The Briefly for August 9, 2018 – Capping Uber, Rezoning Inwood, Building in Sunset Park, and More

It was a good week to get something approved by the City Council. Five regulations aimed at Uber and Lyfy, the new tech hub on 14th, and Inwood rezoning were all approved.

The City Council was approval happy this week. The City Council voted to approve the new tech hub on 14th St near Union Square.

The City Council approved five measures aimed at Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The TLC will stop issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses, set a minimum wage for drivers, forces companies to provide data on usage and charges, as well as impose a fine for non-compliance.

Rezoning in Inwood was also approved, despite recent protests.

The city’s composting efforts kinda stink.

The seven best bookstores in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Upstate Congressman Christopher Collins was busted for insider trading. Collins vowed to continue his campaign for re-election in November.

Filming around town: Gotham w/Ben McKenzie is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is on Norman Ave in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 58th and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at 87th and Columbus, Law and Order: SVU is at 2727 Henry Hudson Parkway, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at Prospect St and Jay St in Brooklyn, and HBO’s High Maintance is at Eastern Parkway between Rogers and Nostrand in Brooklyn.

See the tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s nice 69th St Pier.

Sunset Park’s new mega-development is two avenues with three 18-story towers that will incorporate retail, condos, office space, restaurants, a hotel, gym with a pool, community facilities and parking. This is a separate location from Industry City and the mayor’s proposed TV/Movie studio.

The most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

The MTA is aiming to open the new second Avenue subway stations by 2027, which can only happen if construction starts next year.

Do Brooklyn’s raccoon population owe their lives to one man?

The water fountains in Roosevelt Island’s parks, with the exception of Capobianco Park, are safe meet water quality standards after previously tested with high bacteria levels.

The father of the baby found in the East River was detained in Thailand after leaving New York on Monday afternoon.

The silver lining of the L train shutdown is that Williamsburg rents are back to 2015 levels, a reduction of $250/month. Some rents are being reduced, some buildings are waiving fees, and some are offering multiple months of free rent with a long-term lease. The rent reductions are enough to pay for The New L, if you absolutely must get to Manhattan.


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The Briefly for July 26, 2018 – Summer Streets, Ample Hills in Red Hook, Target Apologizes, and More

Target apologizes to thin-skinned punks, Ample Hills has a new ice cream factory/store/museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built this city, Yelp is including health inspection ratings, and more.

Are you sitting down? Rent for one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the decline according to Zumper’s summer report.

One of Manhattan’s original survey bolts from 1811 is still embedded in a rock in Central Park but it’s location remains a secret to protect it from being damaged, destroyed, or removed.

A guide to Summer Streets, from Curbed.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.” Sean Spicer’s book tour stop in the city didn’t go as planned.

More than 90 percent of the people busted in the city for marijuana possession in the 2018 were people of color. The city’s new policy on pot arrests takes effect in September.

A dead body was found near Trump’s gold course in the Bronx.

Dov Bechhofer, a radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, is suspended while the hospital investigates accusations of having white supremacist views.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 164th and Amsterdam, Gotham is at W 36th and 5th, Netflix and Marvel’s The Punisher is at Butler St and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The legal questions around CBD, answered by Gothamist.

The city’s next big food hall will be at LaGuardia Airport.

NYCHA admitted it’s non-compliance on many issues after years of lying.

Target apologized for your hurt feelings about its one day nod to CBGB during the store opening in the East Village.

This exhibition has everything. Cryptocurreny. Bushwick. Blockchain. Missing vowels in a company’s name. UGH.

Governor Cuomo blames Marty Golden for state Republicans’ inability to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. Golden claims to support the bill, but his support has been all talk and no action.

Yelp now has health scores for restaurants in the city. “Grade Pending” is replaced by “Z,” which indicates failure.

Only five stations are handicap accessible on the J, Z, M, and L trains in Brooklyn, buses have traditionally been talked about as an alternative, but have had increasingly poor service.

Ample Hills’ new ice cream factory, museum, and store in Red Hook opens today.

If it was tall and made of iron, it was likely built by Brooklyn’s Mohawk Native American ironworkers who are still contributing to the city’s skyline today.

Scott Michael Johnson is the 1,642 identified victim in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His remains were identified using DNA testing.

The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Rat Facts, Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, CitiBike Expanding, and More

Gov Cuomo gives undocumented immigrants facing deportation some control, medical marijuana in Forest Hills, photos from inside the Navy Yard’s expansion, and more in today’s news digest.

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Governor Cuomo signed a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants facing deportation to select a legal guardian for their children.

Two percent of the city’s buildings emit half of the city’s CO2 pollution according to a new report.

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s expansion.

Subway delays don’t hit us all equally. A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows delays disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers.

Rent-stabilized apartments should expect rent increases of 1.5% for one year leases and 2.5% for two year leases.

“It smells like NYC garbage on a hot summer day.” The corpse flower at the botanical gardens is blooming.

Watch the “Storefronts of New York” installation being built by photographers James and Karla Murray in Seward Park depicting LES businesses who have disappeared.

Forest Hills’ medical marijuana dispensary is holding two free “Cannabis 101” seminars to educate community members about the state’s medical cannabis program and the benefits of medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo does not think that the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory from the left over Congressman Joe Crowley has any bearing on Cynthia Nixon, his challenger from the left.

Central Park is officially closed to cars!

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd, Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at Madison Ave and 75th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at JFK, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

It took the Department of Education one day to violate their own self-imposed rules about answering Freedom of Information Law requests.

RAT FACTS!

A detective who lied in a report about a 2014 gun arrest is going to jail for 60 days.

Meet Alex Elugudin, the MTA’s first accessibility chief.

CitiBike is adding 2,500 additional bikes between Williamsburg and Manhattan ahead of the L train shutdown.

“Better Than Literally Nothing” would be the name of the bill proposed by Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, and Andrew Lanza. Instead of expanding the school speed camera program, their bill would install stop signs or traffic lights near schools. Felder is the person who wouldn’t let the speed camera bill out of committee and Golden is famously reckless with his parking and driving. This is a proposal that would require Governor Cuomo to call for a special session of the State Senate to pass.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act with these early drawings and photos of Battery Park’s plans and construction.


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