The Briefly for November 12, 2018 – The “Your Shawarma Cart Has A C Rating” Edition

Out compost is trash, Williamsburg is booming, student walk out over a Facebook education, the Rockefeller Tree is here, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What week is complete without being unable to get around at night? No overnight L or 3 trains, changes to the Q, E, 1, 2, and D lines. (Subway Changes)

Get ready for your favorite street meat cart to have a health department grade. (NY Post)

Live-shooter trainings inside synagogues. Armed guards inside churches. This is what NYC’s religious services look like in 2018. (NY Post)

The 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has taken her place at 30 Rock. You can visit Shelby before she gets lit up on November 28th at 7pm. (NY Post)

The RFK Human Rights Foundation’s mass bail out is shining light on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections. Should a man who was caught on video assaulting a guard have been allowed bail one week after the incident? (NY Post)

Does New York’s blue wave mean that the golden era of charter schools is over? (NY Times)

High school students organized a walkout in protest of a Facebook-backed curriculum. After a week of self-teaching, each student gets somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes of “mentoring.” (NY Post)

How is it possible that Ice-T has never eaten a bagel in his life? (Gothamist)

Having completely fixed the subways and buses, the MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned. (Streetsblog)

The city’s best ice skating rinks. (Curbed)

People struggling to cross the street during the NYC Marathon is exactly what you need on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Michael J. Ryan, the man in charge of last week’s election, on what went right and what went wrong. (Gothamist)

If Seoul and San Francisco can get it right, why can’t the city’s composting program get off the ground? (NY Times)

Even the L train can’t stop Williamsburg’s development boom. Take a look at the map. (Curbed)

Dr Kurt Salzinger, an 89-year-old scholar who escaped the Nazis in Austria, died after being shoved onto the 3 train’s subway tracks in Penn Station. (NY Times)

The city’s 40 best brunches. (Eater)

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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 August 29, 2018 – The Times Square Bees is the Distraction We Need From the Heat

The heat can make people, and bees, go crazy. For a moment 15,000 bees took over a hot dog stand in Times Square, we forgot our collective problems and watched an NYPD beekeeper vacuum up bees in Times Square.

Please be careful in today’s heat. Check the city’s maps for your local cooling center if you don’t have access to an air conditioned building.

15,000 bees swarm a hot dog stand in Times Square” is not the news story that we wanted, but it’s the news story we deserve. The NYPD has beekeepers who handled the scene. According to Gizmodo’s Editor in Chief, the bees will be okay after being vacuumed. The @NYPDBees Twitter account was simply buzzing with activity afterwards.

Prospect Expressway could see major changes in the coming years. The “PX Forward” report outlines multiple ways to address issues that Robert Moses’s highway has inflicted on Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

It’s a battle over who controls the thermostat at the Nixon/Cuomo debate. Cuomo is known for keeping “meat locker” temperatures wherever he goes and Nixon has specifically requested 76 degrees. The debate is tonight at 7pm and will air on WCBS. Yes, office temperature can be sexist.

Louis C.K. should not be allowed to perform unannounced. The man who admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women of a number of years performed at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night. He made no mention of why he disappeared from public life for nine months.

Spending the day with art, shopping, comic books, pizza, pinball, and boozy ice cream in Kips Bay, guided by amNY.

Eight ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend, from Untapped Cities.

An unknown aerosol substance was sprayed on the B15 bus for the third time in two weeks. The suspect ran off after the attack.

Hate crimes are down 8% this year.

The “Pencil Museum” is a pop-up installation in Staten Island’s Faber Pool and Park that pays tribute to Greenpoint’s Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory and is sponsored by Art in the Parks.

Ulkis Gryka has ended his “Sisyphus Stones” project in Fort Washington Park. For one year, Gryka would go to the park and meticulously balance hundreds of stones to create an otherworldly stone garden.

SpikedSeltzer is giving out free bikes to today and tomorrow to the first 20 people who are 21 and over from 5:30 to 7:30pm in memory of the soon-to-be-dead L train.

Are you familiar with Dead Horse Bay?

Attorney General Democratic candidates will debate one last time on 9/6, one week before the primary on September 13th and will be hosted by radio host Brian Lehrer and podcaster (and former U.S. Attornet) Preet Bharara. NY1 liveblogged last night’s debate. (Watch the video (if you have NY1 with your cable package).

An economics class at Success Academy, a charter school in the city, saw nepotism on display when the college sophomore son of Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, Culver Grannis Moskowitz, taught class. The school says he’s only temporarily filling in for a teacher who quit. 49 of the school’s 67 teachers are not returning this year.

The Gowanus rezoning isn’t enough for developers, who are asking to construct buildings taller than ten stories along the canal.

The last minute move from 125 White St to 80 Centre St has upset activists in Chinatown who criticized the city for a lack of public discussion about the location change.

For the second time in a week, two bags containing human remains were found in the Bronx. The first was found outside Crotona Park and the second in Hunts Point.


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