The Briefly for October 16, 2018 – The “Our Mayor Lied to Us About Poisoned Kids” Edition

NY Senate Majority Leader calls the teacher’s union part of “the forces of evil,” Kanye West’s talk about mental health was canceled, the latest on the Proud Boys brawl, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYCHA’s lead paint crisis is everyone’s fault except New York state, if you listen to Governor Cuomo. A day before Mayor de Blasio stated that four children were affected by the lead paint, he received a report stating the number was 202. (NY Post)

The Reply All podcast highlighted the history of CompStat, the system that the NYPD uses that not only puts quotas in place, but also encourages the police to under report crimes. (Gimlet Media)

2018 has kinda sucked for seeing awesome dogs. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was canceled, Freddy’s dog fashion show was canceled, but the Coney Island dog parade happened and there’s photos! (BrooklynVegan)

Halloween in NYC in the 70s. (Ephemeral New York)

1,500 bus shelters across NYC were shut down after a faulty shelter in Staten Island partially collapsed. Each shelter will have to be inspected individually for faults before being reopened. (Gothamist)

Sounds like Pickle Day was a sour experience. (Bowery Boogie)

After video of the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys beating protestors on the streets of the Upper East Side, the NYPD is being accused of treating them with preferential treatment. (Gothamist) The NYPD says they have plans to arrest 9 members of the Proud Boys who were involved. (NY Post)

The flora and fauna of NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Any time you see something too bizarre to be true happens with a rat, blame Zardulu. (Gothamist)

How Manhattan’s empty storefronts reveals how it’s become a rich ghost town. (The Atlantic)

You can finally rent multiple CitiBikes with one account with Group Rides. (Streetsblog)

This week’s Kanye West Times Talk about mental health was canceled for…obvious reasons. (BrooklynVegan)

114,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during the 2017-18 school year. (Politico)

Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance on NY1 due to a two-year strike by Electric Workers Local 3. This is the first time in 19 months that he’s canceled an appearance. Seems convenient. (NY Post)

A 48-year-old man died after his shirt was caught in an escalator at the Intervale 2/5 subway station in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

This year hasn’t been terrifying enough for anyone who rides the subway, so the MTA is creating a “Haunted Subway” experience this weekend. (Gothamist)

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Monday called the state teachers’ union part of the “forces of evil.” (NY Post)

Last weekend was the first weekend without a shooting for the first time since 1993. Nice job not shooting each other! (NY Post)

Local butthole and former Top Chef Adam Harvey admitted to poisoning his neighbors tree and will serve 20 days of community service as part of his plea deal. (NY Post)

Williamsburg’s Museum of Pizza is more dollar slice than it is NY Pizza Suprema. (Gothamist)


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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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