The Briefly for June 12, 2018 – John Travolta Day, NYCHA Misconduct Settlement, Man Bites Man, Free Hot Dogs, and More

Today in The Briefly: The embarrassing NYCHA situation gets a two billion dollar price tag from the federal government, John Travolta returns to Lenny’s in Bensonhurst to celebrate John Travolta Day, another bad situation with a private sanitation company, Central Park’s lakes are going toxic, the Staten Island Yankees will rename themselves the Staten Island Pizza Rats for a few games this summer, and a few more stories.

The New York City Blood Center is at emergency levels, reporting half of its ideal blood supply. Please donate if you can.

Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to double the funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline after the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. He also said that a correlation between gun availability and suicide deserves more research.

The federal government accused the NYCHA of systematic misconduct and indifference by covering up its actions, lying to the government and the public about its failure to comply with lead paint regulations and training its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors. The city will provide an additional billion dollars to the NYCHA over the next four years and $200 million for the next five years. In addition, a federal monitor will oversee the work. The list of violations is disgusting and embarrassing.

It’s John Travolta Day in Bensonhurst, and John Travolta will be at Lenny’s pizzeria on 86th St to re-visit the double-decker slice he made famous in Saturday Night Fever.

Someone had their lip bit off during a fight at the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station. The attacker is still at large and the victim is in Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Anthony Castaldo, 40, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing to take a breath test after he drove his garbage truck into nine cars in Bensonhurst. No one was injured, but it continues a terrible year for private sanitation in the city.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s Friends from College is back and is at Greenwich and Christopher, HBO’s Crashing with Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Bedford Ave and Broadway in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 55th and 7th.

Part art, part free hot dogs.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found toxic algae in Central Park. No need to panic or avoid the park, but don’t go swimming in the lakes.

Any hate on the Staten Island Pizza Rats name will be summarily dismissed.

The man who allegedly stabbed New School professor Jeremy Safran was indicted on murder and burglary charges and faces life in prison if convicted.

The Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park cleared another hurdle towards allowing kids to engage with nature using all five of their senses. Construction off the park isn’t expected to start until 2019, provided it gets through the rest of the necessary red tape.


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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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