The Briefly for May 10 , 2018 – Cuomo Doesn’t Debate, A Salad in Staten Island, Blissville is Mad, Keep Your Doggos Safe, and More

Governor Cuomo revealed himself to be a coward and did not debate Cynthia Nixon. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was there in his place. Nixon’s new campaign slogan is something to behold and calls back to a cringe-worthy slogan of the past.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman doctor, will be honored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with a plaque commemorating the building on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby where she started her first clinic.

CB6 voted unanimously against Woodland on Flatbush Ave in Park Slope’s liquor license renewal application. It’s worth noting that these votes are advisory for the state liquor authority. Their license was renewed by the state. Who wants a $20 bottomless mimosa?

Movers at Two Men and a Truck are voting this week to join the Teamsters Union this week. They rallied ahead of the vote calling out what they call poverty wages, racially coded language, and unfair promotions.

If the Parks Department is willing to lie about the health of trees it wants to remove in Ft Greene Park for the sake of renovations, what else are they willing to lie about? The misinformation is at the heart of a lawsuit stalling construction until more information is made public.

No happy endings for these three massage parlor employees arrested in Bayside last month for alleged prostitution.

Something about this photo essay of the Dual Specialty Store, which has been in the East Village for over 30 years, and owner Abdul Patwary is touching in a very New York City way.

Filming around the city: The usual cast of characters. Mrs Maisel, Punisher, Daredevil, Torture Report, James Franco’s mustache’s latest project, along with newcomer Younger with Sutton Foster.

A salad bar grows in Staten Island.

The famed Red Hook ball fields are isolated from most of the city and have been empty for years. Unsafe levels of lead in the soils closed them in 2015, and construction bidding delays will make sure they remain partially empty until at least 2021.

Update! The NYPD believe they’ve caught the man who attempted to kidnap a 3 year old and was stopped by a grandma.

More subway station closures are imminent: This time it’s 28th St on the 6 and 23rd on the F/M. Both stations will close in July until December.

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull’s Pride Health Center in Williamsburg/Bushwick (depending who you ask) was awarded a 2018 Gay City News Impact Award.

Please keep your doggos safe! A very good pup ate a sandwich in Fort Tryon Park in Fort George that was full of nails. Murphy is doing well after emergency surgery and she may go home this week. Feel better Murphy!

Three years after 10,000 migrant workers working on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus hadn’t been paid what they were owed, thousands of workers are still owed millions of dollars. The school is challenging the “Forced Labor at NYU Abu Dhabi” report.

Blissville, a sub-neighborhood of Long Island City, formed a civic association to protest the third homeless hotel shelter in their neighborhood arguing that their small population of 475 is shouldering more than their share of the burden with a shelter population of over 500. The city promises the end the use of hotels as shelters, but not until 2021.

The near 1,000 foot tall 80 Flatbush Ave hit another snag with a 32-1 CB2 vote against their proposal.

A waitress at a Brooklyn diner stole almost half a million dollars from a widow in her 80s over the course of four years and was sentenced to three to nine years of prison and has to pay back all the money she stole.

The lineup for the 16th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has been released.

Update! Remember yesterday’s “no chopping” rule at Just Salad? Salad eaters are very mad.


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The Briefly for May 8, 2018 – Schneiderman Out, The End of Poke, Online Bail, James Beard Winners, A Disappearing Ferris Wheel, and More

What a difference a day makes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after four women came forward to accuse him of nonconsensual physical violence. Schneiderman had been an advocate for women and a foil or President Trump. Barbara Underwood, New York’s Solicitor General, will become the state’s Attorney General.

Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry were exonerated after nearly three decades of being wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1991.

Whoops! The $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project was left off the Economic Development Corporation’s budget for 2019.

Jeremy Safran from Prospect Park South was killed in a suspected burglary gone wrong. A suspect was found in the basement and arrested, but no charges have been filed yet.

The city is introducing an online bail system which eliminates the need to be present to bail someone out doing business hours and can spread across multiple credit cards (with a current maximum of $2,500).

Filming today: Marvel is still in town with The Punisher in Long Island City and Daredevil in the Bronx. Jon Hamm and The Torture report is at Broadway and Worth, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st and 11th, Mindy Kaling and Late Night is at 54th and Park, Law and Order: SVU is solving cases in Chelsea Piers, Sunlit Night starring Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Gillian Anderson at Grand and Forsyth, and The Deuce, James Franco, and his mustache are at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd.

All the city’s James Beard Award winners in the city, highlighted by Eater.

A second protest hit the New School as faculty and students strike together to get graduate students recognized as workers. Their goal is to completely shut the school down during the strike.

Can the city achieve it’s zero traffic related death goal? Curbed takes a look through the lens of March’s fatal accident in Park Slope. 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuer was the fifth child hit and killed by a car on Northern Boulevard, and city council members and sanitation workers are rallying to revoke the license of Sanitation Salvage after two deaths in six months and fail safety inspections at four times the annual rate.

The Poké hype train is slowing down and will soon join cupcakes, Pokémon Go, cronuts, froyo, and pogs.

Is there anything better than Drag Queen Story Hour in Queens libraries through the month of May? Will Brooklyn follow suit with a Drag King Story Hour?

The superintendent of the Port Authority’s police force for airports and bridges retired after Rush Limbaugh claimed that he got a police escort with lights and sirens from Newark airport to a Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation gala (the former superintendent is the vice president of the foundation). Maybe they’re unrelated stories.

A look at NYC’s “Zombie Home” problem in 6sqft. The city has nearly a quarter million empty apartments and the number of zombie homes increased by 35% since 2014.

A look inside the Fresh Pond Crematory in Queens.

Central Park in the 1980s and now. Gothamist republished a 2015 slide show showing the NYC that the Ninja Turtles warned you about compared to modern times.

Work begins (again) on the Roosevelt Island tram on May 15th and serviced will be reduced to 1 cabin for 30 days.

After 108 counts of animal abuse, this Queens woman is not allowed to own pets for ten years.

Here comes the 7 makeover!

The giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island is in danger of not being built at all.

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