The Briefly for July 6, 2018 – The Most Insane Fireworks, Stay Off the Grass, $10 Million for the South Bronx, and More

Looking back at the most insane fireworks in the city, the Statue of Liberty climber speaks out, the Bronx is getting a makeover, the city is ready to re-draw the bus map, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Cobblestone streets and a manhole cover
Cobblestone

This is the most insane fireworks use of fireworks this year, but I’m not sure if anything will ever top 4th of July in Gravesend, Brooklyn from 1994.

In a democracy, we do not put children in cages, period.” -Patricia Okumou, the Statue of Liberty climbing protester.

Do city goers deserve access to grass in our public parks? That’s the fight happening downtown in DeLury Square.

Mapping the South Bronx’s transformative developments. Related: “Downtown” Bronx is getting a $10 million makeover through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

It’s a simple plan. Bail out detained parents at the borders and reunite them with their children in New York City. That’s the goal of Immigrant Families Together, the group behind reuniting Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia with her children. The group arranged to have her driven by nine volunteers from Arizona to Queens to see her children again.

Filming Around Town (and likely soaking wet): Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Varick and Leonard and CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Dockless bike sharing is coming to the Rockaway, Central Bronx/Fordham, the month shore of Staten Island, and Coney Island.

Brooklyn has added over 175k jobs since 2009 and household income has grown 31% since 2010, but who is the boom being left behind?

The Atlantic’s How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism” is a must-read when pondering the city’s inevitable ban of plastic straws.

Climate Change Ain’t Nothing To Mess With” is Cody Prez’s tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and climate change in Staten Island and will be up until the summer of 2019.

The city’s bus system will be starting from scratch and overhauling the entire route network by 2021. Get ready for a lot of angry people complaining about changing bus routes.

The NY Post photo shoot with a Kim Jong-un lookalike around the city was… weird.


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The Briefly for June 26, 2018 – Vote Today, Bea Arthur LGBTQ residence opens, Water Fountain Quality, and More

Vote in today’s primaries, the city’s water fountains were tested, photos from Punk Island, the do nothing State Senate does nothing, anarchists protest ICE, and more

Citibikes wait
Citibikes wait

VOTE. Here’s your guide to today’s primaries.

The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth is open on E 13th.

Staten Island continues to love Michael Grimm, the convicted felon running for Congress.

Holy shit it actually worked” -Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council occupier. The anarchists managed to shut down immigration hearings in Manhattan. The group is calling on more people to show up at Varick St to continually ICE’s presence in the city.

New York’s State Senators are the definition of do-nothing cowards. If they didn’t support the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, they should have voted it down. Instead they did literally nothing and the program will expire on July 25. State Senator Marty Golden was caught speeding three times in 2018 in school zones. His Cadillac has been caught speeding in school zones 14 times since 2014. He killed 74-year-old Hariklia Zafiropoulos with his SUV in 2005. He was caught using a parking placard to impersonate a police officer.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 13th and 4th and on 15th near Union Square, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is on W Broadway and Chambers.

Seven men were arrested related to the stabbing death of a fifteen-year-old.

John Gotti Jr thinks there’s a conspiracy against Gotti: Gabagool Lasagna Bang Bang!, which currently enjoys a ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Babrera want to lower the mandatory fines for taxi drivers who refuse service to passengers from $200-$500 to $100-$200. The NAACP and the TLC are against the idea, calling it a proxy for racial discrimination.

The hipster party is ending. Someone called the cops and everyone has to leave the abandoned warehouse. Bushwick is on the list of the 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the metro area.

The current plan for the L train shutdown in Manhattan is that 14th Street will turn into a busway 17 hours a day according to court documents.

New renderings are available for the $1.5 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia. Spoiler alert, it looks like the AirTrain to JFK.

Check out BrooklynVegan’s photos from Punk Island 2018.

A new study claims that congestion pricing, not limiting ride share vehicles, will fix the city’s traffic problems.

The NY Post tested eight water fountains in parks throughout the city and discovered… the water exceeds the state’s guidelines. Drink up!

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.