The Briefly for September 26, 2018 – Please Don’t Say Bed Bugs Have Infested the MTA

Are city buses infested with bed bugs? Placing values on individual trees in Prospect Park, the Museum of Pizza, another mini-L train shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“How can the MTA get worse” you may ask? How about several buses were removed from service because of a possible BED BUG INFESTATION on a scale that is “unheard of.” Why is the MTA sanding down wooden subway benches? Is it bed bugs? Oh god, it’s bed bugs, isn’t it?

You have until October 12 to register for the November 6 general election.

Is there a more New York thing than putting a dollar value on the eco-friendliness of trees? The trees in Prospect Park provide the city with an estimated $1.5 million in eco benefits to the city, with the most valuable tree hitting $454 of value on an annual basis.

The decaying Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills will become 350 mixed-income apartments.

Can you resist the Insta-siren song of the pop-up Museum of Pizza in Williamsburg? However you get there, it won’t be on the L train during October weekends. The big shutdown is six months away, but October’s weekends are giving another preview.

Okay, you’ve decided to move because of the L train shutdown. Where are you going to go? Curbed breaks it down.

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Committee meeting is on Thursday night, but leadership is already playing deceptive games.

If you’re someone who rants and raves about soup dumplings, here’s a list of 13 exemplary soup dumplings from Eater.

The raccoon accused of attacking humans on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd has been released without bail and cleared of all charges.

Load up on carbs, bring your friends, it’s fun to share and let’s recommend…20 pasta destinations in the city from Eater.

DragCon is this weekend, and amNY has your guide on how to spend a day according to Trixie Mattel.

Take a look at the designs of the second phase of the Hudson Yards’ parkland, scheduled to break ground in 2020 and finish in 2023.

New York City has never sued under the 2004 law requiring landlords to test for lead paint. The purpose of the law was to end childhood lead poisoning by 2010. Over 62,000 children have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in their blood since 2010.

The MTA doesn’t have finding for Andy Byford’s mythical “Fast Forward” plan, but they’re hoping that proving they’re responsible enough to keep stations clean will show they can be trusted with the cash.

Which neighborhood has the highest percentage of sub-A grade restaurants?

Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland is claiming that he has an undiagnosed mental illness and that’s why he defrauded people of over $26 million multiple times.


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The Briefly for September 20, 2018 – Racially Biased Teaching Exam May Cost City $1.7 Billion

The head of the BQX project is quitting, the city’s ferries are going higher capacity for the L train shutdown, a cop accidentally tased another cop in the crotch, and more from your daily NYC news digest.

The city may have to pony up $1.7 billion over a racially biased Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching exam issued between 1993 and 2004.

Mayor de Blasio’s BQX czar Adam Giambrone quit on Monday and his last day on the job will be October 5. The future of the project relies on federal funding, so you may as well kiss it goodbye.

Go inside the abandoned Ellis Island hospital with these photos from an Untapped Cities tour.

The Kings Plaza arsonist says he set fire to the cars in the parking garage because people used them for sex.

Is this man removing a fake “no parking” sign he illegally placed or he illegally removing a “no parking”sign so he doesn’t get caught?

A guide to the restaurants in the Hudson Yards, from Eater.

Reduced fare subway riders now have the option for non-gendered MetroCards.

The West Village’s Cafe Loup was seized by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Electric Citi Bikes are hard to find, and someone’s built a map to track one down.

A public school teacher, Jonathan Deutsch, was arrested for soliciting naked photos of children as young as ten on Facebook.

A man jumped in front of a train and was killed at the Wall St 2/3 station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Brooklyn cop got his eggs scrambled when a fellow officer accidentally hit with a Taser in his groin. Wow.

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade needs your help and donations to avoid going to that farm upstate.

Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, but his plan to add jails on four boroughs is being met with local resistance. Brooklynites are unhappy about the proposed 40-story jail in downtown Brooklyn.

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group in an attempt to dismantle the bail system, which they say discriminates against minorities and the poor. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…for the L train shutdown. Boat capacities are being raised from 149 to 240 riders.

RIP Times Square’s NFL Experience.

The Chinatown Häagen-Dazs is being forced out after 41 years when their $10,000/month rent doubles in December.


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The Briefly for September 7, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Hurricane Florence is On the Way, and More

The usual chaos of trying to get anywhere on the subway over the weekend, there is a chance that Hurricane Florence will hit New York on Primary Day, and more in today’s daily New York City new digest.

This weekend’s subway changes from 6sqft, including no G train between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Square and there’s no D train between Herald Square and Atlantic Ave. In addition, the Manhattan bound 1 train at 238th is closed through winter 2019.

Don’t look now, but there’s a chance we’re getting hit by Hurricane Florence on Primary day.

If you left a few inert grenades behind in a Staten Island storage facility, check to see if the bomb squad has a lost and found.

As expected, Governor Cuomo unveiled a revamped LIRR concourse and entrance to Penn Station with bigger hallways and higher ceilings. The project is still about two years from completion. The LIRR is currently running with the worst delays in nearly 20 years.

Senate candidate Julia Salazar was accused of having an affair with Mets legend Keith Hernandez. Wait, what?

During the last debate between the four Democratic primary hopefuls for Attorney General, Zephyr Teachout was the obvious target.

A 26-year-old woman was shot in the face outside an illegal club in Brooklyn late on Wednesday/early on Thursday. She survived the shooting and no arrests have been made.

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An expansion to Hudson Yards Park expansion will cost a staggering /$374 million for 3 acres.

The financial District will be the home of the first Alamo Drafthouse in Manhattan. It’s expected to open late 2019.

Current Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed every catholic diocese in New York as part of a broad sex abuse investigation in light of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Sex offenders will be able to vote at schools in the upcoming election, but only after 7pm. Correctional Services created a special condition that will allow offenders on school property, where they are otherwise banned.

Special edition Paul McCartney Metrocards are available at Grand Central. They’re already selling on eBay for $15-$40.

Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca introduced a bill that would prevent the city from being a part of any contract with any entity involved in immigration enforcement. The de Blasio administration has already stated it supports the goal, but won’t support the bill.

Don’t sit on train tracks. Bad things will happen.


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