The Briefly for September 4, 2018 – The Weirdest Moment in the Gubernatorial Debate, Explained

Sarah Jessica Parker was invoked by Governor Cuomo, a baby Mandrill is born, the Times Square bees have a new home, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Photos from J’Ouvert in Crown Heights.

Save the date! The first public hearing on the rezoning of portions of Governors Island is September 26. Due to a 2003 deal with the federal government, no condos, co-ops, or casinos can be built on the island.

An explanation of the weirdest moment of the gubernatorial debate between Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo that involved Sarah Jessica Parker and a teahouse in the West Village.

Say hello to the Bronx Zoo’s newest baby Mandrill!

The debate between Lt. Governor Democratic Primary opponents Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams is available on MNN’s YouTube channel.

Jem R. Ibrahimov was arrested for allegedly drawing swastikas on a fire house and several ambulances.

The OY/YO sculpture that called Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Williamsburg waterfront home is headed to the Brooklyn Museum from September 19 to June 30 of next year.

“In the afternoon, walking on Fifth Avenue, we were on the edge of a beautiful wind storm, the air full of dust and a sort of panicky terror in all the living things in sight.”

The complete failure of the city’s green cab program provided the exact opportunity Uber needed to thrive.

Franklin Ave gets a permanent Aretha tribute. The MTA Arts & Design and LeRoy McCarthy of Heterodoxx INC (the first person to spray paint the tribute at the same station) worked together for the tribute.

The week ahead in politics, from the Gotham Gazette. The speed camera bill, fist day of school, the first listening session about marijuana legalization, and everything ahead.

The Times Square hot dog bees have a new (and undisclosed) home, according to @NYPDBees.

Scenes from the West Indian Day Parade.

Chuck Schumer endorsed Andrew Cuomo for the upcoming Gubernatorial Democratic primary against Cynthia Nixon.

The Billion Oyster Project is looking to restore, yes, one billion oysters in New York City’s waters by 2035. Oysters can help clean the water, encourage greater biodiversity, and protect against storm damage.

Jasmine Robinson vs. incumbent Diane Savino answer questions from Streetsblog ahead of their 23rd Senate district Democratic primary.

Stop attacking the slot machines at Resorts World Casino in Queens.


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The Briefly for August 31, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, J’Ouvert, Electric Scooters, and More

The weekend’s subway changes (the L train is running), the Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project is a long way from starting, “Jewtropolis” in maps, moving Central Park’s horse carriages away from cars, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Everything you need to know about subway changes this weekend and Monday.

The official information on J’Ouvert on Monday. Get a preview of someone of the elaborate preparations.

Gothamist looked at all the New York State Senate campaign websites so you don’t have to.

Meet the rebellious women of NYC in the 1800s.

For a few hours in Uber, the Weather Channel, Snapchat, and others, New York City’s name was changed to Jewtropolis. Whoops.

Dockless electric scooters from Bird have made their debut in the city with the first program taking place in Bed Stuy.

The Mayor’s lack of response to the hit and run that a killed four-year-old in Bushwick compared to everything that he has publicly done in response to the crash the killed a one and four-year-old in Park Slope tells the tale of two Brooklyns.

Some questions for the Governor after his debate against Cynthia Nixon.

The Department of Transportation proposed moving horse carriage pickups in Central Park to five spots within the park to decrease the amount of time they spend alongside cars.

The history of Brooklyn’s Caribbean carnival.

An evening in Washington Heights is documented with a photo essay by The Village Voice.

The plan for the BQX streetcar has been revised. The new plan would connect Astoria on one end to Red Hook and Gowanus on the other end has gotten smaller in scope (stops in Sunset Park were completely removed), will be more expensive ($1.3 billion more) and take longer (won’t be completed until 2029) than the original proposal in 2016.

Today’s NYC Ferry won’t make the trip, but one September day in 1910 and again in August 1911, Rose Pitonof swam the 17 miles from E 23rd St down to Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island.


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The Briefly for August 30, 2018 – Nixon vs Cuomo Debate, FAO Schwarz Returns, Don’t Grab For A Cop’s Gun, and More

“If you stop lying, I will stop interrupting” pretty much sums up the Nixon/Cuomo debate, but there is plenty of analysis of the hour long event, plus FAO Schwarz is coming back, Queens got a library on a bike, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

“If you stop lying, I will stop interrupting” The Nixon/Cuomo debate was a thing last night. The New York Times fact checked the debate. amNY has a list of the debate’s most notable moments. Watch the Cuomo/Nixon debate on CBS New York’s YouTube channel if you want. The Village Voice watched the debate, so you don’t have to.

No matter how much you think about it, don’t try to grab a cop’s gun. 21-year-old Freddie Adams learned that lesson the hard way in Staten Island. He bit a second officer.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and provides a guide to a relaxing ferry ride from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Greenpoint. It’s cheaper than a Xanax. Curbed argues that while the ferry is pleasant, it won’t cure the city’s transit woes.

FAO Schwarz closed it’s doors over three years ago, but will reopen a 20,000 square foot toy store in Rockefeller Center this November.

Public toilets made their debut in NYC a decade ago, and 15 of them are still sitting in a warehouse in Queens.

The Queens Library unveiled its first bookcycle bike. The bike will bring library resources to areas that may not otherwise have library access and act as an extension of the Court Square Community Library. It will offer library cards, the ability to reserve library materials, borrow books and eventually it’ll also have wifi!

Labor Day originated in NYC with a parade on September 5 in 1882. It was organized by members of the Central Labor Union to promote an eight-hour work day, fair wages, and an end to child labor. It started at City Hall and ended with a party in Union Square.

Prosecutors dropped charges against the woman who started the brawl in an East Flatbush nail salon, but the investigation is ongoing.

NYCHA employees were reassigned after being outed for drinking and sexual conduct, some of which occurred in groups. “In other words, orgies.” as the Observer notes.

This week ends the annual tradition that no one notices until it’s almost over: New York is empty in August.

Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman gave an interview to the Hollywood Reporter over Louis CK using his stage without his knowledge to perform on Sunday night.

The Clear Curbs pilot on Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope/Prospect Heights will end early at the request of The Flatbush Ave BID. This is the second Clear Curbs pilot that will be ending early.

The City Council passed the bill that will allow traffic cameras to enforce the speed limit in school zones, as expected. There is speculation if the bill will hold dup against a legal challenge, but for now the cameras will be back on.

According to a new lawsuit, the city is failing special needs students due to “cumbersome and counterintuitive bureaucracy.”

The identity of the person whose body was found in plastic bags in a Bronx park was 25-year-old Lisa Marie Velasquez of Melrose, Queens. Her story is heartbreaking. Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder. https://nypost.com/2018/08/30/two-arrested-as-dismembered-victims-tragic-past-is-revealed/

The New York Times has discovered geocaching.


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