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 September 11, 2018 – Bridgegate vs Bagelgate

9/11, a Bridgegate for Andrew Cuomo to call his own, Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order is disgusting, the mayor won’t make an AG endorsement but his wife will, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather calls for clouds, but the Oculus at the World Trade Center is supposed to open at 8:46am, the moment the first plane hit the North tower. At 10:28am, the moment the North tower of the WTC collapsed on 9/11, “The Way of Light” floods the inside of the building with sunlight (when possible).

An interview with “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibition designer Jonathan Alger on how sports healed NYC and the nation after 9/11.

17 years later, what’s the status of World Trade Center construction?


No matter how you feel about her as a candidate, we can all agree that Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order at Zabar’s was a disgusting crime against humanity. Cinnamon raisin bagel with red onions, capers, tomato, cream cheese, and lox. “That’s what I want—a full load,” as she was quoted.

A painter discovered a piece of Manhattan history, neon signs from the 2nd Ave Deli.

A roundup of fall’s new art exhibitions, openings, and events from 6sqft.

NYPD offer outside methadone clinic: “Go shoot your f*cking heroin and die.”

NYC is no longer in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence, the storm turned its direction towards the Carolinas.

Eight City University of New York schools schools rank in the country’s top 50 according to US News & World report.

The mayor isn’t endorsing an attorney general candidate. Chirlane McCray, his wife who isn’t a coward when it comes to making an endorsement, endorsed Zephyr Teachout.

Uh oh, is Andrew Cuomo about to get a Bridgegate of his own?

A look down at the sidewalk mosaics of Little Italy by Ephemeral New York.

Graphing NYC’s immigration from 1970 through 2017.

A behind-the-scenes look at the extremely impressive Kong from the new King Kong production on Broadway from The New York Times.


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The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.