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 August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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The Briefly for August 7, 2018 – An L Train Shutdown Preview, Mayor Signs Airbnb Bill, and More

The L train will shut down for fifteen weekends before the actual shutdown, the East Flatbush nail salon protests mirror the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Cynthia Nixon has a date and time for a debate if Cuomo wants to show up, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The state’s adversarial stance against Spectrum is changing how Governor Cuomo is covered by NY1.

The L will shutdown on FIFTEEN weekends between now and the L shutdown, including this weekend.

Here’s a clearer picture of the racist idiots from Identity Europa that protested in Fort Tryon Park to end immigration “invasion.” Credit to Uptown Collective for capturing images of their faces.

The ten bast spots for an under-the-radar picnic, from 6sqft.

An MTA bus driver was arrested for driving a bus into a row of cars while extremely drunk. How drunk was he? Two hours after his arrest his BAC was three times the legal limit.

Parking in a metered area in lower Manhattan is about to get more expensive.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Water St and Pearl St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at  Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Blacklist w/James Spaderis on Roosevelt Island, The Deuce w/James Franco is at 6th and 1st, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Vernon Blvd and 46th Ave in Long Island City, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison, Instinct w/Alan Cummingis at Flushing Ave and Navy St in Brooklyn.

There’s a date and a time for a Gubernatorial Democratic primary debate, if Andrew Cuomo decides to show up.

Tonight is the National Night Out Against Crime, with events all over the city with small fairs and barbecues. The city’s website lists every percent and the corresponding events.

The Chris Gethard Show has come to an end.

A guide to Fort Greene, from Untapped Cities.

The tensions following a fight at an East Flatbush nail salon mirrors the 1991 Crown Heights riots, sparked from tensions between the black and Asian communities after a fight in a grocery store.

Mayor de Blasio signed a bill requiring Airbnb hosts to register with the city.

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