The Briefly for April 5, 2019 – The “Even the Raccoons Are Moving to Manhattan” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, no one can agree on how to fix the subways, sales tax for online purchases is coming to New York, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re going to Wrestlemania and all the Wrestlemania adjacent events this weekend, you’ll want to know what fresh hell the subways will be over the weekend. (Subway Changes)

How many luxury condos in the city are “ghost apartments?” (The Real Deal)

There’s a private island between Hart and City Island’s, purchased by Alex Schilbi in 2011 for $176,000. Now he wants to turn it into a yoga, canoeing, and fishing retreat. (Welcome2TheBronx)

How the hell did a raccoon wind up in the 14th Street subway station? (Gothamist)

The 13 most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2019. (Eater)

Sales taxes are coming to your online purchases in June. Another day, another tax. (NY Post)

How’s your Valyrian? Shake Shack has two Game of Thrones items on the menu, but you’ll have to order them in the George R. R. Martin fantasy language. (Gothamist)

A badly burnt body found in a Staten Island storage unit is believed to be missing teacher Jeanine Cammarata, who has been missing since Tuesday. (Gothamist)

You’re damn right Ben Stiller gives up his seat on the subway for others. (Viewing NYC)

Mark it on your calendars, Buffalo Exchanges $1 sale is on Earth Day, April 20. The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team. I’m not saying you should get super high and buy a bunch of weird clothes, but I’m also not not saying that. (Time Out)

The city just made it a little easier to search for affordable housing. Actually getting it is another story. (Curbed)

Watch Adam Platt, New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic, on his hunt for the perfect croissant. (New York Magazine)

10 best new hotels opening in NYC this year. (Curbed)

The mayor was trying to hide who was hosting his Boston fundraiser. The New York Times found out anyway. (NY Times)

Yeah, these new city jails are gonna be big, but the city wants you to know that they aren’t taking advantage of every possible square inch they could use. (Chelsea Now)

Governor Cuomo, the new head of the MTA, and the president of the New York City Transit Authority don’t see eye to eye on how to fix the subways. Shocking. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about The Shed now that it’s finally open. (NY Times)

“I expect all of you to use our subways and bus systems when possible,” doesn’t sound like the MTA is “demanding” staffers take mass transit. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Eagle’s new editorial director has some questions for you. Tell him The Briefly sent you. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I’m a Queens boy. Only very rich people can drive into Manhattan. You have to pay the toll. You have to pay parking . . . it probably comes close to $100 a day.” Does the governor know about all the bridges that don’t have tolls or the mayor who drives in and out of Manhattan every day to go to his Park Slope gym? (NY Post)

Even as Bed-Stuy gentrifies, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club has sat at the corner of DeKalb and Nostrand for forty years and has changed with the times. (NY Times)

The 10 best parm sandwich spots in the city. A cheesy list. (Gothamist)

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The Briefly for April 4, 2019 – The “De Blasio Does His Best Cuomo Impression” Edition

New Yorkers are united in their opposition to the mayor’s presidential hopes, Manhattan’s accidental leaning tower, Chinatown’s “Bloody Angle”, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

12 new art installations to check out in Apriln. (Untapped Cities)

Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling on the mayor to fire the Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steve Banks in a change.org petition. Ulrich says Banks’ failure to address chronic homelessness is the base reason for the petition. (QNS)

The mayor announced an “expert panel” to fix the mess that is the BQE construction. The panel will be lead by the CEO of a construction trade lobbying group and include people from a Google/Alphabet subsidiary, the Regional Planning Association, NYU, multiple trade and construction groups, and others. The panel is light on urban planning experts and will be tasked with finding an outcome that is “in the best interests of everyone.” (Gothamist)

It seems Rock & Roll is an acceptable art form now, getting its first exhibition at the Met. (Gothamist)

Donald Trump’s first Manhattan real estate project pioneered the tax incentives whose lineage can be traced all the way to the recent imploded Amazon deal. (Curbed)

Yesterday we learned that we’re paying the highest taxes in the country, and now there’s an indication that the city is over-taxing hundreds of small buildings accidentally, in some cases 4x the appropriate rate. (The Real Deal)

Taking a dip in the East River anytime soon? Here’s a field guide to what you might find in the water. (Gothamist)

If you’re interested in working the 2020 Census, there will be a job fair at Queens Borough Hall on May 1. (QNS)

The list of the world’s best hospitals includes three hospitals in the city. (Patch)

A look in photos of what is left of “Italian Williamsburg.” (NY Times)

Here’s a look at the OMNY subway NFC systems in the wild. If the demo iPhones in Apple stores can always be found to have fecal matter on them, imagine how gross these screens are going to get. (Gothamist)

Something is fishy about the city’s purchase of buildings for $173 million when their first estimate valued them at $50 million. Also, the landlords are represented by a lawyer who is helping the mayor raise money to fly around the country pretending anyone wants to see him run for president. (NY Times)

As a reminder, 76% of New Yorkers don’t want the mayor to run for president. Only 42% approve of the job he’s doing in New York. (amNY)

Why does no one want the mayor to run for president? Maybe it’s a moment like this, where he blamed the federal government for all of the city’s problems. (NY Post)

Manhattan has its own leaning tower. A 58-story condo on Maiden Lane is leaning North by three inches as a result of a faulty foundation, according to a lawsuit. Construction is still continuing, despite complaints. (Gothamist)

638 of the city’s bridges are considered “structurally deficient,” which include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Throgs Neck. (Patch)

In the last four years, Uber spent $2 million lobbying in favor of congestion pricing. (NY Post)

A body of a 53-year-old man was discovered in the water near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Brooklyn Paper)

A look into Chinatown’s “Bloody Angle.” How Doyers Street’s gang violence earned it that nickname. (Streeteasy)

A look at The Shed, Hudson Yards’ cultural center which has more configurations than a transformer. (Engadget)

20 tasty Thai restaurants in the city. (Eater)

The city’s comptroller wants the Department of Transportation to take control of the NYC Ferry system from private company Hornblower after learning how astronomically high the city subsidizes each rider’s trip. (Curbed)

After a 10-year fight with the MTA, Luis Colon was awarded $22 million after needing spinal fusion surgery from a fall from a makeshift platform on the Henry Hudson Bridge. (NY Post)

Take a look at this insane plan from the 1940s to build an airport on top of buildings from 24th to 71st Streets. (Viewing NYC)

The best spring break food and drinks. (amNY)

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The Briefly for April 3, 2019 – The “Ghosting Capital of the World” Edition

The plastic bag ban may birth a paper bag fee, New Yorkers disapprove of congestion pricing, Irving Plaza will temporarily close, and more in today’s daily NYC newsletter.

Bay Ridge’s greatest Italian hero is vegan? Sacrilege! (Eater)

With the eventual plastic bag ban taking place next year, the city is also considering a $0.05 fee for paper bags to benefit the NYC Environmental Protection Fund and go towards giving low-income New Yorkers and the elderly reusable bags for free. (Gothamist)

New York City is the capital of ghosting. 41% of New Yorkers say they’ve been ghosted, higher than any of the other 48 cities surveyed. (Time Out)

The Zagat guide book is coming back for New York City and your vote matters, much like participatory budgeting. You voted for participatory budgeting, right? (NY Times)

Here’s how the new mansion tax will affect luxury real estate. (Curbed)

The 10 best spots for plant classes. (6sqft)

We’re #1! #1 in the highest chunk of our paychecks that go towards taxes. (Patch)

Chanel Lewis is guilty of the 2016 killing of Karina Vetrano. It was Lewis’s second trial. (Gothamist)

Yesterday was one of six Gender Pay Gap days, and in New York, the gap has only gotten worse. (Gothamist)

The Tony Luke’s Philly cheesesteak has arrived in New York. Is it any good? (Grub Street)

So maybe escape rooms are dangerous if you, you know, can’t actually escape? (Gothamist)

Tracy Morgan got a key to Brooklyn, so what did he do with it? (amNY)

Governor Cuomo got an 11.7% raise this year and will get a 12.5% raise next year and an additional 11% in 2021. Not a bad job to have. (NY Post)

There’s a new chairman and CEO of the MTA, but it’s a little weird the state approved Pat Foye for the job on Monday morning at 2am. (Gothamist)

Governors Island’s 2019 season starts in a month and will have expanded hours and an additional ferry from Manhattan. (Curbed)

The Regional Planning Association has a suggestion to reduce traffic on the section of the BQE that needs repairs: reduce the number of lanes. (Curbed)

Missing from the state’s budget? No, not legal weed. No, not a pied-à-terre tax. No, not a ban on bump stocks. No, not increased oversight. Electric scooters. (Gothamist)

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that 54% of New Yorkers are against congestion pricing. The opposition is highest in the Bronx, where 62% disagree with the passing of the new rules. (NY State of Politics)

Also in the poll is that 57% of those surveyed favor changing admissions to the city’s specialized high schools. (NY Post)

Three alleged MS-13 members have been indicted on murder charges for the shooting death of a man on the 7 train platform on February 3. (Jackson Heights Post)

If you’ve ever stepped into the wrong car assuming it was your Lyft or Uber, you’re not alone. After the death of Samantha L. Josephson, who stepped into the wrong car in South Carolina, City council Speaker Corey Johnson says a bill requiring all for-hire drivers to have illuminated signs in their windows makes sense for NYC. (NY Post)

What’s behind the spike in murders in Brooklyn? (NY Times)

We’re just about to get Webster Hall back and now Irving Plaza announced it will close for eight months later this year for renovations. (BrooklynVegan)

The NYPD’s Inspector General’s Office recommended 42 reforms in a report. Of the 42, six have been implemented, 16 have been outright rejected and the rest sit in limbo. Must be nice to make your own rules. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio has suspended the proposed cuts to the FDNY, agreeing to meet with the department and unions to figure out a new deal. (NY Post)

Reports of rapes in the city have seen a slight decrease since last year, the second decrease in the last 18 months. Before December of 2018, the last time reported rapes had decreased was August 2017. (Patch)

The state budget called for a reduction of Special Olympics funding by $50,000, but after the federal government pulled all of its funding the state has reversed its decision. (NY State of Politics)

Where to eat and drink with your human (when you’re a dog). (Thrillist)

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