The Briefly for October 30, 2018 – The “Couldn’t They Wait Until After Halloween?” Edition

The NYPD starts a crackdown on sanitation companies, Hurricane Sandy six years later, the NYPL gets an exclusive black card, another reason why the subways are slow, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Imagine being pulled over for doing 35 mph in a 50 mph speed zone. Now you know the frustration that subway operators face on a regular basis due to faulty signal timers, which leads to lagging subway speeds. (amNY)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen. They couldn’t wait until after Halloween? (NY Post)

If you stand in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you are with one of America’s greatest poets. Underneath the lobby are the remains of Langston Hughes. (Atlas Obscura)

Do you love fried chicken? Do you love it enough to wait in line for 20 hours in the rain? (Eater)

Activists held a “die-in” at Trump Tower on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the city with a plea for the president to act to reduce global warming. They are also asking the NY Legislature to pass the Climate and Community act, which would reduce levels 100% by 2050. (amNY) Here’s how the city is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

The new, limited edition, “Knowledge is Power” black NYPL card is pretty slick. First come first served and there’s only 70,000 available. (6sqft)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill thinks more guns is not the solution; to the country’s gun violence problem and credits New York City’s tough gun laws for our current record lows. (NY Post)

The former J&R buildings near City Hall will be replaced by parks, public libraries and schools. 😂 Just kidding it’ll be million dollar plus condos. (Cubed)

Two years ago, Zaida Pugh dumped 600 crickets and mealworms on her fellow D train passengers as they crossed the Manhattan Bridge, causing someone to pull the emergency brake. That stranded the train on the bridge for an hour. Always remember that your commute could be worse. (NY Post)

The greatest pizza places in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

Why the hell does it seem like the Harvey Weinstein case is falling apart? (NY Times)

A very rare duck has found its way to Central Park and bird twitter is very excited. (Gothamist)

60% of all new apartments built in the city by 2020 will be in Brooklyn or Queens. (Curbed)

The two women found dead and duct taped together in the Hudson River have been identified as Tala and Rotana Farea, but how they ended up there is still under investigation. (Gothamist)

Apple takes the stage at BAM today (Tuesday) to announce (rumored) new iPads and computers. (Digg)

An NYU professor who refers to himself as “The Anti-PC Professor” invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak to his class as a challenge to what he perceives as the university’s censorship. This should go well. (Gothamist)

Target’s NYC takeover continues, with Columbus Circle getting a “small-format” stone in 2019. (6sqft)

The NYPD is beginning to crack down on private sanitation companies after the industry’s “constant disregard for the law,” according to Chief of Department of the NYPD Terence Monahan. (Streetsblog)

Do you know your hurricane evacuation zone number? (nyc.gov)

It’s like a bar, but without alcohol. (Free Williamsburg)


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The Briefly for October 26, 2018 – The “New York’s Vampire King Will See You Now” Edition

All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes, another bookstore announces a closure, the ultimate list of Halloween events, the Right to Know Act, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York’s Vampire King has seen a resurgence since the city’s 1990 goth club phase, as the immortal curiosity and the internet have brought New York’s vampire culture back from the dead. (NY Times)

This weekend’s scheduled subway changes includes bad news for the L, Q, and 7 trains.

The ultimate list of 75+ Halloween events for $35 and under. (the skint)

Billboard barges are the new norm. (Bowery Boogie)

All of Terminal 5 at JFK’s bathrooms were completely shut down on Thursday for multiple hours due to a broken water main. Yikes. (Gothamist) Okay, that’s pretty bad, but here’s some good news for travelers. WiFi is now free in JFK, LaGuardia and (if you must) Newark airports! (amNY)

10 secrets from FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. (Untapped Cities)

This is the last outdoor weekend for Smorgasburg and the last weekend for the Queens Night Market. (Eater)

Did someone projectile vomit on you while riding the M train? She would like to apologize. (@anateboteo)

Are all the city’s bookstores closing? After 101 years, The Drama Book Shop on W 40th is set to close in 2019. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about the Right To Know Act. (Bklyner)

See Broadway, from Bowling Green to 56th St, as it was in 1899 with these pectoral descriptions that pre-date Google Street View by a few years. (NYPL)

They met on OKCupid, went back to his place, and she left with his $10,000 watch. (NY Post)

Halloween Impalement returns to Cobble Hill this year. (Gothamist)

WinterFest, and an ice skating rink, is coming to the Brooklyn Museum. (6sqft)

The Sunnyside Yards project offers the city an amazing opportunity, but even with community involvement, will they find a way to ruin it? (Sunnyside Post)

During the NY Senate debate between sitting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley, Gillibrand made it clear she has no intentions of running for president in 2020. (ABC7)

What the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights $5 million Mass Bailout action is all about, from a volunteer’s perspective. (Gothamist)

The coach bus driver who killed a man on a CitiBike will be going to jail for the maximum amount of time allowed by law, 30 days, after being convicted of a misdemeanor and traffic infraction. (NY Post)

How far is too far for the influence national politics has on a local scale? (NY Times)

The best lunch spots in 40 different neighborhoods. (Thrillist)


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The Briefly for June 7, 2018 – Dept of Health Issues A Cocaine Warning, Domino Park, The Rent is Too Damn High, and More

Two Customs and Border Patrol officers at Newark airport were indicted on assaulting two fellow officers on what’s reported as a “rape table.” Gross.

Williamsburg’s Domino Park opens this weekend.

Is the rent too damn high? The Affordability Index from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office answers that question.

The Queens Gazette has two opinion pieces for and against the SHSAT.

A teenager jumped 130-feet off the Queensborough Bridge and was saved by a bystander who waved down a ferry. He’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries at New York Presbyterian.

We’re less than 300 days until the L train shutdown and dozens of economic justice and environmental advocates rallied to call for a greater focus on helping low income residents.

The story of the pizza delivery man who was detained and handed over to ICE is a microcosm of a larger story playing out across the country. The family has a GoFundMe page set up to help with the associated costs.

Brokelyn proves that if you are in Brooklyn, someone’s fucked there.

Turns out we’ve been spelling Verrazzano wrong this entire time.

State Comptroller DiNapoli released a report that found “private elevator inspectors in New York City are missing hazardous violations and allowing unsafe conditions to go unrepaired.” Whoops?

Opening a fire hydrant is illegal, unless you get a spray cap from the FDNY. amNY explains how.

The NYPL’s podcast goes in-depth into the dark past of Roosevelt Island with Stacy Horn talking about her newest book Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

The Department of Health wants to warn you about the dangers of cocaine… laced with fentanyl. On the serious side, the DOH is training some bar staff to identify the signs of a fentanyl overdose and administer Naloxone, which can help block the effects of an overdose. 18 bars have signed on to the program.