The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for January 17, 2019 – The “The Pizza Wars and Other Famous Food Fights” Edition

Legal marijuana will bring the state an estimated $300 million this year, someone stole an MTA bus again, the best cheap falafel, electric scooters could become legal and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Legal pot is estimated to bring in $300 million in sales tax revenue this year, which seems like a good amount of money until you hear congestion pricing would bring in $13-15 billion. (Gothamist)

George Washington did not have wooden dentures. Don’t believe it? You can see them for yourself at the NY Academy of Medicine. (Untapped Cities)

A history of protests in NYC’s public parks. (6sqft)

The pizza wars, the cupcake rivalries, the seafood bar copycat, the Rockaway Beach taco fight, and the doughnut dispute: The hottest restaurant feuds in the city. (Eater)

The 2-year-old autistic girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and was the subject of an AMBER alert on Wednesday night, was found and is safe. (NY Post)

Is it better to buy or rent? (Curbed)

One person is dead and two are injured after a man entered a buffet in Sheepshead Bay and allegedly started attacking employees with a hammer. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go for lunch when you have jury duty in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Based)

“Roaming Underfoot” is the tile mosaic centerpiece of the newly opened 28th St stop on the 6. The work is meant to capture Madison Square Park’s role as an urban sanctuary. (MTA)

Five takeaways from Tuesday’s emergency L train shutdown meeting. (Curbed)

On set for the new season of High Maintenance. (Gothamist)

A breakdown of the new “mom uniform” of Park Slope. Only the most important stories from the paper of record. (NY Times)

Whoopi Goldberg, sudden transit expert, gave the mayor a piece of her mind and said a bunch of falsehoods about bike lanes and Tenth Avenue on The View. (NY Post)

“If you are mad that bike lanes take away driving lanes or parking, ask yourself why you are more entitled to that public space than a cyclist. The answer can’t be ‘because that’s how it was before.'” (@Jill_Jorgensen)

For the third time in a month, someone stole an MTA bus and took it for a joyride. This time someone drove a bus from Queens to Brooklyn and it went unnoticed for two hours until the bus was found undamaged on the street. (NY Post)

We aren’t getting hit by a winter storm this weekend. We’re getting hit by two. (Gothamist)

23 restaurants and bars to try in Midtown East. (Eater)

Are you ready for a super blood wolf lunar moon this weekend? Watch the skies from 11:30pm-12:30am on Sunday night for the greatest visual effect, but be wary of werewolves. (Gothamist)

The state will let local municipalities decide to make electric scooters or bikes legal. Currently unassisted electric bikes and scooters are both illegal in the city, despite their widespread usage. (Streetsblog)

An NYPD officer, 28-year-old Brian Kessler, was killed in a head-on collision with a garbage truck in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Is this the best cheap falafel in the city? (Viewing NYC)

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The Briefly for January 16, 2019 – The “A New Kind of Green Deal” Edition

Subway emergency exit alarms are coming back, the Star of the State address, the emergency L train shutdown meeting, the 23 New Yorkers running for Public Advocate, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

They take the local to Times Square, walk slow, don’t wait for everyone to get off the subway before getting on, and there was a record 65.2 million of them in 2018. The city’s tourism industry grew for the ninth year straight. (NY Times)

Live from the L train shutdown emergency meeting, it’s a blog! (Gothamist)

Watch the 2019 State of the State address. (CBS News)

An overview of the New York 2019-2020 state budget. (Democrat and Chronicle)

Five takeaways from the State of the State address. (NY Times)

Governor Cuomo’s $175.2 billion spending plan includes legal weed, congestion pricing, the removal of statute of limitations for rape, procurement reform and more. (Politico)

The state legislature voted to become the 15th state to ban gay conversion therapy. (Gothamist)

The governor is lobbying to pass legislation that would make it a felony to assault a journalist while they are on the job. (NY Post)

Find yourself some Netflix to binge on this weekend, because we’re in for a weekend full of shitty weather. If you’re ordering in, don’t be a dick and get that 30% or more tip ready. (Gothamist)

A useful list of restaurants that are extremely close to subway stops for when it’s too damn cold to go further than absolutely necessary. (The Infatuation)

The candidates for Public Advocate are in! Here are the 23 New Yorkers who want to become the next Public Advocate. (Bklyner)

An expert’s guide to renting a New York City apartment. (Curbed)

A third gender, X, is now available for IDNYC cards. (amNY)

What is going on here? No one roots for the landlords in Rent or Fox Books in You’ve Got Mail. Upper West Siders are petitioning to save a Starbucks from closing.(West Side Rag)

The alarms for subway emergency exits are coming back as the MTA continues to do anything except improve service to prevent subway fare evaders. (NY Post)

An early Valentine’s Day story: She attacked him with a samurai sword and left him to die, and he waited for her outside the courtroom as she went to trial. (NY Post)

Watch Babe Ruth and Lou Gerhig take batting practice from 1931 in restored 60fps footage. (guy jones on YouTube)

The sky is falling! Terra cotta tiles fell from the 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside, piercing a car’s windshield. (Sunnyside Post)

50 Jesuit priests were identified as having a history of sexual abuse over the last 60 years, who had assignments at the city’s best Catholic schools. (NY Times)

It’s official, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand launched a presidential exploratory committee. (Politico)

8 things to know about Kirsten Gillibrand. (amNY)

A Department of Education mentor and founder of the student club “The Gladiators,” Malik Barr, was charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy in his apartment. Barr as been removed form the school. (NY Post)

Infighting, politics, and accusations have lead to two different women’s marches happening in Manhattan this Saturday. (NY Times)

The city’s most iconic buildings, mapped. (Curbed)

There will be no citizenship question on the 2020 census, thanks to a lawsuit led by the New York Immigration Coalition. (Politico)

One half James Bond and the other Art Deco. Say hello to the new bi-level bar, Dear Irving on Hudson. (Time Out)

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