The Briefly for Labor Day 2018 – The City Has A New Pot Policy

The NYPD will issue summons instead of arrests in most cases involving smoking pot in public, but critics point out the new policy may continue to allow for racial profiling in arrests made.

There’s a new pot policy in the city, which started September 1. Anyone caught smoking marijuana in public will receive a summons instead of being arrested. There are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being that police can “exercise discretion” on how best to proceed.

The Village Voice has ceased publishing new stories, as reported by the re-animated corpse of Gothamist. The owner, Peter D. Barbey, is going to continue to make the paper’s archives available online. Gothamist suffered a similar fate, but was brought back to life by WNYC.

Less than a month after Inwood’s rezoning, the first 30-story rental tower is planned. The purpose of the rezoning was to encourage 5,000 new apartments in the neighborhood.

The city, working with Legal Aid, is working to get the 6,000 eligible people in Rikers Island registered to vote. The deadline to vote in the general elections on November 6 i October 12.

Another chapter in the long and complicated story of 85 Bowery has come to an end. On Thursday, tenants returned to their renovated homes almost two years after they were vacated from the building due to deteriorating conditions. In 2016, the owner filed a lawsuit to evict (rather than vacate) all tenants of the building, which spurred a legal argument about rent stabilized apartments. The story of the struggle between the tenants and the landlord isn’t over, but tenants once again have their homes.

Despite big promises about Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero, the NYPD has investigated less fatal collisions between pedestrians and cars. Investigations are down 19% and there are two fewer officers in the unit since 2013 (a promise was made to add more).

1,160 kids in NYCHA housing tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. That number started as 19, then was revised to 820 and has ballooned to over 1,000. On the radio on Friday Mayor de Blasio made attempts to deflect the blame, insisting that the city hadn’t violated the CDC’s instructions, rather they hadn’t adhered to its guidance.

The Leave Behind Naloxone Program will leave a drug overdose kit with overdose survivors. Friends and family of survivors can also request a kit. Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids in an overdose.

It’s been ten years since Coney Island’s Astroland closed. The Coney Island History Project is celebrating the lost amusement park throughout this month.

What is going on with The Michelle Obama Political Club that is in no way affiliated with Michelle Obama and why did this oddly named and seemingly newly formed group endorse State Senator Jesse Hamilton against Zellnor Myrie?

After declaring he would stop balancing the Sisyphus Stones, Uliks Gryka has stated he will return to Fort Washington Park to balance the stones after the stones were vandalized.

Melissa and Michelle Jones have become the NYPD’s first ever black twin-sister detectives.

Here it is, the dumbest opinion about bike lanes in history.

Juliio C. Ayala, an 18-year-old believed to be affiliated with MS-13, was arraigned on Sunday that he raped an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn.

At 8.4%, Queens had the highest year-over-year rent hike in the country in August.

Another account of the Central Park West ghost bus, which the MTA says does not exist… but it does.

The man who sprayed a mystery substance on NYC buses was 46-year-old Andre Chandler and the mystery substance was bear repellant (twice as strong as pepper-spray). He faces 20 counts of assault and as far as we know there were no bears aboard those buses.

Please stop feeding the squirrels in Madison Square Park!


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The Briefly for July 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th, the Weekend in Subway Delays, Take A Nap, and More

The weekend’s subways are a mess, Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”, dockless bike share programs are coming this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The weekend in closures, delays, and headaches for nearly every subway line. The 28th St station 6 station will be closing on Monday until December for renovations.

It’s Friday the 13th, which means $13 tattoos + $7 (minimum) tips in many parlors around the city.

The amazing story of how the gregarious Ray from Ray’s Candy Store hustled and bribed his way from the Iranian Navy to a naturalized citizen and a staple in the East Village.

Despite evidence that bike lanes have made neighborhood streets safer, the Upper East Side’s CB8 still can’t decide if it wants bike lanes after three years. Woodside will get new bike lanes on 43rd Ave and Skillman Ave this summer.

The dockless the bike share pilot neighborhoods are on pace to start this month, but not Coney Island. The city delayed the program’s rollout in the people’s playground due to construction and large summer crowds. The latter will never not be an issue.

Urby, Staten Island’s hipster apartment complex, was hit with a discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of trying to force out black residents with frivolous housing court cases.

A Queens man plead guilty to helping ISIS.

Can you pronounce “Kosciuszko?”

$25 buys you 45 minutes for a nap in Greenwich Village.

NYPD continue to investigate the death of Lara Prychodko, who died falling 27 stories into a trash compactor.

Will the New York Football Club end up with a new stadium in the Bronx?

The Coffee Shop in Union Square is closing in October.

Is Joe Crowley refusing to accept defeat against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Filming around town: Isn’t It Romantic w/Rebel Wilson is at 44th and Lexington this weekend, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is atAtlantic Ave and Clinton St in Brooklyn, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Court St and Pacific St in Brooklyn, John Wick 3 w/ Keanu Reeves and dog is at 8th and W 46th, and also Liberty and Nassau and Bay 23rd St and 86th St in Brooklyn this weekend, The Sun Is Also A Star is at Joralemon St and Court St in Brooklyn, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is at W 106th and Broadway, and Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at Duane and W. Broadway. Busy shooting day in the city.

New York, despite Hollywood’s assumptions, we are not a city full of alleys. Look closer at Cortland Alley, the most filmed in alley in the city.

The best eggplant parms in the city, according to Gothamist.

Governor Cuomo says the city should pay half of the more than $30 billion of the state’s “Fast Track” program, as if the city isn’t roughly 50% of the state already.

The lieutenant governor race is getting nasty with Kathy Hochul criticizing Jumaane Williams, her opponent in the September primary, over not constantly supporting abortion rights.

Homeless Girl Scout Troop 6000 is expanding to all 5 boroughs.

Noted LIRR racist Edward Ruggiero plead guilty to aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct.

The video of an attempted hit on the son of a reputed Bonanno crime family associate in the Bronx is insane. Stop, drop, and roll appears to work for multiple scenarios.

Six ducklings were rescued by the FDNY after falling down a drain on Roosevelt Island and have been reunited with their mom.


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The Briefly for May 15, 2018 – Coney Island Boardwalk is Landmarked, Police Body Cam Footage in Question, NY is Suing Ben Carson, and More

Stay dry tonight!

Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk has been named a landmark, which could protect it against the city’s plan to tear out the wood and replace it with concrete and plastic.

The district attorneys in Manhattan said he has no plans to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases beginning in August. Historically, 87% of those arrested for marijuana charges have been black or Hispanic. He expects a 96 percent decrease in marijuana prosecutions.

Hosts find themselves as a target in the center of a war between lobbyists for the city’s hotels, the city government, and Airbnb. The city’s latest salvo against Airbnb might be a bill that would force hosts to register with the city.

It’s tick season, so please be careful out there.

New York is joining an anti-segregation lawsuit against Ben Carson and HUD for its failure to enforce the Fair Housing Act.

$28.43 a month for a two bedroom in Greenwich Village. Take a look at Patricia O’Grady’s “dump with character.”

A state judge issued a temporary order blocking the release of body cam footage from the NYPD. The police union is arguing in a lawsuit that body cam footage is a personnel record and should be protected from the state’s Civil Rights Law.

There’s a decades old legend who lives in the lakes of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Day drinking and day driving don’t mix. A woman in her underwear drove her Jeep into a house in Queens. No one was seriously hurt and the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while impaired.

The federal jail guard who was identified by his weird shaped penis was convicted of sexually assaulting five female inmates and could face life in prison.

You don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Thomas Groarke was sentenced to three to nine years for second-degree manslaughter for the 2017 drunk driving crash that took the like of seventeen year old Sean Ryan in Gerritsen Beach.

CB6’s former District Manager, Craig Hammerman, forged his boss’ signature to give himself a near $40k raise and faces a 17-count indictment for his troubles.

An NYU startup, Sounds of New York City, is installing microphones in Downtown Brooklyn with the goal of curbing noise pollution. That’s a nice, but does installing microphones in public places make anyone else uncomfortable?

NYC Train Sign customers are turning to the Attorney General’s office for help among concerns the company selling has disappeared.


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