The Briefly for October 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Witches Will Curse Brett Kavanaugh (and the Patriarchy)

The mayor won’t stop talking, WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment, a white woman in sunglasses calls the cops, local blog drama, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn witches are planning to curse Brett Kavanaugh. Bushwick’s Catland promises to curse Brett the Beerman Kavanaugh, all other rapists, and the patriarchy during an October 20 ritual. (NY Post)

The governor ordered the state police to investigate the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys after video shows them attacking protestors and calling them homophobic slurs. The NYPD is also investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The Q at Parkside blog disappeared last week, this week it returned, publishing the letter from Alicia Boyd that demanded the site be shut down. Brooklyn hyperlocal blogging just got weird. (The Q at Parkside)

A guerrilla art installation by artist Aaron Asis popped up at Fort Tilden in Queens. Have A Ball is inside an abandoned structure and is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden.’ (Untapped Cities)

44% of all New York households are rent burdened (more than 30% of their income goes towards rent). The percentages for very low and extremely low income households are much worse. (Curbed)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A white woman in sunglasses called the cops on a black person for existing. The twist this time is that the black person was a 9-year-old boy, and despite being accused of grabbing Flatbush’s Teresa Klein’s ass, he did not. (NY Post)

You’re no artist! Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the “Trumpet Fight” masterpiece video. October 14th will always be “You’re Talented and Not a Disgrace and You Do Not Suck Day.” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio, who works out at the Park Slope YMCA on a regular basis, does not think politicians should be bothered by protestors or upset citizens when they are in public. If you disagree, the mayor regularly works out at and can be found at the Park Slope YMCA. (NY Post)

Is NYC pizza better because of our water? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat and drink near Penn Station (if you must). (Eater)

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Village Halloween Parade. (Curbed)

WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment that enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward, according to a lawsuit. (Gothamist)

President Trump’s new green card proposal could deny 75,000 New Yorkers of SNAP benefits, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with the BQE during construction is Mayor De Blasio’s favored option when it comes to the rock and hard place decision about how to repaid the crumbling highway. (Brooklyn Paper)

Is the mayor trying to make us tune him out by talking forever? (NY Post)

Over the next three years, 3.5 miles of skyscrapers will be built in NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Our water isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve been wasting wood or dirt in your tap water, you’re not alone. (NY Post)

Don’t settle for crappy bagels. The Brooklyn Bagel Blog is here to point you in the right direction when you need your fix.


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The Briefly for October 3, 2018 – Illness, Microbes, and Epidemics Shaped Our City

It’s legal to take your dog on public transit in an emergency, the Lower East Side Mall expands, the Central Park Squirrel Census, neighborhoods for bookworms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Presidential Alert System will be tested at 2:18pm today. If you have a phone that can receive text messages, you’ll be receiving a message. Three New Yorkers are fighting today’s test in court. (NY Post)

How illness, microbes, and epidemics designed New York City. (Curbed)

A NIMBY lawsuit is aimed at trying to stop the addition of bus priority lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk expansions, and anything else that might be helpful during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The check is no longer in the mail. Vanessa Bandie, Lauren Johnson, Paul Daniels, and James Black were charged in connection with stealing more than $29,000 from checks in the mail (BKLYNER).

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought on any public transit during an emergency. (NY Post)

If you left your gun in the Lambs Club bathroom last week, the NYPD has your gun. (Eater)

A 9-year-old girl was sitting on her window-mounted air conditioner when it fell out of the sixth floor and she followed down to the second story roof of a day care next to her building. She survived and suffered a broken ankle. (Daily News)

Rent increases have gone into effect for rent-stabilized apartments, after the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes. One-year leases will increase 1.5% and two-year leases will increase 2.5%. (Curbed)

The city’s 20 premiere pastry shops. (Eater)

After a third daylight shooting in three months near the Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a meeting to prevent future violence. (BKLYNER)

The Central Park Squirrel Census needs volunteers! (amNY)

An accident in Brooklyn turned into a wild gunpoint kidnapping and extortion that ended on an eighth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio created a new position in his administration, a chief democracy officer, whose job it will be to get people registered to vote and civil participation. Critics warn that the $165k/year job is a waste of money, similar to the “night mayor,” who is paid $130k/year. (NY Post)

If you have thoughts on the proposed 40-story jail that Mayor de Blasio wants to put on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, . You can email boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov (Brooklyn Paper)

The Lower East Side Mall is nearly complete. Marshalls is opening next door to Katz’s on Thursday. (Bowery Boogie)

The Trump administration is withholding on over a billion dollars in funding for transit projects and have been fighting against granting any funding for projects. The MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan will cost between $14 and $43 billion and relies heavily on federal funding. (Transit for America)

The best neighborhoods in the city for bookworms in celebration of National Book Month. (StreetEasy)


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The Briefly for Labor Day 2018 – The City Has A New Pot Policy

The NYPD will issue summons instead of arrests in most cases involving smoking pot in public, but critics point out the new policy may continue to allow for racial profiling in arrests made.

There’s a new pot policy in the city, which started September 1. Anyone caught smoking marijuana in public will receive a summons instead of being arrested. There are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being that police can “exercise discretion” on how best to proceed.

The Village Voice has ceased publishing new stories, as reported by the re-animated corpse of Gothamist. The owner, Peter D. Barbey, is going to continue to make the paper’s archives available online. Gothamist suffered a similar fate, but was brought back to life by WNYC.

Less than a month after Inwood’s rezoning, the first 30-story rental tower is planned. The purpose of the rezoning was to encourage 5,000 new apartments in the neighborhood.

The city, working with Legal Aid, is working to get the 6,000 eligible people in Rikers Island registered to vote. The deadline to vote in the general elections on November 6 i October 12.

Another chapter in the long and complicated story of 85 Bowery has come to an end. On Thursday, tenants returned to their renovated homes almost two years after they were vacated from the building due to deteriorating conditions. In 2016, the owner filed a lawsuit to evict (rather than vacate) all tenants of the building, which spurred a legal argument about rent stabilized apartments. The story of the struggle between the tenants and the landlord isn’t over, but tenants once again have their homes.

Despite big promises about Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero, the NYPD has investigated less fatal collisions between pedestrians and cars. Investigations are down 19% and there are two fewer officers in the unit since 2013 (a promise was made to add more).

1,160 kids in NYCHA housing tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. That number started as 19, then was revised to 820 and has ballooned to over 1,000. On the radio on Friday Mayor de Blasio made attempts to deflect the blame, insisting that the city hadn’t violated the CDC’s instructions, rather they hadn’t adhered to its guidance.

The Leave Behind Naloxone Program will leave a drug overdose kit with overdose survivors. Friends and family of survivors can also request a kit. Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids in an overdose.

It’s been ten years since Coney Island’s Astroland closed. The Coney Island History Project is celebrating the lost amusement park throughout this month.

What is going on with The Michelle Obama Political Club that is in no way affiliated with Michelle Obama and why did this oddly named and seemingly newly formed group endorse State Senator Jesse Hamilton against Zellnor Myrie?

After declaring he would stop balancing the Sisyphus Stones, Uliks Gryka has stated he will return to Fort Washington Park to balance the stones after the stones were vandalized.

Melissa and Michelle Jones have become the NYPD’s first ever black twin-sister detectives.

Here it is, the dumbest opinion about bike lanes in history.

Juliio C. Ayala, an 18-year-old believed to be affiliated with MS-13, was arraigned on Sunday that he raped an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn.

At 8.4%, Queens had the highest year-over-year rent hike in the country in August.

Another account of the Central Park West ghost bus, which the MTA says does not exist… but it does.

The man who sprayed a mystery substance on NYC buses was 46-year-old Andre Chandler and the mystery substance was bear repellant (twice as strong as pepper-spray). He faces 20 counts of assault and as far as we know there were no bears aboard those buses.

Please stop feeding the squirrels in Madison Square Park!


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