The Briefly for October 19, 2018 – The “Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade is Back!” Edition

The Met and Brooklyn Museum stop accepting Saudi money, Apple makes an announcement in Brooklyn, a measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Central Park but not Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway changes are…complicated.

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has risen from the dead like a Central Park zombie raccoon! The parade will be hosted by ESPN’s Katie Nolan and held on October 28. (amNY)

What’s your opinion of Marc Molinaro? If you’re a voter, there’s a 48% chance you don’t have one. (Politico)

What would Central Park look like if the proposal by John J. Rink won the design contest? Pretty trippy according to these new renderings of his design. (Viewing NYC)

The Clark Street subway station is a “imminent public safety threat” according to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The three 23-year-old elevators that service the platform are the only way to get up the ten flights to the street. (Gothamist)

If you insist on bringing your tree on the subway, please do so during non-rush hours.

A good reminder about the laws about heat now that it’s cold. From October 1 to May 31 from 6 am to 10 pm, if it’s below 55° F outside, your landlord must keep the building at least 68° F inside. At night, from 10 pm to 6 am, the building must be at least 62° F inside. If you want to file a complaint against your building, you can call 311 or file a complaint online. (Bklyner)

MoviePass is under investigation from the New York Attorney General’s office that it misled investors. This won’t get your unlimited movie tickets back, but it might make you feel better to see them lose a court case. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Will the 2018 “blue wave” overtake Staten Island’s NYC GOP alcove or will it hit a red wall? Republican Dan Donovan hopes to hold back Democrat Max Rose and remain NYC’s sole GOP congressperson. (Gothamist)

Breathe a sigh of release, peak bedbug season is behind us. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio’s Chief Democracy Officer Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune remains in hot water with the Board of Elections over a confusing elections mailer to 400,000 city voters that cost $200,000. Whoops. (NY Post)

There’s a measles outbreak in Williamsburg’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community due to unvaccinated children. An investigation into the outbreak and an attempt to contain it has had a direct cost of almost $400,000. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Mayor denies that he lied about his public comments that underplayed the number of children exposed to lead. The mayor’s current excuse is that “the federal stand’s changed over time,” which is a lot like his story about this issue. (NY Post)

Known jerk and leader of the SPLC designated hate group Gavin McInnes is delinquent on his taxes in New York.

The NYCHA will hire two private companies to help the 41 NYCHA housing complexes maintain heat this winter. Last year more than 80% of apartments (323,000 people) went without heat for an average of 48 hours at a time. This week 4,000 NYCHA tenants are enduring a heat and hot-water outage. (Politico)

A security guard was caught hiding his phone in an NYPD women’s bathroom in Brooklyn. Pedro Rodriguez Sanchez was arrested for unlawful surveillance in the second degree. (NY Post)

Marty Markowitz once dreamed of having an Apple Store in Brooklyn, and that dream was realized in 2016. Two years later Apple is set to announce something new at BAM (probably a new iPad and maybe new computers) on October 30. (Daring Fireball)

The Met and the Brooklyn Museum will no longer use Saudi money for programs on Middle Eastern art that had been supported by groups tied tot he Saudi government. (NY Times)

A Trump “Pee on Me” statue has found its way to Manhattan.


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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 September 26, 2018 – Please Don’t Say Bed Bugs Have Infested the MTA

Are city buses infested with bed bugs? Placing values on individual trees in Prospect Park, the Museum of Pizza, another mini-L train shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“How can the MTA get worse” you may ask? How about several buses were removed from service because of a possible BED BUG INFESTATION on a scale that is “unheard of.” Why is the MTA sanding down wooden subway benches? Is it bed bugs? Oh god, it’s bed bugs, isn’t it?

You have until October 12 to register for the November 6 general election.

Is there a more New York thing than putting a dollar value on the eco-friendliness of trees? The trees in Prospect Park provide the city with an estimated $1.5 million in eco benefits to the city, with the most valuable tree hitting $454 of value on an annual basis.

The decaying Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills will become 350 mixed-income apartments.

Can you resist the Insta-siren song of the pop-up Museum of Pizza in Williamsburg? However you get there, it won’t be on the L train during October weekends. The big shutdown is six months away, but October’s weekends are giving another preview.

Okay, you’ve decided to move because of the L train shutdown. Where are you going to go? Curbed breaks it down.

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Committee meeting is on Thursday night, but leadership is already playing deceptive games.

If you’re someone who rants and raves about soup dumplings, here’s a list of 13 exemplary soup dumplings from Eater.

The raccoon accused of attacking humans on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd has been released without bail and cleared of all charges.

Load up on carbs, bring your friends, it’s fun to share and let’s recommend…20 pasta destinations in the city from Eater.

DragCon is this weekend, and amNY has your guide on how to spend a day according to Trixie Mattel.

Take a look at the designs of the second phase of the Hudson Yards’ parkland, scheduled to break ground in 2020 and finish in 2023.

New York City has never sued under the 2004 law requiring landlords to test for lead paint. The purpose of the law was to end childhood lead poisoning by 2010. Over 62,000 children have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in their blood since 2010.

The MTA doesn’t have finding for Andy Byford’s mythical “Fast Forward” plan, but they’re hoping that proving they’re responsible enough to keep stations clean will show they can be trusted with the cash.

Which neighborhood has the highest percentage of sub-A grade restaurants?

Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland is claiming that he has an undiagnosed mental illness and that’s why he defrauded people of over $26 million multiple times.


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