The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2018 – The “One Million Soaking Wet People in Diapers Looking Up” Edition

Happy New Year from The Briefly! Corey Johnson will become acting NYC public advocate, no umbrellas in Times Square, the best New Year’s brunch, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

You can’t leave to go to the bathroom and other things you need to know about Times Square tonight. (You’ll need diapers.) (amNY)

The NYPD will have 1,225 cameras in Times Square, including the first time use of drones at a large-scale event. (NY Post)

Today’s forecast calls for rain starting in the afternoon and going past the ball drop at midnight, which adds a hurdle for the masses in Times Square who are not allowed to bring umbrellas into the heavily policed area. (NYC.gov)

Hush hush, Mayor de Blasio wants to reduce city noise. (NY Post)

It started as investigating a gas leak and ended with the discovery of two grow houses in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Everyone wants a piece of legal weed, including unions. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union has hopes to unionize the thousands of workers who will handle or sell cannabis once it’s legal. (NY Post)

Add another entry to the “do not do this on the subway” list. This one’s for everyone, not just the perverts, weirdos, or man-spreaders. (Gothamist)

Everything you need to know about getting around tonight. (Curbed)

The Fair Fares program, which will provide reduced transit fares for low-income New Yorkers, is scheduled to launch in January, but the are no details about the program released by the mayor’s office. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

Take a front row seat to last week’s Astoria Borealis with these videos. (Gothamist)

The East Side Access project connecting the LIRR and MetroNorth has hit a crippling obstacle: bureaucracy. (NY Post)

Could Letitia James’ focus on President Trump backfire with judges that may see a political vendetta instead of a pursuit of justice? (NY Times)

The special election for Public Advocate will be held on February 26, 2019. (NY Post)

Until a new public advocate is elected, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will pull double duty, taking on on the role of acting public advocate. (NY Times)

A retired Internal Affairs detective, Staten Island’s William Nolan, was arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails to former colleagues in the NYPD. A cache of weapons was also seized. He was described as a “ticking time bomb” and is out on bail. (NY Post)

“This isn’t Rikers. … We do what we want here.” A lawsuit alleges that Rikers inmates are sent upstate to skirt NYC laws where they are beaten, put in solitary confinement, and forced to undergo rectal searches. (Yahoo)

City employees have over $650,000 of unpaid parking tickets and violations. Of all of the employees to have received tickets or summonses, one person has had their driving privileges revoked. (NY Post)

The Gowanus Canal seems like an odd inspiration for Calvin Klein, but you can buy a Foundation Trucker Jacket in the color”Gowanus Black.” (Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD busted the Fausto Stillo barber shop in Sunset Park for running an illegal cockfighting operation. (NY Post)

16 hangover-busting dishes for New Years Day brunch. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 2, 2018 – Hell is Being Stuck in a Subway Elevator

Zagat is back, Louis CK drops in at the Comedy Cellar again, a $15k/month Instagram apartment, the juvenile delinquency was raised, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The age of juvenile delinquency in New York changed to 17 on Monday and will raise to 18 on October 1, 2019. Before Monday there were 93 17- and 17-year -olds at Rikers Island. The teens will be moving to the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. (amNY)

What’s worse than being stuck on the subway? Being stuck inside a subway elevator for an hour without air conditioning while debris crashes down on the roof and not everyone speaks the same language, like these people at the Clark Street subway stop were. (Gothamist)

An elevator is going to be built at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 station to make the station ADA compliant. The elevators should be ready by the fall of 2020. (BKLYNER)

59 outdoor art installations not to miss in October. (Untapped Cities)

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. (6sqft)

Two landlords are being sued for renting out out hundreds of apartments that should have been rent-stabilized but were not. The class action lawsuits are credited to the Housing Rights Initiative’s investigations into abuse by landlords. (Curbed)

What does the intersection of the future look like in New York City? The DOT unveiled a new plan aimed at reducing deadly pedestrian and bicycle accidents with cars. (Curbed)

For $15,000 a month, you can rent an apartment that was specially designed to look good on Instagram, or you could do literally anything else with that money. (NY Times)

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An oral history of Zagat, from the rise to the review juggernaut to the confusing acquisition by Google and recent sale to The Infatuation. (Fast Company)

A man was talked out of jumping from the Williamsburg Bridge on Sunday morning. The man on the bridge was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. (BKLYNER)

20 destination restaurants in Greenpoint. (Eater)

What’s in a name? Ask the group trying to rename Hunter’s Point South Park to something memorable. (6sqft)

CitiBike is adding 500 brand new bicycles to its fleet this week which sport a slightly new design. (Streetsblog)

The night mayor, whose job description is somewhat nebulous, is starting a listening tour in Brooklyn tonight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s $2.5 billion master plan will reportedly bring 10,000 new jobs to Brooklyn with 5.1 million square feet of manufacturing space. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Verrazzano Bridge has a new Z. (amNY)

Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge in this time-lapse video captured by Neil van Niekerk. (Viewing NYC)

“We don’t expect Louis back anytime soon.” The owner of the Comedy Cellar was made out to be a liar. Career creep Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar unannounced for the second time since sexual misbehavior accusations were made against him. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is attempting to take credit for releasing 14,000 emails after a court order forced his hand. He might tout “transparency,” but the reality is “lost a battle in court to prevent this.” (NY Post)

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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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