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 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

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If you have yet to visit the Wilson Avenue station, you need to. Its nestled in between Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and the New York Connecting Railway and LIRR (which the walkway from fare control to the platforms goes over), although it currently only is used by freight, which goes to Bay Ridge. This is the upper level, Canarsie bound, and to the right is the cemetery. The tracks below, Manhattan bound, appear to be underground but sit at street level. The station is touched by a beautiful mosaic design in many different colors, but that you will have to go see for yourself! #thecityandthesubway #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #nycsubway #nycsubways #newyorkcitysubway #subway #mta #ltrain #brooklyn #bushwick #wherebrooklynat #fuggedaboutit #nyloveyou #nyc4all #nyctagged #nycprimeshot #nyc_explorers #newyork_instagram #newyork_ig #ig_nycity #topnewyorkphoto #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny #cbsnewyork #pix11 #ny1pic

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.


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