The Briefly for October 22, 2019 – The “New York City is Dead, RIP Times Square Sbarro” Edition

The biggest jerk in the city, Netflix saves the Paris theater, NYC’s Michelin star restaurants, MTA’s fare evasion police won’t wear body cameras, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Say hello to the 50 most expensive streets in the city. (PropertyClub)

Photos: The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (Gothamist)

Photos: More from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (The Villager)

Photos: Even more from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (EV Grieve)

Farewell to City Bakery, closed after 30 years. (Eater)

The Jerk of the Season award goes to this guy in Bay Ridge caught on video smashing pumpkins. (Gothamist)

Kudos to the good samaritan who replaced the destroyed pumpkin. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York City is dead, the Times Square Sbarro is closed. (Grub Street)

Photos: Look inside the NYPL’s beautiful new Center for Research in the Humanities. (Untapped Cities)

The 500 police officers being put into the subways and on buses preventing people from evading $2.75 fares are going to cost about $663 million over the next ten years and they will not be required to wear body cameras because they are not technically part of the NYPD. (Gothamist)

According to Time Out, here are the best Asian restaurants in the city. (Time Out)

Remember last week when WNYC said it was going to cancel the show New Sounds? It’s officially uncanceled and will be streamed instead of broadcasted. (Gothamist)

The 22 greatest bars in NYC. (The Infatuation)

A wall collapsed at the construction site of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, killing one and seriously injuring another on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Netflix is saving the Paris theater, at least temporarily. They’ll be showing their movie “Marriage Story,” but there’s no word if the movie theater will stay open after the movie leaves the theater. (6sqft)

It seems the state’s legislature may have enough of hoping that corporations will act responsibly when it comes to local news and are ready to start intervening. (NY Times)

More evidence that if subway performance improves, ridership will increase. (Curbed)

September’s most efficient subway line? It was the 7. (Sunnyside Post)

Here are NYC’s Michelin star restaurants. (Eater)

Apartment Porn: A $13 million apartment with a private rooftop pool. Maybe we can start a GoFundMe for it? (Viewing NYC)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen! (Time Out)

The Policemen’s Benevolent Association is fighting the oversight question on the ballot, which is enough to vote “yes” on question 2 this November. (Gotham Gazette)

Halloween: 90+ events in the city for $35 and under. (the skint)

I’ll be hosting a special JOHN TRIVIALTA trivia game at Parklife on Halloween night before showing Evil Dead II. There’ll be prizes for the highest scores, the best team name, and a costume contest. (Parklife)

The Briefly for October 16, 2019 – The “Cuomo Uses the N-Word on the Radio” Edition

Traffic on the Kosciuszko is worse after the new bridge, a body was discovered under a manhole, Michelin’s NYC Bib Gourmand picks are out and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve been enjoying the weather for the last week, tough shit, you’re in for a rude awakening later today. (Gothamist)

The results of the new Kosciuszko Bridge, which cost $873 million to build, are in. Traffic SLOWER headed towards Queens. Almost a billion dollars and it’s made traffic worse. Good job all around. (Greenpointers)

There is a new breed of bro in the city. Are you ready for the sushi bro? (Eater)

Here’s a new entry into the NYC nightmare books: A decomposing body was found under a manhole on W 58th and Broadway. There is no indication of how it happened and no cause of death has been determined yet. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo, while fully awake and during a radio interview, casually used the N-word while discussing slurs used against Italians. (@yashar)

The governor dropped the N-word just after talking about the importance of apologizing after making offensive comments. (Gothamist)

Now that the 14th St busway has been a success, everyone is looking around the city for the next street for a car traffic ban. Is Fordham Road in the Bronx next? (Welcome2TheBronx)

The Times takes a look at Yorkville, the Upper East Side neighborhood that was connected to the rest of the city with the second avenue subway. (NY Times)

If you’ve never been to Red Hook, you’ve never seen the abandoned trolley behind the Fairway. Even if you’ve seen it, maybe you don’t know the history behind it. (Untapped Cities)

A tour of Astoria’s best Greek tavernas and sweets. (Brooklyn Based)

The plans for the city’s Rikers-replacing neighborhood jails have shrunk. Thanks to a new estimate that there will only be 3,300 people incarcerated in NYC by 2026 (the year Rikers will close), all four replacements have significantly shrunk in size. (Curbed)

The mystique surrounding some doodles by artist Yoshitomo Nara in Niagra bar on Avenue A is strong. This week some people this week estimated they could be worth upwards of $5 million and simply taking a photo of them got one of Gothamist’s writers booted from the bar. (Gothamist)

State Sen. Brian Benjamin is taking a cue from Kamala Harris’s playbook and proposed a bill that gives tax relief to New Yorkers paying more than 30% of their income on rent, as long as their income was under $125k/year. (6sqft)

Here are Michelin’s NYC Bib Gourmand picks for 2020, restaurants with high-quality meals for under $40. (Gothamist)

There’ll be a Wu-Tang Clan art pop-up on October 24 and 25. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund pays immigration bonds for community members who are unable to afford it and have raised over $2 million to bond out 300 people in the New York area. (Gothamist)

There are NYPD oversight measures on the ballot this year, but how significant are they? (Gotham Gazette)

The best Indian restaurants in the city. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for October 10, 2019 – The “Subways Could Be Running 50% Faster” Edition

The voter registration deadline is coming up, unmasking the identity of real estate buyers, corruption along the 4th Ave bike lane, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The deadline to vote in this year’s general election is October 11. Get moving if you haven’t registered. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Early voting runs from October 26 through November 3 this year, but not every polling site will be an early voting site, so make sure to check where to take part in early voting. (amNY)

Construction has begun on Google’s 1.3 million square-foot Hudson Square campus. (6sqft)

A new report from the MTA notes that the subways are slower than they were 20 years ago and could be running 50% faster and to make it happen they only have to make four improvements. Don’t hold your breath, because one of the improvements is fixing the signal problems that plague just about every line. (6sqft)

It’s finally fall and Brooklyn Based has 18 ways to celebrate pumpkin season, none of them the PSL. (Brooklyn Based)

What to see in the city’s art galleries right now. (NY Times)

Excuse me, bagel tacos? (Gothamist)

The battle for Boerum Hill’s WBAI, which has been in operation since the ’60s, has gone legal between the Pacifica Foundation and the employees of the station. (Brooklyn Paper)

An interview with artist Shai Dahan, whose new Swedish Dala horse mural can be found on Broome St. (Brooklyn Street Art)

The 4th Ave bike lane in Brooklyn’s paint was barely dry before the 72nd Precinct decided that they would use it for parking. This is corruption. (Gothamist)

Where to get an Impossible Burger on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Tips and advice to upgrade your candy game this Halloween. (Grub Street)

There is a peanut-related recall of some Ample Hills ice cream, so if you or you know someone with allergies and a love for Peppermint Patty ice cream, here is your heads up. (Patch)

Video: Step inside the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company and embrace your inner superhero… or villain. (Viewing NYC)

“Dedicated to the many tourists that go missing every year in New York City. And a reminder as to why the parks close at dusk. Erected by the Ed Koch Wolf Foundation and the NYC Fellowship.” A monument to the missing tourists taken by wolves appeared in Battery Park this week. (Untapped Cities)

The Bain Center, a literal jail on a boat in city waters, holds up to 800 prisoners a day that was brought to the city in 1992 as a temporary solution but has stuck around ever since. It’s scheduled to close by 2026. (NY Times)

Behind the scenes at the Forgotten NY blog. (amNY)

The famous and ultra-rich don’t buy homes in their names, they buy them using LLCs to hide their identity, but a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo in September is going to possibly make the purchasers of real estate publicly available information. (Curbed)

Do you like The Strokes? How much? How about so much that you’ll rent an apartment in Nolita from their guitarist for $6,750 a month? (6sqft)

The best upscale seafood in NYC. (Grub Street)