The Briefly for February 25, 2019 – The “53,269 Tons of Fatberg” Edition

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, Tuesday’s special election for Public Advocate, the East Village’s ongoing changes, parking placards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are this week’s late night subway changes. (Subway Changes)

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, but a single ride will remain $2.75. (Daily News)

Tomorrow/Tuesday is the special election for Public Advocate, here is a last minute guide to the 17 candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

The city’s Board of Elections threatened to sue the city to block translators from being inside polling locations in tomorrow’s special election for Public Advocate. (NY Post)

As it stands now there will be translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish 100 feet away from 48 different polling locations. If someone wants translation services, they can escort one of the translators into the polling location with them. (Gothamist)

It seems like the entire city is falling apart. The area under Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch is barricaded off because pieces of the arch have begun falling off. That planned restoration can’t come soon enough. (Brooklyn Paper)

Farewell to St. Marks Comics and the Sidewalk cafe in the East Village. (amNY & The Villager Newspaper)

You know a neighborhood has changed when even the Hell’s Angels are looking to sell their clubhouse. (Curbed)

Drag Queen Story Hour expanded with with a drag-queen beauty workshop teaching young adults to express their gender however they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This is what a “fatberg” looks like. A mass of congealed grease and, uh, “personal hygiene” products. (Gothamist)

What’s the point of all of the city’s Juliet balconies? Also, what is a Juliet balcony? (StreetEasy)

55% of New Yorkers don’t drive a car, but that won’t stop the mayor from framing the parking placard abuse conversation from the point of view of someone who does. Maybe because he is driven from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Park Slope so he can work out. (Gothamist)

17 kid-friendly restaurants that adults will also enjoy. (Eater)

The greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” -Governor Cuomo on the Amazon HQ2 deal collapse. (NY Post)

Remember the people who protested the anti-Amazon HQ2 politicians? They were reportedly paid to protest by Sammy Musovic, a real estate developer who has been renovating apartments in Long Island City. (Curbed)

If you’re the “I HAVE to Instagram my breakfast” type, Grub Street has a new recommendation for you. (Grub Street)

Sunshine Laundromat has a secret, it’s up to you to decide if it’s the secret bar or the pinball. (Atlas Obscura)

A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center centered around the week the jail was without power or heat in January and February. (Gothamist)

220 Riverside Boulevard’s expulsion of the Trump name is almost complete. Jealous? (NY Times)

Remember the notices the city sent out about hairstyle-based discrimination? An Upper East Side Sally Hershberger salon is under investigation for racial discrimination for telling employees that Afros and box-braids did not reflect the image of the neighborhood. (NY Times)

Commercial vehicles aren’t allowed on the Belt Parkway. Someone should tell the Department of sanitation, who smashed a garbage truck into an overpass and caused a three-car accident. (NY Post)

The Armory Show was moved from Pier 92 to Pier 90 after Pier 92 was deemed structurally unsafe by city investigators, causing the cancelation of the Volta art fair. (NY Times)

The MTA is cutting back on their plans to make more subway stations handicapped accessible. This is a result of cutting Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan from $40 billion to $30 billion. This is a plan that already has no funding and the MTA is already scaling it back. (Daily News)

14th Street won’t be getting a busway, but it likely see a new Select Bus Service that connects 14th St to the East Village and Lower East Side. (Chelsea Now)

If someone you love hates cheese, here are 26 recommended restaurants for the cheese-hater in your life. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 22, 2019 – The “Our City’s Parks Are No Longer Rocking” Edition

The 7 train is literally falling apart, the mayor announces a plan to fight placard abuse, the BQX takes another hit, the YMCA, and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Nearly every subway line has closures this weekend. (6sqft)

The 7 train is falling apart, literally. A piece of the train tracks fell from its elevated track and impaled an SUV through its windshield. The driver wasn’t injured, but holy shit, is anywhere near the subway safe anymore? (Curbed)

Why we rent and not buy our homes. (StreetEasy)

The mayor announced a goal of moving the parking placard system to license plates from the laminated placards on dashboards. Unless the NYPD enforces the rules, this whole thing is pointless. (Politico)

The NYPD used to hand out hundreds of summonses for sex in the city’s public parks. Last year? Zero. Are New Yorkers no longer horny on main? (NY Times)

The mayor promised serious consequences if yeshivas continue to bar Department of Education inspectors from their buildings. The deadline passed and the city is still negotiating with the schools. (Gothamist)

A map of the mega projects changing the city. (Curbed)

A look inside the new Webster Hall, but no photos of the new bathrooms. (NY Times)

Webster Hall will reopen on May 1 with Patti Smith. (Time Out)

Two more suspects were arrested in connection to the MS-13 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue subway shooting. (NY Post)

The best parodies are barely noticeable, which means you could miss these amazing MTA parody ads if you don’t have a sharp eye. (Bklyner)

Brooklyn President Eric Adams is urging New Yorkers to join their Neighborhood Advisory Boards in order to distribute Community Service Block Grants, a program which dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The capital of President Trump’s immigration crackdown is New York City with an 88.2% increase in arrests. (Patch)

A list of the 47 hate groups active and operating in the city, double the number from ten years ago. (Patch)

What the hell is the NYPD doing blasting a hip-hop diss track outside the Marcus Garvey Village? A spokesperson said the officers “used it as a way to start a conversation with young men on the street.” Right. (Gothamist)

An 8-month-old in a stroller rolled onto the tracks of the 72nd Street 1 train. Her father jumped onto the tracks and brought her back to safety. The baby went to the hospital with a bump on her head. (amNY)

What’s special about the McBurney Y in Chelsea? Have you ever spelled out “Y.M.C.A.” at a wedding? (Gothamist)

Despite no one wanting him to run, Mayor de Blasio continues to flirt with a presidential run with a trip to Iowa this weekend. (NY Post)

The AARP supports congestion pricing, undercutting critics who say seniors will be hurt by the tolls. (Streetsblog)

Joe Crowley, defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is also leaving his position as head of the Queens Democratic Party. June Bunch will serve as the interim chair until a new leader is selected. (NY Post)

Nomkiki Konst, the TV-pundit-turned-candidate for Public Advocate, gets the profile treatment from Politico. (Politico)

If you’ve got three and a half hours to kill, here are 15 minutes interviews with 14 of the city’s Public Advocate candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

Ten candidates for Public Advocate on congestion pricing, safety, transportation policy, bike lanes, and the job in general. (Streetsblog)

An Amazon-less city might be the death-blow to the BQX streetcar. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Just in time for the weekend, 12 hot new brunch places. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 21, 2019 – The “No One Thinks de Blasio Should Run for President” Edition

A look at the Public Advocate debate, low-level marijuana cases are down 98% in Brooklyn, the city lied to get more FEMA funding, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It looks like a museum, but it’s a button store named for a Gertrude Stein poem. (Atlas Obscura)

The city subpoenaed 20,000 apartment listings from Airbnb as a response to what Mayor de Blasio says is Airbnb’s unwillingness to cooperate with the city to crackdown on illegal hotels. (The Real Deal)

The 11 best things to do on Roosevelt Island, but maybe you want to wait for spring first. (6sqft)

There is a special election for the city’s Public Advocate on Tuesday. As a reader of The Briefly you are among some of the most informed voters in the city. Here’s what you need to know about the election. (Gothamist)

Watch the second Public Advocate debate in full. (NY1)

There is one thing that all the Public Advocate candidates from last night’s debate agree on: Bill de Blasio should not run for president. (Politico)

StreetsPAC has endorsed Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate. (Streetsblog)

The 12 best restaurants in Rego Park and Forest Hills. (Grub Street)

Five takeaways from the Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

New York City will never become a cashless society if Councilman Ritchie Torres’s bill passes. (NY Times)

Low level marijuana cases are down 98% in Brooklyn. At a cost of $2,000 per arrest, it’s quite a bit of savings. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Can you run a business out of your apartment? (Bushwick Daily)

If you want to party like the kids on “Made in Staten Island,” here’s your guide. If you want to avoid partying like the kids on “Made in Staten Island,” here’s your guide of places to avoid. (amNY)

13 bars and restaurants for history lovers across the United States, including Manhattan’s Fraunces Tavern. (Atlas Obscura)

The gentrification of Bed Stuy is threatening the existence of the city’s last black-owned LGBTQ club. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Have you ever been through a breakup so bad that it makes you swear off dating altogether? The End Corporate Welfare Act is the City Council’s version of that with luring giant corporations to the city with subsidies. (Patch)

Take a look at Spike Lee’s New York City. (StreetEasy)

How can the MTA fix the R train? Congressman Max Rose’s solution is Solomon-esque. (amNY)

Murder in the city is up by 55% this year compared to last. Some police officers are blaming the end of stop and frisk. (NY Post)

The city lied to FEMA to get more Hurricane Sandy relief funding and will pay the federal government back more than $5.3 million as part of a tentative settlement. (NY Times)

East Harlem residents are feeling pissed about this closed public bathroom. So are the recipients of the more than 1,500 public urination summonses in the area. (Patch)

Winter is harsh on the city, but it causes chaos, explosions, fires, leaks, and uncertainty underground, where electric, steam, water, and gas lines flow. Climate change is making it worse. (NY Times)

Bookmark this list for the next extremely cold day. 19 stellar soups. (Eater)

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