The Briefly for October 3, 2018 – Illness, Microbes, and Epidemics Shaped Our City

It’s legal to take your dog on public transit in an emergency, the Lower East Side Mall expands, the Central Park Squirrel Census, neighborhoods for bookworms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Presidential Alert System will be tested at 2:18pm today. If you have a phone that can receive text messages, you’ll be receiving a message. Three New Yorkers are fighting today’s test in court. (NY Post)

How illness, microbes, and epidemics designed New York City. (Curbed)

A NIMBY lawsuit is aimed at trying to stop the addition of bus priority lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk expansions, and anything else that might be helpful during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The check is no longer in the mail. Vanessa Bandie, Lauren Johnson, Paul Daniels, and James Black were charged in connection with stealing more than $29,000 from checks in the mail (BKLYNER).

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought on any public transit during an emergency. (NY Post)

If you left your gun in the Lambs Club bathroom last week, the NYPD has your gun. (Eater)

A 9-year-old girl was sitting on her window-mounted air conditioner when it fell out of the sixth floor and she followed down to the second story roof of a day care next to her building. She survived and suffered a broken ankle. (Daily News)

Rent increases have gone into effect for rent-stabilized apartments, after the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes. One-year leases will increase 1.5% and two-year leases will increase 2.5%. (Curbed)

The city’s 20 premiere pastry shops. (Eater)

After a third daylight shooting in three months near the Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a meeting to prevent future violence. (BKLYNER)

The Central Park Squirrel Census needs volunteers! (amNY)

An accident in Brooklyn turned into a wild gunpoint kidnapping and extortion that ended on an eighth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio created a new position in his administration, a chief democracy officer, whose job it will be to get people registered to vote and civil participation. Critics warn that the $165k/year job is a waste of money, similar to the “night mayor,” who is paid $130k/year. (NY Post)

If you have thoughts on the proposed 40-story jail that Mayor de Blasio wants to put on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, . You can email boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov (Brooklyn Paper)

The Lower East Side Mall is nearly complete. Marshalls is opening next door to Katz’s on Thursday. (Bowery Boogie)

The Trump administration is withholding on over a billion dollars in funding for transit projects and have been fighting against granting any funding for projects. The MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan will cost between $14 and $43 billion and relies heavily on federal funding. (Transit for America)

The best neighborhoods in the city for bookworms in celebration of National Book Month. (StreetEasy)


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The Briefly for October 2, 2018 – Hell is Being Stuck in a Subway Elevator

Zagat is back, Louis CK drops in at the Comedy Cellar again, a $15k/month Instagram apartment, the juvenile delinquency was raised, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The age of juvenile delinquency in New York changed to 17 on Monday and will raise to 18 on October 1, 2019. Before Monday there were 93 17- and 17-year -olds at Rikers Island. The teens will be moving to the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. (amNY)

What’s worse than being stuck on the subway? Being stuck inside a subway elevator for an hour without air conditioning while debris crashes down on the roof and not everyone speaks the same language, like these people at the Clark Street subway stop were. (Gothamist)

An elevator is going to be built at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 station to make the station ADA compliant. The elevators should be ready by the fall of 2020. (BKLYNER)

59 outdoor art installations not to miss in October. (Untapped Cities)

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. (6sqft)

Two landlords are being sued for renting out out hundreds of apartments that should have been rent-stabilized but were not. The class action lawsuits are credited to the Housing Rights Initiative’s investigations into abuse by landlords. (Curbed)

What does the intersection of the future look like in New York City? The DOT unveiled a new plan aimed at reducing deadly pedestrian and bicycle accidents with cars. (Curbed)

For $15,000 a month, you can rent an apartment that was specially designed to look good on Instagram, or you could do literally anything else with that money. (NY Times)

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An oral history of Zagat, from the rise to the review juggernaut to the confusing acquisition by Google and recent sale to The Infatuation. (Fast Company)

A man was talked out of jumping from the Williamsburg Bridge on Sunday morning. The man on the bridge was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. (BKLYNER)

20 destination restaurants in Greenpoint. (Eater)

What’s in a name? Ask the group trying to rename Hunter’s Point South Park to something memorable. (6sqft)

CitiBike is adding 500 brand new bicycles to its fleet this week which sport a slightly new design. (Streetsblog)

The night mayor, whose job description is somewhat nebulous, is starting a listening tour in Brooklyn tonight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s $2.5 billion master plan will reportedly bring 10,000 new jobs to Brooklyn with 5.1 million square feet of manufacturing space. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Verrazzano Bridge has a new Z. (amNY)

Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge in this time-lapse video captured by Neil van Niekerk. (Viewing NYC)

“We don’t expect Louis back anytime soon.” The owner of the Comedy Cellar was made out to be a liar. Career creep Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar unannounced for the second time since sexual misbehavior accusations were made against him. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is attempting to take credit for releasing 14,000 emails after a court order forced his hand. He might tout “transparency,” but the reality is “lost a battle in court to prevent this.” (NY Post)

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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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