The Briefly for May 3, 2018 - RIP Boozy Taco Bell, Staten Island Gets A Shake Shack, and Construction in the Bronx

If you complained about how cold it was throughout April, you're not allowed to complain about today's heat.

Photographer Jay Maisel bought 190 Bowery for $100k in 1966 and lived in it for fifty years (the building covered with graffiti on the corner of Bowery and Spring). He and recently sold it for $55 million and has a new website with a beautiful series of photographs he took while living there. >>

Is Queens ready for 80,000+ new people? Welcome to the Sunnyside yards megaproject. A steering committee is deciding on plans for the 180 acre large project. 24,000 homes, 19 schools, and 52 acres of parks. >>

The NYPD is looking for someone in Williamsburg who attacked a 58-year-old man with a bat while walking two small dogs. Of course he was walking dogs in Williamsburg. >>

The Bronx's Highbridge is seeing a flurry of activity of new construction. Somehow I don't think the new construction is meant for the Puerto Rican, Dominican, and African-American communities that make up 90% of the neighborhood. >>

The driver who killed two kids in a Park Slope car accident was charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter, and assault. Charges like these are rare in deadly crashes. Community Board 6 will present a redesign of the intersection within weeks. >>

Dozens of people took to the street on Tuesday to demand that Mayor de Blasio release the names of the four NYPD officers who shot and killed Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights last month. >>

Washington Park's "living statue" was arrested during his first performance of the season. He plans to return to the park to perform, but won't be climbing on the arch anymore. >>

Filming in the city today: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Late Night with Mindy Kaling, Torture Report with Jon Hamm, Russian Doll with Natasha Lyonne, Law and Order: SVU (always), and The Deuce with James Franco and his moustache.

RIP boozy Taco Bell on Bleecker. You never even lived. The Bushwick boozy Taco Bell is still waiting for its liquor license. >>

One man died and four more were injured in a shooting in on Bristol between Dumont and Livonia in Brownsville on Wednesday night. No arrests have been made. >>

Curbed takes a look at Brooklyn's last remaining dry dock. >>

Greenpointers interviewed Carol Too Lee about her new art show at Greenpoint Hill. Lee explores the spaces, labels and identities that immigrants embody as they transform from the state of natural to naturalized via the crossing of borders. >>

An unusually shaped penis helped feds catch a Brooklyn jail guard. Couldn't resist with a headline like that. >>

Club Cumming (formerly Eastern Blok) on E. 6th in Manhattan had an alteration to their liquor license voted down by Community Board 3. It's only an advisory and the state's liquor authority will make a decision in the next few weeks. For the moment, their shows have been put on rocks. >>

Jennifer Egan's "Manhattan Beach" won the Mayor's "One Book, One New York" contest. >>

Shake Shack is about to open its first Staten Island outpost at the Staten Island Mall on May 12th. >>

Gothamist answers the question "what the hell is going on with those nitrogen tanks on the sidewalk?" The answer is they keep copper wires dry while repairs are made. >>

The Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights that was recently sold by The Sisters of Mercy is going to become condos, senior housing, and affordable housing. Shocking, right? >>

Happy to report there's new South Bronx construction project that is going to bring nearly 750 new apartments that will be affordable supporting housing units or apartments reserved for low-income households. The developer is working with housing nonprofit Community Access.>>

Curbed has a renter's guide to Prospect Lefferts Gardens. I wouldn't describe the rent as "affordable" but we do live in New York City. >>

The grass is green, the sky is blue, the Mets' season is over and it's only May. >>

The city will invest in an additional $300 million for three larger ferry boats (350 person instead of the current 150 person), new docks, and port maintenance. Still no ferry to Coney Island. Sorry Dick. >>

City councilman Brad Lander held a rally to bring back the B71. The line died in 2010 along with 33 other bus lines, the G past Court Street, the express N in Manhattan, and the V and W trains. >>

A judge ruled that 200 Riverside Drive can remove Trump's name from their building. If we were all so lucky. >>

The British Medical Journal says that people who bike to work, live longer. Nothing in there about keeping pedestrians on their side on the Brooklyn Bridge. >>

Today I learned the founder of the NRA has a park named after him in Brooklyn. >>

It only took seven months for the DOT to temporarily close the pedestrian bridge connecting 151th to the Hudson River Greenway. It will be closed for three weeks. >>

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her "Rent Justice for All" platform, aimed at providing affordable housing, curbing the state's homelessness crisis, and preventing evictions. >>

Would you believe disgraced former Congressman, piece of shit, and convicted felon Michael Grimm is being accused of fraudulently trying to get a rival kicked off the ballot? >>

The Village Voice breaks down what your options are if you currently take the L to or from Manhattan, but it all boils down to "you're fucking screwed." >>

The city claims that between 2009 and 2016, about 9.2% of the citywide increase in rents can be attributed to Airbnb. >>

This Max Roberts concentric subway map is trippy. >>

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