The Briefly for May 9, 2018 – Restaurant Surge Pricing, New York’s Toxic Politicians, RIP The Chopped Salad Lunch, and More

The Population of Manhattan, Hour-by-Hour
The population of Manhattan, hour by hour. By citrusvanilla in r/dataisbeautiful.

Are you ready for restaurant surge pricing? A series of 200 restaurants in the city want to add a surcharge to your bill instead of raising prices. The list includes some of the most successful, highest grossing, luxury restaurants in the city.

Preet Bharara could become New York’s first podcaster turned Attorney General.

A cider to die for. Malus Immortalis is a hard cider made from apples grown in Green-Wood Cemetery.

A grandmother fought off a kidnapping attempt in Gravesend. Go grandma!

Which is more gross: The Newtown Creek or the Gowanus Canal? Let this guy who’s swam in both give you an answer.

Seven suggestions on where to take a first date in Bushwick from Bushwick Daily.

Who are these lost souls who helm the MTA’s Twitter account? WSJ account required.

Off-duty cop Michael Baror was charged with 11 counts, including second nd third degree assault for a New Year’s Day bout of road rage. Baror was held in lieu of $15,000 bail and faces seven years in prison.

All you can eat ice cream? I want to go to there.

Police have charged Mirzo Atadzhanov of Sheepshead Bay in the Prospect Park South murder of professor Jeremy Safran.

You’re not sick. It’s a POLLEN BOMB!

RIP the chopped salad lunch spot. We hardly knew ye.

The city’s rules about food pushcarts involve more measuring than you would imagine.

What is going on with all the toxic politicians that New York produces?

The usuals are still filming: The Torture Report and Jon Hamm are in Fort Totten in Queens, Law and Order SVU is at Chelsea Piers, Late Night with Mindy Kaling is on 54th and Park, The Punisher is at Cadman Plaza West, and Daredevil is on Lincoln Ave in the Bronx, and Billions with Paul Giamatti is in a few different spots.

Three corrections officers at Rikers Island stand accused of rape and sexual assault of a female inmate.

From the Times‘s How 2 M.T.A. Decisions
Pushed the Subway Into Crisis

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The Briefly for May 8, 2018 – Schneiderman Out, The End of Poke, Online Bail, James Beard Winners, A Disappearing Ferris Wheel, and More

What a difference a day makes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after four women came forward to accuse him of nonconsensual physical violence. Schneiderman had been an advocate for women and a foil or President Trump. Barbara Underwood, New York’s Solicitor General, will become the state’s Attorney General.

Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry were exonerated after nearly three decades of being wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1991.

Whoops! The $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project was left off the Economic Development Corporation’s budget for 2019.

Jeremy Safran from Prospect Park South was killed in a suspected burglary gone wrong. A suspect was found in the basement and arrested, but no charges have been filed yet.

The city is introducing an online bail system which eliminates the need to be present to bail someone out doing business hours and can spread across multiple credit cards (with a current maximum of $2,500).

Filming today: Marvel is still in town with The Punisher in Long Island City and Daredevil in the Bronx. Jon Hamm and The Torture report is at Broadway and Worth, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st and 11th, Mindy Kaling and Late Night is at 54th and Park, Law and Order: SVU is solving cases in Chelsea Piers, Sunlit Night starring Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Gillian Anderson at Grand and Forsyth, and The Deuce, James Franco, and his mustache are at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd.

All the city’s James Beard Award winners in the city, highlighted by Eater.

A second protest hit the New School as faculty and students strike together to get graduate students recognized as workers. Their goal is to completely shut the school down during the strike.

Can the city achieve it’s zero traffic related death goal? Curbed takes a look through the lens of March’s fatal accident in Park Slope. 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuer was the fifth child hit and killed by a car on Northern Boulevard, and city council members and sanitation workers are rallying to revoke the license of Sanitation Salvage after two deaths in six months and fail safety inspections at four times the annual rate.

The Poké hype train is slowing down and will soon join cupcakes, Pokémon Go, cronuts, froyo, and pogs.

Is there anything better than Drag Queen Story Hour in Queens libraries through the month of May? Will Brooklyn follow suit with a Drag King Story Hour?

The superintendent of the Port Authority’s police force for airports and bridges retired after Rush Limbaugh claimed that he got a police escort with lights and sirens from Newark airport to a Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation gala (the former superintendent is the vice president of the foundation). Maybe they’re unrelated stories.

A look at NYC’s “Zombie Home” problem in 6sqft. The city has nearly a quarter million empty apartments and the number of zombie homes increased by 35% since 2014.

A look inside the Fresh Pond Crematory in Queens.

Central Park in the 1980s and now. Gothamist republished a 2015 slide show showing the NYC that the Ninja Turtles warned you about compared to modern times.

Work begins (again) on the Roosevelt Island tram on May 15th and serviced will be reduced to 1 cabin for 30 days.

After 108 counts of animal abuse, this Queens woman is not allowed to own pets for ten years.

Here comes the 7 makeover!

The giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island is in danger of not being built at all.

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The Briefly for May 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

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If you have yet to visit the Wilson Avenue station, you need to. Its nestled in between Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and the New York Connecting Railway and LIRR (which the walkway from fare control to the platforms goes over), although it currently only is used by freight, which goes to Bay Ridge. This is the upper level, Canarsie bound, and to the right is the cemetery. The tracks below, Manhattan bound, appear to be underground but sit at street level. The station is touched by a beautiful mosaic design in many different colors, but that you will have to go see for yourself! #thecityandthesubway #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #nycsubway #nycsubways #newyorkcitysubway #subway #mta #ltrain #brooklyn #bushwick #wherebrooklynat #fuggedaboutit #nyloveyou #nyc4all #nyctagged #nycprimeshot #nyc_explorers #newyork_instagram #newyork_ig #ig_nycity #topnewyorkphoto #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny #cbsnewyork #pix11 #ny1pic

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.


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