The Briefly for August 2, 2018 – New Ferry Routes, Turnstile Jumping Policy Change, $2,000 Pizza, and More

A new bill will try to defend the SHSAT from Mayor de Blasio, the West Village’s serial farter is back, NYPD parking in bike lanes, two new ferry routes will debut this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A new bill would preserve the SHSAT, which the mayor signaled out as something he wanted to eliminate in order to boost racial diversity within the city’s eight specialized high schools.

Curbed lays out the case for congestion pricing.

The West Village’s serial farter has returned!

Robert Martinez was killed when a tire came off a private sanitation truck and hit his 2003 Chevy Tracker. The sanitation company, Century Waste Services, has a spotty safety record, cited 76 times since 2016 for a number of safety concerns including “loose and/or missing” wheel fasteners in February.

New ferry routes will launch at the end of the month. The Soundview route will launch August 15 and stop at Clason Point Park, E 90th St, # 34th St and Wall St/Pier 11. The Lower East Side Route launches August 29 and will stop at Wall St/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuvesant Cove, and Long Island City.

The Bronx’s four new Metro North Stations that are coming to Co-op City, Parkchester, Morris Park, and Hunts Point have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

10 secrets of Washington Square Park, from 6sqft.

Great Jones Cafe has no plans to reopen after owner Jim Moffett’s death last month.

This year’s ridiculously priced food item is Industry Kitchen’s $2,000 pizza. If you’re looking to eat an average month’s rent for a one-bedroom in Red Hook, this is your pizza.

The Bronx’s NYPD Capt. Emilio Melendez was caught on video destroying a sidewalk memorial. While not illegal, it certainly won’t help build bridges with the neighborhood.

Filming around town: Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at Dobbins and Nassau Ave, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 39 Ave and 212 St in Queens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at Montaque St and Hicks St in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at 70th Ave and Juno St in Forest Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at Centre St and Chambers St.

Porch Life, a public art project from Music Box Village, is bringing a musical architecture installation to the Coney Island boardwalk this weekend.

The final season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ will air this fall, including an episode dedicated to the Lower East Side and the East Village.

The NYPD will no longer arrest people who jump subway turnstiles who already have an open summons as of August 1. The new policy dictates the officers will issue a second summons.

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. avoided a fine for misusing government resources by promising to stop using his work email address to send his opinionated newsletters.

What is the point of the city installing bike lanes if the NYPD not only won’t enforce cars blocking them, but regularly park there themselves?

French artist JR has a new mural at the corner of Great Jones and Bowery.

50 outdoor art installations not to miss in August, according to Untapped Cities.

“I’m not a Queens bitch, I’m a Bronx bitch.” –Malikah George, while taking a plea deal for crashing her car, fleeing the scene, and hand off her one-year-old to a stranger.


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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 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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