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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The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.