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 20, 2018 – Racially Biased Teaching Exam May Cost City $1.7 Billion

The head of the BQX project is quitting, the city’s ferries are going higher capacity for the L train shutdown, a cop accidentally tased another cop in the crotch, and more from your daily NYC news digest.

The city may have to pony up $1.7 billion over a racially biased Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching exam issued between 1993 and 2004.

Mayor de Blasio’s BQX czar Adam Giambrone quit on Monday and his last day on the job will be October 5. The future of the project relies on federal funding, so you may as well kiss it goodbye.

Go inside the abandoned Ellis Island hospital with these photos from an Untapped Cities tour.

The Kings Plaza arsonist says he set fire to the cars in the parking garage because people used them for sex.

Is this man removing a fake “no parking” sign he illegally placed or he illegally removing a “no parking”sign so he doesn’t get caught?

A guide to the restaurants in the Hudson Yards, from Eater.

Reduced fare subway riders now have the option for non-gendered MetroCards.

The West Village’s Cafe Loup was seized by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Electric Citi Bikes are hard to find, and someone’s built a map to track one down.

A public school teacher, Jonathan Deutsch, was arrested for soliciting naked photos of children as young as ten on Facebook.

A man jumped in front of a train and was killed at the Wall St 2/3 station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Brooklyn cop got his eggs scrambled when a fellow officer accidentally hit with a Taser in his groin. Wow.

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade needs your help and donations to avoid going to that farm upstate.

Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, but his plan to add jails on four boroughs is being met with local resistance. Brooklynites are unhappy about the proposed 40-story jail in downtown Brooklyn.

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group in an attempt to dismantle the bail system, which they say discriminates against minorities and the poor. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…for the L train shutdown. Boat capacities are being raised from 149 to 240 riders.

RIP Times Square’s NFL Experience.

The Chinatown Häagen-Dazs is being forced out after 41 years when their $10,000/month rent doubles in December.


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The Briefly for September 19, 2018 – Flood Rat is the New Pizza Rat

Flood rat, over 100 city school bus drivers had no background checks, protests over ritualistic killing of chickens in the streets, and more

Forget Pizza Rat, Flood Rat is our new mayor.

The ritualistic slaughter of chickens in Crown Heights by the Orthodox Jewish community was met with protest from people believe that swinging a live chicken over your head and then beheading it is cruel. Roughly 50,000 chickens are killed in ad-hoc slaughter houses throughout Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Borough Park and in the past those animals have ended up in the garbage.

The city’s ubiquitous temporary construction fences are going to get a makeover. The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a pilot program calling for artwork to live on temporary fencing. You can apply through October 12.

$4.1 million is being set aside by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to provide legal assistance for unaccompanied and separated migrant children who are still in New York.

The new Museum of Street Art pays tribute to 5 Pointz, and it’s in the stairwells at the citizenM hotel. The curator is the former 5 Pointz spokeswoman Marie Flageul.

We’re all aware the subway doesn’t know how to handle heavy rain, but these videos compiled by the NY Post shows just how screwed the subways were during the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

19 stand-out restaurants and bars in Red Hook, from Eater.

Are Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo ready to hug it out? The mayor spoke at a Democrat rally on Tuesday and while he didn’t verbally endorse Cuomo for Governor, his spokesman says his speech was an endorsement.

The city gave out 21 million condoms in the year ending June 30, down from 35 million the previous year. The de Blasio administration is blaming the difference on a decrease of federal funding towards traditional safe sex products.

The impact of Schneps Communications purchasing CNG (the local news publication consolidation reported on last week) is less reporters covering certain neighborhoods in the city.

Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The DOE is investigated allegations that more than 100 people were approved to work as city school-bus drivers without any background checks.

Do you know about the ramp in Forest Hills? Atlas Obscura tells the story about the meeting place of The Ramones before they were The Ramones, which now bears a mural of the iconic band by Ori Carino.

Meet the v good dogs that protect Amtrak at Penn Station.


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