The Briefly for August 20, 2018 – Pharma Bro’s Lawyer is Going to Jail, Sharks at Jacob Riis, and More

A teenager was caught going 136mph in Staten Island, an NYPD offer is accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face, Martin Shkreli’s lawyer is going to jail and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Administration for Children’s Services will help sex-trafficking victims and reformed gang members to remove any tattoos forced on them by their old lives. The program is voluntary and still in the planning stages.

What’s $100 worth? In New York City it’s worth $86.51, according to the Tax Foundation.

The apartment directly underneath President Trump’s apartment is for sale. Due to the national security concerns, if the condo board doesn’t buy the apartment to control the sale, the American taxpayers will. The apartment is currently listed for $25 million.

The top 12 BYOB restaurants in the city, according to Eater.

New York City has 370,000 food-insecure school children.

Aretha Franklin tributes are spreading throughout the city. The first popped up at the Franklin Street stop on the subway.

A fight broke out last week during a Parks Department training sessions and Emerald Gentles swung a chair and hit a 55-year-old co-worker. Neither appeared at the WWE’s Summerslam. Gentles was arrested.

A man was hit with a machete by his girlfriend’s brother near Union Square Park on Friday. The attacker is still at large.

A shark was spotted on the beach at Jacob Riis Park Beach. Don’t worry, it was a dogfish, which is harmless unless you’re a clam.

Twig Terrariums’s hamster Princess Ophelia is missing after their move from Gowanus to Ditmas Park.

A man who forced a couple to have sex at gun point is going to jail for 148 years. Rasheed Powell was convicted on 60 counts.

An 18-year-old was caught doing 136mph on the Korean War Veterans Parkway on Staten Island.

“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s lawyer, Evan Greebel, is going to jail for 18 months and will pay back more than $10 million after being found guilty of assisting the weasel-faced bro in defrauding investors.

NYPD officer Ritchard Blake, 40, was fired after being accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face.

The New York Times dives into the world of underground wrestling in New York City, including talking to yours truly.

The FDNY is being sued for a facial hair policy that is allegedly discriminatory towards black men who have a skin condition that cannot be completely clean shaven.

A city initiative to clear traffic on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is dead. Clear Curbs had banned curbside parking during rush hours to allow traffic to flow more easily in Jackson Heights, but local businesses complained it impacted business too harshly.

Expect a reprise of heightened security measures during Labor Day weekend for the J’Ouvert parade.


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The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.

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!