The Briefly for October 8, 2018 – Rats Coming Out of Our Drains and Other True Horrors

The Central Park zombie raccoon outbreak spread to Prospect Park, a private ferry to deal with the L train shutdown, Sharon Needles is ready for Halloween, and more in the daily NYC news digest.

We all have enough to worry about before we add “rats coming out of the drains” to the list, but here we are. (Curbed)

The sky is literally falling at the Bedford Ave L station, but the MTA says not to be alarmed by the chunks of debris form the ceiling. (Gothamist)

The zombie raccoon outbreak in Central Park has spread to Prospect Park. Late stages of distemper can cause brain damage and cause raccoons to wander aimlessly and become aggressive. Pet owners are advised to be alert and keep your pet leashed at all times. (Brooklyn Paper)

The 72nd St B/C subway station reopened with mosaics by Yoko Ono. (6sqft)

It’s cuffing season, and Bushwick Daily is here for you. A list of budget-friendly romantic date spots in Bushwick.

An $80 million renovation is headed for the Manhattan Bridge and will continue through 2021. (6sqft)

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is in danger of running out of funds before the program ends in 2020. Anyone who lived, worked, or studied south of Canal is urged to register with the fund even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness. (Downtown Express)

Meet Concetta Anne Bencivenga, the new director of the New York Transit Museum. (6sqft)

Norwood Heights is expected to be NYC’s hot neighborhood…in 50 years. (Welcome2TheBronx)

“I never thought I would live in a time with such constant outrage and what the country is going through now.” Deborah Kass’s OY/YO sculpture was created in 2015, which seems like an eternity ago. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The ice skating rink at 30 Rock opens today. It’s been on your NYC “to do” list for years, right? (6sqft)

Get your eye roll ready. SW/TCH is a private 150 person luxury ferry that will operate during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The Department of Justice dropped its case against Pablo Villavicencio, the man who was detained by ICE at Fort Hamilton earlier this year.

17 cozy bars and restaurants in Cobble Hill. (Eater)

How the brownstone became the city’s classic apartment. (StreetEasy)

No matter the situation, the mayor saying “I’m in the middle of doing my workout” to a homeless advocate is a bad look. (HuffPo)

“With so much in the news about sexual misconduct in the past week, you may find yourself facilitating discussions on the topic.” John Jay distributed guidelines for teaching students about its own sex scandal. (NY Post)

Sharon Needles’s annual Halloween show starts this week and she sat down with Chelsea Now to talk about her annual Halloween traditions, favorite costumes, the future of drag, and more.


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The Briefly for July 10, 2018 – de Blasio’s Weekend at Bernie’s, the Dog Fashion Show is Dead, Staten Island’s Heroin Epidemic, and More

A hot subway car is history, it’s officially rat season in the city, Staten Island’s heroin epidemic hits hard on July 4th, the air conditioner is a Brooklyn invention, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

de Blasio’s weekend at Bernie’s (Sanders)

Win a bong signed by Abbi and Ilana from Broad City and support Cynthia Nixon at the same time.

There is no L train between Lorimer St and Broadway Junction between 10:30 and 5am until July 27. Plan accordingly.

One of the hottest subway cars was removed from service. #1872 on the 1 train is gone, but what about #1684 on the 6?

Queen’s tallest tower just shrunk by 200 feet.

Chump Schumer? Progressive democrats worry Senator Schumer isn’t doing enough to block Trump’s pick of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. City Councilman and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams was arrested outside Trump Tower while protesting President Trump’s SCOTUS pick.

The city shut down the parking lot in Bushwick where 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez was killed in a hit-and-run in June.

The first air conditioner in the world was invented in Brooklyn in 1902. Just one more reason NYC has always been the coolest.

Summer is the rat season. What neighborhood has the most rat complains in the city? RentHop has the answer.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Franklin and Varick, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, and Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is at 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn.

The iconic Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show in South Slope is canceled due to “too much red tape.” Freddy’s’ manager Donald O’Finn is hoping to have a pet parade down Fifth Avenue instead, but will settle for an informal pup meet up this year.

A three-alarm fire in Sunset Park on Monday afternoon was likely related to the enormous electrical outage in Dyker Heights.

Northwell hospitals will get armed guards as part of a program put in place after a shooting at a hospital in the Bronx last year.

The FDNY deemed the June 14 fire at Red Hook’s historic Bowne Warehouse as suspicious.

Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years claims that he is owed about $160,000 for more than 3,000 hours of overtime.

“The heroin epidemic on Staten Island continues to rage like an out-of-control fire” – District Attorney Michael McMahon. Staten Island saw ten reported heroin overdoses on July 4th alone.

The Uber drive who kicked a lesbian couple out of his car was recommended to not have his license suspended after a hearing revealed that he was not as forceful as was reported by the couple and their kissing was closer to heavy petting.

Featured Photo: Forever Young by Rad paste up by Raddington Falls by Rob Blatt.


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The Briefly for June 14, 2018 – Affordable Housing for Seniors, Three Rhinos Go to Brooklyn, Spotted Pig’s Future, and More

Spotted Pig has a new owner, the best neighborhoods in the city for rats, new affordable housing for seniors, the best happy hours in Bushwick, and more

Happy flag day.

The Upper West Side, Bed-Stuy, and Harlem are the top neighborhoods in the city… for rats!

Newtown Creek is getting a new living dock. What’s a living dock? It’s a “floating structure designed to provide valuable marine habitat within a heavy polluted and largely bulkheaded waterway.” Don’t fall in the water.

A 33-year-old mom was killed and her 6-year-old son was injured when a car jumped a curb on Seaview Avenue in Canarsie on June 12.

The city committed to build thousands of affordable apartments for low-income seniors on unused NYCHA land. There are 207,000 families on the wait list for public housing and 58,700 living in shelters in the city. This is separate from the $2 billion seed aside to right the recent NYCHA wrongs.

The TLC suspended the license of the Uber driver who kicked two women out of his car for kissing. Uber also kicked him out of their app. It’s 2018, jeez.

The Last Three is a seventeen foot tall sculpture of three rhinos stacked on top of each other by Gillie and Marc Schnatter in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. Public viewing started Wednesday, June 13. The statue was previously in Astor Place. The pair previous had a sculpture in DUMBO called Paparazzi Dog.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s The Punisher is at Sutton and Driggs in Brooklyn and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at E 96th and 5th.

Bushwick Daily published their happy hour guide to the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and M stop.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced two more weeks of partial closures of the the Roosevelt Island tram due to recent rain. If you don’t have to, don’t take the tram.

should be allowed to live in rest-stabilized apartments?

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune in Manhattan, and her wife Ashley Merriman will take over of Spotted Pig restaurant. This is a somewhat controversial move, as the NY Times quotes some people who are upset that they are willing to do business with Ken Friedman. Friedman was accused of sexual harassment by at least 10 women earlier this year.

The jackass behind the Fyre Festival was charged with even more fraud. Get in the sea.

Take a look at the future of paying for the subways and buses, as the MetroCard will go the way of the subway token.

Michael Gongora, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was charged with starting a fire in Flushing on June 4 that injured ten firefighters and left two alleged gang members in critical condition.