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 1, 2018 – Highlights From de Blasio’s Released Emails

Zombie raccoons remain a problem, Brooklyn Democratic County Committee is struggling, the city’s plans for a hostile MTA takeover, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

But his emails! Mayor de Blasio lost a court battle against NY1 and The New York Post and released thousands of emails between his administration and outside advisors. Now the “biased and ridiculous corporate media” (a de Blasio quote) are going to have a field day. The mayor had to be reminded to laugh at Jon Stewart’s jokes when he went on The Daily Show. >He orders his Starbucks double espressos with FOUR sugars! He has three hours a day set aside for working out. Most of that time is driving to and from the Park Slope YMCA and changing clothes (he has one full hour to do that).

A guide to finding fall foliage in Central Park. (6sft)

The Brooklyn Democratic County Committee is struggling to keep up its ways of old school backroom politics under the weight of current wave of young democrats. (Gothamist)

10 tips to ride the subway like a pro. #10 is “get a bike.” (Curbed)

The “zombie” raccoons of Central Park are back in the news with the death count being at least 176. (NY Post)

There was no gunshot at the Global Citizen Festival, but a popping champagne bottle made the crowd panic like there was. (NY Times)

It used to be called Satan’s Circus, for the cathouses, brothels, and houses of ill repute, but today we call it Flatiron. (Town & Village)

Mayor de Blasio threatened of a political takeover of the MTA while speaking at the Texas Tribute Festival in Austin, TX. (NY Post)

#WhyIDidntReport protests signs have begun popping up in different subway signs across the city. (Gothamist)

CitiBike owes the city $1.4 million due to the low number of bikes currently available, but the city has no plans of collecting it. (Streetsblog)

The first public meeting about the proposed temporary removal of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade went exactly as you might imagine it would. (Brownstoner)

19 standout restaurants in Bushwick. (Eater)

Guy Sands, owner of Sands’ on Grand St in Williamsburg continues to insist that he is not a nazi or White Supremacist despite his membership in the Proud Boys, a group with the designation of a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorez plead guilty to using Labrador retriever puppies to smuggle liquid heroin into JFK from 2004 to 2005. (NY Post)

The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock” takes place along The High Line starting Wednesday featuring over 1,000 performers. (NY Times)

The John Jay College professors accused of creating a prostitution and drug ring were given $500k to study prostitution. Seems like they were good students. (NY Post)

Go back in time with the 75-year-old color photo of Broadway. (Viewing NYC)


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