The Briefly for August 3, 2018 – Summer Streets, Weekend Subway Changes, Violence Interrupters, and More

The Governor named a panel of people who will draft a bill to legalize marijuana in New York, the rat-infested “Relaxation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up, a history of marijuana laws in NY, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Reminder: Summer Streets is this weekend

Check the weekend’s subway changes before making any plans.

Inside the abandoned First Church of Christ on the corner of 96th and Central Park West.

A city sanitation truck hit a bicyclist in Bushwick and kept driving. The woman reportedly has a broken clavicle.

. The “micro-transit” vans offer a $4 ride and most weeks ridership fails to hit 1,000.

There are 18 taxpayer-funded “violence-interrupter” groups throughout high crime areas of the city, which mostly consist of former gang members and dealers. The groups work hand in hand with the police and intervene in situations where police interactions may do more harm than good.

The history of the 1977 law that was supposed to fix the high volume of arrests for marijuana possession, but skyrocketed to over 50,000 arrests under the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

$20 million over budget and after years of delays, the Rector St pedestrian bridge originally destroyed in the 9/11 attacks will not be ready for its fall deadline.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with race,” says hispanic Park Slope resident Arabel Torres, who called the police because a black woman was standing in her building’s doorway during a sudden downpour.

Most bodegas are Dominican-American owner and here’s why.

Governor Cuomo named a panel of 20 people to draft a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Filming around town: Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones w/Krysten Ritter is at W 45th and 10th, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is near Court Square in Long Island City, The Blacklist w/James Spader is at W 11th and 7th, and NBA 2K League is at Vernon Blvd and 43 Ave in Long Island City.

A condo board on the UES is trying to evict Chabad Lubavitch for running an illegal day care that is destroying their plumbing system with flushed diapers.

It’s the 40th anniversary of the city’s “Pooper Scooper” law, and to celebrate the Parks Department is installing 1,000 dog poop bag dispensers in parks.

The state approved funding for an MTA Sustainability Advisory Workgroup with the idea they would create a proposal to implement the Governor’s “Fix NYC” plan. The workgroup has not met and most positions have not been filled.

Brooklyn’s Republic of Booza is the only place in the city that servers booza, a traditional, stretchy ice cream, and has its roots in the Middle East.

After violating the law for months, Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD will release data on turnstile jumping enforcement on its website in a “matter of a few weeks.”

The City Council added an additional million dollars to city funding of anti-sex trafficking organizations.

The East Village’s rat-infested “Relation Garden” is finally getting cleaned up.

The Briefly for June 27, 2018 – Election Results, Pools Open Today, NIMBY in Brooklyn Heights, and More

The best dog friendly bars, State Senator Marty Golden doesn’t care about parking regulations, TOMS comes to Williamsburg, election results are in, and more in today’s news digest.

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Contested Primary winners:
House District 5: Gregory Meeks (D)
House District 9: Yvette Clarke (D)
House District 11: Max Rose (D) and Dan Donovan (R) – Michael Grimm lost!
House District 12: Carolyn Maloney (D) beat the Tinder catfishing candidate Suraj Patel
House District 14: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) over incumbent Joseph Crowley

Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the congressional giant-slayer. The big story to come from this primary election will be the low turnout. Confusion, purged voter rolls, and closed polling sites cast a shadow over yesterday’s elections, further disenfranchising people from voting.

Our parks are aging, underfunded and plagued by infrastructure problems according to a 53-page report from The Center for an Urban Future.

The Boerum Hill historic district was expended by the Landmarks Preservation Commission by 300 buildings. A historic district is a designation that is mostly honorific.

Eater has a map of dog-friendly bars so you and your best friend can hang out.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts,is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 104th and Madiso, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 74th and 5th, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Court Square Station in Queens, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is on Willow Ave and E 135th St in the Bronx.

Today is the last day of hearing over abolishing the tipped minimum wage. Different restaurant lobby groups are on different sides of the debate. Currently the tipped minimum wage is $8.70 and that will rise to $10 by year’s end, which is lower than the $15 full minimum wage for non-tipped workers.

It’s unbelievable that there’s another story about Marty Golden skirting the law when it comes to his car, but here we are. Golden’s Cadillac was parked in a bus stop and after giving a traffic agent his card and a fist bump, he walked away without a ticket, but it was caught on film by a passerby.

Three city council members are calling for the bodega where 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman was stabbed to death to be closed. Ritchie Torres, Vanessa Gibson, and Rafael Salamanca cite the owner’s actions that lead to Lesandro being dragged out of the store as the reason to pull the deli’s license. Over 42k New Yorkers had signed an online petition making the same request.

Trump’s family separation policy is being challenged by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood in New York along with 17 other Attorneys General.

TOMS is opening its first Brooklyn store in Williamsburg. No word on if they will be buying a second store for those in need.

NYPD declined to file charges against a motorist who killed 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez in Bushwick and left the scene. Brooklyn’s District Attorney Eric Gonzalez does not have a strong history when it comes to hit and run killings.

Brooklyn Heights is feeling NIMBY fever. a pedestrian bridge to connect the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park would ruin the “peace and relaxation” and “kill the neighborhood.”

Marco! The city’s pools open for summer today. Polo!


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The Briefly for June 7, 2018 – Dept of Health Issues A Cocaine Warning, Domino Park, The Rent is Too Damn High, and More

Two Customs and Border Patrol officers at Newark airport were indicted on assaulting two fellow officers on what’s reported as a “rape table.” Gross.

Williamsburg’s Domino Park opens this weekend.

Is the rent too damn high? The Affordability Index from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office answers that question.

The Queens Gazette has two opinion pieces for and against the SHSAT.

A teenager jumped 130-feet off the Queensborough Bridge and was saved by a bystander who waved down a ferry. He’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries at New York Presbyterian.

We’re less than 300 days until the L train shutdown and dozens of economic justice and environmental advocates rallied to call for a greater focus on helping low income residents.

The story of the pizza delivery man who was detained and handed over to ICE is a microcosm of a larger story playing out across the country. The family has a GoFundMe page set up to help with the associated costs.

Brokelyn proves that if you are in Brooklyn, someone’s fucked there.

Turns out we’ve been spelling Verrazzano wrong this entire time.

State Comptroller DiNapoli released a report that found “private elevator inspectors in New York City are missing hazardous violations and allowing unsafe conditions to go unrepaired.” Whoops?

Opening a fire hydrant is illegal, unless you get a spray cap from the FDNY. amNY explains how.

The NYPL’s podcast goes in-depth into the dark past of Roosevelt Island with Stacy Horn talking about her newest book Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

The Department of Health wants to warn you about the dangers of cocaine… laced with fentanyl. On the serious side, the DOH is training some bar staff to identify the signs of a fentanyl overdose and administer Naloxone, which can help block the effects of an overdose. 18 bars have signed on to the program.