The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.

The Briefly for July 11, 2018 – Changes to the Brooklyn Bridge, New Yorkers Don’t Get Enough Sleep, and more

It’s free Slurpee day, how to survive and thrive in the city’s pools, don’t eat the Gowanus Canal crabs, did the mayor illegally cross the US/Mexico border, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

It’s free Slurpee day, don’t forget.

PTSD in civilian 9/11 rescue and recovery workers is linked to heart attack and stroke risks, according to an American Heart Association study. This is the first link discovered between PTSD and heart disease.

Generation Q, a new LGBTQ youth center, opened in Forest Hills.

Mayor de Blasio claims his administration will “eradicate this problem once and for all,” which is difficult to believe, because this wasn’t a priority until it came under scrutiny by local media. NYC Transit president Andy Byford finally had a 90-minute meeting with the Mayor on Monday after six months on the job. It was during a NY Times profile of Byford that it had come up that he was unable to get time with the mayor. More media coverage which jolted the mayor into action.

Did the mayor cross the US/Mexico border illegally?

Will Governor Cuomo sign a bill that would prevent him from using MTA funding as a state slush fund? The Governor has diverted half a billion dollars away from the MTA and it’s hard to ignore the current state of the system. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now it’s up to the Governor to do the right thing.

Throggs Neck has a new farmer’s market every Tuesday through November 13th.

Will rezoning Inwood push out small businesses and lead to gentrification?

Angry Bob Holden is finding out being a city councilperson is more nuanced than he imagined. Holden represents the NIMBY neighborhoods of Middle Village, Maspeth, and Glendale. The Village Voice profiled him and his struggles to transition from civic leader to politician.

The DOT submitted design alterations to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Landmarks Preservations Commission, which will revamp the bridge’s towers and fix up the arch blocks on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and badly need repair. No timetable has been announced, but expect this to take many years.

Untapped Cities was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hudson Yards as construction heads towards a finish in 2019.

It’s hard to believe that people will still fish in the Gowanus Canal while it’s being dredged, but this is the world we live in.

Filming around town: The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is still around 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at 33rd St and 36th Ave in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Duane and W. Broadway, and Otherhood is at Grand and Allen.

Disney is selling their buildings on the Upper West Side for a massive amount of money and moving to Four Hudson Square in Greenwich Village with a 99 year lease.

Take a tour of the brand new portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3, courtesy of Curbed.

42 percent of New Yorkers have reported sleep problems and it would be less if those kids next door ever stopped screaming and stomping around!

What happened when Feminist Apparel’s staffed discovered CEO Alan Martofel’s history of sexually abusing women? He fired everyone on his staff who asked for his resignation.

A guide to survive and thrive in the city’s pools.

One fifth of licensed food trucks in the city go un-inspected because they can’t be found, and that’s why the city wants to add GPS devices to trucks to better track their locations. Opponents of the plan worry it would be used by the federal government against immigrant vendors.

If you’re looking for an eternal home, there’s a vault deep within St. Patrick’s’ catacombs that can be yours for only $7 million.


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The Briefly for July 10, 2018 – de Blasio’s Weekend at Bernie’s, the Dog Fashion Show is Dead, Staten Island’s Heroin Epidemic, and More

A hot subway car is history, it’s officially rat season in the city, Staten Island’s heroin epidemic hits hard on July 4th, the air conditioner is a Brooklyn invention, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

de Blasio’s weekend at Bernie’s (Sanders)

Win a bong signed by Abbi and Ilana from Broad City and support Cynthia Nixon at the same time.

There is no L train between Lorimer St and Broadway Junction between 10:30 and 5am until July 27. Plan accordingly.

One of the hottest subway cars was removed from service. #1872 on the 1 train is gone, but what about #1684 on the 6?

Queen’s tallest tower just shrunk by 200 feet.

Chump Schumer? Progressive democrats worry Senator Schumer isn’t doing enough to block Trump’s pick of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. City Councilman and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams was arrested outside Trump Tower while protesting President Trump’s SCOTUS pick.

The city shut down the parking lot in Bushwick where 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez was killed in a hit-and-run in June.

The first air conditioner in the world was invented in Brooklyn in 1902. Just one more reason NYC has always been the coolest.

Summer is the rat season. What neighborhood has the most rat complains in the city? RentHop has the answer.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Franklin and Varick, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, and Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is at 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn.

The iconic Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show in South Slope is canceled due to “too much red tape.” Freddy’s’ manager Donald O’Finn is hoping to have a pet parade down Fifth Avenue instead, but will settle for an informal pup meet up this year.

A three-alarm fire in Sunset Park on Monday afternoon was likely related to the enormous electrical outage in Dyker Heights.

Northwell hospitals will get armed guards as part of a program put in place after a shooting at a hospital in the Bronx last year.

The FDNY deemed the June 14 fire at Red Hook’s historic Bowne Warehouse as suspicious.

Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years claims that he is owed about $160,000 for more than 3,000 hours of overtime.

“The heroin epidemic on Staten Island continues to rage like an out-of-control fire” – District Attorney Michael McMahon. Staten Island saw ten reported heroin overdoses on July 4th alone.

The Uber drive who kicked a lesbian couple out of his car was recommended to not have his license suspended after a hearing revealed that he was not as forceful as was reported by the couple and their kissing was closer to heavy petting.

Featured Photo: Forever Young by Rad paste up by Raddington Falls by Rob Blatt.


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