The Briefly for February 15, 2019 – The “Billion Dollar Breakup with Free Delivery” Edition

Amazon leaves behind a mess by pulling out on Valentine’s Day and five stories that are 100% unrelated to Amazon HQ2 in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway diversions and changes gets a bonus day thanks to Presidents’ Day on Monday. If you’ve gotta get around on Monday, the weekend’s schedule might impact how you do so. (6sqft)


Amazon broke up with New York on Valentine’s Day! (The Indypendent)

Amazon assumed Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo spoke for New York. They miscalculated the power of local politicians. (Politico)

Remember how Amazon was going to rent one million square feet in the Citibank building? That deal is off. Anyone need a million square feet of office space in Long Island City? (The Real Deal)

As late as Wednesday night, Amazon and labor leaders agreed to discuss ground rules for worker unionization. (NY Times)

10 things NYC should do now that the Amazon HQ2 deal is over. (Curbed)

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.” -Amazon

The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo

I was flabbergasted” -Mayor Bill de Blasio

“We all want jobs to come to Queens, and Amazon used the promise of job creation to extract major concessions for this project.” -Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

“This process was clearly flawed and did not include the affected community nor their legislative representatives until after the deal was signed.” -State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“This is another indication proving what I have been saying is correct.” -City Councilmember and Elected Homophobe Ruben Diaz Sr, tripling down on his statement on how the city is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

This is devastating. We just sent a message that New York City is closed for business.” -Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces

“I hope this is the start of a conversation about vulture capitalism and where our tax dollars are best spent. I know I’d choose mass transit over helipads any day.” -Speaker of the City Council and acting Public Advocate Corey Johnson

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Long Island City will forever be known as the city that let the big one get away, and there are two people overwhelmingly responsible for it.  You own this Mike Gianaris and Jimmy Van Bramer, you own it.” LIC Talk Editorial

“Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves.” -State Senator Michael Gianaris

Why I’m Leaving New York,” by Jeff Bezos -@DaveWeigel, winning the Twitter reaction to today’s news.


St Marks Place, West 4th Street and other misnamed streets. (StreetEasy)

Solo dining is up 80% in the last four years. (Eater)

Speaking of, 13 of the best places to be alone in the city. (Gothamist)

Hate crimes are up 81% from last year, with two thirds of them anti-Semitic incidents. (Patch)

17 restaurants that aren’t “hot” but are still “cool.” That’s the real headline. Blame The Infatuation. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for Valentine’s Day 2019 – The “Best Places to Cry in Public” Edition

Blame a pigeon for all your mistakes, a proposed ban on plastic forks and knives, Walt Whitman the Brooklyn Hipster, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

We are less than two weeks away from the special election for Public Advocate. Of the 5.2 million registered voters in the city, less than one million are expected to turn out to vote. (Gotham Gazette)

The white supremacist who stabbed Tim Caughman to death in 2017 in hopes of starting a race war was sentenced to life in prison for murder as terrorism. (NY Times)

The Bronx saw over two billion dollars of real estate investment last year with over half of that in the South Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The city’s best places to cry in public, mapped. (Curbed)

Multiple immigrants are suing ICE for violating their constitutional right and allowing their lawyers to effectively represent them. ICE has refused to bring jailed immigrants to court since last June, preferring to have them represented through video feeds plagued with technical problems. (Patch)

Walt Whitman, Brooklyn hipster. (Brokelyn)

Maybe the L train is cursed. An anti-Nazi sticker caused an entire train to be removed from service in the middle of Wednesday morning’s commute, thanks to MTA policy. (Gothamist)

The oncoming L train construction will cause “on board crowding greater than anything ever experienced on the NYC subway system on a sustained basis,” according to an internal MTA memo. Cursed! (Gothamist)

City Councilman Rafael Espinal is trying to ban plastic forks and knives. Bon appetit, take out eaters. (Eater)

Yeah, you can drink seltzer, but what if you could experience the feeling of drinking seltzer in a retail location? It might sound like nonsense, but once you see photos of Recess’ (the seltzer company) pop-up space, you might understand. Maybe you won’t. (Time Out)

The City Council is calling for the appointment of a special education “czar” to advocate and oversee the implementation of services to children with special needs, as parents are unaware of their rights within the school system. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

During the L train construction, trains will run once every twenty minutes from 8pm-5am on weekdays and all day on the weekends. The G train will have additional service, but the extra cars that were planned on each train will be scrapped. (Streetsblog)

If something goes wrong, blame a pigeon. Classic New York. (Gothamist)

An interactive map of all 1.4 million vehicle collisions since July of 2012. (Todd W. Schneider)

The Reckless Driver Accountability would require a car with five or more red-light and speed camera violations to be impounded until the owner completed a reckless driver accountability program. (Bklyner)

If you’re someone who is perpetually looking for somewhere interesting to go on dates, NYC Date Nite is the IG account for you. “A how-to on dating in NYC, from someone who has done a lot of it.” (@nycdatenite)

Kudos to Gothamist, who actually tried to clean a subway platform in light of the governor’s mocking quotes this week. (Gothamst)

Councilman Jumaane Williams was endorsed by the Kings County Democratic Committee in his bid for Public Advocate. (Bklyner)

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29 best places to eat vegan in the city. (Grubstreet)

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The Briefly for January 13, 2019 – The “El Chapo is Guilty On All Counts” Edition

Outback Steakhouse is the hot NYC V-Day date, New York’s Green New Deal, an NYPD sting may have targeted LGBTQ bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A brief history of Rubén Díaz Sr.’s controversial statements. (amNY)

Given Diaz Sr’s previous statements, Corey Johnson was criticized for emboldening him by former Speaker and Public Advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito. (NY Post)

El Chapo is guilty. (NY Times)

Amazon’s HQ2 still has 58% support in the city. (NY Post)

Along Vernon Blvd in Long Island City the percentage of business owners and employees that approve HQ2 is even higher at 86%. (TimesLedger)

The culprit behind the L train stench has been identified as a Shell station with a history of oil leaks. (Greenpointers)

10 things you might not know about Riverside Park. (6sqft)

Aziz Ansari took the stage a the Comedy Cellar a year after sexual misconduct allegations against him. He spent a portion of his set talking about how he hopes it was a step forwarding he hopes he’s become a better person, which is something that can’t be said of Louis CK. (Gothamist)

Nothing in Amazon’s subsidies are new. The city has given away $5 billion in “tax expenditures” for economic development projects to increase employment and reduce office vacancies, but it hasn’t been able to do either effective. The city council has called for the program to be phased out. (Gothamist)

Did you lose all your Nintendo Switch games on the subway? (/r/NYC)

Whole Foods is raising its prices on 550 items, reversing course from their post-purchase by Amazon. (Grubstreet)

Hate winter? Don’t worry, in 60 years New York’s climate will feel more like Arkansas. (Patch)

We have enough problems on the subway before Inside Edition starts shaming fare evaders. (Gothamist)

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground later this year. (Welcome2TheBronx)

There are only three cities in the US with worse traffic than New York. Boston is, of course, the #1 worst with Washington DC and Chicago second and third. (Patch)

The NYPD mobilized a multi-agency response to “community hotspots” in October, but were the coordinated raids disproportionally targeting LGBTQ bars? (Gothamist)

New York isn’t going to wait for AOC’s Green New Deal to pass on a federal level. The state’s legislature introduced a bill to turn the state greenhouse gas neutral by 2030. (amNY)

The NYCHA suspended with the intent to fire Ivo Nikolic, the head of the agency’s elevator division, for allegations he violated anti-discrimination policies. (The Real Deal)

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot by friendly fire while responding to a robbery in Queens on Tuesday night. (NY Post)

Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Benihana, and Outback Steakhouse are four of the city’s top ten bars and restaurants for Valentine’s Day according to Lyft. (Bedford + Bowery)

The 13 hottest lunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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