The Briefly for October 20, 2019 – The “Road Diet is Taking Over New York City” Edition

Andy Byford quit and unquit the MTA, Bernie’s rally draws over 26,000 in Queens, Trump makes the Gowanus more toxic, the best hotel bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The late-night subway disruptions are relatively minimal this week, hitting the 1, 2, 7, N, Q, and R lines. (Subway Weekender)

Photos: This year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. (Brooklyn Vegan)

When all the other New York love stories have been told, the “buskers across subway tracks” will finally have its spotlight. (@annamerlan)

Andy Byford quit his job as the president of the New York City Transit Authority last week. (Politico)

Byford’s resignation was rescinded. He was considering leaving the MTA because there is “no money to fix the system.” Part of the problem is with Governor Cuomo’s not-so-invisible hand guiding the system. (Gothamist)

Morris Park Avenue is going to undergo a “road diet,” which is a weird way to say that the road will be reconfigured to reduce vehicles on the road in an effort to reduce the number of ongoing injuries and fatalities. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Where should the next busway be installed in the city? (Curbed)

The 26th cyclist died as a result of the actions of a driver over the weekend. Ada Martinez died as a result of the injuries she sustained when hit by a Ford E-250 van last month. (Streetsblog)

Cameras on MTA buses have caught over 1,500 vehicles blocking bus lanes in the first 10 days of the program. Drivers will get one warning before being issued tickets. (Patch)

Mayor de Blasio’s presidential campaign always seemed pathetic, but you have no idea how pathetic it actually was. Here’s what the last few days of the campaign was like on the inside. (NY Times)

Where to go when you want a really good roast chicken. (The Infatuation)

Here are the restaurants ordered closed last week by the Department of Health. (Patch)

The new 7-level Nordstrom’s flagship opens this Thursday on West 57th and Broadway. (6sqft)

If you want to dance on the stairs featured in Joker, get ready to deal with a neighborhood that doesn’t want your bullshit. (Time Out)

Photos: Views of the city from a new 1,400 tower in Midtown. (Gothamist)

The City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner has identified the 1,645th person killed in the 9/11 attacks thanks to DNA testing. The man’s name is being withheld by his family, but it’s somewhat comforting to know that there is a family that can have the closure of confirmation, even if it’s 18 years later. (The Villager)

NYC Nightmare: A woman fell into a covered construction pit on the corner of 35th and 8th in Manhattan. (Gothamist)

The Ear Inn has a sordid history that goes back to 1817, but it also has a ghost named “Mickey.” (Atlas Obscura)

Food vendors will be banned from the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Display this year, as per a new bill from the City Council. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Triboro, the proposed and still theoretical train that would connect multiple underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, is one step closer to reality. The MTA will study the feasibility of the route from the Bronx to Ridgewood. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Last weekend’s MSG show was the first Misfits show with Glenn Danzig, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and Jerry Only in NYC since 1983 and the band’s supposed last show ever. Of course, there are photos, videos, and the setlist. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Photos: Bernie Sanders and AOC’s 26,000 person rally in Queensbridge Park. (Gothamist)

How can the Gowanus get more toxic? Add Donald Trump. (Pardon Me for Asking)

A guide to Richmond Hill and Ozone Park for those unfamiliar with Queens. (Gothamist)

Do you trust the NYPD? Watch this video of an officer tossing some weed into a Brooklyn man’s car, who is suing the NYPD for half a million dollars. (Gothamist)

NYC Trivia: Ever see something in the pavement that looks like a plastic bottle cap? They serve a real purpose. (Untapped Cities)

20 outstanding hotel bars. (Eater)

Thanks to reader Brigid Connell for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for September 11, 2019 – The “Persistence of the NYC Dollar Slice Joint” Edition

The mayor’s failed mayoral campaign promises, how to make the L train slower, a man jumped in the Gowanus, the city buys more ferries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The city removed the jimson weed plant at 93rd and Columbus, but there’s another plant three blocks away on 96th and Columbus. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Jumping into the Gowanus Canal, which has served as a toilet for the city for nearly a century, is pretty high on the “stupidest things you can do in NYC” list, but that didn’t stop some idiot from doing it on Saturday night. He was brought by the NYPD for a psychiatric evaluation. (Brooklyn Paper)

Almost nothing is as New York City as the dollar slice joint. Accessible, fast, open all night and welcoming to everyone, these relatively new city staples popped up after the 2008 recession. While Barney’s and Dean & Deluca can’t keep up with NYC real estate, the dollar slice joint persists. (Huff Post)

Is Broadway ready for Robert O’Hara’s “Slave Play?” (NY Times)

The mayor ran for office on a promise to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest New Yorkers. After six years under his leadership, the gap has not changed according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute and the changes that have occurred can be attributed to state-wide and not city-wide initiatives. (Politico)

Animal rights groups weren’t thrilled with the “humane” rodent murder-bucket of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, calling his demonstration grotesque, barbaric, and sadistic and pointed out there are other generally accepted humane ways to eliminate rats that they city hasn’t implemented. (amNY)

The city’s $1.3 billion plan to protect the east side waterfront from Montgomery to E 25th St will get an independent review before moving forward. The city has a deadline of September 2022 to spend federal funding recovery funds allocated to the project (Curbed)

Of Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants in America, 4 are in NYC. (Grub Street)

Were the predatory lending practices that targeted cabbies illegal? The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is investigating if bank, wire, or mail fraud occurred. The NY Attorney General and the mayor’s office are also investigating. (Patch)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are returning to Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which will begin previews in March. (NY Times)

Every year there are between 100 and 200 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city. The latest was found in residential towers in the Bronx’s Bedford Park. (Norwood News)

One in 15 of the city’s middle schoolers is vaping. (Patch)

The L train doesn’t need to run any slower than it already does, so whoever the jackass was that put their bicycle on the tracks, you are not appreciated. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city is buying three more ferries to add to its fleet for a total cost of $126 million. Taxpayers subsidize each ride by $10.75 on top of the $2.75 fare. The New York City Economic Development Corporation calls this “smart planning.” Is there any wonder that the city’s comptroller’s office isn’t happy with this “smart” plan? (Gothamist)

Photos from Bushwig 2019. (Gothamist)

Photos from DragCon 2019. (Gothamist)

The first of a two-part interview from The Root with Mayor de Blasio was released, covering topics like the Daniel Pantaleo firing, stop and frisk racial disparities, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, and more. (The Root)

The helicopter company that was facing backlash for taking dogs on doorless flights around Manhattan will no longer allow animals on their doors-off flights. (Patch)

A video montage of non-consensual touching by costumed weirdos in Times Square, prepared by the Times Square Alliance. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is seeking $2 billion in restitution from opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers to help New Yorkers who have paid too much in insurance premiums over the past decade because of the opioid epidemic. (amNY)

A driver on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn killed a 10-year-old boy after his SUV jumped the curb. No arrests were made or tickets were issued at the scene. (Streetsblog)

According to workers, Chipotle is abusing its employees nearly as much as its abusing the stomachs of anyone who eats there. (NY Times)

22 hidden gem private dining rooms in NYC. (Eater)


The Times’ coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (NY Times)

The six moments of silence to honor the 2,983 victims of the attacks. (amNY)

Traditionally, the skylight of the Oculus opens on 9/11, but this year it will remain closed due to repairs after it was found to be leaking earlier this year. (Patch)

Remembering 9/11 from the staff of the Windows on the World restaurant, which was located on the 107th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. (Grub Street)

Honoring the Ladder 118/Engine 205’s lost. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)

The Briefly for September 10, 2019 – The “A Horrifying Nightmare Trip on Columbus Ave” Edition

The tribute in lights is killing birds, $90k of stolen cake, a guide to apple picking, more details about the Charging Bull banjo attack, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

San Gennaro kicks off on Thursday, and amNY has a guide for what you need to know and what you need to eat. (amNY)

The May Room, an art installation from Shantell Martin, has taken over Our Lady Star of the Sea, the military chapel on Governors Island, through October 27. This is the first time the chapel is open to the public in twenty years. (Untapped Cities)

While the amusement area in Coney Island is larger than ever, its neighborhood storefronts are struggling with the third highest vacancy rate in Brooklyn and sixth in the city. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

There’s a jimsonweed bush growing on the Columbus Ave greenway at the corner of 93rd St. It’s an odd pick to be planted there, as jimsonweed is highly toxic when consumed. That’s not all. The plant can be made into a powerful drug that is easy to overdose on and if you survive you’re almost guaranteed a horrifying nightmare of a hallucinogenic trip that turns its victims into “zombies devoid of free will.” Avoid the plant. (Gothamist)

Is there nothing New York won’t add alcohol to? Taco Bell, ice cream, and now bubble tea. Bubbleology opens on the 16th in the East Village (Time Out)

A guide to picking apples near the city. (Patch)

This is such a bummer I’m surprised it didn’t come from Neil deGrasse Tyson. The Tribute in Lights, which takes place for a few days every year around the anniversary of 9/11, is killing thousands and thousands of birds. It seems that birds get confused by the light during their migration periods, essentially trapping them and preventing them from having the energy to finish their trip south. Since 2006, the tribute has ruined over a million birds’ flight patterns. (Splinter)

Think about cake. Now think about a lot of cake. Now think about $90,000 of cake. That’s how much cake a deliveryman stole from Lady M in Long Island City. (LIC Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president. He joins City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Antonio Reynoso with his endorsement. Do you think it’ll get awkward when de Blasio finally fails out of the race and comes back to do his job in the city? (Patch)

Restoration on the World’s Fair Observation Towers in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will begin next month. If you’ve ever been curious what’s at the top of the towers, there are some photos. (Untapped Cities)

We’re no Hawaii, but New York state is the 15th “happiest” state in the country. At least we’re not West Virginia, right? (Patch)

Good news for the asphalt area in Tompkins Square Park, which is known as the epicenter of NYC skateboard culture. The city had originally planned to turn over the area while East River Park gets rebuilt to prevent rising sea levels from destroying Manhattan, but the Parks Department has changed its plans after an outcry from the community and a rally promoted by City Councilmember Carlina Rivera. (Gothamist)

Is NYCHA ready for the next Superstorm Sandy? After the 2012 storm, nearly 80,000 residents were without electricity for weeks. Seven years later, Comptroller Scott Stringer is questioning the de Blasio administration’s preparedness. (Curbed)

More details are starting to emerge about this weekend’s banjo-wielding attack by Tevon Varlack from Dallas on the Charging Bull statue. Repairing the statue will cost around $100,000. (Gothamist)

FlyNYON is already under federal scrutiny for its fatal 2018 East River crash which left five people dead. Now it’s attracting even more negative attention for its recent promotion offering dogs a spot in its doors-off helicopter rides around lower Manhattan. (Patch)

Here are the street closures for the 9/11 ceremonies this year. (amNY)

Photos from the Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you’re yearning for the days of Mayor Bloomberg welcoming people into his administration with a handshake, an expectation of hard work, and a quiet “don’t fuck this up,” “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg” may be the book for you. (Politico)

The “where are people going out right now” guide. (The Infatuation)