The Briefly for July 20, 2018 – The Steam Pipe Explosion, LaGuardia’s $8 Billion Overhaul, Ice Cream Breakfast Sandwich, and More

Rikers inmates will no longer be charged for phonically, a two-way toll on the Verrazzano will relieve Manhattan traffic, an ice cream breakfast sandwich, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Looking to picnic this weekend? Curbed has the seven best parks to host a summer picnic.

A brief history of the Kushner Companies and tenant lawsuits.

Playground Coffee’s non-profit roots lay in Bed Stuy’s Home Depot driving Zenat Begum’s father’s hardware store out of business.

amNY guides you through spending a day in East New York.

The danger from Thursday’s steam pipe explosion comes from the asbestos shot into the air, contaminating anyone and anything it touched. Anyone who was nearby needs to have their clothing decontaminated and hopefully you’ve taken a shower since it happened.

There’s a street in Queens that’s just named “Boulevard.” Sure, why not?

An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street
An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street

LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul is making headway. Thankfully the subway system has picked up the slack as the city’s ongoing sad punchline.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at North Dr and 144th St in Queens, HBO’s Crashing w.Pete Holmes is at Bleecker and 6th Ave The Deuce w/James Franco is at Knickerbocker Ave and Harrison Place in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Court St and Remsen in Brooklyn, Awkwafina (Music video we assume? )is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, CBS’ Bull is around Varick St and Franklin St, God Friended Me is at 86th and York, and John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Water and Wall St.

“The pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to legal marijuana, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The NYPD is launching an internal trial and disciplinary process for Officer Daniel Pantaleo ad Sgt Kizzy Adonis for Eric Garner’s death.

Brokelyn’s summer bucket list is a good place to start when planning the rest of your summer.

The Color Factory will be the next place your friends will go to look interesting on the internet.

Forget your egg and cheese, Pasta Flyer’s Sicilian Breakfast Sandwich features vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry gelato on a mini brioche bun.

The NYPD has to start a pilot program to determine if it should be recording all encounters with civilians as a result of a lawsuit over the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

The City Council passed a bill this week to end the practice of charging Riders inmates for domestic phone calls. Inmates paid $8 million last year oh phone calls.

A two-way toll on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

A Week In New York City On $25/Hour. Filed under “have you seen this shit?”

The city filled one of the potholes that artist Jim Bachor covered with a tile mosaic of Donald Trump, in seeming record time after the mosaic received media attention.


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The Briefly for June 13, 2018 – Fair Fares, Placard Reform, Keeping Chickens in Brooklyn, and More

Low-income New Yorkers will finally have a chance to get subsidized MetroCards thanks to the city’s budget, Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivering food to the Fort Hamilton army base, and more

Brownstoner has instructions on how to keep chickens in your Brooklyn backyard. Perhaps there’s a step by step set of instructions on how to not be a stereotype.

Cobble Hill gained a ten-foot-tall statue of Pablo Picasso wearing flip flops mowing grass by Elliott Arkin. The Spanish Gardener was unveiled by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets and remains there until July 15.

Fair Fares is finally a reality. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson reached an agreement on funding half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

“I feel like Brooklyn has been in my DNA since Welcome Back Kotter. I love you all so very much, thank you for giving me such a foundation for my career.” John Travolta day was a hell of a party.

IHOb’s burgers are… decent. Stick to pancakes.

The New York Transit Museum’s annual Parade of Trains is this weekend. Six different lines will sport vintage cars.

CUNY is renaming its journalism school after Craig Newmark. His $20 million donation helped.

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Astoria Blvd and 27th St in Astoria, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 4th and the Bowery.

It’s been over a year since Mayor de Blasio pledged to “crack down” on parking placard abuse, and there aren’t many signs of change.

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris plead guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and witness tampering. Harris represented Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights and defrauded the city of $45,600 and FEMA of $25,000. She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years.

Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivery of food to the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained.

Street artist Symbol is using Monopoly cards to highlight the insane prices for commercial rents around the city.