The Briefly for October 23, 2018 – The “Mo Trains, Mo Problems” Edition

Noise complaints and gentrifying neighborhoods, Amazon’s HQ2, more Proud Boys arrests, the gubernatorial debate is tonight, inside the city’s mysterious masonic hall, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Most 311 noise complaint calls come from, you guessed it, gentrifying neighborhoods. (CityLab)

During the L train shutdown the MTA will add 1,000 roundtrips a week across various lines. 1,000 more opportunities for delays. (6sqft)

Monday’s morning commute featured delays on the 1, 2, 3, B, D, Q, N, and G trains after transit president Andy “The Fast Forward Plan will only cost $37 billion” Byford appeared on 60 minutes. (Gothamist)

The gubernatorial debate between Governor Cuomo and Marc Molinaro is tonight on WCBS and CBS radio at 7pm. (NY Times)

Here’s what to do if you rent and your heat isn’t working. (Curbed)

Seven magnificent finds in Green-Wood Cemetery. (Untapped Cities)

The outcry of Brooklyn Heights may have changed the city’s mind about how to proceed with the BQE replacement. (Curbed)

Sgt Ann Marie Guerra is under investigation for allegedly stuffing a pair of panties in a follow NYPD officer’s mouth after he complained that she left her underwear all over the shared locker room. (NY Post)

NYC appears to be one of the top contenders for Amazon’s HQ2, god help us all. (6sqft)

It’s illegal to shave on the ferry, and other strange ways to break the law. (6sqft)

A look inside the city’s mysterious masonic hall. (Gothamist)

Irvin Antillon of Queens, 41, Douglas Lennan, 40, of Northport and Maxwell Hare, 26, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania were arrested in conjunction with the Proud Boys/Antifa fight, bringing the total number of arrests from identified members of the hate group Proud Boys to five. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio continued to side with the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers over Charter Communications and canceled his second appearance in two weeks on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.” The union has been on strike for 18 months. (NY Post)

The company who made the NYPD’s exploding body cameras has a history of defective cameras and bribery. (Observer)

The city offers electronic waste scheduled pickups in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Western Queens. You can schedule a pickup online or with a call to 311. (nyc.gov)

If you want to spend some of your Mega Millions money, you could buy the New York Islanders for $395 million and still have enough left over for the New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls. (NY Post)


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The Briefly for September 25, 2018 – 60,000 Delayed Trains Last Month, MTA Says Its Service is Getting Better

The MTA is “turning a corner” on providing better service, according to the MTA, four John Jay professors accused of misconduct and drug dealing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All 216 of the city’s public libraries will have voter registration drives today, which happens to be National Voter Registrations Day. Today is the perfect day to register to vote if you haven’t already.

Every day is a gridlock alert day this week due to the U.N. General Assembly. Avoid midtown more than you already do.

More than 60,000 trains were delayed last month. The ceiling collapsed at Atlantic Avenue last week. The MTA says that service is getting better. Can’t get much worse.

Police are looking for this homophobe who allegedly assaulted two men leaving a gay bar in Williamsburg.

The Palace Theater in Times Square is getting a renovation…and 46 floors of retail, entertainment and hotel.

JFK is getting a $10 billion makeover that won’t be complete until 2035, but that doesn’t include new runways, and as a result, does not increase the airport’s capacity.

A group of four John Jay professors are under investigation for sexual misconduct and drug dealing that goes back to 2014. Anthropology chair Anthony Marcus is accused of rape, anthropology professor Rip Curtis is accused of dealing drugs and sexual harassment, professor Barry Spunt and adjunct professor Leonardo Dominguez are accused of harassment. They are all currently under administrative leave.

The Nightlife Mayor Ariel Palitz is holding town halls in all five boroughs. Much like the job of the night mayor itself, the purpose of the town halls are…yet unknown.

Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are up in the city from last year but syphilis is down. Be safe.

The 7 train schedule will get beefed up during the L train shutdown with 14 additional weekday trips in April of 2019. The 6 train will also see two new trips a day. Are we getting legal electric scooters as a result of the shutdown too?

Southern Brooklyn residents can call 311 starting October 1 to coordinate curbside electronic waste recycling pickup.

The Housing Rights Initiative revealed that many landlords across the city allegedly lied about rent-regulated apartments in their buildings, and still got approvals from the city’s Department of Buildings. City Councilmember Richie Torres introduced legislation that calls for building inspections and calls for the DOB to find false statements by landlords. Te HRI report is based on 10,000 permits, which represent three percent of the permits issues over the last two years.

NYC subway station bathrooms in Manhattan, reviewed by Thrillist.

Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brannan announced plans to introduce a bill that would require pet stores to only sell animals from shelters and rescue centers. New York state has a similar bill, but it has gone nowhere (which should not be a surprise) and the councilman is tired of waiting.

The E doesn’t stop at the 2nd Ave F station, unless Google knows something that we don’t?


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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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