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