The Briefly for August 14, 2019 – The “Hangry Squirrels Want Your Blood” Edition

Corey Johnson’s Rat Academy, the city and state challenge the “public charge” rule, Inwood fights rezoning, the best pastrami and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Are you ready for Rat Academy? City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is hosting an event with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on August 22 for free training on safe and effective methods for rat prevention. (Facebook)

In the first year of the city’s Culture Pass program, 70,000 tickets to 50 cultural institutions across the city like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Second Stage, and others were given out. Anyone with a library card is eligible for CulturePass. (amNY)

Google Maps will now show the location of Lime bikes in the city. (Curbed)

The squirrels in Battery Park are out for blood. Don’t let them woo you into a false sense of security with their fluffy tails and seeming meekness. According to a new warning from city officials, they’re vicious little hellbeasts who will go for your food at any cost. (Gothamist)

The city’s subway stations are in pretty poor shape, but they’re the worst in Queens, where 44% of the structural components are in disrepair. The good news in this is that the overall number od station with serious structural deficiencies actually fell from 2012 to 2017. (LIC Post)

The governor signed a new law into place strengthening the state’s sexual harassment protections. (Gothamist)

David Chang continues his “I built my businesses on the foundation of Stephen Ross’s money” apology tour, donating all of the profits his restaurants to different progressive organizations. (Eater)

An oral (and visual!) history of Winston the Wonder Dog that jumped off a roof, fell through a sunroof and seems to be doing okay. (Gothamist)

Broadway producer Ben Sprecher was arrested on Tuesday morning on child pornography charges. (Gothamist)

What does “parents buying” mean on a real estate listing? Pretty much what you might imagine it would. (StreetEasy)

An NYPD officer committed suicide on Tuesday morning, the eighth of the year. An average year sees five officers commit suicide. (NY Times)

The Off-Broadway “How I Learned to Drive” won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1998 and 23 years later the show will reunite on Broadway in 2020 with David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker reprising their original roles. (NY Times)

Snapple is spending the summer paying tribute to “Boroughs & Burbs,” and the label designs are about as embarrassing as a drink designed by Bret Michaels. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan has been temporarily reassigned after the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein and the two guards guarding him have been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into his death. (NY Times)

The Metropolitan Correctional Center historically has had issues with overcrowding, understaffing, cleanliness, and medical care. This is the same facility that experienced a multi-day heat and electricity outage during the coldest days of last winter. (Gothamist)

The new transit fare OMNY system hit its millionth fare on August 8, four times faster than planned. The MTA has no plans to roll out the system ahead of schedule and will be in all stations and buses by the end of 2020. (amNY)

The 1, 2, and 3 trains are headed for some big outages over the next two weekends as the MTA is wrapping up a rehab project. Service will be shut down between Harlem and Downtown Brooklyn. (amNY)

Today is the first day of the special “look-back” period for sexual abuse lawsuits in the state and thousands of cases are expected to be filed. The suits are being triggered by the Child Victims Act, which increased the statute of limitation for child sexual abuse from age 23 to age 55 and included this one-year “look-back” period. (amNY)

This weekend Apartment 5A: A Tribute to the Show About Nothing takes over Parasol Projects on the Bowery. It’s an exhibition dedicated to all things Seinfeld in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary. (Gothamist)

Meet Jamaal Bowman, Cornerstone Academy for Social Action’s principal, who is challenging Congressperson Eliot Engel for the 16th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives. Bowman has the backing of Justice Democrats, the group who pushed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into office. (Gothamist)

The city and state are once again planning to take the federal government to court. This time it’s over the final “public charge” rule, which would require immigrants seeking green cards or visas to show they are not likely to rely on certain government programs like food stamps. Without challenge, the rule would go into effect in October. (Patch)

There is only one legal hostel in New York City thanks to the city’s building codes. Council members Mark Gjonaj and Margaret Chin are looking to change that with a new bill that will give hostels their own classification and a regulatory agency to look over them. (Gothamist)

Video: What’s the best pastrami sandwich in the city? (Viewing NYC)

Five finalists in the Big Ideas for Small Lots architecture competition are being displayed at the Center for Architecture. The competition highlights the challenges facing a number of the city’s 10,000 small and/or oddly-shaped lots and faces those challenges with unconventional developments. (Curbed)

A look back at the efforts of Jackie O and preservationists to save Grand Central Terminal from the same fate as the original Penn Station. (6sqft)

Opening arguments were heard on Tuesday in a lawsuit meant to prevent the rezoning of Inwood. The lawsuit accuses the city of failing to look at the environmental impact of the rezoning, particularly among racial lines. The rezoning was approved after three years of community protest that the rezoning continues Mayor de Blasio’s selling out the city to developers. (Gothamist)

A 3.2-acre farm is opening in Brooklyn on the rooftop of the Liberty View Industrial Plaza mall in Sunset Par and operated by Brooklyn Grange. Once the space officially opens, it will be open to the public on Sundays through October. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

The opening of a sanitation garage may not seem like a big deal, but it is when a neighborhood’s been waiting for it since 1985. Having a local garage means trash pickup times can change from evenings to mornings, which means a change in how the neighborhood looks and smells. (Kings County Politics)

The classic steakhouses of New York City. (Eater)

The Briefly for July 8, 2019 – The “Boomer Boogeyman is to Blame” Edition

The NYPD runs a cyclist oft the road, Melinda Katz’ lead narrows to 16 votes, a look back on Seinfeld’s pilot, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway disruptions seem minimal. (Subway Weekender)

“Admittedly it was against the law, but we had police consent.” This is the story of a band of vigilantes who destroyed a grove of trees in Forest Hills as the police watched in an attempt to harass the gay community a few days before the Stonewall Riots. (NY Times)

This Wednesday your good friends at The Briefly and the skint bring you ‘When Harry Met Sally’-themed Trivia at Parklife. (Brooklyn Based)

The “boomer backlash,” self-identified progressives born between 1946 and 1964, is hampering city progress across the country using tactics normally associated with the alt-right to shout down and shut out changes to their neighborhoods. These voices don’t represent the will of the majority, but they’re the loudest and most mobilized in the room with the most people in their Facebook groups. This is how so many people in Park Slope seem opposed to housing for the homeless, 14th Street doesn’t prioritize buses while the L train has minimal service or why so many needless deaths occur on the city’s streets because some residents prioritize the city providing public parking for private vehicles instead of the safety of cyclists. This, from the generation that gave us the 2008 housing bubble, the war in Iraq, and who handed out participation trophies. (Huff Post)

Pity your Jersey friends, for many reasons. Especially who must take N.J. Transit. Last week alone, more than 60 trains were canceled. (NY Times)

15 awesome Astoria happy hours. (We Heart Astoria)

A good news story for your Monday. Three officers sent to arrest a woman who was allegedly stealing groceries at the Union Square Whole Foods paid for the items instead. (Patch)

Victor Ang succumbed to injuries sustained after he was hit by a car while biking in April and has become the city’s 15th biker who was hit by a car and killed in 2019. (Gothamist)

The NYPD intentionally rammed a cyclist on a Citi Bike who ran two red lights. The NYPD’s crackdown on drivers creating unsafe situations for cyclists has yet to begin. (Streetsblog)

How to find a rent-stabilized apartment. (Curbed)

How was your weekend? Oh, you know, I watched a video of a man carrying a live rat in his mouth while riding the subway. (Patch)

Turns out the best place to watch the July 4th fireworks was illegally riding between subway cars on the Manhattan Bridge. (Gothamist)

Congrats to you, Brooklyn! There were no reported firework-related injuries during July 4, despite me watching a group of bewildered men accidentally shoot off a dozen of rockets at a line of parked cars and garbage piles. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The ubiquity of camera phones can make you take a candid photo of a street vendor for granted but a look through the photos taken by a tourist in NYC in 1970 can shift your entire perspective, especially a photo from the Empire State Building looking South which is without Battery Park City or the World Trade Center. (Ephemeral New York)

A cross-sectional look at some of the city’s landmarks. (Viewing NYC)

The spread of measles has been slowing, calling back to the city’s history of containing contagious diseases, even if it wasn’t always pleasant. (6sqft)

An exhaustive look back at the one episode of Seinfeld you probably haven’t watched a thousand times: the pilot. (Gothamist)

12 sites that explore the immigrant experience in NYC. (Curbed)

Here they are, the Dominique Ansel city-themed pastries that look like toy versions of other food. If you’re dying for a pavlova shaped like an everything bagel, this is your opportunity. (Gothamist)

There weren’t too many restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health (either it was the short holiday week or the city’s eateries are getting cleaner), but we still have a new entry into the triple-digit point club. (Patch)

The city declared a climate emergency. What’s next? (NY Times)

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s lead in the Democratic primary is down to 16 votes. This week the manual recount begins. (Politico)

An unidentified male body was found dead inside a food truck on Liberty Ave in Jamaica. (QNS)

Andrej Tadeusz Kosciuszko, for whom the city bridge and pool are named after, is getting a memorial in his hometown in Belarus. Kosciuszko traveled to the United States from Poland after hearing of the Revolutionary War and by the end of the war became a brigadier general. (NY Times)

U.S. Women’s National Team is getting a ticker tape parade on Wednesday morning from Battery Park to City Hall, only the fifth since the year 2000. (amNY)

10 great rooftop bars. (NY Times)

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