The Briefly for August 23, 2019 – The “Can No Longer Get Away With Murder” Edition

NYC’s students are still less than 50% proficient in English and math, 15 restaurants to BYOB, Di Fara reopens, the Museum of Ice Cream find a home, and more in today’s NYC news digest

This weekend’s scheduled subway disruptions look minimal on the surface, but the 1, 2, 3 and 5 trains are still taking a big hit. (Subway Weekender)

The Times is starting to take guesses as to when the mayor finally ends his joke of a presidential bid. (NY Times)

The Museum of Ice Cream is getting a permanent home in Soho on Broadway this fall. Get your Instagram accounts ready. (Curbed)

The NYC Police Benevolent Association’s response to the Daniel Pantaleo firing, who caused the death of Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold, is to tour the city’s precincts to say that “no one has our backs,” circulating photos of James O’Neill saying he’s “wanted for killing the NYPD,” and posting in a message board for police officers called the “Law Enforcement Rant” calling Eric Garner’s family “savages” and “ghetto dwellers.” It’s like they no longer think they can get away with murder at their jobs. (Gothamist)

There used to be a bowling alley in the basement, the secret top floor bar, and more secrets of the Jane Hotel. (Untapped Cities)

Keens in Midtown is wallpapered with history, with newspaper clippings, photos, playbills, etc on display all over the steakhouse. Until recently, that history included about 10 pieces that featured racist stereotypes. Nothing will put a hamper on your night like finding out your “thumbs up” photo with your steak also featured a large “rival darkies” minstrel show ad in the background. (Eater)

A venomous snake went missing two weeks ago in the Bronx Zoo’s “Jungle World” exhibit. It’s still missing. (Bronx Times)

A man was crushed to death by an elevator in Kips Bay in an elevator that was ordered to be shut down in May by the Department of Buildings. (NY Times)

Billionaire’s Row residents tried to take the mayor up on his offer to do “anything” to rescue the Di Fara pizzeria by offering to pay Di Fara’s tax bill if the mayor would stop a homeless shelter from opening in their neighborhood. (Patch)

No need, because Di Fara reopened on Thursday afternoon. (Grub Street)

NYC student achievement is rising, but still, only 46% of the city’s third through eighth-graders passed the state’s math exam and only 47% passed the English exam. Both numbers are up from last year, but both fall short of the city’s 50% goal. (NY Times)

The 7 train continues to drop debris from its elevated tracks in Queens. This time it was a piece of metal the size of a brick that luckily avoided hitting anyone. The MTA has installed netting as part of a pilot program in some areas of the 7 train, but clearly not in enough locations. (Gothamist)

The new Kosciuszko Bridge is scheduled to open next month, four years ahead of schedule. (Sunnyside Post)

The Department of Homeless Services announced a joint operation between DHS and NYPD in an effort to offer services and not punishment to the city’s homeless on the subways. (Curbed)

Next month the MLB FoodFest brings foods from every Major League Baseball stadium to Midtown. You won’t have to go to Texas to get the dilly-dog: a hot dog stuffed inside a pickle and fried like a corn dog. (amNY)

The top 15 restaurants where you can BYOB. (Eater)

The Briefly for August 29, 2018 – The Times Square Bees is the Distraction We Need From the Heat

The heat can make people, and bees, go crazy. For a moment 15,000 bees took over a hot dog stand in Times Square, we forgot our collective problems and watched an NYPD beekeeper vacuum up bees in Times Square.

Please be careful in today’s heat. Check the city’s maps for your local cooling center if you don’t have access to an air conditioned building.

15,000 bees swarm a hot dog stand in Times Square” is not the news story that we wanted, but it’s the news story we deserve. The NYPD has beekeepers who handled the scene. According to Gizmodo’s Editor in Chief, the bees will be okay after being vacuumed. The @NYPDBees Twitter account was simply buzzing with activity afterwards.

Prospect Expressway could see major changes in the coming years. The “PX Forward” report outlines multiple ways to address issues that Robert Moses’s highway has inflicted on Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

It’s a battle over who controls the thermostat at the Nixon/Cuomo debate. Cuomo is known for keeping “meat locker” temperatures wherever he goes and Nixon has specifically requested 76 degrees. The debate is tonight at 7pm and will air on WCBS. Yes, office temperature can be sexist.

Louis C.K. should not be allowed to perform unannounced. The man who admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women of a number of years performed at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night. He made no mention of why he disappeared from public life for nine months.

Spending the day with art, shopping, comic books, pizza, pinball, and boozy ice cream in Kips Bay, guided by amNY.

Eight ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend, from Untapped Cities.

An unknown aerosol substance was sprayed on the B15 bus for the third time in two weeks. The suspect ran off after the attack.

Hate crimes are down 8% this year.

The “Pencil Museum” is a pop-up installation in Staten Island’s Faber Pool and Park that pays tribute to Greenpoint’s Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory and is sponsored by Art in the Parks.

Ulkis Gryka has ended his “Sisyphus Stones” project in Fort Washington Park. For one year, Gryka would go to the park and meticulously balance hundreds of stones to create an otherworldly stone garden.

SpikedSeltzer is giving out free bikes to today and tomorrow to the first 20 people who are 21 and over from 5:30 to 7:30pm in memory of the soon-to-be-dead L train.

Are you familiar with Dead Horse Bay?

Attorney General Democratic candidates will debate one last time on 9/6, one week before the primary on September 13th and will be hosted by radio host Brian Lehrer and podcaster (and former U.S. Attornet) Preet Bharara. NY1 liveblogged last night’s debate. (Watch the video (if you have NY1 with your cable package).

An economics class at Success Academy, a charter school in the city, saw nepotism on display when the college sophomore son of Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, Culver Grannis Moskowitz, taught class. The school says he’s only temporarily filling in for a teacher who quit. 49 of the school’s 67 teachers are not returning this year.

The Gowanus rezoning isn’t enough for developers, who are asking to construct buildings taller than ten stories along the canal.

The last minute move from 125 White St to 80 Centre St has upset activists in Chinatown who criticized the city for a lack of public discussion about the location change.

For the second time in a week, two bags containing human remains were found in the Bronx. The first was found outside Crotona Park and the second in Hunts Point.


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The Briefly for May 10 , 2018 – Cuomo Doesn’t Debate, A Salad in Staten Island, Blissville is Mad, Keep Your Doggos Safe, and More

Governor Cuomo revealed himself to be a coward and did not debate Cynthia Nixon. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was there in his place. Nixon’s new campaign slogan is something to behold and calls back to a cringe-worthy slogan of the past.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman doctor, will be honored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with a plaque commemorating the building on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby where she started her first clinic.

CB6 voted unanimously against Woodland on Flatbush Ave in Park Slope’s liquor license renewal application. It’s worth noting that these votes are advisory for the state liquor authority. Their license was renewed by the state. Who wants a $20 bottomless mimosa?

Movers at Two Men and a Truck are voting this week to join the Teamsters Union this week. They rallied ahead of the vote calling out what they call poverty wages, racially coded language, and unfair promotions.

If the Parks Department is willing to lie about the health of trees it wants to remove in Ft Greene Park for the sake of renovations, what else are they willing to lie about? The misinformation is at the heart of a lawsuit stalling construction until more information is made public.

No happy endings for these three massage parlor employees arrested in Bayside last month for alleged prostitution.

Something about this photo essay of the Dual Specialty Store, which has been in the East Village for over 30 years, and owner Abdul Patwary is touching in a very New York City way.

Filming around the city: The usual cast of characters. Mrs Maisel, Punisher, Daredevil, Torture Report, James Franco’s mustache’s latest project, along with newcomer Younger with Sutton Foster.

A salad bar grows in Staten Island.

The famed Red Hook ball fields are isolated from most of the city and have been empty for years. Unsafe levels of lead in the soils closed them in 2015, and construction bidding delays will make sure they remain partially empty until at least 2021.

Update! The NYPD believe they’ve caught the man who attempted to kidnap a 3 year old and was stopped by a grandma.

More subway station closures are imminent: This time it’s 28th St on the 6 and 23rd on the F/M. Both stations will close in July until December.

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull’s Pride Health Center in Williamsburg/Bushwick (depending who you ask) was awarded a 2018 Gay City News Impact Award.

Please keep your doggos safe! A very good pup ate a sandwich in Fort Tryon Park in Fort George that was full of nails. Murphy is doing well after emergency surgery and she may go home this week. Feel better Murphy!

Three years after 10,000 migrant workers working on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus hadn’t been paid what they were owed, thousands of workers are still owed millions of dollars. The school is challenging the “Forced Labor at NYU Abu Dhabi” report.

Blissville, a sub-neighborhood of Long Island City, formed a civic association to protest the third homeless hotel shelter in their neighborhood arguing that their small population of 475 is shouldering more than their share of the burden with a shelter population of over 500. The city promises the end the use of hotels as shelters, but not until 2021.

The near 1,000 foot tall 80 Flatbush Ave hit another snag with a 32-1 CB2 vote against their proposal.

A waitress at a Brooklyn diner stole almost half a million dollars from a widow in her 80s over the course of four years and was sentenced to three to nine years of prison and has to pay back all the money she stole.

The lineup for the 16th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has been released.

Update! Remember yesterday’s “no chopping” rule at Just Salad? Salad eaters are very mad.


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