The Briefly for May 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.

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May 4, 2018 – Subway Closures, Human Remains on Hart Island, Flying Pizza to LA, and More

Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will push to open safe injection sites for heroin users. The sites would be built into existing needle exchanges without city finding. Overdoses killed 1,441 people in 2017, which is more than suicide, homicide, and motor vehicle deaths combined. A study claimed that this could save over 100 lives a year and save the city over $7 million in health care costs.

This weekend’s subway closures include fun things like “no 2 or 3 between Manhattan and Brooklyn,” “the N runs express from Canal to Dekalb,” and “maybe you should get a bike.”

The Jamaica Together program will partner with The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless to clean and beautify Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Queens between Tuskegee Airmen Way and 109th Ave. The program will provide jobs for New Yorkers in need and is backed by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Film Forum is temporarily closed for two months to renovate and upgrade its three theaters and add a fourth screen.

There’s an inter-agency struggle between Parks and Corrections over who should manage Hart Island, the city’s off-limits mass grave site. Erosion has been exposing human remains on the island’s shore and Parks thinks they can manage the island better.

Second Avenue has a new plant-based Japanese restaurant from Matthew Kenney. If his name is familiar, he was involved with 00 + Co, Bar Verde, and Pure Green.

72 St & 86 St B/C stations are closing on May 7 and June 4 and won’t reopen until October. Happy Friday!

Since no decent pizza exists outside of the city, JetBlue has resorted to delivering 350 pies a day from Patsy’s Pizzeria in East Harlem. It’s only happening between May 9-11, and after that California becomes the pizza desert we all know it to be.

State Senator Simcha Felder, who is a part of the cabal of Democrats in the state Senate who caucus with Republicans and prevent NY from being a truly Democratic state, made a visit to the Bay Democrats. BKLYNER was there and has the audio.

Represent your old school Williamsburg cred with a shirt with the logo of everyone’s favorite 90s cocaine bar Kokie’s.

The Sunnyside Yards mega project, mentioned in yesterday’s briefly, is already upsetting local officials.

Don’t be racist, like this guy was on the LIRR. The MTA is “actively investigating this report.”

The story about how a beloved UWS pizza shop turned Gyroshop turned beloved pizza shop slash Gyroshop that also serves burgers.

A 29-year-old man was shot and killed in a playground on Dekalb Ave and Syyvesant Ave in Bed-Stuy. No arrests have been made and an investigation is underway.

If you can’t participate in one of the many Jane’s Walks today, 6sqft has put one together through her home neighborhood of the Village for you.

Eater put together The Eater’s Guide to New York City, which includes their five favorite pizzerias. Michael Scott’s favorite isn’t included.

The Village Voice is celebrating May the Fourth with a 1977 interview with Mark Hamill.

The Briefly for May 3, 2018 – RIP Boozy Taco Bell, Staten Island Gets A Shake Shack, and Construction in the Bronx

If you complained about how cold it was throughout April, you’re not allowed to complain about today’s heat.

The Bowery ollie #190bowery #bowery #skateboarding

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Photographer Jay Maisel bought 190 Bowery for $100k in 1966 and lived in it for fifty years (the building covered with graffiti on the corner of Bowery and Spring). He and recently sold it for $55 million and has a new website with a beautiful series of photographs he took while living there. >>

Is Queens ready for 80,000+ new people? Welcome to the Sunnyside yards megaproject. A steering committee is deciding on plans for the 180 acre large project. 24,000 homes, 19 schools, and 52 acres of parks. >>

The NYPD is looking for someone in Williamsburg who attacked a 58-year-old man with a bat while walking two small dogs. Of course he was walking dogs in Williamsburg. >>

The Bronx’s Highbridge is seeing a flurry of activity of new construction. Somehow I don’t think the new construction is meant for the Puerto Rican, Dominican, and African-American communities that make up 90% of the neighborhood. >>

The driver who killed two kids in a Park Slope car accident was charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter, and assault. Charges like these are rare in deadly crashes. Community Board 6 will present a redesign of the intersection within weeks. >>

Dozens of people took to the street on Tuesday to demand that Mayor de Blasio release the names of the four NYPD officers who shot and killed Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights last month. >>

Washington Park’s “living statue” was arrested during his first performance of the season. He plans to return to the park to perform, but won’t be climbing on the arch anymore. >>

Filming in the city today: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Late Night with Mindy Kaling, Torture Report with Jon Hamm, Russian Doll with Natasha Lyonne, Law and Order: SVU (always), and The Deuce with James Franco and his moustache.

RIP boozy Taco Bell on Bleecker. You never even lived. The Bushwick boozy Taco Bell is still waiting for its liquor license. >>

One man died and four more were injured in a shooting in on Bristol between Dumont and Livonia in Brownsville on Wednesday night. No arrests have been made. >>

Curbed takes a look at Brooklyn’s last remaining dry dock. >>

Greenpointers interviewed Carol Too Lee about her new art show at Greenpoint Hill. Lee explores the spaces, labels and identities that immigrants embody as they transform from the state of natural to naturalized via the crossing of borders. >>

An unusually shaped penis helped feds catch a Brooklyn jail guard. Couldn’t resist with a headline like that. >>

Club Cumming (formerly Eastern Blok) on E. 6th in Manhattan had an alteration to their liquor license voted down by Community Board 3. It’s only an advisory and the state’s liquor authority will make a decision in the next few weeks. For the moment, their shows have been put on rocks. >>

Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach” won the Mayor’s “One Book, One New York” contest. >>

Shake Shack is about to open its first Staten Island outpost at the Staten Island Mall on May 12th. >>

Hudson River Breeze #nyc #ferryride #80degrees #whathappenedtospring #lowermanhattan

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Gothamist answers the question “what the hell is going on with those nitrogen tanks on the sidewalk?” The answer is they keep copper wires dry while repairs are made. >>

The Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights that was recently sold by The Sisters of Mercy is going to become condos, senior housing, and affordable housing. Shocking, right? >>

Happy to report there’s new South Bronx construction project that is going to bring nearly 750 new apartments that will be affordable supporting housing units or apartments reserved for low-income households. The developer is working with housing nonprofit Community Access.>>

Curbed has a renter’s guide to Prospect Lefferts Gardens. I wouldn’t describe the rent as “affordable” but we do live in New York City. >>

The grass is green, the sky is blue, the Mets’ season is over and it’s only May. >>

The city will invest in an additional $300 million for three larger ferry boats (350 person instead of the current 150 person), new docks, and port maintenance. Still no ferry to Coney Island. Sorry Dick. >>

City councilman Brad Lander held a rally to bring back the B71. The line died in 2010 along with 33 other bus lines, the G past Court Street, the express N in Manhattan, and the V and W trains. >>

Color + inspo #aestheticpursuit ?

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A judge ruled that 200 Riverside Drive can remove Trump’s name from their building. If we were all so lucky. >>

The British Medical Journal says that people who bike to work, live longer. Nothing in there about keeping pedestrians on their side on the Brooklyn Bridge. >>

Today I learned the founder of the NRA has a park named after him in Brooklyn. >>

It only took seven months for the DOT to temporarily close the pedestrian bridge connecting 151th to the Hudson River Greenway. It will be closed for three weeks. >>

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her “Rent Justice for All” platform, aimed at providing affordable housing, curbing the state’s homelessness crisis, and preventing evictions. >>

Would you believe disgraced former Congressman, piece of shit, and convicted felon Michael Grimm is being accused of fraudulently trying to get a rival kicked off the ballot? >>

The Village Voice breaks down what your options are if you currently take the L to or from Manhattan, but it all boils down to “you’re fucking screwed.” >>

The city claims that between 2009 and 2016, about 9.2% of the citywide increase in rents can be attributed to Airbnb. >>

This Max Roberts concentric subway map is trippy. >>

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