The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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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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The Briefly for June 15, 2018 – Les Halles Preserves Notes, Toxic Algae in Back, No Bike Lanes, and More

Subway disruptions, the new owner of Les Halles is preserving the memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory, toxic algae is found in Prospect Park after Central Park was hit earlier this week, Sunnyside doesn’t want bike lanes, and more

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Subway changes seem somewhat minimal this weekend. If you’re going to the Mermaid Parade, check to make sure your train is running.

Les Halles’ new owner is preserving memorial notes left in Anthony Bourdain’s memory.

Toxic algae was found in Prospect Park Lake in Prospect Park. This is an algae that is fatal to humans and dogs, so be careful. If you or your dog drink any lake water, head to a doctor immediately. The algae hasn’t been found at dog beach in Prospect Park, so you’re safe to bring your pup there. The city has been looking into a natural filtration system to prevent this in the future. Earlier this week toxic algae was found in Central Park.

Sunnyside’s community board voted against new protected bike lanes 27-8 because of a loss of parking spaces. The city is hoping to place bike lanes along Skillman Avenue and 43rd Avenue after a cyclist’s death in April.

Filming Around Town: Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Essex and Broome, The Break with Michelle Wolf is at 57th and 10th Ave, Ray Donovan is at Ditmars Blvd and Shore Blvd in Astoria, and The Deuce is at Bowery and Broome.

Eater has a list of 15 reliable vegan restaurants in the city.

Add doctors to the list of people who are calling on the state senate to review and expand the city’s speed camera program. The program would put speed cameras outside 290 public schools throughout the city. The doctors supporting the bill cited over 500 auto injuries this year, and the cameras already installed are credited with reducing speeding by 63% in locations they are installed. The bill is currently in a committee chaired by Simcha Felder, a member of the IDC held up the entire state budget earlier and told a group of democrats “I am not your guy” in the process.

City council member Margaret Chin proposed a new law banning vending around the World Trade Center in order to clear pedestrian traffic, but with 18 of the 22 current vendors being Muslim, it’s hard to not see this as Islamophobic. The new law would not apply to the WTC Greenmarket, which operates inside the no-vending zone and whose vendors are predominantly white.

The NYPD’s use of sound cannons against peaceful protestors was ruled to be an excessive use of force by a federal appeals panel this week. The ruling is, of course, being appealed. The case references use of the cannons during Eric Garner protests in 2014.