The Briefly for August 13, 2018 – Machete Bandit, Subway Platforms are Boiling, No More Watchtower Sign, and More

The city’s Subway platforms are regularly over 100 degreees, the Watchtower sign overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park can’t be replaced, and more in the NYC news digest.

The temperature on subway platforms regularly comes close to 100 and when the Regional Plan Association tested last week, Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall were over 100, with Penn Station’s 2/3 platform and Times Square sitting 99.

One portion of the Uber “cap” that passed the City Council last week was a minimum wage for drivers. Despite the growth of Lyft and Uber, the median hourly earning of a driver was $14.25. The new $17.22/hour wage brings drivers in line with the minimum wage that the state is moving towards while also taking considerations into the cost of driving the cars themselves. 40% of drivers qualify for Medicaid and 18% for food stamps.

The “zombie” raccoon problem persists in Central Park. The city is warning dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes to prevent from from catching distemper from the trash pandas.

Vegan tacos in Brooklyn? Brokelyn runs down the best you can find.

New ferry schedules are available for preview on the Soundview and Lower East Side routes. Each runs once every 30 minutes during work hours and hourly at nights and on weekends. The Soundview line starts operating this week.

Jim Allen, thirty-year pianist at Marie’s Crisis Cafe, lost his battle with cancer at 52.

NYPD are looking for the “Machete Bandit,” who robbed six women who were walking alone between 29th Street and 43rd Street in Astoria.

Is Instagram culture ruining sushi?

The Commuter’s Lament” poetic installation between Times Square and the Port Authority has lost its humor in 2018.

The MTA had their stupidest idea ever to stop subway car graffiti in 1981.

Filming around town: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahanis at Lorimer St and Calyer St in Brooklyn and also Waverly Pl and Macdougal St, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Walnut Ave and E 136th St in the Bronx, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at W. 81st and Central Park West, Leave Not One Behind is at 2nd and Bowery, Orange Is The New Black is at 33rd St and 30th Ave in Astoria, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at 23rd Ave and 37th St in Astoria, Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 51st and Park and 58th and 6th Ave, Law and Order: SVU is at Pierpont St and Montague St in Brooklyn, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at 17th and 3rd.

Over 10% of privately owned rental housing in Bushwick had serious violations between 2016 and 2017.

Mayor de Blasio says the city will “aggressively enforce the current policy” regarding the 90 degree cap on carriage horses operating in Central Park but his record on keeping promises when it comes to those horses is already full of failures.

State Sen. Simcha Felder lost his attempt to throw his primary challenger off the ballot for using a middle name. “Blake Morris” will appear on the ballot instead of “Lawrence Blake Morris” thanks to the Marty Markowitz defense.

A series of tragic actions lead to the death of 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden on Central Park West. She was biking in the bike lane when an Uber double parked ahead of her. To get around the illegally parked car, she merged into traffic and was hit by Felipe Chairez, who was driving a Mellifont Construction Corp private sanitation truck while under the influence. A protected bike lane would have prevented her death.

Ben Shapiro, an insufferable asshole who is not running for Congress, challenged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate and offered her campaign $10,000 to do so. She said no and likened being catcalled, calling it an “unsolicited request from men with bad intentions.” Shapiro, of course, missed the point of the metaphor and likened Ocasio-Cortez’ challenge to Joe Crowley, who she was actually running against in the primary, catcalling.

The “Watchtower” sign that once overlooked Brooklyn Bridge Park can’t be replaced because it was illegal the whole time. The developer who purchased the buildings are appealing the city’s decision.

Halloween comes earlier and earlier each year.


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The Briefly for August 9, 2018 – Capping Uber, Rezoning Inwood, Building in Sunset Park, and More

It was a good week to get something approved by the City Council. Five regulations aimed at Uber and Lyfy, the new tech hub on 14th, and Inwood rezoning were all approved.

The City Council was approval happy this week. The City Council voted to approve the new tech hub on 14th St near Union Square.

The City Council approved five measures aimed at Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The TLC will stop issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses, set a minimum wage for drivers, forces companies to provide data on usage and charges, as well as impose a fine for non-compliance.

Rezoning in Inwood was also approved, despite recent protests.

The city’s composting efforts kinda stink.

The seven best bookstores in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Upstate Congressman Christopher Collins was busted for insider trading. Collins vowed to continue his campaign for re-election in November.

Filming around town: Gotham w/Ben McKenzie is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is on Norman Ave in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 58th and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at 87th and Columbus, Law and Order: SVU is at 2727 Henry Hudson Parkway, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at Prospect St and Jay St in Brooklyn, and HBO’s High Maintance is at Eastern Parkway between Rogers and Nostrand in Brooklyn.

See the tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s nice 69th St Pier.

Sunset Park’s new mega-development is two avenues with three 18-story towers that will incorporate retail, condos, office space, restaurants, a hotel, gym with a pool, community facilities and parking. This is a separate location from Industry City and the mayor’s proposed TV/Movie studio.

The most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

The MTA is aiming to open the new second Avenue subway stations by 2027, which can only happen if construction starts next year.

Do Brooklyn’s raccoon population owe their lives to one man?

The water fountains in Roosevelt Island’s parks, with the exception of Capobianco Park, are safe meet water quality standards after previously tested with high bacteria levels.

The father of the baby found in the East River was detained in Thailand after leaving New York on Monday afternoon.

The silver lining of the L train shutdown is that Williamsburg rents are back to 2015 levels, a reduction of $250/month. Some rents are being reduced, some buildings are waiving fees, and some are offering multiple months of free rent with a long-term lease. The rent reductions are enough to pay for The New L, if you absolutely must get to Manhattan.


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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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