The Briefly for July 15, 2019 – The “I’ve Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway” Edition

Our absent mayor was absent during the blackout, the reinvention of the rainbow cookie, de Blasio hires his son to save his 0% campaign, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The late-night disruptions this week are minimal unless you’re on the L train in Brooklyn. Service is suspended between Lorimer and Broadway Junction. (Subway Weekender)

A gallery of how broadway shows and professional musicians handled the blackout, along with New Yorkers stepping up to direct traffic, and a video of the lights turning back on. (Huff Post)

When the power went out, the first question was “why?” The second question was where the hell is our mayor? (NY Times)

Where was the mayor? He has an average 0% support and yet he was spending the day in Iowa. (Politico)

When he was asked on the air on CNN at 9 pm, two hours after the blackout began the mayor said he was still weighing his options. (Politico)

While a portion of the city sat in darkness, it was Corey Johnson that provided public leadership on the news, Twitter, and during Sunday’s press conference. Our absentee mayor continued to be absent. (Chelsea Now)

Want to live in a city where you can save money for a rainy day? Too bad, you live in New York. (CNBC)

If you’re the person that’s been praying for consistent hot temperatures, this is the week where all your friends will give you the side-eye. Welcome to the first sweltering week of summer. (amNY)

The state legislature passed the Utility Responsibility Bill and now it waits for the governor’s signature. The bill would protect homeowners if any damage was done to their property by utility companies. (QNS)

Do you know the difference between a studio and a one-bedroom apartment? Did you know a bedroom needs to be a minimum of 80 square feet with a ceiling height minimum of eight feet? (StreetEasy)

R. Kelly has been arrested and indicted of racketeering and violating federal anti-sex trafficking laws. These are in addition to the charges he’s facing in Illinois. He faces up to 70 years in prison. (Patch)

The rainbow cookie is already perfect, but some chefs can’t leave well-enough alone. (Eater)

Whoever the monster is that stole the key to the city received by Allie Long, a member of the US Women’s National Team, understand that you have made very powerful enemies. (Gothamist)

Your landlord can threaten to let your apartment fall into disrepair, but they can’t actually do that. Learn about the warranty of habitability and what it means for your apartment. (Gothamist)

This week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health includes “BKLYN Wild” in the Time Out Market, which broke the 100 violation point mark with a 102 score. (Patch)

Governor Cuomo, who has insisted that he is not in control of the MTA, has they need you to adopt or foster an animal. (amNY)

This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and the city is celebrating multiple ways. (Gothamist)

Inside a mostly abandoned mall in Queens, Board of Elections worker are counting out the fate of the Queens District Attorney’s office. (Gothamist)

A lawsuit is challenging the legality of the “spot rezoning” that was necessary to allow the 80 Flatbush development project a reality. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Abel Cedeno says he had been bullied for being gay, took the stand in his own defense at his manslaughter trial for the murder of two of his high school classmates with a knife. (NY Times)

The city unveiled its plans to protect the east side of Manhattan from the Lower East Side to 25th St with the design of the East River Park. The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project’s walls and design would protect the area from a 16 foot level of sea rise, which is the “100-year flood + waves” level. (Curbed)

A human leg was found in a channel in the waters of Coney Island. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you think you apply for affordable housing in the city, registration is a fairly simple process. (Curbed)

The city council’s Committee on Small Business is calling on Letitia James’s office to look at the settlement agreement that allowed Grub Hub to buy Seamless in 2013 in light of the reports about Grub Hub’s business tactics. (Grub Street)

JetBlue installed Does Starbucks sell newspapers? If you answered no, you’ll soon be proven right because the company announced that they will stop selling The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today at its 8,600 locations nationwide. (NY Times)

RIP Hector Figueroa, former president of the Service Employees International Union and a key player in the fight for a $15 minimum wage. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio is polling at a 0% average in the Democrat presidential primary. Will hiring his son help his campaign? It literally couldn’t hurt it. (NY Times)

A preliminary report is suggesting that the impending MTA overhaul reduce the number of groups within the organization from 40 into six departments to centralize and simplify. The MTA’s board is expected to vote on a final version of the plan on the 24th. (amNY)

The President’s ICE enforcement action started on Saturday in the city, but early reports indicate that no one opened their doors for ICE and as a result, no one was detained. (amNY)

The race to replace José E. Serrano after he steps down as a result of a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis will be contended by Ruben Diaz Sr, an openly homophobic city councilperson, and Ritchie J Torres, the first openly gay person to hold office in the Bronx. (NY Times)

Need a late-night fix and you already had pizza for lunch? A list of late-night delivery spots that aren’t just pizza. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 24, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown Alternative Plans are Here” Edition

The MTA board member challenge, the housing violation and asthma connection, LaGuardia Lake, electric scooters may become viable, Alec Baldwin plead guilty, and more in today’s daily NYC news update.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the city’s gun law that limits residents from transporting their guns from their homes. (NY Times)

Your horror of a Wednesday morning commute was brought to you by a water main break that flooded the tracks in Chelsea and someone on the tracks at Bryant Park. (NY Post)

The MTA Board Member Challenge: Can you name a single member of the MTA’s board? (NY Times)

Here are the possible details of the L Train Unshutdown (editor’s note: we need a better name for this), according to a leaked memo. It’s not pretty. (Streetsblog)

Say hello to the Peanut Butter Dream Waffle, the Leslie Knope-worthy Frankenstein’s Monster from Clinton Hall. Nutella, peanut butter cups, waffles, and peanut butter pie all for $25. (Brokelyn)

LaGuardia Airport was once likened to “some third world country” by America’s uncle Joe Biden. It didn’t help when a sprinkler head burst in Terminal B, creating an indoor lake for travelers to walk through. (Gothamist)

Photos from inside Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital complex. Spoiler alert: It’s creepy. (Untapped Cities)

7 dinner suggestions for Valentine’s Day under $75. (amNY)

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment when he punched someone over a parking spot. He’ll complete a short anger management class and pay a $120 fine. (amNY)

Housing violations and high asthma rates have a connection, according to a new analysis. (Curbed)

Do New Yorkers prefer Cuomo or Gillibrand for president in 2020? Trick question. We prefer Bloomberg. (Politico)

The DOT has an open call for artists that end on February 15. (DOT)

Watch the construction of the TWA Hotel in the only way to watch construction: time-lapse. (6sqft)

Demolition permits for 80 Flatbush Ave and Katie Merz’ mural (highlighted in The Briefly last week) have been filed. The project is set to complete in 2025. (Bklyner)

Two of the students in the Poly Prep High School blackface video have transferred. Everyone involved, including the parents, have awful excuses for the video. (Gothamist)

The story of Transmitter Park, from the hunting grounds of Native Americans, to WNYC’s A.M. transmitter site, to public park. (Greenpointers)

The three cities in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “High Maintenance,” and “Broad City” still make one New York. (NY Times)

Here are the details on a supposed “secret” subway and bus fare hike alternate plan. It’s a secret and the New York Times and Gothamist have written about it? (Gothamist)

America’s most expensive home is on Central Park South. A 24,000 square foot apartment on Central Park South sold for $238 million and will serve as a second home for a Chicago billionaire. (Curbed)

From the “Everyone you know on Facebook probably already shared this story” file: Chick-Fil-A is reportedly taking over the Old Blue Water Grill space in Union Square when it closes after more than 20 years. (Gothamist)

The Dream Act was passed by the state’s legislature and will provide financial aid to the 146,000 undocumented minors in New York state. The DREAM Fund will be funded by private contributions and will not be funded by the state. (NY Times)

Has the F train randomly turning express F’ed your commute lately? City Councilmember Brad Lander is created an F train express incident form with a hope of shining a light on the issue. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Is the city ready to allow electric scooters on our streets? (Mashable)

Commissioner James O’Neill says the NYPD is turning to apps, basketball leagues, and virtual reality to help reduce violent crime in six targeted neighborhoods. (NY Post) Watch the full State of the NYPD speech. (CBS News)

Meet Goliath, the hero boxer and very good boy, who saved his human’s life while their home in East New York caught fire. The fire destroyed three homes and aside from a broken arm, everyone is safe. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

RIP Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, Orchard St’s “man in white.” (Bowery Boogie)

Throw an ax, take a dip, play laser tag, and other indoor activities to help beat back the winter blues. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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