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!

The Briefly for July 3, 2018 – The Ferry Will Write You A Late Note, Trump-Kim in NYC, Pirate Radio is Alive, and More

Holy shit the next Trump-Kim summit might happen in NYC, You can get a late pass to work from the Staten Island Ferry, the head of the transit authority hasn’t met with the mayor in seven months, LinkNYC stations are playing creepy music, and more

The Immigrants statue in Battery Park
The Immigrants in Battery Park

All the Fourth of July changes to the MTA schedule.

If the Staten Island Ferry is running late, they will write you a late pass for work. No, seriously.

Part Flatbush was declared Little Haiti by a city council resolution.

The next Trump-Kim summit could happen in the city, and holy fucking shit that sounds like a bad idea.

26 places to visit right now, according to Curbed.

The cost of fixing the lead paint problem across the city’s housing projects is estimated at $31.8 billion and the NYCHA is $24.9 billion short.

Photos from the supremely unlikely Rooftop Films/Insane Clown Posse collaboration.

Harvey Weinstein faces new charges and could be headed to jail for life.

Why are LinkNYC stations playing a creepy version of the Mister Softee song?

Filming Around Town: The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 22nd St and 41 Ave in Long Island City, Aviva is at 72nd and 5th and Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Hoyt Ave and 23rd in Astoria.

“I thought he was cheating on me so I lit his clothes on fire.”

There are over one million bodies buried on Hart Island, including scores of unclaimed victims of AIDS from the 80s and 90s.

Don’t leave your dog inside your hot car! It’s 2018, why are we still having this conversation?

The taxi commission is considering a new rule that would guarantee an Uber/Lyft driver a minimum wage of $17.22 after expenses, which would increase drivers’ earnings by 22.5%, of $6,345 per year.

Madonna had to be told to stop harassing her neighbors on the Upper West Side.

Lyft bought Citi Bike’s parent company, which will remain Citi Bike branded. This is a tit-for-tat move against Uber, who bought the bike-sharing company Jump.

Jump into the fountains! It’s totally legal to take a dip in the city’s fountains.

Pirate radio is alive and well in Brooklyn, just don’t be a cop about it.

Someone in a Trump/Pence shirt with Alex Jones stickers punched a stranger on the 4 train and screamed homophobic slurs, reinforcing everyone’s assumptions about anyone who might be wearing a Trump.Pence shirt.

Andy Byford is the president of the New York City Transit Authority and hasn’t met with the mayor yet. He’s been on the job since November.

Officers Roberto Anton and Lisa Lovell of the 73rd Precinct are under investigation for not getting out of their patrol car while responding to a shooting in Bushwick on Saturday.


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