The Briefly for July 9, 2019 – The “Attack Rats Leaping From Trash Piles” Edition

Vision Zero is “working” with three deaths in two days, the Jeffrey Epstein case, visualizing your awful subway commute, ice cream in Bushwick, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What do the city’s weed dealers think about Albany’s failure to legalize marijuana? Most of the ones Gothamist spoke to seemed to be behind the idea of legalization, even if it means changing their business. (Gothamist)

Get “disinfected” at The Museum of Booze. (Atlas Obscura)

We’ve got enough problems before we have to start dealing with rats leaping from the trash. (Patch)

Bastille Day is nearing, do you know how to celebrate? (Grub Street)

The Governor signed a bill into law that will allow the release of President Trump’s state tax returns. (NY Times)

A good way to get shot by an NYPD officer is yelling “Die!” while also yelling that you have a gun. (Patch)

A new tool from The New York Times will visualize how unpredictable your subway commute is so you can quantify your misery. (NY Times)

The Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings that received the honor. (Curbed)

8 Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the city, mapped. (Curbed)

What you need to know about Wednesday’s ticker-tape parade for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. (6sqft)

In a move that is both horrifying and also not surprising, the Department of Health let the Housing Authority appeal inspectors’ discovery of lead in apartments, leaving children exposed to lead in some cases for years. (Curbed)

For the second time in a month, someone set fire to one of the rainbow flags outside the Alibi Lounge on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in the Bronx. The state’s hate crimes task force is investigating. (amNY)

What would the city look like if sea levels rose 100 feet? Mostly underwater according to this map. (Viewing NYC)

A day in the life of Váyalo Cocina’s Ana Fernandez, who came to the United States from Venezuela on vacation and stayed seeking asylum with her wife and sister. You can find Váyalo Cocina at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg on Saturdays (NY Times)

One week into Mayor de Blasio’s major enforcement action against vehicles blocking and parking in bike lanes. Let’s check in to see how it’s going on Second Ave. (Streetsblog)

In what seems like a test to everyone along the L line, the MTA announced that for 9 weeks of nights and weekends there will be no L train service between Lorimer St and Broadway Junction starting July 16 and ending October 4. (Greenpointers)

There’s a whole neighborhood between DUMBO and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 10 things to know about Vinegar Hill. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Inside the drama, comedy, and tragedy of producing theater outdoors across the city. (amNY)

The federal case against Jeffrey Epstein is centered on his Upper East Side Mansion, where prosecutors say he sexually abused dozens of underage girls in a yearslong sex-trafficking conspiracy. (Patch)

Epstein has pleaded not guilty. (Gothamist)

Inside Epstein’s Upper East Side Mansion, which is one of the largest private homes in Manhattan. (NY Times)

The NYPD plans to launch a peer counseling program later this year in an effort to improve cops’ access to mental-health resources after a string of four suicides in June. (Patch)

Take a video tour of MAD Magazine’s offices as the publication will cease printing new material this summer. (Gothamist)

A look inside the lawsuit the Cabán campaign filed, which highlights a lack of trust in the Board of Elections. (QNS)

The mayor still believes that Vision Zero is “working,” despite three people being killed by drivers in the last two days. (Gothamist)

The city is expanding its initiatives designed to encourage green rooftops after no landlord received a tax credit for it in 2018. (amNY)

8 ice cream spots in and around Bushwick. There are that many ice cream spots in and around Bushwick? Bushwick is whatever you want it to be. Maybe there are a million places to get ice cream in Bushwick and you’ve just never seen them all. (Bushwick)

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The Briefly for July 8, 2019 – The “Boomer Boogeyman is to Blame” Edition

The NYPD runs a cyclist oft the road, Melinda Katz’ lead narrows to 16 votes, a look back on Seinfeld’s pilot, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway disruptions seem minimal. (Subway Weekender)

“Admittedly it was against the law, but we had police consent.” This is the story of a band of vigilantes who destroyed a grove of trees in Forest Hills as the police watched in an attempt to harass the gay community a few days before the Stonewall Riots. (NY Times)

This Wednesday your good friends at The Briefly and the skint bring you ‘When Harry Met Sally’-themed Trivia at Parklife. (Brooklyn Based)

The “boomer backlash,” self-identified progressives born between 1946 and 1964, is hampering city progress across the country using tactics normally associated with the alt-right to shout down and shut out changes to their neighborhoods. These voices don’t represent the will of the majority, but they’re the loudest and most mobilized in the room with the most people in their Facebook groups. This is how so many people in Park Slope seem opposed to housing for the homeless, 14th Street doesn’t prioritize buses while the L train has minimal service or why so many needless deaths occur on the city’s streets because some residents prioritize the city providing public parking for private vehicles instead of the safety of cyclists. This, from the generation that gave us the 2008 housing bubble, the war in Iraq, and who handed out participation trophies. (Huff Post)

Pity your Jersey friends, for many reasons. Especially who must take N.J. Transit. Last week alone, more than 60 trains were canceled. (NY Times)

15 awesome Astoria happy hours. (We Heart Astoria)

A good news story for your Monday. Three officers sent to arrest a woman who was allegedly stealing groceries at the Union Square Whole Foods paid for the items instead. (Patch)

Victor Ang succumbed to injuries sustained after he was hit by a car while biking in April and has become the city’s 15th biker who was hit by a car and killed in 2019. (Gothamist)

The NYPD intentionally rammed a cyclist on a Citi Bike who ran two red lights. The NYPD’s crackdown on drivers creating unsafe situations for cyclists has yet to begin. (Streetsblog)

How to find a rent-stabilized apartment. (Curbed)

How was your weekend? Oh, you know, I watched a video of a man carrying a live rat in his mouth while riding the subway. (Patch)

Turns out the best place to watch the July 4th fireworks was illegally riding between subway cars on the Manhattan Bridge. (Gothamist)

Congrats to you, Brooklyn! There were no reported firework-related injuries during July 4, despite me watching a group of bewildered men accidentally shoot off a dozen of rockets at a line of parked cars and garbage piles. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The ubiquity of camera phones can make you take a candid photo of a street vendor for granted but a look through the photos taken by a tourist in NYC in 1970 can shift your entire perspective, especially a photo from the Empire State Building looking South which is without Battery Park City or the World Trade Center. (Ephemeral New York)

A cross-sectional look at some of the city’s landmarks. (Viewing NYC)

The spread of measles has been slowing, calling back to the city’s history of containing contagious diseases, even if it wasn’t always pleasant. (6sqft)

An exhaustive look back at the one episode of Seinfeld you probably haven’t watched a thousand times: the pilot. (Gothamist)

12 sites that explore the immigrant experience in NYC. (Curbed)

Here they are, the Dominique Ansel city-themed pastries that look like toy versions of other food. If you’re dying for a pavlova shaped like an everything bagel, this is your opportunity. (Gothamist)

There weren’t too many restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health (either it was the short holiday week or the city’s eateries are getting cleaner), but we still have a new entry into the triple-digit point club. (Patch)

The city declared a climate emergency. What’s next? (NY Times)

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s lead in the Democratic primary is down to 16 votes. This week the manual recount begins. (Politico)

An unidentified male body was found dead inside a food truck on Liberty Ave in Jamaica. (QNS)

Andrej Tadeusz Kosciuszko, for whom the city bridge and pool are named after, is getting a memorial in his hometown in Belarus. Kosciuszko traveled to the United States from Poland after hearing of the Revolutionary War and by the end of the war became a brigadier general. (NY Times)

U.S. Women’s National Team is getting a ticker tape parade on Wednesday morning from Battery Park to City Hall, only the fifth since the year 2000. (amNY)

10 great rooftop bars. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for June 12, 2019 – The “You’re A Landmark if You Like It or Not” Edition

The state’s legislature agreed to rent reforms, the best restaurants of 2019 so far, Cuomo gets serious about MTA overtime, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The state legislature agreed on a package of bills aimed at strengthening tenants rights and rent laws. The bills also would become permanent, so no more regular lobbying from the real estate industry to let the laws lapse when their expiration dates come. (NY Times)

Some of the rent reforms include ending vacancy decontrol, eliminating the ability of landlords to raise rents on vacancies, it would retain preferential rents for the life of a tenant, and dramatically limit improvement charges. (Politico)

Cool down with a look at the ice creams of Astoria. (Give Me Astoria)

The Strand Bookstore is now a city landmark and as you might expect, despite a long campaign from owner Nancy Wyden against the idea. (Gothamist)

“My friend later told me that most of the businesses in this area dealt in cash only…so guns were pretty much everywhere…in every store.” New York was a different place in the late 70s. (Bowery Boogie)

Your regular reminder that you can check the city’s beaches for too much poop (how much poop is too much?) on the internet. (Gothamist)

If you’ve wanted to live in the Waldorf Astoria (and have more money than you know what to do with), the condos will be hitting the market this fall. (Curbed)

New York is the third most fun state in the country, behind Florida and California. The thing holding it back? It’s not the ratpocalypse or the mountains of trash on the sidewalks, it’s the high costs. (Patch)

Hundreds rallied after the death of Layleen Polanco in Rikers Island last week. She was being held and her bail was set at $500. The city is looking into the case, where she was sent into solitary confinement despite a history of seizures. (Gothamist)

Catch a sneak peek at NYC’s largest rainbow “flag”. (HuffPost)

The helicopter pilot who crashed into a building on Monday was lost in the rain and fog. Investigators are looking into how the craft ended up where it did instead of an airport in New Jersey. (NY Times)

FAA officials said that Timothy McCormack did not have the proper license to be operating the helicopter in low-visibility conditions. (HuffPost)

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney wants to ban all nonessential helicopter flights from Manhattan. The city banned rooftop helicopter landings after a 1977 crash on the roof of the MetLife building. (The Villager)

In the 1977 crash, five people were killed when an idling helicopter tipped over, four were on the roof, one was on the street below. (Gothamist)

The High Line’s final section is open. The Spur is the home of the High Line Plinth, a site dedicated to a rotating series of artists. (6sqft)

Watch the complete debate for Queens DA. (NY1)

During the debate, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was the favored punching bag of the seven candidates. (Politico)

We could be seeing the beginning of the end of the measles epidemic in Brooklyn. Everyone celebrate by making sure you’re vaccinated. (amNY)

New York state is one of three that doesn’t allow paid surrogacy, but even with a progressive legislature, it isn’t certain to be abolished. Abolishment of the prohibition has the governor’s support and a bill passed the state senate, but it is stalled in the assembly, where it has split progressive support. (NY Times)

The “Flower Flashes” by Lewis Miller Design might be the city’s most wholesome vandalism the city has ever seen. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo plans on hiring the former federal prosecutor that convicted former Speaker of the State Assembly, Sheldon Siver, to investigate a former federal prosecutor to look into the overtime issue plaguing the MTA. (Politico)

Remember that T-Mobile/Spring merger? New York is suing to block it from happening. (Patch)

Riverside Park is getting a new skate park at 108th St. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Riverside at W 108th has a history as a skatepark. The Riverside Skate Park was the first “solid” skate park in the city, originally built by NYC skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler. This piece in the Times from 2013 shows the history of the community’s dedication to maintaining it in honor of Kessler’s vision. (NY Times)

A guide to the pizza ovens of Brooklyn, illustrated by Koren Shadmi. (NY Times)

Jon Stewart, the conscience of New Yorkers, took to Congress on Tuesday to rightfully shame our government for not fully funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. (Patch)

John Jay College is being sued by students who allege the college botched sexual misconduct allegations against four professors, called “The Swamp.” (Patch)

The best restaurants of 2019 so far, according to Eater critic Robert Sietsema. (Eater)

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