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 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Witches Will Curse Brett Kavanaugh (and the Patriarchy)

The mayor won’t stop talking, WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment, a white woman in sunglasses calls the cops, local blog drama, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn witches are planning to curse Brett Kavanaugh. Bushwick’s Catland promises to curse Brett the Beerman Kavanaugh, all other rapists, and the patriarchy during an October 20 ritual. (NY Post)

The governor ordered the state police to investigate the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys after video shows them attacking protestors and calling them homophobic slurs. The NYPD is also investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The Q at Parkside blog disappeared last week, this week it returned, publishing the letter from Alicia Boyd that demanded the site be shut down. Brooklyn hyperlocal blogging just got weird. (The Q at Parkside)

A guerrilla art installation by artist Aaron Asis popped up at Fort Tilden in Queens. Have A Ball is inside an abandoned structure and is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden.’ (Untapped Cities)

44% of all New York households are rent burdened (more than 30% of their income goes towards rent). The percentages for very low and extremely low income households are much worse. (Curbed)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A white woman in sunglasses called the cops on a black person for existing. The twist this time is that the black person was a 9-year-old boy, and despite being accused of grabbing Flatbush’s Teresa Klein’s ass, he did not. (NY Post)

You’re no artist! Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the “Trumpet Fight” masterpiece video. October 14th will always be “You’re Talented and Not a Disgrace and You Do Not Suck Day.” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio, who works out at the Park Slope YMCA on a regular basis, does not think politicians should be bothered by protestors or upset citizens when they are in public. If you disagree, the mayor regularly works out at and can be found at the Park Slope YMCA. (NY Post)

Is NYC pizza better because of our water? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat and drink near Penn Station (if you must). (Eater)

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Village Halloween Parade. (Curbed)

WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment that enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward, according to a lawsuit. (Gothamist)

President Trump’s new green card proposal could deny 75,000 New Yorkers of SNAP benefits, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with the BQE during construction is Mayor De Blasio’s favored option when it comes to the rock and hard place decision about how to repaid the crumbling highway. (Brooklyn Paper)

Is the mayor trying to make us tune him out by talking forever? (NY Post)

Over the next three years, 3.5 miles of skyscrapers will be built in NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Our water isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve been wasting wood or dirt in your tap water, you’re not alone. (NY Post)

Don’t settle for crappy bagels. The Brooklyn Bagel Blog is here to point you in the right direction when you need your fix.


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The Briefly for September 19, 2018 – Flood Rat is the New Pizza Rat

Flood rat, over 100 city school bus drivers had no background checks, protests over ritualistic killing of chickens in the streets, and more

Forget Pizza Rat, Flood Rat is our new mayor.

The ritualistic slaughter of chickens in Crown Heights by the Orthodox Jewish community was met with protest from people believe that swinging a live chicken over your head and then beheading it is cruel. Roughly 50,000 chickens are killed in ad-hoc slaughter houses throughout Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Borough Park and in the past those animals have ended up in the garbage.

The city’s ubiquitous temporary construction fences are going to get a makeover. The Department of Cultural Affairs launched a pilot program calling for artwork to live on temporary fencing. You can apply through October 12.

$4.1 million is being set aside by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to provide legal assistance for unaccompanied and separated migrant children who are still in New York.

The new Museum of Street Art pays tribute to 5 Pointz, and it’s in the stairwells at the citizenM hotel. The curator is the former 5 Pointz spokeswoman Marie Flageul.

We’re all aware the subway doesn’t know how to handle heavy rain, but these videos compiled by the NY Post shows just how screwed the subways were during the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

19 stand-out restaurants and bars in Red Hook, from Eater.

Are Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo ready to hug it out? The mayor spoke at a Democrat rally on Tuesday and while he didn’t verbally endorse Cuomo for Governor, his spokesman says his speech was an endorsement.

The city gave out 21 million condoms in the year ending June 30, down from 35 million the previous year. The de Blasio administration is blaming the difference on a decrease of federal funding towards traditional safe sex products.

The impact of Schneps Communications purchasing CNG (the local news publication consolidation reported on last week) is less reporters covering certain neighborhoods in the city.

Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The DOE is investigated allegations that more than 100 people were approved to work as city school-bus drivers without any background checks.

Do you know about the ramp in Forest Hills? Atlas Obscura tells the story about the meeting place of The Ramones before they were The Ramones, which now bears a mural of the iconic band by Ori Carino.

Meet the v good dogs that protect Amtrak at Penn Station.


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