The Briefly for February 27, 2020 – The “Who is the Most Powerful Person in New York City?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Staten Island’s rebellion against speed cameras, the F train is headed for construction, the Gowanus Canal cleanup, eating in Mott Haven, and more

Today – Low: 29˚ High: 43˚
Light rain in the morning.

Central Park has a turtle problem. The red-eared slider turtle, technically listed as an invasive species, is having its run of Central Park and muscling out the park’s other species of turtles. How did they get there? They’re usually pets who are abandoned in the park because they’ve grown to an unmanageable size, or their humans weren’t ready for a potentially 50+ year commitment to their new shelled friend. (Sarah Lewin Lebwohl for I Love the Upper West Side)

Video: See life in NYC from 1911 with this colorized and restored 4K footage. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The 100 most powerful people in New York City. The mayor is #4, which seems high. No, I did not make the list as the person who runs The Briefly, maybe in 2021. (City and State)

Pedro Colon, 61, faces criminal charges after his bus hit Patience Albert, 10, and a 15-year-old boy on the corner of Wortman Avenue and Crescent Street in Brooklyn. The 15-year-old survived, Patience Albert did not. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Get ready for over a year’s worth of construction on the F train to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The 14+ month job will also add cell service and wifi to the tunnel, so the next time you’re imprisoned by the MTA underneath the East River, you’ll also have to endure someone making a FaceTime call at the same time. Work is slated to start sometime later this year. (Jose Martinez for The City)

It’s not time to freak out, but the coronavirus in the United States is “more of a question of exactly when this will happen” and not if, according to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Here is how to prepare for coronavirus in NYC. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The mayor has been requesting the CDC allow New York City labs to test for coronavirus and that passengers arriving in NYC be screened for it. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro)

New York, as we know it, will no longer exist tomorrow. […] It’ll be the 1970’s all over again. People will get mean, the streets won’t be safe, graffiti everywhere, and movies will only cost three dollars.” -Tracey Jordan (30 Rock)

Here are NYC’s James Beard Awards semifinalists. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

First Lady Chirlane McCray is considering running for Brooklyn Borough President. People of Brooklyn, I implore you to stop electing anyone in the de Blasio family into any public office in New York City. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

A look back at the Depression-era shanty towns in New York City parks. (Lucie Levine for 6sqft)

The NYPD is investigating police union boss Ed Mullins, the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. Mullins, who will never be accused of making the rational move, has taken to Facebook to declare “I WILL NOT BE SILENCED BY THE THREAT OF DISCIPLINE, NOW OR EVER!” This is a man who was quoted as saying “Ferguson Missouri was a lie,” declared war on the mayor, NYPD officers should stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” with ICE and the list goes on. The investigation is to see if his views undermine his capacity as a sergeant, where he earns a salary of $133,524. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron upheld an August 2019 ruling that four towers planned for the Lower East Side Two Bridges development cannot move forward. The ruling says the land-review process was illegally bypassed and that 2,775 new apartments and 2.5 million square feet of new space does not qualify as “minor modifications.” (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

The MTA announced 1,800 planned job cuts on Wednesday, but hasn’t said where they are coming from or if they are part of the 2,700 job cuts announced in the summer. The agency is hoping to close the projected billion dollar plus deficit projected by 2023. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Harvey Weinstein may never see the inside of Rikers Island to avoid “another Epstein incident.” (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

A look back on when Mayor Bloomberg wanted poor people to drink less soda. (Arthur Delaney for HuffPost)

Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should never have uttered “we treated our teachers the right way” during this week’s Democratic debate, because NYC’s teachers have the receipts. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Amazon continues to rent buildings across the city, this time it’s a 300,000 square foot space in Middle Village, taking over the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s former space. (Bill Parry for amNewYork Metro)

The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities, according to a ruling issued on Wednesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan, a break from three previous court rulings. NYC received about $4 million a year in law enforcement grants. (Annie Correal for NY Times)

The City Council will consider a package of bills aimed at limiting how much food delivery apps like GrubHub and Seamless can charge restaurants. (Jeffery C. Mays and David Yaffe-Bellany for NY Times)

Staging a Broadway should is tough, staging a Broadway show in Madison Square Garden for 18,000 students is tougher. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

Staten Islanders have been wrapping yellow ribbons around utility poles to indicate the presence of speed cameras. The argument of the Facebook group behind the effort is that the speed cameras are nothing more than a money grab from the city. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

Most elected officials in Staten Island won’t be participating in the island’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because the parade’s organizers will not allow Staten Island’s largest LGBT to march. Republican State Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis and Mike Reilly have announced they will be marching, perhaps making the political decision that Staten Islanders hate the LGBT community more than they hate bigotry in general. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

Here’s how the Gowanus Canal clean-up will proceed. (Pardon Me for Asking)

Where to eat in Mott Haven. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Camila for today’s featured photo!

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

Today – Low: 44˚ High: 50˚
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

Today – Low: 45˚ High: 51˚
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.