The Briefly for October 17, 2018 – The City’s Chief Democracy Officer Botched Their First Project

Videology is closing, Louis CK might actually feel bad for what he’s done, the Brooklyn diocese hired a reverend with child sex abuse claims, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The State Assembly met on Tuesday to discuss legalization and regulation of marijuana in New York, ahead of the 2019 legislative session. (amNY)

The office run by the city’s new chief democracy officer botched its first assignment, caused confusion among hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and blamed the board of elections in the process. Perfect. (NY Post)

Beloved Williamsburg video rental store turned bar and theater is closing at the end of the month. They didn’t post a reason, but rising commercial rents (despite the L train shutdown) abound be assumed.

20 buildings in the city designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White. (Untapped Cities)

April Bloomfield is ready to rehab her image after being criticized for turning a blind eye to Ken Friendman’s behavior at the Spotted Pig. (Eater) Speaking of rehabbing an image, Louis CK continues to drop in at comedy clubs, but he’s showing some faint signs of actual remorse. (Gothamist)

A peek inside the construction of the future massive WeWork building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Untapped Cities)

The voter turnout for last month’s Democratic primary was considered high, despite a 26.58% turnout. See what the turnout was like in your district in this interactive map. (Gothamist)

Yesterday was a banner day for the MTA. The B and Q trains were stopped for over an hour during the morning rush hour, the 1 and 6 train was running with delays due to signal issues in different locations, and the 7 was delayed after someone had to be removed from the tracks in Queens. (NY Post)

Apple gave the bagel emoji another try, adding cream cheese and making the bagel slightly more realistic, but still no seeds on the bagel. (Gothamist)

The possum that’s the king of the bodega bread pile. (NY Post)

What you need to know about the upcoming NYC marathon. (Curbed)

On October 27, a 1930s subway will take you on a one way trip to the grave. Specifically it is headed to Green-Wood Cemetery for the Nostalgia Ride. (amNY)

State Senator Simcha Felder’s chief of staff, Ridney C. Powis, is accused of drunkenly groping a woman and bragging about it. Powis is now on administrative leave. (Gothamist)

Carrie Fisher smiling while sitting in a garbage bin in 1980. That’s it, just a nice photo. (Viewing NYC)

What the national Democratic Party’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could mean for NYC. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn diocese hired Rev. Roberto Cadavid in 2012 despite accusations of child sex abuse. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

42nd St and 3rd Ave will be renamed Jimmy Breslin Way for the reporter who wrote for decades for The New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday. (amNY)

Have you had a bad day or a “naked on the street punching a cop car” bad day? (@kickzjilla)


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The Briefly for October 16, 2018 – The “Our Mayor Lied to Us About Poisoned Kids” Edition

NY Senate Majority Leader calls the teacher’s union part of “the forces of evil,” Kanye West’s talk about mental health was canceled, the latest on the Proud Boys brawl, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYCHA’s lead paint crisis is everyone’s fault except New York state, if you listen to Governor Cuomo. A day before Mayor de Blasio stated that four children were affected by the lead paint, he received a report stating the number was 202. (NY Post)

The Reply All podcast highlighted the history of CompStat, the system that the NYPD uses that not only puts quotas in place, but also encourages the police to under report crimes. (Gimlet Media)

2018 has kinda sucked for seeing awesome dogs. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was canceled, Freddy’s dog fashion show was canceled, but the Coney Island dog parade happened and there’s photos! (BrooklynVegan)

Halloween in NYC in the 70s. (Ephemeral New York)

1,500 bus shelters across NYC were shut down after a faulty shelter in Staten Island partially collapsed. Each shelter will have to be inspected individually for faults before being reopened. (Gothamist)

Sounds like Pickle Day was a sour experience. (Bowery Boogie)

After video of the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys beating protestors on the streets of the Upper East Side, the NYPD is being accused of treating them with preferential treatment. (Gothamist) The NYPD says they have plans to arrest 9 members of the Proud Boys who were involved. (NY Post)

The flora and fauna of NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Any time you see something too bizarre to be true happens with a rat, blame Zardulu. (Gothamist)

How Manhattan’s empty storefronts reveals how it’s become a rich ghost town. (The Atlantic)

You can finally rent multiple CitiBikes with one account with Group Rides. (Streetsblog)

This week’s Kanye West Times Talk about mental health was canceled for…obvious reasons. (BrooklynVegan)

114,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during the 2017-18 school year. (Politico)

Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance on NY1 due to a two-year strike by Electric Workers Local 3. This is the first time in 19 months that he’s canceled an appearance. Seems convenient. (NY Post)

A 48-year-old man died after his shirt was caught in an escalator at the Intervale 2/5 subway station in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

This year hasn’t been terrifying enough for anyone who rides the subway, so the MTA is creating a “Haunted Subway” experience this weekend. (Gothamist)

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Monday called the state teachers’ union part of the “forces of evil.” (NY Post)

Last weekend was the first weekend without a shooting for the first time since 1993. Nice job not shooting each other! (NY Post)

Local butthole and former Top Chef Adam Harvey admitted to poisoning his neighbors tree and will serve 20 days of community service as part of his plea deal. (NY Post)

Williamsburg’s Museum of Pizza is more dollar slice than it is NY Pizza Suprema. (Gothamist)


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The Briefly for October 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Witches Will Curse Brett Kavanaugh (and the Patriarchy)

The mayor won’t stop talking, WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment, a white woman in sunglasses calls the cops, local blog drama, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn witches are planning to curse Brett Kavanaugh. Bushwick’s Catland promises to curse Brett the Beerman Kavanaugh, all other rapists, and the patriarchy during an October 20 ritual. (NY Post)

The governor ordered the state police to investigate the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys after video shows them attacking protestors and calling them homophobic slurs. The NYPD is also investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The Q at Parkside blog disappeared last week, this week it returned, publishing the letter from Alicia Boyd that demanded the site be shut down. Brooklyn hyperlocal blogging just got weird. (The Q at Parkside)

A guerrilla art installation by artist Aaron Asis popped up at Fort Tilden in Queens. Have A Ball is inside an abandoned structure and is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden.’ (Untapped Cities)

44% of all New York households are rent burdened (more than 30% of their income goes towards rent). The percentages for very low and extremely low income households are much worse. (Curbed)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A white woman in sunglasses called the cops on a black person for existing. The twist this time is that the black person was a 9-year-old boy, and despite being accused of grabbing Flatbush’s Teresa Klein’s ass, he did not. (NY Post)

You’re no artist! Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the “Trumpet Fight” masterpiece video. October 14th will always be “You’re Talented and Not a Disgrace and You Do Not Suck Day.” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio, who works out at the Park Slope YMCA on a regular basis, does not think politicians should be bothered by protestors or upset citizens when they are in public. If you disagree, the mayor regularly works out at and can be found at the Park Slope YMCA. (NY Post)

Is NYC pizza better because of our water? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat and drink near Penn Station (if you must). (Eater)

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Village Halloween Parade. (Curbed)

WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment that enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward, according to a lawsuit. (Gothamist)

President Trump’s new green card proposal could deny 75,000 New Yorkers of SNAP benefits, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with the BQE during construction is Mayor De Blasio’s favored option when it comes to the rock and hard place decision about how to repaid the crumbling highway. (Brooklyn Paper)

Is the mayor trying to make us tune him out by talking forever? (NY Post)

Over the next three years, 3.5 miles of skyscrapers will be built in NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Our water isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve been wasting wood or dirt in your tap water, you’re not alone. (NY Post)

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