The Briefly for July 5, 2019 – The “We’re Headed for a Cabán/Katz Recount” Weekend Edition

The MTA’s weekend subway plans, congrats to Joey Chestnut, our absentee mayor continues to be absentee, Cash Cab is back, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, regardless if you celebrated or not. July 4th was a cause for celebration for The Briefly as well. It’s the one year anniversary of the first email sent by The Briefly. Thank you for being a reader.

You might think of it as a holiday weekend, but the MTA has other plans. 12 subway lines have planned disruptions this weekend. (Subway Weekender)

Tiffany Cabán was 1,100 votes ahead of Melinda Katz on election night. As of July 4, she was 20 votes behind. Queens is headed for a manual recount. (NY Times)

More than 2,500 affidavit ballots were rejected and the Cabán campaign will be fighting to have them counted. This is the 2000 presidential election all over again. (Politico)

Congrats to Joey Chestnut on winning his 12th hot dog eating championship, with 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes. In Times Square, that would cost roughly $1,500. (amNY)

Despite what you experienced on July 4th, fireworks and sparklers continue to be illegal in New York. (amNY)

After multiple years and nearly a half billion dollars in renovations, full service on the N train has been restored in Brooklyn. (The City)

The panel of experts overseeing the rehab of the BQE hasn’t made any decisions, but have intimated that the plans the city has put forward, which include replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with a temporary highway, have little chance of being approved. (Brooklyn Paper)

Our mayor, who spent July 4th in Iowa, said “I’m a half-glass-full kind of guy” when it comes to his polling numbers, which are in the toilet. His office in New York, which is been full empty, as he pretends he’s not wasting time and money in Iowa. He missed the funeral for 9/11 responder and NYPD detective Lou Alvarez and failed to preside over the weigh-in for Nathan’s hot dog eating competition, something Mayor Bloomberg did 11 of the 12 years he was mayor. (Gothamist)

26 (kind of obvious, but still a solid list) things to do in the city this summer. (Curbed)

The Central Park bomber has been at-large for three years. (Gothamist)

There are 25 horses in the Prospect Park Stable, and each “manufacture” 75 pounds of poop daily, bringing the total to nearly a daily ton of horseshit. The owner of the stable has begun turning the manure into compost and gifting it to the nonprofit Red Hook Farms. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Got a hankering for strawberries? Here’s a list of where to get yourself a strawberry dessert. (Grub Street)

Bushwick’s The Notorious B.I.G. and Alfred Hitchcock mural was vandalized. A video was taken of the vandal, but they haven’t been found (Bushwick Daily)

Community Board 7 voted to approve a bike lane for Central Park West. The neighborhood will lose 400 parking spots in the process, but the board weighed those parking spots vs the life of Madison Lyden, who died after she was forced from the current bike lane by a parked cab and hit by a truck. (Streetsblog)

Eliot Engel, who represents parts of the Bronx, Westchester, and Yonkers in the House of Representatives, is the next New York Democrat to be primaried from the left. His challengers cite is conservative views on Israel, the Middle East, and education among some of the reasons they feel he needs to be challenged. (Politico)

The city’s sheriff arrested Anthony Medina, a debt collector who allegedly scammed on cab drivers by pretending to be a city marshall to harass drivers into giving up their medallions and cabs and occasionally shook them down for cash. (Gothamist)

The East Village’s Mikey Likes It is closed after a tax-related seizure last week. (EV Grieve)

Cash Cab is back and will be filming in NYC this summer. (amNY)

The removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 census is a win for New York, as state Attorney General Letitia James’s office helped lead the charge against it. (Patch)

Four neighborhoods, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, East New York, and Brownsville account for 23% of the city’s shootings this year. Despite a trend towards less violent crime in the city, shootings and reported rapes citywide have increased this year. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Where to eat and what to do at the South Street Seaport. (amNY)

The principal of LaGuardia High School, Dr. Lisa Mars, has stepped down following a sit-in by the students and years of protests by students, teachers, and faculty. A divergence from the school’s mission is what drive the protests and the vote of “no confidence” in May. (Gothamist)

Serial subway groper Giovanni Verdelli has been arrested 70 times and the NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is calling for his permanent banning from the subways. (Downtown Express)

The ultimate guide to Penn Station. (Curbed)

The man who tossed piss onto two transit workers in April, Brandon Jobson, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. You’re in trouble, Brandon. (Gothamist)

The entire Brooklyn Congressional delegation called for the firing of Customer and Border Protection officers after posts in a private Facebook group with 9,000 members surfaces with threats to Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and insensitive comments about the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border. (Kings County Politics)

Spots for a big group hang outside. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for August 17, 2018 – Weekend Subway Closures, Nathan’s Exec Holds a Trump Fundraiser, and More

There’s no L or G trains this weekend, the deadline to register to vote before the primaries is this weekend, Pom Pom the escaped chicken was returned to its Ditmas Park family, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Subway changes for the weekend include no L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan and no G train. Just about every line has some kind of service change, so plan accordingly and 6sqft has it outlined. Multiple streets throughout Brooklyn are closed this weekend for fairs, festivals and construction. BKLYNER has a guide to navigating your way topside.

This Sunday is the deadline to register to vote.

Take a look at NYC’s eats that made Lonely Planet’s top 500 foods in the world.

When New York initially dug out the subways, the question become “What are we gonna do with this dirt?” The answer was expand Ellis Island, multiple times.

Howard Lorber, executive chairman of Nathan’s is hosting a fundraiser tonight for president Trump.

The NY Times answers a few questions about the subway’s weirder quirks, like the extra platform at Hoyt Schemerhorn, changing directions at 86th St, and why Penn Station is so weird.

The Color Factory is the newest experiential NYC pop-up that wants your money and social media posts, but it still got a positive review in Curbed.

15 Brooklyn yeshivas have refused to let Department of Education personnel probe their inner workings for two years. The schools were being vetted for a lack of basic education.

The National Parks Service admits that it was a “misstep” denying two people access to the Statue of Liberty for wearing ABOLISH ICE shirts. They plan on returning to the landmark today.

Destination Tomorrow, a trans led organization, who’s leadership has roots in the former Bronx Community Pride Center, is now recognized as the official LGBTQ organization in The Bronx.

Window washers were rescued from the top of the United Nations building after being stranded up there for an hour.

New York University is offering free tuition for all of its medical students. It has raised about $450 million of the $600 million necessary to fund the moral imperative to cut student debt and reduce the coming shortage of researchers and primary care physicians.

A Staten Island team is competing in the Little League World Series and won the first game of the finals against Des Moines, Iowa’s team.

The mayor signed the trash equality bill into law, fixing the imbalance of garbage handled by low-income neighborhoods.

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow sold its one millionth ticket to the sideshow. The winning couple won free entry for life to the sideshow.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams is having difficulties with reporters while he runs for office.

The escaped chicken in Ditmas Park, Pom Pom, is back with its family.


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The Briefly for July 5, 2018 – The NYC Food Cart Black Market, the Statue of Liberty Protester ID’d, Is de Blasio a Liar, and More

NY state fights back agains the SCOTUS union decision, new information about an explosion from 2016, Lou Gehrig’s retirement speech, a record setting Christmas tree, and more in today’s news digest.

George Wesley Bellows, Excavation at Night, 1908
George Wesley Bellows’s Excavation at Night from 1908 depicts the original Penn Station dig.

This must be some kind of record for Christmas trees.

Opening a fire hydrant to cool off is a tradition that goes back over a century. Reminder: you can request a spray cap from the city.

The story behind Lou Gehrig’s famous July 4th retirement speech.

Food cart permits are selling for as much as $25,000 on the black market because the city capped the number of permits at 5,100. Mayor de Blasio it trying to revive a plan to add 3,000 more food cart permits over the next ten years.

Hot dogs were eaten, records were set.

Filming Around Town: Amazon’s The Tick is back at 37th St and 34th Ave in Astoria, Netflix and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is in Brooklyn Heights near the promenade, The Deuce is at Pleasant Ave 118th St, CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at W 58th and 8th.

The NYPD released new information about an unsolved 2016 explosion in Central Park, hoping for some new leads.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republican of Congo free-climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest of many of President Trump’s actions. Rise and Resist had a scheduled protest on Liberty Island but claims Therese wasn’t part of their group.

Is de Blasio a liar? City Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks the city has to come clean about the NYCHA lead paint scandal.

10 can’t miss summer art shows from The New York Times.

State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has “workaround” legislation to counter the SCOTUS union decision. His legislation would allow unions to include collective-bargaining costs in their contracts with government agencies to replace the mandatory fees that SCOTUS banned.