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 October 11, 2018 – Does the Penn Station Problem Have a Solution?

The MTA is ready to give up on new ideas, an alpaca roamed around Brooklyn, the Papaya King expands his kingdom, NYCHA is out of money, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“This is really our last, best shot at getting this right.” Will this be the time for Penn Station’s renaissance or will it continue to be the crowded hellhole that we all know and loathe?

If you don’t vote, you are doubling the value of someone else’s vote. (kottke.org) Did you know you can register to vote at a LinkNYC kiosk? (The Brooklyn Reader) Voter registration closes on Friday for the November 6 election.

Remember Pastagram, the restaurant specifically made to look good in photos? Turns out the food isn’t terribly photogenic. (NY Post)

He’s the Papaya King, we just live in his kingdom. (Eater)

The Morgan is celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein (and his monster) with “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” with parts of the original manuscript, movie memorabilia, the original Fuseli painting that inspired the story and more. (amNY)

The NYPD arrested Nigel Kennedy, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader, on several charges of rape and sexual misconduct after who women accused him of drugging then during a “religious ceremony.” (BKLYNER)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s original copper eagle found a new home in the Brooklyn Public Library. The library is having a naming contest for the eagle. Is Eagle McEagleface an option? (amNY)

Watching a loose alpaca in Borough Park is precisely what you need right now. (@jacobkornbluh)

The resources are not there to do the job” -Stanley Brezenoff, interim chairman of the NYCHA. Repairs are desperately needed and the funding isn’t available, leaving tens of thousands of New Yorkers in deteriorating conditions. (NY Post)

New York has a rich history of throwing on headphones and ignoring the world. (Gothamist)

18 iconic locations in 18 iconic films. (StreetEasy)

15 standout fast-casual restaurants in Midtown for your lunchtime chow downs. (Eater)

The MTA is opening a “transit tech lab,” because it seems that they’re ready to admit that they can’t our transit woes themselves. (6sqft)

Cellino & Barnes are having a “record year” despite their public feud and breakup. (NY Post)

“Candy Nation,” a series of 20 9-foot tall candy sculptures by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell, has landed in the Garment District as part of the 15th Annual Arts Festival. (Untapped Cities)

The DOT announced plans to redesign Northern Blvd after six traffic deaths in 2017 and four so far in 2018. (Curbed)

The MTA promises that during the L train shutdown, they will not shut down the subways below 14th St on the weekends. Let’s see if they stick to that. (Gothamist)

The restoration of the Truman Capote House in Brooklyn Heights is complete. (Brownstoner)

The 10 best places to see foliage in Central Park. (Untapped Cities)


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The Briefly for October 3, 2018 – Illness, Microbes, and Epidemics Shaped Our City

It’s legal to take your dog on public transit in an emergency, the Lower East Side Mall expands, the Central Park Squirrel Census, neighborhoods for bookworms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Presidential Alert System will be tested at 2:18pm today. If you have a phone that can receive text messages, you’ll be receiving a message. Three New Yorkers are fighting today’s test in court. (NY Post)

How illness, microbes, and epidemics designed New York City. (Curbed)

A NIMBY lawsuit is aimed at trying to stop the addition of bus priority lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk expansions, and anything else that might be helpful during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The check is no longer in the mail. Vanessa Bandie, Lauren Johnson, Paul Daniels, and James Black were charged in connection with stealing more than $29,000 from checks in the mail (BKLYNER).

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought on any public transit during an emergency. (NY Post)

If you left your gun in the Lambs Club bathroom last week, the NYPD has your gun. (Eater)

A 9-year-old girl was sitting on her window-mounted air conditioner when it fell out of the sixth floor and she followed down to the second story roof of a day care next to her building. She survived and suffered a broken ankle. (Daily News)

Rent increases have gone into effect for rent-stabilized apartments, after the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes. One-year leases will increase 1.5% and two-year leases will increase 2.5%. (Curbed)

The city’s 20 premiere pastry shops. (Eater)

After a third daylight shooting in three months near the Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a meeting to prevent future violence. (BKLYNER)

The Central Park Squirrel Census needs volunteers! (amNY)

An accident in Brooklyn turned into a wild gunpoint kidnapping and extortion that ended on an eighth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio created a new position in his administration, a chief democracy officer, whose job it will be to get people registered to vote and civil participation. Critics warn that the $165k/year job is a waste of money, similar to the “night mayor,” who is paid $130k/year. (NY Post)

If you have thoughts on the proposed 40-story jail that Mayor de Blasio wants to put on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, . You can email boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov (Brooklyn Paper)

The Lower East Side Mall is nearly complete. Marshalls is opening next door to Katz’s on Thursday. (Bowery Boogie)

The Trump administration is withholding on over a billion dollars in funding for transit projects and have been fighting against granting any funding for projects. The MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan will cost between $14 and $43 billion and relies heavily on federal funding. (Transit for America)

The best neighborhoods in the city for bookworms in celebration of National Book Month. (StreetEasy)


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