The Briefly for September 17, 2019 – The “Can $51 Billion Fix the Subways?” Edition

NY has subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns, the best fast-casual in Midtown, ShaneGillis was fired from SNL, the MTA’s fraudulent on-time numbers, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All 1.1 million NYC students will be excused on Friday if they skip school to participate in the nationwide protests ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (NY Times)

The citywide ban on cashless businesses has stalled, with the bill’s co-sponsors optimistically calling it “not dead.” (King’s County Politics)

A dive into the freshly released $51 billion MTA Capital Plan. (Second Ave Sagas)

The MTA Capital Plan incorporates many of Andy Byford’s ideas from his Fast Forward plan. (Gothamist)

The plan will pay for signals will be installed on 11 subway lines. (Patch)

The next phase of the Second Ave Subway is included in the plan. (6sqft)

What to know about Governor Cuomo’s flavored vape ban. (amNY)

The express F train is no longer a surprise, as of this week the F train express returns for two trains in each direction during morning and afternoon commutes. (amNY)

If you want to own a piece of Anthony Boudain’s life, his possessions are going to be auctioned off online next month. The money raised will go to his family and to a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in his name. (Grub Street)

Remember the MTA’s announcement that their service is improving? Those numbers have been historically fraudulent. (Signal Problems)

Governor Cuomo’s attempt to handle the homeless population on the subways with finger-pointing highlights the blind eye he’s turned toward’s the state’s homeless problem. (Gothamist)

Sitting on the wall of Keens Steakhouse is a bloody and possibly cursed playbill from the Ford Theater from the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat omakase sushi for less than $100. (The Infatuation)

How the U.N. General Assembly will screw up traffic this month. (Curbed)

Inside the fight to rezone and revitalize Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

It’s no longer a question of when. State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed eight years of tax returns from President Trump from his personal and corporate accounting firm. (NY Times)

The lawsuit over 80 Flatbush Ave’s development between the 400 & 500 State Street Block Association and Alloy Development was privately settled, paving a clear road for demolition and construction to begin in the spring. (Curbed)

The worry over moving New York’s presidential primary is over. The governor signed a bill that, once again, moves the primary to April. (QNS)

Video: A look at how Fay Da Bakery became the most iconic Chinese bakery in New York City. (Viewing NYC)

SNL un-hired Shane Gillis for his past racist and homophobic comments. (Gothamist)

Want to get into the spirit of San Gennaro without, you know, actually going to San Gennaro? Here are seven alternatives, from restaurants to pastry shops. (amNY)

Yesterday’s Briefly linked to a story about how 25% of the city’s luxury apartments built since 2013 have never been sold. Consider 432 Park a monument to that stat as it becomes the tallest residential building in the world. (Gothamist)

20 outstanding fast-casual restaurants in Midtown. (Eater)

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The Briefly for September 21, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Brooklyn Promenade Might Be Closing, and More

BQE construction could shut down the Brooklyn Promenade for years, Battery Park could get a Hurricane Maria memorial, NYC’s only private island, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Before you go anywhere this weekend, check out the changes to the subway. The 2 and M lines look to be especially bad, the L is running, the G is partially running, and the D train is sometimes an A and sometimes an F.

The Brooklyn Promenade could close for six years in order to accommodate construction on the BQE. During construction, the BQE would be elevated to where the promenade currently sits. The promenade would be rebuilt afterwards. The project will cost over $3 billion.

September 22 (Saturday) is Free Museum Day in New York, you can reserve a pair of tickets at one of over two dozen museums throughout the state.

80 Flatbush was unanimously approved by the City Council after undergoing changes to make the project smaller. The next step for the development is seeking Uniform Land Use Review Procedure approval.

One of the city’s top school districts is removing admissions standards in an attempt to diversify the student body. 55% of middle school age students in the district are black or Latino, but 81% of the students in the schools are white. Mayor de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza approved the plan, which The New York Times points out was not de Blasio’s idea.

Ten elevated parks and gardens across the city from Untapped Cities.

The cost of housing the city’s homeless population has increased. The city is spending $117 a day to house a single adult this year compared to $99 last year. A lack of permanent solutions is being partially blamed for the increase.

The Archdiocese of New York hired Barbara Jones to review its procedures for dealing with the ongoing crisis of clergy sexual-abuse allegations. Jones just finished up the Michael Cohen case two weeks ago. The archdiocese has already paid out $60 million to victims.

If you’ve got a transit nerd in your life the New York Transit Museum’s 25th annual Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park in October.

The Museum of Natural History is starting work on the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation despite a lawsuit by Community United to Save Theodore Roosevelt Park (CUSTR?) aimed at stopping the construction. The lawsuit states the construction would “cause catastrophic environmental damage to the area, posing a series of life threatening hazards.”

Meet the man who owns the only private island in New York City.

Police chief James O’Neill claims that the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights plans to bail out all 16 and 17-year-olds and bail-eligible women from city jails will make the city less safe.

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Citiva, is opening across the street from the Barclays Center.

Governor Cuomo’s former top aide and confidante, Joseph Percoco, will serve six years in prison for bribery.

Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection.

Noted racist James Harris Jackson fatally stabbed a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown last year and told the police it was “practice” for a larger racial terror attack he planned to carry out in Times Square.

What is going on at The Edna Cohen School in Coney Island? More than a week after the primary election there are no votes reported while the State Assembly primary has a 70 vote margin between the candidates.

Governor Cuomo has proposed a memorial to those lost or made homeless by Hurricane Maria in Battery Park City. The governor also announced an expansion of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico program, which sends student volunteers to work with non-profits rebuilding homes on the island.


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The Briefly for May 10 , 2018 – Cuomo Doesn’t Debate, A Salad in Staten Island, Blissville is Mad, Keep Your Doggos Safe, and More

Governor Cuomo revealed himself to be a coward and did not debate Cynthia Nixon. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was there in his place. Nixon’s new campaign slogan is something to behold and calls back to a cringe-worthy slogan of the past.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman doctor, will be honored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with a plaque commemorating the building on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby where she started her first clinic.

CB6 voted unanimously against Woodland on Flatbush Ave in Park Slope’s liquor license renewal application. It’s worth noting that these votes are advisory for the state liquor authority. Their license was renewed by the state. Who wants a $20 bottomless mimosa?

Movers at Two Men and a Truck are voting this week to join the Teamsters Union this week. They rallied ahead of the vote calling out what they call poverty wages, racially coded language, and unfair promotions.

If the Parks Department is willing to lie about the health of trees it wants to remove in Ft Greene Park for the sake of renovations, what else are they willing to lie about? The misinformation is at the heart of a lawsuit stalling construction until more information is made public.

No happy endings for these three massage parlor employees arrested in Bayside last month for alleged prostitution.

Something about this photo essay of the Dual Specialty Store, which has been in the East Village for over 30 years, and owner Abdul Patwary is touching in a very New York City way.

Filming around the city: The usual cast of characters. Mrs Maisel, Punisher, Daredevil, Torture Report, James Franco’s mustache’s latest project, along with newcomer Younger with Sutton Foster.

A salad bar grows in Staten Island.

The famed Red Hook ball fields are isolated from most of the city and have been empty for years. Unsafe levels of lead in the soils closed them in 2015, and construction bidding delays will make sure they remain partially empty until at least 2021.

Update! The NYPD believe they’ve caught the man who attempted to kidnap a 3 year old and was stopped by a grandma.

More subway station closures are imminent: This time it’s 28th St on the 6 and 23rd on the F/M. Both stations will close in July until December.

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull’s Pride Health Center in Williamsburg/Bushwick (depending who you ask) was awarded a 2018 Gay City News Impact Award.

Please keep your doggos safe! A very good pup ate a sandwich in Fort Tryon Park in Fort George that was full of nails. Murphy is doing well after emergency surgery and she may go home this week. Feel better Murphy!

Three years after 10,000 migrant workers working on NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus hadn’t been paid what they were owed, thousands of workers are still owed millions of dollars. The school is challenging the “Forced Labor at NYU Abu Dhabi” report.

Blissville, a sub-neighborhood of Long Island City, formed a civic association to protest the third homeless hotel shelter in their neighborhood arguing that their small population of 475 is shouldering more than their share of the burden with a shelter population of over 500. The city promises the end the use of hotels as shelters, but not until 2021.

The near 1,000 foot tall 80 Flatbush Ave hit another snag with a 32-1 CB2 vote against their proposal.

A waitress at a Brooklyn diner stole almost half a million dollars from a widow in her 80s over the course of four years and was sentenced to three to nine years of prison and has to pay back all the money she stole.

The lineup for the 16th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has been released.

Update! Remember yesterday’s “no chopping” rule at Just Salad? Salad eaters are very mad.


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