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 21, 2018 – No One Owns a Bike in NYC, It Just Hasn’t Been Stolen Yet

NYC teachers get paid parental leave, “She Built NYC” celebrates women with public art, gay-for-pay restaurants, 80 Flatbush, and more in today’s digest.

People watch World Cup games from the sidewalk in the Financial District under a sign that says "No Standing" - The Briefly
“No Standing”

A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed charter schools to decide to lower the standards set by the state.

Republicans in the state senate enjoyed a one vote majority, but Republican Tom Croci of Long Island resumed active service with the Navy Reserves and has left the state. The senate is currently gridlocked, which could spell doom for the Every School Camera Speed Camera Act.

The city is moving forward with its desegregation plan for middle schools. This was the plan that made parents on the Upper West side lose their shit when it was announced.

BAM Park, which randomly opened after being closed for over a decade closed again. It opened to film Netflix/Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and was accidentally left unlocked.

“The United States has taken good care of these children” –convicted felon and Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm talking about the children separated from their parents at the border.

The Department of Cultural Affairs committed $10 million to a new effort called “She Built NYC,” which will honor historical women with public artwork.

Gay-for-pay. Eater calls out restaurants cashing in on Pride.

You can register your bicycle with the city. They engrave a serial number on it and attach a one way sticker so in the event of it being stolen, it can be identified and returned. No one owns a bike in NYC, they simply have a bike that hasn’t been stolen yet.

Louis Simeone Park in Corona Park is now open after a $3.2 million upgrade that added a new playground, a spray shower, new swings, and fitness equipment.

Xiu Qing You, the man detained by ICE last month, was given a stay of deportation.

“I do believe that an attack on any one of them is an attack on all of us” -MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, speaking about a train conductor attacked in Brooklyn. Let’s hope if the 2015 situation where an off-duty NYPD officer attacked a conductor repeats itself, he sings the same song.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle comprehensibly looks at the extremely controversial 80 Flatbush, the problems, the proposed changes, and next steps.

A portion of the ceiling at Borough Hall on the 4/5 in Brooklyn collapsed. The sky is literally falling.

New York City public schoolteachers will get paid parental leave beginning this fall, providing six weeks of paid leave and up to 12 or 14 weeks depending on the birth itself. Previously, teachers had to use sick time for all of their parental leave.

5Pointz artists had their landmark lawsuit upheld against developer Jerry Wolkoff for violating the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. The damages of $6.75 million stays.

The Port Authority has plans to give LaGuardia an AirTrain, but it may resort to eminent domain to get the land necessary for it.

The MTA agreed to install handicap-accessible elevators at the Sixth Ave stop on the L during the L train shutdown. Advocates are also calling for elevators to be added to the Third Ave stop.


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The Briefly for June 6, 2018 – The City’s Lost Diners, Gowanus Rezoning, Keeping Garments in the Garment District, and More

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first episode of Sex and the City, so get ready to be flooded with nostalgia about an awful TV show.

Members of the Asian community says the plan to change high school admissions in the city unfairly targets them. The fight over how to integrate and create a fair environment for students is not getting easier.

Known creep Harvey Weinstein plead not guilty at his arraignment.

The city unveiled a plan to create a new zoning rule in the Garment District to preserve 300,000 square feet of, you know, garment businesses. The city is spending $20 million to acquire a building that will be operated by a non-profit and will give a maximum cost per square foot for that space. Of the current 9 million square feet in the district, 700,000-900,000 are used for garment manufacturing.

For the last two and a half years Riley Arthur has documented the city’s diners, having photographed 250 in the last two and a half years. Untapped Cities focuses on ten diners the city lost.

A room surviving from the city’s Gilded Age. Created by Stanford White less than a year before he was murdered, this 1906 gem shines from inside the French Embassy. Atlas Obscura has photos and a short writeup.

StreetEast has a short writeup about how to get an apartment without a credit check.

RIP Kate Spade

6sqft has a list of 20 underground and secret city attractions you should check out.

While The Fast Forward plan to fix the subways has an unknown cost with estimates coming between $19 and $43 billion over time, Gothamist makes the argument that there isn’t much choice at all if we want to continue having a subway system.

Expect City Councilmember Mark Treyger to introduce a bill on Thursday that will ban gun raffles. The state already bans alcohol as a prize for raffles or lotteries.

Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship location is closing after selling the building to, of course, WeWork.

An argument for decriminalizing marijuana in Queens from Councilmembers Adrienne Adams, Rory Lancman, Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards.

Turns out listicles of why people love New York haven’t changed in 40 years.

This Harry Potter-themed “potions” class seems like a great way to accidentally cause a fire or explosion.


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