The Briefly for October 2, 2018 – Hell is Being Stuck in a Subway Elevator

Zagat is back, Louis CK drops in at the Comedy Cellar again, a $15k/month Instagram apartment, the juvenile delinquency was raised, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The age of juvenile delinquency in New York changed to 17 on Monday and will raise to 18 on October 1, 2019. Before Monday there were 93 17- and 17-year -olds at Rikers Island. The teens will be moving to the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. (amNY)

What’s worse than being stuck on the subway? Being stuck inside a subway elevator for an hour without air conditioning while debris crashes down on the roof and not everyone speaks the same language, like these people at the Clark Street subway stop were. (Gothamist)

An elevator is going to be built at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 station to make the station ADA compliant. The elevators should be ready by the fall of 2020. (BKLYNER)

59 outdoor art installations not to miss in October. (Untapped Cities)

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. (6sqft)

Two landlords are being sued for renting out out hundreds of apartments that should have been rent-stabilized but were not. The class action lawsuits are credited to the Housing Rights Initiative’s investigations into abuse by landlords. (Curbed)

What does the intersection of the future look like in New York City? The DOT unveiled a new plan aimed at reducing deadly pedestrian and bicycle accidents with cars. (Curbed)

For $15,000 a month, you can rent an apartment that was specially designed to look good on Instagram, or you could do literally anything else with that money. (NY Times)

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An oral history of Zagat, from the rise to the review juggernaut to the confusing acquisition by Google and recent sale to The Infatuation. (Fast Company)

A man was talked out of jumping from the Williamsburg Bridge on Sunday morning. The man on the bridge was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. (BKLYNER)

20 destination restaurants in Greenpoint. (Eater)

What’s in a name? Ask the group trying to rename Hunter’s Point South Park to something memorable. (6sqft)

CitiBike is adding 500 brand new bicycles to its fleet this week which sport a slightly new design. (Streetsblog)

The night mayor, whose job description is somewhat nebulous, is starting a listening tour in Brooklyn tonight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s $2.5 billion master plan will reportedly bring 10,000 new jobs to Brooklyn with 5.1 million square feet of manufacturing space. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Verrazzano Bridge has a new Z. (amNY)

Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge in this time-lapse video captured by Neil van Niekerk. (Viewing NYC)

“We don’t expect Louis back anytime soon.” The owner of the Comedy Cellar was made out to be a liar. Career creep Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar unannounced for the second time since sexual misbehavior accusations were made against him. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is attempting to take credit for releasing 14,000 emails after a court order forced his hand. He might tout “transparency,” but the reality is “lost a battle in court to prevent this.” (NY Post)

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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 August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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