The Briefly for December 16, 2019 – The "A Bathroom Grows in Brooklyn" Edition
Today - Low: 36˚ High: 37˚
Light rain in the evening and overnight.
Late night disruptions are headed to the 7, A, F, J, and Q trains this week. Check the trains before you head out. (Subway Weekender) From the inspiration wall to the sprinkle pool, a look inside the Museum of Ice Cream, which opened over the weekend. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork) Tenants in two Upper East Side NYCHA developments are suing to correct years of neglect and pervasive dysfunction, which were estimated to be at $100 million in 2017. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed) A bathroom grows in Bushwick. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) The de Blasio administration has reached a deal with homeless advocates and City Council members to require certain developers receiving city funding to set aside 15 percent of their new rental units for homeless New Yorkers. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist) Check out the anti-slavery landmark interactive story map from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) This one's worded a little weird. The headline is "areas that weren't a thing 10 years ago," and I'd argue that Gowanus or the Brooklyn Navy Yard existed, but they weren't real estate hot spots. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy) The NYPD keeps a secret database of somewhere between 17,500 and 37,000 people, called the "Criminal Group Database." There's no evidence why you are included or how to get off it. The gang database is the target of the "Erase the Database" campaign, but the new NYPD commissioner and the mayor are both staunch supporters of it. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard student Tessa Majors. The NYPD believes two additional people were involved in the stabbing. (Michael Gold, Jan Ransom and Edgar Sandoval for NY Times) The sense of safety that Morningside Park, which separates Columbia University from Harlem, has carried is recent years has changed with 20 robberies this year and punctuated with Tessa Majors' murder. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times) There's a rumor that an abandoned train car with bullet-proof armor under the Waldorf Astoria was used by FDR to transport his limousine. While Baggage Car 002, the train car in question, wasn't FDR's, Track 61 has been used to move presidents and other government officials in and out of the Waldorf from the 30s through 2017. Baggage Car 002 is now at the Danbury Railway Museum. (Adam Thalenfeld for NYC Urbanism) Photos: Inside the Schitt's Creek pop-up shop. (Jen Carlson, photos by Scott Lynch for Gothamist Manhattan's “bad cops list” has been released. DA Cyrus Vance released the list of NYPD officers with credibility problems in court thanks to a Freedom of Information request from WNYC/Gothamist. (George Joseph for Gothamist) The Department of Transportation is turning to a new tactic with a series of Vision Zero ads targeting drivers: shame. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) Photos: More from the inside of the Museum of Ice Cream. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist) Jazmine Headley reached a $625,000 settlement with the city for the "formative incident of trauma" when her child was ripped from her during an arrest inside a assistance center. She was arrested for sitting on the floor and spend four nights in Rikers Island. Her arrest was caught on video and went viral. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) The city's struggling actors have a new side hustle. Say goodbye to actor-waiters and say hello to actor-spin instructors. (Jae Thomas for Bedford + Bowery) Governor Cuomo has a bill to legalize electric bikes and scooters, but there is no sign that he will sign it. (Zack Finn for NY1) A look at the gossip inside the Gambino crime family, following the murder to the reputed underboss Francesco Cali in March. (Nicole Hong for NY Times) NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio say the NYPD's arrest rate is "high" for hate crimes. The number is 42%. (Samir Khurshid for Gotham Gazette) Governor Cuomo is looking to prevent people from getting a New York gun license if they have committed a serious crime in another state, including misdemeanors like forcible touching and other sex offenses. This is the first public proposal that will be outlined in his 2020 state of the state speech. (amNewYork) The MTA rolled out its first all-electric articulated bus on Sunday, one of a new fleet that is part of the agency’s plan to shift away from diesel-powered buses in the years ahead. Articulated buses are double the length of a normal bus. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork) The best new restaurants of 2019. (The Infatuation)