The Briefly for July 4th, 2018 – Fireworks, Window ACs Will Not Kill You, DJ Idris Elba, and More

Where to watch fireworks, falling window ACs, Idris Elba is a DJ now, songs of the summer, how to win at carnival games, the original Coney Island hot dog is not Nathan’s, and more in today’s news digest.

Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters
Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks. New Jersey, always the imitator, will have fireworks of its own on the Hudson.

Before the Coney Island Nathan’s hot dog, there was the original Feltman’s hot dogs. Nathan Handwerker started as an employee of Feltman’s before venturing out on his own to peddle hot dogs to the masses.

BrooklynVegan picked the songs of the summer, so brace yourself.

Headed to the boardwalk today? How to win carnival games.

A falling window air conditioner will not kill you, statically speaking.

An NYPD detective was attested for stalking and throwing pee on her ex-girlfriend’s door.

City teachers and Department of Education workers who are mothers, fathers, or non-birth parents will now get six weeks of parental leave with 100% of salary starting September 4.

KāMIN Health Crown Heights Urgent Care is offering free lead testing for kids (by appointment) in light of the over 800 children with lead poisoned due to living in NYC public housing.

A memorial service for a LIRR train headed for the scrapyard.

DJ Idris Elba? Yup, it’s happening on Friday night in Greenpoint.

A tenth man was arrested in the stabbing death of Junior Feliz-Guzman.

The Roosevelt Island Tram renovations are complete, but the trams still don’t have air conditioning.

Here come the dockless bike-sharing programs.


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The Briefly for July 3, 2018 – The Ferry Will Write You A Late Note, Trump-Kim in NYC, Pirate Radio is Alive, and More

Holy shit the next Trump-Kim summit might happen in NYC, You can get a late pass to work from the Staten Island Ferry, the head of the transit authority hasn’t met with the mayor in seven months, LinkNYC stations are playing creepy music, and more

The Immigrants statue in Battery Park
The Immigrants in Battery Park

All the Fourth of July changes to the MTA schedule.

If the Staten Island Ferry is running late, they will write you a late pass for work. No, seriously.

Part Flatbush was declared Little Haiti by a city council resolution.

The next Trump-Kim summit could happen in the city, and holy fucking shit that sounds like a bad idea.

26 places to visit right now, according to Curbed.

The cost of fixing the lead paint problem across the city’s housing projects is estimated at $31.8 billion and the NYCHA is $24.9 billion short.

Photos from the supremely unlikely Rooftop Films/Insane Clown Posse collaboration.

Harvey Weinstein faces new charges and could be headed to jail for life.

Why are LinkNYC stations playing a creepy version of the Mister Softee song?

Filming Around Town: The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 22nd St and 41 Ave in Long Island City, Aviva is at 72nd and 5th and Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Hoyt Ave and 23rd in Astoria.

“I thought he was cheating on me so I lit his clothes on fire.”

There are over one million bodies buried on Hart Island, including scores of unclaimed victims of AIDS from the 80s and 90s.

Don’t leave your dog inside your hot car! It’s 2018, why are we still having this conversation?

The taxi commission is considering a new rule that would guarantee an Uber/Lyft driver a minimum wage of $17.22 after expenses, which would increase drivers’ earnings by 22.5%, of $6,345 per year.

Madonna had to be told to stop harassing her neighbors on the Upper West Side.

Lyft bought Citi Bike’s parent company, which will remain Citi Bike branded. This is a tit-for-tat move against Uber, who bought the bike-sharing company Jump.

Jump into the fountains! It’s totally legal to take a dip in the city’s fountains.

Pirate radio is alive and well in Brooklyn, just don’t be a cop about it.

Someone in a Trump/Pence shirt with Alex Jones stickers punched a stranger on the 4 train and screamed homophobic slurs, reinforcing everyone’s assumptions about anyone who might be wearing a Trump.Pence shirt.

Andy Byford is the president of the New York City Transit Authority and hasn’t met with the mayor yet. He’s been on the job since November.

Officers Roberto Anton and Lisa Lovell of the 73rd Precinct are under investigation for not getting out of their patrol car while responding to a shooting in Bushwick on Saturday.


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The Briefly for July 2, 2018 – 820 Children Poisoned with Lead, Astoria Subways Closing, High Line Honey Controversy, and More

Two Astoria subway stations close for renovations, and there is too much poop in the water, too much lead paint on the walls, and too many postal parking placards being abused in Park Slope.

A wall recently painted white with a pair of sneakers hanging ifrom a power line above it
Ready in Bushwick

The Broadway and 39th Avenue Q/N stations in Astoria are closed for renovations beginning today.

Expect lots of police around the city during the fireworks this Fourth of July. Lots.

Flushing Bay no longer smells like a toilet because 89,000 cubic yards of decaying organic material (that’s poop, they’re talking about poop) was dredged from the bay as part of a $200 million cleanup project. The wetlands restoration project will be complete by the end of July.

Three Brooklyn beaches were closed for 101 days last summer because there was too much fecal bacteria (poop, again, it’s poop). The poop beaches in question are Kiddie, Manhattan, and Kingsborough Community College beaches. Check the city’s know before you go program to see if your beach is to poopy. 27 billion gallons of raw sewage are dumped into the New York Harbor every year.

The quaintest dead end streets of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, from Untapped Cities.

WNYC and Gothamist’s coverage and investigation into Gramercy Park has reached the mayor, who said the city should reassess the private park’s tax-free status.

Start talking to your neighbors and stop calling 311, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods. BuzzFeed dove into 311 complains to discover the friction between new residents and the neighborhood.

Two days after NYC Parks Commissioner declared Central Park “will be entirely and permanently car-free,” a cyclist collided with a garbage truck. Turns out “car-free” doesn’t apply to city vehicles.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at Remsen and Clinton in Brooklyn, The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 7th and 2nd, and Aviva is at 72nd and 5th.

City councilperson Brad Lander was one of the people arrested protesting outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office.

The John J. Harvey for a World War I era makeover from artist Tauba Auerbach and is a sight to behold.

A look inside Overthrow Boxing, part boxing gym and part throwback to the Bleecker Street of old.

State Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson appears to to be living in New Jersey and stretching the definition of what it means to “reside in New York” to keep her job on the court.

820 kids in NYCHA apartments have been poisoned by lead paint. The NYCHA has been avoiding lead-paint regulations for years and the cost of avoiding those regulation is poisoning children.

TD Bank created High Line Honey to show how important bees are to a sustainable food supply, but their choice of Andrew Cotes as beekeeper is proving to be controversial.

On the same block where two children were killed in a car accident in Park Slope is the Van Brunt Post Office, notable for the volume of double parking that regularly occurs. Employees of the post office have been caught abusing parking placards by the Brooklyn Paper. Their placards are being revoked and postal placards will no longer be issued.