The Briefly for November 14, 2018 – The “Can We Talk About Something That’s Not Amazon?” Edition

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for less than some apartments in Manhattan, the roller disco is moving to Industry City, and maybe Amazon did something?

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for $35 million, which is less than 44 apartments currently listed for sale by Compass. The 280-year lease was up and the MTA either had to purchase the building or sign a new 270-year lease. (Bloomberg)

10 of the smallest things in NYC. No, your Upper East Side apartment isn’t on the list. (Untapped Cities)

With Democratic control, is 2019 the year that New York gets single-payer healthcare? (Gotham Gazette)

Get yourself ready for the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar for 2019. (Gothamist)

Momofuku Ko, Superiority Burger, Via Carota, and Xi-an Famous Foods landed on Eater’s annual list of essential restaurants.

Meet Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology, who wants you to know that the “hot” duck in Central Park ain’t shit. Who hurt you Paul? (Gothamist)

50 cheap eats destinations in NYC. (Eater)

Lola Star is taking her Dreamland roller rink dance parties to Industry City through the winter. (Time Out)

Would you turn over one year of search history and three years of social media posts in order to buy a gun? That’s what a proposed bill by city officials proposes. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Just as expected, here comes Amazon. (Amazon)

NYC announces subway just for Amazon employees. (The Onion)

Did the city overpay for HQ2? (NY Times)

The city and state worked on the deal without input form the City Council, who would otherwise have a voice in the land review process. (Politico)

It’s hard to find a single positive response to the mayor defending his support of LIC HQ2. (@NYCMayor)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people expressing distrust of LIC HQ2. (NY Post)

Everything Amazon is getting, including a helipad. (Gothamist)

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The Briefly for November 13, 2018 – The “The Final ‘Parts Unknown’ Episode” Edition

Pedestrian plazas bring an old problem to light, the subway car found in the Mojave Desert, Amazon’s Long Island City announcement is coming soon, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Amazon’s choice of Long Island City has been the worst kept secret in some time. The latest rumor is that the announcement will make it official today. Not everyone is thrilled about Amazon’s potential Long Island City headquarters. State Senator Michael Gianaris and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who both represent Long Island City, have worry about the local infrastructure needed to support 25,000 additional workers and the corporate welfare that would be necessary to make this deal happen. (The Real Deal, amNY)

Every spot on Anthony Bourdain’s final “Parts Unknown” in the Lower East Side. (Thrillist)

The Alamo Drafthouse ain’t nothing ta F’ wit. The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is working with the Alamo Drafthouse on The Flying Guillotine, a kung-fu themed bar/museum/video store in Shaolin itself, Staten Island. (SILive.com)

“We don’t need him” Simcha Felder, the black sheep of NY’s Democrats, has some real work to do to get back in the good graces of his party. (NY Post)

Vaccine deniers in the Orthodox Jewish community are to blame for Brooklyn’s measles outbreak. (Vox)

Try not to freak out, but the Nutella Cafe is open in Union Square. (Time Out)

Happy belated birthday to the man who received a key to Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan. (NY1)

The NYPD is accused of downplaying a racist attack at the Church Ave Q station after a woman was called a “black bitch” by white man and was then punched and stabbed. (Gothamist)

White supremacist graffiti was found in Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park at the end of Kent St. (Greenpointers)

The story of the subway car on display on the corner of W 42nd and 6th Ave has a wild story from NYC to the Mojave Desert and back. (Gothamist)

The star atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is 900 pounds, has 3 million Swarovski crystals, and was designed by Daniel Libsekind. (NY Times)

Andy Warhol (via the Whitney) took over the 14th St station at 8th Ave. It’s not a David Bowie level takeover, but it’s a nice departure from the usual ads. (Gothamist)

The city’s pedestrian plazas and public spaces have become a microcosm of the city’s problems with homelessness and opioid abuse. (NY Times)

In honor of Stan Lee, the most detailed map of Marvel’s New York City. (Inverse)

This is your year to take part of the Coney Island Polar Bear plunge on January 1. Registration is now open. (Bklyner)

The Old New York diorama, made in 1939, at the Museum of Natural History was updated with a new interpretation of the events and highlights the misinterpretations of the Lenape people. (Viewing NYC)

17 thrifty food and drink picks, from oversized cookies to karaoke, from air hockey to beer tours. (amNY)

Women working at LaGuardia earn up to $50,000 less then their male counterparts. (NY Post)

A group in Queens is working to landmark a newly rediscovered burial ground for freed slaves that dates back to the early 1800s. The site was in the process of being developed when workers discovered an iron casket. (Jackson Heights Post)

A bill headed to the City Council will eliminate the position of Public Advocate. There have been four Public Advocates since the office was created in 1993: Mark J. Green (first proposed 311), Betsy Gotbaum, current Mayor Bill de Blasio, and future Attorney General Letitia James. (amNY)

The pink tax extends to transit. Women in NYC spend $26 to $50 more on transit each month due to safety concerns. (amNY)

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The Briefly for November 12, 2018 – The “Your Shawarma Cart Has A C Rating” Edition

Out compost is trash, Williamsburg is booming, student walk out over a Facebook education, the Rockefeller Tree is here, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What week is complete without being unable to get around at night? No overnight L or 3 trains, changes to the Q, E, 1, 2, and D lines. (Subway Changes)

Get ready for your favorite street meat cart to have a health department grade. (NY Post)

Live-shooter trainings inside synagogues. Armed guards inside churches. This is what NYC’s religious services look like in 2018. (NY Post)

The 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has taken her place at 30 Rock. You can visit Shelby before she gets lit up on November 28th at 7pm. (NY Post)

The RFK Human Rights Foundation’s mass bail out is shining light on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections. Should a man who was caught on video assaulting a guard have been allowed bail one week after the incident? (NY Post)

Does New York’s blue wave mean that the golden era of charter schools is over? (NY Times)

High school students organized a walkout in protest of a Facebook-backed curriculum. After a week of self-teaching, each student gets somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes of “mentoring.” (NY Post)

How is it possible that Ice-T has never eaten a bagel in his life? (Gothamist)

Having completely fixed the subways and buses, the MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned. (Streetsblog)

The city’s best ice skating rinks. (Curbed)

People struggling to cross the street during the NYC Marathon is exactly what you need on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Michael J. Ryan, the man in charge of last week’s election, on what went right and what went wrong. (Gothamist)

If Seoul and San Francisco can get it right, why can’t the city’s composting program get off the ground? (NY Times)

Even the L train can’t stop Williamsburg’s development boom. Take a look at the map. (Curbed)

Dr Kurt Salzinger, an 89-year-old scholar who escaped the Nazis in Austria, died after being shoved onto the 3 train’s subway tracks in Penn Station. (NY Times)

The city’s 40 best brunches. (Eater)

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