The Briefly for October 12, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Biggie Smalls Way, the NYPD’s Lasso Gun, and More

The MTA is still expecting a half billion dollar plus budget gap by 2022, 13 haunted NYC locations, the city’s teachers have a new contract, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Seriously, today is the deadline for voter registration if you’re going to vote in the November 6 election, and you’re going to vote in the election, right? Right? (amNY)

Plan ahead, because the MTA planned another game of “is my subway running this weekend?” All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

MetroCard Vending Machines will be unable to take credit or debit cards starting tonight at midnight until tomorrow at 5am. Just another headache to add to your weekend transit nightmare.

Community Board 7 requested a two way protected bike lane on Central Park West. This is a direct response t the death of Australian Tourist Madison Jane Lyden. (West Side Rag)

What did the city get for the $4.5 billion spent on the Hudson Yards? (Gothamist)

The MTA is ready to build four new Metro North Stations in the East Bronx, but Amtrak is holding the project hostage, demanding a ransom of “access fees” for the use of their rails. The MTA is already paying $1 billion to upgrade the system. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The secrets of the former Bell Labs Research Facility, now known as the Westbeth Artist Housing. (Untapped Cities)

A garbage truck hit and killed a 37-year-old man on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Thursday morning. The driver, Aaron Gilchrist, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and failure to exercise due care. (NY Post)

You can’t bike the perimeter of Manhattan because of multiple gaps in the greenway. The city is planning to invest a quarter billion dollars to close that loop and add 15 new acres of open space. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021. (6sqft)

NYPD officer Vincenzo Trabolse was caught on video repeatedly punching and tasing a 24-year-old William Colon, who has severe medical issues and was in handcuffs at the time. An internal affairs investigation has been opened. (Gothamist)

The same artist who got the city to install the “Respect” tributes to Aretha Franklin is trying to get St. James Place between Gates Ave and Fulton Street Christopher Wallace Way after Biggie Smalls. (Brooklyn Paper)

“Despite an infusion of $836 million in state and city funds, there has been little improvement so far in subway service.” -NYC Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Despite fare increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA is projecting a budget gap that will balloon to over half a billion dollars by 2022, and that doesn’t include the $40 billion needed to enact the fabled 10-year Fast-Forward plan. (NY Post)

How much waste is created by one Manhattan loft renovation? No matter how much you guess, the answer will be more. (Gothamist)

The 13 places in the city you didn’t know were haunted. (Thrillist)

The NYPD is testing a “lasso gun” to use to subdue suspects. (Gothamist)

The city and the United Federation of Teachers reached a preliminary $2.1 billion, 43-month contract that will include more money for hard-to-staff positions, pre-screening of teachers, a $25k innovation fund per school, and more. (Politico)


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The Briefly for September 10, 2018 – Brooklyn DA Will Absolve Low-Level Pot Possession Charges

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced a program that will allow New Yorkers to work towards wiping any low-level pot posession charges from their record, WTC Cortland is open, the election gets dirty, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that his office will offer New York residents with a low-level conviction for marijuana possession the opportunity to wipe their record completely clean.

The last-minute mailer that the New York State Democrats sent in support of Andrew Cuomo that loosely implied Cynthia Nixon may have been an anti-Semite was poorly thought out to say the least. Scott Stringer is calling for state Democratic Party executive director Geoff Berman to resign as a result.

It took 11 months, two pairs of shoes, and 721 miles, but William B. Helmreich’s book “The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide” is ready. This is his extensive second walking guide to an NYC borough.

“If you choose not to decide, you have still made a choice.” -Rush, Spirit of Radio. Dedicated to Bill de Blasio’s decision not to endorse either Gubernatorial Democratic primary candidate.

How will rezoning transform Governors Island’s evolving landscape? A photo essay from Curbed.

New York property tax has outpaced the growth of incomes by 300%.

The Department of Sanitation is being evicted from a garage in Kips Bay next week and their solution to this problem is parking garbage trucks on the street. The community is, as you might expect, not thrilled with this idea.

Mannie Corman’s 100th Birthday turned into a surprise wedding for attendees with his 72-year-old girlfriend.

Where do you find out about public meetings? Gothamist answers.

How do you become a, as The New York Times puts it, “underpaid, underappreciated, and absolutely necessary” poll worker?

What to do and eat in East Williamsburg, which amNY says can feel “post-apocalyptic.”

amNY endorsed Letitia James for NY attorney general.

The WTC Cortland St station on the 1 opened for the first time on Saturday since 9/11. It sports a cooling system for hot days, is handicapped accessible, and a piece of art named “CHORUS” by Ann Hamilton that displays the text from the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Human rights.

The city is looking at what options it has for enabling congestion pricing without Albany’s approval, as it did with school zone speed cameras.

Four pedestrians were killed on Northern Blvd this year and 19 have died since 2009. A 70-year-old man was hit on Sunday morning while crossing the road. Multiple advocate groups are lobbying the city to change the Boulevard of Death.

Is it safe to walk on subway grates? Streeteasy has your answer.

Miss America 2019 is Nia Franklin, Miss New York.

Another blow to the Staten Island Wheel as the city will no longer provide $140 million in funding to the ferris wheel that is expected to cost nearly a billion dollars.


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The Briefly for August 21, 2018 – The N Train Goats, the Tinder Date Marketing Stunt, and More

The lovely N train goats, the woman who used Tinder to ensnare dozens of men to one spot in Union Square for some sort of marketing stunt, the man behind Staten Island’s little league success, a map of every trash can, and more.

The goats on the N train tracks were Monday’s purest news story. The goats are being sent to an animal sanctuary upstate after delaying Coney Island bound trains for two hours.

Someone managed to cover an entire Q train in graffiti while it was off-platform overnight.

Five witching hot spots in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Dig into your block’s history with the new NYC Street Map, which launched on Monday. Check out the history of your building, or see how the city has changed over the years.

The Lower East Side and East Village contain the highest concentration of community gardens in the United States. Untapped Cities takes a look at 11 of them.

Despite the press announcing that Mayor de Blasio was going to bike over the Brooklyn Bridge on his way to work this morning, he was nowhere to be found. The mayor’s office claims he never promised to make the ride, but his staff was there. The mayor’s office is pitching 1,000 pedal assisted electronic bikes as an option for stranded commuters during the L train shutdown. No word on what those riders should do when it snows.

A vintage photo from 1965 shows that Times Square used to experience times of relative darkness.

The city will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight in Queens, check the map to see if your neighborhood is being targeted.

Here’s the insane story (and video!) of how dozens of guys were lured to Union Square by one woman on Tinder. Of course it was a marketing stunt.

Take a look inside the diners that are keeping NYC traditions alive.

With all the talk about the city’s removal of trash bins throughout the city, you might want to know where the nearest bin is. The location of every trash bin in the city is available in one map.

The man who ran across four sets of subway tracks to stab someone claims he was doing so to stop a racist harasser. Bilal Abdullah, 52, is being held without bail and will undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Meet the man behind Staten Island’s Little League dynasty.


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