The Briefly for June 12, 2018 – John Travolta Day, NYCHA Misconduct Settlement, Man Bites Man, Free Hot Dogs, and More

Today in The Briefly: The embarrassing NYCHA situation gets a two billion dollar price tag from the federal government, John Travolta returns to Lenny’s in Bensonhurst to celebrate John Travolta Day, another bad situation with a private sanitation company, Central Park’s lakes are going toxic, the Staten Island Yankees will rename themselves the Staten Island Pizza Rats for a few games this summer, and a few more stories.

The New York City Blood Center is at emergency levels, reporting half of its ideal blood supply. Please donate if you can.

Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to double the funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline after the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. He also said that a correlation between gun availability and suicide deserves more research.

The federal government accused the NYCHA of systematic misconduct and indifference by covering up its actions, lying to the government and the public about its failure to comply with lead paint regulations and training its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors. The city will provide an additional billion dollars to the NYCHA over the next four years and $200 million for the next five years. In addition, a federal monitor will oversee the work. The list of violations is disgusting and embarrassing.

It’s John Travolta Day in Bensonhurst, and John Travolta will be at Lenny’s pizzeria on 86th St to re-visit the double-decker slice he made famous in Saturday Night Fever.

Someone had their lip bit off during a fight at the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station. The attacker is still at large and the victim is in Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Anthony Castaldo, 40, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing to take a breath test after he drove his garbage truck into nine cars in Bensonhurst. No one was injured, but it continues a terrible year for private sanitation in the city.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s Friends from College is back and is at Greenwich and Christopher, HBO’s Crashing with Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Bedford Ave and Broadway in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 55th and 7th.

Part art, part free hot dogs.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found toxic algae in Central Park. No need to panic or avoid the park, but don’t go swimming in the lakes.

Any hate on the Staten Island Pizza Rats name will be summarily dismissed.

The man who allegedly stabbed New School professor Jeremy Safran was indicted on murder and burglary charges and faces life in prison if convicted.

The Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park cleared another hurdle towards allowing kids to engage with nature using all five of their senses. Construction off the park isn’t expected to start until 2019, provided it gets through the rest of the necessary red tape.


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The Briefly for June 11, 2018 – No SHSAT Decision This Year, ICE Detainee Given Stay, The Most Confusing Traffic Light In The City, and more

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the state is punting on a SHSAT decision until next year. Maybe if they wait long enough, it’ll all just go away.

Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza deliveryman detained at the Fort Hamilton military base, was given a stay of removal until July 20. Governor Cuomo issued a letter of support over the weekend. He will remain detained in New Jersey, he can still work on obtaining residency.

This could very well be the most confusing traffic light the city has to offer.

The toll for the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge is being reduced 32% if you live in Brooklyn and cross the bridge more than three times a month. There’s a joke about going to Staten Island that often, but sometimes it’s about the jokes that you don’t make.

Filming Around Town: After the Wedding starring Michelle Williams is at Ludlow and Houston, Still Life is at 69th Park, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is at Forsyth and Rivington, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at W 3rd and 6th, The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy is at Reade and Broadway, and The Deuce with James Franco’s face tickler is at Malcolm X Blvd and W 122nd.

Ephemeral New York dives into the significance behind the bronze relief sculptures at 195 Broadway. The building was completed in 1922 and became the new headquarters for AT&T. There are four 24-foot sculptures from the man who designed 30 Rock’s Prometheus.

The NYPD’s James Frascatore wrongfully tackled and detained returned tennis star James Blake. Two and a half years later, Frascatore was found guilty in an internal investigation of using excessive force and his punishment was a loss of five days of paid vacation. Blake is, as you might expect, not happy about the outcome.

Tompins Square Park has a new resident. Photographer Laura Goggin spotted a baby red-tailed hawk and has some great photos of it. Laura’s blog is worth looking at for the 10+ years of NYC photography she’s posted. Her blog has been added to The Briefly’s sources, so you’ll be seeing more of her work linked here in the future.

The Briefly for June 8, 2018 – Fair Fares, Avocado Squirrel, Clothing Recycling, AG Preet?, Pride Subway Ads, and More

The city is closer to subsidizing Fair Fares, half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. It’s not the $216 million requested, but there’s a tentative agreement for $106 million for the rest of the year. It’s being reported that a handshake is expected on Monday.

If your building has more than 10 units in it, you qualify for a refashionNYC bin. The items you dispose of with the bin will be taken to Housing Works to recycle them. The average household in NYC threw out 125.2 pounds of textiles in 2017.

Brooklynites have been calling for the closure of the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained and handed over to ICE since 1906.Hey Ridge goes into the history of people calling for the base’s closure and alternatives proposed to be put in its place. Pablo will likely be deported.

The cardboard box was invented in NYC.

Preet Bharara is one step closer to running for New York Attorney General.

The Pride subway ads celebrating have returned, reminding New Yorkers that it’s 2018, tip your drag queen, and love is love is love.

Filming Around Town: Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber is at Reade and W Broadway, After the Wedding with Michelle Williams is at Bowery and 3rd, The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 28th and 3rd, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 10th St and 36th Ave in Long Island City and at Ditmars and 19th St, and John Wick 3 is at 42nd and Lexington.

The Times goes inside the dollar van wars.

Adam Harvey, owner of Bar Salumi in Gowanus, poisoned his neighbor’s 60-year-old tree when it was obstructing his solar panel’s sunshine. Harvey has a history of being a dick to his neighbors.

Get your mouth hole ready for the NYC Nutella Cafe, opening at University Place and 13th by the end of the year.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch is advertising two days for gender-segregated beach days on a Kingsborough Community College owned beach. The beach is normally closed when classes are not in session and Deutsch is sponsoring the two days for $400 each. The day for men is June 29 and for women it’s July 27. Who knew you could rent a beach in the city for $400?

FaceGym, the world’s first gym for your face, is located on the new second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The city will fund shelter beds for homeless young people 21 to 24 years old in facilities that are LGBTQ-affirming and supportive as part of the NYC Unity Project.

A body was found in the Gowanus Canal on April 3, and the city declared it a homicide.

The best tater tots in the city, ranked by Gothamist.

Say goodbye to artificially black food. The city has banned activated charcoal in food and drink. Turns out it could make to birth control or other medications less effective.

Pizza rat is dead. Long live avocado squirrel!


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