The Briefly for January 15, 2019 – The “8% Rate of Success” Edition

Early voting passes the state legislature, Governor Cuomo thinks the city should foot half the bill for the subway, the best winter brunches, the Amazon-Chrysler building, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

10 short interviews about congestion pricing with state legislators. (Streetsblog)

The annual No Pants Subway Ride happened. There are photos. (Gothamist)

Voting reform passed the state legislature, which adds 10 days of early voting, consolidates state and federal primary dates, and pre-registers 17 and 17-year-olds when they sign up for a driving permit. A constitutional amendment was proposed that will allow same-day voter registration and allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse.(CBS New York)

Signal problems caused delays during 92% of weekdays in 2018. Since the city enacted the Subway Action Plan, delays have increased. (Daily News)

The state is doubling the amount of speed cameras in the city’s school zones as part of Governor Cuomo’s state budget, increasing from 149 to 290, which matches the number of cameras the state’s legislature was trying to pass last year. (Streetsblog)

The best winter brunch spots. (Thrillist)

This is why we can’t have nice things. The city is suing Metropolitan Property Group for running an illegal Airbnb network in 130 apartments, which housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018. (The Real Deal)

Okay, so “Amazon” is the new default answer for any question, but who will be the Chrysler Building’s new tenant? Yup, Amazon. (6sqft)

Here’s what to know about the city’s new, updated and existing ferry routes. (amNY)

Meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the the Metropolitan Opera new openly gay conductor. (NY Times)

Say farewell to Westsider Books on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Not every closing bookstore has a Lin-Manuel Miranda. (West Side Rag)

“Being from Staten Island gives you that ability to brush it off.” Being from Staten Island made the cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” immune to criticism that they are tarnishing the pristine public image of Staten Island. (amNY)

The secret economy of diabetes test strips. (NY Times)

Everyone wants to be the one that fixes the subways, but no one wants to pay for it. (NY Post)

Do you have what it takes to drink this $375, 20 pound spiked hot chocolate? (Time Out)

Five things to look for in today’s state budget address today (Tuesday). (amNY)

The Port Authority removed the Saudi Arabia part of the “Candy Nations” art installation due to its proximity to the World Trade Center due to complains that point out the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. (NY Post)

JFK and Laguardia airports have been providing food to TSA and Federal Aviation Administration workers while they aren’t paid during President Trump’s government shutdown. (Airport Voice)

The government shutdown means no family visiting at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security federal jail in Manhattan that houses terrorists, white-collar criminals, and El Chapo. Prisoners are on a hunger strike after the second week of canceled visits due to staffing shortages. (NY Times)

Turns out a plan similar to governor Cuomo’s new L train non-shutdown was considered and rejected five years ago because of serious safety concerns. (NY Times)

He can decide the L train shutdown isn’t happening and declare emergency meetings of the MTA board, but Governor Cuomo still claims that he’s not in charge of the MTA. (Second Ave. Sagas)

The person handpicked by Mayor de Blasio to head up his BQX streetcar project left the United States for a new job in Saudi Arabia. (Politico)

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The Briefly for September 5, 2018 – Is The World Ready for Aaron Sorkin’s Lee Harper’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ on Broadway?

To Kill a Mockingbird and King Kong are two new shows coming to Broadway this year, half the G train will shut down on weekends this month, paying tribute to Kenny Shopsin, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Half the G train is shutting down this weekend, and every weekend until Columbus Day. Buses will replace the G train between Bedford-Nostrand Ave and Court Square.

Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace tops New York City’s affordable neighborhoods, as weighed by Localize.city. Second place on the list is Roosevelt Island.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “King Kong,” and “The Cher Show” are three of the new shows coming to Broadway this year.

The best art exhibits to see at New York City museums this fall, according to amNY.

A woman on probation for animal cruelty pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her Jackson Heights home last week. Elizabeth Grant was convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty for failing to take care of her 54 cats and dogs.

An ambulette collided with an electric scooter in the Bronx early Tuesday and killed the 25-year-old driver of the scooter and hurt a 42-year-old passenger.

Eater pays tribute to Kenny Shopsin of Shopsin’s General Store.

The Church of God of East Flatbush is getting into the real estate business. The church purchased two blocks on land for $8 million seven years ago and will build a new church and 531 units of affordable housing.

With the new school year restarts the debate about the SHSAT. The New York Times solicited stories from its readers about the admissions test.

Two years after Governor Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in prisons, no findings or recommendations have been made.

Manhattanites are raising funds for laundry gift certificates to help homeless students this school year.

Executive Producer Dick Wolf is at it again.

Will he or won’t he? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t endorsed a candidate for Governor.

At least 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have been stricken with breast cancer, defying astronomical odds. Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke form the attack.

George C. Parker is one of many men who “sold” the Brooklyn Bridge so the potential buyer could build toll booths since it’s construction in 1883. 135 years later and still no tolls.


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The Briefly for July 26, 2018 – Summer Streets, Ample Hills in Red Hook, Target Apologizes, and More

Target apologizes to thin-skinned punks, Ample Hills has a new ice cream factory/store/museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Native American ironworkers built this city, Yelp is including health inspection ratings, and more.

Are you sitting down? Rent for one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the decline according to Zumper’s summer report.

One of Manhattan’s original survey bolts from 1811 is still embedded in a rock in Central Park but it’s location remains a secret to protect it from being damaged, destroyed, or removed.

A guide to Summer Streets, from Curbed.

“It’s a garbage book and you’re a garbage person.” Sean Spicer’s book tour stop in the city didn’t go as planned.

More than 90 percent of the people busted in the city for marijuana possession in the 2018 were people of color. The city’s new policy on pot arrests takes effect in September.

A dead body was found near Trump’s gold course in the Bronx.

Dov Bechhofer, a radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, is suspended while the hospital investigates accusations of having white supremacist views.

Filming around town: John Wick 3 is at 41st and 8th, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 65th and Park, The Deuce w/Maggie Gyllenhaal is at 164th and Amsterdam, Gotham is at W 36th and 5th, Netflix and Marvel’s The Punisher is at Butler St and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, and Law and Order: SVU is around Atlantic Ave and Hicks St in Brooklyn.

The legal questions around CBD, answered by Gothamist.

The city’s next big food hall will be at LaGuardia Airport.

NYCHA admitted it’s non-compliance on many issues after years of lying.

Target apologized for your hurt feelings about its one day nod to CBGB during the store opening in the East Village.

This exhibition has everything. Cryptocurreny. Bushwick. Blockchain. Missing vowels in a company’s name. UGH.

Governor Cuomo blames Marty Golden for state Republicans’ inability to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. Golden claims to support the bill, but his support has been all talk and no action.

Yelp now has health scores for restaurants in the city. “Grade Pending” is replaced by “Z,” which indicates failure.

Only five stations are handicap accessible on the J, Z, M, and L trains in Brooklyn, buses have traditionally been talked about as an alternative, but have had increasingly poor service.

Ample Hills’ new ice cream factory, museum, and store in Red Hook opens today.

If it was tall and made of iron, it was likely built by Brooklyn’s Mohawk Native American ironworkers who are still contributing to the city’s skyline today.

Scott Michael Johnson is the 1,642 identified victim in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His remains were identified using DNA testing.