The Briefly for January 21, 2019 – The “No Solo Women Allowed at the Bar” Edition

Prep school students’ blackface video goes public, the blind subway magician, the mayor’s broken ebike promises, food carts get health grades, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re trying to get around at night and you live on the 1, 6, 7, A, F, or Q, you might want to avoid the subways. (Subway Changes)

Join the Parks Department for the Martin Luther King Jr Day nationally-observered day of service in parks in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. (NYC Parks)

The restaurant Nello is banning solo women from sitting at the bar thanks to, and this is not a joke, “a crackdown on hookers.” (Eater)

Have you seen Olmedo Renteria, a 78-year-old renowned magician, on the subway? A lifelong performer, he has not let his loss of sight slow him down. (NY Times)

The city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit for violating the Violence Against Women Act. (Gothamist)

Rezoning in New York City has historically lead to evictions, harassment, and racial segregation. Churches United for Fair Housing is proposing a Racial Impact Study before future rezoning takes place. (Bushwick Daily)

The scientific study that there is built-in white supremacy in Yelp reviews that criticize to “authenticity.” (Eater)

Next time Whoopi Goldberg or anyone opens their mouth about how bike lanes inconvenience drivers, remember Madison Jane Lyden, who would not be dead if Central Park West had a protected bike lane. (NY Post)

That did not stop her. (Streetsblog)

What is in Willets Point’s future? Affordable housing and potentially a soccer stadium. (6sqft)

Stop by the Ace Hotel New York to see a revival of Reverend Jen Miller’s Trolls museum, once referred to as a remnant o the “real Lower East Side.” Yes, Trolls like the dolls. (Untapped Cities)

WeWork’s CEO has ben personally buying properties to lease them to his company. That seems weird, right? (The Real Deal)

11 go-to restaurants and bars near Union Square. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio broke his promise of how the NYPD would enforce his ban on electric bikes. City law states businesses are liable for the $500 fine that their workers receive. The NYPD seized 910 bikes and issued 669 tickets and 1,383 moving violations. Only 210 businesses were given citations. (Gothamist)

A second person has died as a result of the Sheepshead Bay hammer attack. The third victim remains in critical condition. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you think getting around in a snowstorm in 2019 is tough (not that we’ve had one yet), imagine having to convince a horse to go out into a storm. (NY Times)

All 5,500 food carts in the city will receive health inspections. 24 have been inspected since late December. Only 5,476 to go. (NY Post)

“Don’t look behind the curtain. We’re dead. This is for you.” There was a double suicide at Yotel New York on Friday, and they left a tip for the cleaning crew. (NY Post)

How the federal shutdown affects SNAP benefits. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Scenes from the Women’s March. (Gothamist)

Today in “caught in blackface,” here are freshmen from the $50,000 a year Poly Prep Country Day School in blackface dancing around their home. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for August 20, 2018 – Pharma Bro’s Lawyer is Going to Jail, Sharks at Jacob Riis, and More

A teenager was caught going 136mph in Staten Island, an NYPD offer is accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face, Martin Shkreli’s lawyer is going to jail and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Administration for Children’s Services will help sex-trafficking victims and reformed gang members to remove any tattoos forced on them by their old lives. The program is voluntary and still in the planning stages.

What’s $100 worth? In New York City it’s worth $86.51, according to the Tax Foundation.

The apartment directly underneath President Trump’s apartment is for sale. Due to the national security concerns, if the condo board doesn’t buy the apartment to control the sale, the American taxpayers will. The apartment is currently listed for $25 million.

The top 12 BYOB restaurants in the city, according to Eater.

New York City has 370,000 food-insecure school children.

Aretha Franklin tributes are spreading throughout the city. The first popped up at the Franklin Street stop on the subway.

A fight broke out last week during a Parks Department training sessions and Emerald Gentles swung a chair and hit a 55-year-old co-worker. Neither appeared at the WWE’s Summerslam. Gentles was arrested.

A man was hit with a machete by his girlfriend’s brother near Union Square Park on Friday. The attacker is still at large.

A shark was spotted on the beach at Jacob Riis Park Beach. Don’t worry, it was a dogfish, which is harmless unless you’re a clam.

Twig Terrariums’s hamster Princess Ophelia is missing after their move from Gowanus to Ditmas Park.

A man who forced a couple to have sex at gun point is going to jail for 148 years. Rasheed Powell was convicted on 60 counts.

An 18-year-old was caught doing 136mph on the Korean War Veterans Parkway on Staten Island.

“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s lawyer, Evan Greebel, is going to jail for 18 months and will pay back more than $10 million after being found guilty of assisting the weasel-faced bro in defrauding investors.

NYPD officer Ritchard Blake, 40, was fired after being accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face.

The New York Times dives into the world of underground wrestling in New York City, including talking to yours truly.

The FDNY is being sued for a facial hair policy that is allegedly discriminatory towards black men who have a skin condition that cannot be completely clean shaven.

A city initiative to clear traffic on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is dead. Clear Curbs had banned curbside parking during rush hours to allow traffic to flow more easily in Jackson Heights, but local businesses complained it impacted business too harshly.

Expect a reprise of heightened security measures during Labor Day weekend for the J’Ouvert parade.


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The Briefly for July 23, 2018 – Zombie Raccoons, Environmental Racism, Bikeshare Provider Pulls Out, and More

Cuomo goes biblical on de Blasio, zombie raccoons, Central Park’s first sculpture depicting women, protest art removed, the next phase of the Second Ave subway will be completed in 2029, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The next phase of the (questionably useful) Second Ave subway won’t be finished until 2029. We waited 98 years for what we have, what’s an additional eleven?

The Trump “Business as Usual” sculpture on 10th and Avenue B was removed by the city, making it the second piece of illegal Trump protest artwork last week.

The City Council approved caps on trash processing in specific neighborhoods, taking steps towards curbing the environmental racism which is happening in Southeast Queens, Northern Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

Ofo, one of the dockless bikeshare providers for the Bronx pilot-program, is pulling out of NYC before getting started.

Filming around town: Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Clark St and Cadman Plaza W in Brooklyn, The Last O.G. w/Tracy Morgan is at 30th Ave and 36th St in Astoria, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 48th St in Long Island City, The Deuce w/James Franco is at Manhattan Ave and Milton St in Brooklyn, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Times Square, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 6th and 2nd, The Punisher is at 75th Ave and Main St in Kew Garden Hills, and Law and Order: SVU is at 77th and Broadway.

The city’s 32,000 new affordable homes this fiscal year set a new record.

Where will you be when The New York Times Capsule is opened on January 1, 3000?

Marty Golden’s word is good for nothing as we tick closer and closer to the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act expiring on July 25. In related news, democrats in Brooklyn are calling out State Senator Simcha Felder for a lack of sympathy and loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The 145th Street 3 station, the 23rd Street F and M station, and the 104th Street on the J and Z are closed for renovations until November, December, and January respectively.

Meredith Bergmann’s statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund was unveiled last week and it will be Central Park’s first statue dedicated to real women.

The state is rolling out $1.4 billion towards 8,800 projects in Central Brooklyn, calling it “Vital Brooklyn.” It will include more than 2,000 affordable homes, public gardens, hospital improvements, and more.

Crime is falling across the city, but murder and rape rates are up.

The man whose co-workers at the Parks Department call a pedophile Michael Palamar was put in a non-supervisory role while he is being investigated.

Dozens of raccoons died from a viral “zombie” outbreak in Central Park.

Cutting back on “third-hand smoke.” A bill waiting to be signed by Governor Cuomo would ban smoking at all times in rooms used for licensed day care in private homes.

“When we get to the pearly gates, I’m sure God will have a lot to say about it.” The Cuomo/de Blasio feud has reached biblical levels when it comes to the NYCHA lead scandal.

One year ago Joe Jhota vowed we would see subway improvements “relatively quickly.” Time has made a liar out of him. I am not sure that subway chief Joe Lhota has any unbroken promises left.

An elected judge in the Bronx makes $208,000 and is refusing to come to work. Must be nice.