The Briefly for July 6, 2018 – The Most Insane Fireworks, Stay Off the Grass, $10 Million for the South Bronx, and More

Looking back at the most insane fireworks in the city, the Statue of Liberty climber speaks out, the Bronx is getting a makeover, the city is ready to re-draw the bus map, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Cobblestone streets and a manhole cover
Cobblestone

This is the most insane fireworks use of fireworks this year, but I’m not sure if anything will ever top 4th of July in Gravesend, Brooklyn from 1994.

In a democracy, we do not put children in cages, period.” -Patricia Okumou, the Statue of Liberty climbing protester.

Do city goers deserve access to grass in our public parks? That’s the fight happening downtown in DeLury Square.

Mapping the South Bronx’s transformative developments. Related: “Downtown” Bronx is getting a $10 million makeover through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

It’s a simple plan. Bail out detained parents at the borders and reunite them with their children in New York City. That’s the goal of Immigrant Families Together, the group behind reuniting Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia with her children. The group arranged to have her driven by nine volunteers from Arizona to Queens to see her children again.

Filming Around Town (and likely soaking wet): Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Varick and Leonard and CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Dockless bike sharing is coming to the Rockaway, Central Bronx/Fordham, the month shore of Staten Island, and Coney Island.

Brooklyn has added over 175k jobs since 2009 and household income has grown 31% since 2010, but who is the boom being left behind?

The Atlantic’s How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism” is a must-read when pondering the city’s inevitable ban of plastic straws.

Climate Change Ain’t Nothing To Mess With” is Cody Prez’s tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and climate change in Staten Island and will be up until the summer of 2019.

The city’s bus system will be starting from scratch and overhauling the entire route network by 2021. Get ready for a lot of angry people complaining about changing bus routes.

The NY Post photo shoot with a Kim Jong-un lookalike around the city was… weird.


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The Briefly for July 5, 2018 – The NYC Food Cart Black Market, the Statue of Liberty Protester ID’d, Is de Blasio a Liar, and More

NY state fights back agains the SCOTUS union decision, new information about an explosion from 2016, Lou Gehrig’s retirement speech, a record setting Christmas tree, and more in today’s news digest.

George Wesley Bellows, Excavation at Night, 1908
George Wesley Bellows’s Excavation at Night from 1908 depicts the original Penn Station dig.

This must be some kind of record for Christmas trees.

Opening a fire hydrant to cool off is a tradition that goes back over a century. Reminder: you can request a spray cap from the city.

The story behind Lou Gehrig’s famous July 4th retirement speech.

Food cart permits are selling for as much as $25,000 on the black market because the city capped the number of permits at 5,100. Mayor de Blasio it trying to revive a plan to add 3,000 more food cart permits over the next ten years.

Hot dogs were eaten, records were set.

Filming Around Town: Amazon’s The Tick is back at 37th St and 34th Ave in Astoria, Netflix and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is in Brooklyn Heights near the promenade, The Deuce is at Pleasant Ave 118th St, CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at W 58th and 8th.

The NYPD released new information about an unsolved 2016 explosion in Central Park, hoping for some new leads.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republican of Congo free-climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest of many of President Trump’s actions. Rise and Resist had a scheduled protest on Liberty Island but claims Therese wasn’t part of their group.

Is de Blasio a liar? City Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks the city has to come clean about the NYCHA lead paint scandal.

10 can’t miss summer art shows from The New York Times.

State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has “workaround” legislation to counter the SCOTUS union decision. His legislation would allow unions to include collective-bargaining costs in their contracts with government agencies to replace the mandatory fees that SCOTUS banned.

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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