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.

The Briefly for May 16, 2018 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave, Dog Flu, Betsy DeVos Visits, Moving A Shark, Fergie Rides the Rails, and More

There’s a Laurel Ave in Brooklyn, but no Yanny anywhere in the city. Debate settled.

bkskymay18-4 by bslax28 via Flickr

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now the law of the city. It allows victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking to go on paid leave. It includes paid leave for a family member to support the victim. This applies to employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year. Employers with under five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave. You accrue one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours per year and 40 hours can be carried over from one year to the next.

Have you ever been as happy as Fergie was on the subway during last night’s storm?

There’s a dog flu outbreak in Brooklyn that is fatal for up to 10% of dogs who contract the flu.

A trio of bills aimed at encouraging voter turnout would amend the state’s constitution to allow voting by mail without stating a reason, expand voting hours, align state primaries with federal primaries, maintain complete and accurate voter lists, and establish an early voting system. New York ranked 42 in voter turnout in 2016.

Filming around the city: Sunlit Night (Jenny Slate) at Adams St and Plymouth St, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Rachel Brosnahan) at Broadway and Driggs, Brooklyn, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Orange St and Henry St, Brooklyn, The Punisher at Hampton St in Jackson Heights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) at Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn.

Spring visit to Central Park and 3 Midtown museums by Terry Ballard via Flickr

Moving a shark isn’t as easy as buying a goldfish. NY Times shows how sharks are being moved to Coney Island ahead of the aquarium’s June 30 shark exhibit opening.

There will be eight new Target stores in the city by the end of next year, the latest opens on July 21 and will be on the corner of 14th and Avenue A.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” –local racist Aaron Schlossberg at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown who called ICE on a woman speaking Spanish.

The city’s trash bins haven’t changed in design since the 1930s. Think you have a better design? Prove it!

Frames by Billie Grace Ward

E-bikes continue to remain illegal, but the city is moving forward to exempt the much more expensive than the ones being confiscated from delivery workers ($5,000 vs $1,500) e-Bikes. Jump, a Brooklyn-based e-bike sharing company acquired by Uber, is spending $25k/month lobbying for the change.

Say hello to Velina Mitchel, the new voice of the MTA.

Betsy DeVos was in the city yesterday to visit exactly none of the 1,800 schools in the city, choosing to visit a yeshiva instead and not speak to the press. Last week the NY Post published an interview with former yeshiva students who claimed they were being denied an education that includes science, math and English books.

What would you do if you found $52,000 in buried treasure in your backyard?