The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.

The Briefly for May 9, 2018 – Restaurant Surge Pricing, New York’s Toxic Politicians, RIP The Chopped Salad Lunch, and More

The Population of Manhattan, Hour-by-Hour
The population of Manhattan, hour by hour. By citrusvanilla in r/dataisbeautiful.

Are you ready for restaurant surge pricing? A series of 200 restaurants in the city want to add a surcharge to your bill instead of raising prices. The list includes some of the most successful, highest grossing, luxury restaurants in the city.

Preet Bharara could become New York’s first podcaster turned Attorney General.

A cider to die for. Malus Immortalis is a hard cider made from apples grown in Green-Wood Cemetery.

A grandmother fought off a kidnapping attempt in Gravesend. Go grandma!

Which is more gross: The Newtown Creek or the Gowanus Canal? Let this guy who’s swam in both give you an answer.

Seven suggestions on where to take a first date in Bushwick from Bushwick Daily.

Who are these lost souls who helm the MTA’s Twitter account? WSJ account required.

Off-duty cop Michael Baror was charged with 11 counts, including second nd third degree assault for a New Year’s Day bout of road rage. Baror was held in lieu of $15,000 bail and faces seven years in prison.

All you can eat ice cream? I want to go to there.

Police have charged Mirzo Atadzhanov of Sheepshead Bay in the Prospect Park South murder of professor Jeremy Safran.

You’re not sick. It’s a POLLEN BOMB!

RIP the chopped salad lunch spot. We hardly knew ye.

The city’s rules about food pushcarts involve more measuring than you would imagine.

What is going on with all the toxic politicians that New York produces?

The usuals are still filming: The Torture Report and Jon Hamm are in Fort Totten in Queens, Law and Order SVU is at Chelsea Piers, Late Night with Mindy Kaling is on 54th and Park, The Punisher is at Cadman Plaza West, and Daredevil is on Lincoln Ave in the Bronx, and Billions with Paul Giamatti is in a few different spots.

Three corrections officers at Rikers Island stand accused of rape and sexual assault of a female inmate.

From the Times‘s How 2 M.T.A. Decisions
Pushed the Subway Into Crisis

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