The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 8, 2018 – Fair Fares, Avocado Squirrel, Clothing Recycling, AG Preet?, Pride Subway Ads, and More

The city is closer to subsidizing Fair Fares, half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. It’s not the $216 million requested, but there’s a tentative agreement for $106 million for the rest of the year. It’s being reported that a handshake is expected on Monday.

If your building has more than 10 units in it, you qualify for a refashionNYC bin. The items you dispose of with the bin will be taken to Housing Works to recycle them. The average household in NYC threw out 125.2 pounds of textiles in 2017.

Brooklynites have been calling for the closure of the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained and handed over to ICE since 1906.Hey Ridge goes into the history of people calling for the base’s closure and alternatives proposed to be put in its place. Pablo will likely be deported.

The cardboard box was invented in NYC.

Preet Bharara is one step closer to running for New York Attorney General.

The Pride subway ads celebrating have returned, reminding New Yorkers that it’s 2018, tip your drag queen, and love is love is love.

Filming Around Town: Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber is at Reade and W Broadway, After the Wedding with Michelle Williams is at Bowery and 3rd, The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 28th and 3rd, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 10th St and 36th Ave in Long Island City and at Ditmars and 19th St, and John Wick 3 is at 42nd and Lexington.

The Times goes inside the dollar van wars.

Adam Harvey, owner of Bar Salumi in Gowanus, poisoned his neighbor’s 60-year-old tree when it was obstructing his solar panel’s sunshine. Harvey has a history of being a dick to his neighbors.

Get your mouth hole ready for the NYC Nutella Cafe, opening at University Place and 13th by the end of the year.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch is advertising two days for gender-segregated beach days on a Kingsborough Community College owned beach. The beach is normally closed when classes are not in session and Deutsch is sponsoring the two days for $400 each. The day for men is June 29 and for women it’s July 27. Who knew you could rent a beach in the city for $400?

FaceGym, the world’s first gym for your face, is located on the new second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The city will fund shelter beds for homeless young people 21 to 24 years old in facilities that are LGBTQ-affirming and supportive as part of the NYC Unity Project.

A body was found in the Gowanus Canal on April 3, and the city declared it a homicide.

The best tater tots in the city, ranked by Gothamist.

Say goodbye to artificially black food. The city has banned activated charcoal in food and drink. Turns out it could make to birth control or other medications less effective.

Pizza rat is dead. Long live avocado squirrel!


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