The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.

The Briefly for July 4th, 2018 – Fireworks, Window ACs Will Not Kill You, DJ Idris Elba, and More

Where to watch fireworks, falling window ACs, Idris Elba is a DJ now, songs of the summer, how to win at carnival games, the original Coney Island hot dog is not Nathan’s, and more in today’s news digest.

Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters
Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks. New Jersey, always the imitator, will have fireworks of its own on the Hudson.

Before the Coney Island Nathan’s hot dog, there was the original Feltman’s hot dogs. Nathan Handwerker started as an employee of Feltman’s before venturing out on his own to peddle hot dogs to the masses.

BrooklynVegan picked the songs of the summer, so brace yourself.

Headed to the boardwalk today? How to win carnival games.

A falling window air conditioner will not kill you, statically speaking.

An NYPD detective was attested for stalking and throwing pee on her ex-girlfriend’s door.

City teachers and Department of Education workers who are mothers, fathers, or non-birth parents will now get six weeks of parental leave with 100% of salary starting September 4.

KāMIN Health Crown Heights Urgent Care is offering free lead testing for kids (by appointment) in light of the over 800 children with lead poisoned due to living in NYC public housing.

A memorial service for a LIRR train headed for the scrapyard.

DJ Idris Elba? Yup, it’s happening on Friday night in Greenpoint.

A tenth man was arrested in the stabbing death of Junior Feliz-Guzman.

The Roosevelt Island Tram renovations are complete, but the trams still don’t have air conditioning.

Here come the dockless bike-sharing programs.


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The Briefly for May 7, 2018 – More L Train Shutdown Drama, An Offshore Drilling Ban, Is Cuomo A Coward?, Bushwick is Filthy, and More

There was no environmental impact study done on the L shutdown and the Federal Transit Administration may have granted an illegal exemption to the MTA to get the work done. There’s enough time for the project to start on time, but only if the MTA and DOT get started right away, and they’re not exactly known for getting things done on time. Speaking of on time, the MTA only received 32 of the 200 promised new subway cars promised for January 2017.

Will Gov Cuomo debate Cynthia Nixon or is he a coward?

If you have yet to visit the Wilson Avenue station, you need to. Its nestled in between Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and the New York Connecting Railway and LIRR (which the walkway from fare control to the platforms goes over), although it currently only is used by freight, which goes to Bay Ridge. This is the upper level, Canarsie bound, and to the right is the cemetery. The tracks below, Manhattan bound, appear to be underground but sit at street level. The station is touched by a beautiful mosaic design in many different colors, but that you will have to go see for yourself! #thecityandthesubway #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #nycsubway #nycsubways #newyorkcitysubway #subway #mta #ltrain #brooklyn #bushwick #wherebrooklynat #fuggedaboutit #nyloveyou #nyc4all #nyctagged #nycprimeshot #nyc_explorers #newyork_instagram #newyork_ig #ig_nycity #topnewyorkphoto #what_i_saw_in_nyc #nbc4ny #abc7ny #fox5ny #cbsnewyork #pix11 #ny1pic

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. Also? Bushwick is one of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor de Blasio shot down the idea of making 14th bus only 24/7 during the L shutdown. If 14th was a canal, the mayor would have purchased a ferry for it.

Trinity Church starts a $100 million renovation that starts today that will make the building ADA accessible, add 140 seats to the congregation, and rejuvenate the over 300 year old church.

“Some of the things we’ve clearly seen is that our guests do often want to pay with cash.” Shake Shack’s attempts to go cashless aren’t working out.

amNY has an article about the history of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Height’s social justice from Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, to being a part of the Underground Railroad, and more.

Gov. Cuomo proposed an offshore drilling ban for New York to combat President Trump’s opening of nearly all American waters to gas and oil drilling.

The DOT released drawings of the new safer walking and biking conditions across the Harlem River bridges.

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Say farewell to the giant Watchtower sign in DUMBO. It goes the way of the Kentile Floors sign to make way for condos.

We Heart Astoria published their 2018 Outdoor Dining Guide.

LaGuardia is renting a security robot and it is not going well. I for one, welcome our new robot security overlords.

The Park Slope PTA head who posted photos of blackface performers to promote a PTA gala has resigned. Oy.

A headline rarely nails a thought perfectly, but all hail Slate’s “New York City Street Parking Is Preposterously Corrupt.”

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The Daily Beast bemoans the lost rock landmarks in NYC.

The corner of West 238th and Waldo Avenue in the Bronx is now Andrew Sandler Way. Sandler was a 31-year-old member of Community Board 7 who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in August of 2017.

The 72nd St station on the B and C is closed until October as of today, so plan accordingly.

Don’t worry everyone, adult teen Casey Neistat has a solution for bike safety in the city.

The Daily News thinks that they’ve identified the LIRR racist rant guy as Edward Ruggiero from Long Beach on Long Island. For what it’s worth, he says it’s not him.

If you’re feeling sluggish, Queens’ Annica Lin will put you to shame. She has plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on the 19th and give a TEDx talk in Asbury Park that afternoon.


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