The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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The Briefly for August 8, 2018 – The Uber/Lyft Cap, Brooklyn’s Wegmans, The J/M/Z Nightmare, and More

The City Council is voting today to put a cap on the number of Uber/Lyft vehicles, set minimum pay for the drivers, and study the effects of ride-sharing apps. The proposals have the support of taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers.

Everything you need to know about today’s scheduled vote by the City Council to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft. Families of cabbie suicide victims rallied at City Hall to show support for a cap to the number of ride-sharing vehicles allowed in the city. Taxi and Uber drivers both support the measure, which would also set a minimum pay rate for drivers.

80 Flatbush, the planned skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn, was approved by the City Planning Commission and heads to the City Council for a final vote. The local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are both opposed to the project.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is slowly coming together.

A staled train at Bowery completely shut down the morning commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the J/M/Z. It’s difficult to imagine what an additional 225,000 daily L train riders will do to nearby subway stops.

RAMBO is not a neighborhood, no matter what Google Maps says.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Deuce w/James Franco is at W 26th and 10th and 14th and 8th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 5th and Broadway, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison Ave, God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Hamilton Terrace, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahberg is at Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave in Brooklyn, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at E 7th and Cooper Sq, and Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Conselyea and Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.

The NYPD union wants the state to revise parole guidelines to ensure people convicted of killing police are never eligible for parole. Advocates are already criticizing Governor Cuomo’s parole board picks, claiming that it has created a system of hopelessness after 961 deaths, including multiple suicides, have taken place in state prisons since Cuomo took office.

Autistic and nonverbal special-education students in the have been working through a summer-school program without air conditioning in the Bronx.

Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park during Tuesday night’s storm.

The poppy-seed defense won’t save you if you test positive for morphine and codeine.

The dead fetus left in an airplane bathroom at Laguardia Airport was left there by a teenager who suffered a miscarriage during a flight from Charlotte, NC.

“We know this saves lives. Why wouldn’t the Legislature pass this?” -Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., speaking alongside other NYC DAs in an attempt to push the state Senate to reactivate the 140 speed cameras by the first day of school on September 5.


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The Briefly for June 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

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A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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