rezoned, are Flatbush Ave in East New York, Bay Street on Staten Island, and Southern Blvd in the Bronx.

Too much rain caused an eight foot geyser to emerge in the baggage area of JFK Airport, which remains the second most expensive airport in the country.

School is in session in a few weeks, and BKLYNER has a list of events to pick up free supplies for students.

Filming around town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Avenue K and Ocean Ave in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Francois at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Orange Is The New Black  is at 33rd St and 30th Ave in Astoria, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W. 81st and Central Park West, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 12th and Greenwich, Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 56th and Broadway, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 46th Ave and Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.

The Machete Bandit has been identified by the NYPD as Donald Grier of 34-15 12th St. He is still on the loose.

The NYPD is accused of withholding translation services from non-English speakers as a form of discrimination by Make the Road New York, who filed an organizational complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Despite the state of the subways, nice things can still happen underground.

The Trump administration is withholding $1.4 billion in transit funds, including $130 million earmarked for L train improvements.

No cowards here. Governor Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon are going to debate on August 29, finally answering Nixon’s months of requests.

The NYPD is re-opening the case against the doorman accused of sending dick pics to residents.

The man who was high on PCP and killed pedestrians in Times Square with his car in May of 2017 is blaming his victims for his actions.

Treasures of the Gowanus are being unearthed, thanks to the EPA’s dredging. now they have to figure out how to clean off the signature Gowanus black mayo.

How to get an immediate response from the MTA on Twitter.


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The Briefly for August 3, 2018 – Summer Streets, Weekend Subway Changes, Violence Interrupters, and More

The Governor named a panel of people who will draft a bill to legalize marijuana in New York, the rat-infested “Relaxation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up, a history of marijuana laws in NY, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Reminder: Summer Streets is this weekend

Check the weekend’s subway changes before making any plans.

Inside the abandoned First Church of Christ on the corner of 96th and Central Park West.

A city sanitation truck hit a bicyclist in Bushwick and kept driving. The woman reportedly has a broken clavicle.

. The “micro-transit” vans offer a $4 ride and most weeks ridership fails to hit 1,000.

There are 18 taxpayer-funded “violence-interrupter” groups throughout high crime areas of the city, which mostly consist of former gang members and dealers. The groups work hand in hand with the police and intervene in situations where police interactions may do more harm than good.

The history of the 1977 law that was supposed to fix the high volume of arrests for marijuana possession, but skyrocketed to over 50,000 arrests under the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

$20 million over budget and after years of delays, the Rector St pedestrian bridge originally destroyed in the 9/11 attacks will not be ready for its fall deadline.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with race,” says hispanic Park Slope resident Arabel Torres, who called the police because a black woman was standing in her building’s doorway during a sudden downpour.

Most bodegas are Dominican-American owner and here’s why.

Governor Cuomo named a panel of 20 people to draft a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Filming around town: Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones w/Krysten Ritter is at W 45th and 10th, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is near Court Square in Long Island City, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 11th and 7th, and NBA 2K League is at Vernon Blvd and 43 Ave in Long Island City.

A condo board on the UES is trying to evict Chabad Lubavitch for running an illegal day care that is destroying their plumbing system with flushed diapers.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the city’s “Pooper Scooper” law, and to celebrate the Parks Department is installing 1,000 dog poop bag dispensers in parks.

The state approved funding for an MTA Sustainability Advisory Workgroup with the idea they would create a proposal to implement the Governor’s “Fix NYC” plan. The workgroup has not met and most positions have not been filled.

Brooklyn’s Republic of Booza is the only place in the city that servers booza, a traditional, stretchy ice cream, and has its roots in the Middle East.

After violating the law for months, Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will release data on turnstile jumping enforcement on its website in a “matter of a few weeks.”

The City Council added an additional million dollars to city funding of anti-sex trafficking organizations.

The East Village’s rat-infested “Relation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up.

The Briefly for July 24, 2018 – The MTA Blames Lyft/Uber, 14th St Becoming a Busway, Flying Cars, and More

Subway delays doubled in six years, 14h St will become a busway in January, faux outrage about the Target CBGB’s awning, legal pot and your job, and more.

The MTA is blaming apps like Uber and Lyft on the sharpest declines of subway and bus ridership in decades, and not unreliable subway and bus service causing the sharp rise of use of e-hail apps. 56,000 trains were delayed in June, and the percentage of trains that didn’t reach the end of their runs on time doubled since 2012 from 16.3% to 32%, but yeah, it’s Uber that is causing the decline in ridership.

14th St will become a busway in January, three months ahead of the 15-month L train shutdown.

What does the the potential for legal pot mean for your job?

Flying cars were supposed to take care of our traffic problems by 1973, according to scientists in 1923. Still holding out hope for that jetpack.

The American Kennel Club Canine Retreat opened its doors to people who don’t have a place for their dog to stay if they were displaced from the Flatiron steam explosion.

Young Advocates for Fair Education claim some Orthodox Jewish yeshivas don’t teach enough reading, writing, and arithmetic sued New York state on Monday in an effort to force change.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 36th and 5th, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 90th St and 23rd Ave in East Elmhurst, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 61st St and 5th in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Centre and Grand, and Marvel/Netflix’s The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills.

Ugh, look at these dickheads.

Does a record number of homes for sale in the city mean prices are going to drop? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

You can argue that the Target in the East Village re-creating the CBGB’s awning as a stunt is in poor taste, but just about every site in the city covered it, so it’s hard to argue against the idea that it worked. The volume of people who desperately wanted to tell you how upset they were over this is staggering. Punk’s not dead, it’s just too busy blogging.

May Wah Vegetarian Market and the Ng family was featured in Atlas Obscura. The Ng family has run May Wah for over 23 years, and is partially responsible for the vegan boom throughout the city and beyond.

What’s the past tense for scammed? Scrumped?

Governor Cuomo pardoned seven people facing deportation and other consequences as a result of their crimes.

Tronc, the New York Daily News’ new owners, fired half of the reporting staff and Jim Rich, the editor in chief, in a one minute meeting.

A closer look at Park Slope’s Montauk Club, which dates back to the 1880’s.

A party boat dumped 500 gallons of sewage into the Red Hook harbor.