The Briefly for July 10, 2018 – de Blasio’s Weekend at Bernie’s, the Dog Fashion Show is Dead, Staten Island’s Heroin Epidemic, and More

A hot subway car is history, it’s officially rat season in the city, Staten Island’s heroin epidemic hits hard on July 4th, the air conditioner is a Brooklyn invention, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

de Blasio’s weekend at Bernie’s (Sanders)

Win a bong signed by Abbi and Ilana from Broad City and support Cynthia Nixon at the same time.

There is no L train between Lorimer St and Broadway Junction between 10:30 and 5am until July 27. Plan accordingly.

One of the hottest subway cars was removed from service. #1872 on the 1 train is gone, but what about #1684 on the 6?

Queen’s tallest tower just shrunk by 200 feet.

Chump Schumer? Progressive democrats worry Senator Schumer isn’t doing enough to block Trump’s pick of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. City Councilman and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams was arrested outside Trump Tower while protesting President Trump’s SCOTUS pick.

The city shut down the parking lot in Bushwick where 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez was killed in a hit-and-run in June.

The first air conditioner in the world was invented in Brooklyn in 1902. Just one more reason NYC has always been the coolest.

Summer is the rat season. What neighborhood has the most rat complains in the city? RentHop has the answer.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Franklin and Varick, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, and Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is at 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn.

The iconic Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show in South Slope is canceled due to “too much red tape.” Freddy’s’ manager Donald O’Finn is hoping to have a pet parade down Fifth Avenue instead, but will settle for an informal pup meet up this year.

A three-alarm fire in Sunset Park on Monday afternoon was likely related to the enormous electrical outage in Dyker Heights.

Northwell hospitals will get armed guards as part of a program put in place after a shooting at a hospital in the Bronx last year.

The FDNY deemed the June 14 fire at Red Hook’s historic Bowne Warehouse as suspicious.

Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years claims that he is owed about $160,000 for more than 3,000 hours of overtime.

“The heroin epidemic on Staten Island continues to rage like an out-of-control fire” – District Attorney Michael McMahon. Staten Island saw ten reported heroin overdoses on July 4th alone.

The Uber drive who kicked a lesbian couple out of his car was recommended to not have his license suspended after a hearing revealed that he was not as forceful as was reported by the couple and their kissing was closer to heavy petting.

Featured Photo: Forever Young by Rad paste up by Raddington Falls by Rob Blatt.


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The Briefly for July 6, 2018 – The Most Insane Fireworks, Stay Off the Grass, $10 Million for the South Bronx, and More

Looking back at the most insane fireworks in the city, the Statue of Liberty climber speaks out, the Bronx is getting a makeover, the city is ready to re-draw the bus map, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Cobblestone streets and a manhole cover
Cobblestone

This is the most insane fireworks use of fireworks this year, but I’m not sure if anything will ever top 4th of July in Gravesend, Brooklyn from 1994.

In a democracy, we do not put children in cages, period.” -Patricia Okumou, the Statue of Liberty climbing protester.

Do city goers deserve access to grass in our public parks? That’s the fight happening downtown in DeLury Square.

Mapping the South Bronx’s transformative developments. Related: “Downtown” Bronx is getting a $10 million makeover through Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

It’s a simple plan. Bail out detained parents at the borders and reunite them with their children in New York City. That’s the goal of Immigrant Families Together, the group behind reuniting Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia with her children. The group arranged to have her driven by nine volunteers from Arizona to Queens to see her children again.

Filming Around Town (and likely soaking wet): Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Varick and Leonard and CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Dockless bike sharing is coming to the Rockaway, Central Bronx/Fordham, the month shore of Staten Island, and Coney Island.

Brooklyn has added over 175k jobs since 2009 and household income has grown 31% since 2010, but who is the boom being left behind?

The Atlantic’s How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism” is a must-read when pondering the city’s inevitable ban of plastic straws.

Climate Change Ain’t Nothing To Mess With” is Cody Prez’s tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and climate change in Staten Island and will be up until the summer of 2019.

The city’s bus system will be starting from scratch and overhauling the entire route network by 2021. Get ready for a lot of angry people complaining about changing bus routes.

The NY Post photo shoot with a Kim Jong-un lookalike around the city was… weird.


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The Briefly for June 26, 2018 – Vote Today, Bea Arthur LGBTQ residence opens, Water Fountain Quality, and More

Vote in today’s primaries, the city’s water fountains were tested, photos from Punk Island, the do nothing State Senate does nothing, anarchists protest ICE, and more

Citibikes wait
Citibikes wait

VOTE. Here’s your guide to today’s primaries.

The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth is open on E 13th.

Staten Island continues to love Michael Grimm, the convicted felon running for Congress.

Holy shit it actually worked” -Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council occupier. The anarchists managed to shut down immigration hearings in Manhattan. The group is calling on more people to show up at Varick St to continually ICE’s presence in the city.

New York’s State Senators are the definition of do-nothing cowards. If they didn’t support the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, they should have voted it down. Instead they did literally nothing and the program will expire on July 25. State Senator Marty Golden was caught speeding three times in 2018 in school zones. His Cadillac has been caught speeding in school zones 14 times since 2014. He killed 74-year-old Hariklia Zafiropoulos with his SUV in 2005. He was caught using a parking placard to impersonate a police officer.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 13th and 4th and on 15th near Union Square, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is on W Broadway and Chambers.

Seven men were arrested related to the stabbing death of a fifteen-year-old.

John Gotti Jr thinks there’s a conspiracy against Gotti: Gabagool Lasagna Bang Bang!, which currently enjoys a ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Babrera want to lower the mandatory fines for taxi drivers who refuse service to passengers from $200-$500 to $100-$200. The NAACP and the TLC are against the idea, calling it a proxy for racial discrimination.

The hipster party is ending. Someone called the cops and everyone has to leave the abandoned warehouse. Bushwick is on the list of the 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the metro area.

The current plan for the L train shutdown in Manhattan is that 14th Street will turn into a busway 17 hours a day according to court documents.

New renderings are available for the $1.5 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia. Spoiler alert, it looks like the AirTrain to JFK.

Check out BrooklynVegan’s photos from Punk Island 2018.

A new study claims that congestion pricing, not limiting ride share vehicles, will fix the city’s traffic problems.

The NY Post tested eight water fountains in parks throughout the city and discovered… the water exceeds the state’s guidelines. Drink up!