The Briefly for July 29, 2019 – The “Are Inflatable Rats An Endangered Species?” Edition

Crown Heights looks for an upzoning compromise, how much you need to afford a two-bedroom apartment, Gil the guide dog learns the subways, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Clumsy, overcooked and pointless.” Moulin Rouge on Broadway isn’t winning over critics. (amNY)

Inside the Department of Sanitation’s Certified Organic Recycling (CORe), which probably smells just lovely, where they are turning the city’s food scraps into methane that will be used to heat homes and run in natural gas lines. (Bushwick Daily)

A fifth NYPD officer since June has committed suicide. Commissioner James O’Neill declared a mental health crisis in June in an attempt to fight the stigma of seeking help. (NY Times)

Don’t leave your unwanted pets in the city’s parks, they don’t have the survival instincts necessary to stay alive. A rabbit was rescued from Prospect Park. Larry the bunny is in a foster home in Bergen Beach. (Patch)

Is the inflatable protest rat an endangered species? (Gothamist)

Amazon continues to make headlines whenever the company looks at office space. After abandoning the Long Island City HQ2 idea and One Court Square’s million feet of office space, they’ve continually looked for a smaller space for their current NYC employees. The latest location is the old Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Ave, which is currently owned by WeWork. (Curbed)

Has street flooding during rainstorms always been this bad? The city’s construction boom is contributing to the floods. (Gothamist)

An attempt to answer the question “why is the city so loud?” (Viewing NYC)

How much should you be earning to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the city? According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it’s $162,857, but when was the last time you knew anyone to only spend 30% of their income on rent? (6sqft)

Advocates in Gowanus are proposing the idea of an Environmental Special District to prevent any new construction due to a possible rezoning to prevent adding more wastewater that would end up in the canal, potentially spoiling the ongoing Superfund work. (Curbed)

The latest location for a flower flash was one of the city’s last phone booths on the Upper West Side, which was the subject of the children’s book The Lonely Phone Booth. Blink and you’ll miss it because flower flashes sometimes last only a few hours. (Gothamist)

Another week, another entry into the 100+ point health inspection violation club. Among the restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health is Jorge’s in Ridgewood with 124 points. (Patch)

Find every Privately Owned Public Space in the city with this map. (Viewing NYC)

After 20 years, Park Slope rents will finally drive gay bar Excelsior out of business for good. (Bklyner)

The city is suing American Airlines for violating its paid sick leave laws, passed in 2014. (Gothamist)

Come for the photos of Gil, an eight-month-old Labrador retriever, stay for the story of a guide dog learning how to navigate the subways. (amNY)

City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm celebrated the New York Public Library’s new $564 million budget with Drag Queen Story Hour, which will receive $25,000. (Jackson Heights Post)

A dispensary grows in Brooklyn. (6sqft)

Crown Heights is experiencing something rarely seen in the city: an attempt at a compromise between two competing plans when it comes to the future upzoning of the neighborhood. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Which is worse: Rodents or roaches? (Splinter)

A shooting during a Saturday night block party in Brownsville resulted in 11 wounded and one dead. (Huff Post)

A body was discovered in the waters under the Verrazzano Bridge on Sunday afternoon. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Rising rents may be an issue, but the next retail crisis will come from rising property taxes, which are up 71.6% since 2009. (Patch)

Raising a child in NYC costs more than sending that same child to a four-year state college. (Patch)

The millions of dollars the city has wasted on paying for roof work which should have been free in NYCHA buildings would have been better spending lit on fire to replace the failed heating systems. The spending on roofs still under their warrantees was discovered by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. (NY Times)

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is requesting the mayor have a Canyon of Heroes parade for the survivors and first responders of 9/11. The mayor called it a “great idea.” (Patch)

Sometimes you just want to look at photos of baby animals, and that’s okay. Here are some newborn owls and ospreys born in the city. (Gothamist)

In response to the backlash over some police officers having water thrown on them, the political right (and the president) are demanding respect for the NYPD. Josmar Trujillo asks “Have they earned it?” (Gothamist)

The five best ice cream sandwiches in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for July 25, 2019 – The “In-N-Out Mystery Has Been Solved” Edition

The MTA will reorganize, Amazon eyes a move in Sunset Park, the mayor will unveil a new bike safety plan, Occupy NYCHA, dog jails return, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

After 17 bicyclists have died on city streets at the hands of drivers, the mayor has decided that his Vision Zero program isn’t enough, and will be unveiling a $58.4 million bike safety plan. (NY Times)

Step inside America’s first theatrical club, The Lambs, with a photo gallery. (Untapped Cities)

Summer Streets makes its return to… the summer’s streets on Saturdays in August on Park Avenue from East 51st St to Foley Square. (Gothamist)

The In-N-Out mystery has been solved. A teenager brought four burgers back from CA and accidentally dropped one in the street. What’s the next city mystery that needs solving? (Eater)

The best cold noodles in NYC. (Grub Street)

Making weekend plans? Here are NYC’s seaside neighborhoods that are calling your name this summer. (amNY)

Eater asks: Is Per Se good again? The answer? “Sort of.” (Eater)

Gothamist is hiring a fulltime digital reporter/producer. (Gothamist)

Firstess Earth Crosby died this week after the injuries she sustained at the end of February from being run over with a truck. The driver was not issued a summons and has not been charged. She was the 59th pedestrian to die in 2019 as a result of the actions of a driver. (Streetsblog)

“Daniel Pantaleo and the other officers involved in Eric Garner’s horrific death should be fired.” Corey Johnson was able to say what our mayor was not. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The slowest Bronx bus is the Bx19 with a speedy 4.8 mph average, the most unreliable is the Bx3, which arrived bunched with other Bx3 buses 19,2% of the time. (Welcome2TheBronx)

“Why put up tin cans?” Sometimes art is too abstract for its own good. There is a backlash against a public art installation in Chinatown by residents because the abstract piece has seemingly no connection to Chinese culture. (Gothamist)

The MTA, after a 1-2 punch of being told by the governor to address the growing homeless population on the subways and learning the contractor they hired to handle homeless outreach was doing anything but, announced a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/mta-moves-to-create-homelessness-task-force-as-outreach-efforts-come-under-scrutiny/”>they will create a homeless task force that will have 30 days to create a plan. (6sqft)

The City Council passed the “Storefront Tracker” bill that requires landlords to report on the storefronts they own and rent out to better help the city understand commercial rents and how many storefronts are vacant across the city. Landlords who don’t comply within 120 days will start to be hit with fines. (Curbed)

Stan Lee Way will be coming to University Ave between Brandt Pl and @ 176 in University Heights, near his childhood home. (Bronx Times)

Remember those little air-conditioned dog jails that popped up outside grocery stores a few years ago? They’re coming back with a “pet harbor” pilot program that will allow you to put your pooch into one of these dog jails for up to an hour. (6sqft)

The state legislature failed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2019. Can they get the job done in 2020? (amNY)

ConEd is only five years late on delivering a plan to help prevent power outages caused by heatwaves. (Gothamist)

Three days after ConEd intentionally cut the power to Brooklyn neighborhoods, there are still people without power. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can get a rare look inside the Little Red Lighthouse in Washington Heights this weekend. (6qft)

11 days after being shut down by the Department of Health, the Time Out Market in DUMBO has reopened. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Nothing will stop the mayor from working out in the Park Slope YMCA, not the one hour drive between Gracie Mansion and Park Slope, and not a bomb threat. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

You’re trapped inside a stalled subway train. What do you do? Here’s a guide. (Gothamist)

Don’t let stories about Amazon looking to lease one million square feet in Industry City confuse you, Amazon already leases one million square feet nearby and their contract is ending and they’re reportedly seeing what their options are. (Brownstoner)

Amelia Earhart, Greenwich Villager. (GVSHP)

Three men involved in throwing some water on NYPD officers have been arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Don’t worry, the conversation around this incident has already been blown completely out of proportion by multiple people. (NY Times)

Video: What you need to know about the 1/2/3 train switch replacement at 96th St and how it will ruin your commute. (Viewing NYC)

There will be an Occupy NYCHA rally at City Hall on Friday. Meet the women behind it. (Gothamist)

The MTA approved a reorganization that could cut 2,700 jobs from the agency, save $530 million annually, and will not help your commute. (amNY)

A look at North Crown Heights, where Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the neighborhood supports an upzoning proposal to create new business opportunities. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

16 bubble tea shops to try in the city. (Eater)

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