The Briefly for October 8, 2018 – Rats Coming Out of Our Drains and Other True Horrors

The Central Park zombie raccoon outbreak spread to Prospect Park, a private ferry to deal with the L train shutdown, Sharon Needles is ready for Halloween, and more in the daily NYC news digest.

We all have enough to worry about before we add “rats coming out of the drains” to the list, but here we are. (Curbed)

The sky is literally falling at the Bedford Ave L station, but the MTA says not to be alarmed by the chunks of debris form the ceiling. (Gothamist)

The zombie raccoon outbreak in Central Park has spread to Prospect Park. Late stages of distemper can cause brain damage and cause raccoons to wander aimlessly and become aggressive. Pet owners are advised to be alert and keep your pet leashed at all times. (Brooklyn Paper)

The 72nd St B/C subway station reopened with mosaics by Yoko Ono. (6sqft)

It’s cuffing season, and Bushwick Daily is here for you. A list of budget-friendly romantic date spots in Bushwick.

An $80 million renovation is headed for the Manhattan Bridge and will continue through 2021. (6sqft)

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is in danger of running out of funds before the program ends in 2020. Anyone who lived, worked, or studied south of Canal is urged to register with the fund even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness. (Downtown Express)

Meet Concetta Anne Bencivenga, the new director of the New York Transit Museum. (6sqft)

Norwood Heights is expected to be NYC’s hot neighborhood…in 50 years. (Welcome2TheBronx)

“I never thought I would live in a time with such constant outrage and what the country is going through now.” Deborah Kass’s OY/YO sculpture was created in 2015, which seems like an eternity ago. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The ice skating rink at 30 Rock opens today. It’s been on your NYC “to do” list for years, right? (6sqft)

Get your eye roll ready. SW/TCH is a private 150 person luxury ferry that will operate during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The Department of Justice dropped its case against Pablo Villavicencio, the man who was detained by ICE at Fort Hamilton earlier this year.

17 cozy bars and restaurants in Cobble Hill. (Eater)

How the brownstone became the city’s classic apartment. (StreetEasy)

No matter the situation, the mayor saying “I’m in the middle of doing my workout” to a homeless advocate is a bad look. (HuffPo)

“With so much in the news about sexual misconduct in the past week, you may find yourself facilitating discussions on the topic.” John Jay distributed guidelines for teaching students about its own sex scandal. (NY Post)

Sharon Needles’s annual Halloween show starts this week and she sat down with Chelsea Now to talk about her annual Halloween traditions, favorite costumes, the future of drag, and more.


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The Briefly for October 4, 2018 – Cop’s Car and Gun Stolen by Prostitute, the Bagel Emoji Sucks, and More

Don’t leave your prostitute in your running car with your gun while you go to the ATM, especially when you’re an NYPD cop. It’s a bad idea. That and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Are you ready or the L train shutdown? Let’s dive in to the specifics. (Curbed) Construction doesn’t start until April, but there are suddenly multiple retail vacancies around the Bedford Ave subway stop in Williamsburg. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A prostitute allegedly stole an off-duty NYPD cop’s personal car and gun when he left her in the car alone to go to an ATM. He was suspended, his car was found, the prostitute was arrested, but his gun is still missing. (NY Post)

A six alarm fire broke out in the East Village on 1st Avenue between 11th and 12th streets in the building that houses the sushi restaurant Uogashi. 11 firefighters and three civilians were non-critically injured. (Eater)

The best cheap eats in Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

“If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex.” That’s a quote from Brooklyn College professor Mitchell Langbert’s blog. Classy. (Gothamist)

There’s a new bagel emoji and it sucks. (CBS New York)

Does Jiro dream of electric sheep? BigEye Sushi in Downtown Brooklyn is using sushi robots to help prepare their food. (Eater)

Bob’s Burgers is coming to the city and will be outside the Javitz Center for New York Comic Con. Be prepared for long lines before you can score “Team Bob” or “Team Louise” burgers. (Eater)

A man was found dead in the World’s Fair Marina with chains around his legs. (Gothamist)

With another summer over, Coney Island feels left out of the NYC Ferry’s expansions. (amNY)

Say hello to Pastagram, the restaurant. Why? (Eater)

The NYPD keeps targeting immigrant delivery cyclists for riding electric bikes and not the restaurants who profit off them. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio’s new chief democracy officer hasn’t voted in multiple recent Democratic primaries. (NY Post)

7 train service will suspended between Queensboro Plaza and the Javitz Center this weekend, just in time for New York Comic Con. (Gothamist)

Is Happy the elephant…happy? The Nonhuman Rights Project is suing the Bronx Zoo to release the 47-year-old elephant to an elephant habitat. (NY Times)

The ultimate guide to Yankee Stadium, just in time for the post-season. (Curbed)


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The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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