The Briefly for May 14, 2018 – Bootlegger Busted, Don’t Feed Rats, Ferry Subsidies, AriZona Tattoos, and More

A prominent Staten Island Doctor was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of taking more than $80k in bribes from a blood lab in New Jersey. Literal blood money!

A Queens principal earning $157,000 salary was reassigned after multiple sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits cost the city over $600,000 to settle. Must be nice to have that kind of job security.

Following last week’s arrest of the Shomrim Safety Patrol president on rape charges, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle outlines a troubling history of the Shomrim. BKLYNER has more about why the Shomrim president’s arrest is important.

A former CB6 manager got a pay raise of $38,345 by forging the signature of his boss. He would’ve have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those pesky cops.

Sheldon Silver? Still guilty of fraud, money laundering, and extortion!

Congrats to the owner of Red Hook Winery for being the first bootlegger bust in the city since 1960.

The city, unable to let a single fad pass it by, announced a blockchain resource center and a contest for best way to use it in the public sector. “It’s, uh, like bitcoin but for reporting jaywalking and, hmmm, ordering pizza.

A woman was killed in an execution-style murder in a Brooklyn public housing development bear the Broadway Triangle in Brooklyn last week and over the weekend the man who lived next door to her was found shot dead.

Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte makes the case for Little Haiti in Brooklyn.

New Jersey won a SCOTUS case that will allow legalized betting on sports in casinos and racetracks. Assembly member Joe Lentol wants sports betting in New York.

A new law will require all buildings with three or more apartments to develop a smoking policy. Get ready for in-home smoking bans.

Get ready for midtown-style pedestrian areas in the financial district.

Free AriZona iced tea tattoos at the AriZona iced tea pop up shop this week. Reminder: tattoo removal costs more than 99 cents.

City hall is fighting NYC’s growing rat population with… an information campaign telling you not to feed the rats.


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Summer Friday Edition of the Briefly for May 11, 2018 – Pickle Ice Cream, Shomrim President Accused of Rape, Touch the Arch, and More

Are the subways fucked this weekend? Yes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a living statue or just a person walking by, do not touch the Washington Square arch. (You should touch it.)

Don’t put your rent-stabilized apartment on Airbnb, unless you want to get evicted and pay a massive fine.

An accident involving an SUV and a cyclist in Bay Ridge sent the cyclist to the hospital in critical condition could be the catalyst politicians use to make Ridge Blvd between 72nd and 74th safer. 9 pedestrians and 4 cyclists were injured in accidents in that area since 2010.

Since 2014, speed cameras have reduced speeding by 63 percent at locations where they’ve been installed, according to DOT. The Every School Speed Camera Act bill looks to renew and expand the program.

Pickle ice cream. 2018, what a time to be alive.

Speaking of ice cream, a man in Queens is suing Halo Top because he says they tricked him into eating ice cream that was healthy.

Filming in the city: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at DeKalb and Bond in Brooklyn, The Torture Report with Jon Ham is still in Fort Totten in Queens, Netflix’s new Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill is filming at Humbolt and Moore St in Brooklyn, Late Night with Mindy Kaling is at 54th and Park, The Kitchen is at 3rd and 116th, Daredevil is along Park Ave, The Deuce is at Amsterdam and W 159th, and TV Land’s Younger is at 40th and 5th.

Brooklyn Heights is not amused with all the shows filming in their neighborhood.

The inevitable link between Schneiderman and Trump.

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20 NYC Bars with Legitimately Good Food from Eater. The hot dogs at Rudy’s Bar & Grill are not on the list.

Is that a chair? The Times Square Design Lab debuted five pieces of street furniture that bring all the confusion of modern art to your butt.

Cynthia Nixon’s “marijuana sales licenses as a form of reparation for slavery” comments caught up with her in Bay Ridge.

The Shomrim’s Brooklyn South Safety Patrol’s president was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl. Jacob Daskal stands accused of rape, criminal sex act, forcible touching, child endangerment, and sexual abuse. More from the Times on the Brooklyn South Safety Patrol Shomrim.


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The Briefly for May 10 , 2018 – Cuomo Doesn’t Debate, A Salad in Staten Island, Blissville is Mad, Keep Your Doggos Safe, and More

Governor Cuomo revealed himself to be a coward and did not debate Cynthia Nixon. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was there in his place. Nixon’s new campaign slogan is something to behold and calls back to a cringe-worthy slogan of the past.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman doctor, will be honored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with a plaque commemorating the building on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby where she started her first clinic.

CB6 voted unanimously against Woodland on Flatbush Ave in Park Slope’s liquor license renewal application. It’s worth noting that these votes are advisory for the state liquor authority. Their license was renewed by the state. Who wants a $20 bottomless mimosa?

Movers at Two Men and a Truck are voting this week to join the Teamsters Union this week. They rallied ahead of the vote calling out what they call poverty wages, racially coded language, and unfair promotions.

If the Parks Department is willing to lie about the health of trees it wants to remove in Ft Greene Park for the sake of renovations, what else are they willing to lie about? The misinformation is at the heart of a lawsuit stalling construction until more information is made public.

No happy endings for these three massage parlor employees arrested in Bayside last month for alleged prostitution.

Something about this photo essay of the Dual Specialty Store, which has been in the East Village for over 30 years, and owner Abdul Patwary is touching in a very New York City way.

Filming around the city: The usual cast of characters. Mrs Maisel, Punisher, Daredevil, Torture Report, James Franco’s mustache’s latest project, along with newcomer Younger with Sutton Foster.

A salad bar grows in Staten Island.

The famed Red Hook ball fields are isolated from most of the city and have been empty for years. Unsafe levels of lead in the soils closed them in 2015, and construction bidding delays will make sure they remain partially empty until at least 2021.

Update! The NYPD believe they’ve caught the man who attempted to kidnap a 3 year old and was stopped by a grandma.

More subway station closures are imminent: This time it’s 28th St on the 6 and 23rd on the F/M. Both stations will close in July until December.

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull’s Pride Health Center in Williamsburg/Bushwick (depending who you ask) was awarded a 2018 Gay City News Impact Award.

Please keep your doggos safe! A very good pup ate a sandwich in Fort Tryon Park in Fort George that was full of nails. Murphy is doing well after emergency surgery and she may go home this week. Feel better Murphy!

Three years after 10,000 migrant workers working on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus hadn’t been paid what they were owed, thousands of workers are still owed millions of dollars. The school is challenging the “Forced Labor at NYU Abu Dhabi” report.

Blissville, a sub-neighborhood of Long Island City, formed a civic association to protest the third homeless hotel shelter in their neighborhood arguing that their small population of 475 is shouldering more than their share of the burden with a shelter population of over 500. The city promises the end the use of hotels as shelters, but not until 2021.

The near 1,000 foot tall 80 Flatbush Ave hit another snag with a 32-1 CB2 vote against their proposal.

A waitress at a Brooklyn diner stole almost half a million dollars from a widow in her 80s over the course of four years and was sentenced to three to nine years of prison and has to pay back all the money she stole.

The lineup for the 16th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has been released.

Update! Remember yesterday’s “no chopping” rule at Just Salad? Salad eaters are very mad.


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