The Briefly for September 18, 2018 – NYC vs DOJ, a Seven Alarm Fire, the U.N. and More

Midtown will slow down even more once the U.N. is in town, the DOJ comments about safe injection sites, de Blasio deflects school bus complaints and more.

What you need to know about the United Nations general assembly that’s starting this week.

The worst days of the year for driving in Manhattan aren’t Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s when the U.N. is in session. In Midtown, traffic slows from the average of 4.7mph to 3mph and the city’s new message is simple: “Your trip through Midtown will take three times as long.”

The bridge that connects Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights is indefinitely closed. It seems that high moisture levels are causing the problem with the bridge. That’s outside. Near the water.

The creepy LinkNYC/ice cream jingle mystery is one step closer to being solved.

A seven alarm fire broke out at Kings Plaza Mall’s parking garage. Avon Stephens, 23, was arrested for causing damage to over 100 Mercedes-Benzes. A local dealership was storing cars there, not everyone who goes to Kings Plaza drives a Benz. No one suffered life-threatening injuries. He said he was sorry.

Rose III by Isa Genzken is a new 26-foot-tall sculpture of a rose in Zuccotti Park.

Cuomo defeated Nixon and Gothamist asks “Are the subways screwed forever?

Joe Crowley will remain chairman of the Queens Democratic Party after being defeated by Amexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s remained the chairman since 2006.

A 33-year-old man was found dead at Union Square after attempting to walk between train cars while moving.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Instagram, here comes Human’s Best Friend. It’s an Instagram bait installation, but it’s for dogs.

What’s going on with Australian coffee culture in the city?

The man behind the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, Alan Abel, has earned himself a second obituary in The New York Times 38 years after his first.

The Justice Department is calling NYC’s proposed safe injection sites a “violation of the Controlled Substances Act.” This is coming to a head after a letter from state Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) was sent to the DOJ.

Mayor de Blasio is blaming bus companies for the 82,225 complaints the DOE has already received in the first two weeks of school, but no action has yet been taken by his administration.


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The Briefly for September 17, 2018 – The MTA Will Address Your Problems in “5-10 Years”

Did your neighborhood vote Nixon or Cuomo, more people are getting on subway tracks, 17 speakeasys, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The most hated buildings in Brooklyn, from the New York Post.

There has been 621 reported incidents of people on subway tracks or that have been hit by a train, an increase from 2017.

The MTA will be working on your train delays sometime in “the next 5-10 years.”

Another school ride from hell. This time it was a five-year-old girl in Queens whose bus-ride home from school took five hours on Friday. There have been 76,223 complaints abuot late or no-show buses this school year, up from 57,575 last year.

If you’re obsessed with the price of houses on Zillow, you’re not alone.

We Heart Astoria is hiring a Social Media Coordinator and a Junior Writer. Amid firings and consolidations, it’s nice to see a site announce open positions.

If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to avoid the Museum of the City of New York’s “germ city” exhibit.

Eater has a list of 17 hidden bars worth seeking out. Yes, Please Don’t Tell is on the list, but don’t hold it against them.

Who owns the city? Here are the ten largest property owners in New York City.

How former NYPD cop Ludwig Paz became the ringleader of brothels in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Did your neighborhood vote Cuomo or Nixon? Check the map.

Has the Brooklyn Democratic Party been working to silence new voices? In the wake of a primary election that changed the political makeup of the state, New King’s Democrats is encouraging anyone who can to show up to the next party meeting on September 27 to make new voices heard.

There was only one day in August without subway delays during the morning commute. Mark it down on the calendar, August 23, the citywide day without delays.

If you are worried about local media consolidation, Schneps Communication purchased Community News Group and NYC Community Media last week. This is an incomplete list of the publications and websites now owned by one company: The Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, Bay News, Mill Basin Marine Park Courier, Brooklyn Graphic, Gay City News, Caribbean Life, TimesLedger, BaysideTimes, FlushingTimes, Bronx Times, Bronx Times Reporter, The Villager, The Villager Express, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express, BORO Weekly, Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx Family, Manhattan Family, Brooklyn Tomorrow, Queens Tomorrow, Brooklyn Uncovered, Airport Voice, Eat Up, NYParenting.com, BrooklynDaily.com, Bxtimes.com, Rivendell School, CNG Radio Podcast, The Queens Courier, The Courier Sun, The Ridgewood Times, The Times Newsweekly, El Correo, Brownstoner.com, Brownstoner Magazine, QNS.com, The North Shore Towers Courier, LIC Magazine, BORO Magazine, LeHavre Courier, Cryder Point Courier, Queens in Your Pocket, Best of Brooklyn, and Best of the Boro


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The Briefly for September 14, 2018 – Weekend Subways, Election Results, Billy Eichner, and a Kitten is Saved

Progressive Democrats sent a message to Albany with six of the eight former I.D.C. aligned Democrats losing primaries.

The Cortland St subway station is open, which is just about all the good news that exists about the subways this weekend. Consult 6sqft’s weekend roundup of construction and closures.


Andrew Cuomo won the Gubernatorial Democratic nomination over Cynthia Nixon.

Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor over Jumaane Williams.

Leticia James won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her three opponents.

Julia Salazar defeated incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan for the Democratic nomination for NY State Senate in district 18.

Alessandra Biaggi defeated former IDC leader and incumbent Jeffrey Klein for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 34.

John Liu defeated incumbent and former IDC member Tony Avella for the Democratic nomination in State Senate Destrict 11.

Marisol Alcantara sent a text message telling supporters to get to the polls before they closed at 7:30pm. They closed at 9pm and Alcantara, the incumbent formerly aligned with the IDC, lost the nomination to Robert Jackson.

Zellnor Myrie defeated incumbent and former IDC member Jesse Hamilton for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 20. Jesse Hamilton will be running as a Republican in the general election.

Mass confusion and massive turnouts marked election day. Gothamist kept a running post throughout the day with reported issues and updates. Even for Dante de Blasio, who was forced to vote via paper affidavit.

Six of the eight former IDC State Senators lost their nomination bids, as progressive insurgents will confront Governor Cuomo with a radically different Albany.

A very complete list of results from NY1.


“Proudly elitist gay Jewish liberal native New Yorker piece of sh*t snowflake” Billy Eichner is back with Billy on the Street. New York, get yourselves ready to be asked some questions on the street.

David Wright will play with the Mets one more time before retiring.

The hunt to find the source of the Times Square bees.

News for the weekend: A kitten was rescued after getting stuck on a Staten Island bridge. Of course there are photos.


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