The Briefly for June 25, 2018 – Blackface MTA Supervisor Suspended, The Free Store on Ludlow, LGBT Deadlock, and More

The MTA official who partied in blackface is suspended (with pay), Suraj Patel is cat fishing voters, Rockaway Beach is reopening, and more.

Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Sunset in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

New York’s primary is June 26. Vote.

There has been no substantive LGBT legislation in New York State since 2011. State Senator Brad Hoylman came forward in 2016 to point out that all LGBT bills are “dead on arrival” due to the Independent Democratic Conference. That includes bills put forward by Hoylman like surrogacy, ending the gay/trans panic defense, restoring benefits for gay veterans improving HIV-related services, and more.

Park Slope’s Ninth Street is getting updated with a new design that includes pedestrian safety features and protected bike lanes after the March 5 death of two children in a car crash.

The 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue N/W stations in Astoria are open after eight months of esthetic renovations.

Suraj Patel, who is running for Congress in NY-13 against incumbent Carolyn Maloney, is catfishing people on Tinder and in other apps to try to gain support. That’s creepy, dude.

Cynthia Nixon has had some strong takes, but calling ICE a “terrorist organization” is her hottest take.

Filming Around Town: Spike Lee and Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It is at Spring and Wooster, Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts, is at Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is down at Avenue U and 12th St in Brooklyn.

The city’s first “virtual” food hall is opening in Flatiron. No one knows what that means.

A little league baseball game in the East Village was delayed 45 minutes because a red-tailed hawk was eating a pigeon on the field’s backstop.

Governor Cuomo directed the state’s Health Department to prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against transgendered New Yorkers to prevent President Trump from taking away their rights.

A high-ranking MTA employee was promoted despite complaints that he showed up to a party in blackface. Metro-North supervisor Richard Ranallo is suspended indefinitely, but he’s still being paid his $246,255 salary.

The previously closed sections of Rockaway Beach are reopening on June 30 on a trial basis.

The city’s top drug prosecutor seems to be on the wrong side of the evidence when it comes to the city’s proposed safe injection sites. The city had over 1,400 deaths from overdoses in the last two years.

The free store on Ludlow is about 12 years old and still going strong.


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The Briefly for June 19, 2018 – Juneteenth, NYPD vs NYPD PBA on School Cameras, “Spit In It,” and More

The Every School Speed Camera Act has the support of the NYPD’s commissioner, but not the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association.

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill supports the Every School Speed Camera Act, citing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative as reducing pedestrian fatalities by 45% between 2013 and 2017. O’Neill stands at odds with the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who claims that instead of the 150 additional schools to get cameras, 5,000 more police officers can fix the speeding concerns. State Senator Simcha Felder (of course he’s involved) claims to have privacy concerns about the speeding cameras. Streetsblog makes the case that when the Every School Speed Camera Act lapses in a few weeks, that Governor Cuomo can be blamed.

Over 1,000 lives were lost aboard the PS General Slocum, New York City’s worst maritime disaster, in 1904. 6sqft looks back on the disaster over 110 years ago.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden” will be installed at the form Fort Tilden army base at the Rockaways starting July 1. The installation consists of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel one-foot balls. Kusama’s piece is a protest against the commercialization of art and culture, but expect a million selfies this summer.

RIP the midtown Carl’s Jr. Stay out of our city.

Curbed has a map of where you can find areas with air conditioning throughout the city. This will be handy as we slowly forget what winter is like.

6sqft looks at the a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/the-1936-summer-of-pools-when-robert-moses-and-the-wpa-cooled-off-nyc/”>importance of public pools throughout the city in 1936.

A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommends that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state.” The governor said “facts have changed,” which is weird way of saying “we were wrong.”

Would you like some “PLEASE SPIT IN IT TOO” on your burger?

Filming Around Town: The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy his on 47th and 5th, John Wick 3 is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn, The Deuce is at 1st Ave 2nd St and 7th and 30th, Ray Donovan is at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Today is Juneteenth, which marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Local organizers are planning a protest in Foley Square to push for the end of the wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system.

You’ve got until 2023 until the MetroCard as you know it will be OBSOLETE!

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her campaign finance reform platform in the same location that Gov Cuomo announced his candidacy for Governor eight years ago. “If Washington is a swamp, then Albany under Andrew Cuomo is a cesspool.” -Nixon

Xiu Qing You, 39, was living in the United States for nearly twenty years before being arrested by ICE agents while interviewing for a green card.

The Brearley School on the Upper East Side announced all applicants who consider themselves female can apply to the school, which opens the door for transgender students.

The 80 Flatbush development is displacing the HIV-AIDS Services Administration, which is currently at 94 Flatbush, at the end of the month. It is one of three facilities in Brooklyn and will be moving to a temporary location on Third Avenue until it finds a permanent home in Bushwick. For the people who rely on these services, an unannounced change in schedule could have serious consequences.

More toxic algae in a city park. Bowne Park in Flushing is the latest park to issue a warning about algae blooms. These aren’t lethal like the Prospect Park Lake, Morningside Pond, or The Lake in Central Park, but you could still be staying away from the water.

Have you ever had an egg cream?