The Briefly for September 5, 2018 – Is The World Ready for Aaron Sorkin’s Lee Harper’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ on Broadway?

To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong are two new shows coming to Broadway this year, half the G train will shut down on weekends this month, paying tribute to Kenny Shopsin, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Half the G train is shutting down this weekend, and every weekend until Columbus Day. Buses will replace the G train between Bedford-Nostrand Ave and Court Square.

Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace tops New York City’s affordable neighborhoods, as weighed by Localize.city. Second place on the list is Roosevelt Island.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “King Kong,” and “The Cher Show” are three of the new shows coming to Broadway this year.

The best art exhibits to see at New York City museums this fall, according to amNY.

A woman on probation for animal cruelty pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her Jackson Heights home last week. Elizabeth Grant was convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty for failing to take care of her 54 cats and dogs.

An ambulette collided with an electric scooter in the Bronx early Tuesday and killed the 25-year-old driver of the scooter and hurt a 42-year-old passenger.

Eater pays tribute to Kenny Shopsin of Shopsin’s General Store.

The Church of God of East Flatbush is getting into the real estate business. The church purchased two blocks on land for $8 million seven years ago and will build a new church and 531 units of affordable housing.

With the new school year restarts the debate about the SHSAT. The New York Times solicited stories from its readers about the admissions test.

Two years after Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in prisons, no findings or recommendations have been made.

Manhattanites are raising funds for laundry gift certificates to help homeless students this school year.

Executive Producer Dick Wolf is at it again.

Will he or won’t he? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t endorsed a candidate for Governor.

At least 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have been stricken with breast cancer, defying astronomical odds. Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke form the attack.

George C. Parker is one of many men who “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge so the potential buyer could build toll booths since it’s construction in 1883. 135 years later and still no tolls.


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The Briefly for August 2, 2018 – New Ferry Routes, Turnstile Jumping Policy Change, $2,000 Pizza, and More

A new bill will try to defend the SHSAT from Mayor de Blasio, the West Village’s serial farter is back, NYPD parking in bike lanes, two new ferry routes will debut this month, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

A new bill would preserve the SHSAT, which the mayor signaled out as something he wanted to eliminate in order to boost racial diversity within the city’s eight specialized high schools.

Curbed lays out the case for congestion pricing.

The West Village’s serial farter has returned!

Robert Martinez was killed when a tire came off a private sanitation truck and hit his 2003 Chevy Tracker. The sanitation company, Century Waste Services, has a spotty safety record, cited 76 times since 2016 for a number of safety concerns including “loose and/or missing” wheel fasteners in February.

New ferry routes will launch at the end of the month. The Soundview route will launch August 15 and stop at Clason Point Park, E 90th St, # 34th St and Wall St/Pier 11. The Lower East Side Route launches August 29 and will stop at Wall St/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuvesant Cove, and Long Island City.

The Bronx’s four new Metro North Stations that are coming to Co-op City, Parkchester, Morris Park, and Hunts Point have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

10 secrets of Washington Square Park, from 6sqft.

Great Jones Cafe has no plans to reopen after owner Jim Moffett’s death last month.

This year’s ridiculously priced food item is Industry Kitchen’s $2,000 pizza. If you’re looking to eat an average month’s rent for a one-bedroom in Red Hook, this is your pizza.

The Bronx’s NYPD Capt. Emilio Melendez was caught on video destroying a sidewalk memorial. While not illegal, it certainly won’t help build bridges with the neighborhood.

Filming around town: Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at Dobbins and Nassau Ave, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 39 Ave and 212 St in Queens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at Montaque St and Hicks St in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at 70th Ave and Juno St in Forest Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at Centre St and Chambers St.

Porch Life, a public art project from Music Box Village, is bringing a musical architecture installation to the Coney Island boardwalk this weekend.

The final season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ will air this fall, including an episode dedicated to the Lower East Side and the East Village.

The NYPD will no longer arrest people who jump subway turnstiles who already have an open summons as of August 1. The new policy dictates the officers will issue a second summons.

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. avoided a fine for misusing government resources by promising to stop using his work email address to send his opinionated newsletters.

What is the point of the city installing bike lanes if the NYPD not only won’t enforce cars blocking them, but regularly park there themselves?

French artist JR has a new mural at the corner of Great Jones and Bowery.

50 outdoor art installations not to miss in August, according to Untapped Cities.

“I’m not a Queens bitch, I’m a Bronx bitch.” –Malikah George, while taking a plea deal for crashing her car, fleeing the scene, and hand off her one-year-old to a stranger.


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The Briefly for June 22, 2018 – Speed Camera Act is Dead, Weekend Subway Changes, A Food Inspector’s Wildest Stories, and More

The state’s legislative session ended with no vote on the expiring Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, get ready for the weekend’s subway changes, Eataly is going plastic strawless and more.

The Bowery Mural on E Houston St blank in black and white - The Briefly
The Blank Bowery Mural

It’s the weekend, so your usual I am Legend rules apply for the subways. 6sqft has all the expected subway service changes.

The Every School Speed Safety Camera Act is dead. The State Senate’s session ended yesterday with nothing done. NYC’s speed cameras are controlled by the state, which accomplished literally nothing when it comes to protecting pedestrians in school zones. Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives held a rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s office in the city Thursday night, laying blame for the bill’s demise at his doorstep for his failure to act.

Don’t pull the emergency brake on the subway unless someone is in mortal danger if the subway continues to move forward. The police can’t easily get to you if your train is stopped between stations and it takes somewhere between five and fifteen minutes to get a train moving after the brake is pulled.

An NYC Parks Department food cart inspector tells the wildest stories from his career.

Breaking Grounds is purchasing a vacant hotel in DUMBO and plans to fill it with below-rate apartments for the formerly homeless to help people rebuild their lives. This is Breaking Grounds’ sixth building in Brooklyn and the sale is expected to go through this summer.

Governor Cuomo took The New York Times inside a child care agency that’s taking care of children separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. City Council Member Mark Levine is taking donations of children’s clothing, diapers, and toys for the children who were separated from their parents and taken to New York as part of the president’s cruel immigration policy. Donations can be brought to the JCC Harlem.

Photographer Shaun O’Boyle took portraits of Staten Island’s Arthur Kill boat graveyard between 1986 – 2006. The boats were to be broken down and sold for scrap following World War II, but the boats arrived faster than they could be dismantled. The graveyard is still there today, but the boats are mostly submerged.

The Village Apothecary on Bleecker and W 10th is part of a state pilot program to get pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, into the hands of people with a potential recent exposure to HIV. The Village Apothecary was one of the first places to stock the HIV drug AZT in the 80s.

Filming Around Town: High Flying Bird, starring Kyle MacLachlan, is at W 51st and 7th, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Avenue R and E 31st St in Brooklyn, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 46th St and Skillman Ave in Queens, Otherhood, starring Patricia Arquette, is at W 12th and 7th, and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is at Duane and Church.

Eataly is banning single-use plastic straws from its locations in the United States by July 31, ahead of a NYC ban on plastic straws that is currently in committee.

The New York Times asks and answers what is the SHSAT exam and why does it matter.

The Department of Transportation unveiled a new plan to extend the Upper West Side’s bike lanes on Amsterdam Ave from 72nd to 59th, including Columbus Circle. The plan was unanimously approved by CB4.

If you’re into gross smells, the NYBG has a new corpse flower that could bloom this weekend.