The Briefly for October 30, 2018 – The “Couldn’t They Wait Until After Halloween?” Edition

The NYPD starts a crackdown on sanitation companies, Hurricane Sandy six years later, the NYPL gets an exclusive black card, another reason why the subways are slow, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Imagine being pulled over for doing 35 mph in a 50 mph speed zone. Now you know the frustration that subway operators face on a regular basis due to faulty signal timers, which leads to lagging subway speeds. (amNY)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen. They couldn’t wait until after Halloween? (NY Post)

If you stand in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you are with one of America’s greatest poets. Underneath the lobby are the remains of Langston Hughes. (Atlas Obscura)

Do you love fried chicken? Do you love it enough to wait in line for 20 hours in the rain? (Eater)

Activists held a “die-in” at Trump Tower on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the city with a plea for the president to act to reduce global warming. They are also asking the NY Legislature to pass the Climate and Community act, which would reduce levels 100% by 2050. (amNY) Here’s how the city is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

The new, limited edition, “Knowledge is Power” black NYPL card is pretty slick. First come first served and there’s only 70,000 available. (6sqft)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill thinks more guns is not the solution; to the country’s gun violence problem and credits New York City’s tough gun laws for our current record lows. (NY Post)

The former J&R buildings near City Hall will be replaced by parks, public libraries and schools. 😂 Just kidding it’ll be million dollar plus condos. (Cubed)

Two years ago, Zaida Pugh dumped 600 crickets and mealworms on her fellow D train passengers as they crossed the Manhattan Bridge, causing someone to pull the emergency brake. That stranded the train on the bridge for an hour. Always remember that your commute could be worse. (NY Post)

The greatest pizza places in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

Why the hell does it seem like the Harvey Weinstein case is falling apart? (NY Times)

A very rare duck has found its way to Central Park and bird twitter is very excited. (Gothamist)

60% of all new apartments built in the city by 2020 will be in Brooklyn or Queens. (Curbed)

The two women found dead and duct taped together in the Hudson River have been identified as Tala and Rotana Farea, but how they ended up there is still under investigation. (Gothamist)

Apple takes the stage at BAM today (Tuesday) to announce (rumored) new iPads and computers. (Digg)

An NYU professor who refers to himself as “The Anti-PC Professor” invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak to his class as a challenge to what he perceives as the university’s censorship. This should go well. (Gothamist)

Target’s NYC takeover continues, with Columbus Circle getting a “small-format” stone in 2019. (6sqft)

The NYPD is beginning to crack down on private sanitation companies after the industry’s “constant disregard for the law,” according to Chief of Department of the NYPD Terence Monahan. (Streetsblog)

Do you know your hurricane evacuation zone number? (nyc.gov)

It’s like a bar, but without alcohol. (Free Williamsburg)


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The Briefly for October 29, 2018 – The “What Awful News, Here Are Some Halloween Dog Photos” Edition

The ghosts of NYC, the new $2.8 million park that is scheduled for demolition, the MTA’s projected deficit, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told off-duty NYPD officers to bring their guns into religious services. (NY Times)

It wasn’t 24 hours after artist JR’s “The Gun Chronicles” Bowery Mural went up that the Pittsburgh shooting took place. The mural is now sporting a new “11” and people are leaving flowers in tribute to the victims of the shooting. (EV Grieve)

The stories of some of NYC’s lesser known ghosts. (NY Times)

Photos from the 2018 Halloween dog parade. (Imgur)

The winner of the Great Pupkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest. (@kodydoodle)

The Park Slope Nitehawk’s opening was delayed again. Originally scheduled for November 12, the new opening date is yet unknown. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you’re looking to embarrass yourself, America’s Got Talent auditions are coming to the Javits next month. (amNY)

How to easily see the abandoned City Hall subway station for free. (Viewing NYC)

14 Instagram accounts for NYC history. (Curbed)

The MTA is projecting a $634 million deficit by 2022, but a new spending plan calls for $60 billion in additional spending, up from $33 billion. The $60 billion only covers the first half of the $37 billion “Fast-Forward Plan.” In the meanwhile, prices will continue to go up as service quality continues to go down. (6sqft)

East River Park’s $2.8 million makeover was finished in September after a year of work, but the city is ready to tear it all down in 2020 as part of the $1.45 billion, three-and-half year flood-prevention project. (NY Post)

Another arrest in the hate group Proud Boys case. This time it was David Kuriakose of Long Island arrested for riot and assault. No word if he’ll be getting a makeover before his court appearance to look like a human being.

Spending 10 hours in Clinton Hill. (Brooklyn Based)

If you’re an idiot, Mission Chinese is selling $8 “Water Pickles,” aka ICE CUBES. (Eater)

10 fun things to look for along the NYC marathon route. (Untapped Cities)

A map of literally every tree in the city. No, seriously. (GVSHP)

Did you lose an avocado on the 6 train? (Reddit)


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