The Briefly for September 6, 2018 – A New Entrance to Penn Station, Ice Cream Noise Complaints, and More

Is Governor Cuomo’s endorsement toxic? Ice cream trucks generate over 1,000 noise complaints/year, Staten Island’s ferris wheel’s future is in question, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A ballot initiative in November will give voters the option to lower the maximum donation in city elections from $5,100 to $2,000.

There were 1,279 ice cream truck noise complaints in the last year.

Does New York City needs the BQX? Curbed asks if the $2.7 billion streetcar project is worth the price after the recent revision to the plan.

The governor is rumored to announce a new entrance to Penn Station on Thursday morning. 650,000 use Penn Station on a daily basis and that number is expected to double in the next 15 years.

A flight from Dubai to JFK touched down with multiple people sick with flu-like symptoms. One of the people trapped on the “flu plane” was Vanilla Ice.

The World Trade Center/Cortland St subway stop opens this Saturday.

The culture is double parking!” Inwood’s bike lane drama is getting complicated.

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” has an origin story in NYC classrooms.

Landlords in the city owe more than $1.5 billion in fines. Kushner Companies owes the city over $500,000 alone.

The New York Wheel, Staten Island’s giant ferris wheel, may never be built. The contractor walked off the job in May and the whole project has become a series of lawsuits. The original plan had the wheel opening in October 2016 and costing $250 million. The current estimate is $600 million and it’s unknown if it will ever be built.

The Supreme Court decision that allowed government workers to not pay union dues is costing the city’s unions over $100,000 a week.

Will Governor Cuomo’s endorsement hurt Leticia James’s bid for Attorney General?

This year’s cronut is Duck’s Eatery’s smoked watermelon “ham.” Each costs $75 and they’re sold out through November.

The largest state park in New York City will open next summer in Brooklyn and will be named after Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.

LIRR delays are the worst they’ve been in over 18 years. The MTA is fine.

Passenger service ended sixty five years ago on Staten Island’s North Shore Branch and there are still ghosts of the rail line marking the island.


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The Briefly for August 27 ,2018 – Get Ready for the Governors Island Mall and Hotel Complex

The city is looking to rezone Governors Island, the Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting a restoration, the zip code with the highest rent is in Manhattan and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Because nothing is safe from development, the city is looking to rezone Governors Island.

Reminder: The 167th St B/D station closes today for renovation

Quickly, name a park in the city that’s named for a poet (not Shakespeare).

Private garbage hauler Sanitation Salvage’s license has been suspended following two deaths due to dangerous working conditions over a six month timeframe.

Two city buses were sprayed with a noxious substance this week. Are we living in a Batman movie?

The New York Times has discovered Coney Island’s Brooklyn Cyclones. No one tell them about the Staten Island Yankees.

Five Brooklyn bars that are as pretty as their happy hour prices, according to Brokelyn.

Eating an oyster from New York’s waterways isn’t a great idea today, but New York was once the oyster capital of the world.

How to legally party in the city’s parks.

Battery Park has the most expensive rent in any zip code in the United States. 26 of the top 50 zip codes are in Manhattan.

Streetsblog takes a look at three different ways the MTA’s finances are screwed.

The New York Times takes to look at the cozy history of Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump.

The Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting an $8.9 million restoration, which will include a cleaning, repairs, and updated lighting.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez introduced a bill that would prohibit ICE and boarder patrol from wearing uniforms that use the word “police” in order to easily distinguish the difference between local police and federal immigration officers.

City Councilman Mark Levine is urging the city Parks Department to terminate its contracts with businesses owned by President Donald Trump.

14 of Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite West African eateries in NYC.

A cop who has been held up as a model example of NYPD diversity was arrested for allegedly forcibly touching two people — including the wife of a police sergeant. Whoops.

Part of Julie Salazar’s platform for state senate is decriminalizing prostitution, repealing the state’s loitering for prostitution law, and repealing the prostitution exception in New York’s rape shield law, and has the support of current and former sex workers while canvassing. Salzar’s opponent, incumbent Martin Malave Dilan, says he is open to discussions about it.

I live completely rent-free in dream destinations by pet-sitting” is the new “A Week In New York City On $25/Hour And $1k Monthly Allowance.”


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The Briefly for July 20, 2018 – The Steam Pipe Explosion, LaGuardia’s $8 Billion Overhaul, Ice Cream Breakfast Sandwich, and More

Rikers inmates will no longer be charged for phonically, a two-way toll on the Verrazzano will relieve Manhattan traffic, an ice cream breakfast sandwich, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Looking to picnic this weekend? Curbed has the seven best parks to host a summer picnic.

A brief history of the Kushner Companies and tenant lawsuits.

Playground Coffee’s non-profit roots lay in Bed Stuy’s Home Depot driving Zenat Begum’s father’s hardware store out of business.

amNY guides you through spending a day in East New York.

The danger from Thursday’s steam pipe explosion comes from the asbestos shot into the air, contaminating anyone and anything it touched. Anyone who was nearby needs to have their clothing decontaminated and hopefully you’ve taken a shower since it happened.

There’s a street in Queens that’s just named “Boulevard.” Sure, why not?

An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street
An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street

LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul is making headway. Thankfully the subway system has picked up the slack as the city’s ongoing sad punchline.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at North Dr and 144th St in Queens, HBO’s Crashing w.Pete Holmes is at Bleecker and 6th Ave The Deuce w/James Franco is at Knickerbocker Ave and Harrison Place in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Court St and Remsen in Brooklyn, Awkwafina (Music video we assume? )is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, CBS’ Bull is around Varick St and Franklin St, God Friended Me is at 86th and York, and John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Water and Wall St.

“The pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to legal marijuana, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The NYPD is launching an internal trial and disciplinary process for Officer Daniel Pantaleo ad Sgt Kizzy Adonis for Eric Garner’s death.

Brokelyn’s summer bucket list is a good place to start when planning the rest of your summer.

The Color Factory will be the next place your friends will go to look interesting on the internet.

Forget your egg and cheese, Pasta Flyer’s Sicilian Breakfast Sandwich features vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry gelato on a mini brioche bun.

The NYPD has to start a pilot program to determine if it should be recording all encounters with civilians as a result of a lawsuit over the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

The City Council passed a bill this week to end the practice of charging Riders inmates for domestic phone calls. Inmates paid $8 million last year oh phone calls.

A two-way toll on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

A Week In New York City On $25/Hour. Filed under “have you seen this shit?”

The city filled one of the potholes that artist Jim Bachor covered with a tile mosaic of Donald Trump, in seeming record time after the mosaic received media attention.


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