The Briefly for September 21, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Brooklyn Promenade Might Be Closing, and More

BQE construction could shut down the Brooklyn Promenade for years, Battery Park could get a Hurricane Maria memorial, NYC’s only private island, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Before you go anywhere this weekend, check out the changes to the subway. The 2 and M lines look to be especially bad, the L is running, the G is partially running, and the D train is sometimes an A and sometimes an F.

The Brooklyn Promenade could close for six years in order to accommodate construction on the BQE. During construction, the BQE would be elevated to where the promenade currently sits. The promenade would be rebuilt afterwards. The project will cost over $3 billion.

September 22 (Saturday) is Free Museum Day in New York, you can reserve a pair of tickets at one of over two dozen museums throughout the state.

80 Flatbush was unanimously approved by the City Council after undergoing changes to make the project smaller. The next step for the development is seeking Uniform Land Use Review Procedure approval.

One of the city’s top school districts is removing admissions standards in an attempt to diversify the student body. 55% of middle school age students in the district are black or Latino, but 81% of the students in the schools are white. Mayor de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza approved the plan, which The New York Times points out was not de Blasio’s idea.

Ten elevated parks and gardens across the city from Untapped Cities.

The cost of housing the city’s homeless population has increased. The city is spending $117 a day to house a single adult this year compared to $99 last year. A lack of permanent solutions is being partially blamed for the increase.

The Archdiocese of New York hired Barbara Jones to review its procedures for dealing with the ongoing crisis of clergy sexual-abuse allegations. Jones just finished up the Michael Cohen case two weeks ago. The archdiocese has already paid out $60 million to victims.

If you’ve got a transit nerd in your life the New York Transit Museum’s 25th annual Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park in October.

The Museum of Natural History is starting work on the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation despite a lawsuit by Community United to Save Theodore Roosevelt Park (CUSTR?) aimed at stopping the construction. The lawsuit states the construction would “cause catastrophic environmental damage to the area, posing a series of life threatening hazards.”

Meet the man who owns the only private island in New York City.

Police chief James O’Neill claims that the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights plans to bail out all 16 and 17-year-olds and bail-eligible women from city jails will make the city less safe.

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Citiva, is opening across the street from the Barclays Center.

Governor Cuomo’s former top aide and confidante, Joseph Percoco, will serve six years in prison for bribery.

Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection.

Noted racist James Harris Jackson fatally stabbed a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown last year and told the police it was “practice” for a larger racial terror attack he planned to carry out in Times Square.

What is going on at The Edna Cohen School in Coney Island? More than a week after the primary election there are no votes reported while the State Assembly primary has a 70 vote margin between the candidates.

Governor Cuomo has proposed a memorial to those lost or made homeless by Hurricane Maria in Battery Park City. The governor also announced an expansion of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico program, which sends student volunteers to work with non-profits rebuilding homes on the island.


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The Briefly for August 15, 2018 – Hang Out with Dogs, El Chapo Shuts Down the Brooklyn Bridge, and More

Every time El Chapo is in court, the Brooklyn Bridge has to be shut down, the Pulaski Bridge is closing at night, the MTA wants body cameras, the insane parking in Bushwick, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Hang out with dogs without being life partners with one, a guide from Brokelyn.

If you want to support former-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, you can rent an apartment from him for $25,000 a month.

Just in case getting around the city was too easy, the Pulaski Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens will be closed to cars, buses, pedestrians, and bikes between midnight and 5am every weekday until September 7.

City Council Member Helen Rosenthal is calling on the city to install a two-way protected bike lane on Central Park West after a garbage truck driver struck and killed 23-year-old Australian tourist Madison Lyden.

According to the DOT “132,253 drivers have been observed through Friday, August 10th exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour during school hours.” The city can no longer issue tickets to people who speed in school zones with cameras because the State Senate has been impotent to reauthorize the Every School Speed Camera Act.

The sets of yellow footprints on a C train have been seen for the last three months have not inspired confidence in the MTA’s ability to clean its subway cars.

Despite the raising minimum wage and displayed calorie counts, fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Chick-Fil-A are thriving throughout the city.

Despite his primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s weird election laws will ensure that Joe Crowley’s name is still on the ballot for the general election.

Candytopia is the latest eye-rolling Instagram-trap dressed up like an interactive art installation.

Did Andrew Cuomo promise Donald Trump he wouldn’t run against him in 2020? Cuomo says no, Trump says yes.

Six unique New York stories, from Great Big Story.

Ever wonder how the dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History get clean? Wonder no more!

An unidentified body was discovered in the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. NYPD are investigating, but have not released any other information.

Agostinho Sinclair, 41, of Far Rockaway, was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operator after hitting an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle on Monday. The boy is in stable condition.

A female professor at NYU has been suspended for the coming academic year after an 11-month Title IX investigation found that she had sexually harassed, both physically and verbally, one of her former male students.

El Chapo is being held in a high-security federal prison in Lower Manhattan, but each time he has to appear in court in Brooklyn, the entire Brooklyn Bridge needs to be cleared of all cars. When the trial begins in November, both sides of the bridge may become the city’s latest commuting nightmare.

The MTA is calling for voluntary body cameras to help identify people who assault MTA workers. Bus and subway worker harassment has increased 11% in the last year, which included the recent story of a woman attacking a subway conductor.

Why bother with alternate side parking rules when you can just park directly in the middle of the street?


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