The Briefly for August 29, 2018 – The Times Square Bees is the Distraction We Need From the Heat

The heat can make people, and bees, go crazy. For a moment 15,000 bees took over a hot dog stand in Times Square, we forgot our collective problems and watched an NYPD beekeeper vacuum up bees in Times Square.

Please be careful in today’s heat. Check the city’s maps for your local cooling center if you don’t have access to an air conditioned building.

15,000 bees swarm a hot dog stand in Times Square” is not the news story that we wanted, but it’s the news story we deserve. The NYPD has beekeepers who handled the scene. According to Gizmodo’s Editor in Chief, the bees will be okay after being vacuumed. The @NYPDBees Twitter account was simply buzzing with activity afterwards.

Prospect Expressway could see major changes in the coming years. The “PX Forward” report outlines multiple ways to address issues that Robert Moses’s highway has inflicted on Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

It’s a battle over who controls the thermostat at the Nixon/Cuomo debate. Cuomo is known for keeping “meat locker” temperatures wherever he goes and Nixon has specifically requested 76 degrees. The debate is tonight at 7pm and will air on WCBS. Yes, office temperature can be sexist.

Louis C.K. should not be allowed to perform unannounced. The man who admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women of a number of years performed at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night. He made no mention of why he disappeared from public life for nine months.

Spending the day with art, shopping, comic books, pizza, pinball, and boozy ice cream in Kips Bay, guided by amNY.

Eight ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend, from Untapped Cities.

An unknown aerosol substance was sprayed on the B15 bus for the third time in two weeks. The suspect ran off after the attack.

Hate crimes are down 8% this year.

The “Pencil Museum” is a pop-up installation in Staten Island’s Faber Pool and Park that pays tribute to Greenpoint’s Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory and is sponsored by Art in the Parks.

Ulkis Gryka has ended his “Sisyphus Stones” project in Fort Washington Park. For one year, Gryka would go to the park and meticulously balance hundreds of stones to create an otherworldly stone garden.

SpikedSeltzer is giving out free bikes to today and tomorrow to the first 20 people who are 21 and over from 5:30 to 7:30pm in memory of the soon-to-be-dead L train.

Are you familiar with Dead Horse Bay?

Attorney General Democratic candidates will debate one last time on 9/6, one week before the primary on September 13th and will be hosted by radio host Brian Lehrer and podcaster (and former U.S. Attornet) Preet Bharara. NY1 liveblogged last night’s debate. (Watch the video (if you have NY1 with your cable package).

An economics class at Success Academy, a charter school in the city, saw nepotism on display when the college sophomore son of Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, Culver Grannis Moskowitz, taught class. The school says he’s only temporarily filling in for a teacher who quit. 49 of the school’s 67 teachers are not returning this year.

The Gowanus rezoning isn’t enough for developers, who are asking to construct buildings taller than ten stories along the canal.

The last minute move from 125 White St to 80 Centre St has upset activists in Chinatown who criticized the city for a lack of public discussion about the location change.

For the second time in a week, two bags containing human remains were found in the Bronx. The first was found outside Crotona Park and the second in Hunts Point.


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The Briefly for August 28, 2018 – The City’s Speed Cameras Return In Time for School

The city worked with Governor Cuomo to sidestep the State Senate to reactivate the school speed cameras in time for the start of school, the BQX trolley’s future is in doubt, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Speed cameras are coming back to the city, but without the State Senate. It’s a Rube Goldberg contraption, so listen to this: Governor Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a public safety emergency and will sign a second executive order that will allow the city to access the traffic data collected from the cameras. The city council is putting together a piece of complex legislation to reinstate the use of the data from the cameras to allow the NYPD to issue tickets to people found speeding in school zones. 133,000 drivers were found to be speeding in the first two weeks after the cameras went dark on July 25.

Eater says NYC pretzels are garbage compared to Philly’s figure 8 pretzels, and this will be the last link to Eater for the rest of the week. They are in an official time out.

Welcome2TheBronx™ has five West African restaurant suggestions in the Bronx.

Without federal funding, Mayor de Blasio’s BQX trolley pet project is DOA. The federal government has only issued $25 million of the $1.4 trillion in funds allocated for new transportation projects in 2018.

The future of Coney Island’s Abe Stark ice rink is in doubt. The city has already signed off on demolishing the building and considering allowing a private developer to rebuild it, but hasn’t announced a decision yet.

Get mad at Brokelyn, because they probably forgot your favorite record store in their 10 best record stores in Brooklyn.

Airbnb is suing the city saying the new disclosure law aimed at short-term rentals is a violation of Airbnb user privacy, calling it systemic, ongoing, bulk surveillance.

Liberty Island was evacuated after a hundred pound propane tank caught fire. The island was evacuated and one person was injured.

Hank’s Saloon will close on Atlantic Ave, but they will be opening a new location inside a new Downtown Brooklyn food hall. If that doesn’t sound like the Hank’s you know and love, you’d be right. “We can never recreate Hank’s as it is now, nor should we” reads the Facebook post. The new venue will also have live music.

10 minutes of 1970s and 1980s NYC commercials.

Sad to report that the cat who functioned as the mascot of Coney Island’s 60th precinct was hit by a car and killed. RIP Marty.

Today starts the city’s regulation on smoking in apartment buildings. As of today, Local Law 147 mandates a smoking or no smoking policy has to be clearly posted in the building.

The 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway B/C station is set to reopen over Labor Day weekend. The 86th and 72nd Street stations are still closed and being serviced by the MTA’s ghost bus.


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The Briefly for August 27 ,2018 – Get Ready for the Governors Island Mall and Hotel Complex

The city is looking to rezone Governors Island, the Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting a restoration, the zip code with the highest rent is in Manhattan and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Because nothing is safe from development, the city is looking to rezone Governors Island.

Reminder: The 167th St B/D station closes today for renovation

Quickly, name a park in the city that’s named for a poet (not Shakespeare).

Private garbage hauler Sanitation Salvage’s license has been suspended following two deaths due to dangerous working conditions over a six month timeframe.

Two city buses were sprayed with a noxious substance this week. Are we living in a Batman movie?

The New York Times has discovered Coney Island’s Brooklyn Cyclones. No one tell them about the Staten Island Yankees.

Five Brooklyn bars that are as pretty as their happy hour prices, according to Brokelyn.

Eating an oyster from New York’s waterways isn’t a great idea today, but New York was once the oyster capital of the world.

How to legally party in the city’s parks.

Battery Park has the most expensive rent in any zip code in the United States. 26 of the top 50 zip codes are in Manhattan.

Streetsblog takes a look at three different ways the MTA’s finances are screwed.

The New York Times takes to look at the cozy history of Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump.

The Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting an $8.9 million restoration, which will include a cleaning, repairs, and updated lighting.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez introduced a bill that would prohibit ICE and boarder patrol from wearing uniforms that use the word “police” in order to easily distinguish the difference between local police and federal immigration officers.

City Councilman Mark Levine is urging the city Parks Department to terminate its contracts with businesses owned by President Donald Trump.

14 of Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite West African eateries in NYC.

A cop who has been held up as a model example of NYPD diversity was arrested for allegedly forcibly touching two people — including the wife of a police sergeant. Whoops.

Part of Julie Salazar’s platform for state senate is decriminalizing prostitution, repealing the state’s loitering for prostitution law, and repealing the prostitution exception in New York’s rape shield law, and has the support of current and former sex workers while canvassing. Salzar’s opponent, incumbent Martin Malave Dilan, says he is open to discussions about it.

I live completely rent-free in dream destinations by pet-sitting” is the new “A Week In New York City On $25/Hour And $1k Monthly Allowance.”


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