The Briefly for July 4th, 2018 – Fireworks, Window ACs Will Not Kill You, DJ Idris Elba, and More

Where to watch fireworks, falling window ACs, Idris Elba is a DJ now, songs of the summer, how to win at carnival games, the original Coney Island hot dog is not Nathan’s, and more in today’s news digest.

Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters
Coney Island Boardwalk Imposters

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks. New Jersey, always the imitator, will have fireworks of its own on the Hudson.

Before the Coney Island Nathan’s hot dog, there was the original Feltman’s hot dogs. Nathan Handwerker started as an employee of Feltman’s before venturing out on his own to peddle hot dogs to the masses.

BrooklynVegan picked the songs of the summer, so brace yourself.

Headed to the boardwalk today? How to win carnival games.

A falling window air conditioner will not kill you, statically speaking.

An NYPD detective was attested for stalking and throwing pee on her ex-girlfriend’s door.

City teachers and Department of Education workers who are mothers, fathers, or non-birth parents will now get six weeks of parental leave with 100% of salary starting September 4.

KāMIN Health Crown Heights Urgent Care is offering free lead testing for kids (by appointment) in light of the over 800 children with lead poisoned due to living in NYC public housing.

A memorial service for a LIRR train headed for the scrapyard.

DJ Idris Elba? Yup, it’s happening on Friday night in Greenpoint.

A tenth man was arrested in the stabbing death of Junior Feliz-Guzman.

The Roosevelt Island Tram renovations are complete, but the trams still don’t have air conditioning.

Here come the dockless bike-sharing programs.


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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.

The Briefly for June 7, 2018 – Dept of Health Issues A Cocaine Warning, Domino Park, The Rent is Too Damn High, and More

Two Customs and Border Patrol officers at Newark airport were indicted on assaulting two fellow officers on what’s reported as a “rape table.” Gross.

Williamsburg’s Domino Park opens this weekend.

Is the rent too damn high? The Affordability Index from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office answers that question.

The Queens Gazette has two opinion pieces for and against the SHSAT.

A teenager jumped 130-feet off the Queensborough Bridge and was saved by a bystander who waved down a ferry. He’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries at New York Presbyterian.

We’re less than 300 days until the L train shutdown and dozens of economic justice and environmental advocates rallied to call for a greater focus on helping low income residents.

The story of the pizza delivery man who was detained and handed over to ICE is a microcosm of a larger story playing out across the country. The family has a GoFundMe page set up to help with the associated costs.

Brokelyn proves that if you are in Brooklyn, someone’s fucked there.

Turns out we’ve been spelling Verrazzano wrong this entire time.

State Comptroller DiNapoli released a report that found “private elevator inspectors in New York City are missing hazardous violations and allowing unsafe conditions to go unrepaired.” Whoops?

Opening a fire hydrant is illegal, unless you get a spray cap from the FDNY. amNY explains how.

The NYPL’s podcast goes in-depth into the dark past of Roosevelt Island with Stacy Horn talking about her newest book Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

The Department of Health wants to warn you about the dangers of cocaine… laced with fentanyl. On the serious side, the DOH is training some bar staff to identify the signs of a fentanyl overdose and administer Naloxone, which can help block the effects of an overdose. 18 bars have signed on to the program.