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 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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The Briefly for July 19, 2018 – The Second Avenue Subway Did Not Fix the UES’ Overcrowded Subway Problems and More

The Second Avenue subway was a bad investment, the “Oxy Doc” is guilty, Airbnb will have to turn over the names and addresses of their hosts, Cuomo is in the lead, and more in today’s NYC news digest

Central Park’s Lasker pool and ice skating rink will close in 2020 for three years while it gets a $150 million renovation.

The Second Avenue subway did not alleviate overcrowding on the Upper East Side trains. A better investment would have been upgrading the 4/5/6 line. During the average weekday rush hour in June and July of 2017, 57 scheduled trains did not run, and those trains alone could handle the current ridership of the Second Avenue subway.

The city settled a $20.8 million gender discrimination lawsuit with the New York State Nurses Association to classify nursing as “physically taxing” work, which qualifies nurses for early retirement and full pensions.

An Uber driver was caught peeing into a bottle with a rider in the car. Gross.

A bodega worker who set a mentally ill homeless man on fire is out of jail after three months served after the jury acquitted him on more serious charges.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil has used a $4 million federally funded plane “three or four times” because he’s “busy.” This was the same plane that shuttled Mayor de Blasio home from his Canadian vacation on July 5.

Airbnb will be forced to hand over the names and addresses of their hosts. Airbnb will otherwise pay $1,500 per listing (about $78 million) or the total amount of fees collected during the previous year.

BKLYNER got a sneak peek inside the Atlantic Terminal Target remodel. It looks… like a Target.

The State Senate has not reconvened to pass the Every School Speed Camera Act, which expires in less than two weeks.

“Oxy Doc” Dr. Martin Tesher was found guilty on ten counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and faces 20 years to life when sentences.

Filming around town: Happy! w/Christopher Meloni is at 66th and West End Ave, HBO’s Crashing w/Pete Holmes is on Bleecker and 6th, The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at 51st and Madison, Showtime’s Ray Donovan w/Liev Schreiber is at 30th and 6th, and Law and Order: SVU is at E 120th and 3rd.

Robert Owens, a truck driver who hit and killed biker Heather Lough in the Bronx two years ago, will pay a $1,088 fine and face a 75-day license suspension and face no jail time as part of a plea deal.

MSG unveiled a piano and plaque to commemorate Billy Joel’s 100th concert at the venue.

The city and state are suing the justice department over the ICE strings attached to public safety grants.

After $465 million in renovations, the Javits Center’s roof is still leaking.

Girl Scout Troop 6000 expanded city-wide thanks to a $1 million investment form the city and now has over 500 girls and women participating in the program.

Big Bush Park in Woodside is open after a $1.8 million renovation.

*Jerry Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with all these primary elections in the city? Speaking of primaries, Governor Cuomo has a 36 point lead over Cynthia Nixon in the democratic primary for governor.

Chinatown’s Doyers St is getting a mural to resemble 200 foot-long multi-colored flying dragon. “Murder Alley” has come a long way.

Attention: 18 decadently delicious cookies, from Eater.