The Briefly for January 26, 2020 – The “Isn’t A Dessert Bagel Called A Doughnut?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Andy Byford’s replacement pushed for the 500 subway cops, a $20,000/month apartment in Nolita, our hero Jane Jacobs, where to eat in Staten Island, and more

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Rain and windy overnight.

State Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican, is asking the Trump administration to try to kill congestion pricing. Malliotakis, of course, represents Bay Ridge and Staten Island. (Alex Williamson for Brooklyn Eagle)

An interview with Dermot Shea, Mayor de Blasio’s new republican NYPD Commissioner, who won’t say if he voted for Trump in 2016. (Jeff Coltin for City and State)

Meet Efren Andaluz, the artist who painted the Kobe and Gianna tribute mural near the Barclays Center. (Kimmy Dole for Hiplanta)

Andy Byford’s temporary replacement is someone who led the push for more subway cops, MTA board member Sarah Feinberg. Her focus while on the board has been quality of life issues and homelessness. Feinberg oversaw the Federal Railroad Administration when a series of explosive oil train derailments and deadly commuter railroad crashes made headlines during the Obama administration. (Stephen Nessen, Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

See hundreds of pieces of Seneca Village artifacts online through the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission website. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork Metro)

Brooklyn Public Library’s University Open Air kicks off this week, offering 25 college-level courses for free from an international staff. (Colin Mixson for Brooklyn Paper)

The city has health with the homelessness crisis like it’s something to be managed, not solved. Can NYC actually fix its homeless crisis? (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Photos: Inside Porto Rico, opened in 1907 and one of the city’s oldest coffee stores. (Noah Sheidlower, Photos by Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

A dessert bagel? (Juan Vidal for Grub Street)

If you drop something on the subway tracks, don’t try to get it yourself. Two people have been hit by the 6 train at Astor Place this week while trying to get something that dropped onto the tracks. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

On his way to jail after his rape conviction, Harvey Weinstein was re-routed to Bellevue Medical Center with heart palpitations, pain, and high blood pressure. Once he’s discharged, he’ll be headed to Rikers Island. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Looking for a bit of green for your apartment? The 10 best plants for apartment dwellers. (Rebecca Paul for 6sqft)

Apartment Porn: A $20,000/month 3,175 square foot rental in Nolita. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Amazon could buy the former Lord & Taylor building from WeWork for $1 billion. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

A look back at the birth of The Committee to Save the West Village, led by Jane Jacobs, who history has proven to be the hero compared to Robert Moses. (Ariel Kates for GVSHP)

Photos: Inside the “morgue” of The New York Times. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Goodbye Burger Heaven, after 77 years the Upper East Side diner is closing and going to diner heaven, blaming “delivery culture” on its demise. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

The MTA is moving forward on purchasing nearly 1,000 “open-gangway” subway cars. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

& Sons is a new ham bar in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Wait, a ham bar? (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

Alligators in the sewers of New York City? Here’s the truth. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

Governors Island has an opening date for the summer: May 1. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

RIP Michael Hertz, designer of the current subway map. (Neil Genzlinger for NY Times)

Salt Bae’s new burger restaurant, like the Salt Bae himself, seems like a giant joke that isn’t funny. Recently his parent company has been sued for sexual harassment and wage theft. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Where to eat in Staten Island, which Eater calls “a low-key culinary paradise.” (Claire Elisabeth for Eater)

“Saddest moment of my week, watching it roll onto the track seconds before the train pulled up.”

Thank you to reader Maiya for today’s featured photo and sad story.

The Briefly for February 25, 2020 – The “Would You Be Fired for Choking Someone On the Job?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: A herpes outbreak among babies, Cuomo vs Trump might cost the city congestion pricing, a rare duck in Central Park is in danger, and more

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Light rain starting later this morning, continuing until tonight.

At least four babies have been infected with herpes in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community due to a ritual circumcision where the mohel sucks the blood from the foreskin of the baby boy. This is a highly uncommon practice outside of the ultra-Orthodox community. At least 20 babies have been infected with herpes since the year 2000. Mayor de Blasio has been accused of trading safety for votes in the ultra-Orthodox community when he repealed the informed consent law surrounding this type of ritual circumcision. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

It's manhole explosion season in the city, let's take a deep dive. (Gaspard Le Dem and Gabriel Sandoval for The City)

The governor assumed congestion pricing's approval by the Federal Highway Administration would be simple. The president has recently said that Cuomo has "lost control, and lost his mind." After meeting in person over the Trusted Traveler Program, the two were further apart than when they started. Is congestion pricing doomed if Cuomo can't eat shit in front of the president for the sake of the state? (Christina Goldbaum and Winnie Hu for NY Times)

NYPD officer Numael Amador was caught on video apparently choking a protester at a protest against ICE deportations in early 2018 reportedly had his vacation days taken away and was removed from the NYPD's strategic response group. in 2015 Amador was accused of wrongfully arresting a man who was filming an NYPD interaction. He was named "hero of the month" by Brooklyn Borough Eric Adams about six months before choking someone while on the job. If you choked someone at your job, you would be fired. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

There's a new mural on the corner of Hester and Eldridge by Madsteez celebrating Kobe and Gianni Bryant. Take a look at the work in progress. (EV Grieve)

A hit-and-run driver killed 88-year-old Dolores Soho on Bell Blvd in Queens on Sunday. This is the second driver in three weeks that was uncharged for killing someone on Bell Blvd. (Julianna Cuba for Streetsblog)

The City Council hired their own firm to assess the future of the BQE, which is where the $11 billion tunnel idea came from. The other option is a $3.5 billion capped highway, which would extend Brooklyn Bridge Park. The city has $1.7 billion budgeted for the project, with hopes the rest would come from the state. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Photos: The final competition of the Brooklyn Robotics League, who will advance to the citywide championships in March. (Paul Frangipane for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Harvey Weinstein: rapist. No longer alleged. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

A timeline of the Harvey Weinstein case. (Alan Feuer for NY Times)

By putting that golem behind bars, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance hopes this will stop thinking about his record of being lenient with rich and powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, leading to calls for his resignation. (Bobby Cuza for NY1)

A rare duck is normally a cause of celebration in Central Park, but a rare duck with a piece of plastic wrapped around its bill is a cause for alarm. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

This summer, here comes bed cinema: outdoor movie screenings, complete with inflatable beds. Mark your calendars for August 12-16. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Here's an amazing hack for this weekend's impending plastic bag ban: get a tote bag. The city is giving them out for free. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The first post-Byford rush hour was met with… a complete meltdown of the L train. Even the trains are sad without Andy Byford. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

62% of New Yorkers think Trump will win re-election in November. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Apartment Porn: Inside the $2.35 million apartment inside the Eagle Warehouse in Dumbo, an apartment behind a giant clock. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Rebekah Mercer is off the Board of Trustees at the American Museum of Natural History, thanks to a years-long protest by the group Revolting Lesbians. Mercer is a major investor in Breitbart News and an investor in climate change denial. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

David Hay, the NYC education official charged with allegedly trying to have sex with a 14-year-old, managed to secure a top city position without ever receiving a completed Department of Investigation background check. But according to a new report, the city's current vetting process is so broken, it wouldn't have made a difference anyway. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Where to eat before or after a Broadway show. (Hannah Albertine, Bryan Kim, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Helena for today's featured photo.

The “The “Do You Know Your Neighborhood Borders?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Pizza worth the wait, Cuomo bargains with Trump, FIT lands in hot water over a fashion show, Morningside Heights’ rezoning, and more

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Light rain starting tomorrow morning.

Seven places to discover in Staten Island's Little Sri Lanka, walkable from the Staten Island Ferry. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

P.F. Chang’s is finally coming to NYC, kinda. A takeout, catering and delivery-only version of P.F. Chang's is coming to the Financial District. (Erika Adams for Eater)

How the line for Scarr's Pizza turned around a food critic's view on lines. (Adam Platt for Grub Street)

An appeals court on Thursday upheld a $6.75 million judgement against Jerry Wolkoff, the real estate developer who whitewashed 5Pointz in Long Island City. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

Governor Cuomo continues to publicly negotiate for the return of New Yorkers to the Trusted Traveler Program, but so far to no avail. (Bill Mahoney for Politico)

Where is Clinton Hill's eastern border? What number street does the Upper East Side stop being the Upper East Side? Are you in Rego Park or Forest Hills? How well do you know your neighborhood boundaries? Classon Ave, 96th, and you're in Middle Village and need to stop lying to yourself. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Apartment Porn: If you've got $46,000 a month to spend on living expenses, you can live in the Plaza's only apartment with a private elevator. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

After criticism for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against multiple powerful men, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office announced a new investigation into claims against the former Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden, whose alleged victim list is over 65 women. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The flu continues to brutalize New York City, with over 6,000 confirmed cases. It's still not too late to get a shot, the season ends in May. If you don't want to get a shot, you could move to Staten Island, which has under 200 cases compared to Queens' 1,746. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Farewell Andy Byford. (Ben Yakas and Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

How many "ghost subway stations" do you know of? Nearly everyone knows about the old City Hall stop, which can be seen if you stay on the 6 train when it turns around, but how about the abandoned and paved over 91st St stop on the 4/5/6? (Sam Neubauer for I Love the Upper West Side)

Congestion pricing is coming in less than a year, maybe. What the hell is the latest with congestion pricing? (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

Morningside Heights is headed for a rezoning, but you won't find the usual protests and legal fight surrounding it, as the rezoning has been a community project for a number of years. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Your answer to Friday's question:
Do you support Mayor Bloomberg's run for democratic nominee?
Yes: 18.2% | No: 81.8%

Inside one the the city's rat academies. (Paul Frangipane for Brooklyn Eagle)

October is gonna be a bad month for flying in the United States. There'll be nothing wrong in the skies, but the airports will be full of people finding out that they aren't allowed to fly with their normal drivers licenses and need a READ ID license instead, and we all know just how rational and calm people are in airports. The Airports Council, a private group that represents commercial airports, is calling on the government to extend the deadline. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Brokers' fees, explained. (Localize Labs)

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art announced its Roof Garden Commission of Lattice Detour, which will "reconsider the panoramic view of the city skyline and the implications of obstruction and permeability within a social space." (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Do you have what it takes to eat (and keep down) the "Monster Hell Ramen" at String Ramen in the East Village? After you sign a waiver, you've got 20 minutes to finish the dish, made with some of the hottest rappers on the planet and modeled after the Buddhist concept of multiple layers of hell, to win $50 and a Monster Hell t-shirt. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Real Estate Porn: The hottest listings in Brooklyn, Iowa. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Sorry, your chopped cheese is going to have to wait because the cashier at the bodega is making a TikTok video. (Aaron Randle for NY Times)

Add Kew Gardens to the list of neighborhoods that are trying to keep Rikers open instead of moving to a neighborhood jails program. (Max Parrott for QNS)

The winter surfers of Rockaway Beach. (Elisha Cooper for NY Times)

Video: New York's prostitution scene in the early 90s. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The deadline for charter school applications in April 1. (Grant Lancaster for amNewYork Metro)

Who's the jerk that defaced Shephard Fairey's Debbie Harry mural and Bleecker and Bowery? (Alex Smith for Flaming Pablum)

F.I.T. is in the middle of a shitstorm and at the center of it are that involves the chair of the M.FA fashion design department and Mary Davis, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who have both been suspended, and some accessories purchased from Amazon with some very clear racial overtones. (Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

A coalition of developers and civil rights activists is pushing hard for property tax changes in New York, but the obstacles are formidable. (J. David Goldman for NY Times)

The City Council wants NYC's own big dig-style project to replace the BQE, replacing it with an $11 billion, three-mile tunnel. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Winnie Hu for NY Times)

The MTA had a pilot program that gave 1,200 disabled New Yorkers the ability to hail a taxi for the cost of a swipe on the subway and go wherever they needed for that flat fare and the state was covering the difference. What the MTA found was that the people in the pilot program took more trips on average, and the subsidy for those trips was substantial. The cost may be high for these strips (the trips cost $37 on average), but compared to how unfair public transit is to disabled New Yorkers, this seems like a no-brainer, since we're also subsidizing everyone who steps onto an NYC Ferry. The pilot program is undergoing changes that will limit the number of rides able to be taken in a month and also limit what the MTA will pay to $15. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

Thanks to reader Paula for today's featured photo.