The Briefly for September 24, 2018 – The NYPD Fills Secret Quotas With Bogus Tickets Say Whistleblowers

The NYPD’s secret ticket quotas, a weekend of hell from the MTA, the city gets a new school bus czar, no helmets in Yankee stadium and more

NYPD whistleblowers claim that they are pressured to write bogus tickets to meet secret quotas, which confirms pretty much every single person who has ever gotten a ticket’s suspicions.

Public schools CEO Eric Goldstein was fired by the DOE after over 100,000 complaints were filed about bus transportation in the first month of school. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Moran, a former executive director of the DOE’s field support services in Staten Island.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is the city’s oldest ice cream shop, dating back to 1909.

A tribute to the city car, a “banged up, asthmatic vehicle that is, at times, held together by duct tape,” by The New York Times.

ICE deported Gloria Hernandez Suarez of Queens after living in the Uniter States for 33 years last week without notice. She had been held in a detention facility in New Jersey since July.

Grand Central Terminal is celebrating the twenty years anniversary of its 1998 renovation with 1998 pricing on October 1.

How 1918’s prohibition restructured real estate and architecture in NYC.

A fight on a 2 subway car ended with everyone on board getting hit with pepper spray.

The ceiling collapsed on the 4/5 platform on Friday morning at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway stop. This is the second time this year that a ceiling collapsed.

It was a banner weekend for the MTA. A bus crashed into an apartment building in Crown Heights. The reason is yet unknown, but the bus was empty.

Three babies and two adults were stabbed at a Queens Maternity Center. The suspect was found in the basement with a slashed wrist and was charged with five counts of attempted murder, remains in custody, and will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The father who allegedly tossed the body of his dead seven-month-old baby, Mason Saldona, into the East River was indicted on one count of concealment of a corpse.

Twenty Asian desserts to try in NYC, from Eater.

After the Department of Sanitation was evicted from a garage on 30th St, they moved their fleet of garbage trucks to E 60th, 26th and 10th Streets. The neighborhoods are, as you might expect, not thrilled about having multiple garbage trucks parked on their streets. You might say the situation stinks.

Mayor de Blasio announced that the city won’t bail out the doomed Staten Island Wheel project. After $450 million already spent, four 100-ton pedestals are all that have been built.

Anne Russ Federman, the last of Russ and Daughters’ four daughters, passed away on Thursday at the age of 97.

Add bike helmets to the list of things you’re not allowed to bring into Yankee Stadium. CitiField allows guests to bring their helmets to their seats, and the Barclays Center and MSG require checking the helmets at guest services, but it is a free service.

NYC taxpayers footed the bill for City Councilman Andy King’s $3,500 “sensitivity training” after he violated the council’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy.

Paul Simon retired after his final show at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the last song of the show, tour, and career was “The Sound of Silence.”

S’well is donating 320,000 bottles to the city’s school, one to every high school student in the city, to reduce plastic water bottle waste. It’s also nice advertising for S’well.

The Highbridge Doughboy, a World War I monument, will be rededicated at Macombs Dam Park after 40 years of being in storage.


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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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The Briefly for August 24, 2018 – No M Train This Weekend, the Central Park Ghost Bus, A City of Vigilantes, and More

Park Slope’s Ninth St redesign is almost complete, Marty Golden has a hall of fame worthy bad idea, a Queens chef wins ‘Chopped,’ and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no M train this weekend, the 167th St B/D station will be closing until January starting on Monday, but this weekend is not an L train mini shutdown. 6sqft has all this weekend’s subway changes.

Waave is a new yellow taxi-hailing app that will be available next week. $0.50 from each ride through Waave goes to the MTA and $0.30 will go towards the Taxi Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to adding more handicapped accessible cabs. Get used to saying “it’s like wave, but with two-a’s”

The man who has terrorizing an E 72nd St apartment building, Farris Koroma, turned himself in. Koroma had fired a gun at the building multiple times from Roosevelt Island.

The L4 is a new bus route aimed at easing the L train shutdown. It will originate neat the Bedford stop on the L, go over the Williamsburg Bridge, go up First Avenue in Manhattan to 14th, and turn down Second Avenue to head back to Brooklyn. This is the fourth new bus route specifically for the shutdown.

This might be in the hall of fame for bad ideas. State Senator Marty Golden plans to introduce legislation that would pay bystanders $500 when they help police when they having “violent confrontations with people resisting lawful arrest.” Break out your nunchucks, because vigilante justice is starting to pay!

Park Slope’s Ninth Street redesign is almost complete, which is about six months from the fatal accident that sparked the calls for a protected bike lane and narrowed traffic lanes. How did it get done so quickly? Being a few blocks form the mayor’s house may have helped.

John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole (for the tenth time).

Is the Central Park West shuttle bus a ghost?

Daniel Jackson, a 39-year-old FDNY lieutenant, has been arrested and faces suspension for punching his wife in the face and throwing her into the bushes near their Bronx home.

Luna Park in Coney Island announced an expansion, which won’t be ready until 2020. Rumor has it that the amusement park’s current employees weren’t told about the expansion.

Go down under with these 13 good Australian cafes in NYC, from Curbed.

David Waldman, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office, pleaded guilty to an “extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign”—which started in 2014. He will be sentenced in November. He was in a relationship with the woman he was harassing for four months before he started his four year campaign against her.

One of Spa Castle’s owners, David Chon, pleaded guilty to attempted tax fraud charges, and Spa Castle will have to pay $2.5 million for cheating the system by under-reporting income.

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale.


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